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RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Stephen White » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:41 am

Our annual pilgrimage to HMS Heron, always a great welcome, interested crowd and some aeroplanes. We renewed our close liaison with the C-17 crew from 315th Airlift Wing, AFRES, USAF, from Charleston. SC.

Early o'clock setup. The team, minus the photographer:

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The crowd took a great interest throughout the day, in spite of F-35s and Red Arrows:

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Star of the show was of course, Adrian's new acquisition from David Skeldon the FV4002 Centurion Armoured Vehicle Layer Bridge (AVLB):

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But not without the need for running repairs (as ever):

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We found the only "river" in town (it was a flat airfield after all):

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And with this to hand:

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Why would you not want to re-create this from Vietnam, 1970:

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Glad that we avoided this:

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And then a highlight of any air day, mounting the C-17. A large fleet of very valuable "super-cars" with their owners' super egos turned up but had to wait until we'd strutted our one sixth scale stuff:

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The line up (driving courtesy of the USAF crew):

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And then Meghan asked if she could have a ride.......

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We're very obliging. So thank you to Denny for organising our attendance, to Mark (who travelled long distance to arrive at 0630), to David, Steve and Adrian for good company, cakes and tea.

Oh, there were aeroplanes too and where aeroplanes go, so does Dan Scholefield. Never mind the pointy things which make a lot of noise, these are real aeroplanes, flown by the British Army. I've spent 350 hours of my life flying these three, which were amongst a display of 9 military Austers. Good to see old friends again:

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TW536, Auster AOP Mk6, the "Korea Auster", fought in Korea with the UN Force.
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MT438, Auster AOP Mk III, the "Burma Auster", fought it the Far East with 656 Sqn.
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WE569, Auster T7, two seat Air OP trainer

Happy landings. Stephen
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Re: RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Kevin Hunter » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:57 am

Looks like you had a great day. 1/6 armour and 1/1 aviation - a dream combination not just for Dan!
Thanks for posting the pics Stephen.

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Re: RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Daniel Scholefield » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:55 pm

Great to see you got on the C-17, things were not looking positive when I left what with the supercar competition ;-)

Fun was had with, you know, the flying things too however....
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Re: RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Adrian Harris » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:29 pm

Thanks for being the unofficial Independent Armour photographer, even if I'm still usually pictured up to my elbows in tank parts.

The bridge layer is certainly an impressive piece of kit, even though it doesn't really fit in my current van!

Even with the early start, and in my case a late finish, it's always an enjoyable day out and something different to the usual county/country shows we attend.

I think the "Vietnam" photo is superb, and we're lucky to have the perfect vehicles to be able to recreate it so accurately.

Interesting to see some public videos and pictures of the event surfacing on Facebook.

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Re: RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Daniel Scholefield » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:26 pm

Forgot I did grab a few shots at the end of the day. Sorry Adrian, didn't realise I'd cut out your head! Nice tank though :-)
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Re: RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Stephen White » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:48 pm

Great stuff Dan, so the other 3000 photos you took were of aeroplanes?

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Post by Daniel Scholefield » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:46 pm

That would be an unapologetic yes...and it was 3500 of planes, thank god for digital photography!
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Re: RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Adrian Harris » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:18 pm

No worries Daniel - it's probably an improvement !

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Re: RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Stephen White » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:33 pm

Now for the video:

https://youtu.be/XjAjasZmLV8

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It would be great if you could do the YouTube stuff after watching ie "Like", subscribe and share. Thanks. Stephen

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Re: RNAS Yeovilton Navy Air Day

Post by Mark Weddell » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:35 pm

It was a great day out, thanks to Denny for an excellent spot, as usual, everyone else for the good company, cakes and tea.

Good photos Adrian and photos and video Stephen.

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