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by melvyn hiscock
Fri 13 Mar 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Oh those Russians
Replies: 27
Views: 3709

Re: Oh those Russians

I thought it went on all the time and only gets reported on when it is a slow news day or they want to bounce something else off the front page.

Is anything else happening in the world they might want to divert attention from?

Cynical? Moi?
by melvyn hiscock
Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Other UK Airshows and Events
Topic: Abingdon Air and Country Show 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 10414

Re: Abingdon Air and Country Show 2020

Excellent news.

Well done team
by melvyn hiscock
Sat 18 Jan 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Al Walker
Replies: 4
Views: 2147

Al Walker

I am surprised not to have seen this mentioned in here but we lost Alan Walker, ex-OFMC, Memphis Belle, Firebird Aeros Pilot, ‘Just Jane’ taxi pilot and good friend on the afternoon in 4 Jan. For the last couple of months he joined me in suffering from cancer and we were able to give mutual support,...
by melvyn hiscock
Wed 20 Nov 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Old Meridien/Southern TV docu on the ATA
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

Re: Old Meridien/Southern TV docu on the ATA

I have that and it had rather too many pages to count as a video.....
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 19 Nov 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Old Meridien/Southern TV docu on the ATA
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

Re: Old Meridien/Southern TV docu on the ATA

Sadly no, I had found them on YouTube too. The one you’ve linked to, all three links, is the same one produced sometime in the early 2000s. The one I am looking for was also, possibly, called forgotten pilots and even an IMDB search doesn’t come up with it. It had a lot more interviews with women AT...
by melvyn hiscock
Fri 15 Nov 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Old Meridien/Southern TV docu on the ATA
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

Re: Old Meridien/Southern TV docu on the ATA

So, that’ll be a ‘no’ then .....
by melvyn hiscock
Sun 10 Nov 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Old Meridien/Southern TV docu on the ATA
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

Old Meridien/Southern TV docu on the ATA

I have been fruitlessly searching for an old docu from about 1983-85 (ish) produced by local ITV on the ATA. I seem to remember it was called The Forgotten Pilots but there was another one produced under the same name much later (poss 2011) and IMBD lists another from 1999, and I am sure this was mu...
by melvyn hiscock
Wed 28 Aug 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: The D Day story
Replies: 8
Views: 2010

Re: The D Day story

The museum on the sea front that has been refurbished.

It was much better before.
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 27 Aug 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: The D Day story
Replies: 8
Views: 2010

Re: The D Day story

Allthough it is not relevant to 1944, the combined ticket to the Historic Dockyard and the various attactions (althouth the excellent Mary Rose is extra) is very good value and lasts you a year. You are right, selling the embroidery on it's own may have been difficult. The answer was not to be found...
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 27 Aug 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: The D Day story
Replies: 8
Views: 2010

Re: The D Day story

If there was just the embroidery, it would be a better museum, the naffness of the rest overshadows the excellent stitching!
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 27 Aug 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: The D Day story
Replies: 8
Views: 2010

Re: The D Day story

I cannot disagree more. You are right about the embroidery, which is stunning, but the museum is a travesty and, in my opinion, one of the worst museums I have been to. It falls into the trap of being scared to tell the full story due to, I assume, political correctness. I would not waste my time go...
by melvyn hiscock
Fri 17 May 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Seaside Shows
Topic: Portsmouth D Day Flypast
Replies: 17
Views: 5654

Re: Portsmouth D Day Flypast

Disgruntled, many thanks for that. - and for everyone else, sorry for the thread drift. My dad volunteered a few days before his legal birthday in 1942. His dad had employed him on building repairs which was a reserved occupation but the old man was not happy so he joined up. He said for years that ...
by melvyn hiscock
Thu 16 May 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Seaside Shows
Topic: Portsmouth D Day Flypast
Replies: 17
Views: 5654

Re: Portsmouth D Day Flypast

Thanks, he'd have appreciated that. I was really agreeing with the previous post, this is not about it being an airshow, but the sad fact it is not even really about us in any way either, it is a political back slapping exercise. I find it very sad that some of those few that are left will be denied...
by melvyn hiscock
Thu 16 May 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Seaside Shows
Topic: Portsmouth D Day Flypast
Replies: 17
Views: 5654

Re: Portsmouth D Day Flypast

The level of security in place as a result of the US Presidential visit will also make it close to impossible to see anything worthwhile. It is not even worth visiting the D-Day museum in Portsmouth which is quite appalling since it's (expensive) makeover and it leaves out large portions of the stor...
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 05 Mar 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Farnborough International Airshow
Topic: No more weekend public show!
Replies: 38
Views: 16932

Re: No more weekend public show!

effects wrote:
melvyn hiscock wrote:Not surprising.

The rules on overflight are next to impossible there. I am amazed they have not stopped before.

Not at all accurate.


Really? Not according to some people deep within the industry. Perhaps OK if you are going to have the WW1 reenactment but anything bigger is overflying.
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 05 Mar 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Farnborough International Airshow
Topic: No more weekend public show!
Replies: 38
Views: 16932

Re: No more weekend public show!

Not surprising.

The rules on overflight are next to impossible there. I am amazed they have not stopped before.
by melvyn hiscock
Wed 26 Dec 2018, 9:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Low Level Take Off
Replies: 23
Views: 3923

Re: Low Level Take Off




Ooooh can you imagine the 'interview without biscuits' that followed this!
by melvyn hiscock
Wed 26 Dec 2018, 4:57 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Low Level Take Off
Replies: 23
Views: 3923

Re: Low Level Take Off

Viv Bellamy once told me he had seen some American pilots come to pick up some Spitfires from Worthy Down. As they took off, they did this whole thing of keeping low and pulling the gear up. There was a general murmer of appreciation but then he saw Jeffrey Quill taxi out and take off, the tail came...
by melvyn hiscock
Sun 02 Sep 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RAFAT: In decline?
Replies: 85
Views: 10525

Re: RAFAT: In decline?

[quote="XL189"]Perhaps a better comparison photograph would be a Vixen break at somewhere other than Dunsfold where the Sparrows can only perform their "flat" dispaly.

Not quite flat, but rolling.

But it is a good point.
by melvyn hiscock
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Stu Goldspink's son
Replies: 1
Views: 1507

Re: Stu Goldspink's son

To everyone that has read this, 522 at the last count, and to every one of you that has donated, thanks so much for responding. When I last looked the total is over £10,000 and, of course, it can go higher. If you have not seen this, please have a look, Jordan was a fantastic guy with a great future...
by melvyn hiscock
Sat 11 Aug 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Stu Goldspink's son
Replies: 1
Views: 1507

Stu Goldspink's son

Please excuse this but, for many reasons, I think it is important. Many of you will have seen or even know Stu Goldspink who is not only one of the better warbird pilots were have in the UK, but is also a genuinely decent bloke and a good friend. What is less well know is that Stu's son Jordan had b...
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 07 Aug 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Practice Displays on airshow days.
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: Practice Displays on airshow days.

As Dom alludes, if you have a CAA DA or a military approval you can practice in public. If you don't have one, or you are validating for one show, that is not public. I practiced mine over areas of open land with a road as a datum and never below 500ft agl. Final practice was done at Rendcomb with M...
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 03 Jul 2018, 5:32 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Display line distance
Replies: 23
Views: 3635

Re: Display line distance

At several shows I have worked at we have had trouble getting pilots to come into the line.
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 03 Jul 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Display line distance
Replies: 23
Views: 3635

Re: Display line distance

Mooshie1956 wrote:
Will you please inform Southport then that the tide makes no difference to when they can hold there airshow. Tide is very much a factor in when they can hold there show.


That is more to do about access to the beach not being restricted, nothing to do with tide lines.
by melvyn hiscock
Tue 03 Jul 2018, 12:00 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Display line distance
Replies: 23
Views: 3635

Re: Display line distance

As far as I know the tide also needs to be taken into account when they are calculating the distance for the display line, which usually results on the display line being calculated based on a low tide. No, if the crowd line is defined, and there is an exclusion on the beach, the line will not need...