This last week has been rather interesting. In terms of aviation, I’ve missed five PC-12s, papped a Rotors Running Refuel, and seen some beautiful vintage aeroplanes. Saturday was incredibly busy with 24 visitors around. Sunday was mostly dead with only a quarter of Saturday’s tally. Monday was very much similar to Sunday in terms of traffic, although Tuesday and Wednesday were equally busy and we welcomed double figures of visiting aircraft, albeit only just.

Saturday and Wednesday were my major ups of the week as it was busy and there were plenty of interesting aircraft about. My highlight from Saturday was G-ADUR, an 82 year old De Havilland Hornet Moth going to the Moth fly-in at Shobdon in Herefordshire. Sunday and Monday weren’t overly spectacular, but Tuesday provided the first flight of G-AXXV, a Tiger Moth, since an awful lot of work was carried out. From what I hear, she flew excellently and her test pilot was impressed. Wednesday was an interesting day with some points being incredibly busy whilst others were as quiet as an empty library. We had an interesting mix of visitors including a King Air (M-POWR) who came in to deliver a vet. Unlike me, she is expected to return to Turweston tomorrow. My favourite visitor, however, was an 81 year old who showed no signs of slowing down. G-PTBA is a pre-war Boeing Stearman and is painted in a stunning greeny blue. Personally, I prefer it to the garishness of the blue associated with most ex US training aircraft. It used to be registered as N731 but was transferred to a G-Reg in May 2016.

I think I may well have summarised the ups and downs experienced when working on a small airfield, particularly when the mornings are blighted with low cloud. What  haven’t discussed though, is the tumble. Although I don’t really know what happened, I came off my bike last Thursday and left a good bit of my right leg and shoulder on a junction near the airfield. Fortunately, the damage was only superficial and is healing nicely.    🙂

These are the visiting aircraft I photographed:

G-ADUR 1936 De Havilland DH87B Hornet Moth
G-ATEF 1965 Cessna 150E Dunkeswell
G-AXXV 1944 De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth
G-AYCE 1960 Piel CP301-C Emeraude
G-BCPU 1953 De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
G-BCXN 1952 De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
G-BFDO 1977 Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III
G-BFGZ 1977 Reims-Cessna FRA150M Aerobat
G-BOKA 1979 Piper PA-28-201T Turbo Dakota Fairoaks
G-BSEU 1977 Piper PA-28-181 Archer II Shobdon
G-BTNA 1991 Robinson R22 Beta Booker
G-BYYG 1990 Slingsby T67C Firefly Wyton
G-BZGF 2000 Rans S6-ES Coyote II
G-CBBS 1973 Scottish Aviation Bulldog Series 120 Model 121
G-CCTE 2004 Dyn’Aero MCR-01 VLA Sportster
G-CECJ 2006 Aeromot AMT-200S Super Ximango Lasham
G-CTNG 2008 Cirrus SR20 G3
G-CWDW 2007 Cessna 182T Skylane Cambridge
G-DCAM 2007 Eurocopter AS355NP Ecureuil II
G-DUDE 2004 Vans RV-8 Hinton-in-the-Hedges
G-FLPI 1974 Rockwell 112 Commander Leicester
G-IFLP 1980 Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II
G-MCAN 2006 Agusta-Westland A109S Grand
G-NPTV 2008 Eurocopter AS355NP Ecureuil II Redhill
G-OBBO 1999 Cessna 182S Skylane
G-PTBA 1937 Boeing A75 Stearman
G-SNGZ 2016 Sling 2
G-TOLY 1998 Robinson R22 Beta Booker
G-UNDD 1972 Piper PA-23-250 Aztec
G-WYLD 1981 Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion II
LX-JFC 2017 Pilatus PC-12/47E
M-POWR 1990 Beechcraft King Air 65-C90A
N14EF 1988 Piper PA-46-350P Jetprop DLX Fairoaks



G PTBA 2 EDIT avuk - Ups, Downs, and Tumbles
This Stearman made my day today! (Wednesday)
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