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    A wander around Duxford

    Made a trip to Duxford yesterday and took a few photos, i spent most of my time in the Land Warfare hall taking photos for a project of mine.
    2 sad looking examples outdoors again:


    This lovely little example whent up for a trip to Cardiff:



    The Mk22 with a Shackleton cockpit next to it, where has it come from?


    Zero finaly spread out, the Thud is taking up its space and has alot of panels off it now:

    And this little plane was sitting outside having work done on it most of the day:

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    Looks like you had a nice day Ollie, my guess is that the Shack nose is the one I saw at Coltishall a couple of years ago.

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    The Shackleton cockpit doesnt look like the Coltishall one - certainly not in colour terms - ex Helston example?

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    Someone i think said it is an early mark example.

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    When it was at Coltishall it was white, and had been repainted last time I spoke to its owner.

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    Nice to see to things are happening to the Zero at last.

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    I'm sure that looks like the old T.4 (VP293?) cockpit from Flambards, Helston. If it is then someone has commited sacriledge by removing the cockpit from the forward fusalage which was complete internally. You used to enter at the front spar and exit through the side of the nose.
    Forgive me if it's a different aircraft though.

    Cracking shots by the way, and hope something happens to the Shack MR.3/3 and Victor K.1soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pagen01 View Post
    I'm sure thats the old T.4 (VP293) cockpit from Flambards, Helston. If it is then someone has commited sacriledge by removing the cockpit from the forward fusalage which was complete internally. You used to enter at the front spar and exit through the side of the nose.
    The Flambards machine is Avro Shackleton T.4 WG511 and still very much in situ.
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    Ah apollogies, forgive me.

    Is it the same one that was painted white then?
    Or is there another early mark nose section kicking around?
    Last edited by pagen01; 4th November 2007 at 21:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pagen01 View Post
    Ah apollogies, forgive me.

    Is it the same one that was painted white then?
    Or is there another early mark nose section kicking around?
    It does look to have a very frest paint job.

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    Oh the merry-go-round continues! The victor is dumped back out again! Why cant they start on her restoration it is a shame what has happened to her externally. Now we have a shackleton wiht missing wingtips as well on outdoor display!
    Cheers,Peter
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    Nice shots Ollie what aircraft is in the 5th shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post

    Oh the merry-go-round continues! The victor is dumped back out again! Why cant they start on her restoration it is a shame what has happened to her externally. Now we have a shackleton wiht missing wingtips as well on outdoor display!
    Easy tiger It's just for a few days, according to the Duxford Update site the restoration area of the Airspace hangar is being used for some kind of (corporate?) event this week.

    http://www.duxford-update.info/

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    thanks Ant!

    That's a relief then!
    Cheers,Peter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbo View Post
    James, there's a photo of one in your signature.
    Random guess, Spitfire?
    See how they wheel, bank and glide? Perfect. All in one.

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    Shack Cockpit

    It is VP293 at Duxford, but why I don't know....

    As far as I know, the only 2 Mk 1 style cockpits left are VP293 and WG511, both of which were converted to T4's. Unless somebody has been keeping something very secret and saved some of the scrappy stuff from Williamsons in Elgin. IIRC WB847 was to have been rumoured at one point to be going on the gate at Kinloss about 20+ years ago, but got cut up instead.

    From what I remember of WG511, there would have to be a lot of demolition to get her out, either of the airframe or the building, but it's 16yrs since I was last at Helston.

    Anybody know the reason for VP293's visit to Duxford?

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    Just a quick update for you all.
    The Victor and Shackleton are only outside whilst there was an evening function on earlier in the week as you can clearly see work has already started on the Shackleton. (notice the wing tips have been removed)
    As I have previously mentioned many times these two aircraft. are structurally sound apart from a few minor problems. The two aircraft will be looked after and have correct work done on them also.
    The Plan for the 'Zero' I believe is the same as a few years ago and will be put into a diorama, similar to that of the '109 in the Battle of Britain hall. (this was the plan two years back so it may have changed)
    Cheers for now,
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    VP293 is here because it can be here.

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    You dont give a lot away do you BH I'm sure I could have a good guess as to why its there....

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    Good to see the Victor and Shack restoration underway at last.

    Has the restoration of the F-105 Thunderchief actually started or is it just a survey?

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    Thanks Stewart1

    I guess I still look back on how the victor was kept electrically live a few years back and then it all seemed to fall apart from there. Once she is repainted and repaired, it would be neat if she could be reactivated electrically.I know dreamiing on that one!
    Cheers,Peter
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRobin View Post
    Random guess, Spitfire?
    Some reason Robbo post it not up on me screen ok thanks so its a Spitfire MKII?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manston Airport View Post
    Some reason Robbo post it not up on me screen ok thanks so its a Spitfire MKII?

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    Oh its that one thanks Brian


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boghopper View Post
    VP293 is here because it can be here.
    Thanks for that very enlightened and informative reply

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    Scott,

    It could just well be that VP293 is in fact homeless per se, spending it's time lodging with various museums/groups around the country as the owner resides in the USA.

    And/or it could [possibly] be helping with the restoration of the other Shack' ?



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    [QUOTE=Ant Harrington;1179487]Easy tiger It's just for a few days, according to the Duxford Update site the restoration area of the Airspace hangar is being used for some kind of (corporate?) event this week.

    http://www.duxford-update.info/

    Why on earth stick a conference in there? With no a/c in it, its just a big empty hangar! I can understand putting an event on in the officers mess. Besides dont they have purpose built fuction rooms on airspace now?
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    Peter, I believe it is still possible to make here once again 'live' with the help of batteries but it would take time and money and i don't think there is enough of that. Having said that the 'Bucc' is still 'live' so perhaps its possible... This though is idle speculation...

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