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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: August 07, 2017, 03:58:47 PM »
....... Jax and I dipped our toes into the "Peoples Mosquito" trade stand as newby volunteers.Had an interesting chat with their Operations Manager (Bill Ramsey) about his time flying 558 and other "interesting" information. Taff Stone (and friend) turned up and gave some insight into the current 558 saga ..

Well done for your Volunteering; did you have that much time available to discuss the "saga"?

Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: July 11, 2017, 11:02:39 AM »
Spotted over Newmarket yesterday by a non-enthusiast member of my family, a very large jet, with a high T tail, and about seven very small jets, in formation towards Lakenheath, I think around 1.15p.m.

Ah, Thunderbirds and KC135 over Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

(I know it's not a T-tail but this is a non- enthusiast who was with me when we spotted Concorde on trials before production, then got a flight by our bird XH558 straight over the house in Newmarket, and has often mentioned it)

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.

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

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.

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

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

At what height though?

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.

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

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.

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.

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 / 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.

« 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!

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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