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David Pearce 415/05/2014 10:24:08
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The sun has got it's hat on, the Tiger Airways Stampe biplane from Staverton has just flown over engine popping as it throttles back, and I'm going flying down our field for as many hours as I fancy. Sometimes life is good!

Colin Leighfield15/05/2014 11:08:46
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Good one David. In 2006 I did an hour of aerobatics in that over the Bristol Channel (60th. birthday). Doing loops at 2,000 ft. over the Severn Bridge was something else. I remember the importance of not infringing the airspace over the nuclear power station.

I was impressed with how smooth and steady the Stampe was (Renault engine, I think), and the open cockpit was surprisingly snug and cosy. The Tiger pilot with me (John) was ex RAF and a great bloke. A couple of years ago my step-daughter went to Staverton and did an aerobatic flight in Tiger's Slingsby Firefly, with a lady pilot, I think. I'm pleased that they're still going, must go down there again some time!

john stones 115/05/2014 11:19:15
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Once saw a Firefly give an aerobatic display at Doncaster airfield (now Lakeside) very graceful.

John

David Pearce 415/05/2014 11:30:22
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Thanks Colin. The pilot is Tizi Hodson, quite a pilot and interesting character. I was lucky to fly with her in the Stampe. Look here:**LINK**

Colin Leighfield15/05/2014 11:47:21
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Thank you also David. She certainly is an interesting lady.

Nick Farrow15/05/2014 12:58:31
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I guess I'm very fortunate to have this being regularly given the absolute beans over my house (like I have to run out on the sound of that racing merlin) smiley

And also one or more of these that rips the roof off at 11pm!

David P Williams15/05/2014 15:58:11
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Where are the V22s based Nick? I didn't know there were any in this country until I saw the one yesterday. I just get pairs of Hercules skimming the roof in the dark.

Glenn Stratton15/05/2014 16:13:47
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I believe, and I may be wrong, David, the V22s are based at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.

David P Williams15/05/2014 16:18:50
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Ah thanks Glenn. Used to go to the big airshows there years ago, they were fantastic.

David Pearce 415/05/2014 19:35:59
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Well the day started with a lovely Stampe popping away over my roof (see above), I then had a day flying at our club with 7 flights and seven landings plus lots of good company. Then this evening as I sat in the garden with a glass in my hand a Stearman, resplendent in yellow and blue, flew over to complete a great days aviation. If today gets any better I shall burst into song! (And we don't want that!)

Glenn Stratton15/05/2014 19:43:40
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The Americans certainly know how to put on an airshow David, I have been to a few! There was a rumour a couple of years ago that they were going to start again, sadly nothing!

I used to live in West Row David, I would sit in the back garden and watch the aircraft come and go, Galaxy, Starlifter, various marks of 135, various Hercules marks, Blackbird and the occasional U2, can't remember what choppers were based there, more of a plane man then!

RAF Lakenheath isn't far, so would see the fighters from there fly over, including visiting aircraft from Germany, I remember seeing Lufftwaffe Phantoms there and the USAF A10 Warthogs would stay there when their base was closed for maintenance.

David P Williams15/05/2014 19:53:33
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Yes I used to live in the Peterborough area and did my PPL at Sibson. A10s were a constant problem joy to see, as they tracked down the runway cetreline at 200ft.

The Mildenhall shows were fantastic - just like going to America for the day. Every unit on the base ran a barbeque and beer stall, and you could pay in pounds or dollars. I remember seeing an F117 and SR71 there - I think the SR71 took off early in the day, flew a mission over Russia, then did a couple of fly-by passes as a demo slot when it returned. Great part of the country for aviation.

Glenn Stratton15/05/2014 20:09:29
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I think that's what I miss about the Mildenhall shows, that certain vibrancy! The last show I went to I remember the Vulcan doing a great display.

Going back to rumours, heard one that they were contemplating closing Mildenhall.

Codename-John17/05/2014 21:49:08
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Fairly certain I saw an F22 Raptor whilst driving home yesterday afternoon, It certainly looked like one from the distance I was away anyway unless anybody knows any different ? 4:15 ish on the A483 between Chester and Wrexham, Only a few hundred feet high and going quite slowly, going west so I presume towards Valley maybe ?

John Privett17/05/2014 22:11:02
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Not over my house, but at the model show at Blackbushe today there were a few interesting full-size aircraft around, in addition to all the models.

On several occasions a Chinnook was visible in the distance - no idea if it was several or just the same one reappearing.

Later in the afternoon a Long-EZ (Burt Rutan canard design) flew over just to the north.

Then just after the end of the show a Cessna 182 landed. Ok, you say, what's unusual about a Cessna 182?(apart from it not being the more common 152 or 172) Well this one was a float-plane! I've never seen a float-plane land on a runway before, not in real-life anyway. Obviously the floats have retractable wheels, but it did look most peculiar taxiing down the runway perched on top of the floats on top of the wheels...

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buster prop21/05/2014 10:45:56
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Earlier this morning a Britten- Norman Islander, white with red wing tips kept flying around here passing over the house about six times. The sound of a large piston engined plane always gets me out into the garden! We get a lot of Cessnas and small helicopters probably from Cranfield but I've never seen this Islander before. A few years ago the BBMF Lancaster flew over because Bletchley park is near here and they had a reunion of the code breakers. I'm hoping to see some more interesting air activity here during the air show season. In the past a DC3, P51 and Spitfires have all been watched from the garden.

David Burrows21/05/2014 21:29:41
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A low flying sea king helicopter
John Privett21/05/2014 22:41:18
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Posted by buster prop on 21/05/2014 10:45:56:

Earlier this morning a Britten- Norman Islander, white with red wing tips kept flying around here passing over the house about six times.

This one partly matches the description - though it has red on the fuselage as well as the wing tips.

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It is was based at Manston, I believe now it's at Lydd. Manston is where I saw it.

Wiltshire Flyer22/05/2014 00:27:13
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Let's see, Euro fighters on CAP most nights, Apache, various very low level marine helis, live under the Old Sarum airfield circuit so also see skydivers, aerobats, microlites and those little flying coffins.... Oh what do you call em? Um..,. Oh yes auto gyros 😉 oh! And the occasional glider, great watching them being towed!

absolutely love watching it all 😀

Ernie22/05/2014 09:17:37
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Last week I was sitting in the May sunshine drinking coffee with a french friend, when a french air force jet flew by very very low

"Ah c'est sebastien in his rafale" she said. How could she know that? The rafale did a wide circuit round the bay, went knife edge right along the seafront. This is his mothers café was the explanation

ernie

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