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Aircraft Movements / Re: Overflights May 2019
« Last post by Alertbot on Yesterday at 09:19:42 PM »
26 May

Passed over EGAC around 12:50 routing SW to ROTEV towards Dublin
Belfast City Airport / EGAC 26 May 2019
« Last post by Alertbot on Yesterday at 07:17:04 PM »
Had arrived 25 May
d 11:50 AHO372U
Belfast International Airport / Re: EGAA 26th May 2019
« Last post by Alertbot on Yesterday at 07:16:59 PM »
Inbound from Weston-super Mare is Dassault Falcon 50 no reg showing on FR24 (1601)

From & to EGNT Newcastle
a 08:32
d 16:18

a 11:38 from LEAS Asturias

a 14:07 FYL52JB

a 18:32 NOS532 from LFBT Tarbes-Lourdes
d 20:15 NOS7531
Previous visit was 12 September 2018
Historical Military Aircraft / Re: The slightly less well known
« Last post by Angry Turnip on Yesterday at 04:37:34 PM »
Vought SBU Corsair

The Vought SBU-1 Corsair was a two-seat, all-metal biplane dive bomber, built for the USN.
The aircraft was equipped with a closed cockpit, had fixed landing gear, and was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1535 700hp radial air-cooled engine, as had the F3U-1, but also included a controllable pitch propeller and a new NACA cowl with adjustable cowling gills on the trailing edge of the cowl.
The adjustable cowling gills permitted better control of cooling airflow over the engine.Max speed was 205mph, with a cruising speed of a more sedate 122mph.

Armament consisted of 1 x fixed forward firing 0.30in Browning machine gun, and 1 x 0.30inch rear firing machine gun in the rear cockpit,it could also carry a 500lb bomb.
It`s first flight was in May 1933,the SBU-1 completed flight tests in 1934 and went into production under a contract awarded in January 1935.The Corsair was the first aircraft of its type, a scout bomber, to fly faster than 200 mph. The last SBU Corsairs were retired from active service in 1941, being reassigned as trainers.

As well as being operated by the USN,the type also served with the Argentine Navy,125 aircraft were built.The name "Corsair" was used several times by Vought's planes; the O2U/O3U, SBU, F4U, and the A-7 Corsair II.
Historical Military Aircraft / Spitfire and PA28 near miss
« Last post by Angry Turnip on Yesterday at 04:10:45 PM »
This was featured on the BBC News website,but I did not include the link, as it includes the usual poor journalism, so often affecting aviation related incidents.

I have just included the link to the report,both pilots have very different views of what happened.

Belfast International Airport / EGAA 26th May 2019
« Last post by Angry Turnip on Yesterday at 04:01:35 PM »
Inbound from Weston-super Mare is Dassault Falcon 50 no reg showing on FR24 (1601)
Newtownards / Re: EGAD May 2019
« Last post by smudge on May 25, 2019, 08:54:15 PM »
25 May

16:05 arr
Didn't log it departing

Thruster G-CGFZ
Historical Military Aircraft / Re: The slightly less well known
« Last post by Angry Turnip on May 25, 2019, 06:32:04 PM »
Vought FU-1 / FU-2

The Vought FU was a biplane fighter aircraft in service with the USN during the late 1920s.
In 1926 the Navy gave Vought a contract for 20 convertible land/sea fighters.Vought already had a two-seat observation plane, the UO-1, basically a VE with additional fuselage streamlining and a Wright J-3 radial engine.This was made into a fighter by closing one cockpit and adding machine guns, and upgrading to a 220 hp Wright R-790 Whirlwind with a supercharger.
The newly designated FU-1 was able to reach a speed of 147 mph at 13,000 ft.

The FU-1s were delivered to VF-2B based in San Diego, California.One was assigned to each of the battleships of the Pacific Fleet, where they were launched from catapults. They spent eight months in this role, but as the squadron went to aircraft carrier operations, the further-aft cockpit proved to have a visibility problem when maneuvering around a carrier deck.In response,the forward cockpit was re-opened,the resulting aircraft being designated FU-2.

As well as the USN,the Peruvian Air Force and Navy operated two aircraft each.Twenty aircraft were built in total.
General Discussion / Re: Warship visit
« Last post by Sneaky_Nikon on May 25, 2019, 11:22:09 AM »
More likely to have passed for MCM types than the Beckett right enough.
UK - Ireland Airshows and Events / Re: Daks over Normandy, June 2019
« Last post by Sneaky_Nikon on May 25, 2019, 11:20:50 AM »
As much as anything it's likely to be down to French local politics, the bulk of the L-Birds event is being run from Eure, Utah is in Manche. They fight over every cent sometimes to the point that it appeas the fight could turn literal. Doing things without permission in France almost always involves a degree of throwing & burning stuff.

This years commemorations will almost certainly be the last major ones, in fact I reckon they'll be considerably down in scope from those of the 70th. As well as the obvious decline in veteran numbers the political and social ill will between various parties that are necessarily involved is palpabale.
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