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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-05 10:53
Subject: Noisy birds
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Warbirds, that is.

I'm sitting here, attempting to concentrate, and I keep getting distracted by the sound of aero engines.

Ah, I apologise, they're not warbirds after all. I just got the binoculars out and checked, and that group of four aircraft doing formation loops have fixed undercarriages and look to be low wing monoplane trainers. They're behaving like warbirds, though. Right now all four of them are diving towards the same bit of sky from four different directions.

I assume they're practising for Duxford this weekend, but they're not on the guest list.

(Why binoculars at my desk? Well, I have a window seat, and a nice large chunk of sky beyond it, and it's not infrequent that there's somebody out in it doing aerobatics. And we have had a hawk sitting on the car park fence before now.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-05 10:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Possibly, but I can't find any details of them.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2006-10-05 10:26 (UTC)
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We tend to get unexpected outbreaks of Red Arrows when there's anything going on at Fairford or Brize Norton.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-05 10:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, yes. We had one of those the other day. Since there was no show on that day at Duxford, we just reckoned they were practicing the Duxford flight line while actually on their way to the coast.
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Ian: annie
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2006-10-05 11:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:annie
Annie treats violation of her airspace as a Personal Affront, which must be Barked At. Living where we do, this happens rather a lot...
Considering she is only about a foot high, her airspace extends to a surprising altitude.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-05 11:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have you considered asking the RAF to realign its flight paths to the other side of your house, where they'd not be visible through the french window?
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2006-10-05 13:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, but she could still hear them.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-05 13:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ask the RAF to re-equip with gliders? Yes, I know it's transport squadrons you have down there, but there were tank-carrying gliders during WWII.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2006-10-05 16:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
...and they get them off the ground how exactly?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-05 16:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The crew vigorously flapping their arms, of course.

Though a static winch might work. Be a frigging big one, of course.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2006-10-05 19:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmmm
I was thinking more along the lines of harnessing up all the new recruits, and telling them to run really really fast.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-05 21:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is another possibility, yes.

Perhaps lots of small dogs - terriers, maybe - all in harness?
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2006-10-05 11:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think we do better here at work with just the occasional Lancaster doing a low pass...

(I work just round the corner from the RAF Museum).
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-05 13:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have they reopened the Bomber Hall yet?
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2006-10-05 13:50 (UTC)
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Pass. I may work near there, but I don't go there...
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