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by Abingdonman
Tue 26 Aug 2014, 9:54 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Which Airshow act makes you yawn and look for a Loo?
Replies: 69
Views: 9445

Re: Which Airshow act makes you yawn and look for a Loo?

Dont know about a loo break to order,but in the old days pre-internet,If I went by coach first thing I did was to buy a flying programme and sort out what items I wasn't too fussed about missing,mainly for a chance to look around the static or stalls...because the coach often arrived pretty near the...
by Abingdonman
Wed 20 Aug 2014, 11:24 am
Forum: General Photography
Topic: Beachy Head Hummingbird hawk moth
Replies: 5
Views: 1659

Re: Beachy Head Hummingbird hawk moth

Well caught....I first saw one in our garden late 90s,no one believed me when I said I'd seen a small hummingbird around our flowers ! :grin:
took me a while to ID it as it was before we had the internet,saw it just once more a while later...never seen one since!
by Abingdonman
Thu 14 Aug 2014, 8:23 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Why are we in a minority?
Replies: 32
Views: 5094

Re: Why are we in a minority?

I used a smoking room/smoking area in a Royal Mail centre for 12 yrs and didnt find too many to have a chat about aircraft,but I can confirm the one man who cleared the place in seconds was Colin the fisherman! :grin:
by Abingdonman
Wed 13 Aug 2014, 4:32 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Why are we in a minority?
Replies: 32
Views: 5094

Re: Why are we in a minority?

Over the years my fave interests have been aircraft,horse racing and football.....but I've also enjoyed looking over old vehicles & m/cycles,old machinery,most military stuff inc. pill boxes,I'll look in most museums...and love shire horse displays etc...even enjoyed looking over churches etc.. ...
by Abingdonman
Tue 05 Aug 2014, 12:03 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Woodford Airfield is definately going to be redeveloped !
Replies: 12
Views: 2866

Re: Woodford Airfield is definately going to be redeveloped

Its a bit sad but necessary to develope airfields ,especially the way the population is leaping this past decade,I almost moved to an estate built on part of Grove airfield (Oxon)early 80s,I believe they are developing it more right now,'affordable housing' strikes fear in many folks hearts,but the ...
by Abingdonman
Sat 02 Aug 2014, 4:51 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Aviation magazines
Replies: 14
Views: 4029

Re: Aviation magazines

I still buy magazines,I just buy them on a whim...no ordering,they include 'Flypast','Aeroplane monthly',Britain at war','Car mechanics',and specials like 'Luftwaffe Eagles'.....in the 70s I bought at least 3 aviation mags a month!... I remember buying the first 'Flypast' mag in 1981,poor paper qual...
by Abingdonman
Wed 30 Jul 2014, 2:51 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Trophies
Replies: 42
Views: 7174

Re: Trophies

I always thought the evaluation for winning prizes was on the Saturday and maybe it makes a difference to the watchers what day the aircraft were seen, weather conditions etc. a good family friend was at RIAT on the Sunday and he said the RAF Typhoon was top notch on that particular day...personally...
by Abingdonman
Wed 30 Jul 2014, 2:36 pm
Forum: Heads Up/OTT
Topic: 2 x Apaches at Shoreham
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Re: 2 x Apaches at Shoreham

Probably the same 2 just passed right over the house(Hemel Hempstead 3.27pm)I'd say less than 300ft up,I guess they have to keep below the Luton traffic!! :biggrin:
by Abingdonman
Wed 30 Jul 2014, 6:49 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Your 'Aircraft'
Replies: 72
Views: 8367

Re: Your 'Aircraft'

Close call for me between half a dozen candidates,but it has to be the English Electric (alternatively BAC or British Aerospace :wink: ) Lightning .....the sight and sound is imprinted in my memory for ever!
by Abingdonman
Wed 30 Jul 2014, 6:47 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Your 'Aircraft'
Replies: 72
Views: 8367

Re: Your 'Aircraft'

Close call for me between half a dozen candidates,but it has to be the English Electric (alternatively BAC or British Aerospace :wink: ) Lightning .....the sight and sound is imprinted for ever!
by Abingdonman
Wed 23 Jul 2014, 5:42 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Thoughts on RIAT 2014
Replies: 251
Views: 42310

Re: Thoughts on RIAT 2014

This years show looked pretty good to me,however I can't for the life of me get why folk keep saying 2013 was a disaster! for reasons I wont bore anyone with ( ) I only wanted do about 4-5 hrs max. at the show, my time at the airfield (about 1.15pm to finish) gave me..... Meteor,A400,Rafale,RAF Typh...
by Abingdonman
Mon 21 Jul 2014, 1:35 pm
Forum: Farnborough International Airshow
Topic: 2014 participants
Replies: 642
Views: 166000

Re: 2014 participants

I wouldnt have minded being at the public days,it takes a lot to please everyone ... but I'll say this...my one and only Farnborough visit was a coach outing in 2006.... there was negative stuff about Farnborough on UKAR even then,I knew there were restrictions on height and didnt expect any Zoom cl...
by Abingdonman
Sun 20 Jul 2014, 9:59 pm
Forum: Farnborough International Airshow
Topic: 2014 participants
Replies: 642
Views: 166000

Re: 2014 participants

I wasnt at the show itself but watched a good bit on live streaming,thought there was some decent aircraft entertainment to be honest....
Superbug did a cracking display today...looked on a par with Ric Travens performance which I saw at Farnborough 2006 (only my opinion of course :biggrin: )
by Abingdonman
Sun 20 Jul 2014, 9:34 am
Forum: Farnborough International Airshow
Topic: 2014 participants
Replies: 642
Views: 166000

Re: 2014 participants

I only caught the last few participants on live streaming,the Constellation looked brilliant,never seen one flying live(as far as I know!)
and the Typhoon display was ace!
by Abingdonman
Sun 20 Jul 2014, 9:24 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: BBC Farnborough
Replies: 16
Views: 3836

Re: BBC Farnborough

Oh the memories :smile:
the Abingdon BoB show of 1981 was televised too.....at least part of of the displays were filmed from a helicopter south of the airfield :wink:
by Abingdonman
Thu 17 Jul 2014, 9:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Will there ever be a Harrier display again?
Replies: 33
Views: 9542

Re: Will there ever be a Harrier display again?

I dont know about 'Viffing',but in a newspaper article on the newly refurbished Londons Imperial war museum,the Harrier was mentioned as thus.... 'in the 1982 Falklands war,these revolutionary planes were called 'black death' by the Argentine pilots,the very few Harriers shot down 25 enemy aircraft ...
by Abingdonman
Wed 16 Jul 2014, 8:16 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Will there ever be a Harrier display again?
Replies: 33
Views: 9542

Re: Will there ever be a Harrier display again?

I suppose you could say the original weapons fitted to the Harrier werent good enough rather than the aircraft itself :wink:
by Abingdonman
Tue 15 Jul 2014, 9:29 pm
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: My take on Sunday's RIAT Display (in 17 years!)
Replies: 1
Views: 1199

Re: My take on Sunday's RIAT Display (in 17 years!)

Crikey what a post,just like being at the airshow! :grin:
some nice pics there too
by Abingdonman
Mon 14 Jul 2014, 10:21 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Trophies
Replies: 42
Views: 7174

Re: Trophies

I do hope that UKAR don't form their own Trophies winners list... reading through all the airshow comments, and what a mixed bunch, I'm sure the RAF Typhoon & Superbug would be banned immediately from entering such a competition ever again,and the SU-22s would win all the trophies including the...
by Abingdonman
Mon 14 Jul 2014, 7:49 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Trophies
Replies: 42
Views: 7174

Re: Trophies

I do hope that UKAR don't form their own Trophies winners list... reading through all the airshow comments, and what a mixed bunch, I'm sure the RAF Typhoon & Superbug would be banned immediately from entering such a competition ever again,and the SU-22s would win all the trophies including the ...
by Abingdonman
Mon 14 Jul 2014, 11:21 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Sell out crowd..
Replies: 2
Views: 1288

Re: Sell out crowd..

I thought exactly the same,I doubt the accuracy unless they dont include the 'non payers' but if they are truly happy with the figures thats fine :wink:
as a lot of us remember they never had ticket only shows in the old days ,I never saw a thin crowd,and as far as I know no one was ever locked out!
by Abingdonman
Mon 14 Jul 2014, 6:18 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2014 - Participation Thread
Replies: 4181
Views: 587988

Re: RIAT 2014 - Participation Thread

There are decent quality youtubes going up to view so we mortals can judge for ourselves,the RAF Typhoon was a decent..naye, terrific display in less favourable skies,I cant say it was better or worse than the Italian display myself,but you cannot have a carbon copy of a display with identical aircr...
by Abingdonman
Sun 13 Jul 2014, 11:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Red Arrows - would you genuinely miss them if disbanded?
Replies: 103
Views: 12013

Re: Red Arrows - would you genuinely miss them if disbanded?

Yes! I dont do much in the way of airshows nowadays,but there was a time through the 70s,80s,90s when I saw them so many times(or so it seemed) I actually didnt worry too much whether they were there or not (mind you I felt the same way about ALL the teams...and quite a few aircraft types)as long as...
by Abingdonman
Sun 13 Jul 2014, 10:39 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Thoughts on RIAT 2014
Replies: 251
Views: 42310

Re: Thoughts on RIAT 2014

You dont have to be there to form an opinion on the flying...it will all be on Youtube! I compared what I saw live last year,same day displays, and all you need is a good cameraman/woman and all or most of the display... I also watched from outside the fence last year and couldnt understand some of ...
by Abingdonman
Sun 13 Jul 2014, 5:27 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: Thoughts on RIAT 2014
Replies: 251
Views: 42310

Re: Thoughts on RIAT 2014

I intended to go today (Sunday) I was disappointed about the F35s not appearing, but decided against going mainly because of the weather forecast,simple as that.....(for all I know it might have turned out OK,but for me the weather is half the airshow!) I have to admit for me the airshow,any airshow...