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grendel

Noisy lot

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Well here I was sitting in the office when I heard a noisy plane fly past - strange I thought - they are a bit low, then another.

I thought I recognised that noise, so went out into the car park - yes I was right that was the growl of a merlin - better than that- several merlins.

Yes it was the battle of Britain flight - all the fighters, spitfires, typhoons and hurricanes plus a jet. the funniest (and noisiest) was the jet trying not to catch up the spitfire, to fly slow enough the pilot was almost balancing the poor thing on its tail jets, so as it went over we got the full effect of the noise, after circling our depot 4 or 5 times they disappeared. later investigation told us that they were doing the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Britain flyby - over Buckingham Palace, when we looked on the map and extended the line of the mall straight out of London - we were not far off the line- just outside the M25, they had circled us wasting a few minutes to get the flyby timed perfectly at the Palace, I only got one very bad picture as they started their run (only my phone camera here).

 

Grendel

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Grendel,

    I was on the phone to my guys in the office and we overlook the palace from St James St - they had a really good view.

 

He mentioned the jet almost in a stall as it went past.

 

Missed it as I am working at home today - grrrr. :cry:  :cry:

 

Any idea what the jet was?

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Hi Mark,

 

Not seen this on TV yet, (Watching the Test Match) but my guess if would be the Gloster Meteot Jet? As it was only one in WW2.

 

 

cheers Iain.

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That looks like the buildings near where I work... Not in Yarmouth by any chance?

Edit - I should learn to read :-/

Saw this lot at the Duxford air show couple of months ago - makes you proud to be British!!

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the papers say it was a Eurofighter Typhoon - painted in WW2 colours, it was certainly struggling to go as slow as the others.

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Ray you are going to have trouble walking with a euro fighter shoved up .......

That is just plain nasty doing the gin thing on a Friday when some of us are working. And cracking weather as well.

Have a sip for me please.

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Ah Ray - your back in Australia no wonder its nice - throw another shrimp on the barbie. :dance  :dance

 

The iPad wrong way round trick I see.

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Anything heading for a flypast over Buck House usually comes over us as well. I completely forgot about this given I was stuck in the office but hubby was at home and caught a glimpse of some of it.

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Ray big brother is watching all your internet activity!

I didn't even know sites like those ones you go to existed.

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A couple of BBMF Spitfires are doing a flypast for us at Aerobility Blackbushe today at 1330.

 

                                                 :clap :clap :clap :clap

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I was on the right-hand wing of the Lead Vulcan back in '77 for the Queen's Silver Jubilee when I took this pic on the bomb bay camera as we overflew Buck House:

 

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Note the higgledy-piggledy Guards' lines.. my Station Commander had this pic motor-cycle couriered to Guards HQ in London immediately!

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Just heard on the local radio news that the Vulcan will be making its last ever flight at the Clacton on Sea air show next month. Over the years that and the red arrows have seemed permanent fixtures.

 

Charlie

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I am very close to Prestwick Airport, so may try and find a vantage point that day if I can.

 

 

cheers Iain

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It banks round every year just out to sea of our cottage.............. so always a good birdseye view of it.............. shame its the last time here .........

 

Charlie

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