Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saunter 21.II.18

Bit of a murky day all day so not a lot happening, or at least not as I took my post lunch stroll around...

Spitfire T9 PV202 parked outside, BBMF Chipmunk WG486 was running up, TFC Sea Fury T.20 WG655 parked up after more engine runs...



Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Saunter 7.II.18...

New site transport spotted parked up today - electric powered so hope they remember to plug it in?
And the Spitfaux was looking quite realistic today - from a distance...


Thursday, 25 January 2018

T9 Territory...

The sound of a Merlin for a good part of the afternoon to the south of me - SM520 enjoying the clear blue sky...
I waited for it to pass in front of the Moon but while it came soooooo close it didn't, so a bit of imagination and Photoshop...


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Today's saunter...

PV202 cornered by a horde of Astons...


Thursday, 18 January 2018

The calm after the storm...

Clear blue skies followed the overnight gales but clouds soon rolled in to blanket the airfield, meanwhile there was a bit of activity today from SM520...
And a WokkaWokka did a low level pass for good measure...






Thursday, 11 January 2018

T.20 Thursday

Caught the T.20 being returned to H2 this afternoon...

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Finger of god

The sun came out for a brief time this morning but sauntering around the site after lunch, the wind picked up a fair bit and ominous clouds were approaching from the west...

#4

After snapping three T9s in H3 I bagged my 4th in H2, in the shape of Aero Legends NH341 "Elizabeth", which has now been reunited with her Merlin - a return to the air soon?

T9 Thursday...

3 x T9s residing in H3 - PT462, SM520, PV202

4/1/18 - Stang-o-rama

First working visit of 2018 and as I drove in I noticed the contents of H2N(e) were being dragged out, so took some quick snaps of the 'Stangs...
Apparently, it's almost 30 years since these three were together as Cisco, Moose and Miss L for the filming of Memphis Belle in 1989.
Also a shot of Miss Helen's tail awaiting repair - Ferocious Frankie placed between MH and Shark Mouth just in case it gets "nippy" again...






Monday, 1 January 2018


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Merry Xmas all...


Friday, 8 December 2017

Monday, 4 December 2017

Sea Fury

TFC's Sea Fury T-20 was pulled out for an engine run today - unfortunately they didn't manage to get it running while I was there.... 
But nice to see in in the day light, wings unfolded and one beefy prop attached.




Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Merlin, two seats but not a Spitfire...

MeierMotors have posted on their FB page that Fiat G-59 4B D-FIAT (previously VH-LIX) has flown following a full rebuild at their facility.
It follows the trend at MeierMotors for highly shiny aircraft and looks rather nice...

Image MeierMotors GmbH

Chipmunk Wednesday

Monday, 20 November 2017

20.XI.17 - George and Mabel.

TD314 "St. George" residing at DX for the time being...










Joined by EE602 "Mabel". A new resident (temporarily) in H3, having moved from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar...








Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The "Dragon" goes aloft...

Post lunch saunter today was timed to coincide with PT462 taking someone up for a "jolly". The vigorous arm waving on his approach for landing might have indicated his elation...









NH341 sans Merlin

NH341 "Elizabeth" parked up in the corner of H2N without her engine - cracked sump resulting in oil leak. 
Hopefully back in the air soon...

The new Ace Café?

Harley Davidson Motorbikelists outing decided to call in for lunch in the OM...


Monday, 23 October 2017

Many hours of boredom, minutes of sheer terror...

Seeing the 'new' old wooden dispersal hut now in place at Headcorn, had me looking through the batch of photos kindly sent to me by the family of S/L John Niven DFC* of 602/322/485 Squadrons. 
One in particular features a very similar wooden hut with some members of the 602 (City Of Glasgow) RAuxAF taking it easy at Kenley in June 1942. 
S/L Paddy Finucane was CO at this point, sitting 4th from right, and a month after this photo was taken, he was lost over the Channel returning from sorties against German shipping off Ostend...












When the Aero Legends building is finished, it would be quite an evocative sight to have some well worn armchairs sat out in the sun, a brass/bronze "Scramble" bell hanging from the wall and Spitfires TD314 and NH341 sat within dashing distance...




Saturday, 21 October 2017

21.X.17 :: Headcorn Aerodrome - Aero Legends

Took a trip down to Headcorn Aerodrome (formerly RAF Lashenden) to the "Sit-In" event, jointly arranged by "The Two Seat Spitfire Page" and Aero Legends, operators of Spitfire T9 NH341 "Elizabeth" and MkIX TD314 "St. George".
Interesting talk from Nick Oram about the history of NH341 and TD314 and some of the pilots who flew NH341 while she was with 411 Sqn RCAF. Flt Lt Anthony "Parky" Parkinson MBE was also on hand (having flown "St. George" down to Headcorn today) to do a Q&A session and share his experiences flying with the BBMF and The Red Arrows. 
The base for the event was Aero Legends newly acquired WW2 era wooden "dispersal/scramble" hut, obtained from the former RAF Bridgnorth station, and now in situ at Headcorn. Apart from a few finishing touches, once completed, the hut will provide a place for participants and visitors in the various flying packages to be briefed and relax. It certainly came in handy with the heavy downpours that were blowing through!
Unfortunately NH341 developed an oil leak due to a cracked sump and the engine has been removed a few days previously, so the winner of the "Fly-In-NH341" draw will have to wait until the 2018 season. It wasn't me... :o(
The event was well attended and even though the weather gods were doing their best with "Brian" heading towards Kent, the sun did shine for a good part of the day and for the Merlin engine run. 







Monday, 16 October 2017

16.IX.17 : Spitfire T9 PT462 H2N DX

Going to be an even more regular sight now...

Will be sad to see this space empty before long...


Fury squatting in MH434's usual spot...