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  1. BluBear

    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!
  2. 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!
  3. BluBear

    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    Kermie Cam now with VO!
  4. BluBear

    Reflected's P-51 Skins

    Trust him. They are boooooooooooootiful
  5. BluBear

    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.
  6. BluBear

    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)
  7. BluBear

    The Big Fat Aeroplane Video Thread!

    The masterful Dan Griffiths making those .50 cals scream like a Mustang!
  8. BluBear

    All debriefy and things

    Another excellent article by the VAE: http://vintageaviationecho.com/flying-legends-2018/
  9. BluBear

    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! 😮
  10. 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/
  11. 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!
  12. BluBear

    All debriefy and things

    Cheers all, glad you enjoyed it.
  13. BluBear

    DCS Formate Shots

    Good shots thanks Sheriff. That's loose formation really, I prefer to be tighter than that usually. @DD_Fenrir we ought to practice the routine again and get a vid made
  14. BluBear

    All debriefy and things

    Great pics chaps thank you! I got some footage on my smartphone again this year so threw together another little video for those that couldn't make it:
  15. BluBear

    All debriefy and things

    Huge thanks to all the Dogz for being such splendid company at the weekend, I had a blast. The show was fantastic, the weather was sublime and the curry was tasty as usual. Plenty of highlights to choose from, but if I had to be specific, probably the Battle of Britain film salute with four Buchons attacking the field from the south, three Sptifires to defend and all accompanied by the soundtrack over the tannoy. Wonderful stuff! All aircraft involved were actual stars of the film too (50 years ago this July). I'll be putting together a little video again when I get some time later this week hopefully, so watch this space.
  16. BluBear

    Flying Legends 2018

    That's how I understood it Swep. So really this should be called a J11 and in Swedish markings perhaps... wouldn't get as many bookings as that though unfortunately. Like the Buchon, none in Spanish markings yet...
  17. BluBear

    All debriefy and things

    A few more of Dogz. Crash, Jabo, Painless, Friar, Fenrir Caption contest... Ivan (Son of Gec), Fenrir, Sid Jabo, Painless, BluBear
  18. BluBear

    All debriefy and things

    Curry done, more pics to follow soon
  19. "It was only providence that prevented this accident from resulting in a catastrophic outcome" 😨 Full report here: https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/aaib-investigation-to-north-american-p-51d-mustang-g-shwn-and-north-american-p-51d-20-modified-mustang-g-bixl Video of the incident here (From about 10:30):
  20. BluBear

    Flying Legends 2018

    FRIENDLY ADVANCED-TICKET-ONLY REMINDER Remember folks, tickets should be purchased online no later than midnight Friday 13th of July for the Saturday show and midnight Saturday 14th for the Sunday show. Don’t forget to select and print your FREE vehicle permit when ordering tickets for Flying Legends 2018.
  21. BluBear

    Flying Legends 2018

    Not really interested in France Vs Croatia, especially when there are aeroplanes to see 😁 Incidentally I see they are putting up a screen in the conservation hangar in case anyone would rather watch that, for some reason... (I am to a certain degree pulling legs here, naturally) Good going with the attendance record old bean, 2020 will be my 18th, having only missed the fateful 2003 show since 2001. Many many happy memories over the years and long may it continue! ++++ NEWS! 15th Spitfire just added to the line-up (another Griffon whoop)! That makes: 3x Mk.I 4x Mk.V 3x Tr.IX 1x Mk.IX 1x Mk.XI 1x Mk.XVI 1x Mk.XIV 1x Mk.XVIII
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    Models from your childhood

    As I descended over Dungeness late this morning, returning from our holiday in Menorca I looked out at the familiar shape of Kent from 14,000 ft with two distinct thoughts... The first and most obvious, is of our virtual dogfights in these very skies during CloD evenings, this quickly progressed to imagining it for real all those years ago accompanied by William Walton's 'Battle in the Air'. Enter the inevitable recollections of the Battle of Britain movie and my earliest memories of play dogfighting with my Airfix kits and my second thought was an overwhelming urge to go up in the loft as soon as I got home, un-box my childhood models, dust them down and have a little sentimental play. I thought perhaps we could put a thread together documenting the plastic kits of our childhood, if any of you have pictures to share too. Here are the majority of mine, all 1/72 scale from the 90s, apologies in advance to the general quality of the build, paint finish, markings etc... I was young and nowhere near the perfectionist and purist I am today! As PapaBear will recall, I was a tad impatient when it came to finishing model kits, inasmuch as using a heat gun to dry the paint as quickly as possible so I could apply the decals, or in some cases painting after applying the decals...🤣 Cockpits and internal details? Adding undercarriage? All seemed like a waste of time to a whippersnapper BluBear. Airfix Spitfire I, Vb, IX and XVI Airfix Defiant, Typhoon and Hurricane II/XII Airfix Stuka, 109E and G6 I think Airfix 190A8, D9 and A6M2 Airfix RAF twins, Mosquito FBVI and Blenheim IV Little friends, Airfix P-51B, D and P-38F Memories of Great Warbirds air display at West Malling probably prompted the need for this Airfix B-17G and Matchbox B-25, the latter of which is presented unpainted in the colour plastic as supplied (epitome of lazy!). I did jets too (sorry FT). Airfix Jaguar, Hawk, F5, F-16, F-15 and F-18, most of which have seen better days after hanging from and falling off the ceiling many times... The Hawk in fact started life respectably finished by PapaBear in Red Arrows livery, but for some reason I decided to camo over it... Also a rather nice Desert Storm Tornado GR1 from I believe an Italeri kit, completed when I was a little older with a little more patience (look Pa, I painted the pilot and everything!) - along with an Airfix Harrier GR3 That's most of mine, I have a Vulcan and Ju-88 somewhere too... Show us yours 😎
  23. BluBear

    Flying Legends 2018

    I see it is down as static only as the restoration is not yet complete, but that's ok. It'll be a pleasure to see it up close in Hangar 2. When was the last time a CR.42 flew I wonder? Yes, next year a BofB set piece please, Mk1 Spits and Hurris, the Biggin Hill 109E, Gladiators, Blenheim and CR.42... Imagine that!
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