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About as nostalgic as it gets...

#1 Post by Stoneboat » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:06 am

Found this stunning video on FB. A lot of elbow grease has gone into that finish.


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#2 Post by boing » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:03 pm

My first flight was a circuit around Castle Bromwich airfield in a DC3, it must have been about 1956. In those days of military tradition even small airfields had some level of Battle of Britain display. Not exactly the start of my RAF career but certainly a significant step.

Many years later I was in Cyprus and a brand new aircraft was being sent there for hot weather trials - the Jetstream. The Jetstream test aircraft arrived with two pilots (humour on) dressed in lightweight flying clothing with their charts printed on lightweight rice paper. Not too far behind was a DC3 with all the extra personnel, spare tyres, possibly spare engine, tools, general spares, etc etc. Made you wonder why they bothered with the Jetstream.

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#3 Post by Cacophonix » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:05 am

What a beautifully restored aircraft, well filmed in an excellent video. Thanks for posting Stoneboat.

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#4 Post by Capetonian » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:22 am

Stunning. Thank you.
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#5 Post by Pontius Navigator » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:15 am

boing wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:03 pm
In those days of military tradition even small airfields had some level of Battle of Britain display. Not exactly the start of my RAF career but certainly a significant step.

Many years later I was in Cyprus and a brand new aircraft was being sent there for hot weather trials -.
Snap. Probably a little earlier than 1956 but my friend a couple of doors away and more street wise said it was BoB Day and let's go to the see the show. I guess I was 8 or 9. One uncle had been killed when his aircraft crashed, the other was on Canberras. I had a full set aircraft recognition cards; found the Japanese ones the hardest.

Anyway we cycled 10 miles to RAF Hooton Park where a few hundred had gathered. This was a small RAuxAF unit and was not mounting a display. However not to miss an opportunity or disappointing the crowd they did their best. They obviously rigged up the tannoy system, probably a hang over from WW2, and ran a commentary.

The one thing I remember was they got a Shackleton just transiting to come and do a display. flexibility the key to air power. Couldn't happen today.

Then Cyprus:

Lovely place for warm weather trials, even in winter? I remember trials of the liquid cooled suit for Tornado. Or the Mind of transiting to Singapore for proper got trials. It had no kit installed though but electric heaters to simulate it.

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#6 Post by Stoneboat » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:30 am

My first flight was a circuit around Castle Bromwich airfield in a DC3...
I was 15 when I had my first ride in a DC-3. Later on, I flew the same airplane - for the same company - for probably a thousand hours, including a few hundred on skis.

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