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  • jeepman
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    Whats this got to do with historic aviation?

    what, where and why?Click image for larger version

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    JM
  • aeronut 2008
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    #2
    Bookend. As to where and why? Clueless.

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    • scotavia
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      #3
      Made from Unobtanium, historic relic found inside a draughtsmans contract drawer shortly after a rivetting conversation where I gave him 20 pence for his thoughts and he came up with a new angle on Spitfire recoveries.

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      • Pen Pusher
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        #4
        Cup holder in a Spitfire.

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        • KurtB
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          I cant see the dataplate! I reckon its a newbuild....

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          • Matt Poole
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            #6
            No scotavia, Wikipedia -- which is never wrong -- informs me that the metal is not unobtanium (but your word was a clever concoction). Instead, it is aLOOminum, and definitely not aluminium, so it was US-built.

            I swear I saw this aircraft's shadow on the ground in B-52 flying scenes in the movie "Dr Strangelove". Never mind...I stand corrected; it was a B-17's shadow. (This really is seen in the movie -- as shown in the image. I've read that Stanley Kubrick knew this and even wanted this oddity.)
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            RAF LIBERATORS OVER BURMA (subtitled FLYING WITH 159 SQUADRON) by Bill Kirkness DFM and Matt Poole, published by Fonthill Media

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            • Chris Cussen
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              #7
              unobtanium is mined on the planet Pandora.

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              • jeepman
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                #8
                It is actually a make and take from the new Plane Factory gallery at the Brooklands Museum. Children (and I suspect a good few adults - like myself) take prestamped aluminium blanks, and then under close supervision and health and safetydom, fold, roll and rivet the parts themselves into the plane shown. It seems up to 400 of these are being churned out per day. I think its a wonderful idea and is very hands on - which seems to be one of the primary offers for museums nowadays.

                The Plane Factory and attached Flight Shed are well worth a visit. The Plane Factory particularly is a very good way of presenting the Museums aircraft and supporting displays. As ever, the challenge will be to keep the interactive stuff interactive.
                JM

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