2nd February 2015
Despite the blue sky and sunshine, it was bitterly cold with a significant wind chill. During the morning an Army Air Corps Apache helicopter passed slowly over the airfield from east to west at 1,000ft and moments afterwards, and not to be outdone, 3 Royal Air Force Merlin helicopters flew over the airfield west to east at 800ft. Not something you see every day at Duxford. Just before mid-day, silver Spitfire MkXVIII/SM845 departed Duxford for its home base at Humberside Airport following a bit of winter maintenance. Early afternoon and three Grob Tutors from Barkstone Heath dropped in for fuel both for the aircraft and the crews that headed towards the cafe.The Mk.1a Spitfire/ in hangar 2 is no longer an open top as the windshield was in the process of being replaced.
Sony A7II CSC + Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens
27th February 2015
The sunshine seemed to have brought out a lot of visitors but by the afternoon the wind chill was a bit cutting. Before doors opened, there was the sound of a Merlin engined aircraft taking off which turned out to be the Boultbee Academy T9 two-seat Spitfire on an air test to the north of Duxford with a five minute display over the airfield on its return. Late morning and a Battle of Britain Flight Chipmunk arrived followed not long after by a Piper Aztec/G-KEYS which was to act as a camera ship when the BBMF Spitfire Vb/AB910 departed Duxford back to Coningsby mid-afternoon. In hangar 5, the F-15 is in the process of having a mass of stencils applied following a repaint and I believe it is going back into its 'BT' scheme. The poor Victor is back outside AirSpace to make room inside for the Spring Quilt Festival which is taking place next weekend.
5th February 2015
Not so much a Bimble but taking up residence in 2 hangar waiting for the Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat/G-BTCC to be loaded onto a flat bed trailer for its trip to the docks and pastures new after 25 years in residence with The Fighter Collection.
13th February 2015
Survived Friday The 13th. A week since my last visit and the only noticeable changes have been the aircraft in hangar 5 which have now been rounded up and corralled into one location freeing up floor space presumably for objects coming out of the American Air Museum in a couple of weeks. The paint bay curtain is now down and it looks as if the F-15 is about to get its new colour scheme. In hangar 3 OFMC Spitfire/MH434 is back in residence after its winter maintenance down at ARCo and in hangar 2 the TFC Gladiator now has it's propeller back on but the Bearcat is now bereft it's blades.