Caldale Air Station has first landing since 8/8/44

It has been a long winter and the saying Orkney has 9 months of winter followed by 3 months of bad weather seems very accurate.  I haven’t seen as many unusual aircraft over the last couple of months but I was looking through my photos tonight and thought there were enough to write a new post.

We had a short visit from ZE708 but it parked at the far end of 14 so it is just a long distance shot.

Last week saw me ticking a box for the first Russian registered aircraft at Kirkwall even though it was an american built helicopter.

The World Around 2017 team stopped off at Kirkwall while circumnavigating the globe.  They are a russian/polish crew and you can find their adventures on Facebook by searching World Around 2017.

G-LGNN has come out of the paint shop and is now operating the mail service for Loganair in their new colour scheme, it is certainly unmissable and looks very professional, in my opinion.

I managed to get a decent picture of the Saab 340 owned and operated by Polish Airline, Sprint Air who have been doing the afternoon mail run since Loganair won the contract.

And finally where the post title comes from.  I live on the site of RNAS Caldale which was an airship base and engineering site until just after the Normandy landings and, to my knowledge, no aircraft has landed on the site since closure.  That was until today when looking out my back door I noticed that an aircraft was about to land in the field around 50m from my house.  A quick look see saw G-EOIN heading up the field to Carisbrooke along the road.

It transpire it was 2 local pilots, Tony Scott and Erling Flett who had just stopped off for a quarter of an hour or so at Tony’s house.

Erling is well known in Aviation circles as a commercial pilot flying for Virgin and is a regular visitor passing through the airport.

That’s it for now and thanks for taking the time to read

All the best

Neil 😉

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Let it snow

Quite an interesting day today with going to work in frost, 10 minutes after arriving we get a winter wonderland and I leave in brilliant sunshine with warmth from the sun.  Tonight we expect the snow moon and it is clear as a bell outside just now so may get a few snaps.

I took a couple of pictures today as it was very busy for everyone both inside and out.

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Remember, if you have any pictures you want to share, please send them to me neil@spotters.blog

Thanks for taking the time to visit

All the best

Neil 😉

 

 

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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 😉

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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 😉

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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.

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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.

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Thanks for taking the time to visit

All the best

Neil 😉

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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 🙂

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