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Aviation Waffle / Re: VC10 to Cosford
« on: May 15, 2015, 10:12:10 AM »
Just grateful it isn't being scrapped, a little ray of sunshine anyway.
I was at Cosford last week for a 50th Anniversary celebration of the day 54 of us arrived at Cosford to start our training, 6 May 1965. Included a trip around the school of photography and the museum. Restoration area was just mind blowing!

I'll look forward to seeing BOB next time I visit.


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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: May 09, 2015, 08:01:22 AM »
6 May between 1230 and 1330 - Hampden, Wellington, Dornier DO17 and others including an RSL launch (1667)
Not flying of course, it was all in the restoration area of RAF Cosford Museum - Brilliant place to look into if you can wangle a guided tour.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: May 07, 2015, 11:05:53 PM »
More Tonkas over Staverton Airport - 2 at 2010 this evening. Couldn't post at the time, I was 'Up a Vulcan'  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D   (XM569)

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:01:23 PM »
2 x Tornadoes at 1710 heading East, quite slowly.

2 x Tornadoes at 1730 heading West, quite fast but wings extended.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: April 30, 2015, 05:06:11 PM »
C17 at lunch time broke the heavy cloud cover over Abbeymead, Gloucester, heading East so probably on approach to Brize, or possibly Fairford as he was so low.

Just before 1700 a Tornado, or Typhoon, passed over heading North. Not sure what it was as I didn't see it until it was heading away from me and not very low, but very noisy.
Another 'something noisy' just passed overhead again at 17:06.


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Ways To Raise Funding / Re: 2015 Forum T-Shirt
« on: April 29, 2015, 08:51:42 AM »
Must have nodded off again!!

1 x Mens Large for me please

Will they be ready for Cold War Jets Day? If so I could pick up then.

Thanks very much

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Book / Film / TV Reviews / Skyfaring - A journey with a pilot
« on: April 26, 2015, 07:59:17 PM »
Listened to this radio programme this morning and was fascinated from beginning to end. Incredibly well written and narrated.
I think any fliers, pilots or crew, and aircraft lovers would really enjoy listening to this despite it being 75 minutes long.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pr0rk#auto

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Former Aircrew / Tony & Tricia Picking?
« on: April 25, 2015, 10:48:20 PM »
Came across another retired Vulcan pilot on Thursday during a visit to the Jet Age Museum by the Fairford Classic Car Club.

Anyone know Sqdn Ldr Tony Picking and his wife Tricia?


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Ways To Raise Funding / Re: 2015 Forum T-Shirt
« on: April 09, 2015, 01:03:24 PM »
Must admit I did nod off once or twice!

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:15:49 PM »
Been fairly quiet over Gloucester recently but Chinooks seem to be getting a bit more active. Maybe it's because the weathers picking up a bit!!
Yesterday, 31 March, and today they've been over our house going back and forth, probably from Imjin Barracks (NATO Allied Rapid Response Corps).

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Ways To Raise Funding / Re: 2015 Forum T-Shirt
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:33:17 PM »
Watch this space :)

I've been watching this page for 6 days non-stop, I've got to sleep sometime!!!!

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Aviation Waffle / Re: TSR2 Documentary
« on: February 13, 2015, 10:38:31 PM »
Interesting prospect

And one that has crossed my mind on several occasions recently.

Now who would supply the RAF with a heavy bomber?

Especially as our Aircraft manufacturing capability is shrinking along with places to operate them from.

It would be either Mainland Europe of our friends from across the pond.

I suspect any heavy bomber would come from a particular company that has been making them in various guises for many years

Head Quarters Seattle.

I used to work for Lockheed Aircraft International. I'll have a word but they are based in Burbank, I guess you are on about Boeing.

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Aviation Waffle / TSR2 Documentary
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:43:03 PM »
I started this by responding to the story about the B52 replacement engines quandry but wander off into realms of fantasy so thought I'd make a new thread of it!


We've often made the comment that we retired our heavy bombers in favour of fighter bombers such as the Tornado, Typhoon etc. and it was a terrible mistake.
However, when we think about when the B52 has been used since Vietnam it makes you wonder whether it's a false economy on the part of the United States. I think they were used in Iraq as a prequel to the invasion but it was mostly cruise missiles that were used for bombing purposes.

On the other hand, if Putin stays in power it seems like he is determined to resurrect the Soviet Union, KGB and probably a nuclear stand off - a new Cold War!!! maybe we should be starting to design a new heavy bomber. Maybe it could be called the Tactical Strike and Reconnaisance Aircraft. We've had one so number this one '3' - the TSR3 (Rings a bell somehow).

I watched this documentary last week, never seen this one before - Roy Jenkins, towards the end, shows the typical Labour attitude to the UKs' Aviation Industry which makes me even more determined I'd never vote for labour (not that I ever did).
It's an hour long but I was spellbound every minute of it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o53u0X0Ik0w


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Former Aircrew / Re: Ken Pollard and others
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:22:40 PM »
Colston Nicholls (ex 617) remembers Ken Pollard as a Captain on 617

Yes, he did go onto 617 Squadron. If I see him again I'll get contact details.


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Former Aircrew / Re: Ken Pollard and others
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:32:50 PM »
Hello Paddy, Alan McDonald has corrected me, they knew each other on 83 Sqdn, not 38.

Ken Pollard went on to serve with 617 Squadron by the way.

This is Roger Hannaford now -

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