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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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Stanley
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Posted - 29/09/2008 : 17:49
PS Watched The Blue Max again last night.......


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panbiker
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Posted - 30/09/2008 : 17:51
Typed up the first letter asking for the application pack for the BBMF aircraft for next years 40's event. A lot earlier than last year so our first choice might stand more chance in the bidding.


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Tizer
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Posted - 05/10/2008 : 10:16
The four-engine German aircraft that I posted a photo of on the previous page of this thread is a Junkers G.38 which first flew in 1929. It was used for commercial transport and as a military troop transport.

Wikipedia says "The G.38, during its early life, was the largest land plane in the world. Passenger accommodations were sumptuous by today's standards and were meant to rival those offered by the competing Zeppelin service offered by DELAG. The plane was unique in that passengers were seated in the wings. The leading edge of each wing was fitted with sloping windscreens giving these passengers the forward-facing view usually available only to pilots. In design terms the G-38 foreshadowed the Blended Wing Body design currently being developed by both NASA and Boeing as an alternative to traditional tube and wing aircraft configurations. The G.38 carried a crew of seven. On board mechanics were able to service the engines in flight due to the G.38's blended wing design which provided access to all four power plants."

My picture is from a postcard but more pictures are available on this Google image page


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Posted - 05/10/2008 : 13:03
I like the idea of doing a quick plug change in mid-air.......


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Stanley
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Posted - 22/04/2009 : 07:27
Did I hear that a Spitfire was sold at auction in London this week?


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Bradders
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Posted - 22/04/2009 : 10:34
Yes Stanley....Bonhams sold a two seater on Monday at Hendon for a shade over £1.7m......

If you go to www.bonhams.com/cars

There is quite a lot of detail and a film etc.

PS My partner's ex husband was in charge of  R R Heritage up until the back end of last year.

A couple of years ago he arranged for their SPITFIRE  to put in a surprise appearance at the MUSIC IN THE PARK concert here in Derby (it's a freeby that usually marks the end of summer ....with fireworks, you know the sort of thing).

Darley Park is a natural amphytheatre   (can't spell that !) with the river as a boundary.

There was to be a fly-past during the performance of The Spitfire music ( a march I think) and Janet and I were sworn to secrecy .

So the picnic tables were groaning , early evening candles lit and 80,000 people were having a fairly lively time ,when all of a sudden ..........and right on cue .....

That unmistakable roar !     I shall not forget it......

The pilot was very low , just over the trees, and it sounded like he was going flat out ( but probably wasn't)

One pass ,then a roll and a banked turn and back again......then it was over.

I looked around and Everyone was standing  ,open mouthed.......then the Applause ..... Magic.

When it all died down the band was still playing, !

And my mate called me all the names under the sun for not letting on. 


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Stanley
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Posted - 22/04/2009 : 13:38
The RR Spit overflew Barlick last year I think and I was up Letcliffe. The best thing about theirs is that it has the Griffon engine in it and sounds even better than the Merlin. Wonderful gut-wrenching roar as it banked. I could listen to that sound all day... The music was the Spitfire Prelude and Fugue by Sir William Walton.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 22/04/2009 : 16:24
Listen to it here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVSm_f7bO8s



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Bradders
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Posted - 22/04/2009 : 21:47
Thankyou Frank and Stanley......I just listened to the Walton , and it  IS  moving.

 


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Stanley
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Posted - 23/04/2009 : 09:59
I looked up Griffon on youtube....  How come those trailers don't take off? If you want another treat put Big Boy Locomotive in the search bar, some wonderful footage. I went from there to Lickey Incline and managed to blow away almost an hour of valuable scanning time!


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Tizer
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Posted - 10/05/2009 : 10:54
Graves of RAF jet fighter air crew Click for larger image.

A general photo of the graves of 13 RAF jet fighter air crew at the cemetery across the road from the church in Westonzoyland, Somerset, UK. These men died between 1952 and 1955 flying the early jet fighters, Meteors and Vampires, from Westonzoyland airfield. Although it was peacetime, flying these aircraft was dangerous because the failure rate was very high. More on Westonzoyland Airfield's history here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Weston_Zoyland

 

Edited by - Tizer on 10/05/2009 10:56:22


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Posted - 16/06/2009 : 12:25
Just seen a hercules flying low and slow heading north up into the Dales.


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wendyf
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Posted - 16/06/2009 : 12:51
I just saw that too, and was thinking how unnerving it was to be looking down on a plane flying by.

Wendy


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Tizer
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Posted - 16/06/2009 : 17:03
Make the best of it while the Hercules are still operating! They fly very low over us but in the Somerset Levels there is nowhere to look down on them from! The pilots handle the Hercules like fighters rather than transports. I see the RAF is going to replace the old VC-10 tankers with Airbus derivatives.


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Posted - 09/08/2009 : 17:36
Merlin over Barlick this afternoon at about 4.00pm. Unmistakable sound and sight of BBMF Hurricane (a bit to high to see which one) but checking with the BBMF display and flypast schedule, it looks like it was the Hurricane that was at Blackpool today. It came from the West flying SE and was transiting on it's way back to it's base at RAF Coningsby. It was doing a display with a Spit and the Lancaster at Blackpool. Not seen or heard either of the other two though. The Spitfire is also scheduled to land back at Coningsby, the Lancasters destination for the day is not given.


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