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KenM

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Today decided to go plane watching at the path I used to with my Grandpa next to Edinburgh Airport had a good time taking these photos and of course memories come back everytime I'm there.












I think your Grandpa was a lucky man Euan to have such a Grandson!...methinks "a chip off the old block". :t:
 

MJB

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Today decided to go plane watching at the path I used to with my Grandpa next to Edinburgh Airport had a good time taking these photos and of course memories come back everytime I'm there.












Clicking on them comes up with 'about blank'...
MJB
 

Farnboro John

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Clicking on them comes up with 'about blank'...
MJB

I viewed one (an Airbus A318/319/320 type operated by BA) but had to download it to do so. On BF one is supposed to upload to the site having first sized the shots correctly iaw site policy, not link to other sites. Its not hard and doesn't take long.

John
 

MJB

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I viewed one (an Airbus A318/319/320 type operated by BA) but had to download it to do so. On BF one is supposed to upload to the site having first sized the shots correctly iaw site policy, not link to other sites. Its not hard and doesn't take long. John

The link is working now, but as you said, via a download...
MJB
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
Yesterday whilst having a drink outside a pub in The Royal Mile I noticed a helicopter flying up towards the castle I didn't take a photo as I didn't think much of it. Then later on I heard a onlooker say "that plane is very low" I looked and did see this plane flying quite low heading to the castle. It did occur to me that The Edinburgh Tattoo are having a RAF theme so could see more RAF planes flying down. Unfortunately I couldn't really make out what kind of plane it was but took this photo.
 

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Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
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Scotland
Just wondered if anyone has a Aircraft Collection

Here is mine

Models
British Airways Boeing 787-8
British Airways Boeing 767-300
British Airways Concorde
Books
British Airways Its History, Aircraft & Liveries by Keith Gaskell
British Airways An Illistrated History by Paul Jarvis
Airshow Programmes
Scotland's National Airshow 2018
Clothing
British Airways Classic Logo Tshirt
Red Arrows Polo Shirt
Concorde Tshirt
Other
Sahsa Boeing 767-300 Postcard
My Grandpa's Binoculars (used them to go plane watching in ny youth so I'm sure that counts)
 

Hauksen

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Hi Euan,

Other
Sahsa Boeing 767-300 Postcard
My Grandpa's Binoculars (used them to go plane watching in ny youth so I'm sure that counts)

Vaguely related: I have a collection of aircraft-themed postage stamps my grandfather gave me in an attempt to get me interested in collecting stamps.

While I added a couple of stamps to that collection as a kid, and really liked the general idea of collecting aviation-related things, I guess I just don't have a collector's mindset, so that hobby never took off ...

Regards,

Henning
 

Farnboro John

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More photos than I know what to do with from spotting trips.... many many models made over many years, long since defunct.

Recently I've got back into it and begun a slightly weird collection that started with a Mosquito B35/TT35 as seen in the film 633 Squadron and followed so far by another Mosquito based on the "FBVI with modifications" as described in F E Smith's 633 Squadron Operation Valkyrie: to be followed by a Douglas Boston III of the same unit depicted shortly before the Boston's replacement by Mosquitos in the build up to Op Vesuvius and eventually by a Blenheim IV and Fairey Battle I from earlier in WWII (not novelised but mentioned in the RAF Museum's flawed history of this fictional but exceptionally famous RAF Squadron).

Modelling fictional aircraft as accurately as possible: that's real hobbying!

The film aircraft depicts the Squadron Commander's Mosquito HJ898 HT-G (incidentally the serials on the Mossies in the film are all authentic FBVI except one which matches a TIII: HJ898 is that one, which was provided to BOAC as a crew trainer and returned to the RAF in 1945). Wing Commander Roy Grant was played by Cliff Robertson who had his own Spitfire and was licensed to fly it.

The other depicts flight commander, Squadron Leader Frank Harvey's D-Danny circa January 1944: in the absence of any definitive information (yes I know that's because we are talking about a work of fiction) I have retained the HT- squadron codes from the film: the white camo was applied roughly and quickly for Op Valkyrie and underbelly lights as used by the Dambusters to determine height over water were fitted fore and aft of the bulged bomb-bay.

I love my Airfix.

I have no idea how many aviation history and fiction books I own. Some I would recommend are:

The Right of the Line (The RAF in the European War 1939 to 1945) by John Terraine

The Wrong Side of the Sky, Shooting Script and The Most Dangerous Game (fiction: beat up old pilots in beat up old aircraft in quiet corners of the world where all hell breaks loose) all by the late Gavin Lyall: also his edited anthology of WWII entitled The War in the Air.

Winged Victory by V M Yeates (WWI fiction by a man who was there: war in a Sopwith Camel with no frills but lots of Veuve Cliquot!)

Night Fighter by C F Rawnsley (radar operator to John Cunningham)

and for a wider view of the radar/countermeasures/espionage effort during WWII, Most Secret War by Professor R V Jones, which might even teach you how to think a bit. It did me - I think!

John
 

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Farnboro John

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I'm sorry, I seem to have taken over this thread too much but I promise after this I'll be quiet for a while.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is an annual event based currently at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Air arms from all over the world send contributions to what must be the largest military air show in the world, certainly the most varied. Each year there is at least one theme and this year it was RAF 100: the centenary of the oldest independent air arm (as opposed to army and navy aviation departments) in the world. Almost 300 aircraft visited of which many appeared in the flying display. I've cut and cut and cut my photos from the Saturday on which I visited and from over 5000 shot on the day here are 15 of the best. There are a whole bunch more on my flickr account for anyone not planed out!

John

Part 1:

1. Finnish Army NH90 troop transport helicopter

2. Spitfire Vc - you can't celebrate the RAF without one of these....

3. Typhoon FGR4 - the RAF's current fighter and strike aircraft

4. Polish Air Force F16. The Poles supplied aircrew to the RAF by whole squadrons from the Battle of Britain onwards as Allied Air Forces under RAF command.

5. Hurricane in Battle of Britain war paint.
 

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Farnboro John

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RIAT Part 2

1. The Battle of Brtiain Memorial Flight as practically never seen: three Spitfires, two Hurricanes, Lancaster and Dakota. Trenchard plus formation, named for the first Chief of the Air Staff who guided and defended the RAF through its early years with both Army and Royal Navy anxious to rip it up and divide the spoils.

2. 617 Squadron commemoration. 75 years since Op Chastise is a doubly significant anniversary for perhaps the RAF's most famous operational unit, as it stands up at RAF Marham following re-equipment with the very latest F35B Lightning aircraft, replacing the long-serving Tornado GR4 also seen here flanking their original aircraft, the Lancaster with which they attacked the Ruhr dams in 1943.

3. F35B Lightning in the hover: the future of combat aircraft in the RAF - or is the elimination of the crew only a matter of time....?

4. Royal Canadian Air Force Hornet. Canadian pilots fought in the RAF and with them as "Dominionised" squadrons throughout WWII and have of course been NATO allies since that organisation was founded.

5. Ukrainian Air Force Flanker providing colour and power in a dynamic display.
 

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Farnboro John

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RIAT Part 3

Last lot, I promise....

1. Belgian Air Force F16 taking off. Belgium, over-run early in WWII, supplied pilots and eventually squadrons (like the French, Poles, Dutch, Czechs and others, operating as Allied Air Forces under RAF command) to the RAF and have commemorated this with a RAF 100 logo on the left tailplane of the display aircraft.

2. A second shot of the Belgian F16. It was some display!

3. Swiss Air Force Hornet inverted during a loop.

4. Two Mirage 2000s of the Armee de l' Air also commemorating long alliance with and service under command of the RAF: old aircraft but still powerful and slippery in the air.

5. The French Air Force (Armee de l' Air) displaying its latest combat aircraft, the Rafale C in a mightily dynamic solo aerobatic demonstration with a jazzily marked aircraft.
 

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Andy Adcock

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Not quite on a par with some of the superb recent stuff but anyway!

These two choppers are daily over our place, no idea what the orange livery is all about, maybe training colours as I'm sure that these are all operating out of some flight school. They perform the same routine and follow the same rectangular flight pattern, day in, day out, right up to about midnight.

BBC means Военно-воздушные cилы России, literally "military air forces of Russia".
 

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Farnboro John

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Not quite on a par with some of the superb recent stuff but anyway!

These two choppers are daily over our place, no idea what the orange livery is all about, maybe training colours as I'm sure that these are all operating out of some flight school. They perform the same routine and follow the same rectangular flight pattern, day in, day out, right up to about midnight.

BBC means Военно-воздушные cилы России, literally "military air forces of Russia".

The first is the venerable Mi-8 Hip and the second, the mighty Mi-26 Halo (these are NATO reporting names). The latter I believe is the largest and most powerful single-main-rotor helicopter in the world. Nice!

John
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
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Scotland
Yesterday got this in the mail and built it up last night a British Midland DC-9 model.
I remember seeing this plane in my youth when British Midland was in motion but mostly saw it as Boeing 747. British Midland was actually my second favourite airline after British Airways I loved the colours so had to get this model.
 

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Farnboro John

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Yesterday got this in the mail and built it up last night a British Midland DC-9 model.
I remember seeing this plane in my youth when British Midland was in motion but mostly saw it as Boeing 747. British Midland was actually my second favourite airline after British Airways I loved the colours so had to get this model.

You've put the engines on the wrong way round Euan.

John
 

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