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DAS @ DAS or Duxford Aviation Society at a Duxford Air Show

We have hopefully all been to one of Duxford’s great air shows but how many of us have considered what goes on behind the scenes to bring to the public such a great day’s enjoyment. The centre of the DAS universe, Building 87 the control centre of all DAS air show activity. Let us take […]

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Aurigny Air Services celebrates its fiftieth anniversary

By Keith Bradshaw and Nigel Moll.  All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Of the airlines represented in the British Airliner Collection, Monarch so nearly made their fiftieth birthday but it was not to be. However Aurigny did crack the half-century and is now one of the oldest operating airlines in the […]

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RAMP RAMBLINGS 17

RAMP RAMBLINGS………..By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Ramp Ramblings. As promised last month we will continue our look at one of the many anniversaries we are celebrating this year with a piece on the BAC 1-11. March 4 sees the […]

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Wing and a Prayer!

Recently I was given two stories including flying incidents (one more serious than the other) so I decided to run them together under the title of “Wing and a prayer”. Thanks go to DAS member Tim Davies for his article about flying around with the RAF as a small boy in rather marginal weather and […]

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DAS Repaints the Hurricane Gate Guard.

Although not one of ours, late last year a new aeroplane appeared on the airliner ramp, a Hawker Hurricane replica. This normally lives atop a pole at the entrance to the public car park here at Duxford. Its owned by the IWM and the weather had taken its toll on the paintwork. Following our Military […]

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RB211 Engine Arrives!

We were offered by Monarch Airlines last year, for £1, a surplus RB211 engine languishing in a warehouse at Stansted Airport. Sadly, Monarch went into administration before the deal was finalised but the administrators honoured the original agreement and the engine arrived in February. It is currently up at Military Vehicle Wing workshops awaiting an […]

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Airspace Cleaning Continues.

The IWM have contracted DAS to clean all the floor based aircraft following the successful test clean of the TSR2. The photos show the Sunderland, Lightning and Lancaster in Airspace receiving a final dusting. We have also completed the Vulcan and Spitfire. Well done to everyone involved for a great job generating valuable revenue!

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First flight engineer back on deck

Bob Leedham, flight engineer on the first scheduled transatlantic crossing by jet aircraft, was back in position on the flight deck of the Comet 4 at Duxford last week. Bob, now in his nineties, was delighted to be reunited with this famous aircraft and described the excitement, for passengers and crew, of the early days […]

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OBITUARY – Margaret Ashby remembered, by her friend, David Taylor

Margaret passed away peacefully in hospital on 29 January 2018, after suffering a series of strokes.   I first met Margaret when she was talked into joining the 2003 Seletar Association visit to Singapore by a friend who accompanied her to the 2002 Annual Reunion.  Margaret – ex-WRAF and RAF Auxilliary – had seen an […]

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