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...