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  •  Well, speaking as one who has worn BOTH hats.. (9+ / 0-)

    ....air show organizer and museum curator, there is a need for BOTH - and that is EXACTLY what happens at Duxford. Some airframes cannot br restored to flight, but CAN become good educational objects in a museum. Others SHOULD fly, and still others should NEVER be flown. I offer the case of the British Aerospace -owned Bristol Bulldog which crashed and was destroyed at Farnborough. It was the only one of its type (there is a MUCH later sub-variant in a museum in Finland)

    Oh, and I cannot say that I am a friend of RACING WW2 aircraft, this activity consumes RARE spare parts for regulay display aircraft, and, with monotonous regularity, wipes another aircraft off the map (to say nothing of the people concerned!)

    By ALL means race - but do it in modern, common aircraft!

    There, that's my rant for tonight.... :)

    To moderate that...enjoy this slice of Duxford - a whole airshow!

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 09:00:17 PM PDT

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    •  As a Museum person, I agree 100 percent (4+ / 0-)
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      Some things are too rare to use and shouldn't be endangered, no matter how much we'd like to see them in their original glory. It's good to see the really special ones saved for future generations.

      Very nice diary, SF -- thank you!

    •  Something looks a bit off (4+ / 0-)

      That's not the normal inverted engine that a '109 had.

      Is that one of the Spanish 109s that they used in the Battle of Britain movie?

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 03:14:44 AM PDT

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    •  Probably the only possible answer. (2+ / 0-)
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      There's no doubt a lot of old birds that should be permanently retired, either because there's only one left, or they're just not safe to be flown.

      I'm pretty impressed by some of the people who build accurate, or as accurate as can be devised, replicas of old aircraft, regular readers of Sport Aviation have seen a parade of accurate reproductions, including a P-26 Peashooter, a Sikorski boat-fuselage amphibian, a GeeBee R-1, a Caudron air racer, and so on....Must be somebody building Spits out there, either visually accurate, or specifically accurate!

      (A few years ago someone built a 1903 Wright Flyer, and the main thing learned from the effort was that it was amazing that the Wright brothers managed to get it to fly AT ALL-apparently the 1911 Flyer was substantially improved)

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 04:40:38 AM PDT

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      •  Here we go, kit-built 90% Spitfires!! (2+ / 0-)
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        'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

        by shortfinals on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 05:23:46 PM PDT

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        •  Well, that's nice... (2+ / 0-)
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          ....and there are a lotta scale fighters of different sorts, but the maniacs I'm referring to are finding dusty old sets of plans and actual surviving pieces and building a whole new aircraft from the plans from scratch...

          Some of these can't be ABSOLUTELY perfect because the engines aren't available and something similar has to be substituted, sometimes the availability of an engine drives the project--there was an article in Sport Aviation a few years ago that featured a completely scratch-built SE-5, built around a US-built Hispano-Suiza V-8 that a guy found in a barn, and it led to the aircraft being built around it!

          "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

          by leftykook on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 07:15:31 PM PDT

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    •  Love the Imperial War Museum at Duxford (2+ / 0-)
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      I visited there on a very rainy day in late May 2007 and was fascinated with everything on display.  The museum displays were great, and the operations buildings that were preserved/recreated as they were during the war were interesting beyond belief.  The fact that it was a rainy day only enhanced the experience as we walked around the airfield.  It was not hard at all to imagine how it must have been during the war itself.

      Closed-captioning and other considerations for The Big Bang Theory provided by . . . .

      by peterj911 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 06:54:19 AM PDT

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    •  Got to Crawl Around on a Flyable Bf-109 ... (3+ / 0-)
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      at an airshow many years ago.  The thing that really struck me was how small the cockpit was and how close the glass was to the pilot's head compared to allied aircraft.  At least that was my impression at the time.

      "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

      by midnight lurker on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 08:19:45 AM PDT

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