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  1. #241
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    The hangar heating has been installed on this one. Just hope it's working for the Friends event, An Evening with The Fighter Collection on the 11th March Tickets still available.

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    George Hamilton hasn't aged well...

    Quote Originally Posted by DCW View Post
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    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.

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    1988?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonRapide View Post
    I remember the scene but can never work out when!

    T2 when it was on it's own - before T2 North arrived from Stansted.

    Mid 80s?

    Yak 11 in foreground - KYAK?

    Swiss target towing aircraft with all the numbers and letters - not sure if that was ever assembled - sat there like a giant abandoned wasp for a long time.

    Is that another Yak mixed up with it?




    DCW - Absolutely AMAZING images of Duxford 1975!
    Thats the IWM FW190 which was refurbished at Duxford in the late 80's, there is a Yak 11 in the pic mixed up with the Schlepp, thats the project which came across from France and later went away to be made into a Yak 3... My guess would be either late 1987 or 1988.

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    87/88 sounds about right. I can remember unloading the Yak when it arrived from France. The Schlepps went to the US, one to Bob Pond (I last saw it rotting into the dirt at Chino with a busted canopy, about 6 years ago) and another, I believe, to a Dr John Whittington.

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    Duxford Sunday February 19th:

    Bright sunshine today meant plenty of flying, though only this based Harvard rattled the windows:

    0100:G-BJST / KF729

    Among the visitors was Chipmunk 22 G-BWMX / WG407:

    0101:G-BWMX / WG407

    And Leopard Moth G-AIYS from Henlow:

    0102:G-AIYS

    Staying with de Havilland, a different view of Chipmunk G-BCOU / WK522 on rebuild in Hangar 2:

    0103:G-BCOU / WK522

    Above shot taken from the privileged viewpoint of Sally B (Many thanks to Jo):

    0104:G-BEDF / 124485

    The Vampire has proved popular, so here are some more shots. She is about to leave the paintshop for completion:

    0105:WZ590

    0106:WZ590
    Last edited by DCW; 19th February 2012 at 17:17.

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    Wow, that Vampire looks stunning as do the rest. Love the Chippie under rebuild shot too.

    Thanks
    Cheers Anthony

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    Steady hands needed now to fit the engine without scratching the paint.
    mmitch.

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    The Leopard Moth looks stunning, what I'd do for a flight in that....
    Shhhhhhh! It's the internet, no one cares. I hope the belligerent high post count tossers are listening...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CIRCUS 6 View Post
    The Leopard Moth looks stunning, what I'd do for a flight in that....
    Well, you could just go along to the Moth Club Charity Flying Days..........

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    If it goes into Airspace do you think IWM will be handing out free Sunglasses for visitors!!!!
    " Radial engines don't drip oil, they mark their territory"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyvernfan View Post
    Great photos David. For me they were some of Duxfords halcyon days, with hardly any fences, an untouched and undeveloped airfield, lack of red tape, and some great pioneers of our fledgling historic aviation scene. Happy days
    I agree, back before the stupid American Air Museum, Airspace or whatever it's called and the notion that aircraft in museums should hang from the ceiling. This might be controversial but I think Duxford has gone far too far, the IWM need to get some perspective.

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    The suspension of aircraft allows many more airframes to be put under cover, and they can be displayed in a "clean" flying attitude which can look much more appealing. A mezzanine floor or raised walkway can often allow reasonably close viewing, as is the case in AirSpace at Duxford.

    I accept that the mods to allow suspension can be visually obvious, and arguably is not preserving the aircraft in original condition. Dusting the exhibits becomes more of a challenge, but there are ways to deal with that.

    Many major museums are displaying aircraft in this way, when the buildings are suitable. How long has the Flight Gallery in the Science Museum been like that? Most of my lifetime - works for me!
    Listening out for something interesting approaching...

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    I remember reading an article by the director of the RAF Museum who was hardly complimentary about the American Air Museum, saying something along the lines of it being a conservation disaster. He was also critical of the IWM's ability to "acquire" aircraft, Duxford wants a Liberator, Duxford gets a Liberator etc etc. I mean, wasn't the Liberator swapped for a Spitfire? Strange.

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    Duxford Tuesday February 21st:

    Very little to report today from Duxford. The paintshop is now filling up with B-17 sections for another session of spraying.

    0107:F-BDRS

    0108:F-BDRS

    0109:F-BDRS

    I made a meticulous survey of building work at the Eastern airfield boundary. This is going to be either a new Arco hangar or the long promised Naughty Field exclusion zone. I am told that the razor wire and minefield will be in place by the end of June......

    0110:Building Fences

    Could be the first Fence Post on this forum
    Last edited by DCW; 21st February 2012 at 16:39.

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    "Could be the first Fence Post on this forum"

    ha ha

    that "stumped" me for a while

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    Maybe that's where the new hotel is going....
    Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

    行雲流水

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike J View Post
    Well, you could just go along to the Moth Club Charity Flying Days..........
    You had better make it this year. It is likely this will be the last such event....... June at Old Warden. Do not have dates.

    Planemike

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    display line

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Maybe that's where the new hotel is going....
    No it's the fence for the new spectator display line for the coming season.

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    Can't wait to see the access footbridge over the 24 threshold........
    Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

    行雲流水

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    You're all wrong, its a new housing development:

    Duxford Newtown

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    DCW, I gather you have put a deposit down on this one and applied for a roof conversion viewing balcony.

    Mark

    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney…"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbins View Post
    I remember reading an article by the director of the RAF Museum who was hardly complimentary about the American Air Museum, saying something along the lines of it being a conservation disaster. He was also critical of the IWM's ability to "acquire" aircraft, Duxford wants a Liberator, Duxford gets a Liberator etc etc. I mean, wasn't the Liberator swapped for a Spitfire? Strange.
    Is that the man that had 'Black 6' grounded? I know a few people who haven't been complimentary about him, too!

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    I cannot stay on the sidelines, this has to be answered. The answer is an emphatic "no", the decision to ground the Bf.109 had nothing whatsoever to do with the RAF Museum.

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    [QUOTE=Steve Bond;1860520]I cannot stay on the sidelines, this has to be answered. The answer is an emphatic "no", the decision to ground the Bf.109 had nothing whatsoever to do with the RAF Museum.[/QUOTE
    Sorry for the mis-information, but Michael Fopp was definitely mentioned in one of the mags at some point. Glad to be corrected

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCW View Post
    You're all wrong, its a new housing development:

    Duxford Newtown

    Sadly part of that could actually become a reality, if certain planning ideas get the green light
    Wyvern & Sturgeon parts projects
    Bassingbourn Tower Museum Volunteer

    Email wyvernfan@gmail.com

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    Duxford Friday February 24th:

    An uneventful morning, but some more additions to the Vampire were noted.
    The fuselage fuel tank (sourced via a forum member) is ready for installation:

    094:WZ590

    Nosewheel door added:

    095:WZ590

    Rear fuselage completed (the engine assembly will take a while longer):

    096:WZ590

    097:WZ590

    Elsewhere I found 'Yellow 10' still resting. If Roobarb has lost his pyjamas, I think I know where he left them:

    0112:G-BWUE

    A clearer view of the TFC Bearcat:

    0111:G-RUMM / 121714

    Those guys are at it again:

    031:G-CBLS

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    Did anyone else recognise the new sheet metal work on the Bearcat next to the exhausts?
    " Radial engines don't drip oil, they mark their territory"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8674planes View Post
    Did anyone else recognise the new sheet metal work on the Bearcat next to the exhausts?
    Polished stainless steel, not new metal work

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    Brilliant, Love the warning sign....

    As always thanks for the regular updates guys.... Will be up soon
    Last edited by wamb17; 25th February 2012 at 11:52.

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