9th February 2016
For the next few weeks, access to the Museum site is through the side door to AirSpace as the Visitors Centre/Shop is closed for refurbishment. Following its refurbishment, the Mess Restaurant is now open and has been re-branded as The Armoury and finished in 50 shades of Grey. Everything inside is Grey and variations of. The false ceiling from the old restaurant has been removed so you have the full height of the original room. The false ceiling acted as sound proofing. There were a group of DAS Volunteers having their tea break in the Armoury, and they were all talking and the noise level was horrendous. You have to shout to be heard as voices are bouncing off the ceiling and walls now, and not muffled. Wing Co Joe's is closing on the 21st February for refurbishment to be re-branded as The Workshop Restaurant, hopefully not in 50 Shades of Grey.
Camera Used: Sony Alpha A77II & Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 G SSM lens ~ Sony Alpha A6000 CSC + 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens + Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di-III VC
11th February 2016
A very nice sunny day at Duxford although the outside air temperature was 7degC when the Army Air Squirrel started up just after lunchtime and I did resort to my thermal gloves later on. A lot of flying today with the Duxford based Leopard Moth getting airbourne first. Another Thursday and TF-51/Miss Velma was flying again heading off for about an hour with a spot of aerobatics on its return. One of the Classic Wings Tiger Moth's returned to Duxford just before the Squirrel left after the helicopter had taken on fuel and crew had taken feasted in The Armoury. Amongst the GA visitors was a very nice looking Chipmunk and late in the afternoon the Jungmann had an engine run before a handling flight high above the airfield. The Yak 3/'White 100' was going to go for a test flight but was still firmly attached to the Jet Pan when I left just before the museum closed.
13th February 2016
Nothing special as I was taking advantage of the inclement weather, it was raining, at Duxford on Saturday as there would be no flying to distract me from getting in some practice at manual focusing. I was hand holding my Sony Alpha A6000 Compact Systems Camera with a Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di-III VC lens attached using it mainly at the long end to make it a bit more interesting in trying to keep it steady whilst using the lowest possible shutter speed. The Electronic Viewfinder is a great help for Manual Focusing as you have Focus Peaking, which detects edges of highest contrast and therefore most in focus and highlighting them in a bright color in my case red, and Manual Focus Assist which zooms in on the subject matter as you press down the shutter button halfway and turn the focus ring so you can refine the sharpening of the image. A bit more practice I think.
18th February 2016
Another bitterly cold, bright sunshine day at Duxford which brought out the war birds to play. TFC were up first when the P-40C had an engine run followed by TF-P51/Miss Velma going for another hour long flight. Down at ARCo, P-51D Mustang/Sharkmouth went up for a test flight and then a spot of aerobatics over the airfield on its return. Tiger Moth/G-AXAN went up for a test flight following a few modifications like rear wheel, brakes and a fuel tank in the front cockpit, for its solo flight down to Darwin, Australia. Following its flight, Spitfire/PV202 went for a test flight to the north in the late afternoon light. Apart from a couple of GA visitors 4 Grob Tutors from Cranwell dropped in, with fuel taken on by the aircraft and food by the crews before departing again.
19th February 2016
I had intended going into London after my early morning dental appointment but when I got to Cambridge station, I had a change of plans and headed off to Duxford instead. London tomorrow. I was hoping nothing would be flying as I didn't have my 400mm zoom lens with me. There was flying. The Old Warden based Super Cub was doing circuit training most of the morning and a Hercules C4 did a wobbly missed approach as the wind was a bit gusty. The camouflaged 'Race2Darwin' (or not unless more sponsors can be found) Tiger Moth did a quick circuit before going back into ARCo. Of the GA visitors, Van's RV-6 made a colourful addition to the Jet Pan. There had been a delivery from America of a large wooden box in hangar with a new power-plant inside for the engine-less Sea Fury.
26th February 2016
A cloudy and very cold day at Duxford but there were a few war bird movements. Of sorts. Some of the ARCo fleet stored in 2 hangar/north were parked outside so the yellow 'CALIF ANG' Harvard could be extracted. First sighting of the Duxford based Stamps/G-AMPI with its recently installed cockpit canopy. TF-51 Mustang/Miss Velma went flying again and the 'Race2Darwin' camouflaged Tiger Moth/G-AXAN went up for a test flight before departing Duxford, following its modifications, but probably for home base and not Darwin. In hangar 3 the new Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp had been installed on the Sea Fury/ F-AZXJ and the engineers were hooking up all the ancillary equipment and hopefully engine runs next week.