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...reflew this morning on a 90 minute airtest. Excellent news!

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It was airborne for around 90 mins.... flyover Biggleswade just before 9am.

Couple of images here as it came back to Old Warden:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steam60163/

When it arrived back around 10:30, it did around three circuits of the airfield, a touch-n-go, a fast pass, and then landed.

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Excellent shots - look at that!

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So when can we expect to see it at an airshow?
I presume it would make its first airshow appearance at a Shuttleworth event? But wouldn't it be nice if it replaced the sea fury at Little Gransden :whistle:

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Fabulous news!! :up:
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Superb! :clap:

I think its 26 years since I last saw her fly. :shock:
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Brilliant!! Been waiting for this news for a LONG time now. :clap:

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What a beauty! The more I see classic aircraft, the more I'm growing to like them.

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Great news!

I heard she would be based out of Duxford due to their runway being longer, is this still the plan?

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tommo999 wrote:I heard she would be based out of Duxford due to their runway being longer, is this still the plan?


Hope not, you know what Duxford are like with their cross winds :whistle:

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A long overdue and very welcome return, and from Alisdair's fantastic shots very photogenic in Dodge Bailey's hands. Now all we need is an Orphan and Black Magic.........

J.Smith photography wrote:Hope not, you know what Duxford are like with their cross winds :whistle:


Slightly different, it's got the same component limit as a Dragon Rapide.
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tommo999 wrote:Great news!

I heard she would be based out of Duxford due to their runway being longer, is this still the plan?


I think the plan last time I heard, according to one of the guys at Shuttleworth, was for it to base out of RAF Henlow. Of course plans change mind......

She has flown for a second time this afternoon also, great news :clap:
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pako-2008 wrote:
tommo999 wrote:Great news!

I heard she would be based out of Duxford due to their runway being longer, is this still the plan?


I think the plan last time I heard, according to one of the guys at Shuttleworth, was for it to base out of RAF Henlow. Of course plans change mind......

She has flown for a second time this afternoon also, great news :clap:


Why can't they just base it at Old Warden? If they've already flown it out of the place twice surely they can continue to do so??

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It does seem a bit odd - wasn't Old Warden's runway extended at least partly to support future Comet operations?

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Pablo wrote:It does seem a bit odd - wasn't Old Warden's runway extended at least partly to support future Comet operations?


Now you say that I thought it was also an issue of runway surface - I may be imagining this but I heard that they wanted to use Duxford's hard runway, as OW's grass was deemed too bumpy to risk a weak undercarriage on?

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I'm sure I've heard strengthening the undercarriage mentioned as part of this restoration?
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They would also have to put a tail wheel on if they want to use a hard runway.

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Pablo wrote:It does seem a bit odd - wasn't Old Warden's runway extended at least partly to support future Comet operations?


I thought the same too! Then again, as has been mentioned OW's runway is hardly bowling green level!..
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Great to see a DH Twin back in the air. Now we just need a Mosquito.. :whistle:

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Chances of this going to Woburn in a few weeks?? Great news too, it looks stunning! :clap:
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Ah, de Havilland... great news and great pix.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhitworth/

Some stunning photos of her. Just a shame David doesn't post on here!

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I know its only been a couple of days, but surprised there isnt any video up yet...or have I missed it?

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