Southport Air Show –
Up Close and Personal
Southport Air Show on 1st September felt more special this year as Andrew got up close and personal with three iconic WW2 fliers as they transited via Blackpool airport.
Radio Ham Tunes in to New Skills
Birmingham based Martin Springwood, an RAF veteran, and his father John, a spritely eighty years old radio ham, changed his radio mic for WW2 fighter pilots flying gear.
Flying the Lakes in a Vietnam Helicopter
Taking time out of a busy schedule and the demands of keeping the Spitfire simulator fully prepped, Andrew had a great session in the left hand seat of Lancashire based, Vietnam era US Army UH-6 Cayuse (Loach).
Skill Accounts For Everything
John Mabey a Reigate based Chartered Account put his abacus down in exchange for the flight controls and what a time he had.
Visit To RAF Cosford
Cold, windy and wet it may be, but the RAF Cosford must rank second best military aviation destination in UK. Boasting an active airfield and full of history with stacks to see.
WW2 Burma Campaign RAF Veteran Gives Simulator Thumbs-up
RAF ground crew prepare a Spitfire top take-off during Burma campaign.
A Great Day Out and Lots To See
Blackpool Airport’s hangar 42 is a must go to destination for all military aviation enthusiasts.
Checking Out Systems
… Ready to Go!
Adrian at the controls as he checks out the full array of instruments in the Spitfire’s cockpit.
Latest Development – Making the Merlin Engine Exhausts
On the work bench, Merlin engine exhaust stacks taking shape.
Creating a 24/7 Simulator Flying Environment
Using projectors in daylight does not give a great visual experience, or at least, that is what we think.
What, Not a Box?
Conrad experienced the hair raising delights of low level flying in the mountains of the lake District and even flew over the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.
Rhodesian Veteran Tries New Skills
Craig wanted appreciation of what his father did in WW2 on Lancaster’s 44 Rhodesia Squadron RAF.
Graphics As Good As The Eurofighter
Bloody hell, it’s amazing. It’s very realistic, I could feel the engine vibration in my chest.
Attention to Detail Is Key to Experience
Few simulators have pushed the bounds of incorporating a full range of authentic working controls.
All Spitfired Out
A Spitfire Simulator, yes, but so much more. As recent fledgling “pilots” commented: after an hour’s flight they were “all Spitfired out”.
Family Share In Spitfire Simulator Experience
Matt and wife, Cassey Nicholls, and their two children, made a marathon journey from Uckfield (near Eastbourne) to experience Raven Cockpit’s life sized Mk V Spitfire. After an exhilarating session with Matt flying low and the family watching on, level all left tired but delighted with the experience.
So Much Better Than I Expected
Billed as a surprise, turned out to be so much more for …… A flight simulator experience with a real difference. The first comment on seeing the Spitfire was, “Blimey, its huge and full size, I was expecting a box to sit in”. On completion of an hours flight said, “It was brilliant, so much more than I expected”.