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    A Storch on a trip ...

    Hello everyone,

    I would like to share with you the last trip of our storch, or more precisely Morane-Saulnier MS506L.
    Indeed, the association AVA (Albert Vintage Aircraft) based on the Albert field in the Somme near Amiens ( France ), was asked by our English friends, to make the crossing for the joiners on the occasion of the Battle of Britain Air Show, by Aero Legends, at Headcorne Field on Saturday, June 30, and North Weald Air-Britain participation on Sunday, July 1st.

    It was an unforgettable weekend and a great success for this young association.
    So what better than to share with you these wonderful moments aboard this aircraft.

    Everything begins on Friday, June 29 at Albert-Bray Airport - LFAQ.
    The morning is devoted to the preparation of the machine.





    Flight plan. It is decided that we will take the direction of Abbeville then Berck sur Mer, before going up the coast to Cap Gris Nez.



    3:35 pm, it is already time to leave.





    But before taking the direction of Abbeville, we make a stop on Amiens, to refuel.



    4:15 pm, the full is done, the mae west is strapped ... it left for a flight of about 2 hours, depending on the direction of the wind .... in the direction of Lashenden.


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    A great journey!

    Thanks for coming - and thanks for sharing your photos!

    Looking forward to seeing more!
    Listening out for something interesting approaching...

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    Quite an adventure in a Storch, although I'm guessing not as thirsty as it would be with an Argus! What is the replacement engine?

    An interesting thread, please post more!
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    A Lycoming apparently.

    Fanaviation, what's the aircraft behind the Storch in the hangar? Not the Baron, the taildragger...

    Glad you enjoyed your visit, hope you will be back again soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooligan
    Fanaviation, what's the aircraft behind the Storch in the hangar? Not the Baron, the taildragger...
    Looks a bit like an Alcyon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morane-Saulnier_Alcyon
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    Ah thanks, that could well it!

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    Tks for your comments

    Yes, it's a Lycoming engine.
    He is more safe to cross the channel ;-)
    Argus engine is a delicate engine, and it's expensive to keep it running.

    Behind the Storch, it's a Morane Saulnier MS 733 Alcyon

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    Storchs don't fly in the conventional sense. They are so butt-ugly that the earth repels them! Actually, I do have a soft spot for the Storch, but pretty it is not.

    Adrian
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    Do you like our beautiful beaches in the north of France?

    Le Crotoy



    Berck sur Mer







    Merlimont



    Le Touquet Paris-Plage



    Sainte Cécile Plage



    Plage d'Ecault



    Boulogne sur Mer, with the largest aquarium in Europe: Nausicaa[/size]



    Wimereux







    The fort of Ambleteuse



    Audresselles is behind us



    Remains of the Todt batteries in Audinghen



    Cap gris nez



    We already see the English coast. Magic



    To be continued ...

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    Lovely and great to see the aeroplane and its shadow in the shots!

    I think F-BDXM and I coincided on an airfield once way back in the mists of time...

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    Beautiful photos and some history thrown in...thank you!

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    What a facinating post,looking forward to the updates.

    Regards Mike

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    Fantastic shots and diary of the trip - thank you for sharing

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    Nice thread, I look forward to seeing more.

    Here's a couple of mine of your aircraft departing Headcorn.


    25 by DanB, on Flickr


    26 by DanB, on Flickr

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    Marvellous photos.......Thanks for sharing.

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    Tks for your comments and tks LN Strike Eagle for this pics

    Let's go to the crossing. Time : 20 min. The wind is calm, we keep a good pace.

    Cap Gris Nez is behind us





    Shuttle between Calais and Dover in action



    Approach



    We are already near The White Cliffs of Dover



    with the port of Dover to our right





    We take the direction of Ashford





    with Ashford Designer Outlet



    A few minutes later, the Headcorn field is already in sight, with the presence of the Aero Legends warbirds. But we'll talk about it a little later ...



    Wind back, hand left, and we line up



    After a trip of 2 hours, we put the wheels and the feet in English ground, the smile on the lips





    A German plane on the English field. Alert!


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    Lovely photos, a perfect summer trip. It looks as though there was a bit of a crosswind on finals !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Propstrike View Post
    Lovely photos, a perfect summer trip. It looks as though there was a bit of a crosswind on finals !
    Tks for your comments.
    Yes I confirm for the wind

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    That's not a crosswind! You can still see the runway through the front windscreen!

    Lovely photos again, thanks!
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    Thanks again, great photo's! Love the sunset shot on the grass, great Spit pic too.
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    What a great thread. Superb photos and very informative, thank you very much.

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    Oops, sorry - wrong Criquet!

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    Can only agree with what has already been written about your trip and the picture of the Spitfire just caps things off
    Tony

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