F-4 Phantom finally bows out of US military service
Happy New Year to all of our readers - and it's a slightly bittersweet story to start things off: the final retirement from US military service of the ever popular Phantom... US forces bid farewell to the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II on December 21, 2016, during a ceremony and brief flying display at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The type left US frontline squadron use in 1996, but over 300 were converted into QF-4 aerial target drones, and continued to provide essential service. The QF-16 will take over these duties in future.
Shuttleworth Collection prepares for post-Christmas Engineering Open Workshop Dec 29-30
Some brief footage of The Shuttleworth Collection's Gloster Gladiator being moved into its workshop in preparation for the attraction's Engineering Open Workshop days on December 29 and 30. Several aircraft can be seen by the public with panels etc removed as Old Warden's engineers work on their winter maintenance or ongoing restoration schedules. It just remains for us to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas, and thanks for your support this year. #GlosterGladiator making its way into... - The Shuttleworth Collection | Facebook
Meteor restoration makes further progress at Elvington
Graham Buckle and his team at Elvington in Yorkshire have taken considerable steps forward in their restoration of Gloster Meteor NF.14 WS788. The full story will be published in the next issue of FlyPast (out January 2), but in the meantime, here are some recent pictures from the project. The group is particularly keen to source any information on the ‘Dixey’ nose art applied to WS788 during its time with the RAF’s 1 Air Navigation School. If you can help, please contact Graham: email@example.com
Christmas activities for kids at Middle Wallop's Museum Of Army Flying
Between December 17 and 30, children visiting the Museum of Army Flying can celebrate the 12 days of Christmas by seeking out the doors hidden around its displays. If found, all will reveal a special message from the museum, and kids will receive a small gift and be entered into a Grand Draw to win a Revell Glow in the Dark helicopter. There will also be the usual craft activities available on every weekday from December 19 to 30, which includes making Christmas decorations, creating a calendar for 2017 and designing a fairy door. The attraction will be open every day except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. www.armyflying.com
Dealing with Disruption
Sainsbury's Bank has released a guide that offers practical advice if a flight is delayed or cancelled. It details a traveller’s legal rights, and the responsibilities of the airline in case of flight disruptions such as delays and cancellations. Download your copy below or from http://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/library/default/resources/dealing-with-flight-disruption.pdf...
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