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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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RAMP RAMBLINGS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL.

Ramp Ramblings………. By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Photo : public domain. Well, dear reader, here it is ! The Bumper Ramp Ramblings Christmas Special I just know you have all been waiting for. Let’s kick off in traditional style – Steve and I wish you all a […]

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RAMP RAMBLINGS 15

RAMP RAMBLINGS………..By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Hello and welcome to Ramp Ramblings No. 15 bringing you an update on what’s been happening here at the British Airliner Collection and beyond. Let’s start with another episode of the popular “Gone but not Forgotten” British airline stories. This time […]

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RAMP RAMBLINGS 14

RAMP RAMBLINGS………..By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Welcome to Ramp Ramblings 14, your regular update to what’s going on here at DAS together with other news and stories . Just before the Flying Legends airshow in July, a long term temporary resident here at Duxford, the BBMF Lancaster […]

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Mud in Your Eye.

Military Vehicle Photoshoot Sunday 20 August 2017. If you’re a military photographer, nothing much beats seeing a Russian T55 tank in the mud hole at Duxford against a perfect early evening sky of low sunshine and fluffy clouds. T55 Stuck in the mud while 432’s approach. Organised by Timeline Events and hosted by the Military […]

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Busman’s Holiday

What do professional museum guides like to do on their day off? Visit a museum, of course! Enthusiasm for the art of presenting to the public is their stock-in-trade. On 12 August Graham Cahill and John Dunlevy of Heritage Concorde hosted a group of guides from the Aerospace Bristol Museum at Filton. They had heard […]

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