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Erfolg24/09/2019 15:22:08
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I have no idea how many on the forum went to the Duxford Battle of Britain event. For those who did not i have taken some rather second rate pictures, although some excellent memories.

To set the scene visiting required a 240 mile journey to get there. This is 6.5 hours there and 4.5 hours back.

We stayed two nights at the Wellcome Genome Visitor Centre. which has to be amongst the best accommodation in the area.

Getting into the Duxford site took approaching 2 hours for a 3-4 mile journey and even longer to get out of the parking area.

Although worth the effort. Although unlikely to ever make a similar journey again.


Although no great order, this is Sally B, I think, it flew.


I guess obviously a Catalina, which also flew, no longer doing joy rides, as it could not get clearance.


One of two DH Rapides which did joy rides at £50. I personally would feel safer in the Catalina.


I think this is a Hawker Sea Fury


A general view of the flight line.


Apparently a Goodyear built Chance Vought Corsair

Erfolg24/09/2019 15:33:34
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The well known NA Mustangs, there being quite a number.


One of the Harvards


A really nice selection of WW1 aircraft, a Sopwith Triplane, the famous Fokker Triplane. All flew


The best of them all SE 5as


Perhaps the ugliest modified planes ever, the Spanish Hisparno Buchon, the Merlin engin making a mess of the front end. Obviously very similar to the E (Emile)


Now we come to the Spitfires, there were more of them than you could shake a stick at. It was claimed that this was the largest number brought together since withdrawing from service.


To provide contrast a Hawker Hurricane.


A number of them lined up.

Erfolg24/09/2019 15:46:40
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Last but not least a Gloster Gladiator and two Westland Lysander


I think is a Bristol Beaufighter, although I am happy to be corrected, pretty small aircraft.


The cabin area, it is not clear to me why one side is opaque, in contrast to the other areas.


I think this is a Yak 9D, again could be wrong, it really seemed very small.


This is a two seat Mig 15.


I thought this was a Lockheed Starfire, apparently not, the two seat trainer version. Seems I am wrong.


At this point we went to the USA Pavilion.

The last time I saw one of these was at Mildenhall surrounded by armed American Army personnel.wp_20190921_12_36_22_pro.jpg

When I visited Mildenhall these did not exist.

Alan Gorham_24/09/2019 15:51:30
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You have mis-identified a Blenheim Mk 1 as a Beaufighter.

Mike T24/09/2019 16:05:51
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Nice pics - thanks for sharing

I suspect the SE5's are made-over Currie Wots (or similar).

I took a Rapide trip when I did Flying Leg Ends last year. Well worth the 50 quid and safe as houses!

Alan Gorham_24/09/2019 16:13:06
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The Hispano Buchon owes more to the Bf109 F & G than the E - look at their wing tip shapes for a start.

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 24/09/2019 16:13:21

Jon - Laser Engines24/09/2019 16:39:16
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i wanted to go but they sold out of parking spaces more than a week in advance. How daft is that?!

Anyway no harm done as i wanted to go on the sunday and it poured with rain. Thats why i dont buy tickets until the last minute, its just not worth taking the risk.

Dave Cunnington24/09/2019 16:43:08
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Good to see the pics, hope you don't mind me correcting, the Harvard is a Yale, and the Starfire is a CT33 (C = Canadian built) T33 which is a 2 seat trainer version of the P80 Shooting Star

Erfolg24/09/2019 16:57:03
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The Buchon seems a bit of a dogs dinner. It has a canopy that could come of an E, the tailplane bracing has gone, and the semi retractable tail wheel is missing. As for the nose, I shudder.

The rest I knew I was pretty much wrong. Although I thought the SE5a was real, looked the right size.

Don Fry24/09/2019 17:02:57
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Nice pictures Erf. When I worked, I was always too, other things get priority. Then I moved a long way away. I have to go one day.

JohnP2524/09/2019 17:25:34
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Yes, thanks for the pictures.


Cuban824/09/2019 19:12:19
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We decided to not do the BoB airshow this year, but instead spent the Friday watching the rehearsals and test flights etc instead. As a bonus, because it's not an airshow per se, and presumably not subject to full CAA regs, the banking in front of the tank driving circuit near Land Warfare was open, so a much better, closer and lower view of the planes hammering in across the field was great. Corsair running through what I suppose was the 'Joker' routine was particularly enthusiatic. As IWM premium members we also got in for no charge. TBH, it was just as good as the airshow proper, with most of the traders open and absolutely no travelling and parking problems.yes

Edited By Cuban8 on 24/09/2019 19:15:09

Erfolg24/09/2019 19:50:57
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You are fortunate to live near by. The location, being only 50 miles from London, on a rail route with local and the Cambridge stations available.

Perhaps what surprised me is that many of the books I see on Amazon etc., at very high prices can be picked up at good value prices. I bought two Putnam books, a book on the Do 335 (I am building a model) for about £35. Up north we never get these traders, never mind the pricing.

In addition house prices appear to be less than where we live, we just cannot get our daughter to consider working near Cambridge.

The other very annoying thing, you have so many new roads, where we are struggling to get a mile road built, as the council decided to close the existing one. The money is in the coffers of Lancashire County Council, I guess we just do not (or did not) vote for the correct party.

For me a great show and day at Duxford, I would not trust them to get involved with a brewery though, considering the car park fiasco.

Dad_flyer24/09/2019 21:21:53
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I went with Child_flyer and Child_nonflyer on Saturday. We did not use the carparks, but went to the park and ride. Very quick to get from there to the site, but then a 45min queue as they had only a couple of people checking bags, and four checking tickets, for 10,000+ visitors. Very many helpful staff and volunteers around, just not assigned to jobs which would get people in to the show.

Great flying displays, and beautiful weather.

Unfortunately they had not worked out that everyone would want to see all the flying, and then want to leave at the end of the day. 2hrs queue for the bus.

Still well worth the trip to see historic aircraft in those numbers, but the problems getting in and out makes me inclined to make it a one off rather than let's go back next year.

Stopped off at the Shuttleworth collection on Sunday. Really worth a visit, and definitely planning to go back there.

Martin Harris24/09/2019 22:34:15
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Posted by Erfolg on 24/09/2019 19:50:57:

In addition house prices appear to be less than where we live, we just cannot get our daughter to consider working near Cambridge.

Really? Where on earth do you live...don't you live somewhere near Manchester?

According to The Daily Telegraph, Cambridge is the most expensive city outside of London - see this list of average prices:

Cambridge 44.7% £388,400
London 44.4% £448,200
Oxford 37.4% £378,800
Bristol 17.7% £235,400
Aberdeen 13.3% £209,900
Portsmouth 10.8% £201,300
Bournemouth 10.2% £255,800
Southampton 10% £202,500
Leicester 3.8% £149,000
Cardiff 2.6% £178,700
Nottingham 1.9% £131,300
Birmingham -1.6% £136,500
Manchester -2.3% £141,200
Sheffield -2.6% £124,400
Edinburgh -2.6% £194,900
Leeds -3.7% £146,900
Newcastle -8.5% £120,700
Glasgow -9.7% £110,500
Liverpool -13.3% £109,900
Belfast -47.2% £119,400

Edited By Martin Harris on 24/09/2019 22:45:55

Erfolg24/09/2019 22:41:53
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I lived in Altrincham, Manchester prices not applicable, now in Lytham Saint Annes, with very similar prices.. The prices for Manchester are laughable, London seems nearer the mark, and I am guessing that are prices for the suburbs.

If you live anywhere that is OK in the North, it does not come cheap as seems to be the picture being painted.

Even a pint at our local is dearer than at Cosforth, by pennies.

Devcon124/09/2019 22:53:21
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Great pictures Erfolg. I went Sunday.

For me parking and access was painless, although I came up from Devon I stayed with a mate in Dunstable Saturday night.

Arrived via the A505 at about 8.45am and drove straight into the car park near the pedestrian bridge without even stopping. Stayed till the end for the Mark Hannah tribute. I was on the A505 within 5 minutes of getting in the car, so we'll worth booking the main car park.

Weather much better than expected but it did curtail the two jets and the corsair lost its slot but hey up.

Overall the display was stunning and the opening sequence of 109s, hurricanes and Spits was visually stunning and evocotive.

Well worth the money and travel. I was back home having a beer by 9.40pm.

I booked a grandstand ticket and worth every penny. Had a great view until somebody drove past in this.

Edited By Devcon1 on 24/09/2019 22:54:36

Devcon124/09/2019 22:59:49
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Stephen Jones24/09/2019 23:02:49
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Some good Pictures there.


Devcon124/09/2019 23:07:29
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I didn't have time to go in any of the museum hangars so I'll be visiting again this Friday after my little treat....

Up to the Lincs Aviation Museum on Thursday for my, booked a year ago, taxy ride in Just Jane.

Can't wait, the thought of sitting inside the Lanc when each of those Merlins roar into life.

Popping into the BoBMF when I'm up there as well. A bit of an aviation road trip

Can't wait.

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