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    Duxford Diary (2017)

    Time to do our traditional bit of first footing. Here is the new thread for 2017, which neatly follows on from this one:

    http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...d-Diary-(2016)

    Happy New Year to you all


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    Another day at Duxford - another year

    Britannia G-AOVT was moved into Air Space this morning for some attention to her paintwork.

    G-AOVT by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    G-AOVT moved into AirSpace by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    Was the last time she was parked in this area at DX when she arrived back in 1975 ?

    G-AOVT DX Oct 75 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    Perhaps an opportunity to remind ourselves of her previous life from slides in my collection.

    With British Eagle - seen at Luton in 1965

    G-AOVT Luton Sept 65 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    and originally with BOAC -- seen at Heathrow

    G-AOVT LHR by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    Duxman

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    And we're off, Duxman is first out the traps quickly followed by !!!

    Brilliant first update of 2017 Duxman, I take it this is the first paint job since 1975? I can smell cabin now, strange init
    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
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    Tuesday ~ 03Jan17

    As the Museum likes to get aircraft movements out of the way before the Public are let loose inside, some over the fence shots in far from ideal lighting conditions of the Britannia on its Bimble from Airliner Row to AirSpace where it will be tucked up nice and warm for the next couple of weeks while it has a bit of paint applied. In the order taken.













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    Quote Originally Posted by Trolly Aux View Post
    I take it this is the first paint job since 1975?
    My memory is telling me that the Britannia was restored and repainted at some point in the 90s. I'm sure someone will be along to let me know if I'm hallucinating.
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    Definitely went in during the 90's and I believe there may have been pictures and possibly a small article in Flypast. Can't remember the year, sorry.

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    Thanks for the pictures chaps. It's still a very elegant airliner, just a pity it took so long to develop.
    Happy New Year all.

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    I have a picture of her being re painted in the old airspace hangar so was pre 2005 not sure exactly when though.

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    Love her in the BOAC scheme. That always looked 'elegant' somehow...... memories as a young lad stopping my bowling run at junior cricket at Taren Point just to the south of Sydney Airport to watch a Comet approaching gleaming in polished metal and blue..... ahhhh memories.....

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    I guess it would be in the 1970's, one of the holiday companies operating the Britannia out of Luton on holiday flights advised in their brochure their all jet fleet...and had a nice ground shot on the ramp of a Britannia with the prop blades air brushed out and jet intakes substituted.

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    DX Wednesday 4th January.

    P.51 Ferocious Frankee recorded the first warbird to fly at Duxford in 2017 when it was airborne this afternoon for an air test. No pictures unfortunately.

    Duxman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duxman View Post
    DX Wednesday 4th January.

    P.51 Ferocious Frankee recorded the first warbird to fly at Duxford in 2017 when it was airborne this afternoon for an air test. No pictures unfortunately.

    Duxman

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    Good to have her back in the air.

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    Here it goes again:
    Does anyone know what the (future) plans are for Halifax cockpit PN323?
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    Why not contact the Musem and ask them.
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    I will do that but the forum usually know better.

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    G'Day All, Here's to 2017. An elegant airliner to start with, wonderful. Best wishes for the year to come

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    Thursday-05Jan17

    Beautiful wall to wall blue sky and sunshine day but woolly hats and gloves were still required. The Fighter Collection provided the entertainment with both their P-40C & F having engine runs and thanks to TFC for parking them on the Jet Pan for easy photographic access. During the engine runs I got my first proper sight, since its arrival, of the bright yellow ex Boscombe Down/QinetiQ Harvard which made a brief appearance in the sunshine as the camouflaged T-28 was extracted from Hangar 2 which went flying later in the afternoon after I had left. In the order taken.













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    I keep forgetting about the silver P-40B being in tis country!
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    A few additional pictures to add to those from Brian today.

    P.40F and P.40C by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    G-CGZP P.40F by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    G-CIIO P.40C by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    .. meanwhile the paint brushes were in action on the Britannia

    G-AOVT by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    overflying DX today en route to Old Warden were a pair of Chipmunks

    FAP1350 and WG407 over DX by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    .. and inbound probably to Luton was Challenger 850 D-AAIJ from Moscow

    D-AAIJ Challenger 850 over DX from Moscow by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    .. and at an even higher altitude a Lufthansa A380 presumably heading across the Atlantic.

    Lufthansa A380 over DX by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    Duxman

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    Duxford Friday 6/1/17

    T.28A N14113 was out on an air test today

    N14113a by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    Painting of the Britannia continues.

    G-AOVT by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    Duxman

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    Spent today at Duxford not much happening in the air or outside no doubt due to the weather and poor visibility, but slightly of topic i listened to a talk of Sir Douglas Bader.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the information given given in no 4 Battle of Britain Hanger at 2pm, it was given by a very knowledgeable Yorkshire man who put Douglas across extremely well making his story humorous and sad at the same time.

    Sir Douglas was certainly a true Gentleman, heroic and arrogant at the same time, but was total respected by all and rightly so. i came away with total respect but that word just dosnt seem big enough..

    Totally recommend this talk given by the Museum and a big pat on the back must go the the volunteer who gave it..

    The photo below shows Douglas"s original dress tunic.

    http://forum.keypublishing.com/attac...1&d=1483810861
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    Saturday ~ 07Jan17

    Had intended spending Saturday in London but by the time I got to Cambridge rail station the weather, mist and mizzle, had descended and a check on my weather app showed the same for London so I went to Duxford instead. Took the opportunity to wander around the hangars getting in some hand held/manual focus/very low shutter speed practice so a few photos of some aircraft not normally covered on my Bimbles around Duxford. Despite the naff weather, a lot of visitors visiting and the mist and mizzle did lift by mid afternoon. In the order taken and all at 1/2 second with apertures and ISO adjusted for that speed.













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    I forgot about that Zero centre section, too!
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    The nearby German midget submarine also has an interesting history.
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    Looks a bit bare in Hangar 3.... No Stickleback, No Jesse Lumb - has the big Motor Torpedo Boat gone as well, or just moved?
    Listening out for something interesting approaching...

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    All three have gone, HMS Stickleback has gone to a submarine museum in Scotland and the Jesse Lumb has gone back to the owners (RNLI?) and the MTB was also privately owned I think.

    Apparently they did not fit into the aviation nature of the museum and to make way for other exhibits was what I was told.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazDaMan View Post
    I forgot about that Zero centre section, too!
    I would like to know a bit more about the history of this section

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    Mitsubishi Zero A6M5 cockpit

    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/70000203

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    It was our first trip of 2017 to Duxford today - it was pretty busy considering it was a winter Sunday afternoon.

    First stop was the conservation area of Airspace to see how the Britania was getting on - we were skulking by on outside door when one of the DAS chaps who were repainting the aircraft very kindly beckoned us in to take a closer look. It's incredible what the volunteers have achieved in such a short time, and a real pleasure to have a chat with someone so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what he's doing. I took a few snaps of the aircraft while we were chatting. The Monarch lettering on the fuselage is a decal, applied after painting, whereas the logo on the tail fin is due to be hand painted once the yellow top coat is finished. Apparently even though it's been outside since 1971, the outer skin of the aircraft is very well preserved, due to good corrosion proofing during the manufacturing process. The painting team this time round have concentrated on applying extra paint to the parts where water gathers to help preserve the skin for the future.

    IMG_6057 by sboreeves, on Flickr

    IMG_6063 by sboreeves, on Flickr

    IMG_6068 by sboreeves, on Flickr

    Elsewhere, work on the Victor was progressing apace, the conservation area was as busy as I've ever seen it:

    IMG_6102 by sboreeves, on Flickr

    In the past I've joked about how the IWM have neglected XH648 but I'm very happy to eat my words and admire the efforts that are being made. It'll be very interesting to see this restoration progress over the next couple of years.
    Last edited by SimonR; 9th January 2017 at 00:16.
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    Great pictures and anyone who wants to contribute to the HP Victor conservation can at:

    https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/iwm/victor

    Hopefully she will look as good as the Bristol Britannia....
    ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

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