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RAF Cosford Museum

Aviation Posted on Sun, November 17, 2019 22:46:52

Although I went to the Cosford centenary airshow I didn’t have the chance to look around the museum as well so my visit yesterday was the first time I’ve been since 2005. This means it was also the first time that I had seen the Steel clad Cold War Hangar. To be honest I was not impressed. There are some great aircraft within its confines but trying to take pictures of them is almost a pointless exercise. The three ‘V’ bombers are present but the Vulcan is the only one that you can get anywhere near framing. From the walkway you can look down on the Avro York but the nose is partly under the walkway. If you go downstairs the lighting is dreadful and a tank is parked in front of the starboard wing. The HP Hastings has a DC-3 almost on its roof (see pic below) and smaller aircraft are strung from the rafters amidst a load of girders. Pretty much one of the worst museum display areas I have come across, especially for a major museum.

The other hangars are better. The placement of information boards is always frustrating but I accept that they have to be there and it is possible to get the odd reasonable picture but now that some of the former Hendon exhibits are also on site there is an element of squashing things in. I think less could be more in fact but as the museum, apart from parking, is free its hard to really complain.

Overall though it is an interesting place and great company made for an enjoyable day out.

Inreachoftheskies meet November 2019.

Aviation Posted on Sat, November 16, 2019 22:58:29

Cosford Conservation Centre

Aviation Posted on Sat, November 16, 2019 19:09:17

As mentioned below, we spent today at the RAF museum in Cosford, starting at the conservation centre for the end of their annual open week. Normally this hangar is not open to the public and this was my first experience. The aircraft present include the Hampden – the fuselage is largely complete and, I believe, destined for Hendon in the near future. The wings are off to one side and seemingly yet to be worked on.

The Lysander was also present. Reported to be ‘finished’ following a recent roll out it was also missing wings. The Lysander sat alongside the Me 410. This is one of two survivors and has been in the main museum for many years. It is in for remedial work but given that work is unfinished on other projects it seems a shame it wasn’t left on proper display for longer.

The Hendon Wellington is another long term project. The wings appear to be finished but the fuselage is currently devoid of fabric and looks a long way off a return to Hendon.

The German LVG is coming along with bare wings next to the aircraft and also present was the Dornier 17. This was the aircraft recovered from Goodwin Sands some years ago and I watched arrive at Ramsgate Harbour. It is the first time that I have seen it since. The wing section is upside down and will remain that way as it is too weak to turn and the fuselage resembles a colander. Staff suggested it is likely to remain in the conservation centre rather than go on proper display. 

Too many cones?

Aviation Posted on Sat, November 16, 2019 18:39:17

This chap doesn’t look happy about something!

(Actually just spent a great day with Gaz at Cosford putting the world to rights as normal 🙂  )

Merlin at Loughborough

Aviation Posted on Tue, November 12, 2019 22:26:34

This landed on football pitches on the campus here at Loughborough this morning. A nice bonus.

Maid of Harlech protected

Aviation Posted on Tue, November 12, 2019 18:25:13

The well known P-38 wreck off the coast of Harlech has been given protected status I see. The resting place of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning is the first military aircraft crash site in the UK to be protected for its historic and archaeological interest.

BBC story:

No Airplanes, but……

Aviation Posted on Sun, November 10, 2019 21:59:27

Just got back from Tokyo. Saw this, thought of you guys.

Capel Poppy Drop

Aviation Posted on Sun, November 10, 2019 18:01:11

You might have seen it on news reports but Aero Legends organised a poppy drop over the BoB memorial at Capel this morning to coincide with the 11.00 a.m. silence. Flying out of North Weald were Dakota ‘Drag Em Oot’ accompanied by 2 Spitfires. A Harvard cam along for the ride, presumably as a camera ship.

The Dak did a few circuits dropping 750,000 (bio degradable!) poppies and the Spits flew in formation at the start and end. A bright day fortunately although low sun was not helpful for snaps. Extremely well attended, all grass verges within a 20 minute walk of the BoB centre took a bit of a hammering and traffic gridlock ensued when it was all over! Still, very well done and great that it attracted so much support.

Remembering still

Aviation Posted on Sat, November 02, 2019 15:11:21

Calgary Hurricane update

Aviation Posted on Fri, November 01, 2019 18:58:23

After 7 years of restoration a restored Hawker Hurricane has arrived at the Hangar Flight Museum, Calgary and will be unveiled to the public on Wednesday. Its looking rather splendid:

Good timing

Aviation Posted on Tue, October 22, 2019 13:54:27

The news that the Japanese carrier Akagi, sunk at Midway in 1942, was discovered on Sunday following last weeks discovery of the Kaga seems to be a case of perfect timing given that the new Midway film is out next month. Interesting to see the image though.

I’ll see you ….

Aviation Posted on Mon, October 21, 2019 18:22:52

… and raise …?

Cosford open cockpit day

Aviation Posted on Sun, October 20, 2019 16:57:23

Popped in to Cosford for their cockpit event yesterday and here are a few snaps.

The Catalina outside is showing signs of weathering. It has been touched up but not that well. Got to sit in the ‘Butcher bird’ yesterday and whilst with it l snapped it with the cowlings open too. Many tits and bits missing and l was told it came up to Cosford in a poor state and when the IWM dismantled it let’s just say they they should have googled it. Got a fairly nice snap of the Gladbag but had to back up to the wall to stand a chance .

Got loved up to the Ki 100. Looks complete and fairly good condition considering the length of time it’s been in our hands. Still too many signs plonked in front of exhibits though! 

This is new!

Aviation Posted on Sun, October 20, 2019 16:44:41

‘Cats’ on display

Aviation Posted on Sat, October 19, 2019 17:46:02

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