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Last of the Lights

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Mike.C
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Last of the Lights

Post by Mike.C » Mon May 26, 2014 12:48 pm

This day (14th May 2014) saw a huge number of light aircraft come & go from Manston on its last FULL operational day. :cry:
Thanks go to Doug & TG Aviation for letting me get close to these aircraft. I wasn't able to get all the aircraft involved but i got most of them. I hope you find these of interest

I'm chucking in the pic of the P-51 as that was also around that day.
ImageG-SIJJ | North American P-51D Mustang | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-BTFG | Boeing A75 N1 Stearman | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-BRXH | Cessna 120 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-BRBK | Robin DR-400 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-EOLD | Piper PA-28 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-CGVC | Western Air Thruxton | Piper PA-28 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-BBDP | Robin DR-400 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-AZTW | Cessna F177RG | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-FRAG | Piper PA-32 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageN2CL | Piper PA-28RT | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-AXAT | Jodel D-117A | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-BRGI | Piper PA-28 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-BHOA | Robin DR-400 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-BAKW | Beagle B-121 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-BTNH | Piper PA-28 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-CGJS | CAW SportsCruiser | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

ImageG-OTGA | TG Aviation | Piper PA-28 | EGMH-MSE by MIKE1234789, on Flickr

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Re: Last of the Lights

Post by The Cameraman » Tue May 27, 2014 5:39 am

Hi Mike,

is that a banner in the top left of the 6th image?

Regards

Reggie

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Re: Last of the Lights

Post by Adam » Tue May 27, 2014 1:16 pm

It says 'SAVE MANSTON' from what I could see zooming in :thumb:

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Re: Last of the Lights

Post by EGVP » Tue May 27, 2014 2:24 pm

It does, Adam.

The shot below that has a "Keep Calm and Save Manston" poster in the window, too.

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Re: Last of the Lights

Post by Mike.C » Tue May 27, 2014 3:12 pm

Yes the banner reads #SAVEMANSTON and the pilot of G-BBDP is also wearing a "Keep calm and save Manston" T-shirt.

I feel sorry for TG Aviation founded by Ted Girdler (former Red Arrows pilot) they had a 50 year lease to operate out of Manston.

If it were not for Manston I'd probably not have had a passion for aircraft like I do It's my local airport which i have supported all my life I joined the local air cadet SQN in 2009 and flown out of Manston many times whether it had been a PA-28, Grob Vigilant or other. And I can honestly say that without Manston Thanet and all of East Kent will loose out on so many opportunities they lost 2 so far the ability to travel pretty much anywhere in the world via Amsterdam and the flying school.

If our council have any common sense they will save our airport.

Mike.C

Adam

Re: Last of the Lights

Post by Adam » Tue May 27, 2014 6:43 pm

I must admit, with the fairly decent transport links, it's got to be commercially viable. Whist I haven't read into who owns what land, I expect the offers from developers have become too difficult to ignore.

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Re: Last of the Lights

Post by EGVP » Wed May 28, 2014 11:59 am

It's owned by Ann Gloag, co-founder of the Stagecoach Group. She bought the airfield a while back for £1 when it was losing money hand over fist. Revenue improved, and I believe it was actually profitable for quite a lot of her ownership, but she's now decided to rake in the £££ by selling it. However, having said that, £5m wasn't enough for her, so it will no longer be an airfield. I think a £9m "garden city" is the latest plan - because obviously Thanet needs more houses and less jobs...

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Re: Last of the Lights

Post by Mike » Thu May 29, 2014 5:26 pm

A very sad day indeed bit I love that shot of G-BAKW, I've always had a soft spot for Beagle Pups - they just look so right. :)

Good old Ann Gloag, she didn't need to do this, does she really need a few more millions? :grr:
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