This Saturday - final flight of Meteor NF11 - Bruntingthorpe

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This Saturday - final flight of Meteor NF11 - Bruntingthorpe

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Hi all,

This Saturday will see (what is being advertised as) the final flight of Meteor NF11 WM167 from Coventry to Bruntingthorpe.

Bruntingthorpe will be opening its gates to mark the occasion and a flypast is expected as part of the flight - possibly with other historic types.

The event is being advertised as commencing at 10am and entry will be £10 per person.

Thanks

Andy

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Thanks for the heads up. It's a long trip for me, but I think I might just have to go. I love the Meteor and I can see that, barring the elusive MB pair, this may be the last UK Meteor flight for some time.

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Do you pay at the event or online? Considering attending this.

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Thank you for the heads up! Anyone know why the new owners are ruling out flying her in the future? Such a shame :(
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Tmyers123 wrote:Do you pay at the event or online? Considering attending this.


On the gate.

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vulcanshammer wrote:Thank you for the heads up! Anyone know why the new owners are ruling out flying her in the future? Such a shame :(


Insurance costs and a lack of hangarage and spares one assumes.

Kind of sadly ironic that another classic jet is lost in the month the Shoreham trial, finally, is due to start.

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Dan O'Hagan wrote:
vulcanshammer wrote:Thank you for the heads up! Anyone know why the new owners are ruling out flying her in the future? Such a shame :(


Insurance costs and a lack of hangarage and spares one assumes.

Kind of sadly ironic that another classic jet is lost in the month the Shoreham trial, finally, is due to start.


Yes but all those things could, theoretically, be overcome or change in the future. I'm just (naively) trying to be positive here...

She must be in pretty good nick for the transit flight to be the more financially viable option over putting her on a lorry if they are NEVER intending to fly her again. The whole vintage jet situation really is desperately sad.
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vulcanshammer wrote:She must be in pretty good nick for the transit flight to be the more financially viable option over putting her on a lorry if they are NEVER intending to fly her again.

If you look it up on the CAA's 'G-INFO' site (https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/ ) you'll find that it's been under new ownership since October 2018....

DAVID GEORGE THOMAS
CLASSIC BRITISH JET COLLECTION
BRUNTINGTHORPE AIRFIELD
LUTTERWORTH
LE17 5QS

Which would explain why it's relocating.

Also has a new PtoF, which doesn't expire until December 2019.
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That’s not ex Vulcan display pilot David Thomas, is it?

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Brevet Cable wrote:
vulcanshammer wrote:She must be in pretty good nick for the transit flight to be the more financially viable option over putting her on a lorry if they are NEVER intending to fly her again.

If you look it up on the CAA's 'G-INFO' site (https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/ ) you'll find that it's been under new ownership since October 2018....

DAVID GEORGE THOMAS
CLASSIC BRITISH JET COLLECTION
BRUNTINGTHORPE AIRFIELD
LUTTERWORTH
LE17 5QS

Which would explain why it's relocating.

Also has a new PtoF, which doesn't expire until December 2019.


Sorry Brevet I'm a little confused. I know why she is relocating, I was just wondering why this had to be her last flight.
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Dan O'Hagan wrote:That’s not ex Vulcan display pilot David Thomas, is it?

No it's not Dan; this guy owns a number of airframes there! One of my colleagues purchased a Hunter T.7 from him back in 2017.
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vulcanshammer wrote:Sorry Brevet I'm a little confused. I know why she is relocating, I was just wondering why this had to be her last flight.

I put that bit in because nowhere in any of the other posts does it say why it's relocating.
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This Meteor was purchased along with the T7 by the World Heritage Air Museum, but they only want the engines from the NF11 and the airframe will be/is donated to the owner at Bruntingthorpe. Apparently a pair of spares are available to keep WM167 in taxiable condition.

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Vampire T.11 "WZ507" will be joining the flypast.

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Jakub.Zurek wrote:Apparently a pair of spares are available to keep WM167 in taxiable condition.

There's enough spares to keep her flying for years to come. Shame politics got in the way of that happening...

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Does anyone know what time the flight is due to be? Also - what is it like visiting Bruntingthorpe on a 'normal' day? Are the static aircraft viewable?

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PeterR wrote:
Jakub.Zurek wrote:Apparently a pair of spares are available to keep WM167 in taxiable condition.

There's enough spares to keep her flying for years to come. Shame politics got in the way of that happening...


Are these spares not available to use in the future? At least flying her in means that the airframe will hopefully be kept in one piece.
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MiG_Eater wrote:Does anyone know what time the flight is due to be? Also - what is it like visiting Bruntingthorpe on a 'normal' day? Are the static aircraft viewable?

10am is the flight time, Brunty is good and yes static are viewable.

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Great.

The Meteor. An aircraft of a type which at one time represented a brief UK lead in technology for at least part of the decade it represented, totally content in giving up any technological lead to the Americans at the time, now several decades later even the heritage dwindles and goes the same way. An aircraft that will no longer have the engines to breath the air under the wings, lifting it upwards where it belongs.

The otherMeteors will probably end up grounded when Martin Baker finally has to let them go.

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vulcan558 wrote:
MiG_Eater wrote:Does anyone know what time the flight is due to be? Also - what is it like visiting Bruntingthorpe on a 'normal' day? Are the static aircraft viewable?

10am is the flight time, Brunty is good and yes static are viewable.

Nope

GATES OPEN AT 10:00- LAST ENTRY is 10:45

Entry is £10 per person on the gate, under 15’s Free.

You will be directed to the Whittle building parking near the control tower.
Visitors will be directed to a public enclosure, where you will be required to remain for safety reasons until directed by safety staff. Any person failing to do as directed will be asked to leave. Hopefully you will all understand that safety is paramount and any breach could stop events like this being hosted again.

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Thanks for the information.

Where is this coming from?

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MiG_Eater wrote:Thanks for the information.

Where is this coming from?

The Classic British Jets Collection (new owners of the Meteor), on Facebook
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SEMAE wrote:Great.

The Meteor. An aircraft of a type which at one time represented a brief UK lead in technology for at least part of the decade it represented, totally content in giving up any technological lead to the Americans at the time, now several decades later even the heritage dwindles and goes the same way. An aircraft that will no longer have the engines to breath the air under the wings, lifting it upwards where it belongs.

The otherMeteors will probably end up grounded when Martin Baker finally has to let them go.

Thanks

Martin Eames


Well said, Martin. And very, very sad.

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Such a shame, a fully airworthy and notable aircraft type (flying at shows since the 90s) is going to waste. Really flies in the face of Classic air Forces original ethos of keeping their aircraft flying and in the UK.

It seems that the only thing happening in the historic movement is creating new build/replica WW2 aircraft, I wonder whether one day we will regret losing such important pieces of history of our jet age from our skies.

The air show scene has become very stale, and needs more aircraft such as these.

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FGR2 wrote:It seems that the only thing happening in the historic movement is creating new build/replica WW2 aircraft.

Seriously?

A new museum at St Athan
A new hangar for Salisbury Hall
A Walrus being restored to fly
A DH-9 about to fly for the first time in a century
The prospect of a Bf 109E for 2019, another (very original) one under restoration to fly
A Wessex being returned to flight
The Miles Sparrowhawk close to flying
A couple more very original Buchons being returned to the air
ARCo's Lysander ready to make its airshow debut, and their Firely under rebuild
Tempest II under rebuild
The prospect of a Typhoon in the future
A new Albatros for Stow Maries
Massed Dakotas for the D-Day anniversary in June
The prospect of Mosquitos from New Zealand
Gnats T1 and F1 being returned to flight at North Weald
Hampden progressing well at Cosford
Just Jane's restoration moving along bit by bit
Airworthy Sopwith Strutter replica nearing completion in Scotland
Percival Q6 rebuild getting closer to completion at Seething
Proctor at Great Oakley
Two DH88 Comets in the Derby area
Monospar progressing well at Newark
Last remaining Mk 1 Victor receiving some much needed TLC at Duxford
Scion on rebuild at Rochester
Shuttleworth going from strength to strength
The prospect of some interesting imports over the next year or two

I'd say there was plenty going on in the historic movement at the moment.

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