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Andy C

Ooop North - Now working !

Not sure what happened there!

Anyway, spent a few days ooop north, mainly for the Hull v Liverpool game as this was my last chance to see Steven Gerrard play. He didn't even make the squad, and we lost  

Did a bit of touristy stuff around Hull (Humber bridge, Spurn Point - well worth a visit - google it!), onto Scunthorpe and Grimsby for the football grounds (I'm trying to visit all 92!), and then down the east coast; Mablethorpe and Skegness.











The roads were a brilliant mix; tight, open, twisty, cambered and...quiet !



I then ventured through the Lincolnshire countryside towards home, stopping off at a pub for a late lunch. I was nearly finished when a guy came into the pub saying a Spitfire and a 'fighter jet' were about to do a practice display. 'WTF' I thought. Have I stumbled on the local village model plane show?

No in fact it turns out I was near RAF Coningsby. I then started to hear the roar of a fighter jet so we fuck the pudding off and I rush outside to my car to get the camera, and sure enough a Eurofighter and a spitfire appear! I'm not sure why the Eurofighter is painted in a Hurricane livery, but it looked great.

















It's also the longest and most miles I've ever covered in my car in pretty much one go.

A fast, and I mean a fast A46 cruise, all the country lanes I spoke about above, and some stop and start town driving, approx 465 miles, returned:


The car performed impeccably. It's so refined, well damped and has a great seat that long journeys are a breeze. Yet turn off onto a country lane and its great fun to thrown down. Crisp steering, effective damping and a fluid, well judged chassis mean it gives you great confidence to really give it some stick.

Martin

Great pictures Andy.  Good weather as well, which always makes road trips more enjoyable.

We had a (Boxster) day out in the Lincolnshire countryside and ended up in Skegness last summer.  The roads are fantastic, really well sighted and a decent surface so lots of fun.
Twelfth Monkey

Can't see a link or pictures, though Martin surprises me.  We stayed in a converted farmhouse near Chapel St. Leonards a few years ago, which isn't a million miles from the dreaded Skeggy.  The roads were a joke, by and large.  Many were cambered like the top of a loaf of bread, and looked like the locals repaired them themselves, using materials unknown to science!
Roadrunner

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Can't see a link or pictures, though Martin surprises me.  We stayed in a converted farmhouse near Chapel St. Leonards a few years ago, which isn't a million miles from the dreaded Skeggy.  The roads were a joke, by and large.  Many were cambered like the top of a loaf of bread, and looked like the locals repaired them themselves, using materials unknown to science!


Having ventured up that way myself a few times, I have to agree.

No link visisble to me either.
Boxer6

Saw the post last night, when there were no pics; now there are pics and because I'm at work I can't see them!!  

The Eurofighter is, I imagine, still painted for the 70th Anniversary of the ending of WWII from last year. Can't recall if I saw the aircraft in question (Southport airshow maybe - I'll need to check my album later) but I have seen pics of it online. I like it.
Twelfth Monkey

Fantastic pictures, we've walked in the area around that bridge (and under it).  Local town was something of a dump, I seem to recall.

The shots of the planes are brilliant, and the ones with both planes in make the Typhoon look as menacing as fuck.
Martin

There are some good roads out that way, I promise!
Michael

I love the Eurofighter shots. I'm used to them flying over our house but rarely quick enough with the camera. I'll ask my brother why it's got the paint job.
Bob Sacamano

Great photos but "Oop North" ? - Hull is down South from here - more like the Midlands really.
Alf McQueef

Great pics, especially of the aircraft, which can easily come out as tiny black silhouettes. Is that with a DSLR, bridge camera, or what?

Timely post too - I have a meeting in Immingham on the morning of 15th and after last time I am not driving up and back in a day. I was wondering where to stay over the night before - not too far away - but could not see much except the "Lincolnshire Wolds AONB", whatever that is. It looked a bit too far from Spurn point (though doable at a push) and there were no mountains/hills close enough really, which is my preferred landscape. Suggestions anyone?
Michael

Painted to mark the Battle of Britain, apparently.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

The clouds, the scenery and the planes all look better up north !
Boxer6

Michael wrote:
Painted to mark the Battle of Britain, apparently.


Indeed; GN is the code for 249 Squadron, which was originally formed in Dundee in 1919! They flew Hurricane Mk 1Bs in the Battle of Britain, which this Typhoon has been painted to commemorate.

Andy - these are fantastic shots, really well captured. Well done, that man!  
Andy C

thanks for the comments .

D5200 DSLR with a 70-300mm lens
Roadsterstu

Good photos
gooner

Great pics Andy. Do you mind if I PM the link to this thread to my cousin? Him and my uncle are massive aviation geeks (they recently went to Holland for the first time for the sole purpose of spending two days in Schipol!)

Sounds like you had fun out there and certainly got lucky with the weather. Just a shame about the match, hope we can do a bit better on Monday night!
Andy C

No feel free ^
Twelfth Monkey

Apropos of nothing, I wonder how much it costs to repaint a plane like the Typhoon?
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Fantastic pictures, Andy, it must have been great to see those two planes together.

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