A New Hawk T1 arrives at Cashmoor for a maiden flight on Saturday the 23rd February. Dave Bright moves up from his slightly smaller version we have seen numerous times at the field to his 1/4 scale version by Airworld.
More still images can be seen here in Dave's Gallery.
Unusually for this time of year the temperature was quite mild at 10 degrees C. Wind was forecast as 18 mph to 35 mph WNW so a few of us grabbed the chance for a bit of slope soaring with flying wings and gliders. The wind was really winding up around midday so when Mike chose to fly he used his scratch built Phase 5 a Chris Foss design from quite a few years ago. The Phase 5 has fully symmetrical wing profiles so is quite happy with wild winds. An hour or so later the wind started to ease off so then Mike chose to fly his Orcrist, The Orcrist design is heavily influenced by the French 'Excalibur' design but uses a traditional wooden fuselage and foam wings. .Scratch built although this was in reality a re-maiden as earlier in the week it was involved in a collision with a Wild Thing. However, all repaired and now to find out if it still flies well. It does!
Another warbird for John's Soviet fleet? The [[Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3]] was a Soviet fighter and interceptor aircraft used during World War II. It was a development of the MiG-1 by the OKO of Zavod No. 1 to remedy problems found during the MiG-1's development and operations. Image left shows a MIG3 durng WWII on Winter assignments.
Here in 2018 we now have a MIG3 based at Cashmoor thanks to John Ireland. He has spent some considerable time on this model from ESM managing to install a canister exhaust within the fuselage to keep the outline scale. The exhaust exits near the tail onn the underside. Powered by 3W55 swinging a 23x8 wood prop.
The MIG 3 was maidened at Cashmoor on the 30th August 2018 and test flown by jon Tappin. Flew well and as the new engine beds in more power will be on tap.
We first saw this airframe at least 18 months ago when Dave Rogers brought it up to our Scale Day. Dave was now entering the turbine owners club. In his opinion it was in garish colours, pink, white, yellow. That would have to be changed! With quite a few issues to resolve and not a lot of time to spend on it with life/work to contend with. However, finally we get the nod that it is ready for it's maiden flight. The Avonds F15 in now in a military scheme, nearest to US [[65th Squadron (Aggressors)]]. Powered by a Jet Munts 140 turbine it really flew very scale.
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..................