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  1. Near Welshpool Further north Heading to Liverpool Enjoying the beautiful lighting while I am already dreaming of home Crossing the river Dee A short cycling above my home region And then Liverpool awaits me.
  2. Speedbird 288, Phoenix Sky Harbor to Heathrow, my first long haul in the 74, from a few weeks back. Crossed the US and much of the pond in darkness. Not far from TOD. OOM country in FSX, but not here (ed. note: I've set up a sim starter profile that doesn't have the small airfield active when I'm flying this thing - not for VAS, just because I don't need to waste the CPU cycles on them) United 1639, Denver to LA, prior to my trip across the Pacific. Yes it was as cold as it looks. Not decided yet whether I prefer this livery or Ba
  3. Evening all, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about a large red and black area of terrain. Only appears for me between Corby, Kettering and Thrapston in the UK. I don't think it's an addon airfield as I have tried turning various bits off and on, no joy! Any ideas? Matt
  4. Some shots from my FSX DX9 system here. Some fun with the Prototype style Mk Ia Spit, Goodwood to Popham with some nice passes before landing. The Spit is really nice, a pleasure to fly. And easy to get it in and out of those small grass fields. It never really looks good when I try operating the Mustang out of Popham.
  5. Took the Connie for the next trip, Bristol to Newcastle, flying Northeast cross country and than heading north along the coast. VOR navigation works quite well now, even though I didn´t get directions for one station. Went for a VOR-DME approach instead of the ILS and was quite happy with the approach. Weather started nice, but somewhere over Coventry I had to fly through a thunderstorm, nice experience, air was calm enough. Weather calmed further away and I could enjoy the sun settling behind the horizon while making the descend into a well iluminated Newcastle. Touched down nicely even with
  6. Decided to finally test the freeware DC-3 and boy, what did I miss. Not a fast mover by any means, but the interactive checklists are great and the startup is fun. Took it on a short spin around Popham, came in quite slow, but managed to ease it down like butter with the elevator fully against my belly. Ready to feel some air beneath it´s wings. Fair weather, quite english except for the missing rain. And well, there are some unusual blue patches in the sky Was gentle on the throttle, so I barely made it over the fence. Gaining altitude, exceptio
  7. On the 8th of April 1967, 50 years ago today, the Beagle Pup made it's first flight from Shoreham Airport. Just over 2 1/2 years later the Government withdrew it's financial backing and Beagle Aircraft went under despite having over 200 on order.. Here is Henry Ford's nightmare, an array of Pups in various colours except black. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
  8. So I did a shorter hop today with the old sheet metal collection. Southampton to Leeds Bradford, trying my skills with VOR navigation. Also had some tough weather, selected one of the ORBx weather sets and lowered the visibilty a bit. Quite shaky air, Stewardesses didn´t like it much, crew liked the landing though Had to impress, with General MacArthur flying in the rear... Loading at Southampton Liftoff, still some wasted part of runway ahead Cruising at a requested FL120 to get above those turbulences. Pax could stretch their legs for some min
  9. ...........is a plane you all would be familiar with, the Armstrong Whitworth AW.52 1. Boscombe Down. In the mid 40s the concept of a flying wing was proposed by Armstrong Whitworth. 2. Right is the The Isle of Wight and below is Highcliffe. A contract for a wooden glider and 2 powered mail carrying prototypes was awarded. 3. Poole Harbour. Flatness was critical for the laminar flow wings so they were built as a top and bottom half separately, from the outside to the ribs and joined. 4. Chesil Beach, Portland and Weymouth. The first Nene powered p
  10. Here is the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley. One of the 3 twin engine bombers that was the backbone of Bomber Command when war broke out in 1939. Almost obsolete in 1939 it was the only one of the 3 that was designed as a night bomber. Eventually powered by Merlins the Whitley continued in the front line until the arrival of the 4 engine heavies. It was then used for various other roles until the end of the war. 1. Leaving over Coventry's Baginton Airport, where the Whitley was designed and built. 2. Coventry with it's famous Cathedral below the port engine.
  11. Not LOWI but a very pleasant Spitfire flight over the east of England 1. Arrowing out of Stapleford, no destination as yet. 2. Over the M25. 3. Passing Chelmsford. 4. At Silver End with Blackwater in the distance. 5. At Earl's Colne airport with Colchester on the right. 6. We are at Assington! Yes really, with Wattisham, our destination, just visibule, centre left. 7. Not much habitation here but Lavenham is a couple of miles to the right. 8. Descending over Monk's Eleigh and Clay Hill Road.
  12. My quest for old, mainly British aircraft continues. I found the Defiant the other day and Andy reminded me of the Fairey Battle. Only in FS9, but a bit of jiggling and hey presto! 1. Taking off from EGKL Deanland in West Sussex. 2. Not far from Lower Dicker is the Long Man of Wilmington. This one is a bit more modest then another I have seen on here. 3. Heading east over Eastbourne. 4. Bexhill is on the left and we are at Hastings. Much nicer weather and circumstances from the one time I visited here 52 years ago. My favourite uncl
  13. From Brough actually which is very close to Hull. 1. Home of Blackburn Aircraft, then BaE, now shut with plans to redevelop the airfield away from aviation. 2. Flying down the Humber Estuary past the Humber Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world. 3. The power station and chemical works at Salt End. 4. More industry at Immingham on the southern shores of The Humber. 5. The Dock Tower at Grimsby. 6. At North Sumercotes 7. Mabelthorpe 8. Skegness, another holiday resort. 9.
  14. I have been flying a lot in Wales recently and here is my latest flight but it is miles from Pembroke! 1. Leaving Cardiff in the Percival Pembroke. 2. Now at Porthcawl and turning to the east to fly up the coast. 3. Nash Point. 4. The Aberfaw Power Station 5. Rhoose, Porthkerry Viaduct and the departure point of Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport. 6. Barry Island and the docks. 7. Chemical and power facilities at Barry. 8. Lavernock, where in 1897 Marconi gave the his first overwater wireless transmission
  15. Not as romantic as it sounds but a flight from Newcastle to Edinburgh in another beautiful old plane from the past, the ATL-98 Carvair. 1. Lifting off from Newcastle International. All these airports now have new fancy names, but I still know it as Woolsington! 2. Turning for Turnhouse over the A1 at Wideopen. 3. Bedlington (for those who like dogs) is on the left and Blythe (for those who like Blythe) is on the coast on the Blythe River estuary. 4.. Not far away and flying over Morpeth. 5. Leaving Morpeth behind with the A1 Great
  16. A few views of my flight from Biggin Hill down to the White Cliffs of Dover. 1. Climbing out of Biggin Hill, plenty of change here since I used to make the annual pilgrimage to the Air Fair in the 70s. 2. Passing Tonbridge. 3. Picking up the A20 and M20 at Ashford, which will guide us to Dover. 4. Approaching Folkestone and the Channel Tunnel Terminal 5. The Cruise Terminal at Dover. 6. The famous white cliffs, always a welcome sight after a rough ferry crossing from The Continent. 7. The Tunnel Terminal
  17. Finally got my new laptop today after the old one gave up the ghost last week so I am able to post screenies again..........what do you mean OH NO!!! Anyway, on the Monday the singer Vera Lynn celebrated her 100th birthday. One of her most famous songs was (There'll be bluebirds over) The White Cliffs of Dover. So here is a tribute to this famous of English singer. 37.
  18. Erik just said that my post over Berlin was like a typical German summer. Well Erik, here is a shot typical of an English long week end, I don't know if it is still called a Bank Holiday over there. This is how I always remember them. 4. Above is the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) spotter plane scouring the A303 near Andover for drivers who may have had too much
  19. Can you guess which country I'm in... Downwind:
  20. 1. Waiting for it's passengers to board at Southampton. 2. BIA was one of the main carriers out of Southampton in the 70s 3. Some very finely dressed passengers about to board their Embraer Jet. 4. Lifting off from Rwy 20. 5. The Isle of Wight with Cowes on the Medina River. 6. Approaching the French coast at Cosqueville 7. Cherbourg with it's huge harbour where Trans Atlantic liners used to dock in the old days. 8. Approaching the island of Jersey. 9. No cockpit, it is all being done wit
  21. Decided to go for a drive in the car I would buy if I ever won millions in the lottery. What I am trying to do is find my last house in the UK before I came to Australia. As my luck would have it , it is just off the edge of the EGHI scenery area. So much change in the last 36 years. 1. Eastleigh Airport is now Southampton International and a new roundabout to get onto Wide Lane. For those who don't know the Spitfire made it's first flight from here in 1936 2. A beautiful new station with a South West Trains Class 444 Desiro EMU on it's way to Bournemouth
  22. One of my favourite planes is Virtualcol's Dash8 and today I decided to upgrade the sound with Skysong Soundworks PW 100. Just a few pics from an early morning take off from Plymouth to test out the new engines. 1. 2. 3. The Dash8 now sounds better, F-50 and ATRs to follow with better sounding engines. I think the 340 will have it's CT-7s replaced too!
  23. Without a doubt my favourite modern, if you can call something that made it's first flight in 1970 modern, military jet is the F-14. This is the freeware F-14 Designed by Dino Cattaneo. 1.. Taking off from EGUL Lakenheath. 2. Approaching Brandon but I don't know what these are! Never seen them on my Cessna 152. Reminds me of this great but scary song. 3. Not far from Norwich. 4. My first tentative manoeuvre over Taverham. 5. Don't know what it all does but we are flying helped by the variabl
  24. First flight in something with a lot, I mean a lot of power. 38.
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