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Book / Film / TV Reviews / Vulcans at RAF Halton
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:25:12 AM »
Thought this might be of interest to Vulcan Historians.

I have purchased a copy of 100 Years of flying at RAF Halton, and in it is a section is the story of three Vulcans that landed on the grass Airfield there, for use in training Apprentices.
B1’s XA 892 (21st June 62) and XA 898 (26th Aug 64) plus B1A XH479 (28th June 67)
The book includes photos of all three parked on the hard stand, plus some distant shots of them landing at the Airfield.
The book states that 892 was scrapped July 71. 898 was scrapped in Aug 72 (Apparently a magnesium fire was started during the cutting up process and the Aircraft was reduced to a pile of ashes in a matter of minutes.  479 was scrapped in July 73.


Book / Film / TV Reviews / Thought I'd share this.
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:29:29 PM »
In John Farley's book "A view from the hover" is a passage where he is talking about his thoughts on great Aircraft, and I quote:-

The Vulcan has to be the best high level Turner (if you doubt that, you should have tried to creep up behind one in a Hunter) plus also the Biggest, Tightest, Noisiest and All-round Spectacular Air Show Performer. I suspect it is fair to call it a great aeroplane, given it's deterrent abilities throughout the Col War.


Book / Film / TV Reviews / For Harrier Fans
« on: March 28, 2013, 07:45:57 PM »
My copy of John Farley's book "A View from the Hover" signed for me by the Harrier Test Pilot himself.
We both worked at Dunsfold, but I was a mere Aircraft Electrician when he was a top notch flyer. :(
I can recommend the book if you can get a copy.

PS  Note my book mark. :D

Aviation Waffle / Camping at Dunsfold
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:46:26 PM »
Info here for those interested.

John ... =component

Aviation Waffle / Spitfires in Burma
« on: November 26, 2012, 04:05:37 PM »
Just copied this from FB. So believe what you may.

Brian Pace
An update on the Spitfires buried in Burma.

For those who had any doubt about the ‘buried Spitfires’ in Burma they may be interested that an ex-RAF pilot friend, who is involved in this project, has just returned from a visit to the site in Burma.

The cache of Spitfires does exist and consists of 14 Spitfire FR.14s. The difficulty in locating them was due to the fact that they are buried under an active runway meaning that once permission was granted, digging was sideways with strong underpinning of the runway. The Spitfires are there all right – all fresh still in their packing cases with guns fitted. The original crates were buried in a large excavated hole and covered over with a wooden ‘lid’ made of durable timber, teak perhaps? – the runway being added much later"!.
The first Spitfire has been removed successfully and a first inspection plus others looked at so far shows them to be all in excellent condition, fully equipped – only rubber items having perished.

The first one is to go to the USA to the financial backer, the second to the Burmese Air Force Museum – the rest - 12 Spitfire FR.14s belong to the guy who started it all.

The sweetener to ‘open the door’ so to speak was the visit of UK Prime Minister Cameron, soon to be followed by a visit by the American President. This was not a ruse to re-equip the RAF with Spitfire 14s - although they have sod all else! but an opener to revitalised trade with western powers.

Oh er! There appears to be another batch of Spitfires in Burma, 30 in number, mark numbers not known at this stage. Who knows what else they will find


Aviation Waffle / Daily Express does it again.
« on: September 12, 2012, 09:06:27 AM »
There is an article in today's issue about the body that fell from the undercarriage of an Airliner into a West London Street, with a lovely photo of 558's starboard main leg.



Aviation Waffle / Daily Express does it again
« on: June 25, 2012, 08:56:25 AM »
I think they need a new Aviation reporter or a new Editor. What a terrible mistake for an English Newspaper.


Aviation Waffle / From Goodwood Aviation
« on: May 14, 2012, 02:57:35 PM »
Looking towards a busy Summer on the Airfield, the first of our seasonal Fly in event will be the pre-66 Fly in on 19 & 20 May. The Fly-In offers admirers of old aircraft the chance to see a collection of vintage aircraft. As an added attraction, on 19 May there will be a short closure of the Aerodrome airspace while the Queens Diamond Jubilee flypast, consisting of 87 aircraft, forms up at Selsey Bill & proceeds towards Windsor Castle. Our aerodrome is right on the flight path! This is a not to be missed spectacle when combined with the pre-66 Fly in. There is no charge for entrance, bring your family and friends.


Ways To Raise Funding / Product opportunity??
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:21:05 PM »
Spotted these in Manston Aviation Museum yesterday.

Don't know if we do a Coaster and Placemat set.


Ways To Raise Funding / Sunday Express
« on: March 18, 2012, 11:17:21 AM »
Glad to see the article in today's Paper. Hope it pulls in some much needed funds.

Shame about the "Supersonic" comment. :roll:  :roll:


Aviation Waffle / Apache down in Suffolk
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:01:08 PM »

Aviation Waffle / WB188
« on: February 14, 2012, 05:43:29 PM »
World Speed Record Hunter WB188 at Tangmere Museum has had the rear removed in order to take the engine out for corrosion inspection. But they have hit a snag, as the aircraft is unique, and the engineering team at Tangmere can't see how the engine actually comes out, being different from all other Hunters.
So if anyone has the knowledge or "Knack" Please get in touch with the Museum.
The photos below show the current status.
Hunter buffs will note, that 188 has different "Side mounted" air-brakes. Production units having a single ventral mounted one.
There is also at least one other air-frame pretending to be 188, but this is the real thing flown by Neville Duke reaching a speed of 727.63 in September 1953

Looks like it's going to be a great programme. Sunday BBC1 9pm...One not to be missed!" onclick=";return false;

Aviation Waffle / Greek F22 Raptor
« on: December 30, 2011, 04:10:55 PM »
The Greek Airforce take delivery of cost saving version of F22.


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