Duxford Diary 2020

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Duxford Wednesday 11th March:

Classic Wings' Tiger Moth G-APAO / R4922 was out for an engine run this morning, Spring can't be far away now !

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A DAS crew were working on their Britannia G-AOVT:

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RAF Prefects are regular visitors, ZM321 arrived from Cranwell:

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Rolls Royce Spitfire PS853 on the move yesterday at Duxford if only between the hangars !

ImagePS859 / G-RRGN by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

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Duxford Friday 13th March:

The ex-IWM CASA 2.111 fuselage is now loaded on the Trailer which will take it to Hawkinge this weekend. Details of the early Sunday move are at :
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php? ... __tn__=K-R

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Otherwise, two Spitfires and a Hurricane were aloft today:

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A couple of today's visitors. Who would believe a Virus would be welcome ?

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It would be wrong not to look back in Duxfords history to remember that 45 years ago today on the 16th March 1975 our very own Sally B touched down at Duxford for the first time on her delivery flight from Creil in France . A credit to her supporters and her engineers that she remains airworthy with us . A few pictures of her arrival below from the collection of the late John Strangward

ImageN17TE arrival at DX 16/3/75 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

ImageN17TE arrival at DX 16/3/75 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

ImageN17TE arrival at DX 16/3/75 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

ImageN17TE arrival at DX 16/3/75 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

ImageN17TE arrival at DX 16/3/75 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

ImageN17TE arrival at DX 16/3/75 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

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Viewed some old IWM film of the 1975 Duxford Airshow recently - '784 was among the participants.
Underneath my gruff exterior is an even gruffer interior...

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BobL wrote:Viewed some old IWM film of the 1975 Duxford Airshow recently - '784 was among the participants.

What is'784 ?

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"Sally B" - her original serial was 44-85784...
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Posted on the IWM web site -
Coronavirus
There are currently no changes to Imperial War Museums’ operations as a result of coronavirus, and all IWM sites remain open as usual. We continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the advice of health authorities and Government bodies.

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Updated today

"In line with advice from Public Health England, IWM has taken the decision to close all of its sites in effect from the end of today (Tuesday 17 March) until further notice."

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Following on from tomwards post above, maybe Duxman, DCW and Pen Pusher could post some images from their extensive archives to keep the Duxford fix active if the closure goes on for a long while.

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Good Idea!

Here's a early B29 shot (1980)

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Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1A/P9374/J/(G-MKIA) ~ 7th September 2012

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Duxford Tuesday 17th March:

In Airspace, the IWM Tiger Moth is being prepared for a routine survey. With no room to lower it to the ground, an impressive scaffolding structure is being built around it:

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Two colourful visitors, Extra EA300L G-XXTR and Diana Britten's CAP 232 F-GXDB:

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And finally (??):

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OK -- for those wanting there Duxford fix during the weeks of lockdown ( or lock out is it ) lets go right back to BofB Day at Duxford on the 14/9/57 ( images from b/w negatives of the late John Strangward collection )

Valiant BK1 WZ401

ImageWZ401 DX 14.9.57 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

Boulton Paul 111A VT935

ImageVT935 DX 14.9.57 BP111A by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

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More please Duxman! (And indeed all of you)

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A couple of further pictures from the BofB event on 14/9/57.

Spitfire XVI SL542 was based at Duxford with the Station Flight although I believe damaged early in the year in a landing accident. It subsequently went to become a gate guardian a various RAF bases until sale to the USA and then Canada . It survives today but I think it is still undergoing restoration possibly in Canada.

ImageSL542 DX 14.9.57 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

Duxfords previous Station Flight Spitfire also a Mk XVI was TE357 which had also succumbed to an accident. The fuselage was noted at the display dumped near the blast pens. Sadly it does not appear to have survived into preservation.

ImageTE357 DX 14.9.57 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

Interesting visitor was F.86D 24185 recorded as being based at Manston with the 406FBW.

Image24185 DX 14.9.57 F86D of 406FBW Manston by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

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Brilliant! Please keep posting more of these lovely images. They certainly put a smile on my face! :worship:

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Nice to see your old black and white collection Tony, More please . Terry

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From IWM Web Site -
General Aviation Expo at IWM Duxford due to take place on 25 April has been postponed.


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Looking back again to 1975 saw the arrival on January 10th of Comet 1 XK695 from RAF Wyton on loan to the Museum. Sadly she only lasted 17 years before corrosion apparently took hold and she was dismantled. The fuselage it appears went to RAF Newton for use by their dogs training unit and the cockpit section eventually got donated to the de Havilland Museum at London Colney where it can still be viewed.

ImageXK695 10.1.75 arr by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

ImageXK695 DX 10.1.75 arrival by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

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Great to see that Comet in the air!

In my teens, I used to man the DAS airliners on Saturdays. For a while, we opened the Comet 2R as well - which was cool!

It smelt magnificent inside, as you'd expect; but for me, the coolest part were the windows. The aircraft was on the production line for BOAC when the Comet 1s were grounded (it was issued a civil registration - G-AMXH??) and it appeared to have been built with the original square windows. From inside, you could see where the rectangular aperture was filled by a panel containing the new oval window. The history of the Comet, right there.

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Duxfords previous Station Flight Spitfire also a Mk XVI was TE357 which had also succumbed to an accident. The fuselage was noted at the display dumped near the blast pens. Sadly it does not appear to have survived into preservation.

I see TE356 is still about. Shame '357 didn't make it.

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Really interesting photos. I'd love to see some more please.

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My Duxford visits were rare in the 80's.
On 5-7-84 I drove down from Glasgow in my fancy 'new' Escort:

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By my next trip, on 29-5-85, it was a new XR3i:

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The Saunders Roe SR.A/1 TG263 was one of many ex Skyfame airframes resident at Duxford, leaving for Solent Sky around 1993.
B-25 N9089Z 'HD368' (G-BKXW ntu) was stored by Aces High (ex Southend Museum) and left for North Weald in 1987. Now believed to survive at Booker.

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Great photos especially of the Saro.

As an aside the last tax disc on Ford Escort XR3 reg B521XNS expired on the 31st October 1990, so it’s either in storage somewhere or was scrapped!


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