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12 August 2010 @ 09:43 pm
Where we're going we don't need roads...  
Dad decided to take a fly up to Duxford air museum yesterday. Like you do. Or at least like you do if you have a private pilot's license and a plane. I decided to go with him despite the risk of my blocked ear exploding.

~ This is what landing on a grass airfield in a Robin DR400 looks like:

~ We parked right opposite the Sally B, star of the 90's film Memphis Belle. Well, actually Matthew Modine is technically the star but...well the plane has had the longer career since.

~ This dog parachuted out behind enemy lines to act as a guard dog. Before it was stuffed, obviously. According to the caption with it, the dog was made nervous by the flak explosions and needed assistance out of the plane...They threw it out, didn't they? No wonder it has that expression...

~ They seemed to base their model pilots on the British airmen from Allo Allo...

~ Okay, the following was written on the side of a tank. I really, REALLY don't want to know...

~ Lastly, a very pretty pic of our view up the Thames as we flew back home.

kat_rowe: globalkat_rowe on August 12th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
gorgeous view and the museum sounds like loads of fun. that poor puppy *pets it*

*also doesn't want to know about the tank* boys and their toys...
doylefan22: Georgedoylefan22 on August 12th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Duxford now has a American Air museum as well. Damn a B52 is big.
kat_rowekat_rowe on August 15th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
She's a real workhorse, too. We have larger planes, but the B52 was built to last and is the backbone of a lot of our forces when we deploy (doesn't hurt that they're not nearly as expensive as a lot of the newer designs without a corresponding loss of quality). *stops rambling now*
fififolle: fifi - easily distracted by tanksfififolle on August 12th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell! Awesome. Lovely touchdown :) *removes grip from arms of chair* Glad your ear was okay!

Ah, Duxford. *happy memories* Amusingly, mr fifi used my Duxford shotglass for a snifter the other night *g* Pretends I didn't just admit I had a Duxford shotglass.

What the hell, tank? LOL *googles* Aha! That makes sense. Gynaeolatry is the adoration/worship of women :D There. Wasn't so bad after all *g*

They stuffed the dog. OMG. :D

Great pics! :)
doylefan22: despicable me - omg wantdoylefan22 on August 12th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
What you don't quite hear at the start is dad saying he missed the waypoint a bit as he was coming in...Good job he knows what he's doing.

And I failed at souvenirs. I only got a poster for the bro's birthday.

I'm still slightly suspicious of the tank... I think it's ever since I saw the tank!porn picture :D

fififolle: fifi - easily distracted by tanksfififolle on August 13th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
There's tank porn?? Where??! *googles* OH! LOL. Awesome :D

Love your icon :) Your Dad is awesome *g*
fififolle: fifi - easily distracted by tanksfififolle on August 13th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)

inamacinamac on August 13th, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
I love the way the sheep are totally unconcerned by landing aircraft.

It's ages since I've been to Duxford (despite passing it fairly often on my way up the M11). Must re-visit soon.
doylefan22: 11 - Rundoylefan22 on August 14th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
The sheep have been there for YEARS. They are so blasé now.
Dunedune_drd on August 13th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they taught that poor doggie what parachuting was in the first place...
doylefan22: Merlin - Katiedoylefan22 on August 14th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
I think it was pretty much 'take up in plane, throw out'.
keeping it vaguely imaginary...: Bunny Apocalypse Please // frozenreality__kali__ on August 14th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
You're in a little plane, in the air! How very modern!