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Offline boothill

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Re: Beautiful Airframes (nerd alert - with some arty waffle thrown in)
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2013, 01:56:08 PM »
Was it Weston on the green which had the hydrogen balloon from which parachute trainees would throw themselves earthwards?

Yep   that's the one   First two from the space hopper at W O T G and then 2 from a Herky bird over Netheravon...then back to Abingdon to collect the parachutist brevet and then walk around looking like I'd got a broken shoulder for 6 weeks !
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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2013, 07:10:13 PM »
 Top 3 shapes for me   -  Connie. Spitfire. Avro Vulcan.     

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« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2013, 07:13:31 PM »
Top 3 for me; Victor, Connie and Rachel Weisz   >:D
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« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2013, 12:11:04 PM »
Top 3 for me; Victor, Connie and Rachel Weisz   >:D

Rapide, Widecombe and Batty run a close first, second and third with me
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« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2013, 06:39:15 PM »
I had some of those, but the wings dropped off.  :D
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« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2013, 06:45:24 PM »
I had some of those, but the wings dropped off.  :D

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« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2013, 06:48:49 PM »
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Re: Beautiful Airframes (nerd alert - with some arty waffle thrown in)
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2013, 08:38:57 PM »
I always used to like seeing the starfighter 104s flying around Germany, it was the first time that I saw a mobile funeral service in action........ :wink: :wink:

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« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2013, 09:32:18 PM »
Apparently they lost 1 in 3. Looked nice though.

I always liked this one.

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Re: Beautiful Airframes (nerd alert - with some arty waffle thrown in)
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2013, 05:17:30 PM »
I always used to like seeing the starfighter 104s flying around Germany, it was the first time that I saw a mobile funeral service in action........ :wink: :wink:

What was it they called 'em?  'The Flying Coffin' wasn't it?

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« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2013, 05:21:27 PM »
I was stationed at RAF Bruggen for a cuppla years in the 70s and will never forget the story of the german farmer who expressed a desire to have an F104 Starfighter of his own.

He was advised to go sit in one of his fields for a few weeks and eventually his wish would be fulfilled.
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« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2013, 08:57:11 PM »
Another Kelly Johnson job.

http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=113

A fascinating bloke.
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« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2013, 10:49:22 PM »
I remember taking a close up look at a Starfighter once. Apart from the 1950/ 1960s "milk bottle and razor blade" design I was truly amazed by how sharp the leading edge of the wing was. You would not want to hit your head on that I can tell you!!
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« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2013, 10:52:03 PM »
As most of the aircraft that I think are nicely designed have already been covered ( did I see Catalina?) can I offer the ugliest: "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Blackburn Beverly!
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« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2013, 10:57:24 AM »
There are a few girls down Swindon high-street called Beverly who look rather similar...

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« Reply #35 on: May 09, 2013, 12:25:51 PM »
Surely with a cargo hold the size that the 'Bev' had it wouldn't prove to be too difficult to arrange some sort of event in one ?

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« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2013, 12:37:23 PM »
The Blackburn Beverly and the Lockheed Hercules were designed at the same time. The same principles of engineering were available to both design teams. The Hercules had turbo-prop engines, retractable undercarriage and cabin pressurisation / air-conditioning. It flew at 33,000ft at 350 knots and could cross the Atlantic Ocean and land and then take off again from a ploughed field. A Blackburn Beverly was more suitable for actually ploughing fields.
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« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2013, 12:54:07 PM »
Yup - the old Bev was a piston engined beast with an almost pre-war look to it, with 'built in headwinds' and a fixed undercart. Unbelievable. Still, they were pretty versatile.

What was it about Brits and feckin ugly transport planes, when so much else of what they build around then was sublime to look at? This is a regular hose-beast too - and again, contemporary with the Hercules (which is not only still in service, but pretty much having to do EVERTHING covering transport, maritime reconnaissance etc)

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« Reply #38 on: May 09, 2013, 05:13:43 PM »
Yes Tobes, another piece of trash. The military wanted a strong floor in them, so it was fitted. The thing was then so heavy, it couldn't get over The Alps. Brilliant!

Once, Weebleman and I were told to go and carry out a Primary Star service on an Argosy that was calibrating the Instrument Landing facilities at our base, RAF Changi, in Singapore.

The output of one of the Inverters was low. (They supplied the ac power from the dc generators on the engines. note: the Hercules that our local squadron had were fitted with Alternators! Easy!)

We went looking for this inverter and found that it was under a rudy great floor panel held down with high tensile screws every inch around it. Bearing in mind that it was mandatory to use non-powered tools! It took us ages to get the panel up, adjust the inverter frequency and refit the floor again.
Junk waiting for a chance to be some saucepans
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Re: Beautiful Airframes (nerd alert - with some arty waffle thrown in)
« Reply #39 on: May 10, 2013, 09:17:00 AM »
Once, Weebleman and I were told to go and carry out a Primary Star service on an Argosy that was calibrating the Instrument Landing facilities at our base, RAF Changi, in Singapore.

Fine memories indeed OOT..... oh, the times we sweated for Queen and country, with little reward and fewer medals!

The only time I came under 'enemy fire' in my whole service career was when assisting an engine change on an Argosy at a remote middle eastern airfield, so such memories are reason enough for me not to put it at the top of my list of favourite airframes.  :'(