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  1. It is with great sadness that I have to mention the loss of a few local businesses. A local bra manufacturer has gone bust, a submarine company has gone under, a manufacturer of food blenders has gone into liquidation, a dog kennel has had to call in the retrievers and a company supplying paper for origami enthusiasts has folded. Do you know any in your area?
  2. So I phoned up the spiritual leader of Tibet, he sent me a large goat with a long neck. Turns out I phoned Dial-a-Llama
  3. "Those bloody kids, First they try and pull the windscreen wipers off, now this!"
  4. Oh Bugger! I should have remembered that concrete was wet when we landed last time!
  5. Somewhat odd , It can do either a rolling take-off, or more commonly vertical . Once airborne it flies very similar to any other twin prop airliner. When in forward flight it acted like an autogyro so was an unpowered rotor. Only one was ever built so the sim designers had to do a lot of guesswork I guess , unless they were able to get access to the test notes from the guys at Farnborough etc. Basically it's a Twin with a bit of a twist. The remains of the original are in the Helicopter Museum at Weston Super Mare. Just one fuselage section and part of the rotor. The rest was scrapped.
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    The Fairey Rotodyne was designed as a compound helicopter using tip jets on the rotor blades and a pair of Napier Eland engines for normal flight. It was designed to operate from city centres and hence saving travel time to the main airports.However one of the biggest problems was the noise generated by the tip jets which was far too loud even for 1950s standards! There had been several companies interested in the idea and Fairey were already working on the much more refined Mk II when the UK government pulled the plug on the funding and killed the project. Ironically it's role became irrelevant many years later when inner city airports began to open, London City being one of the most well known on this side of the Atlantic, One of the pics shows the aircraft parked at that very airport! Thanks for viewing
  7. The Bristol Britannia was one of the most beautiful probliners ever built. It was loved by passengers and crew alike for it's spaciousness, smooth flight characteristics and it's quiet engines, (it was the latter that gave the aircraft it's nickname as compared to the big American Piston airliners of the day, the Britannias 4 Proteus Turboprops were a lot quieter.) It was the very first aircraft I ever flew on, albeit on a short engineering flight, and it was also the first aircraft I ever acquired as a model. Growing up near Heathrow, these were a regular sight for me and the Britannia is very dear to my heart. They were used by a number of operators over the years, here's just a few of them. Thanks for viewing.
  8. Thought you guys may find this interesting. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation
  9. dodgy-alan

    semper fi

    Excellent shot, The Last Gunfighter.!
  10. Lovely shots, Beautiful aircraft, Along with the Herald, Viscount and HS748 these were the mainstays orf commuter routes for many years. The Rolls |Royce Dart Turboprop was, and still is a very efficient engine and they powered all of those aircraft. I still love the turboprop aircraft to this day, though the only one I ever flew in was a Britannia in the late 60s .
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