All The Fun Of The Aviation Fair

10 Jul

You can click on the pics to enlarge them.  Assuming they are still here: it took me a couple of hours and innumerable problems to load them, but I’m scheduling this post and I fear the photos may go the way of my You Tube videos. 

I thought at first it was going to be a dull day because the Hub warned Spud and I in the car, ‘No making fun of the geeks’; but then I met Concorde.  Sigh.  My one true love.  I’ve always loved Concorde.  The only two planes I wouldn’t be afraid to fly on are Concorde – too beautiful to fear – and Air Force One – safest plane in the whole world, I’m guessing.

A Hub pic from last year because you can't take a good photo when your palms sweat, your heart races and your hands shake through lurve...

I didn’t expect to be taken back to high school disco time:

Such indignity. At least as a teen the handstamp face didn't look wrinkled.

Spud and I had fun looking at the planes, and bits of planes:

This one is a museum inside, but so dull, I didn't bother taking a picture.


This one looked as strong as a kite.

Boring text between each picture because it’s the only way I can get all the pics in one post:

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown...

We paid £1 each to sit on top of a routemaster that didn’t go anywhere; don’t ask me why (why we paid to sit on top of a stationary bus; not why we paid £1: we paid £1 because they wouldn’t let us up there until we did):

I see no airships.

I got to realise a never-held ambition to sit in a racing car:

That's not fun on my face; it's fear: the back rest also doubles as the petrol tank. The owner showed me the button to press for the extinguisher (under my ankles). That was to give me time to get out before going up into a fireball. Provided I have two strong men to remove the steering wheel and yank me out.

Spud also went in the racing car:

He totally got it.

He admired a military bike and sidecar:

No jokes, comrades; we think it's Soviet-era.

And rounded off a fun-packed morning looking at non-moving transport with a little exercise:

Swing when you're winging...

My washing line at home; also known as 'Time-out Zone'

But we did get some cracking close-ups (and by ‘we’ I mean, of course, ‘the Hub’; all of these other badly composed, over-exposed photos are mine):

I'm not supposed to use this one because they sponsor United, but it's my favourite, and the Hub isn't, so I win.

19 Responses to “All The Fun Of The Aviation Fair”

  1. beckysefton July 10, 2011 at 11:02 #

    Aww WOW!! You got to sit in a racing car!!!!! JEALOUS!!!!

    Near where I live they have opened up a “sandwich shop” called PitStop. At the moment it is just a shop front with a single seater racing car sat inside it – no sandwiches. I walk past it every time on my way to the shop. It’s starting to become a bit of a tourist attraction to me. I just want to sit inside the car.


    • Tilly Bud July 12, 2011 at 09:49 #

      Why don’t you ask them? And ask them to take a picture of you doing it, then you’ll blog about it. Everyone wins.


  2. vivinfrance July 10, 2011 at 12:37 #

    Looks like a fun time was had by all.


  3. Pseu July 10, 2011 at 13:00 #

    SO, you are afraid of flying, but would go in Concorde… and spend a day at an aviation show…. hmmmm, Strange.

    The only time I went to an air show, since being a kid, was a long time ago now and I think I was taken under false pretences. And on the way there we heard a pilot had been killed at the air show which rather put a dampner on it all for me…


    • Tilly Bud July 12, 2011 at 09:50 #

      See, I’m right to fear flying.

      Bummer for you.


  4. kateshrewsday July 10, 2011 at 14:48 #

    Amazing: I am deeply envious of your proximity to Concorde. IOt used to fly over my house every day during much of my childhood….this looked a cracking day out!


    • Tilly Bud July 12, 2011 at 09:51 #

      It was.

      We are five miles from Manchester Airport and directly under the flight path; Concorde used to go over the house regularly. We never tired of running out to see her.


  5. gigihawaii July 10, 2011 at 16:05 #

    Great shots! There weren’t any “over exposed” photos! I had to chuckle at the pic of you in the stationary bus. So funny! Glad you had a good time, Tilly.


    • Tilly Bud July 10, 2011 at 16:06 #

      I did, thank you. It’s possible to have fun without spending a lot of money, if we only try 🙂


  6. nrhatch July 10, 2011 at 17:46 #

    My tastes are simple . . . I liked the stand-upon swing best. 😉

    Looks like you had FUN (and FEAR), mostly FUN.


  7. slpmartin July 10, 2011 at 21:42 #

    It does look like everyone had a very good time.


    • Tilly Bud July 12, 2011 at 09:53 #

      We did.

      I get the feeling I may have started repeating myself.

      I get the feeling I may have started repeating myself.


  8. siggiofmaine July 11, 2011 at 00:10 #

    Thanks for sharing…I’m impressed…I don’t think I’d fit in a race car, so got to do it vicariously thru you !

    ☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine


  9. Perfecting Motherhood July 13, 2011 at 06:42 #

    Ah, the Concorde… one of my deepest regrets in life is never to have taken it to fly from Paris to NYC. It’s now retired forever, so I blew it.


    • Tilly Bud July 13, 2011 at 12:11 #

      Mine too, though Manchester to New York for me.


  10. eof737 July 17, 2011 at 10:39 #

    Lovely outing milady… I love planes and everything to do with aviation, so I would have loved it too. 😉


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