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Sentinel (Spitfire Island) added to Monuments in West Midlands by firstadekit on 19/08/2021

Sentinel is a 16-metre-high (52 ft) sculpture by Tim Tolkien, installed upon Spitfire Island, a roundabout at the intersection of the Chester Road and the A47 Fort Parkway.

It is near Junction 5 of the M6 motorway and the present day Jaguar Cars plant (the former Castle Bromwich aircraft factory). It shows three Supermarine Spitfires peeling off up into the air in different directions. The half-scale Spitfires are made of aluminium, with curving steel supporting beams which act as vapour trails. It captures the dynamics of the Spitfire in flight and commemorates the nearby Castle Bromwich factory where most of Britain's wartime Spitfires were built.

Firstly this is a busy junction, try to stay clear of rush hour, and the obvious precautions regarding traffic, take off away from driver visibility where possible so as to not be distraction and cause an RTC. Trying to fly 50 meters away is difficult, so use a sub 249g drone only within this area to keep within the drone code.

Secondly, seagulls. On this visit there was a colony of gulls that seem to use the Jaguar Land Rover Plant as home, probably a hot spot of left over food from workers. So whenever I got over that side (which the monument faces) then the gulls got interested which made getting good video footage frankly impossible, photos were a case of go in, photo, go out, repeat. I eventually gave up after several runs as didn't want a drone potentially falling on traffic after a gull attack.

Thirdly, this is just outside the Birmingham Airport FRZ, so don't stray!

If arriving by car use either the B&Q Car park or the Sainsburys car park near by. Both allow 3 hours free parking for 'customers only' be aware of the opening and closing times of the stores as the car parks do get locked up.

The best TOAL is where I've placed the marker, as this is a path on a gradiant and allows you to be higher up than the road giving a good VLOS.

The next best place is the opposite side of the A452 by the pedestrian crossing. There is a telephone junction box here which makes a nice stable TOAL point, however you are closer to traffic and could be a distraction to drivers, so use cauction, be sensible and only use this point at quieter points of the day.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentinel_(sculpture)

Land owner permission not required.

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Co-ordinates: 52.51235, -1.797005 • what3words: ///ranks.bond.leads

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 18/08/2021. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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Thelwall Viaduct (By Dorje)

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Co-ordinates: 53.38943, -2.507097 • what3words: ///zoos.loaning.blacken

Belmont Common (By jordans)

Belmont Common-

Good VLOS to the north with very little to interfere with flight.
A spot I use to practice low level manoeuvres when upper winds are too high as trees from 3 sides give good cover.
Footpaths through woods look good for FPV (if I were brave enough)
Very unlikely to bump into members of public

Warnings:
TNL FRZ 0.5 miles to the south
Close to road (quiet road)
Phone line nearby
Trees up to 50ft around 3 sides

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Co-ordinates: 52.83628, -1.706464 • what3words: ///taker.notion.grudging

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I made sure i wasnt on NT land so i chose the location below

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Co-ordinates: 50.6402, -2.059057 • what3words: ///quits.slime.part

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Co-ordinates: 53.4087, -2.979218 • what3words: ///tricky.usual.funny

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Co-ordinates: 53.40469, -2.997006 • what3words: ///item.pack.letter

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Co-ordinates: 53.39439, -2.616531 • what3words: ///wanted.spicy.topic


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