A bit of aviation humor

(based on Hergé’s wonderful art)

I know, it’s probably a Percival Prentice, not a Chipmunk. Got confused because Hergé usually took some liberty with aircrafts in his comics, but there’s also definitely a “Chippie” in the “Black Island“. Red/white with a bubble canopy.

Anyway, you get it. A proper Chipmunk should run a DH Gipsy engine. And the guy who writes this cannot currently fly his plane because of Gipsy cylinder issues. Go figure…

Flight line walk, a short story

Last weekend, the airshow celebrating the Battle of Britain took place in Duxford. Long before the crews started the engines of their Messerschmitt, Hurricane, Lysander and other wonderful, 80 years-old flying machines, the show started on the ground, for those who had access to the flight line. A crowd of volunteers participated in giving a unique, 1940 atmosphere.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Winston Churchill

Traveling to Duxford is like playing with a time machine. Remembering that, as Churchill once said, “never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Duxford Airshow 2019

Time flies: Longines & RAF

A very nice review of an equally nice watch. While Longines is not a brand which comes spontaneously to my mind when discussing aviation and pilot watches, they do have a legitimacy in the field, having provided the Royal Air Force with a nice, simple, readable time instrument back in the 30s (and up to the 60s). The RAF 6b-159.

Full review by Monochrome.