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post Apr 21 2014, 04:40 PM
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Nothing much has happened here for a bit so a little ramble for Easter Monday.
(I hope I don't offend anyone. smile.gif )

I joined F/B years ago and never used it until I tried to post recently on the N P&P pages.
Because I had no appropriate or obvious connection to Newbury I was ignored.
I managed to blag my way on which was fine.

But I seem to have been accepted by another group that has a presence on my screen.
Frank Swinkels has approved my request to join the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II group.

Blimey, no idea how that happened. The Google ads always seem to be one step behind my searches
but joining a plane anorak group was not my idea. And now apart from being racist, I am obviously a war mongering
Telegraph reading US loving fascist. At least the UN envoy hasn't labelled me sexist along with 50% of the nation. Yet.

Basically my beef (non vegetarian comments are allowed at the moment) is that I don't like that plane at all.
Probably a good all round workhorse, but I like Big Jets. B58, B47,B52 and the big USSR prop ones as well.
A pointless post really, mellow.gif
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post Apr 21 2014, 06:01 PM
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I think the Phantom was an great looking plane, as was the Lightening and the Starfighter. We all had the Airfix kits for those, didn't we, not withstanding the Apollo landing kit?

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post Apr 21 2014, 06:07 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Apr 21 2014, 07:01 PM) *
I think the Phantom was an great looking plane, as was the Lightening and the Starfighter. We all had the Airfix kits for those, didn't we, not withstanding the Apollo landing kit?


That wasn't just the Airfix kit, that was the actual thing!


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post Apr 21 2014, 06:12 PM
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Your neck of the woods was always good for a bit of plane-potting NM. I used to see the fast jets when I visited Aldeburgh, and there was more exotic hardware to be seen around Rendlesham Forest.


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post Apr 21 2014, 06:16 PM
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Never mind, sit back and smell the glue!


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post Apr 21 2014, 06:24 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Apr 21 2014, 07:16 PM) *
Never mind, sit back and smell the glue!


I know, it's childhood in a tube. Was the starfighter the one that used to fly itself into the ground?


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post Apr 21 2014, 06:28 PM
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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ Apr 21 2014, 07:24 PM) *
I know, it's childhood in a tube. Was the starfighter the one that used to fly itself into the ground?

The widow-maker. The small wings made it a demanding aircraft to fly and both the Luftwaffe and USAF lost a few.
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post Apr 21 2014, 06:57 PM
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QUOTE (NWNREADER @ Apr 21 2014, 07:28 PM) *
The widow-maker. The small wings made it a demanding aircraft to fly and both the Luftwaffe and USAF lost a few.

I'm thinking about another aircraft then, I'm sure it looked like the starfighter but its nickname made some allusion to flying into the ground - coffin nail or ground dagger, something like that.


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post Apr 21 2014, 07:16 PM
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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ Apr 21 2014, 07:57 PM) *
I'm thinking about another aircraft then, I'm sure it looked like the starfighter but its nickname made some allusion to flying into the ground - coffin nail or ground dagger, something like that.


No I think that is all the same one. It was sold as a fighter, but wasn't agile. It was more of a reconnaissance jet, but it looked the coolest, despite its ability. The Lightening was cool too!



And not forgetting the OP:

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post Apr 21 2014, 07:18 PM
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I also had the Saturn V!

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post Apr 21 2014, 07:20 PM
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So Andy and Simon spent their youth glue sniffing tongue.gif biggrin.gif
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post Apr 21 2014, 07:21 PM
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Sort off! *sniff* tongue.gif
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post Apr 21 2014, 07:23 PM
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Meteor fighters had some terrible losses. A flight of 6 came down over fen country after getting lost in fog and cloud and running out of fuel. At one stage they were losing them on a weekly basis.
And then there was Death by Jet. A pilot was disciplined for some flying matter and late at night took off in his Meteor and was never seen again. Maybe he landed at Rendlesham ohmy.gif

Yes There are some exotic flights over my place Simon. 617 Sqdn is due to form up at RAF Marham soon with
Lightning IIs. Time from my drive by car is about 40 minutes. By F22 from over my chimneys 3 minutes possibly.
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post Apr 21 2014, 07:25 PM
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And of course:





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post Apr 21 2014, 07:25 PM
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Ah, but a different glue was used for balsa and tissue... "Joyplane".
That really was quite strong. And I don't imagine anyone of us knew of it's alternative use!
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post Apr 21 2014, 07:27 PM
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Technically, balsa is hard wood, don't you know!
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post Apr 21 2014, 07:29 PM
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QUOTE (Nothing Much @ Apr 21 2014, 05:40 PM) *
... but I like Big Jets.
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If you'll pardon the liberty, how about a Spruce Goose?


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post Apr 21 2014, 07:34 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Apr 21 2014, 08:25 PM) *
And of course:


Amen.

This was the German plane that grabbed me:


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post Apr 21 2014, 07:52 PM
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Ah yes, respect! had one of those too!

And then:



Handy on wet English holidays on the coast.

Meanwhile, all together now!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h7zBTGL1NE

After the turn of the century
In the clear blue skies over Germany
Came a roar and a thunder men had never heard
Like the scream and the sound of a big war bird
Up in the sky, a man in a plane
Baron Von Richthofen was his name
Eighty men tried, and eighty men died
Now they're buried together on the countryside

Chorus:
Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was running up the score
Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

In the nick of time, a hero arose
A funny-looking dog with a big black nose
He flew into the sky to seek revenge
But the Baron shot him down--"Curses, foiled again!"

(chorus)
Now, Snoopy had sworn that he'd get that man
So he asked the Great Pumpkin for a new battle plan
He challenged the German to a real dogfight
While the Baron was laughing, he got him in his sight

That Bloody Red Baron was in a fix
He'd tried everything, but he'd run out of tricks
Snoopy fired once, and he fired twice
And that Bloody Red Baron went spinning out of sight
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post Apr 21 2014, 07:55 PM
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...not forgetting our own Berkshire aviation firm, Miles at Reading, I think they were the last to make wooden aircraft, yet developed the very first supersonic jet.


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