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Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Sun May 31, 2015 5:39 pm
by rob565uk
Stunningly beautiful down there Richie.

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:51 am
by mtskull
Richie wrote:Well got back from Cyprus.... week wasted, one dive, no wrecks.......sick and fed up
That's a real shame. Did your eustachian tubes let you down? :(

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:32 am
by Richie
No equalised perfectly, all be it as you can see, to clear my right side I have to stretch my neck a wee bit.

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:54 pm
by mtskull

Well, I did eventually get to dive the Beaufighter; 5th dive of the holiday and final dive of the PADI Deep Diver Speciality course. 38 metres down and superb visibility, just like in this video which was what made me so keen to dive this site in the first place. I'm a happy bunny. 8-)

No dives now for a couple of days so a few scoops to celebrate, then back in the water on Friday for a look around HMS Maori, bombed and sunk in Valletta harbour during WW2.

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:08 am
by quicksilver-wsr
The Beaufighter is a rare bird indeed. Anyone who'd like to see one without diving off Malta can do so at Scotland's National Museum of Flight, at East Fortune airfield near Edinburgh. It's a former Portugese air-force example, and the last time I visited it was all in big chunks undergoing restoration. It's in decent order though, and almost all of the major parts are there.

East Fortune's well worth a look. There's a Concorde there, splendidly displayed in its own hangar - a far cry from the lacklustre Brooklands Concorde offering.

http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight/

http://www.airplane-pictures.net/album.php?p=367

Nigel

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:28 pm
by mtskull
quicksilver-wsr wrote:The Beaufighter is a rare bird indeed. Anyone who'd like to see one without diving off Malta can do so at Scotland's National Museum of Flight, at East Fortune airfield near Edinburgh. Nigel
There's also a nice one in the sea off Naxos, so I understand; right side up and all there. Must dive that one before I get too old....
East Fortune brings back memories!
More years ago than I care to remember (oh alright, it was 1997), I had been flying Jetstream 31's to earn my daily bread and was, by chance, the first pilot at my base to be converted on to the Jetstream 41, which, although ostensibly a simple stretch, was actually a very different aircraft. Having finished the simulator training, I was sent to Edinburgh to fly some line sectors, taking the opportunity to visit East Fortune while I was there. I was delighted to find not one, but two J.31's on display there and wasted no time in informing my colleagues back in Leeds that they were still flying museum pieces... :lol:

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:09 pm
by quicksilver-wsr
mtskull wrote:I was delighted to find not one, but two J.31's on display there and wasted no time in informing my colleagues back in Leeds that they were still flying museum pieces... :lol:
Interestingly enough, Jackie Stewart was still using a Jetstream as his personal transport some time after they ceased being fashionable.

Must have been something to do with it being a Scottish Aviation aircraft after Handley Page folded.

Nigel

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:29 am
by Renegadenemo
I once flew from Birmingham to Newcastle on a J.31 and halfway back we flew into a torrential rainstorm. I remember seeing the raindrops stretched into stripes of while light under the strobes and when we touched down all hell broke loose. The aircraft went completely out of control and slid sideways up the runway with lots of things in the cockpit going, whoop! whoop! whoop!
At one point the curtain separating the terrified passengers from the terrified flight crew was wafted aside and we all got a glimpse at the fact that we were all in this together. Eventually we skated to a standstill facing the wrong way. A most memorable flight for all the wrong reasons.

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:52 am
by mtskull
Renegadenemo wrote:I once flew from Birmingham to Newcastle on a J.31 and halfway back we flew into a torrential rainstorm. I remember seeing the raindrops stretched into stripes of while light under the strobes and when we touched down all hell broke loose. The aircraft went completely out of control and slid sideways up the runway with lots of things in the cockpit going, whoop! whoop! whoop!
At one point the curtain separating the terrified passengers from the terrified flight crew was wafted aside and we all got a glimpse at the fact that we were all in this together. Eventually we skated to a standstill facing the wrong way. A most memorable flight for all the wrong reasons.
Scary stuff. The 25 knot crosswind limit was always a bit limiting; add the gusts and wet runway and there's the recipe for what you described.

Anyway, getting a wee bit off thread methinks.
What do you know about HMS Maori? I'll be diving on the wreck this afternoon :)

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:06 pm
by mtskull
Didn't get to dive HMS Maori after all; just a bit too much breeze for the vis. to be any good. Dived the Carolita barge instead, which not only turned out to be a nice easy dive but also turned out to have quite an interesting history: http://www.subwayscuba.com/divesubway/x-lighter.html
BTW, I didn't dive with this organisation, they just happened to have some good info on their site...