Saturday, August 23, 2014

New Website

lightningsinfobannerHave just designed a new website which is a one stop shop, database,maps and photo albums. The site is basically a base where lots of material is held in one place. For anyone enthusiastic about the English Electric Lightning, this is the site to visit. Click here to visit

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bathroom revamp

It would appear that our bathroom needs a revamp to something more modern. Mind you the suite colour is out-dated by a long way, no not avocado which we had in one house, but a pinkish hue. The new suite will be white for sure. The loo and washbasin to match will be enclosed in cabinets along the length of the wall and we need a new shower, the old electric one has been OK but getting old, something like myself. A new shower we intend to have will be plumbed in to use the combi boiler water supply.

A suspended ceiling is on the cards with LED down lighters, which will look superb when fitted and lastly the old radiator removed, and a large heated towel rail fitted in its place. Almost forgot all the tiling replaced, and a solid tiled floor laid. Question, what do you do when it all kicks off, and you need the loo?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Garage Door

teaserbox_2440018641On Monday, one of the cables in my up and over garage doors snapped, the main spring under tension previously, recoiled and one end shot out and over the outside of the door. Good old eBay and ordered a couple of new cables, still apparently being made. The cables arrived today and after some heavy pulling to pre tension the spring, managed to get the job done. Not an easy job, but following the instructions that came with the cables helped.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Double QRA launch

10401425_10203883655584613_4739815852281927569_nSunday saw the double QRA launch of the two English Electric Lightning's  XR728 and XS904 from the ex Wattisham QRA hangar rebuilt at Bruntingthorpe Airfield. Just as well I was prepared for the day, as a Motorway crash earlier in the day, prevented a few ground crew from making it. Was nominated as part of the 3 man starter crew on XR728, which up till now have left to the younger lads to see off. A spectacular display which went to plan launching both aircraft from the Q shed and later in the afternoon saw off the same aircraft from the runway on their fast reheat runs also a brilliant display by the two resident pilots Dennis Brooks and John Ward (ex Lightning jockeys).
Normally nobody takes any photos of the ground crew doing their bit, but we had a visitor Scott McPhee who had travelled 500 miles from Scotland and was given special access to the QRA hangar who did a great job of recording some brilliant shots of us at work, so thanks for that Scott, your photo posted above.
Weather was superb, sunny and hot for a change, and made the photographers happy with decent lighting to get their shots.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Getting prepared

1024scramble9Getting prepared for Sundays visit to the Lightning QRA day at Bruntingthorpe Airfield, camera batteries charged, kit packed especially my ear defenders. Weather forecast is for a nice sunny day, so lets hope it stays that way. Always great to meet the lads who spend their spare time keeping the two jets in good order. A few ex Lightning pilots are giving talks during the day, so should get some good stories there. Not sure what role I will be playing if any, as lots of ex Lightning ground crew turn up for these occasions, but am sure I will play a small part in the proceedings.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

English Electric Lightning 60th Anniversary

scramble111-2Have designed a one off A4 print to mark the occasion which is being held at Bruntingthorpe Airfield on the 27th July 2014 with a double QRA Scramble. The prints will be on sale at the LPG shop on site on the day.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Tablet

ipad4Just invested in a new tablet to replace the Samsung android one I used, just a bit small for comfort, given my eyesight. Now have an Apple iPod which has a larger screen and it fits the bill nicely, much easier to use and wireless connection is a lot more stable.