Cockpitfest 2009, Newark

Discussion in 'Warbird Displays' started by Geedee, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. Geedee

    Geedee Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,292
    Likes Received:
    210
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    #1 Geedee, Jun 16, 2009
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2009
    Wow... what a weekend...sun... 'pits... great company....could only be the annual (this is the tenth year its run !...Cockpitfest event held at Newark.

    Thsi is my 5th year at this event and it gets better each year. Tony (Rocketeer) and I packed early and left on the friday for the event. Following a five hour drive we got to Newark and set up camp and started to catch up with old friends. Much later that night we turned in...and I found out very, very early in the morning that my airbed had a puncture !.

    Up at stupid o'clock and over into the next field for the aerojumble to start getting going. This year, the field was packed with all sorts of lovely stuff to choose from....B17 main wheel ?...Invader canopy ?...WW1 control columns ?...books ?...stuff !...Lincoln main instrument panel ?....Shakelton main instrument panel ?...WW2 blind flying panels...most excellent.

    We had 21 visiting cockpits from all over the country and almost half of these where new to the event with a high number of 'first timers' coming along and joining in on the fun. We had everything from a Hornet...not the noisy jet one !, through Chipmunks, Canberra's, Bucaneer, Spitfire, Jaguars, Meteors...I tell ya, you really had to be there !

    The gates opened nice and early on the sauturday morning and the crowds flooded in. I have never seen it so busy !. so busy in fact that I barely had around ten minutes to get around and get some shots on that first day as I had...like all the other 'cockpiteers', an never ending stream of people asking questions and looking at our handy work.So busy in fact it wasnt until almost 5 in the evening that I realised I hadnt eaten anything since getting up in the morning !. Around 13:30ish we had a flyby of the BBMF Dak, who did three low passes over the field.That evening, the cockpiteers all sat around and we had a stupendous beef bbq and loads of drink, all provided by Flypast (a major sponsor of this event for past few years!). Saturday night I slept in the truck !

    Sunday was another early start and more of the same as Saturday but this time we had three flybys of the BBMF Lancaster....mmmmmm, what a glorious sight and sound. Then it was the prize giving ceremony and group photo and the time to pack and drive home.

    In short, it was a frenetic weekend, very tiring, very satisfying and would I do it agian ?...too righty matey, allready planning next years trip !.

    OK, on with the pics. I'll only show the 'pits that arrived for the weekend and not the museum stock of airframes on this initial batch...I'lll show those pics later on. Heres the first batch, more to follow in a few minutes
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Geedee

    Geedee Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,292
    Likes Received:
    210
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    #2 Geedee, Jun 16, 2009
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2009
    Heres some more.
     

    Attached Files:

  3. Rocketeer

    Rocketeer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    Flight Test Engineer
    Location:
    Salisbury
    #3 Rocketeer, Jun 16, 2009
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2009
    Very nice phots...
     
  4. Micdrow

    Micdrow “Archive”
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    7,711
    Likes Received:
    416
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Occupation:
    Manufacture Tech
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Great stuff there Gary, many thanks!!!
     
  5. Rocketeer

    Rocketeer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    Flight Test Engineer
    Location:
    Salisbury
    #5 Rocketeer, Jun 16, 2009
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2009
    A couple of pix of the Spitty....she has a long way to go but will get there....75% original WW2 Spit material. Also shown is Merlin 'helping' Gary tell his P51's story to an innocent bystander!!:lol:

    phots were too big....I need to resize
     
  6. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    41,720
    Likes Received:
    517
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Doctor
    Location:
    Portsmouth / Royal Deeside, UK
    Home Page:
    Nice stuff Gary! Looking forward to the rest and also your pics Tony.
     
  7. mudpuppy

    mudpuppy Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    646
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Appalachian Foothills in Virginia
    Thanks for posting! That looks like it would have been a grand old time.
     
  8. GrauGeist

    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    15,184
    Likes Received:
    2,027
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Public Safety Automotive Technician
    Location:
    Redding, California
    Home Page:
    Wow Gary...awesome!

    Looks like alot of those 'pits were actual units removed from the aircraft...CHEATS!

    I saw yours there being displayed too, it's looking great...hopefully we get to see some more progress on it soon! :thumbright:
     
  9. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,064
    Likes Received:
    655
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    I've never heard of this, it's pretty dam cool!

    Thanks for posting!
     
  10. Geedee

    Geedee Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,292
    Likes Received:
    210
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    One of the gems at Newark is this drop dead gorgeous Harvard (I thinks its DDG !). She just oozes character and history and I would dearly love to own her !. I would clean her up ...a damn good dusting wouldnt go amiss !...as she's been in storage for an awful long time and has only just seen the light of day, and leave her like she is. Thats right, no repaint, no nice shiny new instrument panels or seats, just some sympathetic TLC to stop her crumbling to bits.

    Interesting to note the UK grips on the control columns !.

    If anyones is interested, this link will get you to the Cockpitfest webiste that lists all the details of those planes that where here over the weekend. Go to the 'Previous fests link and there you go !
    Cockpitfest incorporating the ICC

    And this link will take you to Newarks site. Thsi is a great museum !
    Home

    Also at the event was Delta, who is owned by the Raptor Foundation. She was officially voted in as the Cockpitfest mascot a few years ago and each year comes along with a few of her fellow feathered brothers and sisters. She has got the most peircing yellow eyes I have ever seen.

    Final shots for this lot are my 51 pilot allthough he seems a bit grumpy through having to hold that flag all weekend !
     

    Attached Files:

  11. Rocketeer

    Rocketeer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    Flight Test Engineer
    Location:
    Salisbury
    Photos finally
     

    Attached Files:

  12. Geedee

    Geedee Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,292
    Likes Received:
    210
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    Well done mate. Must say, your Spittie is looking bl**dy good considering all the hard work you've put into it.

    Wonder what the glider pilot chappie was thinking in your Lancaster picture, when he looked down and saw that beaut wheeling around underneath him ?
     
  13. Rocketeer

    Rocketeer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    Flight Test Engineer
    Location:
    Salisbury
    Thanx Geedee.....i love your jot of Mini-gunslinger!
     
  14. Airframes

    Airframes Benevolens Magister

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    Messages:
    47,627
    Likes Received:
    1,415
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Brilliant stuff Gary and Tony, thanks for posting some great pics. Looked like I missed a great weekend - hopefully next year I'll make it!
    Tony, your Spit cockpit looks wonderfull, great job mate!
    I reckon Jan (Lucky) will now be dribbling into his Guinness with those superb Canberra pics.
    BTW, I think you should name the model P51 'pilot' Iziah - as one eye's higher than the other!
     
  15. david collins

    david collins New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Home Page:
    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for posting images of the Hornet cockpit in this thread.

    We had a great weekend, and look forward to next years event already!
     
  16. Geedee

    Geedee Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,292
    Likes Received:
    210
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    Hi Dave, no worries mate, she's a cracker of a project. Oh, and welcome aboard, glad to see you here.
     
  17. A4K

    A4K Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2007
    Messages:
    12,162
    Likes Received:
    123
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    The back of beyond
    Beautiful shots guys!!! Thanks a million!!!
     
  18. lesofprimus

    lesofprimus Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2004
    Messages:
    19,162
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Communications
    Location:
    Long Island Native in Mississippi
    Home Page:
    Great shots Gary and Tony... Shame there wasnt more WW2 pits there tho.....
     
  19. Wayne Little

    Wayne Little Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Messages:
    51,151
    Likes Received:
    846
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Adelaide Sth. Aust.
    Awesome collection of shots, thanks fellas!:D
     
  20. Rocketeer

    Rocketeer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    Flight Test Engineer
    Location:
    Salisbury
    cheers chaps.....I hope to post a ton of phots of the Spitty when I get time....not sure which section to put them in. Unfortunately WW2 cockpit projects are rare and due to costs barely make it past the cockpit rig stage. Gary, Dave and I have sunk lots of money into our projects....Ross has done loads to his Anson's.

    I think it is fair to say that the CockpitFest event is fantastic but the jets are the most popular....not really sure why....
     
Loading...

Share This Page