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    Duxford Diary (2015)

    Taking swiftly over from this one:

    http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...ord-Diary-2014

    Here is the new thread for Duxford activities in 2015.

    Happy New Year to you all, and thanks to all the contributors in previous years for making it such a good reference of activities at Duxford. Many highlights, but the Blenheim has to be Number 1 for me!


    Bruce

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    Just a reminder of previous years' coverage. These threads disappear from the forum, but will still survive by the magic of the internet and can be found at:

    'Duxford, again' (2011): http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/sho...d.php?t=108052 EDIT: I think this link is dead now!

    Duxford Diary 2012: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=114038

    Duxford Diary 2013: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...ord-Diary-2013

    Duxford Diary 2014: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...ord-Diary-2014
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    I noticed the new admission prices were displayed at Duxford today. As previously mentioned, the standard entry stays the same, but a new fee for children (5-15) is offset by a new 'Family Ticket'
    Not yet on the website is a very attractive Annual Pass at £22.50 or less, which gives unlimited access for the year (apart from airshows). Better value than FoD if you plan to visit more than once a year!


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    Quote Originally Posted by DCW View Post
    Better value than FoD if you plan to visit more than once a year!
    But with FoD you get discount on air show tickets/shop/restaurant.

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    Echoed!!

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    Ouch!
    That new child fee is a big hit for those of us who often take the whole family along.
    It will be just me from now on.

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    Why don't children qualify for free entry???

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    Because the government is reducing the grant by tens of % year on year, sadly they need to maintain a positive cash flow and income.
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    I didn't realize they get a grant. Is the grant dependant on what they charge for admission, or is it the other was round ?

    The annual pass would be good for me and my wife. We don't go to airshows, or spend much (if anything) in the shop.
    What we would save on food by joining FOD, wouldn't come close to offsetting the £38 difference.
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    Don't forget, free admission for B-17 Sally B supporters except on airshow days. Just renewed mine.

    http://www.sallyb.org.uk/supporters-club.htm

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    Looking forward to loads of excellent pictures here (again).
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    I second that. I'm sure DCW and Penpusher will do their usual wonderful job of keeping us informed.
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    Well, hope no-one minds if I post a few from my visit today?....

    Some iPhone "hangoramas"...










    The Blenheim from 'inside' the Blenheim...




    A trio of "T-tails"?...


    Couple of shots from the LWH...


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    It looks like you practically had the whole place to yourself Bob

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    Main car park was about ¾ full - busier than I expected.
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    Until things start happening again, here's a couple of old pictures. Black 6 Before (2-7-97) and After (26-10-97):




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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Alan~ View Post
    I didn't realize they get a grant. Is the grant dependant on what they charge for admission, or is it the other was round ?

    The annual pass would be good for me and my wife. We don't go to airshows, or spend much (if anything) in the shop.
    What we would save on food by joining FOD, wouldn't come close to offsetting the £38 difference.
    The IWM receive a grant in aid from the DCMS of about £20,000,000. Most big national museums do but unfortunately it is decreasing every year.

    Great photos in this thread (as always).

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    I can still see the puffs of black exhaust as Black 6 came in for an 'emergency' landing then hopping over the M11 as if it was yesterday...

    Such a sad end to it's flying career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCW View Post
    Until things start happening again, here's a couple of old pictures. Black 6 Before (2-7-97) and After (26-10-97):
    After conversion to 'Black 9'

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    I can too Bob. I also remember somebody stood near me saying " does`nt it sound fantastic" and thinking, no it does not.
    I was waiting to go flying for the first time at the end of the show. I did get that Rapide flight a year later.

    I cant wait to see the 109E but nothing will ever compare to Black 6 for me.

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    Am I right in thinking that black 6 is the airframe at Hendon.?
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    Yes you are - rebuilt to airworthy condition (IIRC) by the Black 6 team then shoved into a museum...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Yes you are - rebuilt to airworthy condition (IIRC) by the Black 6 team then shoved into a museum...
    Which is where she was destined to go even as a flying aircraft anyway. It was sadly ironic that her last flight actually ended in the way it did. It certainly put paid to any chance of her flying on a bit longer, even if there had been an agreed delayed stay of grounding prior to the accident.

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    Over twenty years of work,and the team who rebuilt Black 6 knew she would only fly for a few years. The desert and Mediterranean theaters are woefully unrepresented at Hendon.
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    Yes, it was always destined to become a museum piece, but shame that after the accident, it would never feel the wind beneath it's wings again...

    ...not even once more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SADSACK View Post
    Over twenty years of work,and the team who rebuilt Black 6 knew she would only fly for a few years. The desert and Mediterranean theaters are woefully unrepresented at Hendon.
    Yes, I'm glad that one of the NZ Spitfires is in a North Africa scheme.

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    I remember signing a petition to keep Black 6 flying the day it crash landed.
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    Think I recall seeing some original post crash parts of Black 6 in the Shoreham B of B museum in Kent.


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