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.

Another Sunny Day in July

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‘Hot off the press’ – CAA Surveyor has issued the full Permit to Fly for G-CIIO which now makes it officially the one and only certified P-40C in Europe…..

Grateful thanks to Mike and Neil (and all at GA Unit), not forgetting Dave and John at ACRO Aeronautical Services for making this possible.

Oh and  we  flew a few aircraft with the Corsair up a couple of times – Keith Skilling at the  helm, the P36C made it’s first UK flight  and the Mustang was also up. The Harvard was busy with crew currency flights in between.







News from the hangar

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Our chief engineer has  found a gap in his schedule to  update everyone on where we  are  with aeroplanes.

“With the ‘Tea’ things washed up (giving away my northern roots here) it was time for a strong coffee and think about a hangar update……!

This weekend has seen us busy completing the shakedown flights and test flying of the Curtiss P-40C which has gone remarkably well with nothing but a couple of minor snags (or squarks for our US cousins) to deal with.


As I write this update our surveyor has emailed to say the (CAA) Design team are happy with the submitted flight test report and he is calling by tomorrow (Tuesday) to issue the full Permit to Fly.

We also got the opportunity between rain showers to complete the grounds runs on the Nimrod which has now been refitted with its long tail pipes as it was originally configured. These new pipes were hand-crafted for us by Chris Baglin at Merlin Engineers and are a beautiful piece of fabrication being hand rolled and welded from sheet stainless steel. We opted to fabricate from stainless steel as the original pipes were made from mild steel and rotted out all too quickly as Nick (Grey) will attest having nearly set fire to the aeroplane when one of the pipes had corroded out under its mounting clamp. (video in last  diary report)

P-51 Miss Velma has completed her annual inspection and was flown on check flight last week to verify some adjustments we have made to the engine valve timing and maximum take-off boost.


Corsair FG-1D is the last fleet aeroplane to undergo its annual inspection and with that now complete will undergo a short check flight this week at the hands of a certain travelling kiwi warbird pilot, Keith Skilling, to ensure all systems are operational and function as required.


Flying Legends is just around the corner (had anyone noticed) and this week will see more aerial activity as TFC and Guest pilots alike get familiar with their chosen mounts; Watch out for the first flight in the UK of the Curtiss P-36. We are indebted to our group of volunteers who are hard at work helping prepare the aeroplanes for the weekend, there’s still a handful of aeroplanes to ‘spruce up’ before the weekend; the days are likely to be long, but spirits are high and we look forward to welcoming friends new and old to Flying Legends 2015.

‘Twas the week before Flying Legends

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A  busy weekend with P-40 C and Spitfire MkVb  flights and P-40F and Nimrod engine runs. Matt and team have been putting the P-36 together in record  time as  you have seen.  Elsewhere   pre-display  briefings for  volunteers and  last  minute  checks, ground power units, who is  available which day, double checking arrangements for the Friends marquee and ensuring all our team have their  lunch tickets  (no lunch, no display!).  This is some of Sunday, the week  before Flying Legends 2015.  Does anyone think the  Nimrod looks a bit  different?

It isn’t all about aeroplanes

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The Fighter  Collection  recently took delivery of some   rather nice  jacks which will make the engineers life a lot easier and speed up  maintenance.  The  jacks  were  bought  by  Friends of TFC with  funds raised this year.  So a really  big thank you to those who help support through FofTFC