Tuesday, 20 September 2016

HAC Sopwith Pup

While pup-sitting at the Meet The Fighters air show at Duxford had a chat with one of the HAC personnel. He made a passing comment about how it would look even better with Lord Flashheart stood next to it.
I mentioned that there were WWI aviator re-enactors 'deployed' near to the hangar base next to "The Workshop/Wing Co Joe's" and if he asked them they'd probably jump at the chance to pose next to the Pup.
Off he strolled and sometime later returned with some members of The Dawn Patrol. The 'aviator' 2nd from the right was a pretty good substitute for "Flash"!!!

Photo - Jon Higgins HAC

Friday, 16 September 2016

ML407 landing mishap...

Confirmation of The Grace Spitfire ML407 suffering a landing 'mishap' have been confirmed by Carolyn Grace with the social media post -

Here's hoping for a swift return to the air...

Sunday, 11 September 2016

A slightly sunnier Duxford...

Sunday morning broke with blue skies and the prospect of ideal air show weather after a washed out Saturday.
After a coffee to kickstart my day, a quick stroll around before going out to the flight line…

Spent the morning watching over the HAC's Sopwith Pup N6161
The upside of the previous day being washed out was that the Great War Display Team had twice the amount of pyrotechnics to get rid of during their display! There were some pretty loud bangs as a result - wonder if residents of surrounding properties were writing letters of complaint as they went off?…

Highlight of the day for myself was the 14 Spitfire flypast and subsequent tail chase - wonderful sight and sound!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016


Today and some H2 shuffling...

Thursday, 1 September 2016

MJ627 by Matt Holness AGAvA (2/50)

Picked up this 'profile' print of MJ627 by Matt Holness at Legends and today I collected it from the framers…

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

BAS Dash 7

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Farewell Miss Velma...

News on the 'net that TF-51D 44-84847 (N251RJ) "Miss Velma" is moving from Duxford, her home for the last nine years, to North Weald. I expect she'll grace the skies over DX again but she's been a part of DX for almost as long as I have volunteered there…

I can recall standing in my back garden as it was on the final stages of it's long transatlantic flight on the 4th July 2007 - sadly it's companion for the trip, P-38 "Glacier Girl", didn't make it out of the US.

Still 'wearing' her ferry tanks with the Operation Bolero II markings and looking a little travel worn...

…and Ed Shipley who flew the whole trip single handed

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Legends Sunday

Kept the Seafire company for three and a half hours today…

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Legends Saturday

Some of the flight line walk contents…

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

New participant for Legends?

Monday, 4 July 2016

4.VII.16 - New crowd line and new arrival...

Had to drop in today so took a saunter around. With the 'closure' of the Tank Bank for the upcoming "Flying Legends Air Show" the new 'crowd line' is in place and provides an additional ~80' (in depth) for spectators at "Airliner Row" and ~140' depth along the "Jet Pan". 
There may well be a rush to secure chairs to the newly relocated fencing as it brings the taxiway closer for almost the whole length of the viewing areas. 
Not a lot flying today apart from some GA stuff - will be back on Wednesday for work, so may take another recce south side then. 
Am working Sunday somewhere on site so, for those that know me, say hi!!!

Increased viewing area at "Airliner Row"

Increased viewing area at "Jet Pan"

Lockheed Electra NC14999

Friday, 1 July 2016

MK805 Simply Spitfire reproduction damaged in road incident.

Sad news that Terry Arlow's wonderful reproduction of Spitfire MkIX MK805 has been involved in an accident while en route to the Isle Of Wight.
The trailer carrying MK805 apparently sheared off the towing vehicle and crashed into an embankment.

Pics and story here -

Sunday, 19 June 2016

This day last year...

Hard to believe a whole year has gone by since my memorable flight in MJ627.

I still have to remind myself, as I try to spot a Spitfire passing overhead, that I've 'done that'…

Friday, 27 May 2016


Spotted over the village - RAF marked Mustang. Wonder which that is?...

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

25.V.16 Today's Saunter...

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Newark Air Museum

Took a little ride up to NAM this morning - their Shackleton is covered in scaffolding for a repaint. Some A/C have been moved around a little so took a couple of photos…

Friday, 15 April 2016


Today's post-lunch saunter around saw MJ627 back at DX fulfilling childhood dreams…

Last minute refresh of safety brief

That awesome sensation of a Merlin coming to life!

Taxi out for the flight of a lifetime

Second World War to Cold War air defence

Quartet of Spitfires with a Hurricane soloist

Not often seen view of the Corsair's gun bays