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      PhotoBucket are no longer permitting 3rd party hosting   01/07/17

      As most of you are now painfully aware, Photobucket (PB) are stopping/have stopped allowing their members to link their accumulated years of photos into forums and the like, which they call 3rd party linking.  You can give them a non-refundable $399 a year to allow links, but I doubt that many will be rushing to take them up on that offer.  If you've previously paid them for the Pro account, it looks like you've got until your renewal to find another place to host your files, but you too will be subject to this ban unless you fork over a lot of cash.   PB seem to be making a concerted move to another type of customer, having been the butt of much displeasure over the years of a constantly worsening user interface, sloth and advertising pop-ups, with the result that they clearly don't give a hoot about the free members anymore.  If you don't have web space included in your internet package, you need to start looking for another photo host, but choose carefully, as some may follow suit and ditch their "free" members at some point.  The lesson there is keep local backups on your hard drive of everything you upload, so you can walk away if the same thing happens.   There's a thread on the subject here, so please use that to curse them, look for solutions or generall grouse about their mental capacity.   Not a nice situation for the forum users that hosted all their photos there, and there will now be a host of useless threads that relied heavily on photos from PB, but as there's not much we can do other than petition for a more equitable solution, I suggest we make the best of what we have and move on.  One thing is for certain.  It won't win them any friends, but they may not care at this point.    Mike.
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Jimbobtheflimbob

Spitfire P9374 Leaving To The US

Not surprised but still very disappointed. Yet another warbird leaves the UK for the USA. Shame as P9374 was my 2nd fav spitfire after EP122.

 

 

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Very sad ,but it has always been a two way street. The thing that bothers me more is how many of our stock of airworthy jets that might be leaving us. If I am not mistaken both the T7 and NF11 are on their way to the state's:mellow:

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It may be a two way street but it is fast becoming a one way dual carriageway, and not in our direction, sadly.

 

The Meteor NF.11 has yet to find a buyer, but I do not expect it stay in the UK.

 

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I think it may be the same buyer as the T7.

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I notice that Hurricane P3717 at Turweston is now officially a flyer, but the news is tempered with the thought of how long before it is exported, sadly.

 

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Well it is always a pity when one dissapears to the states but don't forget that the americans don't own a Hawk75 or P36C as these radial engined hawks are uniqeu and a joy to see them fly.

What i do like is that you can always expect something different in the scene with those changes and i enjoyed this spit a few times at Duxford.

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Don't forget that it was a philanthropic American that financed the rebuild/reconstruction of this Spitfire and that he donated another one to the IWM.

 

It's always sad when something gets exported, but I take a long term view on these things. There is always something lurking in the wings to surprise and delight.

 

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Perhaps the owners of the Hawk 75 would like to show it a little further away from Duxford, then it can bring joy into more hearts. Of course that is reliant on it being booked by show organisers, and here is another problem.

 

A thriving warbird industry is reliant on a thriving airshow industry, and as well as the knocks it has taken in the last couple of years regulation-wise, it has become reliant on a few select acts such as the Vulcan or the Red Arrows to draw the crowds. Military support for airshows has slumped, and combined with new regulations, rocketing insurance premiums and other costs and the seemingly never-ending reviews, it is in danger of falling apart.

 

And if that happens, while we may still have the skills to preserve and rebuild these aircraft, it won't be on behalf of British owners.

 

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