How did you get into Planes?

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I was going to airshows since before I can remember, then took an interest in civilian aircraft around 1994. Around 1999/2000 I stopped going to airshows, but still maintained a 'casual' interest in aviation until 2010 when our local town started having an airshow. It got me right back in.

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ColeTheDemolisher wrote:The sight, the sound, the smell. :love: :lol: :biggrin:


What, of s24's chopper? :sick:
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UKTopgun wrote:Two words really: Air Fete



Yep, same here, Air Fete '87. Word of mouth, someone in my local pub at the time suggested giving it a go and boy, what a show it was.
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UKTopgun wrote:Two words really: Air Fete



Yep, same here, Air Fete '87. Word of mouth, someone in my local pub at the time suggested giving it a go and boy, what a show it was.
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Interesting stories everyone.
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I was queuing for sweeties at the local shop when I heard a sound. I went outside and there was an aeroplane which I later found out was a Harvard of 613 Sqdn. I was eight and it was winter 52/53.
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My father was in the aviation insurance business, worked in London. Took me along to the Biggin Hill airshow probably 69/70, pissed myself while sitting on the top of the car as aircraft flew a lot lower and faster and not necessarily just from the left and right! He also was instrumental in Duxford acquiring their museum Avenger and made plastic model kits. With all that going on how could i not get the but. That my son has gone on to be air crew gives my father enormous pride as he well knows that was a seed he planted.

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I grew up in Farnborough from the Sixties onwards, when the cross runway was still in use and aircraft used to approach over the Cove schools. Devons, the Dakota still wearing its incorrect "KG661" serial, - the Meteors, Canberras, Shackleton, Beverley.... later Buccaneers generally stuck to the main runway. Obviously Farnborough Air Shows used to be something to look forward to with Ray Hanna leading the Red Arrows' Gnats in at treetop height and all the latest RAF stuff - often in quantity.

Holidays in the Lake District, Wales and Scotland led to discovery of RAF low-level flying but we had no idea how to reliably access it except at the A5 pass in Snowdonia where we watched 4 FTS Gnats (and later Hawks, which I didn't initially like) and occasional goodies such as Jaguars, F-111s and even the mighty Phantom negotiating the right-hand bend. I remember a four-ship of Gnats doing it in formation.

From that it was a short step to the odd air show out of town (it wasn't either of our divorced parents' "thing" so careful negotiation had to take place) - Duxford, Lakenheath Old Warden once: finally we achieved driving licenses and we were off.... Films were expensive to us as students and petrol was the other big expense that was unavoidable so there was a lot of sleeping in cars and living on Pot Noodle.

Oh yeah - lots of Airfix in between times, too!

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A friend got me into building and flying a Keil Kraft Cadet model glider, and it grew from there! Just checked, and the Cadet is still available, but it's a bit more expensive these days at £24.99 :shock:
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my dad was ex RAF , so flying in the blood. I live quite close to Binbrook (within cycling distance when I was younger) and my dad used to joke that my real address was RAF Binbrook CG 3 - he made me a dog tag to that effect. My main interest now is vintage specifically De Havilland . I inherited a Chipmunk when my dad passed and I am now involved in restoration of a Puss Moth

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st24 wrote:
capercaillie wrote:Tis true, but alas with the question worded as thus there was no possible way st24 could mention getting his chopper out as well. :joystick: :wave:

Wondered how long it would be before my chopper came out of your mouth... :snack:


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minnie the moocher wrote:my dad was ex RAF , so flying in the blood. I live quite close to Binbrook (within cycling distance when I was younger) and my dad used to joke that my real address was RAF Binbrook CG 3 - he made me a dog tag to that effect. My main interest now is vintage specifically De Havilland . I inherited a Chipmunk when my dad passed and I am now involved in restoration of a Puss Moth


Is that the crash gate up a long lane, where the locals used to sit on the post and rails fence with their feet inside as the Lightnings taxied past yards away with pilots waving? Many a happy hour spent there, and overnight sleeps in the Mk1 Escort we used to travel around bases in. One night the RAF police woke us up with news of a suspicious object under our back axle - turned out it was our gash bag! Happy days!

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AlexC wrote:A friend got me into building and flying a Keil Kraft Cadet model glider, and it grew from there! Just checked, and the Cadet is still available, but it's a bit more expensive these days at £24.99 :shock:


My first Keil Kraft was a 'Nomad' glider, which cost 8s 6p (42½ p); a simpler build than the Cadet, ideal for an eight year old to build (almost) unassisted. Never built another Airfix after I discovered models that really fly! :biggrin:
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FarnboroJohn wrote:
minnie the moocher wrote:my dad was ex RAF , so flying in the blood. I live quite close to Binbrook (within cycling distance when I was younger) and my dad used to joke that my real address was RAF Binbrook CG 3 - he made me a dog tag to that effect. My main interest now is vintage specifically De Havilland . I inherited a Chipmunk when my dad passed and I am now involved in restoration of a Puss Moth


Is that the crash gate up a long lane, where the locals used to sit on the post and rails fence with their feet inside as the Lightnings taxied past yards away with pilots waving? Many a happy hour spent there, and overnight sleeps in the Mk1 Escort we used to travel around bases in. One night the RAF police woke us up with news of a suspicious object under our back axle - turned out it was our gash bag! Happy days!

yep thats the one :smile: - used to be very popular. Used to get some really good pictures up there even though I am a crap photographer ( I was using a Kodak Jiffy). Have some nice pics of lightnings in the snow - was a lot less popular when it was snowing so I always got a better view. Happy times :smile: The guy I used to fly with was ex Lightnings my dad was ex Canberras

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I now feel distinctly old now ..... I remember the Fairy Delta flown by John Twiss doing supersonic runs up and down the south coast. Being taken to the Biggin Hill Battle of Britain Air show and seeing Lincoln's, Javelins bombing the airfield and a scramble of Vulcans, Victors and Valiants. Then to Heathrow and saw Stratocruisers, Constellations, Ambassadors, Vikings etc . Not long after Gatwick was reopened in the 50's was taken there and saw a Stratocruiser whose passengers swamped the facilities.
My schooling meant going past Gatwick twice a day and took up spotting .... thems were the days ... Israeli Air force C97s, RCAF Argus and C130s.... Bristol Freighters / Super Freighters ... TU104s... Caravelles....FAF Paris ... BAC 111.... VC10s....CL44....Comets.... Viscounts.... Great Days :smile:

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I saw an advert for North Weald airshow going to school in 1989 so went along , there was a Jag taking off , the smell , noise and power before I even saw it , just got me hooked.
The air shots arent that great as I only had a Pratilka MTL5 B with a 50mm lens

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[quote="minnie the moocheryep thats the one :smile: - used to be very popular. Used to get some really good pictures up there even though I am a crap photographer ( I was using a Kodak Jiffy). Have some nice pics of lightnings in the snow - was a lot less popular when it was snowing so I always got a better view. Happy times :smile: The guy I used to fly with was ex Lightnings my dad was ex Canberras[/quote]

Yes, even my Zenith EM managed quite well - it was point-blank range, after all! It was one of our favourite destinations because they used to fly from dawn well past dusk: night afterburner takeoffs and then straight into the vertical - F15 pah! Mind you, in the morning we'd hear BANG-whoosh repeated half a dozen times and look forward to masses of Lightnings coming round the taxiway, for a singleton only to arrive - then we'd realise the series of start sounds involved one pilot jumping out of one aircraft after another trying to find one that worked..... :lol:

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I'm not actually into planes, I'm just here for the spelling and grammar information.
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But seriously. A Mildenhall Air Fete, not sure of the year, is my first memory. Getting lost and being looked after by American servicemen in a Jeep. Also numerous Dartmouth Regatta air displays, they were the highlight of my year! Particularly a sneak pass from a Jaguar on full re-heat. Scared the town s**tless! :win:
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FarnboroJohn wrote: Mind you, in the morning we'd hear BANG-whoosh repeated half a dozen times and look forward to masses of Lightnings coming round the taxiway, for a singleton only to arrive - then we'd realise the series of start sounds involved one pilot jumping out of one aircraft after another trying to find one that worked..... :lol:

:lol: that reminds me of one day sat up there with my dad listening to all the starts and my dad coming out with ' bleeding hell listen at all that wheezing and popping . Keep trying mate there has to be one non smoker in the pack somewhere' ( I often got the impression that he was secretly jealous he never got the chance to fly one)