Sunday, 17 August 2014

Avro Vulcan XH558 - The Spirit of Great Britain

I went to the Farnborough Airshow the other day and really enjoy the day out. That said, I could have done without the massive wait to get out of the grass park at the end, but it was my first time of going so I guess you live and learn!

The Avro Vulcan XH558 stole the show for me and you could tell just how much she means to people when prior to her ground roll everybody got on their feet and there was buzz of excitement. 

She didn't let people down because as she rotated she went full thrust (or pretty close I would imagine) and the sound was awesome. I believe they are demonstrating her at airshows with more power than they previously used to. 

This is because with just a couple of years to run, they are trading engine hours against air frame hours. It appears that 2015 could be her last year. I think she is absolutely magnificent. What a name as well!

17 August 2014 - Isle of Sheppey , Canterbury, Rochester

Weather wasn't too great first thing this morning so I put off a cross country trip to stay relatively local taking in the Isle of Sheppey and Canterbury before turning back to Rochester. Runway in use was 20 and the surface wind was about 15 knots at 190 degrees.

Brakes Off: 8:05(Z) Brakes On: 09:00(Z) Total: 0:55 
Total Hours: 110:55

Monday, 4 August 2014

3 August 2014 - Hastings

Lovely day yesterday and I wanted to pop down to Lydd but I just didn't have time as somebody needed the aircraft straight after my early morning slot. I popped down to the coast in the end, this is all I had time for really. Lovely day mind. Nice and warm. Short video attached.

Brakes Off: 8:10(Z) Brakes On: 09:20(Z) Total: 1:10 
Total Hours: 110:00