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    Crikey, who stumped up the cash for one of those lasers, or did they just lease it? The great thing is they not only remove paint, but also corrosion. I've seen a couple, the cheap one was about $250k. Cheap to operate though, under $5/hr.
    If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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      A company maybe trialling it for free to test out methods.

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        GTO has to be one of the most pristine Austers out there, she looks lovely......

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          And arguably one of the most historic airframes flying, if not in existence....

          Air Britain are about to publish a new book about the Auster story, in a similar vein to the one they published about Beagle...
          I like being grey - it means I can worry without it showing!

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            Why did GTO have to leave Duxford ????
            "I see something of the cobra in you Stachel!"

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              DCW said its hangerage has been revoked.

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                "..... It would be easier for the RAF to display ZA469 to the public as an 'operational' Tornado than the hassle of removing the IWM Tornado GR1 from Airspace."

                Given that IWM is not part of the RAF or indeed RAF Museum I'm not sure the goodwill would ever extend to "loaning" out the GR1 in the first place? and if the RAF were wanting to display ZA469 I'd have assumed it would have gone to one of the RAF Museum centres for restoration?

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                  "Why did GTO have to leave Duxford ???? "
                  Perhaps because IWM has just realised that it does not have roundels on it? The fact that the Auster was the type on which the Army Air Corps was founded is lost on them. There are no other Austers on show there.

                  And, BTW, this was just about the only aircraft on Duxford which was easy for kids and wheelchair users to look into.

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                    Sad to see Auster G-AGTO depart Duxford. Below a picture of her hangared at Duxford on the 11/6/1978 soon after her arrival.

                    G-AGTO Auster J/1 at Duxford 11/6/78 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

                    Duxman

                    Flikr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/64209520@N05/

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                      Duxford Tuesday 3rd April:

                      Dragon Rapide wrote:

                      "I'm lucky enough to have flown in this lovely Auster twice, firstly with Mark M just over 30 years ago, and then with David about ten years later."

                      MM has responded with:

                      "Nice to see that Dragon Rapide has fond memories. The attached slide (17-8-86), taken after landing back from Castle Mill and Woburn - both now lost to aviation - was taken the day before Chris/DR flew with me. He then had a Monday job cleaning the Russavia a/c after each weekend."



                      Interesting to note Tiger Moth G-MOTH / K2567 alongside. Thirty years later and they are together again.

                      More Images from MM, firstly with G-AGOH at Old Warden in 1980:



                      TO's first Duxford display in 1979 (Stearman G-AROY behind):



                      With illustrious company at Duxford 4-9-82:



                      Many thanks to MM for sharing.

                      Back to today, and today's star visitor was French Air Force Super Puma 2235 FZ:



                      Finally, some pictures of Mustang 'Sharkmouth' today:





                      20,000 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhitworth/

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                        My take on the French visitor today. In the order taken.













                        Sony Alpha A6000 CSC & Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di-III VC.

                        Brian
                        The Future Of Photography Is Mirrorless

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                          How kind of MM to find the photo of Duxford in August 1986 - what a lot of memories! Russavia's Rapide (G-AGTM), Chipmunk G-BCIW/WZ868) and Tiger (G-MOTH/K2567) all on pleasure flying duties. And our Ford Escort Flight Line van!

                          Hope G-ASEA (DU) spots this!

                          Happy happy days.

                          Thanks for posting DCW.
                          Listening out for something interesting approaching...

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                            Yes great photo Chris. We had some fun. I only flew in G-AGTO once from what I remember . Thanks DCW.

                            Dave

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                              Just wondered Why, what reason for the decision ??
                              "I see something of the cobra in you Stachel!"

                              Sywell Airshow 17th August 2014

                              www.sywellairshow.co.uk

                              www.Biggles-Biplane.com

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                                Even in the Russavia days, there seemed to be a rule that all privately owned aircraft given hangarage by IWM had to be in military markings. The airliners of the DAS were, of course, a separate case. GTO always got through that "regulation" as it was used to provide flights for Duxford Aviation Society members.

                                I remember a discussion about Rapide GJG during restoration as to what colours it would be finished in, and we joked that it would have to have roundels on it if they wanted to keep it at Duxford! The chosen scheme is a wonderful, original and accurate compromise, of course.

                                GTO had a good run - and I'm sure she will be out and about as much as ever!
                                Listening out for something interesting approaching...

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                                  Another chopper was visiting today - while the drivers kept the engine turning the rest of the crew went for a coffee...



                                  Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

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                                    Todays Spring sunshine at Duxford saw plenty of flying activity with 3 Spitfire TR9s flying ( NH341,PV202 and SM520 ) in addition to MkVc EE602 / G-IBSY.

                                    G-IBSY / EE602 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

                                    G-IBSY / EE602 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

                                    In addition AeroLegends Devon was flying as well as Classic Wings new Harvard

                                    G-DHDV by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

                                    G-BDAM by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

                                    Duxman

                                    Flikr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/64209520@N05/

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                                      Will be interesting to see what is able to turn up at Middle Wallop for the Auster 80th celebrations. It will be so good if GTO is able to be there,..sadly I wont be.
                                      I like being grey - it means I can worry without it showing!

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                                        Thursday 5th April

                                        Blue sky and sunshine brought a lot of war birds out to play. At one point there were four two-seat Spitfires sitting on the grass outside ARCo and three of them went flying. Later in the afternoon Duxford's latest Spitfire resident, Anglia Aircraft Restorations Mk.Vc/G-IBSY, also went flying. HH-60G Pave Hawk 89-26208/LN of 56 Rescue Squadron from just down the road at Lakenheath did several circuits before parking up, with rotors running, while the passengers went off for a coffee.The Aero legends DH104 Dove 8/G-DHDV was doing a spot of crew training.

























                                        Sony Alpha A6000 CSC & Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di-III VC.

                                        Brian
                                        The Future Of Photography Is Mirrorless

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                                          I don't think the coffee is that good in The Clamoury to warrant two visits in two days!!!!!...
                                          Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

                                          行雲流水

                                          Warbirdskies Blog

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