Sunday, 5 July 2020

PL983 NHS Salute

Spitfire PR.XI PL983/G-PRXI on it's Hinchingbrooke Hospital to Witchford Village leg, passing over St. Ives...




Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Spitfire saunter...

Passing overhead the HQ today, PV202 on a trip out from DX...




Friday, 19 June 2020

Five years ago...

A lifetime (so far) dream was fulfilled this day five years ago - I flew in, and flew, a Spitfire!

Spitfire T9 MJ627 to be precise, from Duxford with Al Pinner as my pilot.





Friday, 29 May 2020

Overhead...

Just transited through going north, Spitfires PR.XI PL983/G-PRXI and LF XVIe TD248/G-OXVI. PL983 wearing it's "Thank U NHS" underside tribute...


Thursday, 28 May 2020

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Knife 71...

Pair of Bell CV-22B Ospreys, 05-0028 and 10-0052, 7th Special Operations Squadron, passing by...



Thursday, 21 May 2020

Almost overhead...

P-47D Nellie B was doing aeros to the south of Warbirdskies base yesterday, as well as a pass-by the previous day by the newly repainted P-51D G-SHWN, no longer "Shark Mouth" KH774, but now in markings of Don Blakeslee of the 4th FG USAAF.

Didn't manage to get a photo of G-SHWN and her new look had me confused until I read a post by Peter Green/Warbirdapps with a distant shot of it landing back at Duxford.

While I get the importance of the role of the 334th, 335th, and 336th Fighter Squadrons of the 4th Fighter Group based at RAF Debden, and it's achievements (first fighter group to fly combat missions over German airspace, the first to escort bombers over Berlin, and the first selected to escort bombers on shuttle bombing runs landing in Russia) and over a thousand enemy aircraft claimed.  Also Donald Blakeslee started his wartime flying as a member of 401 Sqn RCAF then 133 Eagle Sqn RAF, I'm sad that we have lost the only RAF marked Mustang (IV) flying in the world.

I know paint jobs come and go at the whims of the owners and as the old retort goes, "when you own a warbird you can paint it any colour you want". Hopefully, one day the UK skies will again be the playground of a RAF marked Mustang...



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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Just landed...

Just landed on the mat - two prints of ML407 (with/without stripes) by Bertrand Brown (Gaetan Marie). Excellent quality artwork and Bertrand has been very communicative during the whole process. Thoroughly recommend him if you are after a similar profile print of ML407 or any other aircraft profile he has in store.
Now I just have to wait for my local picture framer to reopen...
Had wondered if a double sided frame is an option so I can flip it as the occasion warrants...





Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Lockdown Lookup...


USAF KC135 wearing a groove in the blue...



Friday, 3 April 2020

A year on...

...from my flight in ML407 and, far from cavorting around billowing white clouds in a Spitfire, my feet are firmly on the ground and a week and a half into a possible 24 week 'lockdown' due to Covid-19.

No T9 flights are happening anywhere in the UK as all operators have shut up shop during this national/world crisis.

A couple of images from 3 April 2019 to keep the spirits up...







Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Lockdown lookback...

With IWM Duxford and all other IWM branches now closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak, having a thumb though some of the photos I have taken over the years.

Theme for the week - German aircraft at Duxford...
















Friday, 13 March 2020

No walk this week...

Missing out on my Duxford duties this week, so a Friday Flashback to a year ago...



Friday, 6 March 2020

First 'sounds of summer'?...

Blue sky, blossom on the trees and Spitfire T9 SM520/KJ⦿I/G-ILDA doing some spirited aeros, about 5 miles to the south, this afternoon...



Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Tuesday Traipse...

Anglia Aircraft Restorations hardware was on display on the ground today and partaking in some aerial activities...
The two 'ladies', P-51 "Contrary Mary" and P-47 "Nellie B" put on a spirited two-ship "Ultimate Fighters" display early on in the morning and the Hawker Fury SR661 went aloft for some flying to the NW...
Spitfire MkVc EE602 also went up for some practice.






Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Post Storm Saunter 💨🌧

Little happening on the 'field today as I went for a saunter. 

Hurricane Mk1 V7497 taxied out, around and back, refuelled and eventually went up for a time.

(Panasonic DMC-TZ7)




Monday, 10 February 2020

Storm Ciara damages Airspace IWM Duxford

The roof of the Airspace "superhangar" at Duxford has fallen foul of storm damage again, almost 6 years on from when it last suffered at the hands of winter storms.

11/2/20 - Museum has now reopened to public and staff.

The museum is closed UFN and a one-mile exclusion zone has also been set up around the building, which has been deemed unsafe and the M11 has been closed until further notice, between J9 and 11 in both directions.  Traffic using the A505 from Whittlesford and Fowlmere towards the M11 has also been affected.


UPDATE: 10/2/20 - M11/A505 now reopened.

March 2014 - repairs under way.


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Midweek Meander #4