Duxford Diary 2020

Duxford Diary 2020

Postby DCW on Wed 01 Jan 2020, 9:52 am

To start 2020, here's a list of some known (so far) Duxford events for the coming year:

Sat 25 January: HAC At Home (The role of the Polish Air Force in Britain during WW2) http://www.historicaircraftcollection.ltd.uk/hac_at_home.html

Fri-Sun 6-8 March: Spring Quilt Festival: https://www.grosvenorshows.co.uk/view_show.php?ID=12

Wed 18 March: H&H Car Auction https://online.handh.co.uk/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/134/

Sat 25 April: General Aviation Expo : /www.iwm.org.uk/events/general-aviation-expo
Also features British Air Display Industry Forum: https://www.bada-uk.com/2019/02/the-british-air-display-industry-forum/

Sat/Sun 23/24 May: Duxford Air Festival https://www.iwm.org.uk/airshows/duxford-air-festival

Sat/Sun 11/12 July: Flying Legends https://www.flyinglegends.com/

Sat/Sun 19/20 September: 80th Anniversary Battle Of Britain Air Show https://www.iwm.org.uk/airshows/duxford-battle-of-britain-airshow

Sun 27 September: All Triumph Day (Car clubs) https://www.tssc.org.uk/tssc/events_final.asp?event_ID=896

Wishing everybody a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby SimonR on Thu 02 Jan 2020, 1:24 pm

Thanks for the new thread and handy links David - Here's to another year of Duxford coverage.

It's become a bit of a tradition for my partner and me to visit on new year's day - in previous years as Friends of Duxford or reluctantly IWM, however this year we're supporting SallyB and received free entry that way. There was no flying while we were there and in fact very little of anything on at all yesterday. It was nice to see the progress with the victor and also work out where all the airworthy Duxford residents had been shuffled around to. The Stephenson Hangar was packed with aircraft, including MH434 which seemed to be partly dismantled.

Hangar 3 was also fuller than normal of warbirds and it looked like the owl was still in residence, given the guano that was apparent on the forward fuselage of MV268. The protective blanket that had been carefully applied to the starboard wing nearby remained pristine!

This new year was a special occasion as it was the first trip to Duxford for our 6 week old baby daughter, Jessica Grace, who was born mid November. And yes - Grace was chosen for the obvious aviation-related reason.

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She remained asleep for the entire visit and seeing as ML407 wasn't available, N3200 was a worthy stand-in for a photo.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Classic7 on Fri 03 Jan 2020, 3:30 pm

Any news on 'Showcase' days? The first 2019 event was modest but the third one was really a good mini airshow. I hope that management feel this is an idea worth pursuing and it does give the resident warbird owners a chance to show off their wonderful machines. Fingers crossed.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Pen Pusher on Fri 03 Jan 2020, 3:41 pm

The first Showcase Day is being held during the General Aviation Expo 2020 on Saturday 25th April.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/general-aviation-expo

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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby DCW on Fri 03 Jan 2020, 5:18 pm

Duxford Friday 3rd January:

Waiting for the first warbird sortie of 2020 !
Could it be Spitfire HF.VIII G-BKMI / MT928 (MV154), out this afternoon for engine runs ?

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Or Hurricane I G-HRLI / V7497, being refuelled as we left ?

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Rolls Royce's Spitfire PR.XIX G-RRGN / PS853 is here with ARC:

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Interesting visitor today was Cessna 182P N1320S, a Peterson 260 SE/STOL conversion. Note the canard foreplanes:

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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby DCW on Sat 04 Jan 2020, 4:30 pm

Duxford Saturday 4th January:

Hurricane V7497 took the honour of making Duxford's first 2020 warbird sortie with two trips today:

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This German registered, UK based Piaggio FWP.149D was a colourful visitor:

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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Twinpique on Sun 05 Jan 2020, 12:35 pm

What a superb insight into the day-to-day comings and goings at DX - very welcome from the point of view of one who now lives half a day’s journey away by (in sequence) train, air, LHR and rental car. And of course the same on the way home, in reverse order. So I usually manage to get to DX exactly once a year, usually for Legends.

To the regular contributors, both here and in the thread’s previous home - David, Brian, Duxman et al - an enormous thank-you for your efforts. A well-deserved happy new year, all, and all the best for continued DX-ing for 2020.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Stagger2 on Mon 06 Jan 2020, 1:34 am

[quote="DCW"]Duxford Friday 3rd January:

Waiting for the first warbird sortie of 2020 !
Could it be Spitfire HF.VIII G-BKMI / MT928 (MV154), out this afternoon for engine runs ?

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Presumably following the extensive over-winter engine & prop' repairs after the near nose-over at last years' BoB. display. The rapid application of near full-power & a mighty dab of down-elevator provided the crowd with an extended lesson of how to plough-up an airfield with an increasingly smaller diameter prop! Roughly 16th Spit to t/o from near to the LW. Museum it was an amazing sight to see the continued application of power right through to the tailwheel settling & rolling-out. It could have been a tragic ending but luck prevailed. :sweat: :facepalm:
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby dazdaman on Mon 06 Jan 2020, 7:54 am

Ooh, I do like MV154.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Brenden S on Tue 07 Jan 2020, 10:21 am

It would be nice to see it repainted as A58-671
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby TEXANTOMCAT on Tue 07 Jan 2020, 12:56 pm

Chaps, as the thread has just started, Dom has set up a 'Historic Aircraft' section here - might I respectfully suggest a move to the DX thread to there so all is 'back where it was'?

viewforum.php?f=65

Hope you didnt mind me mentioning it!

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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Elliott Marsh on Tue 07 Jan 2020, 5:41 pm

I last saw that Piaggio at the Goodwood Revival 2010 - glad to see it's still around!

Lovely light on the Mk.VIII and Hurricane ground shots there too.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Tue 07 Jan 2020, 5:49 pm

TEXANTOMCAT wrote:Chaps, as the thread has just started, Dom has set up a 'Historic Aircraft' section here - might I respectfully suggest a move to the DX thread to there so all is 'back where it was'?

viewforum.php?f=65

Hope you didnt mind me mentioning it!

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That point was addressed in the Historic Aviation announcement topic - we would like the photo threads to remain in the photography sections.

You can subscribe to this topic by clicking the link at the bottom left corner of the page, but as I've said before, there's an entire forum here that you have joined and you don't have to confine yourselves to the topics and sections that you remember from Key. :smile:
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby HuwJHopkins on Tue 07 Jan 2020, 8:46 pm

Stagger2 wrote:
DCW wrote:Duxford Friday 3rd January:

Waiting for the first warbird sortie of 2020 !
Could it be Spitfire HF.VIII G-BKMI / MT928 (MV154), out this afternoon for engine runs ?

Imagequote]

Presumably following the extensive over-winter engine & prop' repairs after the near nose-over at last years' BoB. display. The rapid application of near full-power & a mighty dab of down-elevator provided the crowd with an extended lesson of how to plough-up an airfield with an increasingly smaller diameter prop! Roughly 16th Spit to t/o from near to the LW. Museum it was an amazing sight to see the continued application of power right through to the tailwheel settling & rolling-out. It could have been a tragic ending but luck prevailed. :sweat: :facepalm:


That's over-dramatising it somewhat and really does some disservice to the pilot, as it wasn't *quite* that gung ho! Remember that with the Spitfire, the elevator sits in trail somewhat when neutral. It wasn't a 'mighty dab' of down elevator, some yes, but the pilot was just trying to get the tail up as quickly as possible given he was last in a stream to roll (to increase visibility ahead). Max-continuous power on the Merlin 266 was +18 boost, takeoff nowadays will be done using +7 to +9 boost, so nowhere near 'full power'!
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby TEXANTOMCAT on Tue 07 Jan 2020, 9:54 pm

Thanks Strike Eagle missed the other post and completely understand! Cheers TT
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby DCW on Wed 08 Jan 2020, 4:43 pm

Duxford Wednesday 8th January:

Spitfire HF.VIII MV154 was out in the morning murk for a compass swing:

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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby dazdaman on Wed 08 Jan 2020, 9:40 pm

Really need to do another model of '154.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Brenden S on Thu 09 Jan 2020, 5:19 am

It is great to see these Spitfires back airworthy so quickly. This is the only spitfire which has it's original engine still fitted to her in the world that was fitted in the factory.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Thu 09 Jan 2020, 9:47 am

Brenden S wrote:It is great to see these Spitfires back airworthy so quickly. This is the only spitfire which has it's original engine still fitted to her in the world that was fitted in the factory.

Peter Teichman’s PRXI has its original engine fitted.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby dazdaman on Thu 09 Jan 2020, 9:54 am

I also thought MT818 has her original engine fitted.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby rollason beta on Thu 09 Jan 2020, 3:00 pm

Hardly an over dramatisation of the Spitfire tip up. Sums it up pretty well. Power on throughout, state of disbelieve I imagine!
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby HuwJHopkins on Thu 09 Jan 2020, 6:12 pm

rollason beta wrote:Hardly an over dramatisation of the Spitfire tip up. Sums it up pretty well. Power on throughout, state of disbelieve I imagine!


The difference between +7/+9 boost to +18 is vast in terms of warbird operation, though. There's no way the pilot was using anywhere near 'full power'. We're all better than Daily Mail sensationalisation like that! It might seem anal to pick up on it, but in this world where the truth seems to be less relevant by the day, you don't know who might read this forum and take that as fact.
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Roobarb on Thu 09 Jan 2020, 10:34 pm

LN Strike Eagle wrote:
Brenden S wrote:It is great to see these Spitfires back airworthy so quickly. This is the only spitfire which has it's original engine still fitted to her in the world that was fitted in the factory.

Peter Teichman’s PRXI has its original engine fitted.


Sorry to be a spoiler but MV154 had its RR Merlin replaced whilst based in Germany. It now has a different unit which is a Packard 266
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby Brenden S on Fri 10 Jan 2020, 5:23 am

Thanks
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Re: Duxford Diary 2020

Postby BMrider on Fri 10 Jan 2020, 6:03 pm

Spitfire run up today, there were a few spit movements;

ImageSpitfire run up by Mark Handley, on Flickr
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