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    North Weald Diary 2018

    Here is the new thread for all happenings at North Weald in 2018

    Previous thread can be found here:

    https://forum.keypublishing.com/show...d-Diary-(2017)


    Bruce

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    missed this post, thank you a great update
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    I see the RNHF Sea Fury has been provisionally added to the line-up for the Abingdon airshow next month. Hopefully all will go well with the air tests and look forward to seeing it once again in 3 weeks time.

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    Apparently they have now confirmed it!

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    Lovely warm day over at North Weald, and pleasantly surprised to note the yellow Gnat and Hangar 11 Spitfire both outside upon arrival. Spitfire was already on the move shortly after entering the main gate, so spent the day with the Gnats, only nipping across to catch the Spitfire returning to the hangar.

    Gnat G-RORI was already up and about and returned shortly after the Spitfire got airborne, seen here returning to parking.


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Supermarine Spitfire PR MkXI PL965 'R' (G-MKXI) - Hangar 11 Collection - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Supermarine Spitfire PR MkXI PL965 'R' (G-MKXI) - Hangar 11 Collection - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr

    Ground crew fire up the "Honey Rider"...


    Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr

    A warning light kept G-MOUR grounded, so the crew jumped back into RORI, which also needed some TLC, before departing on another sortie. Didn't wait around for the return.


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr

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    Nice action photos!
    Listening out for something interesting approaching...

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    What's a honey rider?

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

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    "Honey Rider" is the name written on the air starter.

    Handful from a quick visit today to get the JP sortie.


    Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr

    Bit tight on the framing with this one - as shot unfortunately.


    Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr

    And returning just over an hour later - not bad timing for a round trip to Eastbourne!


    Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr

    Finally, a couple of detail shots from a quick look around the car park at The Squadron, where the South Eastern Vintage & Classic Vehicle Club were in attendance.


    Jaguar Mk.II detail by Dan B, on Flickr


    Teddy Bear by Dan B, on Flickr
    Last edited by LN Strike Eagle; 22nd April 2018 at 16:53.

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    Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April

    A very busy weekend for us with nearly 230 movements on Saturday and 250 movements on Sunday. It was the first time this year that anything significant has happened while i was on duty. I spent most of the weekend in the Tower, but did manage to get out on Saturday to photograph the Spitfire PRXI and the Gnats.



















    G-MOUR went out first but had a generator problem





    G-RORI was serviceable and went out three times, doing missed approaches on return.















    On Sunday we had a visit by the 1944 DH89B Queen Bee G-BLUZ/ LF858 from RAF Henlow



    Last edited by YakRider; 23rd April 2018 at 15:11.

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    Superb photos ,thank you or posting them.Don't those Gnats look tiny

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    Wednesday 25 April

    Army Air 062 – an Apache from Wattisham – came in for some general handling including a series of high-speed passes and wing-overs at each end of the runway.


























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    Wednesday 25 April and Thursday 26 April

    On Wednesday the Jet Provost Mark 3, G-BKOU/XN637, did a circuit detail and later went off to Duxford.











    On Thursday afternoon the Aces High C-47 departed back to Dunsfold after its Annual












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    Has the trim tab on that c47 always been that blue colour?

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    It wasn't blue when it came in last year, so may have been replaced.

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    Tuesday 1 May

    The Hangar 11 Collection's Spitfire PRXI went off to Turweston














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    Sunday 6 May

    The Spitfire PRXI went off to Abingdon for its first display of the season, returning from White Waltham just before 17.00
















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    Top photos as always.

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    Beautiful aircraft!
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    Wednesday9 May - 1

    The prototype Jet Provost Mark 5, G-VIVM, had its first flight since being repainted in a new all black scheme. It also did some circuits.

















    Last edited by YakRider; 12th May 2018 at 07:52.

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    Wednesday 9 May - 2

    The Spitfire PRXI went off to Wellesbourne for lunch.











    The Shipping & Airlines Collection brought their Dragonfly and Hornet Moth in for a visit along with their latest acquisition the Miles M3A Falcon G-AEEG.




















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    Thursday 10 May

    The Royal Navy Sea Fury T20 arrived first thing from Yeavilton for some routine maintenance, and will be with us for about a week.

















    A Grob Tutor – Britannia 212 – came in later to give Chris Götke a lift back to Yeovilton.










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    Friday 11 May

    Jet Provost Mark 5 XW325 / G-BWGF visited us from Coventry.













    Peter Teichman also did a DA renewal display in the Spitfire.
















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    Great updates as usual YR thank you for keeping us up to date on movements
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    Tuesday 15 May

    Our Boeing Stearman was out on a local flight in the morning.











    The Hong Kong Bulldog, G-BPCL, was also active.



    The Herts Air Ambulance also had a busy day.









    The Spitfire PRXI was out on a funeral flypast then went off to Turweston.






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    Saw on North Weald's Facebook page that the Gnats were busy this weekend, and with the weather this good it seemed like a fun idea.


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Folland Gnat T.1 G-MOUR / XS102 (XR992) - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Ended the day riding around with YakRider in 'Ops 1', staking out a spot at the top end of the runway far from the public areas of the airfield waiting for some Jet Provosts to come in from Coventry.


    BAC Jet Provost T.52 XS228 (G-PROV) - Swords Aviation Ltd, North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    BAC Jet Provost T.52 XS228 (G-PROV) - Swords Aviation Ltd, North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr

    A tactical re-position to get on the sunny side paid dividends with the arrival of the JP5...


    BAC Jet Provost T.5 XW325 (G-BWGF) - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    BAC Jet Provost T.5 XW325 (G-BWGF) - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    BAC Jet Provost T.5 XW325 (G-BWGF) - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    BAC Jet Provost T.5 XW325 (G-BWGF) - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr


    BAC Jet Provost T.5 XW325 (G-BWGF) - North Weald, May 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr

    Big thank you to Trevor for these shots.

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    Just wondered if there was any news on the progress of the single seat Gnat?
    Thanks in advance for any info

    Roger

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    Saturday 19 May

    Speaking to Pete the Gnat Chief Engineer, the single-seater is making steady progress, but with so much paperwork to resolve there is no firm date for completion as yet.

    The Gnats did three days of practice, and I was on roster for the weekend and captured the two pairs sorties plus a singleton by G-MOUR at the end of the day.


























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    Gnats Sunday 20 May

    Another two sorties with formation missed approaches and landings for the first time.


































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