XH558 - was Re: using new technology etc

Sean Caron scaron at umich.edu
Thu Jun 18 09:33:59 CDT 2015

Hi Christian,

I'm guessing by the CLLI code in your sig, you're maybe close to St.
Catharines, ON, CA?

If that's true, I just wanted to let you know that - IIRC - there is a
SR-71 on static display within a car trip of your location in Kalamazoo, MI
at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. It's actually a B-model ... trainer ... I saw it
a few years ago when I was in town visiting my parents and it was pretty
cool ... I think it's still there:


It doesn't do flying demos but it is a complete aircraft in "mint"
condition and you can get right up there and touch it.



On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 9:58 AM, Christian Gauger-Cosgrove <
captainkirk359 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 18 June 2015 at 06:06, Pete Turnbull <pete at dunnington.plus.com
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > I'd have directed you to http://www.vulcantothesky.org/ if Rob hadn't
> > already.  Sometimes, though, it flies near places not on the official
> list -
> > for example, I've seen it fly almost over our house (we live near
> Elvington)
> > on two different Fridays in the last month or so.  Presumably in transit
> to
> > some other show.
> >
> Very neat. It's too bad it's never flown to Canada before. Then again, why
> would it? I feel kind of miffed that I've not really gotten the chance to
> see any really "cool planes" flying. (I'd have loved to see the SR-71 in
> flight, or to see an SR-71 up close at all; the latter is still possible
> but I don't quite have the money for it...)
> > Sadly, on the first occasion it flew circuits for a quarter of an hour,
> but
> > I didn't hear it (or realise it was the Vulcan) until my wife said
> something
> > like "Oh, that triangular aircraft has been flying around a bit for a
> > while." (We often get noise from Elvington and sometimes I tune it out.)
> I
> > watched it fly a couple of circuits before I thought to fetch the camera
> -
> > by which time it was almost out of sight.  On the second occasion it was
> so
> > cloudy I couldn't get a decent shot.  Sigh.
> >
> I've had the fortune of seeing the former RCAF FM213 (now registered as
> C-GVRA) flying a few times. I honestly can't really tell if it is the
> Lancaster by looking at it (my eyes are shit), but the sound is
> sufficiently different from any5thing else there's little doubt. Though I
> may have mistook the B-25 or C-47 for it.
> Did you get a chance to see both of the flightworthy Lancasters together
> last year? I didn't since I'm not in the UK and the time that FM213 was
> over in the UK intersected with my university terms.
> Regards,
> Christian
> --
> Christian M. Gauger-Cosgrove
> Contact information available upon request.
> --
> Christian M. Gauger-Cosgrove
> Contact information available upon request.

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