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I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread for people to discuss the comings and goings at Sywell. Hopefully, others think so too?

The taxiway connecting the main apron and the Air Leasing apron has been completed and the third blister is coming along nicely.

I popped over on my lunch break today and two shipping containers turned up outside Air Leasing. It looked, to all intents and purposes like Sea Fury FB.11 WJ232 was being loaded into one of them. I didn't see the serial so I can't confirm but given the colour scheme, it looks like a good bet.

To be honest, I'd actually missed the fact that it had even arrived here yet. Hopefully, a thread like this can help us all keep up with whats going on there.
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Good call, I wondered how long it would be before we at Sywell got our own thread!

The Slingsby SE5A continues to make good progress too :)

The Sywell Aviation Museum remains closed in July but is hosting a special Book and Model Sale on 26/7/20 between 10am-2pm subject to weather as it will be outside!

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The Fury is being shipped back to Oz from all reports, the owner has had quotes/ estimates for the engine repair from both hemispheres :)) I am unsure of its destination once shipping is done

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Thanks for the info both :grinning:

Here are a few photos from yesterday afternoon, the colour scheme certainly looks like WJ232.

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AT-6D Harvard III 14863 / G-BGOR had a trip down to South Wales this morning, returning early afternoon.
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The Sywell Aerodrome Facebook page posted a COVID-19 update earlier this evening.

There will be Spitfire flying Sat 18th - Mon 20th July between 0900-1300 and 1330-1730. There's no indication of which Spitfire(s), but I would guess it is ML407?

Aero Legends latest update on the recent return to flying operations only talks about flying from Headcorn.
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Hi Tom,

Can you confirm the opening time for the gates ? (if you know)... I have seen 12pm mentioned (was 8:30 pre lockdown).

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p.s great idea for a thread.

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MUSTANG wrote:
Wed 08 Jul 2020, 9:32 pm

Can you confirm the opening time for the gates ? (if you know)... I have seen 12pm mentioned (was 8:30 pre lockdown).
Hi Peter, I believe during the week they are opening the gates at 1200 at the moment. Hopefully that will revert back to pre-lockdown timings, as you say.

I'm not sure about the weekend but if I find out I shall post.
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Thanks for the reply Tom...

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StandardTom wrote:
Tue 07 Jul 2020, 8:28 pm
AT-6D Harvard III 14863 / G-BGOR had a trip down to South Wales this morning, returning early afternoon.
Is this the ex Martin sergeant aircraft? Silver with dark cowling? I think The Blades are back out and about soon, I read somewhere?
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Yes that’s the one👍

I can hear something throaty buzzing about so maybe she’s up again today- I imagine AL will be trying to keep their pilots currency

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TEXANTOMCAT wrote:
Sat 11 Jul 2020, 12:53 pm

I can hear something throaty buzzing about so maybe she’s up again today- I imagine AL will be trying to keep their pilots currency
The weather over the last week has been either too windy, or low cloud and persistent rain. Next week is looking a bit more promising for some currency flying.

The last thing I had over my way doing aeros was Spitfire RN201 on the 15th June. In my experience they tend to go out to the East of Sywell, though we do get some to the North occasionally!
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StandardTom wrote:
Wed 08 Jul 2020, 9:19 pm

There will be Spitfire flying Sat 18th - Mon 20th July between 0900-1300 and 1330-1730. There's no indication of which Spitfire(s), but I would guess it is ML407?

Aero Legends latest update on the recent return to flying operations only talks about flying from Headcorn.
From some chat on one of the Sywell Facebook groups, it looks like it will be Aero Legends this coming weekend.
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A really busy day at the airfield today with plenty of activity around Graceland.

Spitfire ML407 was up twice during the afternoon and I also spotted the tail of Mustang "Contrary Mary" in one of the blisters, not connected to the aircraft.

In preparation for this weekend, Aero Legends Spitfire NH341 arrived and after a refuel, it was tucked away into the corporate hangar.
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Finally managed a visit this morning and it was fairly busy...noted P-51D "Contrary Mary" having its propeller hub fitted (stayed inside blister) and Spitfire Tr.9 ML407 went up for a flight (before I left). Bike runs were being done up and down the runway as well....

Apparently the car park gates are now open from 9am to 8pm...

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MUSTANG wrote:
Fri 24 Jul 2020, 4:00 pm
and Spitfire Tr.9 ML407 went up for a flight (before I left).
ML407 was up yesterday morning, for I guess, a 60 min Beachy Head air experience trip......as I heard it fly close to my house as I was fence painting in the garden. Couldn't see it because of the trees, so went in and looked on ADS-B to see which Merlin was making nice music close to me :grinning:

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Today`s flight was solo...got the impression he was a newish pilot, did a really good check over the aircraft.

I believe ML407 has been flying most days this week..

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The Sywell Aviation Museum Book and Model sale takes place this Sunday between 10-2 in the Museum car park. Thereafter the Museum reopens 10.30-16.30 weekends and bank holidays until the end of September.

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Sunshine and merlins. On and RN201 playing hide and seek.

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Ozfuryfan wrote:
Tue 07 Jul 2020, 12:39 pm
The Fury is being shipped back to Oz from all reports, the owner has had quotes/ estimates for the engine repair from both hemispheres :)) I am unsure of its destination once shipping is done
Does anyone know what's happened to this one - has it been/ is it being restored Down Under?

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I must admit, I'd forgotten about this one! Maybe someone will have an idea.

In other news, I was updating my personal lists last night and despite Jersey Jerk now taking up G-JERK, Air Leasing still appear to have a Mustang registered to them as G-CLRG, ex 44-13668.

I'm not sure if it's a paperwork thing or a real aircraft as there doesn't seem to be much online about it. Possibly parts of another Mustang used for spares?
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