Duxford Diary 2024

Photos of warbirds, classic jets and museum visits
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Amp wrote:
Fri 15 Mar 2024, 10:45 pm
What a lovely Tempest set.
I could not agree more! The more I see of that Tempest, the more I like it.

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Duxford Monday 18th March:

The DAS Trislander is getting some paintwork in Hangar 5:

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Runway surface repairs will mean the hard runway won't be in use for a week or two, but the grass was busy today:

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From a post on Facebook (Fans of Duxford, shared on the HAC page), the HAC DH9 made its first flight in a few years today.

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Duxford Wednesday 20th March:

A quick visit late afternoon found Super Cub G-KUBY out in the sun, showing off some new wheels:

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Super Cub G-BROZ showed alternative landing gear:

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Good to see one of these outside again:

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Tempest II had been pulled out as I started my lunch - good timing as I'd only seen it in the corner of the hangar up to now. Unfortunately I had to head back northside before any engine run...
EE602 watched on, PV202 & N3200 had arrived back a few minutes earlier...
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Duxford Thursday 21st March:

The DH.9 being prepared for more flying today:

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Roll-out:

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Hucks starter in use again:

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Engine checks:

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Two sorties this afternoon until rain stopped play:

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Duxford Sunday 24th March:

Marinell (again !):

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What a beautiful P-51 she is!

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Duxford Monday 25th March:

Another shuffle saw a few of the Duxford fleet outside again, pity there was no sunshine !

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'Dread30' made two passes:

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Duxford Tuesday 2nd March:

A few pictures from a busy day at Duxford. Electra G-AFTL returned from winter maintenance at Sywell, with P-47 G-THUN heading the other way:

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Aero Legends' Spitfire NH341 was active in preparation for a new season of passenger flights:

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Nice to see a Piper Apache on the ramp at Duxford

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Orion wrote:
Wed 03 Apr 2024, 8:39 am
Nice to see a Piper Apache on the ramp at Duxford
Ah, recall watching that one and several others staggering round the circuit at Biggin with people doing their twin ratings... EFATOs were seemingly always done off the 03 end into the valley. The G-ARJ* batch were originally used by the College of Air Training at Hamble.

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WIndy day today and a bit dull...
But PV202 still went up with a passenger.
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Duxford Thursday 4th April:

Strikemaster G-SOAF made a couple of landings during a sortie from North Weald today. A very poignant sight indeed.

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Hooligan wrote:
Wed 03 Apr 2024, 9:29 am
Orion wrote:
Wed 03 Apr 2024, 8:39 am
Nice to see a Piper Apache on the ramp at Duxford
Ah, recall watching that one and several others staggering round the circuit at Biggin with people doing their twin ratings... EFATOs were seemingly always done off the 03 end into the valley. The G-ARJ* batch were originally used by the College of Air Training at Hamble.
Nice to see G-ARJU again. Was owned by sadly missed dear friend the late Ian Marshall, based at White Waltham.

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Duxford Thursday 11th April:

Catalina 'Miss Pick Up' emerged from Winter maintenance this morning:

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Among the aircraft displaced from Hangar 2 during the move were Tempest 'PR533' and Electra Junior G-AFTL:

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Spitfire NH341 has been active for a few days after a winter's rest, and departed to North Weald this morning to start a season of passenger flying with Aero Legends, while PV202 was airborne twice for training. Hurricane V7497 was also busy:

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Among the visitors today were Pilatus PC-12 G-OJFA and PC-24 LC-PCK:

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Duxford Friday 12th April:

Lynx AH.7 G-NCKS / XZ179 dropped in for fuel this afternoon:

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Chris Royle wrote:
Sat 06 Apr 2024, 8:19 pm
Hooligan wrote:
Wed 03 Apr 2024, 9:29 am
Orion wrote:
Wed 03 Apr 2024, 8:39 am
Nice to see a Piper Apache on the ramp at Duxford
Ah, recall watching that one and several others staggering round the circuit at Biggin with people doing their twin ratings... EFATOs were seemingly always done off the 03 end into the valley. The G-ARJ* batch were originally used by the College of Air Training at Hamble.
Nice to see G-ARJU again. Was owned by sadly missed dear friend the late Ian Marshall, based at White Waltham.
Oh my god!!! Thats a turn up for the books, she was at Skegness when I worked on the aerodrome, back in the late 80s. My foggy mind now wont let me remember if she was the flyer at the time or if she was the one being restored. Either way, there were two based at the time. All these years later and still going....amazing!!

I still remember the smell sat in the cockpit, all the switchs, the cracked leather seats, real old fashined not a digital device in sight, much to my disgust it was the one type at Skeggy I didnt get to fly in!

Just checked G-ARCW was the other one.
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'A58-606' ZP-W (TE308) - G-AWGB "Grey Nurse" was up from Biggin Hill today flying passenger flights, seen here departing on its flight that ended up back at Biggin Hill this afternoon, attracting a good crowd of admirers...
ImageSupermarine Spitfire IXT "Grey Nurse" - Duxford 130424 (1) by Professor M, on Flickr

ImageSupermarine Spitfire IXT "Grey Nurse" - Duxford 130424 (2) by Professor M, on Flickr

ImagePiper L-21B Super Cub (G-KUBY) by Professor M, on Flickr

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Duxford Saturday 13th April:

A few more of 'Grey Nurse' today:

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Hurricane I 'V7497' G-HRLI was busy again:

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Classic Wings were using Harvard G-TSIX again, while Aero Legends' Texan visited for training:

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Visiting today:

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A relatively quiet day, or so it seemed during my lunch break saunter, but PT462 was doing some training flights...
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Duxford Thursday 18th April:

North Weald based Delfin G-BYCT was training this morning:

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TFC'S Wildcat flew twice, while their P-40F and Aero Legends' Spitfire IX TD314 were engine running:

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It is perhaps worth noting after the visit by "Grey Nurse" last Saturday, that ML295, the two-seater which spent a lot of time doing the passenger flights for Classic Wings last season and departed Duxford after the winter (to Biggin Hill 8th March, onwards to Goodwood on 14th March) is now in the Spitfires.com (Boultbee) stable [https://www.spitfires.com/ml295], so it'll be interesting to see which Spitfires end up doing the flying for Classic Wings for the rest of the season (though looking at their calendar [https://booking.bookinghound.com/fe/boo ... uniqueid=4], I'm sure there's fewer flying dates in there than I remember last year), presumably it'll be some combination of BHHH's MJ627, TE308 & MT818.

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