Sanxingdui Shang Dynasty 1600-1200BC


Not a flying post this time ! One of the perks of doing shows World wide is you get the oppertunity to meet new people, learn the culture and history of the country and its past.

On a recent try my hosts took me to the Sanxingdui  archaeological site in GuanghanSichuan. This is a bronze age site covering approxamatly 4 square km. The inginuity and the abilities of these early peoples is amazing. Cutting rock and polishing with hand tools only.

Just a few images from the museaum, well worth a visit if your in Guanghan. More details here.

Brevent West Launch

Brevent is the main launch point to fly the Chamonix valley, served by cable car to within 70 meters. 2 directions of launch are available. The “house thermal” trigger point is right in front of launch. Initially valley winds will get you going. On several occasions I’ve had over 1000fpm climb here, this can be quite rough with parts of the canopy collapsing, hence I fly the Nova Phantom, performance on a B class wing. It was here I got to over 10,000ft.

Wrapping the Extra

The latest team aircraft to be wrapped. G-BZII a 300L is to become a “traveling bird” with the team. Being no stranger whilst in the ownership of Colin Boyd this a/c has already been to China and Bahrain.

Being wrapped and packed for shipping to Sichuan Province for a show in September and then onwards to Shanghai for another show using a car park as a landing zone some 6 km away from the display venue. This posting should be fun, both new venues to bring our formation, unlimited solo aerobatics and pyro shows. For the wrap Core Motor Sports make it happen, thanks Martyn, Liv and Jack.

355th Fighter Group Steeple Morden

This souvenir program for the show has just come into my hands.

This must be one of the first displays I flew back in 1984 after gaining my PPL in 1980.

This program centre pages has a Theresa Stokes drawing with original signatures of the fighter Aces.

Theresa I discover is an accomplished artist, pilot and wing-walker with Gene Soucy Airshows.

The longest day 21 June 2019

The first time I’ve got up to watch the summer solstice. Just to be different I decided to view it from 3000 feet on the paramotor. Flying the Nova Phantom wing as it goes up well powered by the New carbon Bailey V5. To end the day I saw it set and flew the Extra 330SC back to base from Sywell.