I’m more of a cycling geek rather than an aviation geek but living so close to RAF Leeming means I can see quite a lot of activity at the base, especially when they hold exercises such as Jaded Thunder.
From my study as I worked away hard I managed to snap a few pictures of aircraft that in the UK you don’t see on a daily basis.
First up – the A10 Thunderbolt II – or as you may know it – The Warthog. I’ve loved these planes ever since I was a boy so to see them flying around your house on an exercise is amazing!
A-10 taxiing to the runway mid hailstorm
A-10 taking off from RAF Leeming
Next is a kind of helicopter / plane hybrid – the V-22 Osprey. This is particularly impressive as it can take off and land vertically but once it’s airborne it’s very fast and rapid.
V-22 approaching RAF Leeming to land
The Osprey setting down
One thing we do see quite a lot of around here is a Chinook helicopter and I spotted one land today. Not the greatest of photos but that plane it is landing behind might just be a C-32 which is a pretty big plane for Leeming. There is a few tweets about it heading over from the US today but I’m not 100% sure if it is. I will go and investigate later.
A Chinook landing behind what might be a C-32
I’ve been reliably told that today is the last day of flying but it’s been great while it lasted.
Saturday 7th November – my first proper go on a mountain bike. I was bricking it as we were taking on the Dalby Forest Red Run which is meant for experienced riders. I am not an experienced rider.
Starting at Dixons Hollow, mainly to avoid a lot of climbing as we only had a few hours we cruised round and you know what? It was brilliant. I thought mountain biking would be dull but I really enjoyed it. It will never take priority over my beloved road cycling but for a change it is most excellent.
Here is a video from the early parts of the trail:
I don’t normally do a blog post for every climb I do on the list but The Stang was a bit of an achievement. It was the first one on the list that I have ridden from bottom to top without stopping.
Now you may not think this is that good but last year I was 2 stone heavier and would do anything to avoid hills and now I go actively looking for them. I don’t know why but I do… I kind of enjoy the pain.
The first part of the climb was tough but then following a short downhill section it was just pretty steady, never really getting above 12% as I churned my way to the top. But the best part about getting to the top is going down…
After that it was straight on to Tan Hill, a long 6 mile morning slog to the highest Inn in the British Isles.
So that was two 100 Greatest Climbs, back to back, in a day. No wonder I could barely make it up the little hills on the way back to Reeth. Still, it was all worth it and now that’s 8 down, 92 to go. Think I’ll try a few in West Yorkshire over the coming weeks, I’m keeping away from The Dales for a while!
It’s funny what you see when you are out and about cycling but sometimes you don’t manage to take it all in.
I didn’t have my camera on for long today but I did have it on as I passed York Racecourse as many a drunken punter was on their way to get even drunker. This lovely bunch of women weren’t paying attention at all when crossing the road…
As you can see they aren’t even looking up the road. Before this screen grab was taken three taxis were tearing down the road – these women were oblivious.
Next up is a group of three lads and a lass walking with a shopping trolley (we aren’t near to any supermarkets) with what looked to be alcohol in it…
As I passed I noticed the lass, at the back, only had one shoe on…
Very strange. I can only imagine they were going to the races to sit and drink all their beer in the sun, kind of a good idea haha.