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Tizer
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Posted -  21/12/2007  :  11:56
I have uploaded my first picture to the Barlick site I hope to be able to add it in this thread if/when it gets approval from Doc. It is a postcard from the 1940s entitled Winged Heroes and showing Hawker Hurricanes. (The picture is in the next post if you are on page 1 of the thread; if you are on another page you need to go back tp page 1 to see it.)

Please feel free to add your own stories, pictures or comments regarding everything to do with aeroplanes and their pilots, both past and present.

Edited by - Tizer on 11/11/2010 15:11:42


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GAK
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Posted - 12/09/2009 : 00:09
Hi Tizer
Yes, I have got a copy of the photo on my comp. isn't OGFB wonderful.
GAK


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panbiker
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Posted - 12/09/2009 : 19:58
Tomorrow in Morecambe 13.00 BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane in display. Will take a trip through the trough on the motorbike and have a look. Pictures to follow if I get some good ones. Worth keeping a watch in Barlick as the flight is due to transit back to Coningsby after the display. 6 Merlin engines if in formation, a nice drone.


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panbiker
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Posted - 13/09/2009 : 18:38
The display in Morecambe was cancelled due to bad weather? Very dissapointing as the bay had wall to wall sunshine with cumulus cloud at about 1500ft. The BBMF full flying program gave the take off airfield as RAF Leeming in North Yorks. The flight was due to have a 20 minute transit time to Morecambe and then 25mins transit after the display back to base at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. I have just watched the national weather which said that the UK has been predominately fine with thickening cloud from late afternoon through the evening in the East. If the flight had taken place they would have been back at Coningsby by sometime around 14.15 so the cancellation for bad weather is a bit curious. No doubt there would be a good reason. The ground crew on the promenade seemed to be making a bob or two with memorabilia and T Shirts. The Red Arrows were displaying at Hull and that went off without a hitch. Anyway it was a nice run on the motorbike.


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wendyf
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Posted - 14/09/2009 : 12:03
Something small, single engined and noisy just came frighteningly low over the house. I dashed to the window in time to see it banking at 90 degrees somewhere over Kelbrook to head north.
It just came over again as I was writing, but went somewhere over Letcliffe before doubling back.

Wendy


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Another
Traycle Mine Overseer


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Posted - 28/09/2009 : 09:10
I saw the Red Arrows from Cowling  flying over windy's place on Saturday about 3.00pm  - must have been heading to the Southport Air Show. I must admit I was wondering what the starge object was until they got a little nearer. At first it seemed like a large flying lizard transformer . Eyes are not what they used to be. Nolic


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wendyf
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Posted - 28/09/2009 : 09:27
It has become such a regular thing that I have stopped mentioning it! Last week they were heading for The Great North Run. I wonder why they come over this way each time, it cant be just to wave to me can it? Where are they based?

Wendy


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Another
Traycle Mine Overseer


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Posted - 28/09/2009 : 12:31
Windy - do you sunbathe "au naturel" ?  If you do that might explain it as they are based in Lincolnshire !!!  Nolic


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wendyf
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Posted - 28/09/2009 : 12:41
Sunbathe?? Up here??


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Tizer
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Posted - 28/09/2009 : 12:54
I'm no expert but I suppose the Red Arrows will have to follow specific RAF routes about the country. We often see them here too, as well as Hercules and helicopters. We seem to be on a route to and from RAF Braunton near Barnstaple.


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wendyf
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Posted - 28/09/2009 : 15:01
I was talking to a chap recently about the wartime searchlight battery on the hillside across the road. He was in the AFS in Earby during the war and remembers the battery. There were no guns there and he thinks the lights may have been used to guide our own pilots home. Perhaps this has been an RAF route for that long.



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Stanley
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Posted - 28/09/2009 : 15:58
Interesting thought Wendy. Mind you the Luftwaffe like the RAF tended to keep away from searchlights because they would assume they were accompanied by AA guns.


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panbiker
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Posted - 28/09/2009 : 18:43
Wendy, here's the last few days for the Red Arrows.

http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/teamnews/index.cfm?storyid=E0FBB05F-5056-A318-A81645287228B566

Coming to the end of their season. The team will shortly be transiting abroad for the winter training schedule. You can see from the itinerary that they made a slight detour after Southport and Blackpool for a flypast on Sunday. I bet Tom got a good view over the weekend.


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Tizer
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Posted - 30/09/2009 : 20:21
I read in The Times that the navy's Sea King helicopters are being sent out to Afghanistan. They are known as `baggers' because of the large surveillance pods hanging from below them. These are used normally  for maritime surveillance but now they will be applying the same technology to tracking insurgents.


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 02/10/2009 : 08:14
How old are they?


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Tizer
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Posted - 03/10/2009 : 11:26
I saw something saying the first Westland Sea King flew in 1969 but I don't know the age of the ones going to Afghanistan. Probably 40 years old!


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