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Typhoon spotting in June

Old 2nd Apr 2017, 05:06
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Typhoon spotting in June

Hi All,
I'm visiting Yorkshire, the Lakes and touring around Scotland with my family in June this year. Before I left the UK for NZ in the late 90's, I never got to see the RAF Typhoon fly. Now, I gather with the drawdown of the Tornado, I'm much more likely to see a Typhoon flying. But where is best?

Also, are there any good GA airfields in the North of England or Scotland that I can do a dual flight so I can appreciate the differences in weather and navigation procedures?

One last thing, any good aircraft museums I should checkout in these same areas too?

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 2nd Apr 2017, 09:41
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Lossiemouth (near Elgin) and Coningsby (Lincolnshire) are the 2 Typhoon bases, there's plenty of activity at both during the week and both bases are excellent for viewing and photography.
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Old 2nd Apr 2017, 10:39
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Try Durham Tees Valley for your flight there are three flying schools who all do experience flights.


If you are lucky you might also see a Typhoon but no guarantee like the other two places.
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Old 2nd Apr 2017, 11:44
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The three museums that immediately spring to mind are:
East Fortune http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight/
Usworth (Sunderland) http://www.nelsam.org.uk/default.htm
Elvington (York)
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Old 2nd Apr 2017, 13:02
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You might see the occasional Typhoon at Leeming doing a practice div.
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Old 2nd Apr 2017, 13:31
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Coningsby (Lincolnshire)
And at Coningsby you might also get to see a Lancaster, Hurricanes, Dakota, Spitfires, Chipmunks ... You know all that boring stuff that flies too slow
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Old 3rd Apr 2017, 10:15
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Didn't know Coningsby was in Yorkshire; that's where the OP wants to do his Typhoon spotting!
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Old 3rd Apr 2017, 11:37
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Some great ideas so far.

Note, I've done Coningsby before, and although it's always good to see the BBMF I'll not likely get a pass to travel South of Yorkshire again.

But a recent fascination with the TSR2 could mean a quick solo trip to Cosford. If only.
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Old 3rd Apr 2017, 12:51
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I'm visiting Yorkshire, the Lakes and touring around Scotland
RAF Spadeadam is pretty much central to all that. Easy access and a good viewing area.

Not sure how much action there is these days though.
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Old 3rd Apr 2017, 15:03
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Aeroventure at Doncaster (likely sans tiffies tho....)
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 10:10
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Yorkshire is next to Lincolnshire, so not a problem.
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 18:28
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The BBMF Lancaster is at Duxford undergoing deep maintenance with ARC.
I think it is possible to arrange a viewing.
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Old 8th Apr 2017, 20:45
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Worth a look

MachLoop.co.uk - The Mach Loop aka Machynlleth Loop. UK Low Level Flying by RAF Aircraft and Fast Jets
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Old 20th Apr 2017, 18:52
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Pair of Typhoons over Epping at 18.42 heading SW at approx 600ft QNH?
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Old 29th Apr 2017, 01:36
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If you are coming to Yorkshire then certainly give the museum at Elvington (near York) a look, there is also a WW2 museum at Eden Camp (about 10 miles east of York). You could get a flight out of Sherburn Aero Club which is not too far away and, being in Yorkshire, you can sample all four seasons in one afternoon.

As for seeing Typhoons. You may be lucky and be in the area when a pilot graduation is on at Linton. More often than not that will include a Typhoon display. Alternatively, RAF Leeming is just up the way and often has them in on short visits.

As you trek north to Scotland, spend a day around Windermere in the Lake District; it gets its share of low level jets and a very short climb can have you looking down on them as they pass (especially Dunmail Raise).

Everyone raves about the Mach-loop but this has two drawbacks. 1) It is in Wales and 2) It is in Wales. Unless you drive like a nun on her driving test you are likely to go to jail for 10 years for going .1mph over the speed limit. :-)

Hope you have a great visit.
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www.hawkertyphoon.com
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