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GonerNL #1 Posted 05 June 2019 - 10:14 AM

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https://www.daksovernormandy.com/

 

Very impressive. Videos on Youtube ...



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I went to Duxford on Tuesday, sadly weather conditions meant it wasn't safe to do any parachute drops but plenty of flying went on (one Dakota landed on one engine in the morning, and that engine also had an oil leak, one very lucky crew to have made it down safely). 23 Daks in attendance, also saw 2 Spitfire Mk. 9s, 2 P51s, a Wildcat, a P47 and a number of Harvard trainers flying at different times. 

 

Yesterday I travelled to Kent to catch the full formation flying out to Normandy, 21 Daks managed to formate, plus 2 Mustangs and some others as 'escort'. An impressive sight, must have been incredible seeing thousands of them going out on D-Day and for Operation Market Garden.

 

Only really downside, other than the weather Tuesday, was the organisers up to a week ago insisting and advertising on social media that 37 Daks were due, when it was obvious 27 was the absolute maximum they could have got in. 21/23 is still an impressive number of course, but the advertising was a little misleading.



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View Posthoughtonbee, on 06 June 2019 - 10:27 AM, said:

also saw 2 Spitfire Mk. 9s, 2 P51s, a Wildcat, a P47 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCOYimgZFsc

you can see the fighters taxy (close-up) right at the end



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View PostCaptBoombeard, on 06 June 2019 - 10:21 AM, said:

I live in a village and my row of houses back on to fields. The other day I was in the field chatting with my neighbour when I heard a jet coming towards us fast. It wa extremely low even for East Anglia and flew over our houses, making the ground shake. It was a Typhoon. The pilot tipped his wings as he passed and we saw him clealry in his cockpit. He straightened up and opened up the engines and the roar was incredible. I said to my neighbour, "He did that for us, he saw us."

 

We carried on watching him fly into the distance but then he suddenly turned extremely sharply, massive g's. I said, "He's coming back for us, watch." And sure enough he lined up a straight run to us. I said, "Omg he's on a perfect bombing run to us!" My neighbour was like "Is........is he?! Lmao.

 

When the jet was about 200m short of us he suddenly banked over to expose all his underside to us and then did another extreme 180 degree turn into the field and opened it up and roared away back on his original course.

 

I spoke to my other neighbours later and the ones that were in their houses pooped themselves as their houses shook, haha. He was extremely low, can't have been more than 50-100 ft above the trees, although that is illegal, but seemed like it. It was very impressive. 

 

Amazing experience. Unfortunately I live about 5-10 miles from Luton airport so we rarely get anything 'interesting' this way. My grandparents used to live in the Norfolk village of Framingham Earl just south of Norwich, about half a mile away from the WW2 radar masts at Stoke Holy Cross (still there but used as mobile phone masts now I believe), the RAF and USAF used to occasionally practice bombing it, usually flying far too fast to be able to get out of the house to watch once you heard them though :D 

 

 

View PostGonerNL, on 06 June 2019 - 11:03 AM, said:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCOYimgZFsc

you can see the fighters taxy (close-up) right at the end

 

 

Nice video, we were at the tank museum end. Was a great moment when the 4 American fighters came roaring in, sadly the rain followed them in and cut the display short with only the Wildcat really putting on a display, I don't believe I've seen the P47 flying before so was looking forward to her being put through her paces but nice enough just seeing her in the air.

 






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