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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.

Aviation Waffle / Thank you RJ
« on: March 05, 2016, 12:09:38 PM »
Eighty years old today, the iconic and beautiful Spitfire. Sigh!

I know that some will be hopeful that this aircraft will be venturing into the "Loop" in Wales today. The weather here near Heathrow is crystal clear sunshine, I hope it is in Wales too.

Specially painted to commemorate those involved in the Gulf War, already twenty-five years ago.

Aviation Waffle / Cargo Aircraft Lands With No Front Wheel
« on: February 26, 2016, 12:30:23 PM »
This happened in Guam this morning, and seems a smoother landing than any normal aircraft, nicely.

Aviation Waffle / The Fairey Rotodyne - the future of my childhood
« on: February 12, 2016, 11:53:01 AM »
With Dan Dare and Flash Gordon in everyday comics and cartoons along with early television series encouraging the interest, when I was a kid, all my books had descriptions and plans, for the Fairey Rotodyne, a really futuristic vision of travel. With my early visits to Heathrow Airport, the talk was of where the Rotodynes would land and shuttle people to.
It didn't happen, like so many projects and ideas of the 1950's and 60's, but here is an interesting article from the BBC site......

Aviation Waffle / F-35 Flies Across Atlantic For First Time - To America
« on: February 10, 2016, 08:53:15 AM »
Interesting article on Forces TV

Aviation Waffle / Windy at Heathrow
« on: February 08, 2016, 12:55:05 PM »
Where I live just a couple of miles south of Heathrow, any "go rounds" come over my place and earlier I was aware of something big comiing over, 'twas a Qatari A380. Lo and behold the poor blighters have just gone round again......

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Film Airplane on Film4 tonight
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:48:41 PM »

Airplane!    Today on Film4 Freeview from 7:15pm to 9:00pm

Hilarious film that is a great parody of all the aeroplane disaster movies.

Shirley not to be missed.

Book / Film / TV Reviews / The Martian
« on: January 30, 2016, 11:13:07 PM »
I cannot normally concentrate on a film whilst on a flight but last week I made a point of searching for a film I could watch.

The Martian was such a film and I found it was good from the start; a difficult subject considering this matter takes years to occur and there are at least two bases, in fact five, "millions" of miles apart.

The scenery was stunning and I now know where it was filmed, and it wasn't Mars.

The botanical questions raised ally to what Major Tim Peake is asking kids to get involved in now.

Aviation Waffle / Item on
« on: January 25, 2016, 01:56:58 AM »
A repeat of an article we had on, but doing the rounds still on from 26 October 2015 but worth a look again.

Aviation Waffle / The Pilcher stuff - as opposed to the Wright stuff
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:13:15 AM »
Percy Pilcher was born in Bath and became an ardent pursuer of things aeronautical, actually creating a powered aircraft in the nineteenth century and was preparing to fly it (four years before the Wright brothers flight) when he died from injuries received when he crashed in one of his man carrying gliders.

His memorial is at Stanford Hall, the crash site, not far from Brunty.

Percy Pilcher is without doubt our greatest and probably our least known aeronautical pioneer.

The actual glider he crashed in is at the National Museum of Scotland and has been rebuilt...... (a replica is at Stanford Hall)

Aviation Waffle / Tracey Curtis-Taylor Arrives in Australia
« on: January 09, 2016, 10:37:38 AM »
Fantastic achievement by Tracey as she ends her "solo" flight following Amy Johnson's route. Though accompanied by a chase plane, she has flown herself and hopefully inspired many others to "do their thing".

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown Story
« on: January 08, 2016, 10:55:21 PM »
Captain Eric "Winkle" Browns list of flown aircraft is very interesting, mainly for the reasons of exclusion, i.e. he flew aircraft from Britain, the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for flying the greatest number of different aircraft. The official record is 487, but includes only basic types. For example, Captain Brown flew fourteen (14) versions of the Spitfire and Seafire and although these versions are very different they appear only once in the list. The list includes only aircraft flown by Brown as 'Captain in Command'.

He also holds the world's record for the most carrier landings, 2,407, partly compiled in testing the arrestor wires on more than twenty aircraft carriers during World War II.

This is a very good documentary on Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown, which some may have seen when it was originally televised, I hadn't.

Oh, and if you want to look for it, what company made the 111 Bomber?

Ways To Raise Funding / Wall of Honour
« on: November 17, 2015, 05:37:46 PM »
Okay, how about putting the names in specific colours for a donation?

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