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Old 17th Jun 2020, 11:08
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A good day out (when some sort of normality returns) is a visit to https://www.metheringhamairfield.co.uk/ where at least the pump house for the FIDO installation is on display. The airfield has gone back to agriculture but the visitor centre is a gem.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 18:53
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10 Squdron's WW2 (1942 -45) base at Melbourne, near Elvington had FIDO for its Hailfaxes plus any other bombers on diversion there.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 19:48
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Just a question: Was FIDO installed outside the UK. If yes, may be at RAF Station Vienna Schwechat?
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 17:05
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They might have tried FIDO at Eureka?Arcata, California when that was their instrument-landing experimental airport. And LAX had one-- dunno for how long, or how many times it was used. As I recall the fuel cost around $100 per minute.
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 19:15
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There is a YouTube video of FIDO in use at Arcata - can't find it now.
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 20:51
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Follow any very large jet down the approach (with wake turbulence separation taken into account) and there's your "jet-engine" powered FIDO..... especially if they go-around from Minimums and briefly warm all the air up for your approach.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 17:08
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The Aeroplane for 10 Dec 1948 says the Blackbushe FIDO cost 125 pounds (sterling, not avoirdupois) per minute, after it had warmed up; the issue for 3 January 1947 says fuel for the Manston FIDO cost 15000 pounds per hour. Articles in Flight: 6 March 1947 p193, 13 May 1948, 21 Nov 1952 p634, 28 Nov 1952 p670.

Flight 3 March 1949 says the LAX FIDO was complete, 6000 feet long: American Aviation says it started 2000 feet short of the end of the runway and burned 1750 gallons per minute of No 2 diesel fuel.
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