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Goose_Green
01-27-2007, 02:35 PM
I visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum today in Yeovilton, Somerset, UK. The museum has some some interesting aircraft that had served with the RNAS/FAA through the years, some excellent WWI aircraft too. The exibitions are equally interesting, especially the "Carrier" exibition based on fleet carrier operations during the 1970's, some notable aircraft such as the Phantom, Buccaneer and Gannet plus some others too. I recommend this museum to anyone that is in travelling distance - a great day out even though the weather maybe terrible. There is even a prototype Concorde too!

Here are some pics;

One for Celeon http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0940.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0941.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0885.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0875.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0920.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0939.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0927.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/phantomfgr2small.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_0916.jpg

KaleunFreddie
01-27-2007, 02:39 PM
Nooice , thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Realjambo
01-27-2007, 03:25 PM
Excellent pics Goose! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif I went years ago, and can still remember walking through that Concorde prototype. I was amazed at how narrow the fuselage was, (4 seats wide?) and if memory serves they had all the data collection eqpt to record and analyse flight performance in racks still in there?

*RJ makes mental note to take the 2 Jambo boys there this summer (even though they are only 5 months old and 2 yrs old http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif)

WilhelmSchulz.
01-27-2007, 05:20 PM
Cool! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Celeon999
01-28-2007, 02:56 AM
Great pics http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


I like the old cockpit design of the Concorde prototype. The pilots could'nt see the runway during start and landing because of that long nose, so the next version recieved normal cockpit windows and the nose was made lowerable to get it out of the line of sight. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Are the ww-1 planes repros or original ones ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Realjambo
01-28-2007, 03:44 AM
I like the old cockpit design of the Concorde prototype. The pilots could'nt see the runway during start and landing because of that long nose, so the next version recieved normal cockpit windows and the nose was made lowerable to get it out of the line of sight.


I have some pics of that, simple but very effective idea really when you think about it - British engineering for you http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I loved Concorde, and was sorry to see it go retired http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif It took off right over me as I sat at the end of the Heathrow runway in a jam on the M25 on my way to a job interview years ago. It was a amazing to see and hear it roar, and a good omen - I got the job!

Nose Up
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/concup.jpg

Nose Down 5 Degrees (I think it can go lower than that)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/concdown.jpg

Visor Detail, During Maintenence
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/concvisor.jpg

Celeon999
01-28-2007, 04:15 AM
The soviets copied even that in the Tupolew TU-144. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/10/Tupolew_Tu_144_Sinsheim.JPG/800px-Tupolew_Tu_144_Sinsheim.JPG
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/thumb/8/8d/Tu-144-Nase.jpg/800px-Tu-144-Nase.jpg

Realjambo
01-28-2007, 04:25 AM
Ah yes, the Russian clone - Did it enter service or was it just experimental?

Celeon999
01-28-2007, 04:35 AM
Look here http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

TU-144 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu-144)

Celeon999
01-28-2007, 12:50 PM
Originally posted by Celeon999:

Are the ww-1 planes repros or original ones ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif


Question bump http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Goose_Green
01-28-2007, 09:44 PM
Sorry Celeon...I'm not sure, there was no information that I could see at the time.

geoffwessex
01-28-2007, 10:28 PM
I had two x 2-year stints at Yeovilton when I was in the RN and visited the museum many times. I believe all the planes are genuiine, though some of the oldest ones are complete rebuilds - perhaps so much rebuilt that very little of the original remains. The same can be said of HMS Victory, in Portsmouth - it spent almost a century afloat, quietly rotting away, and now less than 10% of the timber is original. But it's still the Victory.