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Museum of Flight WWII Fighters

Aviation Posted on Mon, September 16, 2019 06:19:42

The last main section of the museum focuses on some of the key fighter exponents of WWI and WWII split over two floors. Lighting is low, as is often the way these days, but it is possible to get some reasonable shots of the aircraft on display which includes the oldest surviving P-47.

Museum of Flight – Pavilion

Aviation Posted on Mon, September 16, 2019 05:01:53

Linked by a footbridge from the main museum site across the road is The Pavilion. This is a large covered area that is not enclosed at the sides where some fairly substantial airframes are held including a 747, 787, Concorde G-BOAD and a 707 base Air Force 1. On our visit at least all of these aircraft were open to the public as part of the general admission. Because many of the airframes are on the large side there is limited space in the Pavillion to get good shots of some aircraft and this particularly applied to the Dreamliner and Concorde. Just across the way from this site is a Vietnam memorial, the centrepiece of which is a B-52G. Access to the Pavilion is through the space centre which houses the original Space Shuttle training module which is a full size recreation of a Shuttle.

Museum of Flight

Aviation Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 07:03:25

The Museum of Flight in Seattle is a big place. We were there yesterday morning ready for opening at 10.00 a.m and still there at last orders at 5.00 p.m. We just about saw it all although we could have taken longer on some areas especially if the space exhibition was fully open. There is a lot on display, primarily in three main areas plus an early history of Boeing exhibition in the Red Barn, the original Boeing workshop around which the museum is built. The main hangar includes a number of aircraft hanging from the rafters, which is not great for pictures but allows a greater number of exhibits. Displays are pretty well presented and informative but packed quite close in the main and the glass all around does not always help exposure. Anyway, I” start with this hangar with more to follow.

Flying Heritage Mosquito

Aviation Posted on Sat, September 14, 2019 07:12:09

Hard to pick a ‘best in show’ but I am partial to an airworthy Mosquito. This was the former IWM example that Avspecs breathed on and, like the Jerry Yegan Mossie that we saw back in 2015, this looked pretty special. It suffered a little with back lighting issues in the museum but looked grand flanked by a Spitfire and Hurricane.

Flying Heritage Stuka

Aviation Posted on Sat, September 14, 2019 06:44:03

Restoration to flight of the mueum’s rare Stuka dive bomber was in the news fairly recently and progress can be observed in the display hangar. It seems to be coming together well although, unsurprisingly, it appears that much of the recovered wreck on which the build is based has been replaced. However, once finished this will be one of only three complete Stukas and the only flier. Should be quite something to see especially judgng by the standards of the rest of the fleet.

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

Aviation Posted on Fri, September 13, 2019 16:15:48

After arriving in Seattle yesterday we picked up the hire car and first port of call was a little trundle north to Paine Field for a look around the late Paul Allen’s museum. There are a host of tanks and I’ll probably pop some pictures in the gallery at some point but also an impressive collection of immaculate mainly WWII aircraft. Most of these are airworthy although a couple are not flown due to their rarity. The collection is situated in three airy hangars without too much clutter so you can get a reasonable look at the displays. Of course if you are here at the right time you will get to see many of them in the air. Well worth a visit in my view.

Cross over

Aviation Posted on Mon, September 09, 2019 22:48:28

Caught over Brooklands yesterday


Aviation Posted on Sun, September 08, 2019 23:18:44

I was last at Brooklands 5 years ago for the 45th anniversary of a certain car. Today I was back for the 50th and with the help of a friend got both of them there. But the day out also gave me a chance to check the changes to the museum since they moved the main hangar a little while ago and built and extension to the back of it.

One of the problems of the main hangar previously was clutter and sadly this has not changed. They have tried to make display more informative in terms of design and development but the ned result is lots of boards and stuff cluttering up everything so if you want anything resembling a decent shot of the Wellington you are still out of luck. Overhead gantries mean you can look down on it and get quite close to some of the structure but no ‘view’ from anywhere. the new hangar has less clutter but is tightly packed so don’t expect good photo opportunities.

Outside, the Viking that they were working on 5 years ago does not appear finished and the Vangaurd and Varsity were cloaked in scaffold for painting works which I guess can’t be helped. The Vimy replica is now in a hangar with a Harrier but is also well cluttered. Interesting exhibits but limited scope for nice snaps.

Cosby 7/9/19

Aviation Posted on Sun, September 08, 2019 22:34:10

A few photographs I took yesterday at The Victory Show at Cosby which was a first time for me and at will quite frankly be the last time. It was awful and it’s been taken over by the airshow ‘experts’ and moulded things for their benefit and not the ordinary Joe with your average camera. The aircraft flew that high that you need the ‘Hubble’ telescope to see them and they flew a similar display to Virginia Beach which okey I’m good with airshow safety and know that things had to be addressed after the most Dynamic Hawker Hunter display there ever was and for some was the last but, Jeez…………………………………………

South East today

Aviation Posted on Thu, August 29, 2019 18:09:15

Sadly not my picture, pinched off the Dover Straits Shipping fb page but this nice little group was caught over Folkestone earlier.

Manston Fire School to close

Aviation Posted on Fri, August 23, 2019 18:02:59

It has been announced that the fire training and Development Centre at Manston will close with operations being transferred to Moreton-in-Marsh. The move follows the agreement in July of a 12 year contract, worth £525 million, to outsource Ministry of Defence fire and rescue operations to private company Capita.

I’m not sure about this sort of thing being out sourced to organisations that need to make a profit although Capita says investment will be made in digital technology solutions, new fire engines and other equipment to upgrade fire-fighting capabilities.

D/X 21.8.19

Aviation Posted on Thu, August 22, 2019 00:16:55

Some more aircraft from my latest visit to Duxford

D/X Show Case Day

Aviation Posted on Wed, August 21, 2019 18:56:10

Using a favourable weather forecast and my birthday yesterday as an excuse for a day off today we headed to Duxford for the second of their Show Case events. Although there was minimal detail on the website until Monday there was a promise of some flying from 9 resident warbirds and standard admission charges. As members that  meant no cost at all to us. Also, as it turned out, members were directed to parking on the airfield itself quite close to the shop and superhangar, so quite useful.

So what did we get? Well, we had fair weather and flying from 9 aircraft. The website suggested two P40s but I guess there were service issues as we ended up with a MKV Spitfire and Hawk 75 instead but no worries there. Additionally there was a Stearman, Sea Fury, Fury, Bearcat, Wildcat, Corsair and Catalina. The first 6 performed at 1pm for close on an hour and then the last three did another 30 minutes at 3pm and all generally put in good slots.

D/X was busy but it was easy to get to the fence to watch the flying, no deckchairs with towels on, no tannoy drowning out the noise and it was a generally relaxed afternoon. OK there were only 9 flying aircraft but there was other stuff buzzing around during the day and the museum was properly open as well. So if the weather plays ball and the content is OK I would consider doing this again. Next one is 20th October but no more details than that at present. Anyway, a few snaps.

More Cosford

Aviation Posted on Sat, August 17, 2019 23:55:50

Called into the museum before the afternoon tour. Nothing to report other than the Defiant has been moved to another position and in its place was the PR Spitfire with yellow and white ‘Bunting’ surrounding it

Cosford part 2

Aviation Posted on Fri, August 16, 2019 23:21:04

A few snaps from my visit

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