Saturday, 4 May 2019

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (at Newquay Airport)

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) is located at Newquay Airport. There is a good selection of retired/demobbed airframes and other exhibits. Some of which you can tour others you can sit in the cockpit, so the aircraft are not just for viewing. A good cafe/shop is also on the site. All the staff are friendly and welcoming with a good knowledge of their aircraft. Some of the sircraft on site are still used by the RAF for salvage/lifting/recovery/exercise practice. In the hangar in addition to the exhibits there is a superb display of model aircraft that have been built by a variety of people. Well I will get on to the pictures so you can see what it is all about.

Vickers VC-10 Cockpit

Vickers VC-10 Engines

English Electric Lightning

RAF Shackleton (not part of CAHC)

Spirit of Truro

Museum Exhibit

Museum Exhibit

Royal Navy Seahawk

Harrier GR3

RAF Tornado GR4 "Shiny Two"

Vickers Varsity

BAE 125

Westland Lynx

Hawker Hunter

English Electric Lightning

Canberra

Hawker Hunter

BAC1-11 Qinetiq

Vickers VC 10 ZA148

RAF Tornado GR4

Vickers VC 10

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Great Western Railway, Long Rock Open Day April 13th 2019

Great Western Railway held an open day at their Long Rock Depot. A variety of engines were exhibited from Steam to Modern day diesel and even model train running undercover.  One of the new intercity Class 802 trains was renamed in honour of  the RNLI Lifeboat crew of the "Solomon Browne" who were all lost at sea in 1981 and Rick Rescorla who lost his life guiding others from the Twin Towers in 2011, so very well done to GWR on that one, great gesture.  A Network Rail support vehicle, some emergency service vehicles and a WW2 US jeep were also present.

As usual with these events unless you find a way of getting a preview without the public it is an uphill task getting images (without people). Although some with people do give an overall scene of the event. Overall it was a good event, good to see the engines up close but my preference would be to see the alive and moving!!!!

On the whole I think the event from GWR has to go down as a success, I wll certainly attend another should the opportunity arise.

Here is a selection of images from the day.






















Great Western Railway, Long Rock Open Day Preparations

A change from Aviation but still involving some heavy machines. Long Rock depot will be hosting an open day led by GWR (Great Western Railways). There will be a variety of engines/locomotives at the event. Also at the event GWR are going to name one one their new 802 Inntercity express trains in the memory of some Cornwall heroes (more on that on the day. Here are some images of the engines attending and some scheduled trains that passed by whilst I was there.












Monday, 18 March 2019

Newquay Coastguard Helicopter on Excerise with Penlee Lifeboat 17th March 2019

The location was Mounts Bay for a winching exercise between Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Newquay based Sikorsky S-92 Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ. This is essential training for all involved, added to this the weather was not playing ball for photography but must of added a more realistic element to the exercise. Conditions were tricky, sunshine, dark skies, heavy showers, low visibility, all thrown into the mix during the exercise. Images were the best I could get due tothe weather and distance off shore. So they are not stunning but give a good record of the training exercise.

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ on exercise

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ on exercise

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ on winching exercise

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ on winching exercise

Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" and Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ training in Mounts Bay

 Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ training in Mounts Bay

Coastguard Helicopter G-MCGZ training in Mounts Bay