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  1. #61
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    In February 1982, the wing of a Chipmunk C1/0455 protruded from a pile of scrap.

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    I never managed to get to the museum but the images posted here imply the display was quite well laid out and the hangar was quite a decent display building...
    It is only kinky the first time...

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    A picture I was sent.



    The Thunderstreak (now Cosford) is missing from the photo it sat behind the CASA 2.111.
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    Nice pictures from inside but what is with the blue wash almost in the pictures indoors? Is it some style of lighting?

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    Have just scanned a few pictures from Southend.

    They were taken when the museum hosted a BAPC meeting in 1982.
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    Very nice joe very very nice.

    Intresting to see the Widgon G-ANLW behind the Skeeter (anyone have a photo of it?) the scheme it is is is a "WW2" camo for use in the film Eye of the Needle if anyone has a copy of it please get in touch been looking for it for ages...

    even if it is just to see a WW2 Widgeon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fart
    Very nice joe very very nice.

    Intresting to see the Widgon G-ANLW behind the Skeeter (anyone have a photo of it?) the scheme it is is is a "WW2" camo for use in the film Eye of the Needle if anyone has a copy of it please get in touch been looking for it for ages...

    even if it is just to see a WW2 Widgeon!
    Didn't include a picture of the Widgeon because it's not very good, but here it is anyway!
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    Widgeon & Dragonfly

    Taken circa 1985 outside the Helicopter Hire hangar at the Airport after the Museum had closed. (Don't you sometimes wish you'd taken photography far more seriously 20 years ago!!)

    I'm having a mental block now, was the Dragonfly in the Museum too?
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    The museum did have a Dragonfly cant rember if it was ever displayed, as they held a couple of other aircraft that never went on display including Two Ansons, second Sea Fury, Typoon Cockpit, Swift and others


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    We also had a tour around the airfield and Heavylift maintenance on the same day.

    It was all Viscounts, Heralds and Belfasts back then!
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    The Belfast is XR363 (G-OHCA) which was scrapped at Southend in February 1994 still in her RAF Transport Command Scheme with the name "Goliath" still on show.

    The Viscount Cabin Trainer G-AOHL was scrapped some years back, The brink plinth that it sits on is still there but in a poor state whilst the foot paths have all but been taken over by nature.

    Carvair is Big John plan was to move the Beverley next to it and have a mini museum sadly the plan fell through and the Carvair was scrapped in 1982ish
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fart
    Very nice joe very very nice.

    Intresting to see the Widgon G-ANLW behind the Skeeter (anyone have a photo of it?) the scheme it is is is a "WW2" camo for use in the film Eye of the Needle if anyone has a copy of it please get in touch been looking for it for ages...

    even if it is just to see a WW2 Widgeon!
    its available on dvd in the uk.

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    Will - the Chipmunk wing you describe should tally up with Chipmunk WG362
    which was reduced to a pax trainer.

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    After massaging that photo of the Widgeon with Photoshop, this is what I came up with . . .
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    Talking

    Nice Concorde photo on the wall behind,

    Did you know that Southend was the only musum at the time to have a Concorde break unit on display...

    I'll get my coat.
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    The MD of Channel Airways (Sqn Ldr Jack Jones) had a painting of Concorde in Channel Airways colours on his Office wall....must put that on my RC must-build list....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fart

    Thursday 29th July 1976: Fire destroys the Pier head 50,000 gallons of water was pumped on to the fire by two fire tugs, these were later joined by five more, Ladi Mormol dive bombed the pier with his crop sprayer dumping 400 gallons of water at a time swooping down to 100ft, the flames were at time leaping 100+ foot into the air, 500people had to be rescued by the pier trains just two were injured.
    Eh?

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    Its true but not too sure about the amount of water, there is some video footage of the aircraft diving over the fire and some where I have a news paper cutting showing a picture of it doing its stuff.

    I'll try and dig it out if anyone wants to see it.
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    IT was probably that Let A-37 Cmelak thingy that sat around Southend for many a year
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    G-AVZB was the beast if I remember correctly
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    Thats the one, I'll post the picture as soon as I find it. Its not the best quality as is an old newspaper.
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    It was a shame that old Ladi Marmol didn't still have his EP9 around that time (G-AOFU) - that would have been worth watching!

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    I maybe wrong ( long time ago! ) but i think Ladi was using one of the Rockwell Commander Crop Sprayers on "The Pier Job" i was about 14 at the time returning on a National Coach from my 1st visit to LHR, and remember coming through East London & the driver commenting on the plume of smoke in the distance. On getting to Southend Bus Station i went with my parents to Pier Hill to see the "Dive Bombing" in operation.

    I`ve tried to do a google search for a picture, but its caught fire so many times now, there are hundreds of them!

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    Found this old advertising poster a few years ago...
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    I want it i want it i want it

    I have the other one the blue one with the yellow biplane on. I'll see if I can get a photo of it a bit later.

    Give you £15 for it...
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    My museum posters...


    The car show at the Southend Airport exhibition centre aviation way.
    intresting to note the fact that the poster has been alterd by the Local Evening rag to make the event thier own!


    The Museum poster in my collection

    if anyone has the bookmark, pen, pencil or any other museum stufff...
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    Here are my photos Which include my 3.5ltr V8 Capri at the Custom show in the Museum funny what you can find !
    http://www.aviationmuseum.co.uk/Linc%20Send.JPG


    http://www.aviationmuseum.co.uk/bev%20Send.JPG


    My Baby Below

    http://www.aviationmuseum.co.uk/ovx261k%20Send.JPG
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    Is that you working on it?

    Just trying to make out what that bi-plane is

    another question

    is it biplane or bi-plane
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    I was wondering too, but I think it must be the Dragon G-ACIT

    I also have the blue/yellow poster, which I found, quite bizarrely, at a car boot sale in Gloucester. I also have the Museum booklet and Auction catalogue
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    Got the catalouge and guide as well

    got a blue tin plate badge somewhere whilst I have seen a sticker for sale of the museum with the Dragon on it, just waitng for the guy to lower the price a little bit.

    got my catalouge from the auctioneers a couple of years back the last one they had it cost me £10 but hey its the Southend Museum people the SOUTHEND MUSEUM

    have been luckey enough to "get hold" of a copy of some of the buildings blue prints! less said about them the better me thinks...
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