9th January 2014
First visit of the year, now the museum is back open to the public, and first war bird flight of the year. P-51 'Ferocious Frankie' was undergoing low rev engine tests this morning after having its original propeller re-installed. Alister Kay took her for a test flight and a bit of aerobatics afterwards and by the thumbs up as he taxied past, I think the vibration problem has now been resolved. There was also a quartet of Grob Vigilant's from Syerston that dropped in for a tea break during a cross country flight. Apart from a bit of scaffolding up one side of AirSpace, so they can repair the wind damage on the roof, the only other noticeable change has been the disappearance of the F-15 outside the American Air Museum. Don't panic, it's inside 5 hangar undergoing a bit of TLC.
Camera Used: Sony Alpha A57 SLT + Sony16-105mm/f3.5-5.6 Lens & Sony Alpha A35 SLT & Sony 70-300mm G SSM/f4.5-5.5 Lens
13th January 2014
A beautiful day out at Duxford with wall to wall blue sky, a gentle breeze blowing and warm enough not to have to wear gloves but enough of the weather forecast. I was walking past the hangar base between 3 and 4 hangars when I heard behind me what tuned out to be the ARCo tractor heading for 3 hangar. Well I just had to go and have a look. The Classic Wings yellow Tiger Moth ventured out into the daylight so the Me.108 could be extracted from its winter resting place. A bit later one of the Classic Wings silver Tiger Moths went flying and some of the Duxford based GA types were doing circuits along with a few visitors.
15th January 2014
With the departure of the Japanese Zero fuselage and the Mk.1 Spitfire back to IWM Lambeth yesterday, the space was soon filled with the ex-Royal Canadian Air Force P-51D which is undergoing a survey prior to being reassembled. The 13-pounder Quick Firing Gun and Limber of the Royal Horse Artillery, still showing the signs of battle damage sustained in World War One during the retreat from Mons in which three of the gun crew were awarded the Victoria Cross, was next in line to be mounted on pallets and wrapped up for its journey back to London. The engineers of TFC were busy beavering away on their fleet and work was progressing on the Catalina which seems to be having the large single window on the forward fuselage replaced with two smaller ones.
25th January 2014
Just over a week since my last visit and about the only visible change has been with the Shackleton which has moved back inside AirSpace and a survey started on it. First time I've seen the Griffon/Viper installation stripped bare. In Hangar 5 the survey on the P-51 continues and the WWI Mk5 tank looks almost complete. Inside Hangar 2, after sitting on trestles for a long time, Chipmunk WK522 is finally sitting on all three wheels although it still has a few parts still awaiting fitting. Terence The Tug was out and about towing Bulldog T1/XX543 from hangar 2 out to the Jet Pan where it went flying later on.