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Aviation Waffle / Sad News Of Vintage Crash
« on: August 05, 2018, 04:56:27 PM »
Sad news from Switzerland that a Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT - carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight has crashed with no survivors.

Aviation Waffle / Re: RAF Scampton Closure
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:10:54 PM »
Reaction times are quicker now due to the type of aircraft intended to be available, therefore a reduced need to have as many airfields as we used to. There is now more pressure on the retention of unused "real estate" when the sale of such would benefit the "public purse". 

There are some very important historic sites that have already been lost, and several of those where good intention has been expressed have drifted into obscurity.  The "few" now refers to those who are able to support and preserve such sites and artefacts, the "many" are those to whom we still owe so much.

Engineering / Re: Geoffrey Wellum
« on: July 20, 2018, 07:52:31 PM »
Died on Wednesday shortly before his 97th birthday.  As well as being one of the heroes of the Battle of Britain - the youngest pilot, and the defence of Malta, he had a great way with words.  My wife bought me his memoir First Light some years ago, I simply couldn't put it down, and have re-read it several times since.  His description of searching for a Bomber over the North Sea in almost zero visibility, and being guided by radar back to base at night at the very edge of radio range, and flying off a carrier at the very limit of what was possible are simply astonishing.  But by far the most evocative section for me is the description of his first flight in a Spitfire.  That was what started me looking into 2-seat Spitfires, before 'paying passengers' were accepted, which seemed an impossible dream.  But now it's a reality, and with good weather and serviceability, I should be getting mine next week.
Even if you have seen the BBC film of the same name (also on YouTube), I can't recommend the book highly enough.

Certainly an inspirational guy, who lived to a good age and being still well on the ball, a great narrator.

Enjoy your flight - Duxford I hope?

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: May 25, 2018, 07:37:12 PM »
I appreciate your time and comments.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:36:51 PM »
All well and good slagging off DanO', but it still doesn't answer the accusation regarding 'silicagate' though.

Do you really think there would be any explanation after all this time; speculation achieves nothing.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: May 22, 2018, 04:14:27 PM »
Sadly, the days of "Dan oh not again" are not past.

Aviation Waffle / Re: R.A.F. 100 Aircraft Flypast
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:58:22 AM »
With the few of us left on this forum I actually doubted we'd get that comment.

The Royal Air Force has seventy plus strike aircraft, with over one hundred other strike aircraft being "available", so little imagination needed to assess the chances of achieving the numbers - the organization is another matter. There are over one hundred and fifty Hawks, then with transport and helicopters that gives us the possibility of "one hundred", and don't forget the Red Arrows can put up at least twelve.

Aviation Waffle / Re: R.A.F. 100 Aircraft Flypast
« on: April 21, 2018, 02:19:42 PM »
Difficult to set it up; those in Lincolnshire may be aware of various formation flights happening even now.

Aviation Waffle / R.A.F. 100 Aircraft Flypast
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:15:49 AM »
It is aimed to have one hundred aircraft in a flypast for a Royal Review over London on Tuesday the 10th July. the drawback with those sort of formations is the height and therefore sillouhettes of the aircraft. I shall already be ensconced in the area of RIAT so will miss that.

Engineering / Re: Irony?
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:05:27 PM »
Well that's progress! yet, it's not.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:22:41 AM »
Interesting comments and input from some. Sad to see the digs and jibes. Good to know that you are doing your best Smiler, thanks.

New members are always welcome, but if one was to browse the earlier postings, going way back, one would understand the quality of the Club and forum in the past. There is no need to enter the forum and commence attacking, but a chance to make constructive postings or ask questions.

XH558 is an example of a fantastic design, built for a purpose, and tested. The support for it has been fantastic, through an amazing time, and with an outstanding result in the return to a successful period of flight. The end of that period has led to a stalling of purpose whilst awaiting a satisfactory security of future location and support. We all hope that that future will provide a location which, along with the original aim of providing "education", will honour those who ensured the security of the life we live.

Sadly Paul, the final outcome of this was clear from day one. The naysayers will be happy to add their comments as to the future. Very sad for the family and friends that this has been so prolonged and they will still have about another year of it.

Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:57:02 PM »
Should anybody pop in, whilst staying at my daugher's in Cinderford, yesterday Monday, 1400 hours, heard a fairly low jet engine, and emerging from the clouds was a Hawker Hunter, was I pleased?

Apparently, according to Funtera, it belonged to the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation, registration G-KAXF. It came in from Holland but I couldn't find where it landed.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:28:29 AM »

Aviation Waffle / Re: MH370 Search to restart
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:19:28 PM »
An immense task for those involved, both the search and the trauma.

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