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Samsaranda06/08/2021 13:55:13
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Martin

I can assure that he was definitely below 500 feet, I have worked on Spitfires and Hurricanes during my 22 years in the Air Force, he was not displaying IFF on Flightradar24 and presumably it was switched off for a reason, possibly because he wanted to do a low pass, he actually circled 360 degrees over our village then flew South. When Spitfires overfly our village they are usually at about 800 feet according to their data displayed on Flightradar24, just lately we see a number of Spitfire flights, sometimes in pairs, today’s sighting was considerably lower than usual sightings. Dave W

JA06/08/2021 16:15:43
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Try to find the person in your village who has a friend that flies a Spitfire.

The son of a friend at work was a Tornado navigator who sometimes flew low over his parent's house. In the end the locals had a quiet word with him when he was on leave.

JA

Edited By JA on 06/08/2021 16:16:47

Samsaranda06/08/2021 17:35:44
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We have a number of airline pilots resident in the village because we are handy for Gatwick, or we did pre COVID, not sure how many are still employed as pilots, so it’s conceivable that one of their mates decided to do a sneaky low fly past. One of my friends was lucky enough to fly in a two seater Spitfire, wife bought the trip for him as a milestone birthday present, I know he came over the village and did a very low fly past over his house, the CAA can’t keep tabs on every flight so it’s worth the risk. The Spit today obviously had a reason or connection with the village to do a 360 circuit, weather was dry but certainly a bit gusty. Dave W

martin perman06/08/2021 18:17:43
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All the more reason to find him and report him, the rules are not there to be broken, we have several airfields around us and we had one particular pilot who regularly used to practice his aerobatic manoeuvres directly above the village, a phone call to the local airfields with his registration and he doesnt do it anymore, I spend hours reading about and spotting aircraft etc but I dont see why they should get away with it.

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Samsaranda06/08/2021 19:34:22
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Martin,

So far I guess this is probably a one-off, but need to be vigilant. Certainly if I am in my workshop there is no mistaking a Merlin engine when it passes overhead, I always go outside to observe and check on Flightradar24 to see how high it is and which registration it is. Neighbours think I am a bit of a saddo rushing out every time an aircraft passes, but aircraft have been a major part of my working life having spent 22 years working on a huge variety of aircraft when in the Air Force. Dave W

martin perman06/08/2021 20:13:39
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As a lad I lived in a town surrounded by the countries biggest airport, East Anglia, we were surrounded by military and civilian airfields, Mildenhall, Lakenheath, Wattisham, Honnington, I can remember Super Sabres at Lakenheath, SR71's at Mildenhall, eight years in the ATC got visits to most of the bases etc, summer camps at Wittering, Colerne where they had a hanger full of WW2 german aircraft, Wattisham had a ME109 for years in bits in a hanger, just over 7 years at Duxford volunteering on the Museums B17G, from a crate of parts to standing on its undercarriage.

We live about four miles from the Shuttleworth Museum so there is always something to look at overhead.

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Samsaranda07/08/2021 09:50:11
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Hi Martin

We seem to have very similar interests in aircraft, my first posting in the Air Force was to a Salvage and Transportation unit, moved a wide variety of historic aircraft around the country,Beaufighter, Mosquito, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Gloster Gladiator, Valiant,Lysander, Messerschmidt 410, Scimitar, Canberra, Lightning prototype P1A, and a V1 flying bomb to name but a few. Also in 1965 we took a Hurricane and Spitfire to the Guildhall in London for the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane was displayed outside in the Guildhall courtyard and the Spitfire we took to pieces and it was taken into the Guildhall itself and displayed as a centrepiece for the function to which many World War Two flying Aces were invited, including the likes of Douglas Badger. The most awkward bit of the Spitfire to get into the Guildhall was the wings, the entrance was pretty small and the wings only went in diagonally across the doorway, we had to carry them in by hand, not easy. The downside of being on that unit was that we picked up aircraft crashes, both civil and military, could be pretty gruesome. Dave W

SillyOldDuffer07/08/2021 10:18:27
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Posted by Samsaranda on 07/08/2021 09:50:11:
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The downside of being on that unit was that we picked up aircraft crashes, both civil and military, could be pretty gruesome. Dave W

Friend of mine bought a badly written off MG Sports Car for parts and found what was left of the driver's foot jambed under the pedals. My mate was a cheerful boy racer, but he slowed down after finding it...

Samsaranda07/08/2021 10:30:02
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Must have been quite sobering for him. I know after serving on the Salvage unit I wasn’t too keen on flying for a while but the effect soon moderated, good job really because later in my service I had to fly 12 hours non stop from Ascension Island to Port Stanley in a Hercules with in flight refuelling, a mind numbing flight. Dave W

martin perman07/08/2021 12:07:16
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I loved every opportunity to have a flight in something, from a gliding course from which I went solo three times with the ATC through thirty six types up to a 747, flying backwards in a transport command Bristol Brittania was fun, as we got to Prestwick the aircraft developed an oil leak within the right wing and we returned to Lynham with all of the ambulances and fire trucks waiting at the beggining of the runway as we landed smiley

Going to Cambridge for air experience flights in the University Chipmunks and being instructed in the escape routine with the final words jump, jump, jump, please dont say pardon you will be talking to yourself.

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Samsaranda07/08/2021 14:05:57
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I spent 8 years working on Britannia’s in the Air Force, was at Lyneham carrying out major servicing then at Brize Norton working on the line squadron, flew to the continent and also Canada and the US with them, they were a big part of my working life. Remember having an aborted takeoff at the Naval Air Station New Orleans, was sitting in a spare seat on the flight deck when that happened, certainly wakes you up when your hurtling down the runway with full brakes and reverse pitch hoping you don’t end up in the swamps at the end of the runway, cause for the abort was a spurious jet pipe temperature overheat. Certainly had good times in the Air Force and would do it all again in a flash. Dave W

Samsaranda07/08/2021 14:08:49
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Martin I see from your profile that we have something else in common, Lister Stationary engines, I have a Lister A and a Lister D in my workshop which I am hoping to resurrect to life someday. Dave W

Adam Mara07/08/2021 17:34:28
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Anyone know what large 4 engined prop aircraft flew over south Lincs around 3pm this afternoon? Unfortunatley I had an 'eye stroke' last year and my distant eyesight is just a blur, so I was unable to recognise it.

martin perman07/08/2021 17:38:08
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Your location it would likely be the Lancaster.

Martin P

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martin perman08/08/2021 10:24:46
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Samsaranda,

Morning, I've sent you a PM

Martin P

Alan Mellor08/08/2021 13:07:22
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Posted by Adam Mara on 07/08/2021 17:34:28:

Anyone know what large 4 engined prop aircraft flew over south Lincs around 3pm this afternoon? Unfortunatley I had an 'eye stroke' last year and my distant eyesight is just a blur, so I was unable to recognise it.

B17 "Sally B" was holding around Boston for East Kirkby Air Show.

Alan

Adam Mara08/08/2021 14:12:07
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Thanks Alan

It did not sound like the Lancaster, and I believe the Lanc is being repaired and is due back in Coningsby anytime. Seen Sally B fly over a couple of times in previous years, and also saw her at Duxford. B17's have a special place in my heart, my FIL was an air gunner in a B17 of 214 squadron doing RCM, has grandson still has some of the chaff/window they dropped.

Martin Dilly 210/08/2021 22:13:05
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I have had passed on to me about a hundredweight of back numbers of Aeroplane Magazine, going back to the Richard Riding editorship. They are too interesting to bin and would be free to a good home. I'm in the Croydon/Bromley area, as they'd need to be collected. PM me if that sounds interesting, and they're yours..

Martin Connelly11/08/2021 08:38:35
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Samsaranda, 12 hour flight to Stanley in a Herc, You had it easy. In 1982 September or October, I can't be sure, I was on Ascension for my second trip there by Herc each time. The second time I was out there was because my opposite number on the other shift had got fluid on the lungs and couldn't fly so I had to replace him. When I was there he was flown to Stanley in my place. His trip consisted of UK to Dakar for a refuelling stop and no more, then on to Ascension for another short refuelling stop. They then set off for Stanley with in-flight refuelling but couldn't land because of the weather so flew back to Ascension with in-flight refuelling. They then gave them 48 hours rest to recover before flying them back to Stanley.

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DrDave14/08/2021 21:13:29
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A DH Rapide has been flying around south of Bedford most of the afternoon. I suspect that it has been visiting Old Warden, possibly to give pleasure flights.

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