August News and Wallpaper Downloads

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Nearly a  month  since  Flying Legends 2015 , this months wallpaper  is something unique to Flying Legends 2015 , our Hawk 75 & P-36C tucked in close!

Elsewhere we are   getting back  to  normal, whatever that is! The online shop is  back after  a break for  Flying Legends and stocktaking.  A change we  have  made for  Friends of  TFC, if you are logged in (you can do this on the FofTFC main page HERE ) your  discount is  now automatically applied  to your  purchases.  We are still processing  memberships  for those who  joined at Flying Legends, apologies for the  delay.

NEW, after  much feedback  we  have now launched a family membership subscription – more  details  HERE . At the  same time  subscriptions for single  memberships  have increased to £15 from August  1st 2015.  We will have  more  news about further FofTFC  benefits  later in the year.

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The day after yesterday

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With all our efforts for the last few months focused on a certain weekend in July (Flying Legends) the morning after is somewhat of an anticlimax and leaves one thinking what on earth do we do now …..?

Well the first thing to do is to thank everybody for their time and contribution (our volunteers not only give up their free time to help us with producing Flying Legends but also the myriad of tasks that all contribute to keeping the aircraft collection in fine ‘fettle’).

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Also to the engineers who alongside the volunteers have worked long hours making sure each of the aeroplanes has completed the various calendar, hours based and out of phase checks and inspections;

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The second thing is to reflect on our successes and tease out the bits that for us didn’t go quite as planned ! Despite the best efforts of our display pilots the fleet remained servicable to the end with the only the P-40C falling foul of the electric propeller ‘rain demons’ and as some of you may have seen taxied back to the flight line at the start of the Sunday balbo sequence with a propeller that according to pilot Steve Hinton flatly refused to play ball in automatic mode.

Of the visiting display aircraft both Sea Furys developed tech issues one of which necessitated an early landing off the balbo; the second Fury had an electrical snag which we were able to help diagnose and resolve with the operators engineers but the aircraft wasn’t able to complete the scheduled demonstration due to the onset of rain which brought the show to a temporary halt for 25 minutes or so though It flew later on Sunday afternoon in the balbo.

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Personal highlights, well, the four Curtiss aircraft Hawk 75, P-36C, P-40C and the P-40F;

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loved the Nimrod’s and Fury, (the patina on the Nimrod’s new exhaust pipes looks just right now following the display on Saturday) regrettably the crosswind put paid to a repeat performance on Sunday; and finally of course the Gladiator in the joker slot between balbo passes.

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Remember to put Flying Legends 2016 in your diary (dates to be released) and we hope to see our ‘friends’ again very soon…

Day 2 of Legends 2015

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We are open at both sites now and look forward to seeing you call into the FoTFC tents. A good day was had yesterday and we hope you enjoy today too!

A quick couple of pictures from yesterday to whet your appetite:

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Saturday Morning.

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We hope those of you with us at Flying Legends today are enjoying yourself. Those of you that went on The Flightline Walk should have some excellent photos, but with it closing soon why not come over to the FoTFC enclosure (opposite the American Air Museum), sit back, and enjoy the show!
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Our team from the FoTFC enclosure:E64C7934

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And Finally how many engineers does it take to remove the roof from our jeep!?

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Message for Friends of TFC at Flying legends

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Hi Everyone.  It is  nearly Flying Legends 2015, but I guess you  know that?

Friends of TFC are looking forward to meeting all our supporters over the  weekend.  We have  two locations this year.  We have a shop adjacent  to the  Flying Legends clothing store in front of the  Bremont   Enclosure, There is a  Flying Legends sign on the front.  Look out for the  Friends of TFC flag.

We also have our  traditional marquee at the other  end of the  airfield in the  same  location as last year.  We have  increased the  seating in this area.

If you cannot find your   Friends of TFC email or certificate we  can check your membership status for you at the  marquee.

Have a  great week end.

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How to build an aeroplane part 3

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Previously we  have   brought you how to  build a Carbon Cub in 60 seconds and how to  build a  P-40C in 60 seconds.  This time we  bring you “How to build and fly a P-36 in 2  minutes”.  With  thanks to Matt Nightingale,Steve Hinton, the guy in the blue overalls and team.

And here is a quick photo of Steve Hinton putting it through it’s paces on Tuesday!

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