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  1. 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. The south west corner of The Wash with the River Welland and Boston (no, the original Boston Jack!) in the distance. 10. At Corby Glen with Bourne just visible. 11. Over the threshold at Cottesmore. 12 Parked up at Cottesmore. Great flight down the Lincolnshire coast, hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Battleship Grey. Not fussed on the current one...
  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 the severe crosswind (Approach had about 15° slip angle). Loaded the plane up pretty heavy (96% gross weight), so the climb was very slow. Had to reduce climb quite a while to pick up speed and reduce the angle of attack. Learned that it is very popular with the passengers to turn down the autopilots sensitivity to about 1.2 for rudder and elevator. Might try a full night flight next time. Off we go into the wide blue world Reaching FL140 Getting darker in the office The green fields of, ehm, well, England in this case Descending into Newcastle, the outskirts allready well illuminated Approach from the captains view Those long legs allready reaching for the tarmac And down safe again, thank you for traveling with BOAC!
  6. 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.
  7. 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, exceptional VC quality! Popham from above, high scenery options, it does look very nice. Time to turn back Clearing that fuel station on final, might be wise not to end up in there. One for the books, easy down into the grass. And ready to fly another day, following the famous slogan: "A good landing is one you can walk away from, a perfect landing is one upon which you can still use the plane!" An amazing peace of freeware, my biggest thanks to the team who created this gem. Need to look into some more liveries now later, but I really recommend this one to any prop enthusiast.
  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 minutes. Back further down, heading towards Leeds Turning in, controls on manual, smooth ride even with that bumpy air Approach config, runway in sight And the gear reaching out for the runway Shut down, another job well done I really like the aircraft, nothing better than some pistons chuggin' along, smell of oil, vibrations and the feeling of raw power. Flies like a dream, though. Landings are very easy to get right but still rewarding. The simulation is awesome too, I just don´t have a lot of fun with non Accusim birds anymore, it lacks so much of the aviation experience. The scenery of England is still very good, too. I´m looking forward to Germany as soon as the southern part comes out. And maybe some day (Shouldn´t be too long now) I can afford the Global package, too. Flight simming isn´t the best hobby for a student, it seems Hope you enjoy the shots.
  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 plane flew in November 1947 5. Torquay and Dartmouth, g'day Andy. The second lesser powered Derwent powered model flew in Sep 1948. 6. The plane did not however live up to expectations and was not as fast as expected. 7. Minehead. The first prototype was lost in May 1949. The pilot experienced flutter and ejected, luckily he was the only occupant and the co pilot's position did not have an ejector seat. Remarkably the pilotless plane then glided on its own and landed with some small damage. 8. Just past Cardiff, g'day Paul. This was the first occasion that a British pilot had used an ejector seat in an emergency. 9. Approaching Filton. The project was abandoned after this accident. 10. The surviving AW.52 was used at Farnborough until June 1954. 11. It had a 90ft wingspan, a top speed of 500mph and a service ceiling of 36000ft.
  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. 3. Passing by the market town of Hinckley. 4. Now at Leicester, where miracles happen! The M1 motorway is prominent. Like the Stirling bomber, the Whitley flies nose down. This is due to the angle of incidence of the wing which was originally designed without flaps. The tapered design of the fuselage also accentuates the nose down attitude. 5. Just in front of the nose is the 954ft tall tv transmitter tower at Waltham on the Wolds. The original one collapsed in 1966. 6. Now descending and passing Waddington. 7. At Lincoln with the Castle and Cathedral clearly visible. 8. The destination is Scampton, the original base of the famous 617 Squadron. As far as I can make out Whitleys were not based here. 9. Turning to line up on rwy 22 10. Touching down at Scampton. Thanks for flying along.
  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. 9. EGUW Wattisham. 10. Lid open and everything off. A great flight in the RTAF Spitfire 18. Hope you enjoyed the ride over Essex and Suffolk.
  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 uncle had lost his life in an industrial accident at nearby Robertsbridge and we had come for the Coronial Inquest. A late summer's day it was belting down with rain and with the heavy cloud, very dark. 5. Now inland from Hastings and at Westfield. 6. Where it all happened in 1066. Senlac Hill, the site of The Battle of Hastings. 7. Flying back to Deanland, here at Hailsham. 8. Wheels down and wondering if such a heavy plane will land on a short strip. 9.. Beautiful South Downs scenery. 10. Perfect touch down. 11. The Battle is enjoying being out of moth balls and does not want to stop. Passing the end of the runway and still doing 43kts. Sorry about your field of turnip Farmer Giles! 12. Parked up after a bit of farmwork. Another beautiful, if not dated freeware plane. If you look at the starboard side of the Battle you will see why the reference to the B-52!
  13. 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 to Flat Holm Island in the Bristol Channel. 9. Cardiff Docks. 10. The mouth of the Rhymney River at Tremorfa. 11. Now at Newport and the mouth of the Usk River. 12. Goldcliff Pill. 13. After crossing the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth. 14. The M5 on the perimeter of Filton Airport. 15 The Pembroke at Filton. Yet another wonderful freeware plane, dated FS wise but enjoyable to fly.
  14. 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 again with the entrance just behind the port wing. 8. Now at Hythe. 9. Descending into Lydd at Littlestone. 10. Forgotten something? 11. Ah yes. The undercarriage, just remembered at the last minute! A safe touch down at Lydd Airport. Hope you enjoyed the flight through the Garden of England.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 North Road. 6. Close to Alnwick. The weather was usually damp and dreary when I visited this part of the world but my first encounter was on a glorious day like this. 7. Into the strangely patterned Cheviot Hills. 8. On Guard! Flying over the River Tweed at Coldstream! Berwick can just be seen on the coast. Most importantly we are now into Scotland. 9. Well into our descent and Cockenzie Power Station stands out on the shores of the Firth of Forth. 10. Arthurs Seat, Meadowbank Stadium and Hibernian's Easter Road Stadium means we are over Edinburgh. 11. Over the A90 at The Brigg with the obligatory view of the Forth Bridges. Almost at Edinburgh Turnhouse. 12. All the doors open and waiting for the car unloading ramps to arrive. Hope you enjoyed the flight as much as I did!
  17. 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
  18. Can you guess which country I'm in... Downwind:
  19. 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 with mirrors. St Aubin's Bay is on the left. 10. Short finals on 27. 11. Never went to Jersey but I will have to be content visiting the ORBX version. 12. Waiting for the return trip to Southampton. Does any one outside of England recognise this fine plane?
  20. 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. 3. Still on Wide Lane/Southampton Road with the Campbell Road bridge to the railway works. 4. Looking down Factory Road. I worked at the Unigate Dairy but it has now gone with Eastleigh Metro shopping centre now where it used to be. The most famous worker there was comedian Benny Hill who worked as a milkman in the 50s. 5. Eastleigh Railway Station. 6. The Bishpstoke Road bridge, for 18 months I drove my milk float over there every morning on my way to make my doorstep deliveries. 7. Tried going along Twyford Road but it is off the EGHI scenery and I lost my bearings. Followed the railway back towards Eastleigh and was lucky enough to see Battle of Britain Pacific 34067 Tangmere. Some of this class were built at Eastleigh but this one was from Brighton. Of the 110 West Country and BoB Class locos from the 1940s 20 are preserved. 8. Now on Leigh Road, once part of the one way system there is now a pedestrian precinct splitting the road into 2 sections. Sorry officer I did not know that. 9. Nearly there on Woodside Avenue looking for Shakespere Road. 10. Well the scenery ended before Shakespere Road so this is the closest I could get looking at the co ordinates. I am now parked outside my old house in Selwyn Gardens. Buggar it, it looks like the house needs painting again! Not really but one of my favourite songs from 1969. Hope you enjoyed my drive around Eastleigh. Most of the roads are roughly in the right place but it was meant to be flown over and not driven around. Many thanks to Lars and Martin for this wonderful scenery which for me is full of memories from a long time ago.
  21. 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!
  22. First flight in something with a lot, I mean a lot of power. 38.
  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 variable geometry wings adjusting automatically. 6. Leaving England at Southwold. 7. Could not find the GPS/Nav switch and a search produced nothing so manual flying following the flight route via the GPS. 8. In the Alkmaar vicinity Northern Holland. 9. Well into the descent. 10. Something else I never get in the 152. 11. 12. Back in familiar territory again near Emden crossing the Ems . 13. Banking over Jade Bight ready for landing. 14. Not enough power and landed about 50m short but still happy as it was my first attempt with the Tomcat. 15. Slows down quite quickly. 16. Did not need much runway at all, looks like I should do some circuits some when. It has been a help flying the L-39 too. 17. That is it, all parked up safely. A beautiful plane too, reminds me of Manfred's C-47, astounding freeware jet.
  24. Dorothy from L Frank Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz said "there in no place like home." I agree with her as despite having a pretty good holiday it is nice to get back to Mooroopna amongst familiar surroundings. While going through my many emails I saw that JF has released the BAC 1-11 and being on a special introductory price I could not resist. 1. Shock horror, it is not a CTRL+E start. 2. A very easy follow blow by blow guide in the manual make it a breeze to start. Written down all the starting procedures to make it easy for the next flight. 3. G-AVOF is at home too as it was built at the BAC factory here in Bournemouth in the 1960s 4. Taking off from rwy 26 it is a real 1-11 without the Hush Kits. 5. Noisy and smoky a typical 60s jet. 6. Climbing away over Parley and the River Stour, a great place to catch Pike. 7. A beautiful plane to fly with a very decent sound set which is a nice change for JF, well done. 8. Accelerating away and leaving some skid marks in the clouds. 9. Love it, now I will have to make the effort to actually use the nav aids. Hope you enjoyed the shots.
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