Just experimenting to see if I can handle the tekko stuff to get my pics on here.. Fingers crossed. If these work out we are looking at SBAC week at Blackbushe in the 60's and 70's sadly the dates have escaped me.. Do you want anymore???
Thanks, here are a few more. I ran the Blackbushe Air Festival in 1977 when Doug Arnold owned the Airport. Sadly these are all the shots I have located, there was a lot more, but these bring back some very good memories of a tough 13 months putting it together..
and this was when I was asked to marshal the Dan Air Comet following its last flight into Blackbushe!
Thanks Yorky, must say I am very pleased that such old colour slides can still be enjoyed. It is great to be able to share old memories.. Some notes about the Blackbushe Air Festival. The DC8 from IAS Air Cargo was inbound to EGKK with a load of grapes from Greece. The guys flying her later said that they landed at Gatwick they had a plane load of grape juice - they really enjoyed flexing the 8's wings at Blackbushe.
The CL44 from Trans Meridian Air Cargo at EGSS would have landed had Blackbushe had a suitable ground power unit for starting the four fans..Had I known I would have made sure a suitable unit was acquired. Still the '44 put on a very spirited performance.
The 747 had just been delivered to BA, its appearance at Blackbushe being its public debut! Never forget the vision of a 747 holding down the road west of Hartley Wintney..
Enough..be great to do it all over again. Very lucky with the weather on July 30 and 31 1977. Be a bit easier now as all the letter writing would be via email and the hundreds of letters I typed could be distributed so much more easily. Also I had a full time job in the pharmaceutical industry but working from home did help...now I have a lot more time apart from digitising thousands of old colour slides.
Will post some more pics tomorrow, probably Doug Arnold's DC-3's and a bunch of B-25's..
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2011 23:45:31 GMT by peterbrown
Thanks for sharing great pics some of which I had also snapped the airshow I missed having moved away from the area then, so a DC8 just about to land, B747 holding over HW.What might have been!! The photo before the comet the shot out of the window what was the type and reg if possible. Great memories thanks for posting and more when you can. regards eddie
Herewith a few more morsels of my memory. Tonight we feature the B-25's that gathered for various film roles including Hanover Street. I had the pleasure of flying in one of these beauties. Sitting in the nose turret was the best view in the house although the perspex creaked alarmingly as the airspeed built up! Flying with the late Geoff Hawke we did some great beat ups of Blackbushe including a wing over started from grass blade height, lots of speed almost inverted over the top and return to low level before departing to show off to the ATC guys at EGLF and eventually landing at Odiham. The RAF faces that appeared to view this inbound flying relic with misfiring engines and oil spewing onto their tarmac were a picture. The seat in the nose turret was an old stool with no harness so funny attitudes in the air depended on Geoff keeping some G on to keep me seated! All great fun, shame its all in the past!
Additionally you will see some of the ex Spanish Air Force DC-3's and CASA "JU-52's" that Doug acquired. Going back to the Blacbushe Air Festival discussed yesterday the JU-52 reminds me that we achieved one of Hitlers dreams... We flew one of the Luftwaffe painted JU-52 and performed a parachute drop with serving military personnel onto British soil. Probably the only time troops parachuted onto our territory from one of these venerable tri-motors? Thanks go to the Green Berets for their contribution!
and the Dash 7 has decided to join in.This was the demo aircraft for the SBAC in the happy days when demo aircraf often popped into Blackbushe at the end of the days display flying at Farnborough. I managed a very pleasant flight in the aircraft on a Blackbushe local detail. It gave me quite a kick to be taxiing across Blackbushe in a four engined airliner being such a while since a four engined aircraft lifted passengers from its tarmac! Sorry about other images that appeared on this pic. A peril of the days of 35mm film?
More tomorrow chaps PB
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2011 20:05:54 GMT by peterbrown
Anyone got pictures of the Vulcan flyby at one Show just afte wingwalk touched down, its great to see these but rather sad for me as had hundreds of slides from all over south that just Dissapeared without trace when left in storage at my parents house i do miss and i think peter will say the same the ranting and raving of GW Glading church crookham. what ever the Quality lets have more pictures please
Just out of interest these early shots of Blackbushe from above taken in the 1960's show how the old place has slowly been taken over by mother nature..
This one shows an Avro Anson on the grass, one of several that went to help in the war in Biafra..one way journeys.
West end of Blackbushe..the old block of "Tee" hangars that I helped to build with AVM Bennet and his crew.. Up to ones neck in mud..
Here we are on finals to runway 32 before it was closed by those in the seat of power. In those days we flew from all runways and never had any problem with the wind..
South of the A30. Area once covered in Dakotas, Vikings, Bristol Freighters, Hermes, etc etc.
and finally, a sortie from Blackbushe on 11 July 1971 in formation with Terrier II G-ARZT. I was in Miles Messenger G-AKBO which had a role in the opening sequences of "633 Squadron" back in 1964 and also won the Kings Cup Air Race in 1954.
Brilliant stuff Peter, I am just about old enough to remember a lot of the stuff in your pics from the 70's, and although I think I have a fairly good handle on types that have visited over the years, I wasn't aware of the Yak40 and VFW614 (although I remember the latter displaying at Farnborough).
I was 12 when the Air Display took place in '77 and was prevented from attending by my parents who insisted we attend a family event in Yateley instead. I remember clearly standing in my Uncle's garden (Handford Lane) and craning to see the CL44 and DC8 doing their stuff from afar
I also remember when G-BDIT was used in the filiming of a Madness video, while it was parked next to the Terminal (would have been about '81-'82) - "Wings of a Dove" is the song.
Appreciate the positive feedback!! Be warned just found another bix box of slides labelled Blackbushe... This could go on for a long time! Working on Blackbushe Air Show cc 1973 today, but gotta go and earn a penny or two this afternoon.. Should get this finished for upload tonight.. This is the airshow where we had the Vulcan that virtually flew through Yateley ;D. Back later!!
It seems this scanning of slides is catching on ;D my 83 year old Mum has recently bought herself a laptop and a slide scanner and is currently scanning boxes and boxes of slides, most of which are of me as a baby but lots are of holidays abroad before I was even a twinkling in the eye!! these were taken around 50 years ago, I always have a little look at what she has scanned because every now and again something of interest pops up int between the everyday non descript holiday snaps ;D
Here is Bristol Freighter G-APAU, now all Mum remembers is that she flew from London-Blackbushe to Perignon, I dont know which airport this was taken at or even if this was the plane she flew on, anyone able to confirm the location?
G-APAU - c/n 13256 - Air Charter - Channel Air - Midland Air - wfu - 73 - Scrapped with PAV at Lasham - 1975
I talked about flying in the B-25 recently. Thought you mind be amused by some shots I took on a local detail from Blackbushe. As you see the perspex in the nose was a bit "pre-owned" looking but I am sure the sticky tape helped minimise the draught. The gun in the nose gave one the chance to imagine. Sobering thought that so many flew from RAF Hartford Bridge/Blackbushe only they were not on fun flights, the guns were real and many sitting in this position paid the supreme price. We are indeed lucky to live in peaceful times despite the bankers..
The noise from those two engines has to be heard to be believed , although our two were misfiring like crazy it was a most exhilarating experience. The noise levels were far worse than those experienced in the B-17 and B-29. I guess I need to find those photos next although the B-29 was NOT from Blackbushe!!
This one is a bit fuzzy but shows the DC-3 fleet of Mr Arnold!!
That's it for now, I think you can expect a few more over the weekend
I have a bunch of stills from making "The Battle of Britain" back in the 60's but I guess they don't qualify under Blackbushe posts?
There is no Blackbushe connection that I can think of in my "Battle of Britain" stills, plus there could be copyright issues with the production company and also individual actors. I think it prudent to hold back on these for the time being.. Sorry, but the Blackbushe pics will continue. On the "Battle of Britain" filming I have just made a sobering conclusion.. The film was made in1967, 26 years after the "Battle".. It is now 44 years since the Battle of Britain movie was made!! Time certainly flies...
Geoff Hawke who flew the B-25 camera ship during the "Battle of Britain" aerial sequences reckoned it was more hairy then than flying in 1940!! If it was anything like flying with Geoff Hawke then it probably was...
Sadly Geoff is no longer with us, flying a more restful track maybe..
I am digging!! Thought you might like the threesome... Umm, yeah, currently working on the next bunch including a Viscount and a Bristol Freighter on the ground together...and it IS after the 1960 closure!! Can only process slides four at a time and each rotation takes about 4 minutes. For you guys who are interested in seeing something of how Blackbushe fared after the government finished its efforts to destroy London's second airport I will continue driving myself totally bananas..Must say this project is stirring many happy memories of the many years I haunted this wonderful airfield - it in turn has haunted me and will do until I am finally called to the departure gate!
Will try and upload another selection later this evening subject to insanity being put on hold for a while longer
Sunday evening...and still at it!! I am confronted by a huge pile of slides that all qualify for this thread.. This is the beginning and the end for today, hope you enjoy! Want anymore during the coming week?
Taylor Titch, I think...
MG Midget belonging to your scribe.. Three Counties 150 and the famous tee hangars that offered individual aircraft lock up facility. We used to taxi the Three Counties fleet up from the hangars in the morning and back again in the evening. I got lots of taxiing hours logged! As a spotty youth I spent two or three years working for AVM Bennet as the airfield Operations Clerk. Multi tasking alright, I spent many hours covered in mud and kreosote as part of the team erecting these breeze block and ply wood hangars..
Tiger Club visit..
Windsock shows the result of previous nights storms
Club Cub shows results of previous night's storm!
A day at the races..sorry cannot recall any details
Spent many hours on the DZ with Blackbushe Sky Diving Club. For a long time Blackbushe was something of mecca for sky diving with drops from 10,000 being standard. Then the airways airspace fell earthward and skydiving was not popular with passing VC10's and 707's or any other airways traffic! Drops were usually from Eagle Flying Club Auster J1N G-APCY which was probably the noisiest Auster around. Three Counties Rapide was used too enabling me to take the odd trip and watch them jump out... It must be a great feeling but I prefer the assurance of a pair of wings, or two pairs in the case of the wonderful Rapide!
The very last visit of the Bristol Freighter. This Mk32 was in for some filming work but the years have wiped the detail..very nostalgic to see this classic back at the 'bushe
Another movie job, this civil DC-3 was transformed by the painters into a wartime machine in very short time..
Cassutt Racer, but what was the occasion? Dunno
Doug Arnold's Harvard
Doug Arnold's Sea Fury..
Fairey Air Surveys White Waltham based Dakota
Ekco Electronics Annie, got some pics that I took from the right hand seat of her sister ship G-ALIH during Farnborough Air Show. Will post when I find them.. We were doing a radar calibration for the temp radar station for Blackbushe during the pending September SBAC Show. I recall the Black Arrows were rehearsing during our flight with twelve gleaming Hawker Hunters, they missed us.
Two Air Anglia Dakotas carrying real passengers..feel the nostalgia
A nice group!
Yes, another movie, Invicta Viscount
In 1960 the government decreed that a scene like this would never again be seen at Blackbushe..If AVM Bennet had not bought all that he could in 1960 they would prob have been right
They actually flew quite well, if you could start them!
Lockheed Lodestar, I think?
G-AFLW Rex Coates Miles Monarch near end of restoration. Anybody seen Rex lately?? Spent enjoyable hours helping Rex with LW, nice to fly in too!
Nice new fence..Doug did a lot to smarten up the airport once he acquired it..
At last some real hangars start to grow...
Home based Sopwith Pup
Warbird flying day...1970 something..
Doug's Meteor NF11/14?
View from the Office
You vill land now!!
Zlin Akrobat. It was in one of these that Neil Williams had a main spar failure. With his feel for things he approached the ground inverted to roll upright at the appropriate moment in time. The roll was executed in the direction that forced the failed wing to remain in place...the other way and it would have folded..
That concludes this weekend's wallow into nostalgia, but I will be back with lots more in the next day or two!! If that's OK?
Wallow away!! look forward to the next installment. Great to see shots of the HE111 (CASA), I saw it parked but never in the air.
Other highlights for me are The Red Pelicans and a Belfast at the shows, which years were they?
I remember being frog marched up the Minley road by my Dad (I was not a keen spotter in those days!) to attend several air shows in the late 60s early 70s so I guess I could have been there. I definately saw the The Red Pelicans.