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3rd April 2018

I was just waiting for a passing rain front to skirt Duxford before heading home, it was very quiet and nothing was happening, when just before mid-day the French Air Force arrived in the shape of an Aerospatiale AS332L1 Super Puma 2235/FZ which parked up on the jet pan. Another rain front passed through, and then another and as the Super Puma was leaving just gone 2pm, it was raining again. In the order taken.

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Duxford Bimble's - April 2018

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Duxford Bimble's - April 2018

5th April 2018

Blue sky and sunshine brought a lot of war birds out to play. At one point there were four two-seat Spitfires sitting on the grass outside ARCo and three of them went flying. Later in the afternoon Duxford's latest Spitfire resident, Anglia Aircraft Restorations Mk.Vc/G-IBSY, also went flying. HH-60G Pave Hawk 89-26208/LN of 56 Rescue Squadron from just down the road at Lakenheath did several circuits before parking up, with rotors running, while the passengers went off for a coffee.The Aero legends DH104 Dove 8/G-DHDV was doing a spot of crew training.

7th April 2018

Duxford based Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.T IX(Modified)/PT462/(G-CTIX) in the markings of No. 253 (Hyderabad) Squadron, made it's public debut today while passenger flying with Classic Wings. A very quiet day, flying wise, apart from the Classic Wings Rapide and Tiger Moths and their Canadian marked Harvard. The only other based war bird flying was the Stearman. With wall to wall cloud, lighting conditions were a bit naff for photography but the cross wind from the south did make for some interesting landings later in the afternoon. In the order taken.

14th April 2018

A very busy and very warm day at Duxford with 67 GA types flying in, and eventually out again, for the CAA/Safety Bonus Day. Amongst all the arrivals and departures, Classic Wings were active with two-seat Spitfire PT462/SW-A passenger flying and from ARCo, two-seat Spitfire SM520/KJ-I was pilot training. For a bit of variety, P-51 Mustang KH774/GA-S went up for a couple of flights. In the order taken.

18th April 2018

A hot sunny day at Duxford and I topped up my tan that I started on Saturday. There was a big aircraft movement before the museum opened when Handley Page HPR.7 Herald/G-APWJ was moved from Airliner Row into AirSpace where it will spend the next few days being finished painted and having missing bits added. The FSM Spitfire, on the hangar base, has been marked up to represent QV-I/X4474 a Mk.1 Spitfire of 19 Squadron and then it will be on loan to the RAF as it goes around the country as one of the static exhibits on the 'RAF100' tour. Spitfire/PT462 was flying passengers again and Spitfire Mk FRXVIIIe/SM845 went up for a short air test and a spot of aerobatics afterwards. In the order taken.

21st April 2018

A busy day at Duxford. As the wind was from the south east and they using runway 06, I spent most of the day on the Tank Bank taking advantage of the sunshine and trying to get some different angles.

23rd April 2018

Sywell based two-seat Hispano HA.1112-M4L Buchon/(G-AWHC) flew into Duxford early afternoon and parked up on the grass outside ARCo. About an hour later and in front of some guests who were visiting ARCo, the Twochon and two-seat Spitfire PT462 fired up and took off together. PT462 returned for a display routine over the airfield but was soon bounced by the Twochon and a tail chase/dogfight developed. Tables were turned and the Spitfire got on the tail of the Twochon and then they were friends again as they returned to base for tea and cakes. Many thanks to Cliff Spink in the Spit and Steve Jones in the Twochon for the entertainment. In the order taken.

26th April 2018

A sunny, cloudy, blustery, quiet day at Duxford. TFC had a nice line up of bent wing fighters parked outside their hangar as they extracted the Hawk 75 for some engine runs out on the airfield. The only Duxford based aircraft to fly while I was there was the Harvard 'Wacky Wabbit'.