January 2019 News

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Final Flight for Meteor NF11 - 05/01/2019

The last airworthy Gloster Meteor of its kind has made its final flight at Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire. 

It was also the aircraft that carried jet engine inventor Sir Frank Whittle to his final resting place at RAF Cranwell twenty years ago.

Entering service in 1943, the Meteor was the first fighter jet used by the RAF and was the only Allied jet to see combat in the Second World War.

The Meteor will now join the Classic British Jets Collection at Bruntingthorpe.

Although it will not fly again, it will be kept in ground running condition, so can still taxi down the runway.

Etihad passenger jet returns to Manchester Airport after mid-air problem

Etihad Airways flight EY22 to Abu Dhabi left Manchester at 19:28 GMT but returned to the airport 30 minutes later.

One passenger claimed on Facebook there had been a small fire at the back of the plane.

The airport confirmed that fire engines had met the plane but no-one was hurt.

A spokeswoman said: “The flight returned to the airport. Fire engines met the plane in line with normal procedure.”

Passenger Graham Ecclestone wrote on Facebook: “Took off. Ten minutes later emergency landing back in Manchester .

“Plane got small fire at back. On ground safe, fire engines attending.”

The airline confirmed there was “a technical issue” with the cabin’s pressurisation.

A spokesman said: “The aircraft landed safely and passengers have disembarked and are being offered hotel accommodation.

“All guests will be re-booked on to alternative flights.

“We regret any inconvenience caused. The safety of our guests and crew is always our number one priority.”

Spanish Navy Harriers last visited in the Air Tattoo in 1994 in the form of first generation AV-8S and TAV-8S Matadors. In 2010, a RAF Harrier GR9 performed its final Air Tattoo display prior to retirement. Spain remains one of only a handful of nations that continue to operate the Harrier with Italy and the United States (US Marine Corps).
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said: The chance to see a flying Harrier is always a hugely welcome one, and we at the Air Tattoo are delighted the Spanish Navy will be participating at RIAT 2019, especially in this NATO 70th Anniversary year. The Harrier has been a major part of NATO since it first entered RAF service 50 years ago and its attendance will be an important part of our tribute  as well as offering a spectacular flying display. 

New Terminal planned for Manchester Airport (Ringway)

Manchester Airport has recently announced plans for a private terminal to give passengers flying on commercial airlines the ‘private jet experience.’

The new terminal, which will be called PremiAir, will be available to all passengers flying to or from the airport, with prices starting at £50.

PremiAir will be the first of its kind in the U.K. and is set to open in mid-2019. The terminal will be away from the existing three terminals next to the current Runway Visitor Park, just a two-minute drive from the motorway.

PremiAir will feature secure parking, easy road access and just a 65 feet walk from the terminal entrance to the aircraft door. Also, the airport has said that a number of different services will be available, depending on customer needs.

New addition to Lytham St Annes Spitfire Centre Hangar 42

Piper L-4A Grasshopper

The latest edition to the Hangar 42 Exhibits landed at Blackpool Airport !!

 Lytham St Annes Spitfire Centre Hangar 42 now operates an airworthy 1943 Piper L-4A Grasshopper. Initially issued to the USAAF, the aircraft went on to the French Army during WW2, and is now flown under its civilian designation of Piper J3C-65 Cub. 243 L-4s were assembled at BAD-2 throughout WW2.

This original 1943 Warbird will be on view on the 3rd March for our first public Open Day.
We will commence pleasure flights in this beauty in the spring. For details on how to book your flight email info@hangar42blackpool.co.uk
The LSA Spit Team has a number of projects under way from Aircraft, Military Vehicles to archeological projects and restoration works to our Memorial. We need your financial support and are keen to expand our volunteer base

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January 2019 News
Photo; Lytham St Annes Spitfire Ground Display Team