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Mysticpuma2003
05-21-2005, 06:10 AM
Guys, I recently went and did a photo feature on the guys working at the RAF Cosford Conservation centre nr. Telford in England. So while I had a few minutes I put together a small montage of my favourite pictures taken at the site. Underneath the picture is a small amount of info about the pictures in clockwise order from top left.

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1)Al McLean, Curator of the museum looks over bullet and cannon damage in the fuselage of a Handeley Page Hampden bomber which was bought down in Finland in 1942 by Me 109 fighters. A gunner and navigator were killed but the pilot bought the plane down into a pete bog, but during the landing broke both his legs. The Co-pilot was ordered to try and reach the safety of Switzerland but was captured by the germans who also took the pilot prisoner. Both served out the war in a POW camp. The plane was bought back to the UK in 1992 and then to the museum in 2002.

2) John Warburton polishes the underside of an English Electric F1 Lightning, which will be hung from the ceiling of the new hanger when finished.

3) Tony Pass looks over the Gloster Javelin as hanger doors are opened.

4) Jim Allen works inside the engine compartment of a Gloster Javelin to make sure rivets are fixed and tightened correctly.

5) Workers set about repairing the metal panels for a Messerschmitt 163 Komet, which is one of only ten in the world and which should be on display at the museum within the year.

6) Gwyn Jones works on the flight control panel of the Sopwith Dolphin, knowing that a one slip could damage months of work.

7) Overview of the workshop with German WW1 plane in foreground showing unusual camoflage.

Mysticpuma2003
05-21-2005, 06:10 AM
Guys, I recently went and did a photo feature on the guys working at the RAF Cosford Conservation centre nr. Telford in England. So while I had a few minutes I put together a small montage of my favourite pictures taken at the site. Underneath the picture is a small amount of info about the pictures in clockwise order from top left.

httP://www.aqwp87.dsl.pipex.com/CosfordMontage.jpg

1)Al McLean, Curator of the museum looks over bullet and cannon damage in the fuselage of a Handeley Page Hampden bomber which was bought down in Finland in 1942 by Me 109 fighters. A gunner and navigator were killed but the pilot bought the plane down into a pete bog, but during the landing broke both his legs. The Co-pilot was ordered to try and reach the safety of Switzerland but was captured by the germans who also took the pilot prisoner. Both served out the war in a POW camp. The plane was bought back to the UK in 1992 and then to the museum in 2002.

2) John Warburton polishes the underside of an English Electric F1 Lightning, which will be hung from the ceiling of the new hanger when finished.

3) Tony Pass looks over the Gloster Javelin as hanger doors are opened.

4) Jim Allen works inside the engine compartment of a Gloster Javelin to make sure rivets are fixed and tightened correctly.

5) Workers set about repairing the metal panels for a Messerschmitt 163 Komet, which is one of only ten in the world and which should be on display at the museum within the year.

6) Gwyn Jones works on the flight control panel of the Sopwith Dolphin, knowing that a one slip could damage months of work.

7) Overview of the workshop with German WW1 plane in foreground showing unusual camoflage.

Friendly_flyer
05-21-2005, 12:46 PM
I really hope they don't plane to plug the holes and repaint that Hampden.

Mysticpuma2003
05-21-2005, 02:21 PM
Maybe it needs a patch.....DOH!....never mention a patch this close to the arrival of 4.0!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Seriously the guy was telling me that they were absolute death traps and the 109's used them for target practise! Couldn't believe the amount of holes in it and that two guys got out alive!

Friendly_flyer
05-21-2005, 03:36 PM
My point exactly! The plane is probably very much more interesting to watch with all the holes and original painting, at least more so than in mint-looking condition.