May 2022

In this month’s edition:

  • RAF Historic Video
  • Down on the Farm: Pictures from Friedrichshaften – Tony Palmer
  • Got an Active CO Detector in your Aircraft?


RAF Historic Video

For those who like to indulge a little aviation nostalgia.

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." 
(L.P. Hartley CBE, 1895 – 1972)

Here is a video of the RAF Royal Review, 1953. The above quote could not be more aptly applied than to this event. It is not possible to imagine anything like it today. The roll-call of RAF stations supplying aircraft for the fly-past (starts half-way through the video) reminded me of Flanders and Sawnn’s ‘The Slow Train’; quite a few now decommissioned.


Down on the farm 42 this month 4/22

Having just returned from Aeroexpro in Friedrichshafen this will be just a pictorial edition. We will be having a safety evening in the near future.

Mike Hallam has a slot at Jackrells farm for a plane ring him on 07478 869982

The VAG Vintage Aircraft Group had an outing to the Fawley Railway Museum last week and Lesley (my wife) came with me. Anne Hughes who does the Strut news items and also just about runs the VAG had won Faulkner-Bryant Trophy last year and had brought the shield along. Steve Slater was there also and presented the shield to me as I had Covid last year in November and could not go to the AGM to receive it.

Klemm L25C G-ACXE

We are attempting to produce the paperwork to get the plane flying.

AERO Friedrichshafen

The new Bristell B8 flown down to the show form CZ

A 1940 Klemm L35 which has a 6 cylinder 160 hp Walter Micron

Junkers A50 Junior powered by a Rotax 912IS 600kg 365kg empty

Farry and Kevin on the ferry over Lake Constance going to Friedrichshafen from Zurich Airport, we drove North around the lake on the way back.

The Turboprop Bristell NG5 info sheet

The Turboprop Bristell NG5 flown to the show (20 hours total hours)

A Chinese Rotax 915is

Tony Palmer


Got an Active CO Detector in your Aircraft?

The CAA have been running a year-long survey on the experience of using active CO detectors in GA aircraft.  An interim report is available here:  The main finding so far is that the CO reading detected seems to go up in line with the age of the aircraft.  The C172 group I’m a member of has been having some issues understanding what our newly acquired CO detector is telling us.  Seems we were flying in blissful ignorance just using the coloured dot detector!



  • Strut Club Night this month: Wednesday 4th May, 7:30 pm at The Swiss Cottage, Shoreham.  Beer ‘n chat.

For the latest list of events, go to the Events page on the Strut website.