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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1600 on: September 20, 2019, 09:15:52 am »
Anyone at Duxford  this weekend?
I plan to be there on Saturday.

I was tempted but unfortunately we have too much to do on the house. 'My' spitfire is in the 20+ Spitfire flypast which will be quite a spectacle
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1601 on: September 20, 2019, 12:18:03 pm »
Jetfest at North Weald this coming weekend (27-29 Sept) might promise some interesting aviation around the M11 corridor though I don't see any mention of the Vampire that's stationed there but there is rumour of a Jaguar attending...  it's basically a glorified fly-in so no display flying, but might prove interesting nevertheless...

Confirmed aircraft list:
S=Static
F=Flying (Normal Operations)
T=Engine start and Fast Taxy
S&F = Static & Flying (Normal Operations

JetFest:
Bell UH-1 Huey (G-HUEY) S&F ✅
Hunting Jet Provost MK3 (G-BKOU) S&F ✅
Hunting Jet Provost T.Mk3A (G-BWOT) S&F ✅
Hunting Jet Provost T.Mk5A (G-BWGF) S (F-TBC)✅
Hunting Jet Provost T.Mk5B (G-BWSG) S (F-TBC)✅
Hunting Jet Provost T.Mk3A XM424 (G-BWDS) S (F-TBC✅
Hunting Jet Provost T.Mk3A XM479 (G-BVEZ) S (F-TBC)✅
Hunting Jet Provost T.4 XR673 (G-BXLO) S (F-TBC)✅
Hunting Jet Provost T5P XS230 (G-VIVM) S (F-TBC)✅
Hunting Jet Provost T52 (XS228 or G-PROV) S (F-TBC) ✅


BullFest:
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (G-CBFP) S ✅
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (G-BPCL) S ✅
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (G-GGRR) S ✅
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (G-CBEH) S ✅
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (G-KDOG) S ✅
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (G-BULL) S ✅
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (G-BHXA) S ✅
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (G-GRRR) S ✅

JP3 G-BWOT  (was XN459 at the time) is in my logbook. G-BKOU (XN637) is the adjacent production item to the JP3 I first flew solo (XN636). Two of the Chipmunks listed belong to friends of mine, and of the Bulldogs (on which I have around 1100 hours), G-KDOG (XX624) is notable for being the aeroplane in which I and my mate Nick Stein visited 70 airfields in and around Yorkshire on 8 May 1989 as part of the Dawn till Dusk competition, in which we won the Coventry Trophy and Pooley Sword.


Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1602 on: September 20, 2019, 12:35:55 pm »
That's not a bad list.

I flew several Chipmunk flights in the Air cadets before they were replaced by the Bulldog but we only got two flights a year if we were lucky. My 3822 is buried in a box somewhere, I'd have to see if I've flown any of those. Sadly it was my second 3822, I lost the first so the first two chippy flights I wrote in myself and I don't have the pilots signature or serial number for those. I only recall flying the Bulldog once or twice.

I went and did my Bronze and Silver gliding badges in Grob 109 Vigilants at Halton so went to the bottom of the list for powered flights in my squadron. Having said that the Vigilant flying was all powered anyway as the RAF at the time didn't let us switch the engines off on the 'gliding' courses.
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1603 on: September 20, 2019, 02:34:15 pm »
I did much the same, pre-bulldog days though.

Did my gliding course on the old Ventures at RAF Benson, and then did my 40 hours of Flying Scholarship on Cessna 150/152s. Didn't take it any further, as a PSO at the time.  I may have my old "desmond's" in a drawer somewhere.
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes ?
« Reply #1604 on: September 21, 2019, 01:39:57 pm »
Four ME109s and six Spitfires chasing one another around in circles, with added aerial and terrestial explosions for effect. I’m at the Battle of Britain airshow at Duxford.


ETA - Later in the day, a mass flypast of 23 Spitfires. Which, as far as noise is concerned, is pretty impressive.
Would recommend.

TimC

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1605 on: October 06, 2019, 05:32:39 pm »
Our new toy, taken by my mate Ian Black:



How it was done: Virgin Blog


Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1606 on: October 06, 2019, 06:10:38 pm »
Our new toy, taken by my mate Ian Black:



How it was done: Virgin Blog


Fantastic link there, thank you.
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1607 on: October 06, 2019, 08:12:02 pm »
Great read, I was thinking all along "that looks like a..." and read

 "the Strikemaster is a development of the Jet Provost trainer that first flew in the 1950s."

Great pics, I've tried aerial photos myself during my air cadet days, not easy at all
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1608 on: October 06, 2019, 09:12:17 pm »
I was kind of surprised they weren't using longer lenses. How close would be the planes be to each other during this exercise?
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1609 on: October 06, 2019, 09:44:25 pm »
A350......


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TimC

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1610 on: October 07, 2019, 12:51:46 am »
I was kind of surprised they weren't using longer lenses. How close would be the planes be to each other during this exercise?

Not sure. I’ll ask Ian over the next day or two.

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1611 on: October 07, 2019, 08:38:53 am »
On Saturday, for 50 minutes or so, this was me, in the rear seat, albeit flying it at times:
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1612 on: October 07, 2019, 01:19:39 pm »
Blimey.  How fast are you going? Do you get a running commentary from the pilot?  What was that maneuver when it all went nbsiqe pomu at 1:11?  How long were you up for? I'.m guessing the trip was Biggin-Dover-Biggin.
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1613 on: October 07, 2019, 01:23:55 pm »
Awesome!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: glad I convinced you (although I'm guessing you didn't need much convincing). What did you think? Did you take the controls?

Interesting they do the camera from behind so you can see where you are going. My video in the Grace spit is pointed at my face throughout so all you can see is my silly grin for half an hour! I like the air to air, that's a nice piece of video. Mrs Trekker bought my flight and they didn't sell her the air-air camera plane option, I'd have to do it again to get that   ;)

I was watching 'Spitfire' again at the weekend and Geoffrey Wellum was right when he said you never forget a flight in a Spitfire!
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1614 on: October 07, 2019, 01:43:41 pm »
Blimey.  How fast are you going? Do you get a running commentary from the pilot?  What was that maneuver when it all went nbsiqe pomu at 1:11?  How long were you up for? I'.m guessing the trip was Biggin-Dover-Biggin.
Couldn't tell you how fast, but I can tell you that you feel everything in this aircraft. In communication with the pilot at all times other than during take-off and landing. That maneuver  was us peeling off from the chase plane in which were my sister, her husband and a couple of my friends. a victory roll. After which I was given control of the aircraft and I flew us down to Cuckmere Haven. It is incredibly sensitive to controls, and you can operate it with literally just two fingers. The trip should've lasted 45 minutes, in reality we were up for something like 55 minutes.(The shortest 55 minutes of my life).
When we reached Cuckmere Haven, the Commander took over the controls and turned left. Keen students will have spotted Beachy Head lighthouse just under the left wingtip. We turned around just before we reached Eastbourne and whilst passing Beachy Head lighthouse for a second time the Commander executed a victory roll. Back inland via Cuckmere Haven I once again took the controls and flew us back to Biggin Hill, under instruction from the Commander, where he executed a surprisingly smooth landing. We were then given a tour around the workshops (It's the largest Spitfire restoration facility in the world) and were invited to avail ourselves of the lounge area to stay and observe as much as we wished. At which point we broke out the tinned G&Ts, Dianne Abbot stylee. We were there at ten in the morning, there was about half an hour of safety video to be watched, I think I was in the air at around 11:00, and the taxi didn't come to collect us until 14:15.

I have to say with out any hesitation whatsoever, that this is the most exhilerating thing I have ever done in my life. Way, way beyond any expectations I may've had, and worth every penny.
I showed the footage to my client this morning to which she commented that it is nice to have these once in a lifetime experiences.
To which I replied by asking 'What do you mean, once?'
I have every intention of repeating the experience.

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1615 on: October 07, 2019, 01:46:35 pm »
Awesome!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: glad I convinced you (although I'm guessing you didn't need much convincing). What did you think? Did you take the controls?

Interesting they do the camera from behind so you can see where you are going. My video in the Grace spit is pointed at my face throughout so all you can see is my silly grin for half an hour! I like the air to air, that's a nice piece of video. Mrs Trekker bought my flight and they didn't sell her the air-air camera plane option, I'd have to do it again to get that   ;)

I was watching 'Spitfire' again at the weekend and Geoffrey Wellum was right when he said you never forget a flight in a Spitfire!

My Bold
I think you've summed it up there, very well.
I had a camera behind me as well as one facing me - as well as the one on the strut of the Sky Van.
In addition to the iPhones being brandished by the guests in my chase plane.

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1616 on: October 07, 2019, 01:57:05 pm »
Cool. Who was the pilot?

I intend to repeat the experience as well although probably not a Spitfire. Ultimate Warbirds have a two seat Mustang and Me109. It would be interesting to compare. I've thought long and hard about going for my PPL but I'd never advance far enough to solo something like that so I think it's better to use the money every now and again and ride in something different each time.
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1617 on: October 07, 2019, 02:14:56 pm »
Blimey.  How fast are you going? Do you get a running commentary from the pilot?  What was that maneuver when it all went nbsiqe pomu at 1:11?  How long were you up for? I'.m guessing the trip was Biggin-Dover-Biggin.
Couldn't tell you how fast, but I can tell you that feel everything in this aircraft.

Oh and we did the victory roll in the Grace spit at 260mph and 280 to do a loop so i assume you were doing similar for that and around 180 in the level. They don't take the engines to anywhere near wartime boost levels to extend their life. I still can't imagine what full power would have been like in the day or even fighting a war in one.
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1618 on: October 09, 2019, 12:35:47 pm »
Git!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1619 on: October 09, 2019, 12:45:05 pm »
Couldn't tell you how fast

Forgot the Garmin?  Pah!
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1620 on: October 09, 2019, 12:47:16 pm »
Git!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Wot 'e said ^^^.

A Spit nearly put us off the road once. Air display near Edinburgh, us going past, missus driving, Spit comes roaring over hedge from left, I yell "Spitfire!" in surprise and her steering goes all wobbly.
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1621 on: October 10, 2019, 08:04:49 pm »
BelugaXL on final into Saint Nazaire a couple of days ago as I was heading their. Ride past the airport but unfortunately it had already taken off and was climbing into the clouds, heck of a takeoff angle and climb rate!
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1622 on: October 10, 2019, 08:45:33 pm »
BelugaXL on final into Saint Nazaire a couple of days ago as I was heading their. Ride past the airport but unfortunately it had already taken off and was climbing into the clouds, heck of a takeoff angle and climb rate!
That's a beast.

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1623 on: October 10, 2019, 09:38:23 pm »
Errr...


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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1624 on: October 11, 2019, 05:18:20 am »
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