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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    Much respect
    Thank you, that's kind of you to say. I do get over to London about a dozen and a half times per year. Here is a pic of me standing in front of one of the engines on the B777. Each engine has 115,000 Lbs of thrust, which is approximately 100,000 horsepower

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    They based a few of those at RAF Northolt in the fifties and sixties. I saw loads of them. And regularly saw Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, Fairchild C-82 Packet, Douglas C47 Dakota, Avro Shackleton, Lockheed P-2 Neptune, Fairy Gannet, Super Constellation, C-130 Hercules, Bristol Brittania, Vampires, Meteors, Canberras, Comets, Javelins, Hunters, Vickers Varsity & Valetta, Percival Pembrokes, De Havilland Devon, Blackburn Beverley, Handley Page Hastings, (flew in the last four from there). There were loads more that I've not recalled.

    They filmed The Battle of Britain movie there, so I saw loads of ex Spanish air force Heinkel HE111 bombers and ME109 fighters, all sporting Merlin engines. Plus all the WW2 British fighters doing dogfight simulations.

    The Harrier was tested there too.
    I love all of this discussion of the old aircraft. I grew up loving movies like Battle Of Britain and Tora, Tora, Tora. It is hard to wrap your mind around the incredible loss of life though. My Uncle Keith was an instructor on a Cessna Crane in the prairies of Canada for the first half of the war (he signed up at the beginning and made it until one month or so before the end of the war) and then was a Skipper on the Halifax, on countless bombing runs into Germany. Sadly, right before the end of the war he and another bomber collided over Hannover. My wife and I went to see his grave there and I have immense respect for how nicely the Germans have maintained the war graves of their former enemies. Here is a picture or two of him back in the day....

    He is the fellow on the right. This is their flight school graduation photo:
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    Here he is with some rare time off between missions:
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    I don't want to overdo the photos of my uncle, so here are the last three. First one is learning to fly in the Tiger Moth and the second is in the aforementioned Anson. The last photo is of the entire Halifax crew. These are scans from the photo album that he put together during the war. Hope you like them

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    A captain too, that's where the ultimate respect is due Don IMO, I salute your Uncle's memory and bravery in troubled times past.

    Thanks for posting

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    Thanks, Walpurgis, I happened to pick up a copy of the Imperial War Museum's DVD of 'Ferry Pilots' recently. Super WW2 footage of, among others, an Armstrong Whiworth Whitley [interior as well as exterior] as well as an Avro Anson [ditto] in the hands of RAF ATA pilots .
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    'I don't want to overdo the photos of my uncle...'

    Please post as many as you have, Parkie37. What a superb generation they were.
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    Super stuff Parkie !!!
    My friend crews for a local chap that has a Yak , and I believe he has just bought the Avro Anson from Classic Flight at Bagington Coventry , where I used to do a bit of plane scrapping!
    The Anson is the only one still flying , that was in RAF service during the war I believe
    I only ride 'em, I don't know what makes 'em work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parkie37 View Post
    Thank you, that's kind of you to say. I do get over to London about a dozen and a half times per year. Here is a pic of me standing in front of one of the engines on the B777. Each engine has 115,000 Lbs of thrust, which is approximately 100,000 horsepower

    Don In London copy.jpg
    Thats a big engine Don. Not keen on flying have to say. Prefer the sea. I swim better than I fly lol
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    I've still got the old man's WW2 flight log. Mainly routine and transit flights, but also operational flights over German occupied Europe doing radar research and tests, some during bombing missions. Some interesting aircraft and pilot names in there. Dad was the RAF military side head of radar research at the Cranwell radar development station.
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    One of the best - The great Vulcan at RAF Yeovilton


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djd1pPQZ_LE
    I only ride 'em, I don't know what makes 'em work

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