Duxford Diary 2024

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Aero Legends have just announced the first flight of Spitfire IX MJ444.
Finished in 403 Sqn markings, it took to the air at Duxford on Thursday 6th at 1312 for a twenty minute airtest.
Many congratulations to ARC for another fine project completed. What's next ?

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A second flight took place on Friday morning:

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Finally, the light was a little better for Sortie Number 3:

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DCW wrote:
Sat 08 Jun 2024, 9:04 pm
Aero Legends have just announced the first flight of Spitfire IX MJ444.
Finished in 403 Sqn markings, it took to the air at Duxford on Thursday 6th at 1312 for a twenty minute airtest.
Many congratulations to ARC for another fine project competed. What's next ?
Firefly, Wildcat re resto after it's accident, are they still rebuilding the Fw-189? One of those will be nice to see.

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http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.o ... =3&t=72403
I really can't bring myself to like the two seat Spitfires

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Orion wrote:
Sun 09 Jun 2024, 9:38 am
I really can't bring myself to like the two seat Spitfires
I'm with you on that!

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Blackbird wrote:
Sun 09 Jun 2024, 9:45 am
Orion wrote:
Sun 09 Jun 2024, 9:38 am
I really can't bring myself to like the two seat Spitfires
I'm with you on that!
Me too, really ruins the look of the aircraft.

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4 year restoration/rebuild from being dug out of the dirt in Belgium. Well done to all involved.

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Brenden S wrote:
Mon 10 Jun 2024, 5:22 am
4 year restoration/rebuild from being dug out of the dirt in Belgium. Well done to all involved.
I wonder how many parts that were ‘dug out of the dirt in Belgium’ are incorporated.

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Probably not many. Engine block, undercarriage, pilot's seat, cockpit instruments and perhaps a few others.
I wonder if this Spitfire saw service over the D-Day beaches

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I see from the Duxford Air Show Facebook page that Dragon Rapide TX310/G-AIDL is currently stuck at London City airport after a precautionary emergency landing.

Edit - a subsequent post from one of the Classic Wings directors states it's being worked on and will be flown out.

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It was mentioned on PPRuNe a few days ago. An engine was coughing, so they diverted into London City Airport.

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It arrived back at Duxford earlier.

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Friday 12th June
MJ444 is currently up over Norfolk in formation with Tiger Moth G-AOIM/T1709 (according to ADSB). This is its second flight of the day, previously going off on a ~40 minute flight this morning. Whilst is departure coincided with some light rain and the sun going behind the clouds, its return came during a brighter spell...
ImageSupermarine Spitfire IXT (MJ444) (1) by Professor M, on Flickr

ImageSupermarine Spitfire IXT (MJ444) (2) by Professor M, on Flickr

ImageSupermarine Spitfire IXT (MJ444) (3) by Professor M, on Flickr

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Not having the luxury of 'camping out' at Duxford all week, this passing glimpse of MJ444 will have to do for now...
En route back from it's run up to Wells-next-the-Sea...
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Duxford Friday 14th June:

More pictures of Lady Luck's fourth and fifth test flights. The ADSB 'mirror' presentation of Tiger Moth G-AOIM was an error, either in system programming or operation. Tiger Moths don't do 220 Kts (well, not for long):

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A couple more with the monopod:

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Some visitors from Eastern Europe. From Poland, Pipistrel Virus SW SP-SIVA, Cessna 182T SP-IPL and Tecnam P2006T SP-POL:

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From the Slovak Republic, PS-28 Cruiser OM-M119:

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DCW wrote:
Fri 14 Jun 2024, 8:31 pm
The ADSB 'mirror' presentation of Tiger Moth G-AOIM was an error, either in system programming or operation. Tiger Moths don't do 220 Kts (well, not for long):
Well that's slightly embarrassing :man_facepalming: , I should probably have noticed that!

Maybe if you remove the top wing and bracing, strengthen the lower wing, add a slightly more powerful engine and sort out the aerodynamics you might just manage it - though it might look more like a Spitfire than a Tiger Moth.

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A substantial scaffolding construction has gone up around the VC10...
ImageVC10 - Duxford - G-ASGC - 140624 by Professor M, on Flickr

From The British Airliner Collection Facebook page...
After a unavoidable delay, the scaffolding is finally going up on our #VC10. This will enable us to next week start the process of repainting the cabin roof and cheat line. Last time we did this, it is a rather large job, hence the VC10 is unlikely to be re opened until early July.
If you think projects like this are something you would like to be involved in, drop Paul our Operations director a line on operations@das.org.uk

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Orion wrote:
Mon 10 Jun 2024, 3:51 pm
Probably not many. Engine block, undercarriage, pilot's seat, cockpit instruments and perhaps a few others.
I wonder if this Spitfire saw service over the D-Day beaches
As far as I can make out the answer to this question is no.
https://allspitfirepilots.org/aircraft/MJ444

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Norwegian Vampire/LN-DHY north of Cambridge heading Duxford way.
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Professor_M wrote:
Fri 14 Jun 2024, 8:51 pm
DCW wrote:
Fri 14 Jun 2024, 8:31 pm
The ADSB 'mirror' presentation of Tiger Moth G-AOIM was an error, either in system programming or operation. Tiger Moths don't do 220 Kts (well, not for long):
Well that's slightly embarrassing :man_facepalming: , I should probably have noticed that!

Maybe if you remove the top wing and bracing, strengthen the lower wing, add a slightly more powerful engine and sort out the aerodynamics you might just manage it - though it might look more like a Spitfire than a Tiger Moth.
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Like this? :-)

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Duxford Sunday 16th June:

Vampire FB.52 LN-DHY took 90 minutes to fly from Stavanger to Duxford this afternoon. Last seen here in Italian markings, it has reverted to the RAF colours previously seen in 2022. It is booked for a RIAT appearance but nothing found so far on other activities.

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Isn’t it due to be going into RCAF markings for RIAT?

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Mike wrote:
Sun 16 Jun 2024, 9:35 pm
Isn’t it due to be going into RCAF markings for RIAT?
Norwegian Historical Squadron DH Vampire FB.6 in the progress of being decorated in RAF markings for the 2024 season to honour and celebrate Royal Auxiliary Air Force 100 anniversary.


[From the Historical Squadron's Facebook page, 05/12/23.]
The Norwegian Vampire will be returning to RAF Fairford, this year to be adorned in Canadian markings especially for RIAT 2024!
[https://www.airtattoo.com/the-airshow/a ... t-updates/]

Maybe it will be, but not yet if it's "especially for RIAT 2024"?

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Old news now (today's chip paper?) but took the chance MJ444 might be out in the open after last weeks flights and that "Jersey Jerk" might still be parked up (in background of DCW's Sunday Vampire photo). Amongst all the activity of the H&H auction setup managed to get some photos...
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Duxford Monday 17th June:

Four Fighters.

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Knew I'd miss Jersey Jerk by leaving when I did...
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