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Member postings for Cliff Bastow

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Thread: Moon landing
20/07/2019 21:37:21

I can remember to this day being allowed to stay up and watch the landing. It had a profound effect on me and sparked my interest in aviation. I would have loved to get into space. Sadly too late for me now unless I have my ashes shot into space which I believe you can do.

Mankinds greatest achievement to date in my humble opinion.

There was a guy on the Jeremy Vine show the other day who had worked at Jodrell Bank during the 60,s and he stated they had independently tracked the command module and the lander all the way to the moon and back and too his knowledge non of the "doubters"  had ever asked to check the data which still existed.


Edited By Cliff Bastow on 20/07/2019 21:42:35

Thread: Good news thread.
15/07/2019 15:21:15

I have to say you might have a point! lol

I would also comment on how well the New Zealand players acted and what good sportsmanship was displayed by both sides.

15/07/2019 11:30:30

Well done to England and what a game!

Thrilling and tense, best sporting event I have ever seen.

Thread: Well done England!
15/07/2019 09:31:28

Well done to England on winning the cricket world cup yesterday.

What a match, never seen anything like it!

Finally some good news for a change.

Thread: Flying Legends 2019
14/07/2019 08:06:34

Did anyone else attend yesterday (Sat)?

I really enjoyed the experience. Great to see so many Spits in the air at once. I was a bit disappointed to not see a single Hurricane flying but otherwise very enjoyable and my own experience was that it was well organized with easy access and exit to the parking areas.

Also some very nice large rc models.

Edited By Cliff Bastow on 14/07/2019 08:07:25

Thread: Commons Science and Technology Committee Enquiry on Drones
12/07/2019 17:04:44


Mr Phipps did indeed mention that the BMFA has its own achievement scheme.

I would agree about the Baroness, came across very arrogant and smug to my eyes.

Edited By Cliff Bastow on 12/07/2019 17:05:22

09/07/2019 19:27:21

I may be wrong Steve but doesent the European regulations specifically allow model fliers who belong to recognised organisations to be exempt from registration?

09/07/2019 18:49:48

Yes Steve but as they have already demonstrated the D of t/ CAA are going there own way and not following suit with the rest of Europe.

09/07/2019 18:43:23

Andy that remark was meant tongue in cheek, Not a serious comment.

However I do think this is the thin edge of the wedge for the future.

09/07/2019 18:28:59

We are doomed lads!

Did anyone else notice that within three years all uavs will have to carry electronic identification devices?

Thread: Local club attendance
01/07/2019 18:34:16

No Percy,

As stated in my original post we are restricted to 160 members at the landowners request.

Thread: John Carpenter Folland Gnat
01/07/2019 17:31:51

Hi Terry,

I know John quite well as he is a member of my club.

If you PM me with what info you need I will ask him next time I see him.

Edited By Cliff Bastow on 01/07/2019 17:41:42

Thread: Local club attendance
01/07/2019 17:25:24

My club has a cap on membership at 160 members at the request of the Farmer who owns the land.It is always full with people on a waiting list to join.

I Have been a member since 2009. In all that time I doubt if I have met more than 50 members! Its always the same 20 or 30 that seem to be the ones who might be there on any given day. Much the same crowd on cleanup days.

We have had discussions about stopping people being members if they never attend, so as to let some in off the waiting list, but its a difficult one.

Thread: Canard Roll Control Conundrum
30/06/2019 08:49:30

Hi Cliff,

Its perfectly possible,

I had a Nigel Hawes Can-Doo Which had split Fore-planes and twin servos and was set up just like this.

Mine also had ailerons on the wing and I had the aileron function on the Fore-planes on a mix with a switch so I could switch it out if needed. With it in roll rate was fast!

If you can find his original article it mentions just this set up,

Cheers Cliff.



Edited By Cliff Bastow on 30/06/2019 08:49:44

Thread: Dambusters Raid
14/06/2019 17:14:56
Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 14/06/2019 01:05:17:


Was Robert Todd the brother of Richard Todd? laugh


Yes sorry bit of a senior moment there! I meant Richard .


Edited By Cliff Bastow on 14/06/2019 17:15:23

13/06/2019 21:26:36

Many years ago I was stationed at Conningsby and on one occasion I was lucky enough to get a flight in the BBMF Lancaster, yes that is me you can see in the mid upper turret!lanc2.jpg

Also along for the ride was Robert Todd who played Guy Gibson in the Dambusters movie.

He told us some interesting stories about the making of the film.

13/06/2019 20:58:12

There is also a bouncing bomb at Newark Air museum, It is very like an oil drum in shape. I believe the first ones were clad with wood but this was found to be unnecessary during testing.

If you get chance to visit the BBMF visitor centre at RAF Conningsby there is a tallboy and a Grand slam on display.

Big to say the least. The grand slam is still the largest non nuclear weapon as far as I am aware.

There was a program on sky last year about what 617 did after the dams raid including the sinking of the Turpitz.

Thread: Durafly MK24 V2 Spitfire
12/06/2019 20:45:27

I find this a bit strange, I have been flying one of these since they first came out. The early one with the 4 blade prop.

I find it easy to land especially for a spitfire, the only thing I find is it is a bit prone to nose overs on take-off. I packed out the back of the retract units with washers which helps with this.

I agree it is lovely in the air and really nice to fly.

Thread: Kings Lynn Model Shop
12/06/2019 18:28:57

I have always found them very helpful although I admit its been a few months since I have used them.

The last time I called in about 3 months ago they were well stocked.

Thread: TV Licence petition
12/06/2019 18:23:59

if this helps you decide,

Over 60 MPS have claimed for tv licences on there expences allegedly, Prisoners in prison get free tv but a D-Day veteran cant?

Make of it what you will.

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