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Wed 20 Jan 2021, 7:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Presidential Election 2020
Replies: 1272
Views: 120691

Re: Presidential Election 2020

I guess we can all laugh about it, now that they've taken the launch codes off him. To that end, I note that the the US Navy has a habit of naming its aircraft carriers after former Presidents, and that each carrier also acquires a nickname. So: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower = Ike USS Theodore Roosevelt ...
Sat 16 Jan 2021, 9:29 pm
Forum: Flight Simulators
Topic: Tim Stone's Flare Path column - new home
Replies: 0
Views: 676

Tim Stone's Flare Path column - new home

Just a heads up for those of you familiar with games journalist Tim Stone's Flare Path column - it's moved from the Rock Paper Shotgun website to a new home at For those of you not familiar, he posts news and reviews on all things related to sims (flight, armour, naval, tr...
Sun 10 Jan 2021, 8:15 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Aviation Ghost Stories
Replies: 14
Views: 2312

Re: Aviation Ghost Stories

Just remembered this ghost story from the pages of 2000AD comic - "Airbase Hell": ... ennedy.jpg

Always loved the artwork. And Satan flies a B-58, apparently.
Sat 12 Sep 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: IWM Duxford Events
Topic: Battle of Britain Airshow 2020 - Cancelled
Replies: 258
Views: 49626

Re: Battle of Britain Airshow 2020 - Cancelled

Night time sewing machine runs (floodlit) I don't know why people find the quilt festival so funny. Yeah it's not my bag, but to each their own. (Might be a pun in there, not sure - no, hold on a minute, QUILTBAG means something else apparently...) Seriously, I don't think the words "fun" and "run"...
Thu 03 Sep 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Movies!
Replies: 656
Views: 158301

Re: Movies!

Good article in the Guardian: I can personally vouch for "Come and See" (harrowing) and "White Tiger" (bonkers, but chock full of tanks). Also of interest may be "Peregon (Transit)", dealing with the delivery ...
Thu 21 May 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Aircraft music?
Replies: 80
Views: 8021

Re: Aircraft music?

Sodom's Vietnam war themed album "Agent Orange" includes the song "Magic Dragon", about the AC-47. David Bowie's "V-2 Schneider" - named after the V-2 rocket (and Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider). And the main reason Run Run Rudolph is one of my favourite Christmas songs is because the lyrics referenc...
Tue 19 May 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Heads Up/OTT
Topic: P-51 G-SHWN over Birmingham
Replies: 6
Views: 1941

P-51 G-SHWN over Birmingham

Just heard something interesting pass over the front of my house (Sutton Coldfield). Missed it, unfortunately, but according to Flight Radar 24, it may have been Flying Legends P-51 Mustang G-SHWN.
Thu 16 Apr 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Flight Simulators
Topic: FSX/Prepar3D payware now free
Replies: 0
Views: 1464

FSX/Prepar3D payware now free

A couple of formerly payware aircraft have now been made available for free: A2A Simulations Accum-sim P-40 Warhawk Aeroplane Heaven Globe Swift GC-1A I've grabbed the FSX versions, but as far as ...
Sat 28 Mar 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 52
Views: 3588

Re: What are you reading?

The Dancers at the End of Time Trilogy -Michael Moorcock-epic fantasy and a good laugh too ! I love the way this cover: m is an actual, literal depiction of a scene from the book, melting triceratops and all. Other works by Moorcock worth checking out (if you haven't already) are the Oswald Bastabl...
Tue 11 Jun 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: RAF Cosford Air Show
Topic: RAF Cosford Air Show 2019 - Sunday 9th June 2019
Replies: 323
Views: 82589

Re: RAF Cosford Air Show 2019 - Sunday 9th June 2019

Selection of stalls seem to get worse year on year, very few seemed to have an aviation focus. Completely agree with this. There was a time when every other stall in a show would sell model kits but as far as I could see there was one this year! More and more stalls selling crap like the one that w...
Mon 15 Apr 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Heads Up/OTT
Topic: Harrier road runner on A42 today
Replies: 7
Views: 2339

Harrier road runner on A42 today

The odd looking thing on the back of a lorry I overtook this afternoon turned out to be the fuselage of a Harrier... with what looked like the engine and one of the wings on another lorry in front. Heading south on the A42 between Nottingham and Birmingham.
Mon 01 Apr 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What music are we listening to at the moment?
Replies: 1946
Views: 389290

Re: What music are we listening to at the moment?

I've got this one on repeat at the moment: Released back in 1996, but there must have been a time machine involved somehow, because I can't think of anything else the lyrics can be about, other then the current Brexit shenanigans - specifically Theresa May...
Fri 08 Mar 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Aviation books?
Replies: 25
Views: 3510

Re: Aviation books?

Ed Cobleigh: War for the Hell of It - A Fighter Pilot's View of Vietnam Memoir of a Vietnam era F-4 Phantom pilot. Stephen Coonts: Flight of the Intruder Fiction, but Coonts had been a real life A-6 pilot in Vietnam before turning to writing. James Salter: The Hunters Fiction, but again Salter wrote...
Mon 03 Dec 2018, 5:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Christmas Crappers!
Replies: 23
Views: 3442

Re: Christmas Crappers!

Work colleagues are like Christmas tree lights: half don't work, and the rest are none too bright.
Fri 02 Nov 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Music Concert Misses
Replies: 19
Views: 2011

Re: Music Concert Misses

Faith No More, back when the late Chuck Mosley was with them. I had a ticket, but the band had a bust up and cancelled the tour before they got to Birmingham. Couple of bands I could have seen at Edwards No. 8 (a fairly small venue), but turned my nose up at the time: Nirvana and The Stone Roses. (A...
Sun 07 Oct 2018, 9:21 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What's The Point Of A Forum?
Replies: 19
Views: 2087

Re: What's The Point Of A Forum?

What I'd like to know is.....should I really be trying - fairly successfully, I may add - to work my way through a 5L box of home-brew wine ( 12.5% ABV ) during the course of an evening? And has Phyllis Hurwitz asked for you back yet? You feeling OK this mo...
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Single or twin seat?
Replies: 40
Views: 4523

Re: Single or twin seat?

I always thought that the 2-seat F-100 Super Sabre was better looking than the single-seat version.

But the 2-seat TF-86 Sabre just looks wrong; maybe that's why they only built a couple of them.
Fri 13 Jul 2018, 8:45 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Red route shambles - came home.
Replies: 62
Views: 12072

Re: Red route shambles - came home.

Just out of curiosity, at what time did you hit the queues? It'll be my first RIAT tomorrow: setting off from Birmingham at 6am Hi mate, you will undoubtly be stuck in queues if you are leaving Birmingham at 6am, I left Wolves at 6am in 2012 and didnt get into the base till well after the flying ha...
Sat 19 May 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Plane's of Fame B-25 Europe bound
Replies: 20
Views: 5948

Re: Plane's of Fame B-25 UK bound

FarnboroJohn wrote:Nice that its coming over, but that surely is going to be the most pointless and underwhelming remake in history.

It won't be completely pointless if it persuades me to finally read the book - I've had a copy sat on my shelves for years, and never got round to it.
Sat 19 May 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2018 discussion
Replies: 6194
Views: 793776

Re: RIAT 2018 discussion

I don't know about RAF, but wasn't there a UAV display some years ago? '06? I think that was a USAF one. I'm sure RAF UAVs have been at the show in some sort of capacity on the static showground. The "Eurohawk" was present in German markings in 2012, IIRC on static. And there is that (may...
Tue 24 Apr 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: YF-22 v YS-23 frivolous poll
Replies: 6
Views: 1620

Re: YF-22 v YS-23 frivolous poll

I can't really choose between the F-22 and YF-23. But if you're going to make an aircraft ugly, you might as well make it fugly... which is why I wish the Boeing X-32 had won the JSF competition; it looked like the front end of an A-7 forcibly mated with something reverse engineered from that UFO th...
Thu 19 Apr 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Burying aircraft?
Replies: 7
Views: 1677

Re: Burying aircraft?

Would this be a cheaper way of getting XH558 under cover than building a hangar?
Sun 11 Mar 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Whoops...
Replies: 3
Views: 1759

Re: Whoops...

I love the way it says DANGER on the landing pad; they weren't kidding.
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Darwinism 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 7232

Re: Darwinism 2017

Apologies for resurrecting this - it should be Darwinism 2018 I guess - but it seems the world provides an endless supply of stupid people to keep me entertained. However, in this case it appears to have been a failed bid for a Darwin award: He reminds m...