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  •  I used to work with an airframe guy who ... (3+ / 0-)
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    PeterHug, billmosby, Otteray Scribe

    .....restored "black 6' at RAF Wattisham, first time around. He said that when they took the cowlings off there was still sand inside!

    I happen know John Allison very well (Air Chief Marshal (Ret'd) Sir John Allison, RAF). John used to be one of my display pilots, and we also gave 'twin' papers at the 10th Anniversary Conference of the British Aircraft Preservation Council - he's JUST about forgiven me for using up about 25% of HIS time! Actually, I persuaded John to become the Patron of The People's Mosquito Trust!

    For those who might not know, John is the pilot who survived the forced landing of 'Black 6' !

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:14:50 PM PST

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    •  Do you know Russ Snadden? (4+ / 0-)

      His account of the restoration was quite riveting, I thought.

      I used to watch some of the work that The Air Museum did on some of its WW II planes back in the stone ages (1960s U.S. warbird restoration scene). I have a series of photos I took of their Mitsubishi J2M "Jack". The work was done right out in the public part of the museum in those days. They also had a pretty exotic junkyard with parts of some pretty rare aircraft. I remember a Ryan FR "Fireball" fuselage, or perhaps the whole aircraft there.

      So I had a little bit of an idea of what Snadden's work must have been like.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:48:45 PM PST

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