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  • Duxman
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2005
    • 954

    Cobham Hall Yeovilton Open Day 23/10/14

    The annual Cobham Hall open day was held at Yeovilton today. As usual the exhibits are tightly packed making photography difficult but some images are shown below.

    WT121 Skyraider by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    N4389 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    VH127 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    Ohka. by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    N2078 Sopwith Baby by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    WS103 Meteor T7 by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    DP872 Barracuda fuselage sections by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    G-AZAZ by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    N5492 Sopwith Triplane by AJCDuxman, on Flickr

    Duxman

    Flikr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/64209520@N05/
  • Tin Triangle
    Bright Young Thing
    • Dec 2009
    • 1218

    #2
    Great pictures, thanks for sharing. I can't help wishing the FAAM could expand their permanent display areas a bit, so that more of these wonderful machines could be displayed permanently. Something like a post-war training display for example, is sorely lacking, and the Meteor, JP, Gazelle etc could make a really engaging display. It's also a shame that the WW2 stuff is so crammed that the Albacore and Firefly have to be in storage.
    Of course it's all money and practicalities of being on an active base, but still, one can dream...
    Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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    • jeepman
      infrequent poster now
      • Apr 2004
      • 1986

      #3
      I see there's even an example of that rare beastie the Fleet Air Arm Dalek..............

      Seems a shame that airframes like the Albacore and Firefly (IV or V??) are in store (snap)
      Last edited by jeepman; 23rd October 2014, 15:26. Reason: rubbish typing speed
      JM

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      • farnboroughrob
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Dec 2008
        • 619

        #4
        Some great shots, I will make it one day. I had hoped the museum could expand 'next door' as the old Lynx hangars are now mostly empty. Shame about the Albacore as they spent so long bringing one back to life only to store it away again a few years later.

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        • CADman
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Aug 2008
          • 673

          #5
          Also a shame that the Museum has such a strange attitude to opening the Cobham hall Store. Whilst I understand the safety issues and the staffing required to open surely a Thursday in the middle of October is not going to attract that many people.

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          • forester
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Apr 2006
            • 129

            #6
            I hear all your comments
            but I see unique aircraft safely under cover.
            I forgive everything else.

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            • Seaking93
              Rotor nut
              • Dec 2004
              • 313

              #7
              Originally posted by CADman View Post
              Also a shame that the Museum has such a strange attitude to opening the Cobham hall Store. Whilst I understand the safety issues and the staffing required to open surely a Thursday in the middle of October is not going to attract that many people.
              For those interested 260 people visited Cobham Hall today and a large majority then went across the road to visit the main museum, thanks to them all.

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              • BRIAN C D
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Apr 2009
                • 36

                #8
                iSNT THE BARRACUDA a BUCCANEER
                BRIAN C D
                WAKEFIELD

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                • Seaking93
                  Rotor nut
                  • Dec 2004
                  • 313

                  #9
                  Originally posted by BRIAN C D View Post
                  iSNT THE BARRACUDA a BUCCANEER
                  BRIAN C D
                  WAKEFIELD
                  Brian, Duxman is referring to the large amount of wreckage on the hangar floor in front of the NA39(Buccaneer prototype)

                  HTH

                  BobT

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                  • snafu
                    Senior Member
                    • Aug 2013
                    • 2825

                    #10
                    Seeing all those historics in store makes you wonder what is on display.

                    Hopefully it isn't large empty spaces like IWM North...

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                    • Consul
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2004
                      • 1772

                      #11
                      A great deal is on display - why not pop along and enjoy a day there - better than wondering. I first went to the museum in the year it opened and have always been impressed by the quality of the displays and their development over the years. It's also commendable that they open their storage area - many museums across the world do not.

                      Tim
                      "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."(Mary Baker Eddy)

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                      • Flanker_man
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 3681

                        #12
                        If you pop along to the FAA Museum this Saturday (25th) you will see a stunning display of models on show.

                        I've been burning the midnight oil trying to get my latest creation ready in time - the Bartini VVA-14.

                        Come along to the Avon Scale Model Society stand in front of the Corsair and say hello.

                        Ken
                        Flanker Freak & Russian Aviation Enthusiast.
                        Flankers (& others) website at :-
                        http://flankers.co.uk/

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                        • aeronut 2008
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Jan 2008
                          • 1568

                          #13
                          Also a shame that the Museum has such a strange attitude to opening the Cobham hall Store. Whilst I understand the safety issues and the staffing required to open surely a Thursday in the middle of October is not going to attract that many people.
                          For those interested 260 people visited Cobham Hall today and a large majority then went across the road to visit the main museum, thanks to them all.
                          Most aircraft museums would sell their souls for an attendance of 260 on a Thursday.
                          I have to admit that this open day along with the open week of the Beetham centre at Cosford in November have become unmissable annual events for me.

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                          • TEXANTOMCAT
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Mar 2004
                            • 4685

                            #14
                            Originally posted by forester View Post
                            I hear all your comments
                            but I see unique aircraft safely under cover.
                            I forgive everything else.
                            Hear hear! To be fair, FAAM are one of the better museums at rotating airframes on display! TT
                            Our Beech 18 & T-6@www.beechrestorations.com
                            Visit Sywell Aviation Museum @
                            www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk/museum.php
                            Sywell Airshow 17.8.2014

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                            • Seaking93
                              Rotor nut
                              • Dec 2004
                              • 313

                              #15
                              Originally posted by aeronut 2008 View Post
                              Most aircraft museums would sell their souls for an attendance of 260 on a Thursday.
                              I have to admit that this open day along with the open week of the Beetham centre at Cosford in November have become unmissable annual events for me.
                              Just heard from the curator that they have now added a group that visited so the grand total is 278, that's just for Cobham not including the main museum.

                              BobT

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                              • CADman
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Aug 2008
                                • 673

                                #16
                                Agree that FAAM does a great job in its main collection and by opening the store on limited, selected dates. But a weekend, or even a Friday / Monday would be preferencial. With a 400 mile 8 hour round trip journey, going to Yeovilton just for the Cobham hall open day mid week is a none starter. Shame it could not have been arranged either before or after their airshow. But I expect then them would have more people than can easily be accomodated in the restricted space of the Store building.

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                                • Seaking93
                                  Rotor nut
                                  • Dec 2004
                                  • 313

                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by CADman View Post
                                  Agree that FAAM does a great job in its main collection and by opening the store on limited, selected dates. But a weekend, or even a Friday / Monday would be preferencial. With a 400 mile 8 hour round trip journey, going to Yeovilton just for the Cobham hall open day mid week is a none starter. Shame it could not have been arranged either before or after their airshow. But I expect then them would have more people than can easily be accomodated in the restricted space of the Store building.
                                  CADman, Cobham Hall used to be opened each Friday prior to Saturday's air show, sadly very few people came as they wanted to see the arrivals, when one year only 20 people attended it was stopped
                                  BobT

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                                  • snafu
                                    Senior Member
                                    • Aug 2013
                                    • 2825

                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Consul View Post
                                    A great deal is on display - why not pop along and enjoy a day there - better than wondering. I first went to the museum in the year it opened and have always been impressed by the quality of the displays and their development over the years. It's also commendable that they open their storage area - many museums across the world do not.

                                    Tim
                                    Totally agree with you - but when I last went there (maybe four, possibly not more than eight years ago; I forget now) the Sopwith Baby and replica Triplane, Firefly, Skyraider, Albacore and possibly the Baka were all on display. Just hoping that they have been replaced with other fantastic new acquisitions, although that is a little unlikely.

                                    Is the other Skyraider still scandalously outside?

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