Boyhood dream fulfilled

20 posts / 0 new
Last post
p.mole1
Offline
Last seen: 53 min 13 sec ago
Joined: 02/05/2016
Boyhood dream fulfilled

I finally did it after 15 years of trying. I flew with Aerial Collective at Duxford, I can't recommend them enough, really professional. My Pilot Stu Goldspink was fantastic, as we went past the hanger it was full of WW2 exotica. I can't describe how excited I was, the icing on the cake was a Mk11  Spitfire display by the boss of the Aircraft restoration Company, awesome. The only problem is after that my Caterham seems a bit lame, now if only I had a spare £10 million!

Mcalvert
Mcalvert's picture
Online
Last seen: 4 min 55 sec ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

You lucky, lucky, lucky (EXPLETIVE CROSSED OUT) man.

Very, very jealous.  Do tell us more Byebye 

Michael Calvert

Lowflying Editor ([email protected])

Golf Juliet Tango
Offline
Last seen: 8 hours 17 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014
I completely understand your excitement.

Stephen

Democratic dissent is not disloyalty, it is a positive civic duty

Hammerhills
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 11 hours ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

Wow that to is one thing I would love to do that must be a wonderful experience every time I see one fly over I think to myself one day one day 

Colin Cooper
Colin Cooper's picture
Offline
Last seen: 22 hours 16 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

A must write - up for LF!

Derek Batty
Derek Batty's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 53 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

Went to look round duxford museum,,many years ago great place 

Derek

November7
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 5 days ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

It's evidently been a good week for Spitfires. It took me 60 years from gaining my PPL but I made it on Thursday. A family 80th birthday present was a Spitfire flight from Goodwood in the Mk lX (TR9) SM520 with Jim Schofield (formerly an F35 test pilot) in charge. It was the hottest day of the year so far but, having learned to fly in Singapore, hot cockpits were nothing new. Over Littlehampton came the magic words "you have control", then on to the Needles, with aerobatics on the way back. I agree - a great experience! My wife was talking to spectators. "Are you not worried about such an old person flying in such an old aircraft?" they asked. Some people have no idea of fun. The Spitfire was the 16th different aircraft on my flying list, two of them are now in museums at Duxford and Hendon. Perhaps i will be the next exhibit.

 

 

p.mole1
Offline
Last seen: 53 min 13 sec ago
Joined: 02/05/2016

It was an expensive treat but worth every penny if you are into that sort of thing. I never thought it was something I would be able to experience. I have no flying experience other than some gliding, but I never advanced further than circuits of the airfield and never solo. You are offered a chance to take to control, I didn't preferring to just enjoy the experience, especially the aerobatics. On the safety brief, obviously because the increased risk of flying in these aircraft you offered a refund if it's not for you. It didn't even cross my mind!  I still couldn't quite believe how lucky I was as we thundered down the runway, with way more acceleration than I was expecting and the smell. Then we set off over the Cambridgeshire countryside at 220 mph or is that knots? It is something I shall never forget

 

Alan Reeves
Offline
Last seen: 8 hours 44 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

Jealous or what, sounds fantastic

We had a Spitfire pass over the Gatwick runway yesterday, like many other aircraft taking advantage of the

lack of commercial flying there allowing them to use the airspace they would normally not get within

miles of. And the for the enthusiast , A400 and Awacs 707 this week.

test

 

Aeroscreens
Aeroscreens's picture
Offline
Last seen: 9 hours 29 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

I guess there's more than a few envious people reading this thread and it's certainly on my bucket list when funds allow. So far I've only managed to sit in the Spirit of Kent spitfire at Biggin Hill.

I was fortunate enough to get up close and personal with the BBMF for some photos and a tour of the Lancaster but a flight would trump that substantially.

www.C7CAT.com

Member since March 1998

barry watts
barry watts's picture
Offline
Last seen: 15 hours 53 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

There was one following the downs to beachy head over eastbourne yesterday. It flew quite low over me and boy did it look pretty in the sun, sounded alright as well.

Baz