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April Flying Day

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Looks like the Shuttleworth Collection are hosting the first UK show of the year and the line up looks decent.

North American Mustang or Supermarine Spitfire
Polikarpov Po2
Ryan PT22
Bucker Jungmeister
Douglas Dakota
Auster AOP 11
Feiseler Storch
ANEC II
English Electric Wren
Hawker Cygnet
Extra 300S
Avro Tutor
Parnall Elf
Blackburn B2
Kirby Kite Glider
Percival Piston Provost
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Sopwith Triplane
Bristol F2b Fighter
Sopwith Pup
SE5a
Deperdussin
Bristol Boxkite
Bleriot
Avro Triplane
Blackburn Monoplane Type - D

Hope the weather is good. :smile:
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I think I've counted 9 full flying days this year plus the 5?? flying evenings and other aviation related events. The best of British to them, really hope 2013 goes well for them.
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Has this not just replaced the Spring Airshow usually in the first weekend of May? There is just an informal event where this has been previously. Still the earlier the airshow season the less we are chomping-at-the-bit haha
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Sad that there's no mention of the Comet - anyone heard anything over the winter re progress? The carrier pigeons don't make it up this far North any more..
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Last I heard the modifications had been made to the under carriage and it needed to be put back together. I haven't heard any more on the progress of this. Find out in April hopefully!
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The DH Comet is listed as "awaiting suitable runway conditions". I believe there is also a considerable amount of paperwork too, but fingers crossed for a test flight soon - hopefully over my house.

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With the weather as it is they could have to wait a long time for suitable runway conditions - in fact according to the website due to maintenance the airfield has been closed to visiting aircraft since November. I hope the weather improves and everything dries up before the end of April.

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Their web page is now saying "North American Mustang" instead of "North American Mustang or Supermarine Spitfire"

No rain over Old Warden between now and end of April please.
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Hatstand wrote:No rain over Old Warden between now and end of April please.
And warm sunshine, blue skies, and fluffy white clouds on the 28th.
Thank you.


I'll vote for that!

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In my short years of attending OW I have learnt to take two things as they come. One being the Spring weather, the other the line up. Especially when it comes to the home participants; the team at Shuttleworth always endeavor to put on a good show. Expect there to be changes on the day
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classicaviation wrote:Expect there to be changes on the day

That's all part of the fun :-D
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Hatstand wrote:
classicaviation wrote:Expect there to be changes on the day

That's all part of the fun :-D


Definitely! There is nothing like an OW show!
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No Hurricane, Lysander or Gladiator then? :confused:

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None of the Shuttleworth heavies are listed, but take that with a pinch of salt
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Hasboman wrote:No Hurricane, Lysander or Gladiator then? :confused:

Harry


I suspect the issue is the state of the airfield. According to their website it is still closed to visiting aircraft. It was probably the 'wrong' winter to attempt maintenance work on the runway and taxiways.

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Weather Watcher wrote:
Hasboman wrote:No Hurricane, Lysander or Gladiator then? :confused:

Harry


I suspect the issue is the state of the airfield. According to their website it is still closed to visiting aircraft. It was probably the 'wrong' winter to attempt maintenance work on the runway and taxiways.


The Lysander and Gladiator flew last week.

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Rob Leigh wrote:
The Lysander and Gladiator flew last week.



That's good to know. I saw some gliders going through their paces on 6th April (some photos in General Aviation) Taxiways were a mess, ground very soft and they were using the runway extension. If they managed to get the Lysander up ground conditions must have improved :smile:

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The Provost is the only one on the list that may have a problem, it found a few soft spots last week.

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The weather forecast looks good; get the camera batteries charged up.
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iainpeden wrote:The weather forecast looks good; get the camera batteries charged up.

Not quite so promising now.
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Good enough to have paid out for the advance ticket today

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At the moment it looks dull at best from 3pm onwards. Anyone know what the ground conditions are like? The website is still showing the airfield closed for visitors.

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Got up early this morning to see if the weather forecast had changed - but it still looks grey and potentially wetfor this afternoon, so I won't be coming down from Yorkshire for this one. I hope that the forecasters have it wrong, so that those of you who make the trip have a great day out! If any forum member is willing, please could I request someone to quiz the Comet restoration team as to whether they have a date pencilled in for a first post-restoration flight? Thanks a million!
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Just got back from a cold, grey and windy Old Warden. The show was badly affected by the wind with the BBMF Dakota having to cry off as did a number of domestic display items. Still a good way to break the winter fast, I enjoyed it although a good many spectators went home early. Hopefully next Saturday will be better.

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Yeah the show was badly affected by wind and we lost the WWI aircraft and Edwardians among others. In their place were added the Gladiator, Hind etc. Shuttleworth always do what they can to make a show go ahead. Still a great show with some unusual formations (swift & elf + AOP11 & Po-2). Great show.
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