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danjama
09-02-2006, 02:36 PM
based at Duxford. Have to say i am feeling well and truly disapointed. They cancelled the Spitfires flying at all right at the last minute due to huge gusts of crosswinds, and they were the only reason i went to be honest. It was a big blow to me, as i was treating myself after a particularly rough time at home lately. The highlight was the F4u and Hellcat flying in formation, and the B17 of course. Oh well, i guess you can't always be lucky. Bloody English weather, sometimes i really despise this country.

Anyone else go?

danjama
09-02-2006, 02:36 PM
based at Duxford. Have to say i am feeling well and truly disapointed. They cancelled the Spitfires flying at all right at the last minute due to huge gusts of crosswinds, and they were the only reason i went to be honest. It was a big blow to me, as i was treating myself after a particularly rough time at home lately. The highlight was the F4u and Hellcat flying in formation, and the B17 of course. Oh well, i guess you can't always be lucky. Bloody English weather, sometimes i really despise this country.

Anyone else go?

slipBall
09-02-2006, 04:33 PM
Wow, I hope that you did'nt have to travel too far for the air show. Only to be disapointed by the cancellation. There is always next year, number 71 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

It's been a wet spring, and summer here also, in eastern USA

p.s. Thats not a VW, looks like a early Austin Martin http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

trumper
09-02-2006, 04:33 PM
http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=62153

I ummed and arrrgggd about it but did'nt,this guy did though.

billboyoung
09-02-2006, 05:41 PM
Danjama you should have gone to the Goodwood Revival on Saturday morning, they had eight Spits flying.

stanford-ukded
09-02-2006, 05:49 PM
Here's some salt, billboy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.bkmarcus.com/blog/images/salt_shaker.jpg

Rub rub http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'm going tomorrow, I hope to have better luck. My condolences Dan http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

danjama
09-02-2006, 06:11 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stanford-ukded:
Here's some salt, billboy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.bkmarcus.com/blog/images/salt_shaker.jpg

Rub rub http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'm going tomorrow, I hope to have better luck. My condolences Dan http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks, and good luck to you tomorrow, hopee you get to see what the show is all about!

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by billboyoung:
Danjama you should have gone to the Goodwood Revival on Saturday morning, they had eight Spits flying. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Banger2004
09-03-2006, 06:37 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by billboyoung:
Danjama you should have gone to the Goodwood Revival on Saturday morning, they had eight Spits flying. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I so nearly went this year, they almost always put on a great show. I just love it when the Spits come in over me when landing (you can get really close), and THAT sound!

Low_Flyer_MkVb
09-03-2006, 06:46 AM
Trying to get a bus trip together for next year's revival. I do the horse racing there at least once a year - it's a beautiful part of the country.

FlixFlix
09-03-2006, 11:18 AM
Just came back from Duxford. I had a blast, it was my first airshow. Experiencing these aircrafts in real life was something every flightsim-aficionado should do sometime.
Pity though that the spits didnt fly. At least one Seafire pilot was brave enough to fly, together with a Hurricane. The Catalina was also very impressive. But the B-17 was the star of the show, no doubt! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

S!,
I/JG78_Flix

AWL_Spinner
09-03-2006, 01:56 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Trying to get a bus trip together for next year's revival. I do the horse racing there at least once a year - it's a beautiful part of the country. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

OT: Getting married very near Goodwood next year and really hoping Glorious Goodwood falls the week before our wedding, otherwise can you get any hotel accomodation within a fifty mile radius? Can you hell...

Dates are not announced yet, we await them with baited breath.

And no, we can't move the wedding http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

danjama
09-03-2006, 03:38 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by FlixFlix:
Just came back from Duxford. I had a blast, it was my first airshow. Experiencing these aircrafts in real life was something every flightsim-aficionado should do sometime.
Pity though that the spits didnt fly. At least one Seafire pilot was brave enough to fly, together with a Hurricane. The Catalina was also very impressive. But the B-17 was the star of the show, no doubt! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

S!,
I/JG78_Flix </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, it makes me feel a bit better that the Spits didnt fly today either i suppose. I just think its a damn sham that its a Spitfire show and not one Spitfire flew, they should of gave everyone their money back i reckon. Bloody scam. The B17 and Seafire were good though. Did the Canberra and Tornado come in today as well? I was quite impressed with them, but jets aren't really my thing.

ploughman
09-03-2006, 03:44 PM
Canberra? The dogs, and there's me thinking RIAT was the last Canberra fly past! I feel cheated.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/mctomney/canberra01RIAT2006.jpg

danjama
09-03-2006, 03:48 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
Canberra? The dogs, and there's me thinking RIAT was the last Canberra fly past! I feel cheated.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/mctomney/canberra01RIAT2006.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I feel for ya, but yet, i feel good because i got to see it! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

She's a beaut eh, especially as she pulled up into the sky and the sunlight managed to hit her painted back in just a way that it reflected beautifully!

stanford-ukded
09-03-2006, 03:52 PM
Sorry mate but the spits did fly today http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

A couple of F-15s showed up, the Tornado, the Cambera and the usual suspects. Quite dissapointed, no where near the quality of flying legends - yet the same price for a ticket http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

danjama
09-03-2006, 03:54 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stanford-ukded:
Sorry mate but the spits did fly today http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

A couple of F-15s showed up, the Tornado, the Cambera and the usual suspects. Quite dissapointed, no where near the quality of flying legends - yet the same price for a ticket http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ah well, dont be sorry, im glad some people got a bit more for their moneys worth! And your damn right its nowhere near the quality of Legends, im not sure what, but something was lacking...not just the planes but something.

Oh and how was it seeing the Spits? Ive seen them before of course, but i swear to God every time is different and still special http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

ploughman
09-03-2006, 03:56 PM
Cheer up lads. The first airshow I ever went to was the Battle of Britain thingy at RAF Bogknows (can't remember the name of the field, probably the South Yorkshire Int'l Airport now) near Doncaster in 1981 and the fog was so thick you couldn't see the the end of your eyelashes. I could've wept, infact I did as I was 12 and got arrested by the RAF police and then my mum beat me up with a hairbrush.

stanford-ukded
09-03-2006, 04:03 PM
Sounds brutal, plough. Stuff of nightmares.

The spits flew in wonderful formation doing their standard beat of the airfield. Absolutley STUNNING weather for photos, but my camera is 11000 miles away http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

danjama
09-03-2006, 04:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ploughman:
infact I did as I was 12 and got arrested by the RAF police and then my mum beat me up with a hairbrush. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif sorry i shouldnt laugh! Im over it i guess, Duxford is an amazing place for me and i just appreciate that its there and i will always have it not too far away, unlike some people who live VERY far from a place like Duxford. Legends next year for def!

FlixFlix
09-03-2006, 05:24 PM
@Danjama:

I visited the airshow on saturday, but stayed in Cambridge until sunday, so I dont know if those planes were flying then... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Here some images, i hope its ok to post them...:

http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/7108/spitgalleriefy5.jpg

http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/1117/corsairstart2ek5.jpg

http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/9661/catalinaairmu1.jpg

http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/3844/b17rollxu7.jpg

http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/7575/yak50formationdu2.jpg

http://img472.imageshack.us/img472/5985/hurriairjo7.jpg

Taylortony
09-03-2006, 05:28 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:

Well, it makes me feel a bit better that the Spits didnt fly today either i suppose. I just think its a damn sham that its a Spitfire show and not one Spitfire flew, they should of gave everyone their money back i reckon. Bloody scam. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Ahh the Nievity of life....

Do you know how much it costs to operate a Spitfire? and a lot of them need to get to the show as they are not based there..........

Well I do, you are looking at the best part of 4000 + per hour in costs.....

On top of that, take the likes of Farnborough, the pilot needs to have flown it in the last so many days just to be able to fly the practise routine before being accepted to fly in the show, so you are now practicing for the practice... So say an hour to remain current, and hour for the practice, say an hour transit there and back plus possibly with holding an hour for 2 slots.......... so we are up in the region of 16,000+ or 12000 plus and we have not even displayed yet and that is for a show that is close by.......

Now if the weather say is out of limits what do you want????????.

Danjama you would be one of the first to be unhappy if it groundlooped and the public would be saying that they should never of flown this precious Warbird in bad weather conditions if it was ground looped..........

Weather is something the show organiser cannot whistle up from the rays of sunshine out of his bottom....

If the weather is out of limits it stays on the ground, the Spits undercarraige is not tolerant to crosswinds or firm landings, I have seen cracked mounting brackets on those that have had a firm landing..............

I can see your frustration, but short of sticking them on a pole or in a glass box and never flying them you will have to live with this at any shows.........

Remember, fly it out of limits and your insurance policy is just toilet paper.........

danjama
09-03-2006, 05:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Taylortony:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:

Well, it makes me feel a bit better that the Spits didnt fly today either i suppose. I just think its a damn sham that its a Spitfire show and not one Spitfire flew, they should of gave everyone their money back i reckon. Bloody scam. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Ahh the Nievity of life....

Do you know how much it costs to operate a Spitfire? and a lot of them need to get to the show as they are not based there..........

Well I do, you are looking at the best part of 4000 + per hour in costs.....

On top of that, take the likes of Farnborough, the pilot needs to have flown it in the last so many days just to be able to fly the practise routine before being accepted to fly in the show, so you are now practicing for the practice... So say an hour to remain current, and hour for the practice, say an hour transit there and back plus possibly with holding and hour for 2 slots.......... so we are up in the region of 16,000+ or 12000 plus and we have not even displayed yet and that is for a show that is close by.......

Now if the weather say is out of limits what do you want????????.

Danjama you would be one of the first to be unhappy if it groundlooped and the public would be saying that they should never of flown this precious Warbird in bad weather conditions if it was ground looped..........

Weather is something the show organiser cannot whistle up from the rays of sunshine out of his bottom....

If the weather is out of limits it stays on the ground, the Spits undercarraige is not tolerant to crosswinds or firm landings, I have seen cracked mounting brackets on those that have had a firm landing..............

I can see your frustration, but short of sticking them on a pole or in a glass box and never flying them you will have to live with this at any shows.........

Remember, fly it out of limits and your insurance policy is just toilet paper......... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, you're exactly right. I understand, it just annoyed me.

Thanks for the pics Flix, that Russian display team was impressive eh, especially in that weather!

FlixFlix
09-04-2006, 03:02 AM
Agree, they did a spectacular show! Staying so close in formation despite those crosswinds must have been *very* difficult! Respect. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
(at first i thought they were flying I.A.R.80s http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif)