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Miserable day at the air show

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  1. RobertP

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    Maybe that should be ground show as hardly anything flew.

    Dull miserable day. Intermittent misty drizzle. Chilling breeze. Way too many people. Wish I could add something positive.

    It's a long time since I've been to an airshow and it will be a long time before I go again. If I do I have been told in no uncertain terms I will be going on my own. Can't see me taking up the generous offer of a discount against the next show because this one never happened.

    Anyway enough moaning. Walked round the aircraft and took a few pictures. Then spent way too many hours waiting for something to happen. Conditions were so poor the shots are nothing special. The Chinook helicopter flew about for a few minutes so there was *something* that got airborne.

    Have to say there were so many plane spotters that took it all so seriously with their notepads and anoraks I was taken by surprise. Even saw one guy walk around all day with his own step ladders.

    Heres a few so the day was not completely in vain

    note the wet look...
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    Engine cowling
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    This guy taxied along folding and unfolding his wings before he flew home
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    Think the dust pump is working - spot the spot
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    Oh dear...I heard that virtually nothing flew today because of the low cloud.. :thumbsdow

    Not a good day eh?

    It it makes you feel any better, we lasted 16 hours on our 3 day break to the Isle of Wight...got there 5pm friday, left at 9am saturday.. :thumbsdow
    Place was a geriatric hi de hi camp....food to match... :thumbsdow
    Including ferry and petrol, around 1/2 of a 20D down the pan.

    Here's a phone shot of our room, AFTER being serviced...

    :eek:
     

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    I really like the first one Robert, counjers up the images of preparations for a mission at dawn during WW2
     
  4. RobertP

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    Seany - Had to wait for one of them to put his digital camera away before I could take that first one :)

    -

    Got out of the car park in only 1 1/2 hours. If I hadn't followed someone that got out of his car and removed a section of fence for an alternative exit I'd still be there :rotfl:
     
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    Sorry to hijack this thread but I caught this flying over Lake Windermere on 3rd September - around lunchtime or so (it's a Lancaster BTW)

    Came in really low over the lake whilst i was taking a trip across the middle. Was there an air show on that day?

    It looked bloody fantastic - like a scene out of the Dambusters.

    Shame I could only reel off a couple of reaaaalllly crap photos. I had my camera set on auto focus and just couldn't get it changed in time before it disappeared. :mad:
     

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    Hi ya RobertP,
    The first one looks great in B/W as below. It really has the feel of the era. I hope you don't mind me taking the liberty of manipulating your picky. ;)
     
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    That's great Chris, I think there's only one flying Lancaster left in the UK. The City of Lincoln but I could be wrong.

    Which air show were these taken at RobertP? I was at Biggin Hill a few weeks ago and it was lovely. :)
     
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    Correct, the only other flying example is in Canada.. :smashin:
     
  9. RobertP

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    Duxford Yesterday.

    Glad your weather was good :(

    ;)
     
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    Had the Battle of Britain flight and Red Arrows display team over my house at the weekend. New meaning to fast and low. :rotfl:
     
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    Indeedy. They had her flying last weekend at the Toronto Air show. It was wonderful to see a Lancaster in the air again, especially when it was only about 90 feet above my head. I couldn't get my camera quickly enough, darn it. One of the highlights of the show was an F-16 Falcon formation flying with a P-51 Mustang. Oh and a MiG-17, an F-104 Starfighter (what a sound) and a B-52 and a couple of F-18 Hornets. It pays to live under the flight path.
     
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    Off topic a bit I know but how, out of all the Lancasters ever built, can there only be 2 left which can fly? It doesn't make sense, why weren't more maintained?
     
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    There are a few more that aren't airworthy but the vast majority of aircraft were scrapped for the steel.

    It's the same reason there aren't many Spitfires, Wellington bombers or B17s to name a few. It's a great shame but all the more reason to keep what we have in the air which are beautiful machines to see and hear. :)

    There are even more problems keeping old jets airborne as they're simply to complex and expensive to maintain. The current crop that are on their way out (some variants of the Harrier, Tornado & Jaguar) simply won't fly again once they've become redundant. :(
     
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    We never look to the future....some older aircraft are lost forever...some modern types will never fly again too. There are a couple of English Electric Lightnings in the UK that can do fast taxi runs, but they are not allowed to fly under CAA rules, although they could actually take off. The only place you can see a Lightning fly is South Africa, along with our once famous Buccaneer. They are classed by the CAA as 'Complex Military Types'
    Some not so complex types fly in small numbers, Hunter and Gnat for example

    The Sea Harrier is soon to be gone, but the RAF version has a few more years, and you won't be seeing Jaguars for much longer.

    There will be a flying Vulcan soon, but its costing millions to get it certified to fly
     
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    I read somewhere that after the war, B17 Flying Fortesses were of high scrap value because of all the Perspex in them apart from aluminium.
    The Perspex was used to make acrylic paint for new cars :eek:
     
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    I'd love to see a Lighting fly

    I have seen a Vulcan fly
     
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    I saw the last flight of the Vulcan over RAF Scampton as well. And have seen the Lancaster, it is a very impressive aircraft and the panels in the cockpit came from my Aunts loft (or in one of them at least)!
     
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    Lee-on-Solent. ... RNAS HMS Daedalus Open Days.....I was there.. :smashin:

    Was it 1983??
     

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    Was very fortunate to be at Binbrook when the last flight of 11 squadron, Lightnings, took place. 11 Lightnings in the air at once !!
    Sadly that day was also marred by horrendous weather but I shan`t forget it.
     
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    I know about Thunder city - lottery win place!

    I saw a Vulcan at RAF Valley during a holiday when I was about 10 or so, also saw a Harrier hovering and also a couple of planes crashed on our camp site - 5 people dead :( 4 air crew and 1 person in a static
     
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    I'm very lucky when It comes to aircraft spotting. I live in Lincoln, about 2 miles from RAF Waddington (home of the Vulcan and now the AWAC's). When the Vulcans were at Waddington they use to take off and bank right over my house. What a sight and sound!!! :) When the Vulcan did it's final flight over Lincoln it flew a circuit with the bomb-bay doors open with black lettering saying "FAREWELL". It was quite emotional... :(
     
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    That is the exist flight I was talking about! Bit too young at the time to find it emotional but it was nice and low as well.
     
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    I only work about a half mile away from Elvington Air Museum and have a warehouse on the industrial estate there...it would be nice for their planes to fly but I don't think any of them do...it's a bit depressing really.
     
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    Hey.....Airliners net material there.. :smashin:

    Quality not so important on a really rare shot like that.. :D
     
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    The picky is a stock image off the net to show what I was talking about. It's pretty poor quality but showed the "Farewell" message that I had said about. :p
     
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    I was in the RAF cadets at school and went on several week long camps in the early-mid 80's.
    Including one at Waddington and one at Binbrook!
    I was there when they disbanded the Vulcan Squadrons - sat up all night seeing/hearing them leave....
    Camp at Binbrook meant seeing Lightnings on sorties day and night
    - Lightnings are simply awesome....!
    I've also been all over the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane "cleaning" them
    and seen a Harrier teathered in a bay having it's engines run at 104%...!!!! (amongst other things....)
    That was something!
     
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    I thought it was your pic.....shame.. :suicide:
     

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