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  • Elmdon Boy
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2017
    • 186

    Slingsby Cadet XN246

    This glider was on display at the Southhampton Hall of Avaition until fairly recently in what appeared to be in good condition.
    Whilst viewing photos of it on another site there is a photo of it in storage, dismantled at the said museum taken only last year 2018 looking in decidedly damaged condition with tears in the wing fabric.
    How did this happen? Are not museums supposed to look after our aviation heritage, when artefacts are in there care, or is this particular airframe not worthy of care.
  • pogno
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    • Dec 2005
    • 1173

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    I am guessing here but if this airframe has been on display for a number of years in a bright environment subject to sunlight then the fabric may have just become rotten. A full recover/re-doping would be expensive but the only answer.
    "Where are you from?"
    "America" Somebody laughed politely.

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    • ericmunk
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Apr 2009
      • 1721

      #3
      Looking at said photo I would suggest handling or storage damage to the wings followed by intentionally cut holes to survey the underlaying structure. Can be easily fixed with local repairs. Shame to say museum storage in general is often not a good thing for wood/ fabric aircraft looking at other recent examples - including a unique and complete one that was allowed to deteriotate into practically unrestorable condition recently...

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