From the BVM stables of turbine jets comes an electric composite fast jet in kit form or ARF. On the 30th August on an excellent day weatherwise, John brought up the field his new BVM electra fast jet. We were surprised as John has become a bit of turbine fanatic in the last few years. John handed over the maiden flight to Jon who gave it a test flight. Fairly quiet as EDF's go but open up the throttle and it moves very quick. Gives camera men a difficult time keeping it in focus and view.
A glorious May Saturday with pure blue skies and 22 degrees. A fairly big turn out of members too with some training getting done. During an intermission the plan was to fly all the warbirds present at the same time. Unfortunately the FW190 did not fly due to the pilot brewing another cup of tea. There were two Spitfires though, one a four stroke and a 40 size 2 stroke ready. Use them then and fly as wingleader and wingman. Things did not go to plan and the wingman dropped out early leaving the Spitfire MKII to strafe the runway at low level avoiding any possible radar contact..................
After a disaster some years ago Pete decided to build another Hawker Hurricane, the initial backbone of the RAF at the start of WWII. Lighter than the original and powered by a DLE55 petrol engine. On a rather dull, overcast, grey chilly day at end of April 2018 it was time for it's maiden flight. With the engine never been started before it was fuelled up and ran for several minutes and some tweaking of the carb needles. Leaving the cowl off for the first flight the Hurricane was piloted by Jon Tappin and put throught a number of manouevres. The engine never faltered. Before the second flight the cowl was refitted. Some of the action is captured here in this video watched by members of Wimborne MAC.
Edited down version of Dave Bright's first flight of his Bae Hawk on the 26 November 2016. It was extremely cold and overcast skies. Not the best of days for first flights or maidens. Earlier Jon Tappin took the sticks for it's maiden flight whilst the few members who braved out the chill watched, some with camera ready.