North Weald Diary 2014

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The owner has requested that there is no publicity about the project, so you will just have to be patient!

Why the secrecy ?

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because that's what THE OWNER of the aircraft wants probably

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Obviously, but why ?

Is it a state secret ?

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1: for private reasons would be a good bet.
2: not that I am aware of.

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Aircraft & engine data plates state built by Hindustan Aircraft Ltd

Just goes to show you can't trust what you read!

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I would normally say thanks for the info, but instead I'll say thanks for the confusion. :D I did wonder if it might be one of the Indian-built British kits, and whether the possibility of it being British made would make life easier regards UK paperwork.

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Personally I'm not fussed whether it's of Folland or Hindustan origin, Ive never seen a single seater fly and cant wait to see it in the air. Just a shame the Golden Apple Sabre is about to leave these shores, otherwise a very different re-enactment could of been staged at airshows!

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I never even picked up on the new gnat being a single seater,,, so much for that 3 grand worth of laser eye surgery. lol.

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1: for private reasons would be a good bet.
2: not that I am aware of.

Not wishing to labour the point, but ....
Whilst appreciating the owner of the aircraft is perfectly entitled to be as secretive as they desire,
I can't quite see the point.
Unless it is to not spoil the surprise when the finished article is finally unveiled, with a two page spread in a
glossy magazine. :)

As regards it being a single seater, I didn't even realize there were any single seater Gnats.

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As regards it being a single seater, I didn't even realize there were any single seater Gnats.

Nothing wrong with being educated about a type Alan :), that's why it's so refreshing when a collector goes for a less run of the mill type, as we can all learn something!

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I wonder how many more Gnats they have in the pipeline ?

If they got another five, and painted them all red :)

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re;

There's no room next to the Hastings! ;)

Plus NAM opted not to pursue them several years ago, when they we offered for disposal.

Pity. I was speaking to a veteran who came back to England in one after 4 years as a POW.

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SADSACK - the difficult decisions are often the hardest ones to make! :(

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Considering the scale of The Vulcan, anything is possible... be great with a Dakota, Sunderland and Hastings in time for the Berlin airlift 70th...

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Excellent news that the Gnat team have found a single-seater. Now if they could find a Folland Midge they'd have the set.

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Indian-built, according to the team now, but possibly assembled from British components.
Aha, most likely as the RAF never bothered with the single seater but India did and developed it into the HAL Ajeet.
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Sunday 9 November

Sunday was a very busy day with almost 200 movements as people took advantage of the good weather. Our Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force Bulldog went to Stow Maries.

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We also had a visit from the de Havilland Dragonfly G-AEDU, now based at Biggin Hill. A lovely aeroplane!

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Two of the Gnats were out too. G-RORI was the first to go.

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It returned for some missed approaches before landing.

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The red Gnat, G-TIMM went out late afternoon and returned just after sunset.

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The Hangar 11 Mustang went to Kemble for lunch, then on to Turweston. It returned lated afternoon too.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/MustangTakeOff1-1000_zps5e335d2b.jpg

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