Monday, 2 March 2020
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
A selection of neat TSR-2 original press shots for sale on the Aviation Bookshop ebay sales page at the time of writing, including some (new to me) shots featuring the Lightning T.4 chase aircraft and other BAC types.
TSR 2 story on this blog here
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
On 13 January 1943 Spitfire Vb BL240 Coded MD-L 336th FS, 4th FG piloted by Lt. Bishop made a safe forced landing at RAF Manston on the south-east coast. Cat Ac damage (repair is beyond the unit capacity, but can be repaired on site by another unit or a contractor) was repaired on site.
On 12th March 1943 the aircraft, piloted by 1st Lt Hazen S. Anderson, was despatched with 40 other aircraft from 4th FG to perform a fighter sweep in front of a formation of B-17s attacking the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/Sotteville, France. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters near St. Omer, France and pilot was forced to abandon the aircraft and was captured as a Prisoner of War. (POW). No MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) was issued for this loss.
Photo: Spitfire Vb BL240 MD-L of the 336th FS, 4th FG (ex 133 Sqn, RAF), 8th AF, pilot Major Carl H 'Spike' Miley. Photo from American Air Museum in Britain, under Creative Commons licence.
Friday, 6 December 2019
Yesterday, on hearing some aircraft noise as I was returning home after walking the dogs, I stood there awestruck at the sight of the 'Silver Spitfire' with a Red Arrow at each wing. I didn't have my camera or phone on me and when I did actually think to take some shots as they passed at low speed over the Capel Battle of Britain memorial and steadily continued their westbound heading above White Cliffs Country they were gone.
The spectacle I was witnessing was the return of the Silver Spitfire after its longest flight. In the sunlight the coloration of the metallic surfaces of the Spitfire reflecting the sky around was a beautiful light blue. The last leg from the Netherlands to Goodwood had been delayed by fog, but represented the completion of a four-month, 27,000 mile world tour. The Mk IX restored G-IRTY, flanked by two Hawks and trailed by the support Pilatus PC-12 will certainly be in my top ten aviation moments this year.
Below; trip highlights video courtesy of the Daily Telegraph - a single click to view here
Photos by "alt-92" - more here
Saturday, 23 November 2019
Friday, 22 November 2019
Mustang I AG 349 -1941 original 'The Aeroplane' photograph
Seen at Speke on the 5th December 1941 at a press day for new American types.
Kittyhawk I AK575 1941 original 'The Aeroplane' photograph
An original 'The Aeroplane' photograph of Kittyhawk I AK575 in 1941. Possibly seen at Speke on the 5th December 1941 at a press day for American types. It left Speke on the 10th December to return to Scottish Aviation at Prestwick but was never seen again presumed lost in the Irish Sea.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Monday, 8 July 2019
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