Emeritus President at Burnage Rugby Club
very good Ken
very good Ken
very good Ken
They (three Ospreys with a police helicopter fore and aft) were heading in a NNE direction, trajectory could have been good for Stanstead at 11.35am....finding it difficult to disassociate them from President Trumps arrival soon afterwards.
FWIW am used to police helicopters (their base is just a couple of miles away) and Chinooks going over, with even the odd Apache, but this sound was "different" quite audibly military, albeit not Chinook.
As the roar increased I frantically scanned the horizon not knowing whether it was coming from behind the house or in front of, then with the "noise" overhead I suddenly saw this met.police helicopter appear above the trees.
At this point for a few seconds I couldn't equate the copper chopper with the "noise"....before I could utter WT#...to my relief all became clear, three large UFO's, a quick search on google revealed all...and a tick to boot (x3).
The green gloss finish with white cheat lines is diagnostic of Trump's support group: he always travels in a conventional helicopter, a VH-60 VIP version of the Blackhawk, and there are always two, partly to avoid an assassin being able to ID the right one for certain. Any pix of the police helos?
Just before they disappeared over the roof.....and image 3 (from the previous days RAF Centenary flypast over Wanstead) F-35's?
Harvard is correct!
The study of US nomenclature will make your head spin: our Harvard could also be their AT-6 Texan or in US Navy service an SNJ, for starters....
The other half of Legends:
1. Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, a big heavy (7 tons) fighter that preceded the introduction of the Mustang but remained alongside it for shorter range missions. Impressive beast.
2. USAF Heritage Flight. Jets at Legends, shock horror. F35A Lightning II leading a P-51D Mustang and a Spitfire Vc - the Americans used quite a few of these under Reverse Lend-Lease when they first joined the war, as none of their fighters were good enough for the European Theatre. The Mustang fixed that (designed to a British spec and with a Merlin, of course - practically a British aircraft!)
3. The Spitfire Vc halfway through a roll: desert camouflage and a rare four-cannon fit. Spitfire and iconic are synonyms.
4. Another Chance-Vought F4U Corsair, this time displaying with a Lockheed P-38 Lightning - both provided by Red Bull and a corking display it was too.
5. Finale: the Duxford Balbo - as many aircraft as possible launching as quickly as possible in a maelstrom of roaring engines and aircraft rising in practically a mass scramble, followed by a parade flypast in formation before dividing into smaller sections and breaking into the circuit to land. 26 aircraft this year, the most for a good while.