On Sunday at the Open Day the Teasin’ Tina crew were able to make one mans dream come true. Chris Gilson, the editor of the excellent aviation magazine for restored aircraft, “Flypast” had, since childhood, harboured the dream of a ride in a Victor. As thanks for his recent superlative article on Victor XM715, the team invited him to ride during the aborted take off demonstration at the CWJ Open Day on Sunday. In his own words when I asked him on Monday if he had stopped smiling yet he said:
“I have to be honest and say no, I haven’t stop smiling yet. I can’t thank you and Bob, Glyn and Terry enough for my ride. As I said at the time, it was genuinely a boyhood dream – from climbing all over the K1 that was on the fire dump at St Athan many years ago as an air cadet I’ve loved Victors, and that really was the icing on the cake.”
What a blast on Sunday. Teasin’ Tina was awesome, enthralling an exceptionally large crowd at the Cold War Jets Open Day. A perfect aborted take off demonstration by the flight crew made possible by the
extreme hard work over previous weekends by the dedicated and appreciated ground crew. Bob Tux took her up to 100mph before cancelling the roll and streaming the shoot for ample photographic opportunities. Great work by all!!!
We are selling clocks manufactured from new unused Artouste jet engine blanks to raise funds to maintain Teasin’ Tina. They retail at £15 each and are on display in our Victor merchandise tent in the concessionary line. An excellent opportunity to own a Victor spare part imaginatively reworked.
During the Cold War Jets Day the Victor support team will be selling raffle tickets with great prizes at the Victor Tent in the concessions area. All the proceeds will go towards the maintenance of Teasin’ Tina to keep her operational for demonstrations.
Visit our stand at the open day to browse our selection of Victor XM715 branded polo shirts, baseball caps, men’s fleece jackets and ladies’ hoodies. Also available are Victor tanker badges, key rings and other memorabilia. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of Teasin’ Tina and to help us keep this historic aircraft thundering down the runway for years to come.