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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight tootling round over East Anglia at the moment

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Ritch

LE
Aye, apparently the runway is still out of action too which is causing headaches as it's a single runway airfield.
There's also a NOTAM issued (not clear if it's still active) - airspace is closed for a six mile radius.
 
I’m no pilot, but I always thought runways were considerably longer than they are wide, so landing it across the runway seems a bit daft to me.
(some eejit will undoubtedly think I was being serious )
Pffft.

Where’s your sense of adventure?

I know a bloke who landed a KitFox at Manston in the width of the runway. Things you need to know about this:

1. The guy is a cock. He was quite put out when lots of people told him so rather than telling him how clever he was.
2. Manston used to be a Master Diversion Airfield for the RAF so it is unusually wide (80m instead of the usual 45m IIRC).
3. The KitFox has an approach speed of something like 8 miles a week.
4. There was a stiff crosswind which helped. A lot.
5. The CAA had words.
6. He’s in my dead pool as learning isn’t his strong suit.
 
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2. Manston used to be a Master Diversion Airfield for the RAF so it is unusually wide (80m instead of the usual 45m IIRC).
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Wider than usual because they had the capability to lay a foam “runway” down one side for aircraft doing a hazardous landing. Dit: The MOD Firefighting school was also in Manston and I once broke down there in a Lynx - I know, who’d have thunk it. Anyway in the station disco that night most of the blokes were wearing sweatshirts with the logo “Don’t foam us, we’ll foam you”
 
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Seems a bit mysterious and it's certainly not on the ground doing that speed in that location. It seemed to appear somewhere in Scotland but even the track is a bit vague.
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Ritch

LE
Might be a bit of fast air that's been whizzing round the Highlands.
 
Wider than usual because they had the capability to lay a foam “runway” down one side for aircraft doing a hazardous landing. Dit: The MOD Firefighting school was also in Manston and I once broke down there in a Lynx - I know, who’d have thunk it. Anyway in the station disco that night most of the blokes were wearing sweatshirts with the logo “Don’t foam us, we’ll foam you”
I call walt!!

A Lynx breaking down; never heard of such a thing.
 
I call walt!!

A Lynx breaking down; never heard of such a thing.
Quite funny in a way. Stopped for fuel en route to Fleetlands and when I went to start #1 engine it ran up and would have blown up had I not caught it. I snagged it and we were picked up by a cab from home the next day. Lynx to Fleetlands by road.

About three weeks later I was called into the OC’s office. He asked me again what had happened and I told him. He asked if I was sure that it was #1 engine and I said yes. He said well Fleetlands changed it and when they started up #2 blew up!

Luckily my crewman Ginge backed me up. Lcpl Ginge later commissioned and became a big cheese in the Apache world. He retired as a Major or maybe a LtCol.
 
Quite funny in a way. Stopped for fuel en route to Fleetlands and when I went to start #1 engine it ran up and would have blown up had I not caught it. I snagged it and we were picked up by a cab from home the next day. Lynx to Fleetlands by road.

About three weeks later I was called into the OC’s office. He asked me again what had happened and I told him. He asked if I was sure that it was #1 engine and I said yes. He said well Fleetlands changed it and when they started up #2 blew up!

Luckily my crewman Ginge backed me up. Lcpl Ginge later commissioned and became a big cheese in the Apache world. He retired as a Major or maybe a LtCol.
Ginge hasn't really left, he's just not wearing rank now.

I recently saw him doing something with the old stuff too.
 

Ritch

LE
Ginge hasn't really left, he's just not wearing rank now.

I recently saw him doing something with the old stuff too.

This can't be the Ginge I know then. The Ginge I know hangs round the local post office with a can of high strength cider in one hand and a carton of dog biscuits in the other (gen!).

Or is it the same one??? :D
 

BlipDriver

Old-Salt
Quite funny in a way. Stopped for fuel en route to Fleetlands and when I went to start #1 engine it ran up and would have blown up had I not caught it. I snagged it and we were picked up by a cab from home the next day. Lynx to Fleetlands by road.

About three weeks later I was called into the OC’s office. He asked me again what had happened and I told him. He asked if I was sure that it was #1 engine and I said yes. He said well Fleetlands changed it and when they started up #2 blew up!

Luckily my crewman Ginge backed me up. Lcpl Ginge later commissioned and became a big cheese in the Apache world. He retired as a Major or maybe a LtCol.
Sign outside now says Standard Aero, & no gate guards.
 
This can't be the Ginge I know then. The Ginge I know hangs round the local post office with a can of high strength cider in one hand and a carton of dog biscuits in the other (gen!).

Or is it the same one??? :D
What Ginge gets up to in his spare time is no business (nor interest) of mine!! ;)
 

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