Hangar 11 Collection

Hangar 11 Collection The Hangar 11 Collection based at North Weald comprises four superb airworthy examples of legendary World War 11 fighter aircraft, each with extensive wartime histories.

All these special aircraft are regular participants on the UK and European Airshow scene under the Hangar 11 umbrella, operated by Peter Teichman and a selected few of the finest and most experienced display pilots in the UK.

Hello allHope that the world is treating you well, as it gets much colder here in the UK and flying activity becomes ver...
12/12/2019

Hello all

Hope that the world is treating you well, as it gets much colder here in the UK and flying activity becomes very sporadic, dependent upon the odd dry sunny day to allow Hangar 11 Collection to operate some of its fighters. Seems like a very long time ago that I was displaying at Duxford at the IWM show in September on what was a windy weekend with some massive showers especially on the Sunday, which made for an interesting show.

By design, August was not as busy time, in contrast to the last 20 years or so but we had some nice gigs nevertheless. There were a couple of displays at the super venue of East Kirkby, where we have the chance to mix it with Andrew Panton’s Lancaster and this year the Mosquito as well, as both were taxiing in the sunshine that day. Both Mustang and Spitfire displays were flown on separate occasions and the weather was kind, the crowds were appreciative and friendly. Lovely spot to display and all credit to Andrew and his team for the amazing challenges they are overcoming as they strive to get their Lanc into the air.

Do take a look at the short in cockpit video that I shot at East Kirkby which can be found at https://youtu.be/sVpyAMJJdXc
After Castle Howard concert (see last update) we were off to Duxford for what I think is their best show of the year the big September finale which usually has the most impressive line-up of Spitfires and fabulous WW2 fighters and this year was no exception. I had the pleasure of being invited to fly both the P51 Mustang “Tall In The Saddle” and also PL965 our unique Mk XI Spitfire, so there was some fancy footwork and logistics to get that sorted.

I positioned both aircraft from North Weald to Duxford on the Friday and settled back as the crew started to bed the planes down but then I was asked to fly a practice 4 ship display with the other Mustangs, so it was gulp down the coffee and of we went. I was given the “box seat” which is the number “4” position, middle at the rear of the formation. We had a routine which included some steep turns, 360 orbit and finished up in a high energy tail-chase. As the weather was really nice, bit of a cross wind on crowd but that apart really smooth and it was great fun, a flight to remember as I surveyed 3 other glimmering P51’s above me as I was slotted in the back number “4” holding onto the belly of number “1” Mustang.
Saturday dawned sunny but with a strong crosswind on crowd, it was pretty much at 90 degrees all day so some aircraft took off in one direction and landed in another. All credit to the pilots flying the WW1 stuff, some managed by landing across the grass into wind but we all managed fine.

First gig for me was our Mustang 4 ship and we took off into blue skies as I recall, joining up crowd rear and running in with a lovely topside pass, which all the “snappers” love. Then the practiced four ship manoeuvres which all went well. I was pleased that we’d blown out the cobwebs so to speak the previous day but that wind was a howler and down low it was bumpy. The formation part of the routine completed, we broke into the tail-chase, in which I was “tail end Charlie” of course as number “4”. When you have three fast brutal Mustangs ahead, churning up the air and you are trying to follow in an orderly manner, you do get really buffeted about. You try to fly to one side or below the slipstream of turbulent air from the other aircraft but inevitably during the tail-chase, you do catch the vortex and it hits you hard, as you wrestle with the controls to maintain controlled flight. It can almost flip you over if you are not careful, so you can imagine that one needs to be on one’s game. Fighting the controls near the ground, with the added strong turbulent wind was challenging but safe and fun and I had a great time.

After a 2 hour break, it was time to mount PL965 for the big Spitfire Balbo, which was the final act to close the show. As in previous years, it had been briefed extensively in the morning pilots brief and then we all walked through the formation prior to the flight, which although one feels really silly walking about in a conga line, it does really help when you are in the cockpit to cement the formation changes into your brain. When flying in close formation, there is no possibility to start looking at notes, you just can’t take your eyes off your leader for a second. If you do, you can fall out of the formation so fast and worse still, potentially collide with another aircraft as you are so close, so one just does not look down apart from a quick glance at the engine instruments and speed once in a while.
The Balbo went really smoothly as I recall. I did not carry cameras this year but the footage from my 2018 formation flight is still on line for you to watch and get a flavour from inside the cockpit. Landing was challenging as that wind kept up straight across the runway all day but we all handled it fine but I was sorry to hear that Maxi Gainza had damaged his prop on take-off, hope that is sorted now?

Saturday night was a farewell dinner at the hotel in honour of an old friend of mine and most of us, Cliff Spink, who retired at Duxford show after a long and very distinguished career on the airshow scene. We all hope that he enjoys his retirement as much as he enjoyed his flying. I am sure that Cliff will be about in one capacity or another for many years to come.
Sunday morning dawned rainy and dull with that persistent wind from the south east and the main subject of discussion in the hotel and boarding the coach was how we were going to get the show flown in this crap weather ☹

Duxford was hit by long period of heavy rain around midday and poor folks had to shelter wherever they could during the downpours, I was headed for the P51 for my first display when I had to shelter under the wing of a WW1 aircraft as it was just a tropical storm. So when we got airborne towards the west, turning right to hold crowd rear, the Mustang 4 ship was climbing towards some really low cloud and rain from every angle and it was decided by the formation leader that numbers 3 and 4 should land and numbers 1 and 2 carried on with a shortened display under low clouds and drizzle, that was the right call on the day , faced with those conditions a 4 ship was not safe , so my flight was briefer than expected but the day was to get more “interesting”

After lunch all pilots gathered for the walk through of the Spitfire Balbo as we prepared to start and taxi to close the show. The weather has improved, still windy but the worst of the rain had gone away at last, even some signs of sunshine as the day wore on. The formation of now 15 Spitfires were arranged in 2 sections, 3 rows of 3 aircraft at the front diamond and similar in the second formation. I was located in the front row of the second section on the right side of Brian Smith who was number one, as I was his number “Red 2”. Behind us were the rest of the formation so I was very much in the midst of the melee of Spitfires.

Around 16.30 as 15 Merlins burst into life and the Spitfires started to taxi in every direction towards the runway, each of us had to follow in our number order, so I was close to Brian but when I started the engine on PL965, which came to life smoothly on first start, from the corner of my eye, I noticed something just fly over my head…perhaps a loose bit of paper or what?. However, as I settled the engine into a low purr, watching for Brian to move away, my ground crew were waving wildly and clearly there was an issue. I chose to shut down right away, not knowing what had gone wrong?
Steve our crew chief bounced onto the wing with a small round cover in his hand and I soon realised that this was the inspection cover for the hydraulic reservoir , positioned on top of the cowling, it’s about 6 inches in diameter made of aluminium. Somehow, it was not correctly secured and had flown off. As I watched in some dismay, 14 other aircraft were taxiing off into the distance but at last, the inspection cover was secured and I had the signal to start. I did so and then was involved in a sprint over the grass to take up my position in formation as “Red2 “. The signal had been given to run up engines for checks and I was late to the party but I managed and finally all seemed good.

Then Spitfires were rolling off the hard one after the other and then from the grass ahead of us and then it was our turn. Brian gave the signal and started to roll, I counted 3 “bananas” for spacing and slowly advanced the throttle but then “whoosh”, the bloody inspection cover flew off again, narrowly missing the cockpit.

Think fast Teichman…. what are your options…..take off and perhaps find some handling issues, plus maybe incur the wrath of the regulator or safety committee for taking off with small part of your cowling aircraft missing….or worse still, abort and get collected by a row of fast moving Spitfires right behind me, whose forward vision is very limited over the bonnet until at least they got the tail wheel of the ground, so a real major chance of a multiple aircraft collision and perhaps fatality ……….

I chose to live and carried on and that was undoubtedly the right call, as I cleaned up the undercarriage and chased down my leader Brian, my Spitfire felt completely “normal” no adverse handling issues at all, as I adjusted the power cleaned her up, then I chopped from the display to the open tower frequency and told them that there was now “FOD” on the grass and could they go recover my inspection panel.
Then settled into the formation display slotting into “Red 2” and forgetting about the drama that had unfolded minutes before, emptying my mind of stress and concentrating on flying a smooth tight formation display. After we broke up Balbo, I headed home and happily the inspection cover was found undamaged and you know ,we could not replicate the problem, not once back in the hangar the following week, the inspection cover was literally “welded” in place, so who knows a strange yet sobering experience.

So, what’s going on at Hangar 11, well we’ve done some nice photo shoots with Neal and Timeline Events, always great value and will be working with them for the 5th year in 2020. Lots of regular maintenance and detail improvements to the aircraft. However the main focus right now is on our wonderful Russian Mk IX Spitfire, PT879 or her civilian registration G-PTIX.

When I signed up to have her restored at Biggin Hill with Peter Monk, I knew that this was a super outfit, at the cutting edge of Spitfire aircraft restoration but I really did not realise the level of accuracy, authenticity and sheer magic that Peter and his lads weave at BHHH. As the months have gone by, I have been more and more delighted with the quality of their workmanship at every level and Peter’s knowledge of this aircraft is unrivaled anywhere on the planet. I always call him “Mr Spitfire “ and for good reason as whatever it takes, BHHH are getting it done to the highest standard, I am delighted 😊
As an aside, a company in Denmark called REC watches have produced a really cool range of mechanical watches under the RJM collection. Each watch has a small part of PT879, as I sent a quantity of original aluminium from 1944 to the makers. I wear mine every day, super present and well worth a look at https://www.recwatches.com/collections/rjm
I have attached a few “teaser” photos but it’s hard to convey the level of historic accuracy that is going into this aircraft. Her Merlin “66” V12 engine is well on the way to completing its overhaul, her Rotol Airscrew is also coming on well and due with us by early Spring 2020.

Fuselage and electrics, hydraulics, pneumatics, largely complete, starboard wing will be out of the jig and completed by Xmas and then the port wing expected by March. All going well and I am delighted. This is the ONLY Spitfire to ever return from a Russian squadron in WW2, so special, so exciting and well, I do not like to make promises but I see no reason (apart I run out of dosh) that she will not display at some show during the 2020 season and I will be at the controls, you can bet on that!!

Our Mustang sits ready to fly but the weather has defeated us of late but we will fly in December if at all possible to test systems and keep current. PL965 is undergoing some internal pipework overhauls and we hope she will be back in the air in the Spring, good to go for the 2020 season
To close, you may have noticed that I am not CAA bashing on this occasion 😊, I am a happy bunny and peace and love to all Mankind. So from my lovely gorgeous wife Karen and all my family, Happy Xmas to all my friends and those who know us.

All the best
Peter

Another long-haul flight, another reason to write an update for Facebook, except that I have not been on the site for qu...
16/08/2019

Another long-haul flight, another reason to write an update for Facebook, except that I have not been on the site for quite some time, you guys may have forgotten us by now ☹
Fact is that I retired from frontline display flying at the end of the 2018 season, just as I said that I would. Since that time, as a business we have concentrated on new avenues and leveraging relationships in some old ones. Life does not begin and end with Airshows, that was what I thought last year and I do hold with that. It is so hard to watch the industry that we all love, just shrivel to a shadow of what it once was. The post Shoreham effect has just savaged the number of airshows in the UK, as well as other flying displays for corporate and private events.
A combination of a regulator who feels that it has to be seen to be tough on the airshow world, seemingly running scared of any and all liability issues, especially in the period prior to the Shoreham inquest, where it is generally predicted that they will come out badly. Plus, the sheer aggravation, liability issues, added complexity and cost of hosting an airshow has led to many of the shows that we loved and supported going south. Off the top of my head, this year alone, we lost Farnborough, Chalke Valley, last shows at Abingdon and Dunsfold and several more. You will see, that a few years from now, there will likely only be the major seaside shows, perhaps a handful of military shows, Duxford and that will be it! I am so glad that I was able to participate in what now appears to have been the golden age of airshows, maybe not as free as the previous 30 years ( remember Ray Hannah over the heads of punters on the main straight at Goodwood) but brilliant as compared to these current days of endless red tape.
I plan to frame some of the Article 86 permissions, as issued by the CAA that I have flown in my last season, as ones that highlight just why I decided to quit. Badly thought out display areas, some virtually impossible to fly safely in high velocity ex-military fighters , most with avoids in key areas, multiple height restrictions, no fly areas and this is supposed to be safe….for whom, certainly not the poor overloaded pilots, struggling to save their DAs ( Display Authorities) from going into the CAA shredder ☹
Anyway, enough ranting by an old guy and a bit about how we have been doing over the last few months. We ended the 2018 season at IWM show at Duxford end of September last. I really enjoyed myself and managed also to carry multiple cameras on the Spitfire, offering some unique shots inside the large formations, so hope you may have seen that footage.
Over the winter, we undertook the usual periodic maintenance of the P51 Mustang and Spitfire. Spitfire PL965 took back to the skies in May. During the winter, we re-fitted the original camera blisters under the wings. These had been removed back in the 1990’s but were stored safely until this year. So, we fitted the actual blisters back on, they had housed the cameras which took vital photos back in 1944/1945 when she flew missions with 16 Squadrons RAF over occupied Germany out of a forward base in Belgium. I did manage a few flights with the blisters fitted but as soon as the images were seen on the internet, we had a paperwork challenges from the CAA at Gatwick and now we have been forced to remover the blisters, pending application for a minor modification, which is going through now. Hmmmm ☹
“Tall In The Saddle” is in fine shape after her annual inspection and took to the skies in June, attending the Lee on Solent Airshow as well as Dunsfold for the very last time as that show has now ceased, very sad.
We also cranked up the momentum on the restoration of our Russian MK XI Spitfire PT879- G-PTIX. In October 2018, she had travelled by road to Biggin Hill to complete her restoration at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, which is the facility run by Peter Monk. He is undoubtedly the world’s leading expert on the Spitfire, having the deepest knowledge and the largest parts inventory anywhere on the planet. If you need a Spitfire widget…Pete will have it and know where and how it fits. Plus, we have been good mates for 20 years, so that counts for a great deal. Their work is the best I have ever seen on a Spitfire !
You may be aware that Peter recovered PT879 himself from Russia during the late 1990s. She is a unique aircraft and upon completion will be the only Spitfire that actually flew with a Russian squadron during the Second World War. Do take a look at her full history on our website, really interesting and unique http://hangar11.co.uk/russspit.html
In this age, when folks restore entire aircraft from the contents of a Tesco carrier bag and a data plate (you know what I mean) our Spitfire will be amazingly original. Fact is that she was crashed aircraft but pretty much complete. Peter recovered wings, fuselage, engine, prop and so much more. We were able to salvage hundreds and hundreds of original castings, forgings, fittings, inspection hatches, pintles, gear doors, undercarriage legs, etc, etc. Wings and fuselage have been restored using hundreds of the original parts recovered from the aircraft itself and she will be perfect in every detail, as there are no questions, no mysteries about her, as we had the whole aircraft, with a mere 28.5 hours from new when she crashed in Russia in the Spring of 1945.
We restored the fuselage a number of years ago and now the wings are well on the way to being overhauled and the fuselage is being fitted out with the myriad of complex systems, electric, hydraulic, pneumatic. Her 1944 Rolls Royce Merlin 66 engine is also well on track to completion as well as prop overhaul going on concurrently. We are hoping for late summer 2020 for first test flights, who knows I may even be able to display her towards the end of the 2020 season 😊
Back to flying, whilst I did retire from full time display flying, I did always say that I would make some guest appearances if asked at shows that I really enjoyed. Last weekend I was back in the hot seat and flew up to East Kirkby to display at the home of the Lancaster and the Panton family. Super clear sunny afternoon, nice crowd and to be honest, in spite of the long layoff, I was pleasantly surprised how I was straight back into the display groove, all went really well and folks seemed very pleased. I landed in after the display, met with some really nice people, took some photos (see attached) and then took off for the long track up to Yorkshire to Castle Howard. There, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and some 7000 people waited for their Spitfire display and at 19.39 on the dot I ran in along the big Lake towards the crowd and the bandstand.
It was a picture-perfect scene and the orchestra played stirring Spitfire music as I looped and swooped at that wonderful venue. It is not an easy one for a rapid fighter though, surrounded by high trees and some other challenges in terms of a campsite on the opposite shore of the lake but we managed a nice display , same as in previous years and then off slot at 19.49 after a “wing waggle” along the display axis, then turn south with the sun starting to get low in the sky on my starboard wing.
After some 40 minutes I landed at a calm Sywell airfield near Northampton and was able to taxi right up to the Aviator Hotel, which sits on the airport perimeter. Met by a member of the Hangar 11 team of volunteers, Alec and I bedded the plane down and then enjoyed a very agreeable meal to follow. Next day it was a trip over to Kemble airfield in the morning to support Roger Hayes and the Pup club and finally home for tea and medals. In all some 4 hours Spitfire flying, plus 2 high energy displays, not bad for an old guy 😊
So, we are still very much in business, involved in film and documentary work and other promotional avenues. The Hangar 11 Collection is active and motivated to get PT 879 into the air as soon as possible.
To close, I carried some Go-pro cameras on the last few displays at the end of the 2018 season and have not had the heart to put them on line until now. There is some lovely footage of my last Mustang display at Southport Airshow, a venue that I love to bits and have flown for many, many years. That footage will be hosted by Neil Draper and the access is via his YouTube site at https://youtu.be/B9W-ic742_g

So, goodbye for now, I will stay in touch a little more perhaps than in the recent past, kind best wishes, fly safe
Peter

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Hi Peter Always thoroughly enjoy your collection and displays I have a soft spot for the Hurricane. Yours is gorgeous and I love to see her in the air. I wondered what your thoughts were on this Stuka that’s being re-built to flying condition in the States? What with Typhoon RB396 making slow but steady progress I wonder what’s next on the Warbird scene? Ever fancied tackling a Mossie? All the best and thank you for your hard work and dedication. Martin.
Hello Peter, here with my compliments, are the pictures from last year's East Kirkby Air Show with PL965....
Really enjoyed your 2019 airshow saga. Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year.
The Shuttleworth Autumn Airshow 2007 - P-51D Mustang "Jumpin Jacques" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2IY65Lq6W0&
Thought you might like to see these shots I took at East Kirkby on Monday
I was at East Kirkby on Monday, all i can say is WOW what a brilliant display of the P51......😎
First time i have sen this lady, East Kirkby 26/8/19
Great to see the P51 Mustang at East Kirkby this afternoon. It's the first show I've had time/opportunity to get to since I retired from Duxford just over 3 years ago. Fantastic.
I’m a picture framer and would happily frame your Article 86’s in return for a visit and some photo’s.
Nice to hear from you again and all your news.
East Kirkby Air Show: 3rd August 2019 - how great to see the guv'nor and the beautiful PL965 displaying again. It's been far too long. Thanks for the lovely topsides. More please!
Could someone who runs this contact me please.