Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sabre Pilot Antics

For those that may have had reservations over the sanity of Sabre drivers, this great little comedy film will confirm your expectations. Draw up a chair (maybe turn the sound off - the original was silent) grab a cup of tea - or better, a cocktail, and watch the story of Checkout Day with the (then) new F-86 Sabres.

It was made by the 526th Fighter Squadron of the USAF based at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, and must be from about 1953 when the Sabres arrived. The film is from the U Tube website of TJDosier, to whom many thanks!

They really don't make them like that any more.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Stringbag Returns

What a great thing to happen on my birthday!

From the RNHF Website, with acknowledgement: Finally back where she belongs - Swordfish II LS326 airborne on her second test flight on 4 October in the hands of Lt Cdr Mike Abbey. [©Lee Howard]