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    Brilliant YR, I see her yesterday E of the City of Chelmsford, off for air tests?
    TA out


      No show for the Vampire at Cosford, do we know which one it was and what happened to it?



        Hi All,
        Just to repeat what I put in the Dux thread:- Without you snappers the aviation fans who are housebound and unable to attend air shows are eternally
        grateful we all owe you a debt of gratitude many thanks all..........



          Sunday 10 June - 1

          56 Squadron are North Weald's longest serving squadron from 1927 to 1941. In 2016 they celebrated their 100th anniversary at the Airfield. This year, to mark the RAF's 100 anniversay in turn, Epping Forest District Council voted to confer the Freedom of the District on 56 Squadron. This was done at a formal council meeting back in April. On Sunday 10 June 56 Squadron paraded through North Weald village along with 56 Squadron, Air Cadet Corps, from Woolwich, other local ATC contingents, RAFA and RBL standards and veterans. After laying wreaths at the Debt of Honour Memorial, the parade continued with a marchpast by the Gate Guardian Hurricane, which represents a 56 Squadron aircraft from the Battle of Britain.

          The Squadron then had an inspection by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and the EFDC Chairman and the Freedom Scroll was paraded by two Air Cadets. A BBMF Hurricane also made a flypast. The two squadrons then posed for group photographs. A Community Picnic continued the activities during the afternoon. The C54 Skymaster and two Gnats were also on static display.

          A huge amount of work had been done by the Ops Team and our colleagues in Grounds Maintenance to make the Airfield look immaculate on the day. A special RAF 100 flowerbed was installed by the Main Gate along with an RAF roundel next to the Gate Guardian.


            Sunday 10 June - 2

            The inspection and group photos. The second group photo seeks to emulate the famous WW1 shot of the pilots in various attires with their dogs!


              Monday 11 June Norwegian Vampires

              The Norwegian Historical Squadron brought their two Vampires in on Monday lunchtime from Aalborg in Denmark. They will be using North Weald once again as their base for the airshow season. The MiG 15UTI will also arrive in due course.


                Monday 11 June Jet Provosts and C54

                Two of our Jet Provosts returnfed from RAF Cosford shortly after the Vampires arrived. G-BWOT also did some circuits. The tug broke down towing back the C54, so it out on the ramp and can be photographed without the usual background clutter. A lot of people took the opportunity to have a look inside on Sunday.


                  Fantastic schemes on those Vampires. Thanks for posting.

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                    The C54 has a presence does it not?
                    Another great update, thank you
                    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
                    TA out


                      Thursday 14 June

                      Westland Wasp XT787 / G-KAXT departed after maintenance

                      The C54 was still out on the ramp in the sunshine, but the group has now acquired its own tug and after tidying thier area the aircraft is now back in its place,

                      The London Ambulance Service carries out regular driver training on the Airfield, but after the incident in Salisbury they are running regular three-day hazmat courses, using the Control Tower meeting rooms and the grass outside for the exercises and decontamination routines. Our reserve fire truck provides the water.


                        Saturday 16 June

                        The Norwegian Vampires went off to display at Great Yarmouth, spending the night at Norwich.


                          Sunday 17 June

                          The Vampires returned again at the end of the afternoon. It was cloudy and overcast, but we had an incredibly busy day with 313 movements, and had to hold several aircraft off to recover the Vampires. The total movemtns for Friday, Saturday and Sunday was over 700!


                            Dispite a bit of a Google I can not find details of the Norwegian Vampires display schedule whilst in the UK.
                            Their official site appear not to have been updated since 2015.


                              Lovely photos thanks for posting.


                                Wednesday 20 June

                                The Hangar 11 Collection's P-51D Mustang was in the air again doing two air tests following its annual maintenance.


                                  Thanks for sharing all the great photos.


                                    I love that Mustang's colour scheme.
                                    Daren Cogdon

                                    Spitfire fanatic


                                      Saturday 30 June Air Britain Military

                                      The Air Britain 70th Anniversary Fly-in took place over the weekend. A variety of classic types came in. The Harvard was also celebrating its 80th anniversary and one of the Duxford ones came in for the weekend.

                                      A frequent visitor to these events is the Navion from Earls Colne

                                      A French Storch with an Argus engine also arrieved from Headcorn

                                      The Mustang was also out displaying at Swansea and Chalke Valley

                                      Last edited by YakRider; 3rd July 2018, 16:48.


                                        Air Britain Saturday GA

                                        Some of the classic GA aircraft attending the Fly-in. The Ercoupe is a regular visitor as well