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Alpha Delta 210

JetFest '19 North Weald

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Hi

 

I spent an ever-so-slightly disappointing couple of hours at North Weald this morning. Adverse weather in other parts of the country meant that the home team provided most of the aircraft on display. I bought a ticket online for £15, which was bearable, but in my opinion £20 on the day was too expensive.

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the following images.

 

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Thanks for looking.

 

 

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Nice pictures, I wouldn't mind a look around a Puma again after all these years.

Thanks for posting,

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Some nice shots despite the troubles, never seen so many Gnats outside of Scotland! 

Head on of the Huey is my favourite.

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10 minutes ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Nice pictures, I wouldn't mind a look around a Puma again after all these years.

Thanks for posting,

Thanks Pete. I missed the tiger-striped Puma at RIAT because it was concealed deep in the "RAF Village" with the plastic Chinook.

6 minutes ago, Parabat said:

Some nice shots despite the troubles, never seen so many Gnats outside of Scotland! 

Head on of the Huey is my favourite.

Thanks Parabat. I guess these Gnats don't bite!

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Cracking set of shots! The Puma was a real treat. I think my favourite is the last but one with all the Gnats lined up. 

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8 minutes ago, Latinbear said:

Cracking set of shots! The Puma was a real treat. I think my favourite is the last but one with all the Gnats lined up. 

Thanks, Latinbear. Your favourite is also my favourite. I had to wait to take the shot unti the patrolling Air Cadets were out of frame!

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Another great set of shots from an event I didn't notice until too late. Nice to see all those Gnats and the Tiger Puma up close looks great too.

 

Mark

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Hi Mark. Thanks very much for the kind words.

 

I enjoyed seeing all the Gnats and other aircraft. I'm not a fan of social media, but did notice a lot of adverse comments on the organiser's Facebook page regarding the hype and "over-selling" of the event.

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excellent photos from some unusual angles,

 

thanks

Andy

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3 hours ago, Red Dot said:

excellent photos from some unusual angles,

 

thanks

Andy

Thanks for the kind words, Andy. I'm pleased that you enjoyed them.

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Nice photos. But I didn't know this event was on otherwise I could have gone.

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5 minutes ago, Paul J said:

Nice photos. But I didn't know this event was on otherwise I could have gone.

Thanks Paul. I would hesitate to recommend this event, unless the organisers make some changes for 2020.

 

In my opinion, the attitude of the organisers towards adverse feedback on FaceBook was quite unprofessional. 

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That single seat Gnat is beautiful!

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A plague of Gnats! Loved the one in Yellowjacks colors! Seems like they ran out of metal polish on the C-54. Thank you for sharing these photos with us. The photos of the  C-47/Dakota was the class of the field, IMHO.

Mike

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10 hours ago, F-32 said:

That single seat Gnat is beautiful!

Thanks very much F-32. 

 

2 hours ago, 72modeler said:

A plague of Gnats! Loved the one in Yellowjacks colors! Seems like they ran out of metal polish on the C-54. Thank you for sharing these photos with us. The photos of the  C-47/Dakota was the class of the field, IMHO.

Mike

Thanks for the kind words, Mike. 

 

There was a lady polishing the the C-54 (just visible on the platform), somehow I doubt that she had finished the job by the time the event closed on Sunday afternoon!🤣

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A nice line up & beaut photos, that collection of Gnats is impressive.I'm guessing the single seater is an Ajeet? :unsure:

Steve.

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2 hours ago, stevehnz said:

A nice line up & beaut photos, that collection of Gnats is impressive.I'm guessing the single seater is an Ajeet? :unsure:

Steve.

Hi Steve. Thanks for the kind words. 

 

I understand that the single-seater is indeed a former Indian Air Force example (serial IE296). It is operated by the Gnat Display Team as G-SLYR, and seems to be registered as a Hindustan "Gnat", not "Ajeet"!

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Just now, Alpha Delta 210 said:

Hindustan "Gnat", not Ajeet!

Afaik, its the same thing by a different name, the Ajeet being a Gnat fighter built in India. I think. :unsure:

Steve.

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37 minutes ago, stevehnz said:

Afaik, its the same thing by a different name, the Ajeet being a Gnat fighter built in India. I think. :unsure:

Steve.

I thought the same, Steve but when I googled the word "ajeet", I couldn't confirm the meaning. 🤔

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Great photos. The Ajeet/Gnat is lovely.

 

As I understand the situation, the early Folland built single seaters were Gnats, whilst the Hindustan ones are Ajeets (“Unconquerable”). A vague memory tells me that this example is indeed a Gnat.

 

Trevor

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33 minutes ago, Max Headroom said:

Great photos. The Ajeet/Gnat is lovely.

 

As I understand the situation, the early Folland built single seaters were Gnats, whilst the Hindustan ones are Ajeets (“Unconquerable”). A vague memory tells me that this example is indeed a Gnat.

 

Trevor

Thanks very much Trevor.

 

I might do some more digging on this particular Ajeet/Gnat and see what I can find out!

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The Ajeet was a later development of the single seat Gnat by HAL.

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Thanks @Max Headroom & @Eric Mc a bit of education for me, I'd long though that Ajeet was the Indian name for the Gnat fighter, a bit of googling & I find that the Indian Air Force had a mixture of a few UK built Gnats, some more Hal built ones & some Ajeets which were a developed version of the Gnat so this one being an ex Indian Gnat now makes perfect sense to me. :)

Steve.

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The Indians developed a MK.2. version which from memory had a ‘wet’ wing and (I’m really scraping the back of my memory now) was visually identifiable by having a conical rather than rounded nose as is shown on the North Weald example.

 

I found this which may be interesting reading

 

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/commercial-vehicles/157327-indian-aviation-hal-ajeet-folland-gnat-mk-ii-edit-1965-war-iaf-documentary-page-6-a.html

 

Though that suggests only the MK.2’s were Ajeets...........:hmmm:

 

Trevor

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Thanks for posting the link to that fascinating article, Trevor.

 

I have been trawling the web and haven't been able to establish much information regarding the North Weald single-seat Gnat, G-SLYR. All references seem to describe it as a "Hindustan Gnat F.1".

 

If anyone has any further information, I would love to hear!

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