FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW
Thats a shame while at Gaydon we used to have an air display every year and the turn out was around 100,000 each time i was on duty for most of them and thoroughly enjoyed the banter with the public it was amazing.
Sleep well. x
Sleep well Mac x
My wife had an uncle who was something to do with security years ago at Farnborough he was a civilian. We had a Victor crash and the remains were laid out in a hanger i did'nt mention it to him but he told me all about it the worring thing was although i knew i had done my job correctly it still bothers you as i had worked on it that day it turned out an engine exploded on take off. The night she crashed was my batchelor party at the local pub and we saw her flying round with the engine on fire at about 11 pm they were burning off fuel running on two engines but due to a miscalculation having carried out a low fly past over the tower for them to check if the undercarriage was down and locked the two remaining enines cut out due to fuel starvation and seeing they at about 50 feet did'nt stand a chance finally going down about 10 miles away so as you can see my wedding was somewhat upsetting and wonderful as i knew the pilot as he used to walk his dog down the path i took to visit Barbara and we ofetn had a chat smashing guy and only had a couple of months left before demob.
Sorry for being morbid.
Have a great day. x
I'll bore you with another story while on one of the airshows my job was to look afer 4 vintage aircraft ensuring the public did'nt touch them as they had a habit of doing just that. One of them was a Fairy Swordfish and to start the engine a handle had to be inserted into the side of the engine which had an inertia start system i had to turn this handle and a fly wheel gradually built up speed until it was rotating fast enough to turn the engine over it probably took about twenty seconds to complete one revolusion as i was doing it an audience started to gather and as i was building up the speed they were ooing as the fly wheel increased speed so was their ooing also increased when the pilot shouted now i removed the handle and the engine turned over but did'nt start so the audience shouted a great big oh! so we tried again with an even bigger crowd so the noise was going up on the third try she started and there was a loud hurray as he taxied out the pilot gave me a great big grin and a wink that confirmed what i thought at the time he was playing to the crowd and failed to turn on the ignition switches it was a brilliant end to a great day.
Thank you so much for these two posts and you do not need to apologise if you think you are being morbid. Facts are facts and it must have been particularly upsetting for you under the circumstances.
Love the Fairy Swordfish story (and you certainly are not boring me!!) You are right about the public always wanting to touch things but I don't think they realised the damage they could inflict on what were quite fragile structures.
Thanks again Mac - have a good day x
The largest British seaplane was the Saunders Roe Princess but it only made a couple of flights first flight in 1952 and i watched it take off in the Solent quite a sight. I think the Spruce Goose only flew once.
Good night. x
Good night x
Night night x
We could see Sunderlands landing on the Great Bitter Lake which was a stone's throw away - if you had a very strong arm. On one occasion I was just leaving the Orderly Room for my break when one flew directly overhead. It looked like a block of houses at the height it came over and the noise was deafening. They used to bring mail to us and take our replies back to Blighty apart from other items.
Mac - I seem to remember the Saunder-Roe Princess was jet-propelled or am I mixing it up with another aircraft?
The one and only Spruce Goose was obsolete before it even flew due to Howard Hughes's waywardness. It flew once only and that was for ten minutes with Howard Hughes piloting it. After that it was mothballed but then converted to a tourist attraction. It's in an air conditioned room to avoid rotting from viewers breath.
When I was in Sales years later I was in Blackpool and having had a mid-day meal was on my way to head away from the Prom to an appointment but as I put my indicator on to turn left I was stopped by a Policeman. I called him over and asked why he had stopped me but all he would say was to stay where I was. I was pretty fuming but even when a Sergeant came along he too just said the same thing. I had to wait for about twenty minues by which time I would have been at the firm I was visiting. Traffic had been stopped all along the seafront but then what do you think happened? The Red Arrows did a display just over the sand almost over the Prom and skimming the piers. Lovely to watch but long before mobile phones so I could only make the best of it and enjoy the spectacle. When I got to the firm I had to be very persuasive to get to see the Buyer who was pretty well ticked off although probably not as much as I was. He made me wait a few days before phoning an order through. Sadist!
You don't need permission as far as i'm concerned we all supported queen and country what ever the circumstances and are therefore kindred spirit's, but yes the Princess was it had six turboprop engines with contra-rotating propellors.
Talking about noise when stationed in Goose Bay Canada although it was a Canadian air base the Americans had a huge base there and had F102's well the Russians sent a massive bomber over every day and and at night the yanks scrambled a couple of these F102's to intercept it and they would take off in the middle of the night using their afterburners you never heard noise like, it was interesting because they had a chat which was sometimes relayed over the radio so we all heard it the yanks would say hi boris and the Russian aircrew would return with hello yank the conversations were always polite and sometimes amusing then they would peel off and return back to Russia.
I never saw the Princess close up but i could imagine how impressive it must have looked. While talking about sea planes their was a four engined one in the thirties but i think it was used commercially only called the Empire it looked similar to the Sunderland not sure if it was larger or not. x
Have a great day.
Still using flying boats here to fight forest fires right up to the Mighty Martin Mars.
There was a TV programme many years ago where a team restored a Catalina and decided to do a long distance flight from somewhere to somewhere else - sorry for being vague. They were in a bit of trouble over the Sudan because the engines were not too good so maximum height was a factor flying over it because with the civil war going on they were likely to be shot at because they were not given permission. They did get over without trouble but they must have had a tremor or two while doing it.