Back at the Centre in the dusk, this owl did a quick patrol of the ditches.
Friday, 27 January 2017
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
The Comet carried a flight engineer and a navigator. The engineer sat behind the first officer's seat. His panel was, from the top, electrics (four engine-driven alternators) then the engine instruments, which did not include rev counters or EGT gauges, fuel gauges for the seven main tanks and two 'bullet fairing' tanks and finally cabin air and pressurisation controls. The four coloured instruments (yellow, red, blue and green) monitored the four hydraulic systems, and the fuel tank and cross-feed system is schematically arranged (Pic. 2) All the pump and feed switches are protected from inadvertent movement by plastic guards (Pic 3). The main temperatures and weights are metric, as is the fuel flow, but the fuel pressure is in Psi, jettison values in gallons and cabin temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. The navigator's station has two ADF receivers, plus VOR and LORAN. His only instruments are an outside air temperature gauge, a Machmeter and a simple compass as opposed to the normal Direction Indicator.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
I've been stewarding the Comet while Concorde is refurbished. It's a lovely old-fashioned airliner and people are delighted to be allowed access. The Comet is crewed by two pilots, a navigator and a flight engineer. It has an autopilot (the black box at the bottom of Pic 4) and a Machmeter (bottom instrument on the left of the central panel). The engine instruments are very basic - just an rpm gauge and an EGT meter. There is no APU - power comes from four engine-mounted alternators, as on Concorde.
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Friday, 20 January 2017
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Photos from yesterday - the old corner unit (formerly the West Cornwall Pasty Company) and the new (a wasabi bar). The market doesn't change much. The lorry was unloading to a nearby food shop across Portugal Place. The weather front was mirrored by the Hardwick Road near Toft.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Monday, 16 January 2017
It was raining today, so we began scanning some of our old slides. These were taken in the late 1990s from the Beechcraft. Top pic is Denver Sluice, the others are of Southery Beet Factory. I used Kodachrome in an Olympus OM-2 and an 85mm lens with a shutter speed of 1/500th and varying aperture.
Saturday, 14 January 2017
It was a cold bright day at the reserve, with an estimated 9000 swans on site. Although it looks frosty, it is just over-exposed water into the light. Also saw a kingfisher, three barn owls, kestrel, buzzard and marsh harrier, but of the waders, only godwit and lapwing.
Sunday, 8 January 2017
My feet are locked upon the rough bark.
It took the whole of Creation
To produce my foot, my each feather:
Now I hold Creation in my foot
Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly -
I kill where I please because it is all mine.
Nothing has changed since I began.
I am going to keep things like this.
A gloomy afternoon at Wicken, with the kestrel keeping it like it is.