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Cyril revs it up.

By Ericsamson
After many months of anti social distancing my dear old chum Cyril Joystick made a flying visit to Finknottle Towers the other day and, having shared tales of heroic exploits with myself and the newts, returned to the comforting retreat of the cockpit. After a spot of vigorous revving for the benefit of my chum Bertie (very keen on that sort of thing) he performed a quick handbrake turn, shot off down the grass runway and soared into the stormy skies. Jeeves later observed drily that the 'silly ass' (Bertie's words) had left his parachute behind and gone off with ground keeper's surgical truss strapped to his back.

I am now digging way back into the archives as this was shot using a Pentax Optio 750 boasting a formidable 7mp. Whatever date is thrown up will be inaccurate as the battery ran out and I forgot to reset the date ... something like that. Anyway who cares? The airfield at which this was taken has now been given over to a housing development and the planned second phase of HS2 will run along the backs of the new houses. Couldn't make it up could you! 🤣 🤣 🤣

Many thanks for the very kind responses to the Silly Sunday upload; very encouraging and much appreciated. 🙂

For those who are interested this is a Hawker Hurricane and remains a joy to watch ... and listen to. The backdraft from that glorious Merlin engine certainly clears sinuses! All the best, G. 😀

Tags: Transport Hawker hurricane Stormy weather Cyril Joystick Since my girl and I aint together Keeps raining all the time

Voters: Edcat55, Robal, mrswoolybill and 55 more


Daisymaye Plus
11 23 18 Canada
8 Jul 2020 1:59PM
Buckle up ready for lift off.

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saltireblue Plus
10 10.9k 63 Norway
8 Jul 2020 2:07PM
I feel this sudden urge, having seen your illustration and read your spiel, but shall try to contain it until I have finished typing this...meanwhile, to enquire of that young Cyril he one of those magnificent men in his flying amchine, or is he a no-chin, with overbite, upper class contender for twit of the year, who has realised that becoming a flying ace is a damned jolly spiffing way to impress the silly young breeding-ready fillies back home?
Asking for a friend...
Superb image Graham, thanks for sharing.
Saastad Plus
1 16 6 Norway
8 Jul 2020 2:38PM
Fine shot Graham!

Arne Smile
woolybill1 Plus
13 34 76 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 2:39PM
The workhorse of the Battle of Britain, I believe, while the Spitfire was the glamourpuss.
A most creditable photograph, Graham, and a fine depiction of the sound of the Merlin.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 282 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 2:44PM
chocs away !! wonderful shot
Fefe Plus
8 50 33 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 3:08PM
Jolly good write up Old Bean and a very splendid shot I say......Splendid!

That's about as far as I can cut it....

Great image Graham Grin
mac Plus
18 7 Scotland
8 Jul 2020 3:19PM
Up and away into the blue horizon or something along these lines! Very good image, nice and sharp even considering you downgrading the source camera resolution!
8 Jul 2020 3:21PM

Spiffing image old bean.

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Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
8 Jul 2020 5:36PM
Lovely angle there old boy. Thinking the Hawker Hurricane was one of the planes my boyhood hero, Biggles, flew. Loved those books. 😎✈🛫🛫🛬
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
8 Jul 2020 6:15PM
As an avid reader of Biggles books, I can confirm that he flew just about everything, from an FB2b, via a Sopwith Camel to various postwar machines. Amazing longevity - but as a lad I could forgive that. I don't specifically

Though it was interesting that some of the same yarns turned up as WW II short stories, though the perpetrators now reported to Squadron Leader Bigglesworth, rather than BEING Captain Bigglesworth.

Biggles' arch-rival Wilks commanded a Hurricane squadron, but his own mob generally flew Spitfires.

Does early obsession show? Von Stalhein remained a constant for fifty years, too. I am wondering if Cyril Joystick suffers from a similarly persistent villain?
viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2020 7:23PM
Beautiful light in this image Graham. Sorry I can't say more but I have just been out in my son's left hand dride Ford Escort and I am still shaking.

dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
8 Jul 2020 9:45PM
I am sure that Cyril could take a left-hooker Escort in his stride, pausing only to decoke the head and tune the carbs...
8 Jul 2020 10:36PM
Phil? Phil? Are you Ok? May I suggest a bit of a settler to steady the jaded nerves? A well filled bowl of Cheerios* marinading in a 50/50 combination of Famous Grouse* and Guinness* usually works for me! 🥳
Matron has just had hers and is now splendidly illuminated. She has just headed off to her chambers singing a pleasant Scottish lay which concerns the travels and travails of four and twenty maidens heading south from Inverness. Charming. ☺️
John: Cyril's putative nemesis is none other than Melvin Moriarty-Muppet one time principal of the Bernard Cassell Reform School for ex-politicians with anger management issues a Messiah Complex and severe integrity loss. Moreover Cyril's decoking and tuning skills are incomparable.
*Other brands are available.

Many thanks to all for the very kind comments and to Diane, Carole and Tom for their very generous UA's. PMs to follow on the morrow.
And so to bed. Samuel Peeps ... and it's going to get him into trouble one day. 🥴
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2020 12:10AM
Sidney Camm was chuffed with it Graham.
9 Jul 2020 10:28AM
A smashing image, Graham. Choc's away!

Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2020 12:05PM
While others will enjoy the adventure of this plane, I'm wondering about your friend's name - Cyril Joystick!
Was that really his name? Fabulous!
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
9 Jul 2020 1:54PM
I wouldn't mind a trip up in that! ✈ A fine capture, well, raked up from your archives, Graham 😃👍
Trev 😀
mistere Plus
7 6 3 England
9 Jul 2020 6:41PM
Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once...Phut phut cough splutter bang..repeat 3 times and stand well back.
Off to the great blue yonder we go SmileSmile Flying helmets and wet celery at the ready, no, hang on
a mo. That was Allo Allo. Sorry Yvette Blush
capto Plus
8 6.3k 20 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2020 7:02PM
A little bit of history there.Smile
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
10 Jul 2020 8:20AM
Politicians? Integrity... loss?

I'm sorry. I find these words hard to make sense of so close together when I switch the TV on during a news programme.

I shall pause, and spend some time thinking about politicians I've met who do have integrity - there have been a surprisingly large number of them, and I'll single out my own MP, Valerie Vaz, as being one of them.
bluesandtwos 10 428 1 England
10 Jul 2020 9:34AM
Most grovelling apologies for missing the return of C.J., a fine image of a fine plane.

I love the throb of a healthy Merlin, which coincidentally was the line I had to say when I played Princess Slapmeabout in my school version of Sir Shaftalot ( apparently he did) written by my old English teacher just before he was caught trying to inflate the PE Mistress ( Oooo pe Mistress! Tongue), least thats what they told us he was trying to do, behind the bike sheds. I believe he left the school for a period of nine months, six with good behaviour.

Trust you, Matron, newts and Unicorns are all well, Smile

I would love to drivel more but still, unbelievably, short of time.Sad Partially locked down ( just the ankles, not the wrists, was getting a handcuff rash from the artificial feathers), and retired, so how come I am always short of time for doing the things I would like to do ( No, not the PE Mistress....although my old art teacher, and she would be old now! , but when our paths crossed was straight from teacher training...thats another matter! Blush Art appreciation lessons in the lunch hour had never been so well attended!!!)

Stay safe Sir G, and once again, thank you for the laughs! Grin

Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2020 8:29PM
Good subject, POV and image clarity. Excellent photography
Isabel GrinGrin
10 Jul 2020 8:39PM
Seeing the old hawker against that Billowy sky is exhilarating whilst the accompanying text scribed by your witty pen had me reaching for an instant award.
best regards walt
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
11 Jul 2020 9:54PM
Dave - sorry: Bertie - has struck a chord: HOW I WISH I had taken pictures of the heart-throb teachers: Mrs Hutchinson who taught French (snarf, snarf?), from whom I caught the habit of tearing my hair out. Mrs Gaskell, who survived awful behaviour from some of my classmates... Mrs Bull, the art teacher.

Now, I may have one or two shots of the Assistantes who taught us to appreciate French as she is spoke.

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