A note on sources and credits

As far as possible photographs that are not mine are posted here with permission; thank you to all contributors to 'Jet & Prop', especially photographers Tad Dippel, Neil Cotten and Nico Charpentier, the editor of the magnificent 'Avions' magazine Michel Ledet and Jean-Yves Lorant, author, researcher and archivist at the Service Historique de la Défense, Paris. Images from the IWM and Roger Freeman collections are published here under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Licence. Occasionally some images on this site have been 'reposted' from facebook or ebay. They are used non-commercially in an educational context to depict historical events. If such is deemed necessary they can be removed on simple request. Contact me at falkeeins at aol.com. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Buccaneer retirement anniversary & English Electric Canberra B(I)8/B.6 Mod WT 333 at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, England, 29 March 2014

Without doubt one of the jewels in the UK's aircraft preservation scene is the fantastic assembly of historic Cold War jets maintained in active non-flying condition in Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. Bruntingthorpe was home to the B-47s of the USAAF's 100th BG and later the 10th Tactical Recce Wing's RB 66 Destroyers in the late 1950s and early 1960s and nowadays holds regular fast-run taxi events of the airfield's "Cold War Jets collection" that are starting to capture the imagination of British aircraft enthusiasts.

Just a few images from Tad Dippel (with permission) taken at the Buccaneer retirement anniversary 'do' at Bruntingthorpe this last weekend...below; Buccaneer  S2B XX 894, looking pristine on its first public outing for over a year fullowing a full re-paint and overhaul. Thank you Tad for allowing me to 're-post' your superb photos. Tad can be found on Facebook. Click to view large


Below; English Electric Canberra B(I)8/B.6 Mod WT 333 ex RAE Bedford and RRE Pershore preserved in ground running condition at Bruntingthorpe, Leics. Wearing specially designed 60th Anniversary of the first flight of the Canberra markings a few days before that anniversary - 13 May, 2009. She celebrated the 58th anniversary of her first flight on 31st January, 2014. Pictures courtesy of Stephen and Elwood from the Canberra Operating Team..more info at on-target aviation heritage 

and in response to my question about fuel consumption, one of the major expenses in running a collection of jets;

"...We reckon on using around 500 litres on an Open Day performance in the Canberra; fuel prices vary - depending upon where we can obtain it - but as we can use gash fuel (defuelled from aircraft) it is cheaper than commercial rates!..."