4th November 2014
Another glorious warm wall to wall sunshine day even if it was a little cool traveling in on my motorbike this morning. There was a TV crew filming around the two-seat Spitfire/PV202 down at ARCo which went flying later on with Harvard/'Taz' as a camera ship. The TFC Beech Staggerwing made a welcome appearance out on the airfield and also went flying for about an hour. Meanwhile in hangar 5, work was starting on P-51 'Etta Jeanne II' to dismantle it back to its component parts to continue it's conservation which was put on hold while it was painted up. There were a few GA visitors of which a Polish PZL-Bielsko SZD-45A Self-Launching Motor Glider/G-BKTM, first registered in 1983, was the more unusual.
Camera Used: Sony Alpha A-77II SLT & Tamron 16-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Macro lens
9th November 2014
For Remembrance Sunday, Duxford was packed but the annual question has to be asked. Were the the public there for the act of Remembrance or because it was free to get into Duxford. The Grace Spitfire was heading off down the runway , to take part in a flypast at Biggin Hill, when I arrived and just beofre mid-day, an RAF Merlin and Puma helicopters performed a slow flypast of the airfield. Just after mid-day, John Romain returned in Spitfire/TD314, having taken off an hour earlier, from a display at Headcorn and when a few GA aircraft had touched down flew aerobatics over Duxford which received a round of applause when he touched down.
20th November 2014
The weather was relatively nice when I left home for Duxford but the further south I traveled the mistier it got and it hung around for most of the day and combined with the late autumn sun, turned into a bit of haze. There were a few more people with camera bags around than I would normally see on a Thursday visit as well. Mmmm. Early afternoon and Terence The Tug and his handlers were moving war birds about as they extracted the silver Fennec from the middle of Hangar 2 and the Duxford based Jet Provost fired up to go flying but shut down a short while later as there was a problem with radio communications. As the late afternoon sun was setting in the west and the mist and haze rolling in again, the Blenheim/Bolingbroke was wheeled out of the ARCo workshop and shortly afterwards fired up in front of a large crowd of ARCo employees. At 15.18 the wheels left the the Duxford runway, in perfect conditions for a test flight but less than ideal for photography, for the first post restoration flight of G-BPIV since a landing accident at Duxford in August 2003.