Marble Surface

2021

Sywell Aerodrome


As it is some years since we last visited the aerodrome and museum, this local venue was chosen in the hope that some of the RPS mono group might join us. Unfortunately they didn't and what a cracking day they missed, both for the amazing weather and the action.
Carol, Annie, Sid, Bob and Kit met me in the morning at the wonderful art deco terminal building with its gorgeous original furniture and fittings and after coffee spent time close to the flying area barriers where we could see the action close up. I got a little too close; apparently I was in a special reserved section for those on the Blades experience day, so I was quietly, but firmly, asked to leave.
A Fokker tri-plane in first world war camouflage colours took off, but wasn't seen again. Bi- planes, mono-planes and a two seater Spitfire were providing pleasure trips throughout the day and two helicopters were presumably on training sessions with multiple lift-offs, hovering and short movements around the field.
Four two-seat aircraft of The Blades aerobatic team were also taking passengers for a spin. I learned that the pilots are retired Red Arrows pilots running civilian flying experience flights and performing as an aerobatic team. They also race in the Red Bull series but in different aircraft. They are the first and only female member of the Red Arrows, a former leader, Red1, the longest serving Red Arrows pilot and the leader of the synchro pair. They seemed to know what they were doing.
We lunched upstairs at The Pilots' Mess, typical pub lunch fare, and then went to the museum where we were joined by Trevor who was experimenting with his Lens Baby novel effects. The interestingly laid out museum has expanded slightly and the exhibits are rearranged since our last visit.
Gradually the others drifted off home but Kit and I stayed to see the Blades rehearsing their air show routine. An amazing and fitting climax to a most enjoyable day.

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Engine Maintenance
Engine Maintenance

Carol Wingate

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In for a service
In for a service

Carol Wingate

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Polishing the canopy
Polishing the canopy

Carol Wingate

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Preparing for a Blades joyflight
Preparing for a Blades joyflight

Carol Wingate

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Refuelling
Refuelling

Carol Wingate

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Spitfire aloft
Spitfire aloft

Carol Wingate

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Museum piece
Museum piece

Annie Ford

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Spitfire on take off
Spitfire on take off

Annie Ford

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Pilot's Lounge
Pilot's Lounge

Annie Ford

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In the Hangar
In the Hangar

Annie Ford

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Control Tower Sywell
Control Tower Sywell

Annie Ford

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Biplane
Biplane

Annie Ford

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Biplane in flight
Biplane in flight

Annie Ford

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Filling up
Filling up

Annie Ford

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Hangars
Hangars

Trevor Rudkin

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Harley Davidson
Harley Davidson

Trevor Rudkin

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Plane-spotting
Plane-spotting

Trevor Rudkin

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Sywell Aerodrome  #1
Sywell Aerodrome #1

Trevor Rudkin

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Sywell Aerodrome  #2
Sywell Aerodrome #2

Trevor Rudkin

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