A mystery is solved

Thanks to Everett Garson from Eday.  I have a vague memory of landing at what I thought was a beach in Eday, probably in the early 70’s.  I have asked many people if there was a beach strip but the answer was inevitably no🙂

Until the golden islander arrived where I had good fortune to meet Everett at the airport.  Through having a chat with him, I discovered that I wasn’t going mad as he told me that while the runway was being done up in the early 70’s, the loch was drained and became a temporary airfield for the islanders.

Not only did he tell me about it, he gave me a photo showing an Islander aircraft on/in the loch.

Many thanks for letting me share.

Thanks for reading

Neil😉

eday

Posted in Blether | Leave a comment

Domain at last

After over 10 years of blogging and keeping the Spottersblog name going started by Tommy Mogren, I have finally managed to secure the domain I have been waiting on.

http://spotters.blog has been a long wait but was worth it as  waiting for other domains with the title was proving to be too expensive although I did own spottersblog.uk.

I have resized a number of pictures taken over the last couple of months ranging from lovely sunrises at the airport to the new NLB helicopter now operated by PDG.

It was nice to see the return of Jim at the helm but we thought Kenny the engineer was gone.  Gladly we were wrong and Kenny appeared back in the terminal a fortnight ago so welcome back.

Anyway, no long spiel and hope you like the pics.

Thanks for taking the time to visit

Neil😉

imgp2088imgp1997imgp1991imgp1990imgp1411imgp1403imgp1376imgp1375imgp1374imgp1368imgp1365

 

Posted in Blether | Leave a comment

Caldale as it was

This was a picture scanned from an original given to me by the late John (Jock) Harcus of Heathfield cottage.

All the billets down the right hand side and the workshop roughly about the middle are where my dads land is now.  The only thing that remains is the concrete base where the workshop was.

caldale-camp-1212-x-844

Posted in Blether | Leave a comment

RNAS Caldale 18 September 2016

I have started collecting information on RNAS Caldale and thought I would go and take some photos today of what it now looks like.  You can clearly see the blocks the wind deflectors were attached to from the air.  Still looking for a plan of the site as it was but one step at a time.

A big thaks to Jim Eunson who sent me scans of original photos and Ian Brown from The National Museum of Flight who sent me his images and presentation.

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

DCIM100MEDIA

imgp1344imgp1345imgp1346imgp1347imgp1348imgp1349imgp1350imgp1351imgp1352imgp1353imgp1354imgp1355imgp1356imgp1357imgp1358imgp1359imgp1360imgp1361imgp1362

Thanks for taking the time to visit

All the best

Neil😉

Posted in Blether | Leave a comment

Orkney Aviation Festival and the Golden Islander

Well that’s it for another year and another success.  I have enjoyed attending the events I could and, as always, went away with more information than I arrived with.

Ian Brown’s presentation was of particular interest as it centred on the balloon base in Orkney where I now live.  Not much of it is left but the history lives on.

Full marks to Moya McDonald for bring up the Golden Islander with its owners Maurice and William Hynett who also own Britten Norman who as you will know make the Islander aircraft that flies our inter island service.

A big thank you goes to Davie Miller, senior pilot with Loganair who gave up the Islanders usual spot for the event and to Colin McAllister who brought up both Loganair Islanders on the day and parked it allowing an excellent photo opportunity for the visitors.

Liz Harcus and I took out guests to the aircraft solid between 1100 and 1300 and although we didn’t keep count, it made the day worthwhile.  Maurice and William were a great help and a source of information to the staff and public alike and  we are very grateful for your visit.

Not forgetting Davie Berston, Airport Manager for allowing access to the aircraft and everyone else who assisted.

Anyway, here are most of the photographs I took over the couple of days, hope you like them and if you have any you would like to share, please post them on the Orkney Aviation page.

If you like any of the photos, please feel free to use in any way you wish but please credit spottersblog.uk.

All the best and thanks for reading

Neil🙂

cof

cof

imgp1186 imgp1187 imgp1189 imgp1191 imgp1195 imgp1196 imgp1200 imgp1201 imgp1202 imgp1203 imgp1204 imgp1205 imgp1206 imgp1209 imgp1212 imgp1213 imgp1214 imgp1215 imgp1216 imgp1221 imgp1222 imgp1223 imgp1224 imgp1225 imgp1227 imgp1229 imgp1230 imgp1232 imgp1234 imgp1235 imgp1236 imgp1237 imgp1238 imgp1239 imgp1240 imgp1244 imgp1246 imgp1247 imgp1248 imgp1249 imgp1250 imgp1252 imgp1255 imgp1256 imgp1259 imgp1260

Posted in Blether | Leave a comment

All hail the GANG

Who are the GANG, I hear you ask.  They are a great bunch of photographers in the General Aviation Nutters Group which I follow on Facebook.

As some of you know, the Orkney Aviation Festival kicks off next Thursday and we are are due to get a visit from Britten Norman with their Golden Islander and a Defender.

A quick search on google finds nothing so I went to the GANG and I got sent some fantastic pictures which they have given me permission to use.  WE are expecting the golden islander but not sure if the Defender pictured is the one that is coming.

Starting off with Alan Lapworth

islander1 islander2 islander3 islander4

These were taken at RIAT 2016.  The next 2 are from Chris Clarkson

islander5 islander6

The next 4 from Paul Mcivor

islander7 islander8 islander9 islander11

islander10

Do you recognise the one under the tarpaulin.  Next time you are watching the latest Bond movie, check the registration on the fuselage.

The final picture is from Mark Jones, not either of the aircraft coming to Kirkwall but worthy of sharing.  Thank you very much gentlemen, I am indebted to you and appreciate your assistance.

Thank you for reading, hopefully see you next Saturday when, all things working out, the Islanders will be available for public viewing thanks to Dave Berston, Kirkwall Airport Manager.

All the best

Neil

Posted in Blether | 2 Comments

Thank you Dave Berston

Here are the latest batch of photographs courtesy of Dave Berston, Kirkwall Airport Manager.

Some new ones and a couple that may be duplicated from an old post but a number are very interesting, in particular the photograph of the last members of the NAAFI staff when the station closed in 1945.

Thankfully, someone named them all and where they came from, so hopefully someone may find a picture of their family never seen before.

Not in any particular order but please enjoy them.

Thanks for taking the time to read

Copyright of the Viscount photos belongs to Phoenix Photos and the Cessna 406 I assume remains copyright of the Griffonmeister http://www.griffon.uk.com

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

All the best

Neil😉

 

 

Posted in Blether | Leave a comment