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by centaurus18
Mon 08 Mar 2021, 6:11 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Interesting Internet
Replies: 505
Views: 161268

Re: Interesting Internet

I can't see this mentioned elsewhere on here - the remaining RAF C-130J fleet may be retired 13 years ahead of predicted osd and straight after the major (and expensive) wing box upgrade: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9305589/Death-Hercules-Entire-fleet-transporter-plane-favoured-SAS-gro...
by centaurus18
Thu 07 Jan 2021, 10:30 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: RAFM disposals
Replies: 31
Views: 3949

Re: RAFM disposals

Interesting to see that the 'faithful' are allocating airframes to everyone again! It's also interesting to note from twitter that the Boulton Paul Balliol T2 has been restored at Cosford by the Boulton Paul Association, and has headed off south. Where ... "She will now be displayed in the Cornwall...
by centaurus18
Fri 01 Jan 2021, 4:39 pm
Forum: Modern Military Photos
Topic: Shaun's 2020 Review
Replies: 8
Views: 1197

Re: Shaun's 2020 Review

The Merlin cleaning up, AR501 shot and the F-15s are all lovely - but otherwise an average bunch.
by centaurus18
Wed 30 Dec 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Modern Military Photos
Topic: 2020 for centaurus18 (inc 2 x civvy!)
Replies: 4
Views: 1263

2020 for centaurus18 (inc 2 x civvy!)

15 shots from my year out and about in between work commitments - 2020 seems to have whizzed by . January saw an unexpected capture of an Army Air Corps Wildcat doing Under-Slung Loading training.... https://www.fradu.info/2020/01-mrussell2020.jpg A shot of a grey Merlin under grey and wet February ...
by centaurus18
Sun 15 Nov 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Vixen update
Replies: 25
Views: 6526

Re: Sea Vixen update

As an aside, the Sea Fury FB.11 will probably need a full engine rebuild - I don't think it's been started in a long long time. so don't expect an immediate return to the air. The Swordfish I is the only one of the four RNHF 'frames gifted to Navy Wings to have had its engine run, let alone fly, sin...
by centaurus18
Sun 15 Nov 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Vixen update
Replies: 25
Views: 6526

Re: Sea Vixen update

WV908 has had many woes related to persistant cracks in the bifurcated jet pipe, as well as issues with its Nene 103, which is the last airworthy one left. The MAA didn't make life easy with persistant groundings of the aircraft, for hyd issues unrelated to the type, as well as putting the brakes o...
by centaurus18
Sun 16 Aug 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Fury forced landing in Harston, Cambs.
Replies: 44
Views: 8477

Re: Sea Fury forced landing in Harston, Cambs.

Mike wrote:
Sun 16 Aug 2020, 5:00 pm
Resurrected - maybe. But it is still yet to see air beneath its wings.
Has gone a bit quiet admittedly... doesn't look that far off from running... but that's from the outside looking in.
by centaurus18
Sun 16 Aug 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Fury forced landing in Harston, Cambs.
Replies: 44
Views: 8477

Re: Sea Fury forced landing in Harston, Cambs.

I think Sanders built up a ‘windvane’ Sea Fury out of non-airworthy parts to mount outside their facility as a gate guard. It may well have been that that you saw. That was what we were told it was going to be, but wasn’t sure if they were winding us up! Edit: Found the photos showing the fuselage ...
by centaurus18
Sun 12 Apr 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Lt. 'Hoagy' Carmichael Sea Fury WJ232/114
Replies: 14
Views: 3186

Re: Lt. 'Hoagy' Carmichael Sea Fury WJ232/114

I assume this is for the Fury just arrived at Sywell, 232's scheme has been done to death as has the 115 scheme, I know the owner can paint it as they like but would it not be worth considering the history of that flight and painting it as the real mig killer, would be a great change IMHO, best reg...
by centaurus18
Sun 05 Apr 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: HHA aircraft list
Replies: 9
Views: 2992

Re: HHA aircraft list

Hunters G-GAII, G-HPUX and G-CGHU are still stored outside as of this past week :)
by centaurus18
Sun 22 Mar 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: RNHF airframes now civil!
Replies: 3
Views: 1418

Re: RNHF airframes now civil!

What’s happening with the other Swordfish, LS326? To quote the parliamentary statement back in January.... "The future of a fifth aircraft, Swordfish (LS326), is currently under consideration" ...so I guess it's still officially a military-owned airframe at the moment, but that could chan...
by centaurus18
Sun 22 Mar 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Modern Military Photos
Topic: 69 deg North
Replies: 11
Views: 4750

Re: 69 deg North

Super dooper pooper scooper :) Outstanding!
by centaurus18
Sun 22 Mar 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: RNHF airframes now civil!
Replies: 3
Views: 1418

RNHF airframes now civil!

Following the Ministerial Statement made in January, whereby the MoD intended to gift most of the RNHF airframes to the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, three of the four airframes have now appeared on the CAA register.... Swordfish I W5856 reverts back to G-BMGC, whilst Chipmunk WK608 and Sea Fury FB.11 VR...
by centaurus18
Sun 22 Mar 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Vixen update
Replies: 25
Views: 6526

Re: Sea Vixen update

Mike wrote:Do Fly Navy (as they are now) still use Tim Manna's Harvard as a tailwheel trainer?


Yes I think it still has access to using it - Tim is on very good terms with the guys at Yeovilton.
by centaurus18
Tue 10 Mar 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Vixen update
Replies: 25
Views: 6526

Re: Sea Vixen update

Not saying anything should necessarily be sold, just that it's an interesting question. In theory I get the logic for using the two seat Sea Fury as a trainer, but it seems a bit of a luxury as a trainer when they also have the Chipmunk. And to extend your BBMF comparison... they don't have a 2 sea...
by centaurus18
Tue 10 Mar 2020, 5:13 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Vixen update
Replies: 25
Views: 6526

Re: Sea Vixen update

As an aside, if the question does get asked going forward about operating two Swordfish/Furies.... the same could be posed about BBMF needing all those Spitfires....
by centaurus18
Tue 10 Mar 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Sea Vixen update
Replies: 25
Views: 6526

Re: Sea Vixen update

I think that's a really interesting question. Do they need multiple examples of the Sea Fury or Swordfish? What would the sale of one or more of their duplicates raise? And crucially, how would it stack up against the cost of getting the Sea Vixen back to airworthy status? Realistically if this hap...
by centaurus18
Wed 22 Jan 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Al Walker
Replies: 4
Views: 2275

Re: Al Walker

Always remember him wearing the Arabic headscarf when piloting the OFMC ISS Fury in the 90s.... top display pilot.
RIP.
by centaurus18
Sun 17 Nov 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: New HHA Hunter.
Replies: 19
Views: 4703

Re: New HHA Hunter.

Once this flies, it'll increase the number of flying Hunters based in the UK by 50%, to 3.
That is pretty much it (Dutch-based F.6A G-KAXF not being considered) and is likely to remain like this, with the grounding of all Avon 100-series Hunters. :(
by centaurus18
Fri 16 Aug 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Historic Aviation
Topic: Current aircraft being restored to flight
Replies: 65
Views: 29085

Re: Current aircraft being restored to flight

TFC will hopefully have its single seat Sea Fury back from restoration in the USA... it's already on the CAA register as G-SEAF and is the ex-OFMC red 'frame from Duxford in the 90s.
by centaurus18
Fri 09 Aug 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: New CAA registrations G-RNTB / RNFA
Replies: 36
Views: 7916

Re: New CAA registrations G-RNTB / RNFA

Domvickery wrote:And the airframes are.........?


Sorry, meant to add that in to the original post. :oops:
by centaurus18
Fri 09 Aug 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: New CAA registrations G-RNTB / RNFA
Replies: 36
Views: 7916

New CAA registrations G-RNTB / RNFA

G-RNTB and G-RNFA.

...or "Royal Navy Tee Bird" and "Royal Navy Fighter Attack"

An interesting project - both airframes in good nick having been looked after well since their flying careers ended...
enthusiastic and wealthy owners....

It could happen...!


:shock: :sweat: :worship:
by centaurus18
Sun 04 Aug 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: General Photography
Topic: Football Grounds
Replies: 60
Views: 25272

Re: Football Grounds

You dont appear to have any photos of Ipswich at the mighty Carrow Road. Especially last November when Super Grant Holt was putting 3 past you! Ah, the poor man's Rickie Lambert.... As a Saints fan, I went to a few grounds when they were in League One.... so much more character than those in the PL...
by centaurus18
Sun 04 Aug 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Gareth Bale move
Replies: 10
Views: 2831

Re: Gareth Bale move

Southendnick wrote:He of the stupid manbun,


..tis allegedly an elaborate attempt to cover his baldness.... Lewis Hamilton has a similar issue.
by centaurus18
Tue 23 Jul 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: RIAT 2050 wish list
Replies: 22
Views: 3604

Re: RIAT 2050 wish list

Chinook Mk.21 RAF display demo.