Got invited to this display last Sunday. There was a cold North Westerly wind and briefly the sun eventually appeared but not the Vulcan which I think had hydraulic problems. Everyone observed a minutes silence in memory of the Red Arrows pilot that lost his life at the Bournemouth show.
As promised pictures are attached of the Dragon Rapide we flew in (The Silver plane) and the other Rapide also in service that day. Also pictured is B17 'Sally B' which on one side wore the 'decor' for 'Memphis Belle'.
As for the Rapide flight if anyone considers this for the future the plan should be to keep your weight under 20 stone as there are weight restrictions applicable to the 8 passenger seats. The offer of a bag of lead to correct the CG would probably not be acceptable! To get into the 'tail dragger' plane which as you can see has a very 'nose-up' attitude on the ground involves stepping on the lower wing and hoisting yourself into the fuselage using a short rope! Once inside its a bit of a climb into your allotted seat. Prior to take off there is a safety briefing by the flight company staff very much the same as for any modern plane. Escape hatches include two canvas covered circular types on the top of the fuselage with ring pulls to open them. Other than that there is the fuselage door only.
Luckily the wind was blowing straight down the runway and with bright sunshine the conditions seemed ideal. It was the last flight of the day and we were able to negotiate reduced flight costs by claiming to be 'Old Gits' and there was no argument they let us fly for the costs of child seats!
So BPMFC wives should consider birthday trips to Duxford to treat their faithfull husbands.
(It seems that at least 3 of the images have not downloaded properly?)
Due to great interest from both Bartons Point club members, the general public and
even the local police together with our member of Parliament regarding the sightings of the Flying Witch flying over the Isle of Sheppey I have stayed armed (24/7) with my trusty camera. I have kept my eyes wide open and have had the good fortune to record this stunning event again...
As all this rubbish is picked up by the search engines I just had to say this...
I have attached a video of my trip to Duxford yesterday. I took over 250 photos so the video shows just a selection of pictures from one of five hangers. I can thoroughly recommend a visit to Duxford. Anyone with youngsters may be interested to know they are focusing on entertaining children,and include showing them how to construct and paint Airfix models.
During the day there was quite a lot of aircraft movement including the B17 'Sally B', a Spitfire MK5 and a Hurricane
We had insufficient time to see everything, however we finished the day off with a short flight in a 1930's De-Havilland Dragon Rapide .
I have been sent an email from Phil Fearn informing of the change of date of the Medway MFC swapmeet. It is now to be held on Sunday 14th August. A scale meet and fly-in will follow the sale. Venue Stickfast Lane. All are invited to attend.