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9th Aug 2017, 19:26
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Posted By joy ride

Fascinating, what a find! Particularly...

Fascinating, what a find! Particularly interesting for me as my grandad was a celebrated yacht designer and pioneer of marine play forming techniques for yacht hulls. His reputation was such that...
22nd Feb 2017, 06:50
Replies: 21
Views: 4,346
Posted By joy ride

Not airline work of course, but plenty of...

Not airline work of course, but plenty of all-woman ATA crews in WW2!
31st Jan 2017, 17:59
Replies: 106
Views: 14,020
Posted By joy ride

Thanks chevvron, might have to visit sometime! ...

Thanks chevvron, might have to visit sometime!
From Wiki :

An idea tested, but never put into service, was the "flexible" or "rubber deck." In the early jet age it was seen that by eliminating...
31st Jan 2017, 09:31
Replies: 106
Views: 14,020
Posted By joy ride

Wheel-less/Rubber Deck Landings were actually...

Wheel-less/Rubber Deck Landings were actually done successfully by Eric Winkle Brown on HMS Warrior; the idea was to use aircraft without undercarriage to save weight. The idea was reasonable (in...
25th Jan 2017, 17:54
Replies: 106
Views: 14,020
Posted By joy ride

The Fairey Rotodyne, Saunders Roe Princess and...

The Fairey Rotodyne, Saunders Roe Princess and the TSR2 were the stuff of dreams and endless fascination when I was young. They were about the most exiting things around and "The Future" according to...
12th Jan 2017, 15:43
Replies: 3
Views: 1,418
Posted By joy ride

I believe I saw this on BBC 4 a while back. If it...

I believe I saw this on BBC 4 a while back. If it is the same it is fascinating and I will definitely happily watch it again!

BBC 4 makes some really excellent programmes, history, arts,...
11th Jan 2017, 07:00
Replies: 42
Views: 5,949
Posted By joy ride

One11, many thanks for the great photo and...

One11, many thanks for the great photo and answering my question, I think I might have seen that or a similar photo of a G.38 before.
D-APIS, Apis being Latin for Bee. My Dad's old College had...
8th Jan 2017, 15:33
Replies: 42
Views: 5,949
Posted By joy ride

Interesting thread and a great result for the...

Interesting thread and a great result for the photos.

Does anyone know if the unusual Junkers G.38 ever sported Swastikas on its visits to Croydon? I cannot find any clear photos to suggest that...
11th Dec 2016, 07:37
Replies: 5
Views: 2,102
Posted By joy ride

"The ill-fated Concorde" ? Certainly sales never...

"The ill-fated Concorde" ? Certainly sales never lived up to the dream, and certainly there was one fatal crash (albeit caused by part of another plane) but they did have quite a respectable...
6th Dec 2016, 06:50
Replies: 15
Views: 2,828
Posted By joy ride

Until I moved out of London 3 weeks ago I only...

Until I moved out of London 3 weeks ago I only spotted one A350 (Finnair) heading to LHR, I was keen to identify at least one before I left! LHR-bound planes pass over my old home at about 4-5000 ft,...
Forum: Jet Blast
14th Nov 2016, 07:32
Replies: 17
Views: 1,596
Posted By joy ride

Absolutely superb concert, overwhelming!

Absolutely superb concert, overwhelming!
Forum: Jet Blast
9th Nov 2016, 07:31
Replies: 17
Views: 1,596
Posted By joy ride

"Less than a plumber" very good point! £100 for...

"Less than a plumber" very good point! £100 for the four of us to have about one hour of listening to nearly one thousand of the world's greatest musicians in one of the world's most magnificent...
Forum: Jet Blast
8th Nov 2016, 19:30
Replies: 17
Views: 1,596
Posted By joy ride

Benny Goodman eh, Ian? Guess by then Gene Krupa...

Benny Goodman eh, Ian? Guess by then Gene Krupa was no longer in, in fact he died about then IIRC. However great Goodman was, no-one can deny that Krupa drove that band like crazy!

So busy, but...
Forum: Jet Blast
8th Nov 2016, 09:23
Replies: 17
Views: 1,596
Posted By joy ride

Cheers folks! I was once short-listed to be one...

Cheers folks! I was once short-listed to be one of the 10 timpanists in a semi-pro performance of "Hec's Req" (!)

Wisely for them, but sadly for me, before the rehearsals they wisely chose to get...
Forum: Jet Blast
8th Nov 2016, 07:09
Replies: 17
Views: 1,596
Posted By joy ride

Epic last concert in London

After living and working in London for nearly 40 years I am moving out next Tuesday (if all goes well). Busy packing, organising etc., hardly time to sleep, then by chance I saw this advertised on...
6th Nov 2016, 19:52
Replies: 17
Views: 3,391
Posted By joy ride

Walking through the Sunderland is fascinating....

Walking through the Sunderland is fascinating. They also have a wooden fuselage from an earlier flying boat whose name I have forgotten. It was found in use as a beach house, restored and won a major...
21st Oct 2016, 11:38
Replies: 41
Views: 16,294
Posted By joy ride

Will watch the video on YT, but still might be...

Will watch the video on YT, but still might be worth seeing if IWM will copy it to DVD for you. They certainly do reprints of photos, I have a nice photo print on my wall showing a Heinkel He 111...
21st Oct 2016, 06:43
Replies: 11
Views: 3,722
Posted By joy ride

It could not possibly be from a WW2 plane, it...

It could not possibly be from a WW2 plane, it MUST be from an Alien Space Ship which was terraforming Earth by Chem-Spraying Dinosaurs, but it crashed into one, hence the bones. Simple! It's in the...
17th Oct 2016, 06:32
Replies: 16
Views: 6,577
Posted By joy ride

Many thanks, I saw those photos and posted a...

Many thanks, I saw those photos and posted a comment when you first posted them, but VERY happily just had another eyeful!
14th Oct 2016, 06:45
Replies: 16
Views: 6,577
Posted By joy ride

Many thanks for the great photos and information....

Many thanks for the great photos and information. A few years ago I took my Dad to Solent Sky museum in Southampton, and Dad's service record meant that we got a thorough guided view of their...
12th Oct 2016, 06:47
Replies: 12
Views: 3,521
Posted By joy ride

Thanks folks. I was 6 when we left Montevideo;...

Thanks folks. I was 6 when we left Montevideo; while there we made a number of visits to Carrasco Airport (our 2nd home was actually in Carrasco). I think my Dad was sometimes sent to the airport to...
10th Oct 2016, 06:39
Replies: 12
Views: 3,521
Posted By joy ride

Aha! I would have been northern summer when we...

Aha! I would have been northern summer when we flew back to UK for a break, so it might well have been mid 1960, bang on the money for a BOAC Comet flight, from Montevideo or BA. Many thanks!

I...
9th Oct 2016, 15:08
Replies: 12
Views: 3,521
Posted By joy ride

Thanks WHBM! I think this journey would have been...

Thanks WHBM! I think this journey would have been in Summer 1959. We did stop in Brazil, possibly once, possibly more. We did also have a few hours in Lisbon one time, but that might have been on the...
9th Oct 2016, 12:48
Replies: 12
Views: 3,521
Posted By joy ride

Many thanks! It is certainly possible that it was...

Many thanks! It is certainly possible that it was not a de H plane, but I do recall that its pilot was a friend or colleague of my Dad's rather than an unknown pilot on a scheduled flight; however, I...
9th Oct 2016, 09:29
Replies: 12
Views: 3,521
Posted By joy ride

Many thanks! I was not really expecting any...

Many thanks! I was not really expecting any answers but this is great! I vaguely remember several rows of seats, so Rapide or Dragonfly would be possible. My mother remembers this as being a pleasure...
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