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TimC

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2250 on: 12 May, 2024, 11:15:19 am »
Yes. There are some grainy phone videos of it somewhere. He barrel-rolled the aircraft on its last flight. I'm not sure who else was in the aircraft, but I suspect Martin Withers was in the right hand seat. Martin was chief pilot at VTTS, and flew the successful Black Buck 1 bombing raid in XM607 along with a mate of mine, Pete Taylor. Martin had been one of mine and Pete's QFIs on 25 Course Basic Flying Training at 1 Sqn, 1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse in 1977, on the Jet Provost.

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2251 on: 12 May, 2024, 04:37:23 pm »
IMG_20240512_114253139_HDR by Russell Wiles, on Flickr

My son's Christmas present from his partner was a flight in a Tiger Moth.  When we got there they said that it was u/s but the good news is that they could offer this, which is a 3 seater so someone (me!) could go up as well.  Only 3 remaining out of a conversion run of 19 so quite rare now.

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2252 on: 12 May, 2024, 05:04:25 pm »
IMG_20240512_114253139_HDR by Russell Wiles, on Flickr

My son's Christmas present from his partner was a flight in a Tiger Moth.  When we got there they said that it was u/s but the good news is that they could offer this, which is a 3 seater so someone (me!) could go up as well.  Only 3 remaining out of a conversion run of 19 so quite rare now.
Nice!  :thumbsup:

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2253 on: 13 May, 2024, 04:45:51 pm »
I had three years working at an office in Frimley (2008-2011) and walking to the station in the lead up to, and during, the Farnborough Air show used to be fun. Watching the eurofighter practise it's display was just a change from quiet if flying towards me to loud if flying away. More impressive was watching an A40M being thrown around the sky as if it was a much smaller plane.

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2254 on: 13 May, 2024, 05:09:52 pm »
We live under the flight path and you can have too much of a good thing.  :-\

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2255 on: 13 May, 2024, 05:12:49 pm »
and flew the successful Black Buck 1 bombing raid in XM607 along with a mate of mine, Pete Taylor. M

Just read Vulcan 607 by Rowland White about Black Buck 1, a very good book about an amazing op.  Highly recommended as are all his books.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2256 on: 15 May, 2024, 06:25:19 pm »
Was out the front of Larrington Towers massacring green things at lunchtime when some variety of twin-engined biplane flew over.  I think it was a DH Dragon Rapide but can’t be sure.
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2257 on: 15 May, 2024, 09:40:05 pm »
Was out the front of Larrington Towers massacring green things at lunchtime when some variety of twin-engined biplane flew over.  I think it was a DH Dragon Rapide but can’t be sure.
I saw that!
I was taking some air outside (someone indoors was setting up a chocolate scent dispenser  :sick: and I had to leave to get some air), it was heading due south from where I was at Waltham Cross.
Doubtless from Duxford.
I think your Dragon Rapide contention is most likely spot on.

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2258 on: 16 May, 2024, 01:19:45 am »
It was heading roughly NE when it passed over Larrington Towers some time shortly after midday.  I may have heard it earlier too before going out into the Big Room.
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Adam

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2259 on: 17 May, 2024, 12:10:17 pm »
Very likely doing pleasure flights from Duxford.

https://www.classic-wings.co.uk/dragon-rapide-flights/

I went on it years ago - lovely old thing with wicker seats!
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #2260 on: 18 May, 2024, 03:32:14 pm »
Very likely doing pleasure flights from Duxford.

https://www.classic-wings.co.uk/dragon-rapide-flights/

I went on it years ago - lovely old thing with wicker seats!
(My bold)
Just looking through all of 'flying days out' (for want of a better thing to call them), there's several ways available  at Duxford of putting a serious dent in your wallet by flying or flying in vintage stuff.