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This was a great weekend starting on the Friday and finishing on Sunday. We assisted the crew already based at Wycombe Air Park, what a great bunch of lads.
They made us very welcome and showed off their appliances.
The event was very busy for visitors but quiet for us. We did have a couple of incidents, a smouldering bin fire and a young lady at one of the stands that had dropped a bottle of aircraft polish. This was quickly washed away but we used the opportunity to get a free sample. As a result Eddie & Peter decided to give the MK10E a good going over.
Sunday was quite hot so ice creams all round. The MK10 was looking a bit dull in the left hand picture and as you can see a great improvement after Eddie & Peter gave it a polish. It took them over three hours so Eddie deserved his rest.
We were so impressed with the polish we bought some more and would highly recommend it, we only used half a 250ml bottle to do the whole engine.
Before using the polish and After, you can even see Eddie taking the photo in the after shot.
We are hoping to be asked back next year and are already looking forward to AERO EXPO in 2009.
This was one of the best attendances there has been for a few years. The welcome to the service was given by the President of the Royal British Legion, North Weald Branch - Mr Derek Tringham.
Followed by the act of Remembrance by The Chaplain, Rev Michael Gibbs.
Steve, Gary & Peter attended the service on behalf of NWFR. Whilst there Steve laid our wreath on the Airfield Memorial.
The Herts Air Ambulance is now stationed at North Weald Airfield.
After talking to the crew it became apparent that a refresher course in fire extinguisher training would be beneficial to them, so we felt obliged to assist.
Here are some photo’s. It looked like they enjoyed the day and also learned how effective the foam & powder extinguishers are.
Safety talk by Steve. Just a small fire for them to tackle. Them foam extinguishers work well.
Another small fire for them to tackle. They used the Powder extinguishers. This also worked very well
Place the cursor over this photo to see how well the powder extinguisher worked.
Gary one of our fire officers, recently attended the Low Cat Junior Fire Officers week long course at Teeside International Fire Training School. This he thoroughly enjoyed. He stated the food was excellent but it was a shame about the weather. They had heavy snow showers on the Wednesday and plummeting temperatures at night, consequently the fire ground was very very slippery but they still managed to complete 10 exercises each one was a surprise, 7 of which Gary was fortunate enough to participate in.
The week culminated in a practical exam on the Thursday and a written exam on the Friday. As you can see from the picture there were 7 of them on the course. Gary is seated front row second from the left directly behind him is Damien from Black Bush, in the nice blue shirt is Oleg from Battersea Heliport and the two lads front row far left and far right are Alan and John from BAE Systems (Barrow)
As a result of this course Gary won the Junior Officer of the Year Award 2008.
The Gate Guardian was first unveiled to the public on 18 May 2008 at the Spirit of North Weald Airfield Open day and Fly-in, an event commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the birth of the RAF.
Today was the dedication ceremony of the North Weald Gate Guardian, a full sized replica of a Hawker Hurricane.
On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April the Squadron, based at North Weald, hosted the Royal Aero Club for part of their racing season. A varied collection of aircraft attended with more competitors being able to take part on the Saturday.
We would like to thank the Royal Aero Club for their support as during Sundays race briefing one of their members kindly took the NWFR donation box and passed it around those taking part. The total raised paid for most of the weekends fuel bill for the fire trucks.
This was a good day had by all. Gary Hall of the Damn Yankees American Car Club organised a great day with loads of competitors turning up to show off their vehicles.
NWFR provided the fire cover and I'm glad to say it went off without any problems, like all the other events organised by the Damn Yankees.
Here are some vehicle that attended on 3rd May.
Tom an Airfields operations officer and pilot at North Weald took two of our fire crew for a short flight over North Weald and the airfield. Peter & Gary were taken up in the Cessna G-BGMP.
Peter stated " I've been with NWFR for just over a year now and this is the first time I have been up in a small plane, it was a great experience and also helped me with the topography of the airfield. It also made me realise how safe and experienced the pilots are that use the airfield.
Over the weekend of the 8 th and 9 th May “The Squadron” at North Weald hosted the annual 72 Squadron reunion. 72 have the unique honour of having served for longer than any other RAF Squadron in operational theatres.
After the First World War 72 was disbanded in Baghdad in 1919. In 1937 it was reformed at Tangmere with Gloster Gladiators after B flight of 1 Squadron had been increased to squadron strength. Spitfires were delivered in 1939 and in September 1940, 72 moved to southern England to assist the hard pressed fighter squadrons during the Battle of Britain. Post war 72 remained a fighter squadron until re equipped with helicopters which were flown until Easter 2002 when 72 was again disbanded at Aldergrove. The squadron number was then re assigned as a reserve squadron at RAF Linton on Ouse where they currently serve as a training unit.
The two photos are Toucanos that flew in for the reunion.
10 th May was the first Motor Sport Test & Tune day. This was a HOT day in more ways than one, especially for one unlucky motorcycle rider. He stopped to get his lap time printout and realised his bike had caught fire. Naturally he dropped the bike causing the petrol to spill out, you can see the result from the photo’s. Believe it or not due to our quick response the only damage was melted plastic fairings and damaged seat.
Also a big thank you to Nicolas Chakir Dahmani the photographer on the day for sending us the photo’s
On Monday 18th May the Aerostars carried out practice displays at North Weald prior to leaving for Belgium. The gusty conditions prevented a full afternoon of flying but it was good to see them back.
Their 2009 display routine will be further improved from the displays flown by the team throughout the UK and Europe in 2008. Their display commences with a series of full formation aerobatic figures starting from behind the crowd AeroStars are the only display team in the UK authorised to do this by the CAA.
The Aerostars remain the largest civilian team in the UK and the 6 aircraft aerobatics are not matched by any other team in the UK or most probably the World!
Their display also features aerobatics by smaller elements of the team. Complex vertical aerobatics, opposition passes and figures, and gyroscopic manoeuvres will be flown by 3 and 2 aircraft formations. In addition, their soloist demonstrates the power, grace and vertical abilities of the Yak 50.
North Weald Squadron Marshallers/Fuellers Donation
(Fire Cover Provided by NWFR)
Nigel (Squadron) - Gary & Simon- Jeff (Squadron)
A Big Thank you to the Squadron's Marshallers/Fuellers who helped at the Bonanza Club meet on the 6th & 7th June they donated over £75.00 to NWFR which they raised over the weekend by charging £1 a time to take spotters/photographers out onto the flight line.
What another great year at Wycombe air park. It was great to meet all the staff again and like always they made us feel very welcome.
The event went well and luckily there were no incidents to report.
Whilst there we had a recruitment drive.
We are just hoping they all sign up!!!
This was a great day, the site was very busy and thankfully there were no incidents to report. The crew were very well looked after so much so they didn’t want to leave.
Whilst there Dave & Steve found a solution to the high fuel cost. This is now a new addition to our appliances
(The only problem is they still haven’t arrived at North Weald yet!!)
Chris Barrie filmed part of this documentary at North Weald, this was regarding the old route master bus.
(Steve our founder is the only one of us old enough who can remember them!!!)
They asked us for help in wetting down the surface of the skid pan so they could demonstrate the skidding ability of this all time great. As you can see the monitor made light work of the task
During the months of July & August NWFR provided fire cover for the 5 Picnic concerts at Audley End House in Saffron Walden. We mainly protected the house making sure there were no problems during and after the firework displays at the end of each concert.
(Fire Cover Provided by NWFR)
F16 fighters of 132 Wing Royal Norwegian Air Force visited North Weald from their home base of Bodø, which is north of the Arctic Circle, over the weekend of the 13th September.
The Norwegians were based at North Weald for over 2 years during WW2, their sacrifices being commemorated on the stone memorial at the original main gate. Accompanying the aircraft were Norwegian military personnel along with civic representatives from Bodø plus more importantly 5 Norwegian veterans who had flown from North weald during the war. A number of other aircraft flew in over the weekend including a Tucano from 72 Sqn RAF.
On the 25th October the skies above North Weald again reverberated to the sound of Merlin engines for the Hurricane "meet" that took place, actually a book-signing event. This was the largest collection of Hurricanes to be seen at North Weald since 1942!
This year saw another good turn out of people showing their respect for our fallen heroes.
Gary, Eddie & Steve attended on behalf of NWFR
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On Sunday 9th May NWFR were providing fire cover for a Test & Tune motor sport event on the northern show ground and main runway at North Weald. Early in the afternoon they were alerted to an aircraft incident near to the Squadron by council staff. Fire 1, crewed by Gary and Simon along with Rob who was just along for the ride as an observer, responded to find an AT3 airplane and Volvo car alight on the taxiway a few yards west of the Squadron buildings. An onlooker reported that the two seat single engine AT3 light aircraft appeared to come into land but immediately took off again, banking over the top of a hanger before coming back to try a second landing and clipping the back of a brand new Volvo with two people inside who were driving out of the airfield. Thankfully the occupants of the Volvo were unhurt and were able to get out and rescue the injured pilot from the wreckage seconds before the airplane burst into flames destroying much of the airframe and seriously damaging the car.
The fire was rapidly extinguished using an aspirated foam branch, dry powder and Halon. A short while later Essex Fire and Rescue attended to assist the volunteers.
At the present time it is unknown what caused the accident.
Our thoughts are with the pilot and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Unfortunately we believe the Volvo’s corrosion warranty may be invalidated.
This was yet another great year at Wycombe Air Park, no incident to report like always. It was a good weekend and nice to meet up with all their staff again.
This was the second year that we assisted Jim & Ron from Helicopter support Services at the feeder site for the British Grand Prix at Hanbury Manor.
The site is run by Air Harrods who provide a luxury VIP helicopter service to Silverstone on both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July 2010.
Hanbury Manor is a stately Jacobean country house that is set in 200 acres of Hertfordshire parkland making a lasting impression with its obliging service and amenities that you expected from a 5-star luxury hotel, it also provides a luxury spa and PGA championship golf course.
Air Harrods look after their clients well, they provide a full English or Continental breakfast accompanied by a glass of chilled Champagne.
As you can see we were also well looked after (That is only orange juice and NOT a bucks fizz).
Dave’s sausage reminded him of a little accident he had at Wycombe Air Park last month, we will have to let him tell you all about that!!!
Charlotte Whitfield, Hannah French and Haley Pilgrim had a 'hot' date at the Tabor Science College, Panfield Lane, Braintree Prom on 1st July 2010. North Weald Fire and Rescue considered this request as chicken feed in its purpose of public service and community engagement. Gary was happy to assist and added that extra sparkle to a special evening.
The TACR2 drew the most attention from modes of transport ranging from a new Bentley Continental, vintage cars and even an Ice Cream van.
Another great year at Audley End Concerts, NWFR would like to thank
Rick Astley & Carol Decker (T'Pau) for making us welcome.
Image taken by splash news - Pixie Lott & Friends
(Gary's the one with the ear defenders on)
On Saturday 17th July the Duke of Essex Polo match once again welcomed an array of celebrities and VIPs alongside local families and friends to enjoy the stunning sport of Polo in the beautiful Gaynes Park estate.
This is the fifth year that the Duke of Essex Polo Trophy has run, bringing polo to the masses. The day started in style as celebrities and VIP guests, such as Pixie Lott and Aldo Zilli, were swooped onto the polo pitch by helicopter, assisted by Gary from NWFR, they were greeted with a glass of Champagne and indulged in a four course meal created by Aldo himself, with each course inspired by one of his restaurants.
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