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RAMP RAMBLINGS 18

The final touchdown  By Keith Bradshaw Hello and welcome to Ramp Ramblings 18, ‘The final touchdown’, This heading will be explained later.  Those of you who read the last edition will remember I promised to bring you the story of the ‘Yellow Perils’ so without further ado let’s kick off with a look at Northeast […]

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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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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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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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