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    Fixed that for you Kev 😉
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    We ought to be putting more money, R&D into fighting the information war, but we've already lost that to the Russians so I guess it's all academic. Doesn't matter how many aircraft we have or whether they go up and down vertically or not. Anyway, nice pic!
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    The offending Article.

    Haha, so that's the noisy bugger! 😤
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    Aha, fine upstanding citizens performing much loved ritual of Duxford tradition.
  5. Due to RL commitments, I've had to largely knock Sundays on the head, as you may or may not have noticed. I don't miss IL2 1946 so much, but I do miss the banter with some of you gits that haven't yet succumbed to the pleasant lands of DCS and / or CloD! Don't get me wrong, '46 will always have a place in my heart and it'll never be bettered in many respects, but the graphical advances, technical challenges, attention to accuracy and over all immersion that the newer sims offer have got me hook line and sinker, BoX included (despite rarely flying it!). I have to admit though, whilst I'm fond of the Battle of Britain scenario (being a bit of a Spitfire fan boy and growing up in Kent) CloD has become somewhat flat over recent months. It is starting to feel more like a warm up to the short DCS session that follows. That said, we have a great crowd of chaps on Thursdays now, some fresh blood, some old hands. I guess I just miss having some kind of purpose, like SoW or a campaign of sorts (ahem fruitbat). Perhaps things will change when the updates finally come out, two weeks right? Not sure I'm trying to get any particular point across, just thinking out loud I guess! It's looking and sounding like the Tuesday session is shaping up to be Sunday 2.0, inasmuch as the natural progression of things, BoX becoming the ipso facto replacement for '46. So, if I can only fly two nights a week, I guess I need to choose, or if there is a general consensus to change things that's cool too. These aren't bad problems to have at all, in fact one thing is for certain, the DangerDogz seem to be in fine fettle indeed. Great to see such regular healthy numbers again, we must be doing something right! Bloody Nora, I've waffled on haven't I, and not even had a drink! S!
  6. Chaps, rather than posting a thread for every nice aeroplane video we find, how about we just keep them in here for all to see and anyone can add to it if and when they find something of interest? I'll start off proceedings with this rather lovely example of why I freaking love Mustangs!
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    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    It's allowed me to change it now
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    Participants

    Wouldn't miss it
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    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    Apologies Jabo, this is the thumbnail that YouTube has picked! 😉
  10. Another fantastically written article with outstanding accompanying pictures; a must read! John's Spitfire display at the Shuttleworth finale this year left a tear in my eye, it was absolute aerial poetry. http://vintageaviationecho.com/john-romain/
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    That was fun*! *difficult but rewarding
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    Shuttleworth Collection Race Day 2018

    Wonderful pictures mate! T'was a great show.
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    A10A/A10C

    The A-10 is a lot of fun, welcome to the Hog club Bill! I only have the A as part of FC3 and it's enough for me at the moment. Especially with the Harrier taking up enough of my grey matter. I'm sure you'll enjoy that gatling gun, what a tool.
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    Shuttleworth Airshow: Race Day

    It was a totally splendid day for sure, thanks Nick for your wonderful company as always mate. Looking forward to seeing the pics!
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    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    Kermie Cam now with VO!
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    Reflected's P-51 Skins

    Trust him. They are boooooooooooootiful
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    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    Yeah, they were just the orchestrated ground explosions, nothing to see here... It does have a poorly Merlin though.
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    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    The newly restored Mk XVI TB885 was used on the Saturday (Dutch Squadron painted 😏) and what you see is the engine going kaput unfortunately! Also worryingly edited to show the ground explosions, nothing crashed don't worry. He landed safely and used a different Spitfire on the Sunday (TA805 Mk IX Spirit of Kent to be precise)
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    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    The masterful Dan Griffiths making those .50 cals scream like a Mustang!
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    All debriefy and things

    Another excellent article by the VAE: http://vintageaviationecho.com/flying-legends-2018/
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    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    Not sure if I or anyone else has posted this, but there are some gems in this short film of the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations, an Air Pageant staged at White Waltham Airfield in 1977. Of particular note is the VC10 in some serious ground effect at around the 2:45 mark! 😮
  22. Whilst out for a cycle ride this afternoon on one of my regular routes, something caught my eye on the corner of a T-junction about 2 miles from my house. It looked like a granite memorial headed with the recognisable RAF crested motto, something I can't remember seeing before; I carried on but made a point of stopping off to take a look on my return an hour later. It turned out to be a (relatively new) memorial to a 603 Squadron Spitfire pilot lost on Battle of Britain day: F/O Arthur Peter Pease Here's the excerpt from the BBM website: F/O A P Pease Arthur Peter Pease, the son of Sir Richard and Lady Pease of Richmond, Yorkshire was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read History. He was a member of the University Air Squadron and was commissioned in the RAFVR in September 1938. Called to full-time service in October 1939, Pease completed his flying training and was posted to No.1 School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum in late May 1940. He met Richard Hillary there and they became friends. They went to 5 OTU, Aston Down on 23rd June and after converting to Spitfires they joined 603 Squadron at Dyce on 6th July. Pease shared in destroying a He111 on the 30th. He was hit by return fire but returned to Montrose, unhurt. On 3rd September he claimed a Me109 destroyed and on the 7th he made a belly-landing back at Hornchurch in Spitfire L1057, after being damaged in combat over London. On 15th September 1940 Pease was shot down and killed in combat. His Spitfire, X4324, crashed at Kingswood, near Chartway Street, Kent. He was 22 and is buried in the churchyard of St.Michael and All Saints at Middleton Tyas, Yorkshire. It's the closest Battle of Britain loss to where I live that I'm aware of and it kind of struck a chord with me today, especially as I hadn't previously been aware of it; I've lived in this area now for almost 12 years. So, I've decided to honour F/O Pease, virtually. For the foreseeable future, I will be flying in the Spitfire he was lost in, X4324 on Thursday's CloD nights. Further reading here, it seems a retired American academic paved the way for the above memorial: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/13610056.An_American_academic_seeks_to_honour_a_Battle_of_Britain_hero_from_a_famous_family/
  23. This week, a single seat IL-2 has been recovered from a lake in Russia and is in remarkably good condition, owing mainly to the conditions on the lake bed and method in which it was put down by the pilot in 1943. See the thread here: https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?145747-Single-Seat-II-2-Lake-Recovery-Russia-this-week And latest photos here: https://scontent.ffcm1-2.fna.fbcdn.n...c8&oe=5BFFDD6Chttps://scontent.ffcm1-2.fna.fbcdn.n...f7&oe=5BF651B1https://scontent.ffcm1-2.fna.fbcdn.n...50&oe=5C02AC7Bhttps://scontent.ffcm1-2.fna.fbcdn.n...7c&oe=5BCC6EB8https://scontent.ffcm1-2.fna.fbcdn.n...93&oe=5C01954D The same restoration team that performed the work on the other two currently airworthy examples will be tasked to return this aircraft back to flight in a few years time. What great news!
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