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Old 28-02-2019, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default End of an Era - last flight of RAF Tornado

I expect our own Mario will be shedding a tear today as the very last flight of 9 Tornado fighter bombers take to the skies for the last time around Norfolk, at the end of a UK tour to mark the end of the service life of these iconic aircraft.

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On a more positive note, some of their huge underwing fuel tanks have found their way into private hands, to be repurposed as all sorts of useful things - like the famous post war 'belly tank racers', also known as 'Lakesters'
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And, quite by coincidence - I acquired one today.

So, let's see your 'Belly tank racer' pictures
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Not mine . . . but I love these Bonneville racers.

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So, let's see your 'Belly tank racer' pictures
Are you going to build a belly tank racer?
They do look cool.
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Not mine . . . but I love these Bonneville racers.

That is exactly the kind of thing - I love the simplistic shape of them, and the whole concept of making a race car from an old Ford flat head and a surplus fuel tank.

It smacks of 'poor mans racing' in a grass roots kind of way.

Has anyone ever run one at the 'Pod?
I guess it is not a 1/4 mile thing, needs a fortune of lead time


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Are you going to build a belly tank racer?
They do look cool.
I'd love too - but, alas another project on the huge list.

The way I figure it, I was offered one at about scrap money so couldn't say no. These won't be around for long - and it won't eat anything while I look after it.

Or, I may make a canoe, like these Vietnamese fishermen using an F4 Phantom tank.
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Sad times, my Dad worked on those from when they were brought in to service. I've some good memories of being around the airbases in the hangars as a kid

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Those are both very cool
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I grew up in Rutland, (live down the road in Stamford, Lincs now, was born in North Herts), moved in 1988ish, and the first fast jet I'd seen outside of the television was a GR MKI

It made me jump with fright, and as quickly as it went over it was gone. I'm a speed freak, a petrol head and I love all things related to transport and aviation. My late Grandfather on my mums side was RAF, and was very proud of this, and on my Dads side was XIII Corps, captured off the coast of Italy (he never spoke of his time during the war)

Naturally, I've a bit of an affinity with the Armed Forces, which surprises a lot of people as I'm quite left leaning and liberal in my thinking. To achieve a world of peace, you need men of war though.

I spent a lot of time as a teenager and young adult at the RAF motor club in Cottesmore, as a result I've a lot more exposure than most civilians tend to have to both Harrier and Tornado's.

Both, to me, are always going to be more than just a plane.

I'm very sad to see it go.
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Has anyone ever run one at the 'Pod?
I guess it is not a 1/4 mile thing, needs a fortune of lead time

Back in the day (60s) there were a few about - mostly Ford or BMC straight 4s like this one . . .



Today they would need a full frame/chassis with a proper 'roll cage' over the driver's head etc.

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