North Weald Diary 2014

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Hi all, is there anyone down at North Weald to add piccys here to be like the DUXFORD DIARY which is very informative and interesting.
Maybe my nudge will bring some shots in, I have heard Red Gnat out and about on the scanner a little while ago.
just a thought .

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To start things off, here are a few shots from the past few weeks.

Hangar 11 Hurricane on a run and break,then a landing
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/HurricaneBreak1000_zpseb98aaf8.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/HurricaneLand1000_zpsd3a5eaab.jpg

Army Air Corps Apaches are regular visitors
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/ApacheTakeOffRoll-1000_zpscc14bfbf.jpg

G-MOUR, the yellow Gnat has been working up in anticipation of their three-ship formations
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/G-MOURTakeOff-1000_zpse27a6894.jpg

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Last weekend were the first three-ship Gnat sorties for 14 years. The Saturday one first…
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/GantsWaitingtoStart2-1000_zps404d3748.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/GnatsBacktrack1000_zps2a96e86a.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/GnatsTakeOff1000_zps5aac59b6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/GnatsTakeOff2-1000_zpsb758cd47.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/SmokePass1000_zps2565e67a.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/EchelonPass1000_zpsf4125c33.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/TaxiBack1000_zps7a4e236d.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/TaxiBack3-1000_zpse5643c32.jpg

There was also a two ship and first solo on type
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/SoloTakeOff1000_zps289cc550.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/SoloLand1000_zps2bb235c1.jpg

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Last Sunday, there were two more three-ship sorties
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/GnatTakeOff1-1000_zps8d408d65.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/GnatTakeOff2-1000_zpsae95abc3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/VicPass1000_zps38288f91.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/RunAndBreak1000_zps6f76bca2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/LandingRoll1000_zps5230451b.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/TaxiBack1-1000_zps3a0cdbaa.jpg

The second sortie was an air-to-air photo shoot with the Strikemaster, which took off first and flew on over the Gnats as they took off.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/StrikemasterTakeoff1-1000_zpsac592dd3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/StrikemasterTakeOff2-1000_zps04ed5aff.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/SmokeTakeOff1-1000_zps172ff7db.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/SmokeTakeOff2-1000_zpsaa04f36e.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/SmokeTakeOff3-1000_zps43be2f17.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/SmokeTakeOff4-1000_zps7b50cc0d.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/Competition1000_zpsff2720b5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/Land2-1000_zps8075d9d4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/StrikemasterLand1-1000_zps7cab14a7.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/StrikemasterLand2-1000_zps96a55156.jpg

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Yesterday (Good Friday) we had the Hanger 11 Hurricane doing a short air test before departing to Wellesbourne.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/HurricaneTakeOff1-1000_zpsd23bd957.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/HurricaneTakeOff2-1000_zps553ece89.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/HurricaneLand1-1000_zps9f94e1f4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/HurricaneTakeOff3-1000_zpsde5795e0.jpg

Our South Arabian Federation Provost, G-PROV, was carrying out training flights and a solo detail.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/G-PROVTaxi-1000_zps19c7e553.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/G-PROVTakeOff1-1000_zps1fee2601.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/G-PROVTakeOff2-1000_zpsfda15070.jpg

Our Hong Kong Bulldog, G-GPCL, was out on a local flight.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/BulldogG-BPCL-1000_zpsab580767.jpg

We also had another Bulldog, G-BZMD, XX554, visiting from Goodwood in standard RAF colours.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/BulldogG-BZMD-1000_zps6213c575.jpg

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Very nice set of pictures.

Does Dave Gilmour still own the Gnat ?

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:D Thank you for this thread and the photos .How lovely to see the Hurri and the 3 ship Gnats ,Thanks keep them coming.

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Seconded! Excellent idea for a thread.;)

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Brilliant idea for a thread, and even better I see there is an ex HK Bulldog flying there....great to see!

Thanks
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Love the gnats,, striking paint jobs too.

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What a great thread, and some lovely pictures. It just reminded me, this year is the 30th anniversary of the first North Weald Fighter Meet. Oh happy days!

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Superb images from yakrider, and a great idea for a thread too

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Very nice set of pictures.

Does Dave Gilmour still own the Gnat ?


Believe he sold it along with Intrepid Aviation some time ago.

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yes went to all the Fighter Meets ,good old days ,last time i heard a couple of years ago ,Gilmour still owns an AT6 and Boeing Stearman tucked away in the far hanger on the Airfield , anyone know if there is a Fly In at North Weald next weekend ?

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yes went to all the Fighter Meets ,good old days ,last time i heard a couple of years ago ,Gilmour still owns an AT6 and Boeing Stearman tucked away in the far hanger on the Airfield , anyone know if there is a Fly In at North Weald next weekend ?

The Squadron at North Weald Airfield (EGSX) will be holding a Spring Fly-in on April 27th 2014.

All Aircraft types are welcome.

Although there are no Landing Fee's our chosen Charity for 2014 is Aerobility. If you wish to make a donation they will be greatly received.

An added spectacle should be a 3 ship formation of Gnat's flying several times during the day.

Airfield opens 08:30 (L) Closes 19:00 (L) Last departures 18:50 (L)

PPR required on 01992 524510 (The Squadron) or 01992 524740 (Tower)

Also in June: http://www.essexairambulance.uk.com/news-events/community-events/air-britain

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Thank you YAKRIDER, great shots, I am really looking forward to seeing more, I have not been over to weald in a dogs age!
30 years since the first Fighter Meet? I think I attended all of them bar one, be great to reinstate something on a similar lines but I do know expense prohibits such.
Keep up the great work at NW.

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I too am greatly in favour of this thread. Great idea! Perhaps this would be a nice oppourtunity for people to upload pictures from Fighter Meets throughout the years too? I know they have been covered in other corners of the internet but it would be nice to have one solid thread to archive them all.

Looking forward to seeing this progress.

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Some 1942 take-off action too

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And one more historic one from the 332 Squadron area

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Cracking shots I have not seen before from BoB film at Weald, rather than post the pics without permission, you can all take a look.

>>>>BoB Movie<<<<

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Seconded! Excellent idea for a thread.;)

Thirded! And brilliant to see three very distinctive Gnats flying together. Just hope airshow organisers open their eyes (and wallets) this year and book them!

Rob