Your thread would be beautiful. Your FB posts were so touching and had me in tears at times.
What kind of pilot was he?
I actually had all these pictures on my computer because we wanted to make a video to show before his funeral ceremony, so it wasn't difficult to make this thread.
Scrolling through my recently called list and seeing my dads number fucked me earlier today. I'm going back to work tomorrow, mostly just to get back in the swing of things. My boss said to take the whole week off but I am ready.
He was very lucky - he got to fly lots of cool stuff in his time.
On top of various training planes his main claims to fame is with the original English Electric Lightning, then moved on to the Tornado F3 fighter, and was very lucky to be trusted with the ONLY airworthy Lancaster Bomber at the time - flying the Lancaster for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at shows. At the time the Canadian one was damaged.
I'm actually heading out tomorrow to visit a company that restores the aircraft for static displays etc - I bought a Tornado turbine blade set from them to make into wall art or a table - and the Tornado fuel filler cap which will be integrated into the MGB I'm building. Dad had an MG MGB GT when I was about 8 years old and I've wanted one ever since he sold his.
They happen to have the actual fueselage and cockpit of the first Lightning that dad flew solo in his logbook. Way out of my budget but will be cool to see in person. Hopefully it will be in budget when they are finished restoring it.
Would make a badass flight sim rig with the controls made to function and a projector screen in front. I'm already picturing making the nose cone open and have the projector mounted in there or something of that nature.
Only missing a ton of money, some land and a large barn to store it in.
OMG That is just cool as hell. If I knew your dad I would pick his brain for hours and hours.
i just figured there was a bunch of em...shitty lil town here has one
You in Lincolnshire or Hamilton? That's the only two airworthy ones. 15 other places have ones to be considered complete - but not permitted to fly.
A third one - also in Lincolnshire - is being restored with the desire of getting it airworthy again.