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Cold War Jets (Bruntingthorpe UK) Open Day

 
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May 27, 2013 02:42 |  #1

Fantastic day out.

Went along with my friend Martin who is a volunteer there - that meant a 05:30 alarm, to leave at 06:30 to get to Martins for 07:30 and the airfield at 08:00 (the public are let in at 09:00 for £15 per head)

This wasn't an air show, but an open day with some of the jets doing high speed taxi runs along the 2 mile runway - ear defenders were a must, as you could get really close to the runway.

Each participating aircraft would fast taxi past the crowd, turn round, slow taxi back, turn around then boot it down the runway, turn round and slow taxi back - lots of opportunities for photo taking.

A lot of the air craft were open for people to clamber into and their were stalls selling all sorts of military type paraphilia.

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Thanks for looking - more here: http://www.flickr.com …43100233/with/8​845771781/ (external link)

Lawrence (very sunburnt)



  
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May 27, 2013 04:06 |  #2

Nice shots
Didn't know there were Canberras still flying


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May 27, 2013 04:26 |  #3

Desertraptor wrote in post #15971283 (external link)
Didn't know there were Canberras still flying

shhh... no-one saw the wheels leave the ground! ;)

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May 27, 2013 04:46 |  #4

There is one flying, part of what was the the Air Atlantique (sp?) Collection. They were at Coventry Airport but but are now in the process of moving to a new site on the former RAF St Mawrgan (again sp?) now Newquay Airport in Cornwall. It is a shame that all those great cold war jets at Bruntingthorp cannot be kept truly airworthy and flown. We in the UK seem to have allowed the loss of so much of our aviation history. Up to 1945 seems to be the limit for too much of our efforts. I know the problem is money due to the huge costs involved with jets but one can still wish.

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May 27, 2013 08:39 |  #5

...as you could get really close to the runway.

It's great that they did that for you, & you got some nice shots.


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May 27, 2013 08:54 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #6

Great shots of some very cool aircraft.


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May 27, 2013 13:16 |  #7

PhotosGuy wrote in post #15971650 (external link)
It's great that they did that for you, & you got some nice shots.

It wasn't just for me - the crowd line was probably only a runway width from the runway:

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All the aircraft taxi'd down to the end of the spectator area, tuned round (as in this picture) and returned to the start before opening the throttle for full power ear splitting run down the runway - car alarms going off all around :D

I went for a walk around about lunch time, but returned to the above slightly further away location for the afternoon.

Still, was fantastic to be that close (the vibration) - if the aircraft were taking off/landing I'm sure we'd be much, much further back.

The next open day is I thing August bank holiday.

Lawrence



  
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May 27, 2013 13:36 |  #8

joeseph wrote in post #15971296 (external link)
shhh... no-one saw the wheels leave the ground! ;)

good shots!

All the fast taxi run aircraft at the open day are not actually permitted to fly, although there was an "accident" in 2009:

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=TGjPu6DPzWU (external link)

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May 27, 2013 14:32 |  #9

Very cool opportunity, and you covered it well.


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