North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Thu 05 Apr 2018, 7:05 pm

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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sat 21 Apr 2018, 7:18 pm

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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"...

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

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

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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.

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Folland Gnat T.1 G-RORI / XR538 - Gnat Display Team - North Weald, April 2018 by Dan B, on Flickr
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby PirateTrickster on Sat 21 Apr 2018, 7:26 pm

Hi - Is NW restricted access or can anyone pitch up and take pictures?
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sat 21 Apr 2018, 7:39 pm

PirateTrickster wrote:Hi - Is NW restricted access or can anyone pitch up and take pictures?

Anyone can pitch up - there are two cafes located on-site from where you can view the action. Wings Café is my preference (Sea Fury photos taken from that location).
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby PirateTrickster on Sun 22 Apr 2018, 8:31 am

LN Strike Eagle wrote:
PirateTrickster wrote:Hi - Is NW restricted access or can anyone pitch up and take pictures?

Anyone can pitch up - there are two cafes located on-site from where you can view the action. Wings Café is my preference (Sea Fury photos taken from that location).


==> thank you (again, second helpful reply you've given me in a short space of time). Will pop over and investigate sometime.
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sun 22 Apr 2018, 3:45 pm

PirateTrickster wrote:
LN Strike Eagle wrote:
PirateTrickster wrote:Hi - Is NW restricted access or can anyone pitch up and take pictures?

Anyone can pitch up - there are two cafes located on-site from where you can view the action. Wings Café is my preference (Sea Fury photos taken from that location).


==> thank you (again, second helpful reply you've given me in a short space of time). Will pop over and investigate sometime.

What is the point of the forum if not to help each other?

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Jaguar Mk.II detail by Dan B, on Flickr

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Teddy Bear by Dan B, on Flickr
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby CameronSys on Sun 22 Apr 2018, 4:05 pm

Stunning photos!

LN Strike Eagle wrote:And returning just over an hour later - not bad timing for a round trip to Eastbourne!


Even went to Dover for some general handling too!
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Mon 23 Apr 2018, 7:06 am

I've just caught up with this thread - not sure how I've missed it. Lovely stuff Dan.

The low angle prop blur close up of the Sea Fury is very sweet. Doesn't the Yellowjack Gnat with the ground crew in it make the thing look even more minute than it actually is? :smile:

As an aside, I wish they'd paint the fin yellow, that experimental black fin didn't last five minutes in reality and messes with the elegance of the thing.
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Tue 24 Apr 2018, 4:54 pm

Wrexham Mackem wrote:As an aside, I wish they'd paint the fin yellow, that experimental black fin didn't last five minutes in reality and messes with the elegance of the thing.

I like the black tail - breaks up the yellow.

I'd like to see one of them go silver and day-glo orange though, personally. Hopefully we might see the single-seater this year too.
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby Tommy on Tue 24 Apr 2018, 10:27 pm

Splendid, mate, as per. I still don't get how on earth you get such natural looking colours on everything. :worship:
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Re: North Weald April (G-RNHF, Gnats & Hangar 11)

Postby Ian G on Thu 26 Apr 2018, 9:35 am

Brilliant stuff, the sunshine helps! Interestingly enough, I've been catching up on the backlog of 'pilot' magazines that I've had and I think it was last September's issue which contained a spread on flying the Gnat, it was a really interesting read.
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