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  • Peter
    Moderator
    • Jan 2000
    • 12467

    Duxford Diary 2019

    Here is the new thread for happenings at Duxford. Link to the previous year here :
    Cheers,Peter
    "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"
  • Propstrike
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2004
    • 3889

    #2
    The first day of 2019 seems a good time to thank again the stalwart contributors to this widely -enjoyed thread. It must be nearly a full-time job ! Much appreciated.

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    • SimonR
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jul 2011
      • 396

      #3
      Duxford was quiet and seemed pretty sleepy today. The Conservation area in Airspace was providing accommodation to the replica Spitfire Mk1A, the Typhoon prototype (isn't this due to be leaving Duxford this year?) and also 'Ole Bill' - a 1911 open-top AEC bus, used in WW1 as a troop carrier:

      5Z2A2804 by SimonR, on Flickr

      This must be the most under-used space in the whole of the IWM - calling it 'Conservation' seems a bit of a misnomer.

      In Hangar 2, most, if not all of the Fighter Collection seemed to be undergoing winter maintenance, with Engine Inhibited notices all over the place and lots of engine covers, cowlings and spinners removed.

      5Z2A2814 by SimonR, on Flickr

      Sally B's winter maintenance continues at the back of Hangar 2,

      5Z2A2806_7_8_Enhancer by SimonR, on Flickr

      And today's game of 'spot the Cosmic Wind' was made a lot easier by it being positioned right next to the walkway, with Miss Pickup's winter maintenance continuing behind:

      5Z2A2809 by SimonR, on Flickr

      The impressive collection of Spitfires, and assorted other aircraft in Hangar 3 are still covered to protect them from the owl that has also taken up residence in the building. We couldn't see any evidence of the owl though!

      5Z2A2818 by SimonR, on Flickr

      There wasn't a huge turnout on the airfield today, and absolutely no flying while we were there. It's odd how spoiled we are as visitors to Duxford, that we're so used to their always being something interesting flying that it's worthy of mention when this is not the case.

      Finally, the new buses (although still apparently un-named!) were doing a lot of business today.

      5Z2A2820 by SimonR, on Flickr

      I'm looking forward to the milestones that mark the changing of the seasons in Duxford, my favourite of which is seeing Sally B's first flight of the year.

      Finally, here are some upcoming Historic Aircraft Collection events that are forthcoming in 2019:

      IMG_20190101_152106 by SimonR, on Flickr
      "A Flight is much like a short life.... So is a Life just like a, er , long flight...?" - Bernard Chabbert, Flying Legends, (Saturday) 2015.

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      • olly_s
        Rank 4 Registered User
        • Aug 2017
        • 145

        #4
        A bit of an interesting question to start of DD2019 - What on earth has happened to Duxford's other Spitfire I (P9374)? Last I heard was she has been sold to someone stateside and was going there but that was a year ago.

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        • WillL
          Rank 4 Registered User
          • Jul 2017
          • 38

          #5
          P9374 left for the US in April 2017.

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          • JohnTerrell
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Apr 2010
            • 346

            #6
            Yes, P9374 is owned by Ronald Lauder (heir to the Este Lauder fortune) and is based in New York. He has a growing collection of warbirds that includes the Spitfire P9374 (registered N92SQ), FG-1D Corsair "Godspeed", TF-51D 44-12858 (and I believe he is the one that also recently purchased the ex-Texas Flying Legends A6M2 Zero). All of the airplanes in this collection are flown by Mark Murphy, and P9374 has been seen publicly at at least a couple of events in the northeast US since coming to the US. It was initially scheduled to be at Oshkosh this past summer, but I believe it had a mechanical issue early in the summer and wasn't ready in time.

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            • Mustang51
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Sep 2008
              • 251

              #7
              Looking forward to a great Duxford year from here in the Antipodes !

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              • CeBro
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Sep 2009
                • 2105

                #8
                A good start of the year would be to learn what the plans are for Halifax forward fuselage PN323. It's sat at Duxford for half a decade now with nothing being done to it (apart from gutting it). Time to do some nice work to it or donate it to the
                Canadian Halilfax reconstruction project.
                Not being negative to IWM but it's a shame how this unique exhibit is being treated.
                Cees

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                • R4118
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Aug 2015
                  • 347

                  #9
                  What ever happend to the Sky blue Yak 3 that used to frequent Duxford quite regularly? I don't remember seeing it there in a while?

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                  • skyskooter
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Oct 2012
                    • 386

                    #10
                    And what is happening with the Zero wreck that my Lottery losses helped acquire?

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                    • KurtB
                      Rank 3 Registered User
                      • Feb 2018
                      • 140

                      #11
                      This is important stuff, so what does the director of the IWM say?

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                      • R4118
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Aug 2015
                        • 347

                        #12
                        Skyskooter......there is a zero cockpit and partial wing/undercarriage lurking in on of the hangars! Not sure if it's the same one though

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                        • skyskooter
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Oct 2012
                          • 386

                          #13
                          Probably.

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                          • blurrkup
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Mar 2006
                            • 242

                            #14
                            IWM has two Zero's

                            The first, which I believe is the one skyshooter is on about, is now at Lambeth.

                            https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/70000201

                            The second was originally at Lambeth but now at Duxford, is the one R4118 is talking about.

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

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                            • Fournier Boy
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Mar 2007
                              • 1010

                              #15
                              The light blue Yak has been for sale for at least 18 months with no takers. It occasionally returns to duxford

                              FB

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                              • Orion
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jun 2009
                                • 695

                                #16
                                https://forum.keypublishing.com/foru...94#post3845294

                                The Halifax forward fuselage is (AFAIK) the only surviving relic of the Heaton Norris factory in Manchester that was managed by Fairey. It was 'gutted' because the instrument panel featured instruments that were radioactive.
                                David Mylchreest
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                                • DCW
                                  DCW
                                  David Whitworth
                                  • Sep 2010
                                  • 2345

                                  #17
                                  Duxford Friday 4th January:

                                  Cold and dull, but Spitfire and Mustang out for some exercise:





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

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                                  • Duxman
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Mar 2005
                                    • 919

                                    #18
                                    DX - Friday. Just to prove we did see the first warbird flights of the year today a couple of pictures.

                                    PT462 / G-CTIX f/f of 2019 at DX by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

                                    G-SHWN by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

                                    Duxman

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

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                                    • K5054NZ
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • May 2008
                                      • 1096

                                      #19
                                      The blue-bellied Yak is currently listed with Platinum, I saw them post about it on Facebook and Twitter yesterday: http://www.platinumfighters.com/yak3m
                                      "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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                                      • Propstrike
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2004
                                        • 3889

                                        #20
                                        The Yak is such an agile, great looking, great sounding machie, and at 350 K , whilst not exactly cheap, gets you into the warbird world at a fifth the price of a Spit or P51. True, it is a new build, but for a lot of people, that does not matter at all.

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