North Weald November (Updated w/ C-47)

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North Weald November (Updated w/ C-47)

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Recent visits haven't yielded much variety - only one of the based Jet Provosts has been regularly active. The Sukhoi is a regular visitor from Southend (most weekends actually), but it normally parks at the Squadron on the other side of the airfield, so it's not often that I photograph it.

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Sukhoi Su-29 HA-YAO - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Sukhoi Su-29 HA-YAO - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Sukhoi Su-29 HA-YAO - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

Friendly wave from the instructor...

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Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

Flight lasted about an hour, heading north-east towards Felixstowe/Harwich area, arriving back just before the cloud rolled in...

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Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

It was all quiet upon arrival last weekend. Just about to call it a day, but a quick look on FR24 before heading off showed G-BKOU heading back to the airfield, and then a few minutes later, the Air Ambulance was also showing inbound. There was a Gazelle in too, but I just missed it departing, so here's Helimed55 approaching from the north west...

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AgustaWestland AW169 G-HHEM - Hertfordshire Air Ambulance - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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AgustaWestland AW169 G-HHEM - Hertfordshire Air Ambulance - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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AgustaWestland AW169 G-HHEM - Hertfordshire Air Ambulance - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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AgustaWestland AW169 G-HHEM - Hertfordshire Air Ambulance - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

...and 'Oscar Uniform' too. Different crew, but no less happy.

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Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.3 XN637 (G-BKOU) - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

I've not seen anything out from Hangar 11 since September. :sad:

Hopefully the Hunter and Red Pelicans JP3 will be flying soon. I've still not seen the based Harvard flying yet either.
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Nice photos. The red pelicans JP flew again last week i think.

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Nice pics and great light! Wandering off topic a little, have you noticed any activity/progress on the Skymaster? do you know if the project is still a runner even?
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Yes, the Pelicans JP did fly, but it hasn't done since as its undergoing checks again according to Weald Aviation's Facebook page.

I haven't noticed any activity on the C-54. There were people around it quite often earlier in the year, but they were conducting assessments etc before the announcement was made IIRC.
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Very good, and as said, beautiful light, especially on the close-up of the chopper. :clap:
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Another nice, clean set, mate. Something really charming about the 4th shot of the JP & C-54 in the background. Fabulous composition, that. :worship: :worship:

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LN Strike Eagle wrote:Yes, the Pelicans JP did fly, but it hasn't done since as its undergoing checks again according to Weald Aviation's Facebook page.

I haven't noticed any activity on the C-54. There were people around it quite often earlier in the year, but they were conducting assessments etc before the announcement was made IIRC.


Great shots.
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Nice set, I do like a nice JP :-)

Daft question , but why is the Sukhoi piloted from the back seat? It seems that the visibility, especially for take off/landing must be much much worse than from the front seat... :dunno:
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CJS wrote:Daft question , but why is the Sukhoi piloted from the back seat? It seems that the visibility, especially for take off/landing must be much much worse than from the front seat... :dunno:

I couldn't answer that, sorry.

Quick visit on a run into Harlow today to find the Aces High C-47 sat on the ramp at Weald Aviation. Friendly chap told me it wasn't departing (staying for the next four months apparently) but said I could walk around the back to get some shots.

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr

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Douglas C-47A Skytrain 2100884 (N147DC) - Aces High - North Weald, November 2017 by Dan B, on Flickr
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CJS wrote:Daft question , but why is the Sukhoi piloted from the back seat? It seems that the visibility, especially for take off/landing must be much much worse than from the front seat... :dunno:

Weight and balance - there's quite a few aircraft like that.

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All Daks are beauties, but that is one of my favorite, even if the panel work was done by a blacksmith!

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C-47 shots win the prize. Lucked out with that winter light too.

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Worked and flown in that C-47 many times in the past.

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Thanks for the comments.

tuska2 wrote:All Daks are beauties, but that is one of my favorite, even if the panel work was done by a blacksmith!

Panel work is great - I love warbirds to look their age. It's the paint that's always let it down. Very rough and ready, and some dubious colour choices. Maybe it'll get a repaint during the maintenance?

Did you fit a trip to North Weald in btw?
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LN Strike Eagle, yes I did a recce there, but what was a fine morning at home was a dull murky day there! luck of the draw as always! but thanks to your earlier advice I did suss out some nice angles and locations, which I shall try at some point. I've always had a soft spot for NW, even though I'd only previously done airshows - and what crackers they were! Thanks again , Cheers!

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