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12th Jun 2021, 20:05
Replies: 18
Views: 2,092
Posted By POBJOY

Reds

Reds just displayed at Carbis Bay (from Culdrose)
10th Jun 2021, 17:10
Replies: 18
Views: 2,092
Posted By POBJOY

Do not know about NQY but a few Ospreys /...

Do not know about NQY but a few Ospreys / Chinooks/ around Si Ives area plus loads of plod jet ski's and ribs of all sizes. Rather foggy for a couple of days. Warship in the bay and Hayle Harbour...
8th Jun 2021, 21:07
Replies: 95
Views: 13,781
Posted By POBJOY

Banned from some airfields

The Cessna 337 was no covert creeper, but had double skin windows for the occupants.
The 300hp Islander was a close second, but EVERYONE knew when a 337 took off, however it was a fun machine that...
7th Jun 2021, 08:24
Replies: 89
Views: 14,410
Posted By POBJOY

Paint Job

I am with you there, simple and effective, and makes up for the lack of an 80th anniversary reminder. Update later with White bands for D day. (even the name fits the occasion)
5th Jun 2021, 22:10
Replies: 26
Views: 2,563
Posted By POBJOY

Chattis Hill Gallops and High Post

CHG is situated west of Stockbridge (on the A30) and became a Spitfire assembly and flight field (hangar bases still in woods)after the Southampton factories were blitzed. When I used to drive past...
3rd Jun 2021, 22:28
Replies: 5,199
Views: 1,498,732
Posted By POBJOY

One could easily argue that the gains from the...

One could easily argue that the gains from the amazing experience of solo flight with associated decision making are indeed an aid for youth at an important part of their life, and have definite long...
3rd Jun 2021, 17:32
Replies: 5,199
Views: 1,498,732
Posted By POBJOY

Time for out of the box thinking

Kenley is rather on the small size for its catchment area and especially as normal ops are w-ends only (plus some week courses)
Well possibly an answer is to run lots of week courses utilising other...
6th May 2021, 20:33
Replies: 13
Views: 3,328
Posted By POBJOY

AS originally supplied by Peter Arnold in another forum

This was a 'lively' debate with forum members trying to re-enact the event with models and matchsticks. When more images of the recovery came along this sparked yet more debate on the various cranes...
5th May 2021, 23:36
Replies: 13
Views: 3,328
Posted By POBJOY

Stumped for information

Sept 1959 forced landing after engine failure (fuel selection problem) after Battle of Britain 'London' flypast and en route to Biggin.
Mega thread on another forum some years ago which even...
26th Apr 2021, 07:13
Replies: 32
Views: 9,237
Posted By POBJOY

Biggin was 'THE PLACE' to be in the 60's for...

Biggin was 'THE PLACE' to be in the 60's for anything aviation south of London. Apart from the growing clubs many aircraft used the custom facilities for the French connection, and it was here that I...
21st Apr 2021, 05:44
Replies: 32
Views: 9,237
Posted By POBJOY

Never go back it is always a shock

Many years after doing my 'short' PPL there I had cause to obtain some Rallye spares from the club whilst Pat Patel was still around. A few years after that I called at Biggin whilst visiting the...
13th Apr 2021, 23:41
Replies: 18
Views: 2,327
Posted By POBJOY

Tiger Club putting on a show

Well there is no doubt that the good old Tiger Club could certainly put on a 'vintage show' on this hallowed ground. I remember that we were quite close to the new estate, and that rather precluded...
12th Apr 2021, 19:47
Replies: 18
Views: 2,327
Posted By POBJOY

Croydon TC Airshow

Well Treads BTC and myself took part in the anniversary air show in 1980, and there is plenty of room for another.
The new 'Roundshaw Estate' had been built, but I thought it had some mini tower...
11th Apr 2021, 22:56
Replies: 18
Views: 2,327
Posted By POBJOY

Croydon 'Diversions'

There were plenty of Airfields local to Croydon including Kenley and Biggin Hill plus the odd landing ground along the railway from the Kent coast.
However Croydon did suffer from local fog rather...
10th Apr 2021, 18:46
Replies: 22
Views: 5,753
Posted By POBJOY

John Severne Philps Equerry 58-61

Looking back I think John Severne ** rather 'managed' Philips Turb hop, but kept it tight lipped to avoid RAF red tape.
As Philips equerry his 'day job' mainly revolved around organising flights,...
10th Apr 2021, 16:10
Replies: 22
Views: 5,753
Posted By POBJOY

Charles had suggested he would like fly in a...

Charles had suggested he would like fly in a Tiger Moth, and was indeed 'on paper' a member of said Tiger Club at Redhill.
Very soon RAF chaps arrived to inspect our T Moth G-ACDC which at the time...
9th Apr 2021, 20:52
Replies: 22
Views: 5,753
Posted By POBJOY

Many years later I managed to speak to John...

Many years later I managed to speak to John Severne who was Philips equerry at the time of the WW jolly, and was present at the time.
He himself had a very distinguished later career, but recalled...
9th Apr 2021, 15:45
Replies: 22
Views: 5,753
Posted By POBJOY

Ah !! Well at WW the RAF were not involved, and...

Ah !! Well at WW the RAF were not involved, and no doubt no one felt compelled to refuse his request. There is a sequel to the event in that several weeks later PNZ broke its crankshaft either during...
9th Apr 2021, 14:29
Replies: 22
Views: 5,753
Posted By POBJOY

Prince Philip

Sad news today of a fellow aviator who had been a member of the Tiger Club Redhill.
Others will no doubt relate of his training at White Waltham (Harvards) but I always smile at another visit to WW...
8th Apr 2021, 10:45
Replies: 15
Views: 1,536
Posted By POBJOY

Leading from the front

An important comment re AOC coming along and actually FLYING the machine. He did not come along to give them a brief on Twitter or Faceless book but could FLY a machine. The only way to head up an...
7th Apr 2021, 22:14
Replies: 15
Views: 1,536
Posted By POBJOY

The Best Basic World Class Training System EVER

You could drag those machines out TODAY and the system would still work, all with a minimum of paperwork and such like.
On a weeks course solo's popping off at 19+ launches and everyone doing...
9th Mar 2021, 23:41
Replies: 40
Views: 8,835
Posted By POBJOY

When i was based at 615 (just up the road at...

When i was based at 615 (just up the road at Kenley) rumour had it that Bill would do inverted circuits in the Swallow !! Wish I had met him.
The Comper Swift G-ABTC had been rebuilt at Tangmere...
17th Feb 2021, 21:28
Replies: 7
Views: 1,744
Posted By POBJOY

A fine machine from Freds Shed, the real star of...

A fine machine from Freds Shed, the real star of Black Buck.
24th Dec 2020, 05:03
Replies: 94
Views: 35,158
Posted By POBJOY

Damm close call

Well there was the time I was on a late banner tow and arrived back at base in the 'gloom' to find it even 'gloomier', and then realised our local café would be shutting any minute.
Quick call to...
21st Dec 2020, 13:58
Replies: 1,200
Views: 530,167
Posted By POBJOY

Joints should be dry

It is far more likely that 275 (it was quite old) had been constructed with the old non waterproof glues of the time, that used to fail when they stayed damp.
This was a common problem on all early...
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