This weekend saw this site pass through the 400th post mark. I've enjoyed putting together each and every post on this page, together with the experiences that helped create them. I am also very grateful for you, the readers, who take the time to not only read these posts, but on many occasions comment, like … Continue reading Tell Your Warbird Stories!
What else is there to do on the hottest day of the year besides take a trip up to Duxford? Having not made the pilgrimage for a month or so it certainly felt like perfect weather to hopefully catch some warbird action. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/48154024012/in/dateposted/ I certainly wasn't disappointed as before I was even out the car … Continue reading Silver Spitfire Saturday
With just a few days to go to the wonderful celebrations starting in Normandy, this post takes a look at some of the remarkable D-Day related sights I have enjoyed over the past week or so. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/47979659827/in/photostream/ First of all a wonderful trip to Duxford on Bank Holiday Monday saw a great chance to watch … Continue reading Countdown to D-Day 75 Part 2
Only two weekends now stand between us and the impressive D-Day 75 commemorations that will take place around the world. As I write a flight of Douglas C-47s/DC-3s are making their way across the Atlantic and airframes all around Europe are being readied and receiving the familiar invasion stripes ahead of the celebrations. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/44984655905/in/dateposted/ No … Continue reading Countdown to D-Day 75
A few weeks late but I wanted to share a few shots from a great Easter weekend a few weeks ago. This marked the first weekend of activities for Aero Legends at Headcorn for 2019. This saw both their two-seat Spitfire NH341 and single seat TD314 in action in the hands of Charlie Brown and … Continue reading Spring-time Spitfires – Headcorn Easter 2019
Finishing up this month's transport and heavies theme today's post takes a look at one of the rarer airframes on display at Duxford and a key part of the Duxford Aviation Society airliner's collection. The photographs within this post today as the York was open for access. I've been waiting for another chance to get … Continue reading Aircraft Profile – Duxford’s Avro York
With April's theme being the heavier types that don't often get featured as part of Warbird Tails, I felt that for Bank Holiday Monday a round-up of UK based aircraft from this corner of preservation was long overdue. I've limited this post to "live" (taxi/engine run condition included) examples and only up the end of … Continue reading UK Transports and Bombers: Where are We Now?
As the days start to get longer with the clocks moving forward the sound of aero engines and those long summer days suddenly don't seem too far away. Over the coming weeks more and more aircraft will be coming out of hibernation ready to take part in the upcoming season together with new arrivals and … Continue reading British Summer Time – Late March Warbirds
Next in this popular series is a look at perhaps the most iconic of the USAAF fighters of the second world war, the legendary P-51 Mustang. The D model is now the most prevalent and recognisable example of the type with the improved visibility of the teardrop canopy representing a design improvement from the earlier high … Continue reading Learning the Legends: Flying the P-51D Mustang “By the Book” World War 2 Pilots Notes Review
It is no secret that the Curtiss Hawk line of fighters is one of my personal interests in the warbird world. I have long loved the Hawk 75 based at Duxford with the Fighter Collection and the various P-40s that have shared Hangar Two over the years. … Continue reading Aircraft Profile: Curtiss P-36C G-CIXJ/38-210