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6th August 2016

Going to Duxford at the weekend for a bit of war bird action seems to be paying off. The Buchon returned from Lee-on-Solent this morning followed by the two Mk.1 Spitfires in the afternoon. Spitfire MH434 and Harvard 'Taz' were flying with Classic Wings and B-17 Sally-B went off to Bruntingthorpe to take part in the ASDA Family day being held there. In the order they were taken.

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Duxford Bimble's - August 2016

Duxford Bimble's - August 2016

7th August 2016

Apart from the sunshine and blue sky, it was a very blustery/windy day so much so that Classic Wings cancelled their Tiger Moth flights and it wasn't until mid-afternoon that the gusts, highest I heard was 30Kts., had stopped and the wind subsided a bit for the 'Fly with a Spitfire' flights could start. A pair of Harvard's flew in from Germany, yes the one with the rude registration and a bright yellow friend. The yellow on got turned a bit while parked on the grass by a gust, which made it easier to photograph, and Thunderbird 4 was used as a temporary wind break til it could be chocked. The pilot in the rude one went for his annual DA check flight and both left not long afterwards. In the order they were taken.

10th Auguat 2016

Turned into a bit of a de Havilland day at Duxford. Apart from the usual Classic Wings de Havilland Rapides and Tiger Moths the ARCo de Havilland Canada Beaver/G-DHCZ flew off on a trip to the south coast and the oldest flying de Havilland Canada Chipmunk/G-AKDN, first registered to The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield on the 14th August 1947, flew in for the day. Late afternoon and the de Havilland Canada Dash-7/VP-FBQ took off for Coventry as part of its long voyage, via Canada, to the Antarctic for the summer, or is it winter. There was a fly through by an RAF Puma helicopter/XW224, that was still working, but I didn't realise that it was red nose day yet. Photos in the order they were taken.

13th August 2016

Another busy Saturday with Classic Wings Fly in a Spitfire with MJ627 from Biggin Hill as well as regular Rapide and Tiger Moth flights. The last of the IWM Photography Days took place today and was fully booked. After spending the morning learning the ins and outs of inside museum photography, it was outside onto the airfield and the IWM's Mk.1 Spitfire/N3200 and a re-enactor dressed as a WWII fighter pilot. N3200 went flying later for some ground to air photography. A load of Custom Cars parked up at the western end of the museum site although I was told the meeting was on Sunday. Sally-B went on a return trip to the south coast on air show duty and the Duxford based Stearman popped off for a flight and late in the afternoon a Harvard or rather an AT6-D Texan from Hardwick Warbirds arrived. In the order taken.

14th August 2016

A very busy Sunday at Duxford with a couple of flying clubs flying in for the day. B-17/Sally-B was having her annual 'Roll of Honour' day for which Maurice Hammond, of Hardwick Warbirds, arrived early afternoon in his P-51-D Mustang 'Janie'. Sally-B and the P-51 flew a couple of passes together, later in the day, with each aircraft then performing a separate display. As well as all the GA arrivals, Hurricane Mk I/R4118 flew in from Old Warden for a bit of circuit training. As they were using runway 06, I spent most of the afternoon on the Tank Bank and as I was leaving, the ARCo Blenheim and Spitfire T9 returned following their weekend away on air show duty on the south coast. In the order they were taken.

17th August 2016

Got to Duxford and rumour control had it that Spitfire Mk.1a/P9374/J/(G-MKIA) was having its last flight at Duxford. Sure enough, just after one o'clock John Romain fired up the worlds most expensive Spitfire, when it sold at Christies on the 9th July 2015 for £3.1M, and followed by the ARCo Beaver headed north for what appeared to be a bit of an air to air photo sortie and returned for a five minute display over the airfield. I saw P9374 have its first flight at Duxford on the 9th September 2011 and now its last flight at Duxford on the 17th August 2016. Due to be dismantled and containerised for the Atlantic crossing to its American owner. Photos in the order taken.