hings are moving lightning fast after a very good ,but freezing morning at BURCHETTS GREEN INFANTS SCHOOL last Thursday.
55 youngsters had a look at our Tomahawk cockpit and pedal planes outside (0 degrees c!) in the care of Messrs' MacKinnon , Baker and Potts.
Lesley,David O ,Martyn and myself confused them with cards,allen screw drivers and videos in the warm!
Afterwards we retired to the club for sustenance and to await Peter Dobson for a planning session on the Seneca Sim.
Simon O’Connell arranged for the cockpit to be outside the Bond Hangar, in the cold again, so we all had chance for a selfie and to use our measuring sticks.
We’re now in the process of deciding trailers, Peter Baileys kind gift of his would need a fair amount of work, as well as new tyres , to increase its width and lower it so the Seneca doesn’t sit too high. It would be ideal to get it into a garage easily for the weeks ahead of fitting out.
Steve Elkin is looking into trailers on eBay while I’m waiting for a quote on a totally new basic one.
Blasting up into the up atmosphere our next speaker can relate to that and has early connections to White Waltham......
“THE ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTNING – A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE COCKPIT
From his experience in flying the Lightning through its heyday as the RAF’s front-line air defence fighter,and becoming the first pilot to amass 2,000 hours on the aircraft, Wg Cdr John Ward AFC RAF(Rtd) will briefly review its background and development, explain the fundamentals of its weapon system and operating techniques, and discuss significant highlights, thoughts and experiences from his perspective in the cockpit. “
Picture included in case some folks have forgotten what they looked like.
Looking forward to revisiting some unique memories.
John often powers up the Lightning at Bruntingthorpe, maybe we
should try another visit to catch him there?
VISITS YOU SAY....the RAF Northolt is closed with 19 of us going.
Our CALENDAR IS FILLING UP, ALL THE YOUNGSTERS EVENTS ARE IN GOLD .....IF YOU’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER?
PETE ALLEN’S EVENING IS A SLOW STARTER ONLY 40 BOOKED,