Gathering Of Warbirds and Veterans North Weald

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  1. Geedee

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    Havent seen mention of this one here, yet. Its UK based but looks like its going to be a real corker of a day. And its based at North Weald ...should be a lot of ghosts on that airfield, having a very happy day !

    Its not a full blown airshow like Flying Legends, more a sort of fly-in, but hey....take at look at the list of confirmed attendees so far... OMFG !!!

    'Spirit of Kent' Supermarine spitfire MK HF IXe TA805
    OFMC Supermarine Spitfire MKIXb MH434
    Guy Black Supermarine Spitfire MKV G-MKVB
    TD248 Spitfire Mk16 G-OXVI
    H-98 (RNAF) Spitfire TR.9 G-CCCA
    Guy Black Hawker Hurricane XIIa G-HURI
    Kennet Aviation Supermarine Seafire FXVII G-KASX, SX336
    Royal Navy Historic Flight Hawker T20 Sea Fury G-RNHF
    Maurice Hammond P-51D Mustang ‘Janie’
    Maurice Hammond P-51D Mustang ‘Marinell’
    Rob Davies P-51D Mustang ‘Big Beautiful Doll’
    Hangar 11 Collection P-51D Mustang ‘Jumpin Jacques’
    10 (YELLOW) HA-1112 BUCHON G-BWUE (first public outing)
    Kennet Aviation Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider G-RADR
    Kennet Aviation North American T6/ Harvard
    Dave Gilmore North American SNJ-7C Texan VS-932
    G-TSIX North American AT-6C Harvard 11A
    G-AZBN Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard 11B
    P-40M Kittyhawk ‘Hangar 11’ Collection
    Percival Prentice VR259 G-APJB
    G-MOOS Piston Provost
    G-AOBU Mark 1 JP
    G-BKOU Mark 3 JP
    G-BXLO Mark 4 JP
    G-PROV Mark T52 JP
    G-VIVM Prototype Mark 5 JP
    G-BGBS Mark 5 JP
    G-CFBK Strikemaster
    North American T-28S Fennec “Little Rascal”
    Dave Gilmore Stearman
    Mig 17 G-MIGG Ex-Hannah OFMC
    PBY-5A Catalina N423RS
    'The Vampire Preservation group'
    Dehavilland Vampire T11 G-VTII
    Dehavilland Chipmunk
    Dehavilland Venom MK1 G-DHVM
    Messerschmitt Bf-108 (G-ETME)
    2x DC4’s
    DC3 Dakota
    Kennet Aviation Westland Wasp HAS1 G-KAXT
    'Sweptwing' Bell UH-1H Iroquois Huey G-HUEY

    That takes care of the 'Planes but dont forget the word in the title...Veterans...

    So far, and health permitting the following have agreed to attend
    S/ldr. Tony Fairhead. 184 Sqd.
    W/o. Terence Kelly. 258-605 Sqds.
    S/ldr. Mahinder Pujji. 43-258 Sqds.
    F/o. Bill Swan. 43-232-33 Sqds.
    W/o. Jack Hodges. 174-175 Sqds.
    S/ldr. Owen Parry. 11 Sqd.
    F/lt. Doug Gregory. 141 Sqd.
    F/lt. Tom Adams. 28 Sqd.
    F/lt. Alan Davis. 225-253 Sqds.
    F/o. Ken Wilkinson. 19-616 Sqds.
    Major. Hans-Ekkehard Bob. 9/JG54-IV/JG3-JV44.
    S/ldr. Nigel Rose. 602 Sqd.
    S/ldr. Peter Hearne. 19-65 Sqds.
    S/ldr. William Pearce. 261 Sqd.
    W/c. Roger Morewood. 56-248 Sqds.
    W/c. Peter Ayerst. 73-33-238 Sqds.
    S/ldr. Tony Pickering. 32-501-601-131 Sqds.
    F/o. John Byrne. 197 Sqd.
    F/lt. David Ince. 193-257 Sqds.
    S/ldr. Brian Lort. 210 Sqd.
    F/lt. Harry Smith. 28 Sqd.
    F/lt. Kurt Taussig. 225 Sqd.
    F/o. Frank Wheeler. 174 Sqd.
    F/Sgt. Ron Farmborough. 33 Sqd.
    W/o. Kaz Yajima. 6 Sqd.
    F/lt.(Sir). Paul Holden. 287 Sqd.
    F/o. Jerry Jarrold. 80-181 Sqds.
    F/lt. Ray Jackson. 34 Sqd.
    F/lt. Freddie Ball. 42 Sqd.
    S/ldr. Ray Vernon. 31 Sqd.
    1st Off. Peter George. ATA.
    F/lt. Ron Gould. 322 Sqd.
    Sub/lt. Raynor Harries. 801 Sqd. (Afternoon only)
    S/ldr. Ian Blair. 113-501-602 Sqds.
    F/lt. Bill Green. 501-56 Sqds.
    G/c. Eric Batchelar. 17-135 Sqds.
    F/Lt Bob Nawarski 303 – 302- 58 O.T.U. 316 -O.T.U.
    F/Lt Tony Rogers 303 – 300 – 305 Sqds


    Thats an awfull lot of very experienced aviators from both sides. These guys collectively flew just about every major 'Plane between them.:salute:

    Any one else going ?

    This is going to be a long day ...up at 05:30 to collect Tony (Rocketeer)...and probably wont leave until they shut the Airfield down in the evening, but hey, its just got to be done !
     
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    Sorry, forgot to mention...its this Sunday (25.04.10) :oops:
     
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    OMG I wish I wasnt already busy doing other things! Can you take pics of the Cat for me! I have a friend on another forum whose interested in them.

    Dee
     
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    Me ?....take pictures of 'planes !!!!!. Oh, OK then :lol:

    No worries Dee, of course I will. I generally take around 1500 to 2000 shots per day at any event I go to that has Warbirds. Maybe you should introduce your friend to this site ?
     
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    Sounds like a great show Gary! I wish I could be there. I hope that volcano doesn’t interfere.
     
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    Well....not quite what I expected but as I haven't been to North weald since they held the last 'Fighter Meet', I suppose I would be a bit rusty.

    The weather was wet for most of the morning, which is great if you like water spots on the lens, but hey, after a nearly three hour drive to get there, I wasnt going to complain.

    I'll start off with shots of the Buchon. When I told it that Terry was going to build one, one day, it became very very happy indeed ...see last piccie !
     

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    Staying with the Luftwaffe theme, was this rather nice little Nord 1002. Did a lovely beat up of the airfield on arrival and had a rather sporty exhaust note to boot !.
     

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    Great shots!!!! I would have loved to meet Hans-Ekkard Bob! Were you able to meet any of the pilot veterans?
     
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    This Percival Prentice was quite a nice addition to the flightline. This one is used for giving pleasure flights in.
     

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    That Prentice is pretty ugly , debatable whether I'd be seen in it :lol:
     
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    On to the first of the heavies. I haven't seen this Cat before. I think she's a resident at NW. The ground crew where working on the powerplants for most of the day and I understand that after we left mid afternoon, they ran at least one of the engines up.
     

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    Cant have a Warbird event here without some Spitfire Porn...

    Forgot to say, that as this was a Veterans event, there was no air display, purely a static line up. Allthough having said that, the few arrivals we did see, managed at least one beat up of the airfield before landing and parking up for the event.
     

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    This Beechcraft Super 18 was rather splendid. It just oozed class and was soo clean, you could have eaten off the engine without fear of any dirt getting in the way. She was pristine.
     

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    Awesome pictures Gary! :thumbright: Your aircraft shots always turn out beautifully, even in that cruddy weather.

    Is that a Mk47 Seafire in the foreground of the 8th HA-1112 picture?
     
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    More heavies. These two DC4's where looking a bit worse for wear and look as though they've been static for quite some time. Up close, they are a big bit machinery and must have been quite impreesive when 'live'.
     

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    Went for a bimble around the bushes...as one does on old airfields...and found these overgrown air raid shelters, a few wrecked 'planes and piles of the metal girders that would have supported the huge hangar doors. Didn't see any ghosts, or find any old bits of planes in the undergrowth either, but it was great imagining what the place must have been like 70 years ago
     

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    Great shots Gary! The rain adds a rather nice texture to some to the shots.
     
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    :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: Excellent Shots Gary!!!:shock: You are quite wright about the Beechcraft 18. She is gorgeous. I don't have a favorite, I like them all and you did a fantastic job capturing them.:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
     
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    Fantastic shots Gary! Such variety over in the UK.

    Always love your camera work, you continue to impress. I like the angels of the Buchon around the cockpit. I was playing with some similar shots at Tyabb airshow with the P 40s there. I'll post a few of those when I get a chance.

    Cheers! :)
     
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    Hi guys. Thanks for the comments, really apreciate them. The weather was cr*p and I'm surprised the pics came out as they did (I've binned a whole load of them !)

    I've come to the conclusion that allthough the camera is a good one...notwithstanding the dust spots on the sensor !...the zoom I have is diabolical for this kind of weather, its actually diabollical in normal conditions as well. Grrrrr

    Anyway, enough moaning...here's a set of the Kittyhawk that was trundled out of the hangar on the other side of the field and brought around for the static, still resplendant in its film work paint scheme. Personaly, I wasn't that impressed with weathering.

    Followed by the few that I took that sort of turned out OK of the Hurricane. Interesting to note the huge gap between the prop spinner and the front of the engine !

    And finally, the one and only Stearman. I want one !...nope...make that two !!!!
     

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