How lucky can you get, Tony Box comes across a couple of spits

As you know, we fly with the Gryphon Aero club at Kemble. The clubs Piper PA28 Warrior is hangered  in H1 hanger.

Last July we went through the side door to get the plane out and what a sight!! 2 Spitfires were in there with BBMF personnel fussing over them. After talking with them , they were having an overnight stop between shows and were due to go off on that day.

We pulled out our plane (the first photo) and went for a spin and when we got back both Spits were outside.

What a sight.. Both taxied out and  took off, I stood behind the LF16 to take a photo from the tail and even though it was only idling the draft was nearly blowing me off my feet.

They were:- TE311 which is a LF16 and PS915 which is a Gryphon engine PR MK 19.

Have a look at the photos that Tony took and a special thank you to him for sharing his good fortune with the club.

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Club BBQ Plenty of flying, fun and food

Al & Chris in full swing

The committee would like to thank all those that helped make our BBQ a great success particularly Chris,Al and Fiona.  It’s always a question of the weather and how many we can expect to come, we think that we got everything just about right (well Chris Wakley did more like). We must thank all those and their wives that brought food. I did notice that none went home!

A few took the opportunity to fly the club trainer including Peter Dauncy (Melkshams town crier) which we have photos of and with a bit of luck Tony will have got uploaded these and others to our web site by the time you read this.

Please don’t forget we are looking for volunteers for the Southwick flower show on bank holiday Monday set up 1030








The Jetstream is moving! (Or so they say.)

And Summer is just around the corner. Again. Anyway, let’s hope it gets here before Autumn does.

Just spent some time on the refurbishment of our latest acquisition, a third scale SE5A in the colours of the one flown by Maj James McCudden VC.
Not too much to do (considering my Fokker DVII is now two and a half years overdue),  just some tweaking with the rigging and bits and pieces. We put it all together in the kitchen today (on account of the rain outside), then realised it was too  big to get through the doors for some outdoor shots when the sun did come out (how we laughed).

All being well we’re up for some engine trials and maybe a test flight this weekend….


And yes, there is a pilot on the way, but I think he may have heard about Michael’s flying and is taking the scenic route…