What does WIBAL mean again... my brain is dead today!!!
It will probably come again to me tomorrow.
With little happening at Duxford over the weekend, I can only offer another archive shot. With Sally B is C-47 G-AKNB, in RAF marks for the filming of 'The Dirty Dozen-Next Mission'. Unusually the marks carried, FD789, are correct for the airframe. (Edit, marks may not have been applied specifically for this film). I believe it was used to drop Lee Marvin and his Hollywood stereotypes into France and kill the German General plotting to kill Hitler.
Photo taken at Duxford 29-5-85.
Last edited by DCW; 5th March 2012 at 11:24.
Shame they don't repainted Sally back into those markings but with all over silver
Whats the issue re the top turret? I was under the impression that for we'll meet again she had a Perspex lump fitted & for Memphis Belle it was a working turret???
Duxford Tuesday March 6th:
First stop today was the American Air Museum, where Spring cleaning is well under way:
The extra lighting was a big help:
In Hangar 5, finishing touches are continuing with Vampire T.11 WZ590. The ejection seats will be among the last additions to the cockpit before next Tuesday's roll-out:
But my luck really kicked in with Hangar 2. Just when I thought I had run out of new angles on 'Snafu', I was offered the chance of a closer inspection. After a lengthy climb, I found myself at the rarified altitude of the P-47 office.
It is BIG
The panel is very close to wartime specs, just a couple of mods. Everything needs SatNav these days:
The gunsight is prominent and reminds us of the original purpose of the beast:
The wing gunbay access:
I took advantage of the altitude to get another angle on the Fiat CR.42:
The Wildcat seemed different:
The TFC Art Department is busy again:
Many thanks to TFC for a fascinating look at their masterpiece.
Last edited by DCW; 6th March 2012 at 16:11.
this seems a bit strange but I've never noticed the invasion stripes before! But i cant see how it appears 'different'?
Also noticed that the Spitfire 22 winmgs have been moved.
The P-47 must be nearing undercarige retraction tests soon and hopefully some taxi tests later this month if we are lucky. (i'm not hinting anything just speculating)
Great photos as always! You lucky sod.
Any update on the TFC Corsair?
I PITY THE FOOL
Wow that spring clean was needed! The SPAD looks good as new there with that lighting on it!
Excellent work DCW keep it up!
Last edited by jimbob1194; 6th March 2012 at 20:58.
Surprising the difference that 'spring clean' makes!
Excellent pictures as usual.
Nice work there! like the shots from inside the Jugs cockpit, I noticed how dusty some of the exhibits appeared last week, glad they are spring cleaning in preparation for opening fully shortly
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Is it me, or my ignorance, in noting that the Wildcat's Ailerons seem to both be 'up'?
Is this some sort of "Flap" arrangement? (a la Buccaneer)
A slightly confused Rigga!
Rigga -I am going to work on the basis that whatever arrangement operates the ailerons is disengaged when the wings fold and that means they move where they want when stowed.
Is that a sea fury cowling above the Wildcat wing?
Talking of sea furies is the T.20 VZ345 still in Storage with Precision Aerospace or is it being restored? The last pics i saw it had the centre wings attached to the fuselage but that was shortly after it had arrived in Australlia.
If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.
[QUOTE=markstringer;1865142]Great photos as always! You lucky sod.
I will second that!!!!
I've been visiting this forum for months now...
Always astonished with the information, knowledge and pictures I keep finding here.
No posts, since I have hardly something valuable to add...
But these pictures are just great. Thanks, David (and all others / contributors).
I can't wait to visit Duxford this summer.
Looks like the Wildcat is next in line For restoration.
Migrating from one end to the other by the looks of it...Originally Posted by 8674planes
Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...
oops my bad
SO does anyone have any recent images or updates of it in Australlia?
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