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Aviation Waffle / Antonov Overhead
« on: January 02, 2018, 12:36:53 PM »

 Interesting drone over the rain clouds - Antonov AN26 of Vulkan Air on it's way from Birmingham to Gdansk at 17000 feet, not seen but heard as one could get eye damage looking up into this lot.

Aviation Waffle / Aircraft Maker - To The Point!
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:28:07 PM »
I took my Daughter in Law and Grandson up to London today and whilst travelling on the overground he spotted another aircraft bound for Heathrow. I asked the six year old what type it was, and after a pause I hinted "Boeing". He, looks at me with that cheeky grin and says "Bow and Arrow?"

He's still walking back........

Aviation Waffle / Our Wonderful Media
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:37:58 AM »
BBC just had an item on the morning news about all of the BBMF being grounded through fears of engine problems - showing pictures of aircraft at Duxford, one on the ground, five in the air, none of them BBMF.

Aviation Waffle / U.S. Marine Herc down in U.S.
« on: July 11, 2017, 08:47:59 AM »

Sad news from the States as a U.S. Marine Hercules has crashed in Mississippi losing the sixteen on board. Strange report that there is debris scattered over five miles, though the picture of the aircraft shows it in one place.

Book / Film / TV Reviews / One Of Those Films
« on: February 28, 2017, 09:18:28 PM »
Just watched "Mach2", a hijack of a Concorde, with Secret Service and Body Guards and distressed women and made in America - yes a disaster of a movie.

Loads of goofs and poor research - due to the "terrorists" having a "nuclear bomb" on board the US Navy are ordered to shoot it down. They managed to catch up with it over France and still went on to try it.

U.S. Secret Service asked French AirTraffic Control "can you speak English", of course the International Aviation language is English.

The cockpit of the Concorde in the film has enough room for a three piece suite, in fact the real cockpit was really cramped and one needed to climb over the seats to get into the pilots position.

After the final desperate landing in France, all the light aircraft on the ground had American registrations.

Classic one for buffs.

Aviation Waffle / 747 down in Kyrgyzstan
« on: January 16, 2017, 12:05:10 PM »
A Boeing 747 cargo aircraft has apparently overshot a runway in fog and ploughed through a village. Tragic for all involved.

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Living In The Age of Airplanes - watch in London
« on: September 10, 2016, 11:37:17 AM »

This is a fabulous film which I saw in January on an IMAX screen, narrated by Harrison Ford and with such profound statements as "from an aeroplane one can glimpse more than most of mankind has ever seen in a lifetime" brings home the impact that aviation has had on life.
Man never normally moved more than thirty miles from home before the wheel, think what has happened in the last 100 years.
If you get a chance, you really ought to see this.

Aviation Waffle / Cold War Jets - May 29th
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:51:20 PM »
Nice to meet some of the gang and members to whom this Club owes so much.
A pleasant day, and with a surprise passenger in the Hunter, nice one Maggie.

Good comments on the commentary with regards to the Trusts Canberra project.

Aviation Waffle / Sad Loss in U.S.
« on: May 28, 2016, 07:55:48 AM »
It appears a P47 went down into the Hudson River with the loss of it's pilot......

Aviation Waffle / Egypt Air Loss - 19th May
« on: May 19, 2016, 08:10:54 AM »
Sad news coming in of the suspected loss (at this moment) of an Air Egypt A320, over the Med. in Egyptian airspace. 

One of the numerous aviation experts interviewed by the BBC was our Sean, sporting his Vulcan lapel badge.

Aviation Waffle / Future Airshow Restrictions
« on: April 14, 2016, 08:00:13 AM »
The sad circumstances of Shoreham was followed by the CAA investigation culminating in the announcement now of the new restrictions.

Severe restrictions still placed on aircraft performances even though the outcome, fairly obviously, shows that the maintenance of vintage jets was not the cause.

Display and crowd lines now redrawn, it will be interesting to see if the shows still retain the wow factor, and if shows such as Flying Legends are still able to put on that "three tier" display set up.

I will say no more.

Aviation Waffle / CAA Charges
« on: March 19, 2016, 04:59:38 PM »
   As per the home-page
    Important CAA news update for UK airshows:

No result to the enquiry, but a bit of leeway for some events.

Lucky that all price increases are not blamed on "historic under-recovery of costs", but certainly a way of making it sound better.

Aviation Waffle / Spitfire Funding
« on: March 12, 2016, 08:51:04 AM »

An interesting article on the BBC website today about the way the funds for Spitfires ran in the Second World War. A snippet within the article puts it into perspective when the production of Spitfires was running at 350 per month, per month; that's over ten new Spitfires each day.

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