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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: July 08, 2017, 10:33:22 PM »
Spotted this at Duxford Flying Legends today, one of my favourite beautiful aircraft, the De Havilland DH88 Comet Racer Grosvener House



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Aviation Waffle / Re: Brian William Brice
« on: July 03, 2017, 08:08:48 PM »
Spotted this headstone in Kempsford (Glos) cemetery and wondered if anyone knows what the connection to Vulcans might be...

Recent, as in 2006, but nothing on internet search. May have to delve further.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:49:13 PM »
wow, does it go into Birmingham?

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:52:41 PM »
Ukranian AN12 over the House again!

At what height though?

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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:38:50 AM »
I had a fabulous time chasing this beast around the country, meeting some great people and finding such dedicated ones, my thanks to those.


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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: May 17, 2017, 06:07:02 PM »
1800 hrs, I was aware of an unusual sound and flight radar showed that it was a Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov 12 UR-CZZ at 26000 feet, but I was not going out to look for it in this rain. On it's way to Shannon apparently.

Passing over Swindon at 1810

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: May 12, 2017, 08:22:37 AM »
About 9 O'clock yesterday evening near Swindon a Chinook being very exciting!  Very low level and turning hard away from the M4 (I wonder if he was lost)

Quite a surprise as I did not think the R.A.F. were allowed to do interesting things in the U.K. anymore.

I seem to recall there are some "landing grounds" on the farms to the north and north east of Swindon giving daft opportunities of surprise hedge hopping.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: May 02, 2017, 12:56:05 PM »
C5 Galaxy with odd markings - into Mildenhall at about 1515 on Monday1st.

Saw it from a distance and it had light blue markings on the tail and I believe engine cowlings in the same blue.

I am aware there was a modification programme a while back, but the marking were odd.

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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.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: February 02, 2017, 07:05:26 PM »
Apache out of the reservation; low level over Westbury on Severn at 1140 today, then off in to the hills around the Forest of Dean.

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Engineering / Re: OUR GREAT ENGINNERS
« on: January 27, 2017, 05:19:38 PM »
Thanks to our engineers, certainly without whom we would not have had the aircraft and the pleasure of seeing her in the right environment.  This must be well worth having on your CV!

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:46:47 PM »
It must be frustrating, and good luck to all who contribute.

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Engineering / Re: Extraordinary General Meeting Needed?
« on: January 20, 2017, 12:59:43 PM »
Some interesting points in your write up Rick, but again, this, the "appeal" and the move all come a bit late down the road after grounding.

Some of your comments will ruffle a few feathers, which will be sad bearing in mind the commitment that some of those affected have put into the project.

I note that some comments again relate to the myriad of suggestions made prior to the siting XH558 at Doncaster, and the criticisms of the move since.

It is extremely difficult and again the "workforce" are in an unenviable position of deciding where their loyalties lie in relation to the aircraft and their employers.

Hindsight is a great thing, but sadly when it comes to what should have happened, well that's wasted brain cells.

I have not put anywhere near the amount of effort and finance into this project as many others, but honestly, since the last landing, my interest has really dived as within the distance, there are other worthy causes.

There would be nothing lost, if after Jane's later information, it is still necessary to forward the letter suggested by yourself, and I'm sure it can be worded more tactfully and articulately than my postings.

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Thanks dee / planenut! I'm definitely looking forward to it. :)

Hopefully I may find out something more related to my father as well. Even if it was just something like which Vulcans were in use at that time and location. :)

There have been some pictures in the newsletters over the last five months relating to Malta and some of the aircraft posted there, so when you have time you can go back through those to see if there is anything relevant.

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Welcome, I wish you well with trying to uncover more information, and am sure you will love your trip.

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