Wednesday, 30 December 2015

A windy last 'report' of 2015.

The framework for the "Lancaster Hangar" is now up. It may have walls and a roof next time I see it!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

To all readers and comment contributors - thanks for your interest during 2015...

As the year comes to a close, 2015 will be remembered by myself for a long time, for obvious reasons!

I wonder what 2016 will bring?...

1942 RAF training film - "Bullseye Interception"

One 1942 film called "Bullseye Interception"  that I'm currently accessioning, is about how fighter control coordinated interception of German bombers (AA, Searchlights and night fighters).

On the wall of the sector ops room, along with squadron status, weather etc was a list of R/T Codes - many are well known but a couple of new ones to me


  • Scramble - Take off and climb
  • Saunter - Fly slowly as possible without losing height
  • Liner - Fly at economical cruising speed
  • Buster - Fly at normal full speed
  • Gate - Fly at maximum permissible speed (5 mins only)
  • Angels - Operate at height ____ ft
  • Vector - Set course ____ degrees
  • Steer - Set course for home ____ degrees
  • Orbit - Circle and search
  • Bogey - Unidentified aircraft
  • Bandit - Enemy aircraft
  • Tally Ho - Enemy sighted
  • Pancake - Land and Refuel
  • Popeye - In cloud
  • Mattress - Below cloud
  • Quilt - Above cloud

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Duxford's new hangar...

Progress on the new "Lancaster" hangar.

















Meanwhile, over t'road, the OM xmas tree is lit up…



Friday, 11 December 2015

Blue and silver...

From the blue of the Yak to the Jungmann and some silver left out... 

11.XII.15

A little sky blue to brighten up a dull day…

Friday, 4 December 2015

4.XII.15

Northside at DX and it looks like the work on the renovation/conversion of the Officer's Mess to a "Business Centre" is complete (apart from some tweaks)…



















Sunday, 8 November 2015

Remembrance Sunday.

A busy Duxford today - queueing traffic to get in along the A505 and a very large attendance by bikers. The North side car park was almost half full.



Friday, 6 November 2015

T16.5?

F-100 being 'broken down' for posting back to USAF
Half a T-33. A T16.5?

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

21.X.15

Lightning F.1 XM135 in Airspace
Glimpse of PV202 while doors open for the Taifun to be moved in.
Sally B in situ for the winter and cowlings off engines already.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

F/O James Flood 421 Squadron - A mystery...

Back in 2011 I posted a request on the FlyPast forum after I found the squadron ORB entry which matched the date of a gun camera clip I'd watched. The clip in question showed an aircraft ahead which, as the gap was closed, appeared to me to be another Spitfire. The 'target' slipped out of the top of the frame as it got closer then briefly reappeared showing the lower half of the fuselage and under wing radiators (by now, definitely a Spitfire radiator set up) and then what appeared to be a round/s striking the rear of the right wing.

The 453 Sqn ORB entry for that day records the incident -

26/8/44 0900-1020. ARMED RECCE - ROUEN-FLEURY SUR ANDELLE
1 Spitfire flying right in among gaggle of Me 109's in Aumale area was inadvertently fired at by F/L J.F.Olver at approximately 0945 hours after leaving gaggle until recognised as a Spitfire. There were no other Spitfires in the vicinity. The A/C lettering was AU-G or AU-C. The Spitfire which took absolutely no evasive action was seen to have been already extensively damaged and had holes along the fuselage. The aircraft which gave out a little black smoke was followed and seen to crash in a field to the SE of Dieppe. The pilot did not bail out. 1 ME 109 probably destroyed by F/O Carter, 1 ME 109 probably destroyed by W/O Duff, 1 ME 109 probably destroyed by S/L Smith(?) 20 ME109's sighted NE Paris at 20,000 feet to 25,000 feet when squadron were at 26,000 feet. Dog-fight ensued.


The AU codes were for 421 ‘Red Indian’ (Canadian) Squadron
From 16 Jun 44, 127 Wing was based at B.2 Bazenville, Normandy then from 28 Aug 44, 127 Wing moved to B.26 Iliers l'Eveque, Normandy so they were operating in the area.

I've now been contacted by a historian/researcher looking into the loss of F/O James FLOOD, 421 Squadron who died on August 26, 1944 -
"James Flood's Spitfire crashed not very far from my family farm on August 26th, 1944.
I was able to obtain his Individual Deceased Personal File from the National Archives of Canada.
His aircraft was coded AU-CI got in touch with James Flood's younger brother. He would like to find out about a potential case of "friendly fire"".


From reading the above extract from the squadron ORB, I wonder if Flood was incapacitated in some way from a previous dogfight and the aircraft was flying itself - but it seems like a good opportunity to perhaps go some way towards clearing up his death.


Hopefully the existence of this short 8 second clip will be of some use to help clear up a tragedy of war. 

Update:

http://www.aircrewremembered.com/flood-james.html

I came across this image of F/O Olver with other squadron members dated July 44.


BAYEUX, FRANCE. C. 1944-07. PILOTS OF NO. 453 (SPITFIRE) SQUADRON RAAF SIGHTSEEING OUTSIDE BAYEUX CATHEDRAL DURING A REST FROM PATROLLING THE NORMANDY BATTLEFIELDS. LEFT TO RIGHT: SQUADRON LEADER D. H. SMITH; FLYING OFFICER (FO) K. K. LAWRENCE; FO J. F. OLVER; FLIGHT LIEUTENANT (FLT LT) V. A. LANCASTER; FO M. WEST; FLT LT P. V. McDADE.












Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Hang 'em high….

As the IWM slowly runs out of 'drawing pins', the "little boys bedroom ceiling" is almost full.
Today the P-47 "Oregons Britannia" was being fixed in place and next up, "Etta Jeanne II"…




Sunday, 20 September 2015

Spitfire tail chase BoB 75th Anniversary Airshow - Duxford

Just a short part of the 15 minute Spitfire Crescendo from Saturday shot/edited on iPhone. No Oscars sought for cinematography, just shot to capture the sound! (Click on YouTube link for full size video)


Friday, 18 September 2015

A brief look back to 3 months ago...

A shortened version of the video from my flight in Spitfire MkIX T9 MJ627

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

16.IX.15

A quartet of McLarens were on site today for a photo shoot with the SR-71 - around about a million quids worth if you load up the option lists on them.
From the left (if my model identification is correct) : 570S (£145,000), 675LT (centre) £259,500, orange 650S Spider (£215,000) and the 650S (furthest away) costs £195,000!
Maybe TFC are branching out into the world of exotic car sales!

I could only snap them with a B-29/Victor backdrop...















Meanwhile, elsewhere…














The F-4 and A-10 have now been moved back into the AAM, the U-2 is now hung up and the B-52 was about to be towed back down to sit outside Airspace. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

9.IX.15

MH434 and Frankie awaiting departure.
AAM starting to fill up
Next up for being slung up...

Monday, 7 September 2015

Spitfire T9 MJ772 in off field landing.

Spitfire MkIX T9 MJ772 NL•R (D-FMKN) belonging to Hangar 10 was involved in a forced landing in a field in Kent today. The pilot Rob Davies was uninjured after the aircraft developed engine problems according to the report on the Kent Online newspaper website
Photo Kent Online Newspaper

















The aircraft belongs to Air Fighter Academy/Hangar 10 based in Northern Germany.

This aircraft has suffered forced landings previously, the most recent being in May 2012…

Hopefully it can be repaired again and back in the air!

Friday, 4 September 2015

4.IX.15

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Duxford :: 26.VIII.15

Any remaining dust should have been washed away by now!
Another due to be slung up soon...
Thunderbolt pair...

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Duxford :: 19.VIII.15

Can't say I am too keen on the nose art on this - so, for
me, this is it's "best side"...
Getting my fill of "Wild Hawg" before it goes back inside AAM.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Mach Loop "Exit" :: 6.VIII.15

On 'deployment' in N.Wales at the moment and a quartet of F-15's are waking up the locals…
Later on, a pair of Schweizer Luftwaffe PC-21's were also doing their thing! Hard to tell they were approaching as they sound like racing motorbikes!


                                                                                                



















11.VIII.15
A couple of Hawks "circling the block" today and snapped from >1000' up the opposite hillside to "base camp"…



















Missed a King Air, two Tucanos and other assorted loud jetty things...

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Duxford :: 29.VII.15

A few shots from around the museum today…



Drop tanks now fitted to Etta.




Out in the 'cold' while it's 'copain' sits in H3...


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Duxford :: 22.VII.15