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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 05:15 PM
Went on a four day hike down the North East coast of England , Northumbria . Stayed at BnBs , hiked along the coast , it was beautiful ! Ended up taking a train to London and stayed there at a BnB for four days . My first time to this wonderful city . Awesome ! Visited the British Museum , saw some theatre . But the trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum was FANTASTIC ! What a great collection of aircraft . Never thought I'd get a chance to see the Concord up close , let alone go inside of it ! The WW2 collection is great as well as is the restoration hanger . Also saw many aircraft that are still flyable ! Spitfire heaven /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif . What a great trip !! The English really take great pride in their heritage . They keep it well preserved . Also visited the Tower of London , Picadilly Circus , Trafalgar Square , and The Cabinet War Rooms where Churchill and staff commanded from . All in all an excellent trip !!! You Brits that live there really have a nice country , you all should be proud of it ! If anyone wants to see some really great scenery and some marvelous architexture ( and some really well preserved WW2 historic sites) , I would recomend a trip to Britain . It ain't cheap but it is well worth it !!!
Cheerio mate , "mind the gap " .
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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 05:15 PM
Went on a four day hike down the North East coast of England , Northumbria . Stayed at BnBs , hiked along the coast , it was beautiful ! Ended up taking a train to London and stayed there at a BnB for four days . My first time to this wonderful city . Awesome ! Visited the British Museum , saw some theatre . But the trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum was FANTASTIC ! What a great collection of aircraft . Never thought I'd get a chance to see the Concord up close , let alone go inside of it ! The WW2 collection is great as well as is the restoration hanger . Also saw many aircraft that are still flyable ! Spitfire heaven /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif . What a great trip !! The English really take great pride in their heritage . They keep it well preserved . Also visited the Tower of London , Picadilly Circus , Trafalgar Square , and The Cabinet War Rooms where Churchill and staff commanded from . All in all an excellent trip !!! You Brits that live there really have a nice country , you all should be proud of it ! If anyone wants to see some really great scenery and some marvelous architexture ( and some really well preserved WW2 historic sites) , I would recomend a trip to Britain . It ain't cheap but it is well worth it !!!
Cheerio mate , "mind the gap " .
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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 05:21 PM
Glad you enjoyed our "green and pleasant land". You were lucky with the weather too weren't you?

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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 05:26 PM
Glad you like the place and had a good time. Ya telling me it aint cheap! Our petrol prices are going up again!

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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 05:33 PM
Yep, got there (Duxford) two weeks ago. Awesome.
As much as Hendon and IWM in London.

I also respect the way British care the things we care (WWII aircraft).

Aero

XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 05:52 PM
Yes , the weather was perfect ! The only day it rained the whole time I was there was on Tuesday in London . I take that back , it didn't rain , it poured ! But only one day out of nine , that ain't bad . /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
I hope to come back again !

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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 07:17 PM
Glad you enjoyed your stay Sturm, you've got 1 up on me...I've never been to Duxford but that's gonna change in 3 weeks time.
Talking about the weather, just before we went to Montana a few years ago we were told to be careful as they were having their worst drought for years and there were a lot of forest fires on my route from Billings to Great Falls.
Day after we got there, we had nothing but rain for the week.We really took the British weather with us.Unfortunately we had several activities washed out because of it but we really had a great time.

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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 09:18 PM
Glad you enjoyed it here Sturm.
I've lived here all my life but only went to Duxford for the first time a few weeks ago, for the airshow. Agree with everything you said about the museum, I mean you can TOUCH the planes. Spent a good while peering into the ball turret of the B-17 and was mightily impressed by the bravery of the guys that went in there. I wouldn't even fit into it.
Oh, and at the show, seven (count 'em) Spits in the air together, plus a Hurri and four other WW2 birds. Amazing!
Cheers!
PS You were really lucky with the weather, we've had a great summer but it isn't always like this.

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XyZspineZyX
09-25-2003, 09:25 PM
I think we have a good selection of aviation museums - Cosford and Hendon are government run so they are free - Duxford is pretty cheap as well, and they're building a new hangar at the moment. The thing that impressed me most when I went was the b52 in the american museum - the sheer size of it is amazing. They must have built the hangar around it. It makes a b17 look tiny in comparision.

XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 12:07 AM
The Stratofortress is a monster ! It took up the entire hanger ! I only wish I could've stayed there longer and checked everything out thoroughly . We got there at one o'clock and stayed until closing . Not long enough , there's too much to see . Do they always offer rides in the Tigermoth ? Man , I wish I would've saved a few extra pounds . I would've loved to go up in a two-seater biplane ! I totally loved England !! I'm so glad that I got to visit such a wonderous place . It all went by too quick though . When I come back , I plan on staying a lot longer ( and bringing more money ) . You guys in London have the best restaurants in the world IMHO . Indian currys are a favorite of mine , can't get enough of them ! I missed out on so much : the London Eye , HMS Belfast , Hendon , IWM London , etc.... Jeez ! Next time I guess .
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XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 04:43 AM
Yes . Yes ..Yes

My wife and I also visited Dux this summer(in july). She
could care less about aircraft but she was really impressed when the airshow opening featured a screaming single-file mix of Hurricanes,Merlin & Griffon Spits and Mustangs making low level passes at 400+ knots followed by pullups an wingovers to return from the opposite direction for at least 10 passes!! I got my screaming Merlin engine sound fix for the year that day!! Sadly, we also witnessed the Fairy Firefly crash. I later attended the Oshkosh bash back here in the colonies and talked to the pilot of a mint-condition Firefly to see if he knew what caused the crash but he didn't have anything to offer.

My wife and I love England and Scotland. We stayed in Scotland for 2 weeks followed by 3 weeks in England where I took in two airshows (Duxford & RAF Fairford).