Spits coming thick and fast again this afternoon. G-AWGB Vickers Spitfire IX (as yesterday) doing a Beachy Head flypast a few minutes ago, now on its way back to Biggin, followed just now by G-CICK Spitfire Mk T IX flying directly over me, now on its way back to Goodwood Aerodrome, Chichester (WWII RAF Westhampnett as was.)
I'm lucky being close to the Downs (hills) about three miles away from the Aircraft Navigation Beacon on Seaford Head (lying directly under the London to Paris route) which is used by many planes as a focal point to aim for when in transit to the coast.
To be honest it isn't unusual to see Spitfires here on the Sussex coast as the Seven Sisters/Beachy Head cliffs are an attractive alternative to Dover and it isn't unusual during the summer months, weather permitting, to have one, two, or even three passing over in one day. The growling sound of the Merlin or Griffon engines becomes very familiar and easy to recognise. I imagine most of the two-seater planes are pleasure flights for which the passenger has paid handsomely.
I nearly posted about a Harvard on a Dover flypast at the same time as a Spitfire, G-CIST I think, on a Beachy Heady flypast a few days ago but both suddenly disappeared from FR24. That isn't unusual when they fly low near the cliffs, when presumably the signal is lost, but unusual for them not to reappear afterwards.
Here's G-CICK :
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PS: Regarding the Police plane, the Vulcanaire P-68R that Tomorton posted the other day, I only started noticing this type of plane, not necessarily Police ones, locally on FR24 a few weeks ago, once making multiple parallel passes inland across coastal Sussex as in surveying/mapping work and once doing a series of strange manoeuvres over the sea off Shoreham, West Sussex, when I wondered what it was doing. Too far West for anti-immigration work, looking for incoming dinghies, but it was around the time that those movements were peaking so perhaps it was practising in case it was commissioned.
Further to my earlier posts about Spitfires flying from Goodwood (RAF Westhampnett) to Beachy Head, there was in fact a wartime RAF airfield, RAF Friston, on the top of the Seven Sisters cliffs where up to 1500 personnel were based, mostly living in tents - a bit chilly on the top of the cliff during winter gales. You can still make out where the airfield - two grass landing strips - was: https://goo.gl/maps/CBnrQ8KEh5ojvvNi6 I imagine landing on the top of the cliff must have been a bit iffy if you were limping back with a damaged aircraft.
You can see the sort of tents they lived in in one of these photos of the Polish 308 Squadron:
Regarding Goodwood Aerodrome, the perimeter road of RAF Westhampnett later formed the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, where Stirling Moss had his accident:
The most amazing piece of flying there, outside wartime, probably came in 1998 when Ray Hanna flew his Spitfire down the Start-Finish straight at Goodwood, below the height of the stands, which, if you haven't seen it, is here:
The other rather 'interesting' low pass that Ray had become known for, two years before, was this one:
(I only posted links here but for some reason they've been converted by T2W to embedded videos, with this one disabled unless you click on the link within it to enable you to watch it on YouTube (as originally intended!))
The closest I've come to that experience was when I was too late to get through the traffic to the Eastbourne Airbourne seaside airshow about twenty years ago so watched incoming planes from the peak of one of the undulations in the Seven Sisters' cliffs instead. As I did so one of the Red Arrows' Hawk jets zoomed past me, just below me in the dip between me and the next peak, heading out to sea to re-form with the others. I remember looking across and down into the cockpit. A bit like this, only lower and with no crowd, just a few walkers:
Since Shoreham the air displays at the Goodwood Revival have been almost completely curtailed but in 2105 we did have 11 Spitfires and a Hurricane flying past:
End of digression!
Thats funny!A wannabe Spitfire?
Strange choice of paintjob but if it fulfils someone's harmless fantasy, what the heck.
GBHZT is G-BHZT, a Scottish Series 120 Model 1210 flying from Kemble near Gloucester. Currently perhaps on combat air patrol in case of Luftwaffe sneak attacks near Cirencester.
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One thing I can't quite sort out is which aircraft have / don't have transponders which FR24 picks up. Some you would think should have don't have, some you would think shouldn't have do have. Unless its a website glitch...
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