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Duxford Bimble's - March 2017

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Duxford Bimble's - March 2017

7th March 2017

A bit of a warbird day at Duxford but apart from the Grace Spitfire that flew in and out twice and Harvard 'Wacky Wabbit' doing training circuits, they were all ground based movements. TFC were out ground running their P-40's, P-51 'Miss Helen' went down to ARCo and the ex North Weald P-51 'Miss Velma' and Spitfire Mk XIV were moved for 3 hangar to 2 and there was also a visiting Piper J3C-65 Cub/G-AXHR. In the order taken.

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9th March 2017

Another warbird day at Duxford to go with the warm but blustery Spring sunshine. TFC were out again their P-40's having more engine runs and an Agusta 109 helicopter was doing circuits this morning before landing so the crew could have a tea break. In the afternoon the Boultbee two-seat Spitfire went up for an extended air test and on its return Spitfire FR XVIIIe/SM845 (for sale for £1.7M) went up for an air test and when it returned for a display over the airfield, the Aero Legends two-seat Spitfire/NH341 went for a bimble around the jet pan with its first flight still scheduled for Saturday 11th March.

11th March 2017

Well the first flight of Aero Legends Spitfire Mk T IX/NH341 didn't quite go to plan. It did go for a first flight at around 8am this morning but developed a carburettor problem which stopped it going for its 'Official' first flight in the afternoon. We did see some Spitfire flying though as Cliff Spink took Spitfire Mk FR.XVIIIe/SM845 for a flight with two displays over the airfield and later John Romain also went flying in SM845 with another display. I'd like to thank JR for parking SM845 on the grass directly in front of me as I was photographing under the fence. Couldn't have planned it better. Photography conditions were far from ideal with grey cloud and a silver aeroplane, it really toppled the auto focus at times. Suffolk Police Air Operations Unit Eurocopter EC135P2+ helicopter also flew through en-route from Oxford to Wattisham. In the order taken

25th March 2017

I was going to say a quiet Saturday at Duxford but there were 30+ GA types booked in and taking advantage of the blue sky and sunshine if a little chilly in the wind day. There was a bit of a do on down at ARCo and early afternoon Cliff Spink took SM845 up for a bit of aerobatics over the airfield.

26th March 2017

After the blue sky and sunshine of Saturday, Sunday was high thin cloud and diffused lighting which is far from ideal for photography. Very quiet day apart from Spitfire/SM845 leaving Duxford for its home up north after its winter holiday and a couple of hours later the Desert Buchon arrived from the north for a bit of TLC with ARCo. The Duxford based Stearman also went up in the afternoon for some circuits. In the order taken

30th March 2017

Another warm, sunny but a tad breezy day at Duxford. Quiet apart from outside AirSpace as the clear-up from the H&H Auctions was taking place as cars were being loaded onto transporters and trailers. One vehicle that did catch my eye was a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Pickup. Flying wise, the Boultbee Spitfire/G-GILDA went up for a test flight and circuits late morning and was back at the Alpha hold doing engine checks mid afternoon as I was leaving. A Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk/89-26212 called in just before 2pm and sat with rotors running on the grass opposite the Tower as the crew went off for a 'rest break'. The pilot/co-pilot were taking advantage of the fine weather and had gone convertible and were flying with their doors off.