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  1. A few from Kiev

    Thanks for replying. Looks like Meccano on steroids!
  2. A few from Kiev

    What a great aircraft museum and a fabulous set of photos from both museums and Chernobyl/Pripyat. Thanks for sharing these. What's the big lattice type structure in shot five of the Chernobyl set please? It's good to see the Chernobyl reactor building finally enclosed. There was a fascinating programme on the telly about how that was constructed and then slid into position.
  3. Delta are still flying a few MD88s. Apparently the aircraft is unpopular with pilots hence Delta is prepared to accelerate the promotion of some its younger drivers if they volunteer to fly it. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-30/delta-will-promote-pilots-to-captain-if-they-can-fly-this-old-plane
  4. You're showing your age! . I remember exactly the same and the excitement of buying those kits with hard earned (and saved) pocket money. I think I was probably aged around seven when I had my first introduction to the concept of inflation. I went to Christopher's toyshop in Winter Road in Portsmouth to buy some Airfix Commando soldiers for the expected 1s 7d to be told that the price had gone up to 1s 9d. I do recall leaving the shop empty handed and very disappointed until I had the extra 2d to go and buy them.
  5. Some breathtaking images here. https://www.raf.mod.uk/photo-of-the-year-2017/
  6. Everyone needs a hobby - and if it makes you happy

    Good on him! What happens if he decides to move house?
  7. From the Daily Mail website. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4827654/Grandfather-builds-flight-simulators-shed.html
  8. RAF Leuchars 2013 (Updated 12/09/17)

    A lovely set of images and considering they were taken with a compact then you did very well indeed. Thanks for sharing these.
  9. Shiden family

    Beautifully made and photographed. The diorama really does look lifelike and the photography does justice to the modelling. Fantastic job!
  10. Many of the views expressed in this thread are thoughtful and considered. I think it would be interesting and helpful to the discussion if the editors of some of the magazines mentioned would post a response. In that way both sides would get to offer their thoughts and hopefully for the benefit of all.
  11. Why do US Navy ships keep colliding?

    Aircraft are my thing but having been born and lived in Portsmouth until I was ten I do have a bit of a soft spot for warships. I thought the article below might make for some interesting reading. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-22/why-do-u-s-navy-ships-keep-crashing
  12. Biggin Hill Air Festival Arrivals Day

    Thanks for the kind comments chaps - much appreciated. Let's hope the festival is on next year.
  13. Biggin Hill Air Festival Arrivals Day

    I think the day was organised at relatively short notice and that in turn probably meant that it didn't get the attention that some other such days get.
  14. The organisers of this year's Biggin Hill Air Festival decided to hold a spotters' day for the arrivals ahead of the start of yesterday's two day show. Some 120 people attended which made for a rather more relaxed atmosphere than RIAT! For a very reasonable £15 for the day we were located close to the south-westerly runway threshold and also had access to the taxiway next to the Signature business jet terminal. We also received a complimentary "100 years of Flight at Biggin Hill" cap which was a nice touch. A sheet of arrivals and departures had been promised but I didn't get one or see anybody else with one. In addition to the regular general aviation movements we were treated to departures of the Red Arrows and Typhoon presumably for the display at Eastbourne and the Gripen put on a practice display as well. The Czech helicopter contingent sneaked in while I was focusing on the Typhoon. Memo to self: get a scanner. In the mid-afternoon the rain hit hard with hailstones and followed by torrential rain. A big thank you to the organisers for arranging what was a very enjoyable day. 1. This Spitfire was kept busy with passenger flights all day. 2. 3. 4. 5. The CN295 only stopped for a brief period. 6. 7. 8. Taxying out for take-off. The ramp was raised shortly after this shot was taken. 9. 10. 11. Couldn't help but notice the camera trained on us. 12. 13. 14. 15. Both Tucanos were destined for the static display. 16. 17. 18. Taxying out for the practice display. 19. 20. 21. 22. If I had a scanner I might have been able to understand why the Ram Air Turbine was out. 23. The northern end of the airfield. The hail and rain hit a few minutes later. 24. The southern end of the airfield. It felt like being the filling in a rain sandwich. 25. 26. There is more colour on the pilot's helmet than the entire aircraft. 27. 28. 29. That's it. Thanks for looking.
  15. Airbus A400M low level

    Cracking photos! I really like the top surface detail in the beautifully sharp first image and the spectator adds some perspective. Cheers for sharing these.