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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...
31st Jan 2017, 17:59
Replies: 106
Views: 18,831
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: 18,831
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: 18,831
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: 1,538
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: 7,731
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: 7,731
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: 2,258
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: 2,917
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,...
6th Nov 2016, 19:52
Replies: 17
Views: 3,487
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: 46
Views: 28,724
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: 3,898
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: 7,960
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: 7,960
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: 3,774
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: 3,774
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: 3,774
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: 3,774
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: 3,774
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...
9th Oct 2016, 07:33
Replies: 12
Views: 3,774
Posted By joy ride

de Havilland agent in Uruguay 1957-1962

Long shot.

We lived in Montevideo when I was 2-6 years old and during that time I have vague memories of a flight in a smallish plane, being fascinated by having to walk uphill to the seats...
15th Sep 2016, 06:35
Replies: 10
Views: 2,122
Posted By joy ride

A nice looking plane and subject of the best...

A nice looking plane and subject of the best "affordable" Airfix kit....lots of movable parts! Made several when young, and another more recently which for some inexplicable reason (apart from good...
7th Sep 2016, 07:13
Replies: 12
Views: 4,282
Posted By joy ride

About 20 years ago I was on a flight from USA...

About 20 years ago I was on a flight from USA back to UK with my friend and business partner as Captain. Beside me was a woman who was on her first ever flight and absolutely terrified. I reassured...
30th Aug 2016, 13:38
Replies: 12
Views: 2,264
Posted By joy ride

Sally B perhaps!

Sally B perhaps!
27th Aug 2016, 07:14
Replies: 12
Views: 2,264
Posted By joy ride

Did not see the B25, but did see two Rapide...

Did not see the B25, but did see two Rapide flights over South London yesterday; normally there is one on a Wednesday and another on Saturday, making good use of the great weather perhaps!
21st Aug 2016, 06:54
Replies: 18
Views: 5,264
Posted By joy ride

I stopped the video at 1.07, that spectator is...

I stopped the video at 1.07, that spectator is just a little bit closer than he might have expected! However, I would call that a landing (watering?) rather than a pass! I like this Vickers VC10 low...
18th Aug 2016, 10:42
Replies: 0
Views: 1,133
Posted By joy ride

Spitfire over Strood Kent 9.45am today

Heading to my car I noticed a plane in the distance a few hundred feet up, clearly louder and faster than the usual small fry around Rochester airport. It started banking when nearer and I got a...
11th Aug 2016, 16:47
Replies: 64
Views: 21,315
Posted By joy ride

The Beeb's recent "Full Steam Ahead" series...

The Beeb's recent "Full Steam Ahead" series started shakily and I thought it was going to remain "populist" with little information, but from the 2nd episode became fascinating (despite some slightly...
11th Aug 2016, 06:44
Replies: 64
Views: 21,315
Posted By joy ride

Cheers for that, sounds like one to watch!

Cheers for that, sounds like one to watch!
5th Aug 2016, 06:47
Replies: 47
Views: 24,237
Posted By joy ride

I too remember that Smithsonian article, which I...

I too remember that Smithsonian article, which I read on a regular trip to Texas about 12-15 years ago, my business partner subscribed and each visit required a fair bit of catching up!
2nd Aug 2016, 06:24
Replies: 10
Views: 4,519
Posted By joy ride

I saw an interesting trail right across the sky...

I saw an interesting trail right across the sky over Southwark a couple of days ago, coming from a twin jet engine airliner at about 30,000ft. The trail from one engine was continuous, the other had...
30th Jul 2016, 06:53
Replies: 7
Views: 5,864
Posted By joy ride

I tend to agree that it is more a victim of...

I tend to agree that it is more a victim of change than a bad plane.
Good safety record too, as was the Handley Page HP42 in its day!
18th Jul 2016, 14:40
Replies: 21
Views: 8,210
Posted By joy ride

On that drawing the window corners seem to be...

On that drawing the window corners seem to be slightly curved!

Tu. 144 wrote earlier: "Also, despite the plans calling for Redux glue in this area, rivets were installed for some reason that also...
18th Jul 2016, 11:50
Replies: 21
Views: 8,210
Posted By joy ride

Agreed, Caravelle and DC 10s windows were well...

Agreed, Caravelle and DC 10s windows were well rounded! Still, it seems to me that the shape was more like a contributory factor rather than the initiator of the failures.

Early welded Liberty...
18th Jul 2016, 06:57
Replies: 21
Views: 8,210
Posted By joy ride

Worth mentioning that DC 10s also had square...

Worth mentioning that DC 10s also had square windows and the Sud Aviation Caravelle (which shared the Comet's nose) had triangular ones without problems. The shape was not the only issue: when Redux...
16th Jul 2016, 06:44
Replies: 34
Views: 9,082
Posted By joy ride

Perhaps my favourite photo of the era, Joan...

Perhaps my favourite photo of the era, Joan Hughes and a Short Stirling bomber:
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