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    A Scottish Roundup

    Finally! A few sunny days recently (ok, dry days at least) have allowed us to enjoy some aviation activity north of the border. There has been a late Summer flurry of activity over the past few weeks. First up was a Fly In at Perth (Scone) hosted by the Scottish Aero Club. We were able to take a tour of their hangar, crammed full of aircraft, and that of Air Service Training. I was particularly pleased to see Cessna 310 G-AYGB there - an aircraft I saw flying over my home regularly as a child. Historic? Well, it is 47 years old!

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    The following weekend saw a drive north take a quick diversion into Connel where the Oban Air Fair was taking place. I put a couple of pics of the Catalina on a separate thread earlier. It was a real treat to be able to get on board this beautiful aircraft -

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    There were quite a few visiting/resident aircraft, mostly modern types. Maybe just scraping into the historic category were a Hebridean Air Services Islander and Wittman Tailwind.

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    The following day we drove up to Montrose having received a tip-off from Wallace that a Fly In was taking place there. A temporary airstrip was marked out on the site of the original Broomfield Aerodrome. Mostly modern types again but amongst them were a few gems -

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    Nice photos Moth Minor, looks like you had good weather, and good to see photos north of the border.
    Yes certainly, Cessna 310 is a lovely classic aeroplane originally dating from the 1950s.
    The Luton Minor looks in lovely condition at Perth.
    Is the Westland Whirlwind ex military, or civil registered.
    Lets see more classic civil reports on this forum.

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    Is the Westland Whirlwind ex military, or civil registered.
    According to 'Demobbed' - the whirly is XL875
    Delivered to RN 1958 and to AST 2/5/77 for ground instructional use.

    rgds baz
    Last edited by bazv; 5th September 2017 at 07:42. Reason: added detail

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    Thanks, Elmdon Boy. The Luton Minor did look lovely and it was a very pleasant surprise to see it there -

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    In between the fly-ins we managed a visit to East Fortune. First visit since the revamp. I was impressed with the new layout in the Civil Hangar. It is well-lit with plenty of room to roam around the aircraft and get really close to them. The interactive displays are excellent showing such things as cockpit shots, restoration photos and interviews with pilots. The military hangar I didn't enjoy so much feeling, in my opinion, that it was a bit cluttered with screens and the dias in the middle made it all a bit cramped. The Conservation Hangar was closed to the public so no chance to see the Beaufighter. I think the Provost and Viscount must be in there too.

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    Final trip to date took us down to Ayr for the Scottish Air Show. We were only able to catch the first half of the Saturday display. Fortunately, the Dragonfly and Chipmunk turned up earlier than we expected. The Catalina did a lovely display with the island of Arran forming a beautiful backdrop.

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    haven't been to Perth for years, inspite of it being 30 minutes up the road - did you see their A109A?

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    More good photos Moth Minor,thanks.
    I went to East Fortune two years ago, the new display hanger was under renovation then and all the exhibits were in a temporary plastic hanger, and you could only peer in. The only aircraft in there that was photographable was the Tiger Moth. I believe this is on display in Edinburgh's science museum, no doubt displayed in a stupid arrangement like the Kay Gyroplane. I hate these arty farty types displaying aircraft like this. See photo to see what I mean.

    The new civil display at East Fortune looks good though. I wish that because an aircraft has folding wings they wouldn't insist on folding them,reference the Puss Moth, it doesn't display the aircraft well in my opinion. Could they not just fold the one wing?

    I notice the Spit is now displayed in some dramatic fashion Far better displayed when I saw it , Bah. See photo

    Overall though a great museum, will have to get up there again.

    Did you catch my thread on the two Mustangs at Wellesbourne last week, on there way up to Prestwick for the air show.




    Both East Fortune 05-07-15




    Edinburgh Science Museum 06-07-15

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    Great photos.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who dislikes the Spitfire's display!

    There is also the prototype Bulldog (I think?) hanging up in the museum in Chambers Street.
    Daren Cogdon

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    Originally posted by DaveF68
    did you see their A109A?
    Yes I did, Dave. That was the first time I had been at Perth in quite a few years too. One tends to forget our own doorstep at times lol.

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    Originally posted by Elmdon Boy
    I wish that because an aircraft has folding wings they wouldn't insist on folding them,reference the Puss Moth, it doesn't display the aircraft well in my opinion. Could they not just fold the one wing?
    I totally agree - I was looking forward to seeing the Puss Moth with wings out too. The pity is that there is still a lot of empty space in the Concorde hangar. I believe the Tiger Moth is displayed in a flying pose in Edinburgh but not so dramatically as the Kay Gyroplane - that is totally ridiculous!
    I've just read your post re. the Mustangs (lovely photos!) We didn't catch them at Ayr because we only had a limited time there. Any idea why the shark-mouth one was going to Cumbernauld?

    Robert Whitton put some photos from the Royal Scottish Museum on this thread - https://forum.keypublishing.com/show...deo&highlight=
    Last edited by Mothminor; 5th September 2017 at 18:42.

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    Indeed DazDaMan. I'm glad you share my dislike at the way some museums display there aircraft.
    I suppose at least the Bulldog is in a normal flying arrangement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mothminor
    Any idea why the shark-mouth one was going to Cumbernauld?
    Apparently the Boultbee Spitfire Tr.9 is currently at Cumbernauld, so perhaps the Mustang is, too?
    Daren Cogdon

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    Thanks, DazDaMan. I wonder if the Spit was over Perthshire this afternoon - I saw, but only at a considerable distance, an aircraft which I thought looked and sounded like one.

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    Mustang is indeed doing paid pax flights from Cumbernauld.

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