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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/1/2013 10:06:01 PM   
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And a close up of the exhausts.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/1/2013 10:07:18 PM   
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And somewhere in India. Or England.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/1/2013 10:17:58 PM   
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And to finish for tonight, a view from my favourite aeroplane. Sitting astride the #2 engine mount with the R/H (A bank) cam-cover off.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/1/2013 10:43:50 PM   
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And somewhere in India. Or England.





Though I don't believe India has evergreen trees.

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/2/2013 7:47:54 PM   
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Though I don't believe India has evergreen trees.

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They could have been carried there. By Swallows.

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/2/2013 7:52:14 PM   
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Though I don't believe India has evergreen trees.

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They could have been carried there. By Swallows.


European or African?

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/3/2013 1:26:21 AM   
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Though I don't believe India has evergreen trees.

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They could have been carried there. By Swallows.


European or African?


Depends on how many it takes to carry the nut, Dix!

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/3/2013 3:23:37 AM   
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nice pictures! thanks for sharing.
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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/30/2013 6:52:32 PM   
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Here's a pic of a Merlin engine block, this is a replacement for one which was leaking oil.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/30/2013 6:53:31 PM   
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Here's the engine without the block fitted, in this case the #1 engine 'B' block on the Lancaster.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/30/2013 6:54:10 PM   
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And without the protective sheeting over it...




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/30/2013 9:48:27 PM   
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Thanks Dixie. I love Hendon and try to go there once a year.

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 5/30/2013 10:02:04 PM   
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Thanks Dixie. I love Hendon and try to go there once a year.


Hendon is great, I've not been to Cosford Museum since I was in training just round the corner. They've got some interesting bits and pieces there if you can get to it. An Avro Lincoln and a TSR.2 plus a new Cold War hangar that's been recently built.

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 6:50:17 AM   
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This should be an easy one of chaps (or ladies) of your calibre to figure out.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 6:59:39 AM   
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Looks like the tail turret of a Lanc.

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 7:10:15 AM   
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Indeed it is. Managed to get my first trip on the old girl last night 2 1/2 hours in the air and several flypasts as we went to Boscombe Down and back.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 7:17:38 AM   
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Back home safely




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 7:19:17 AM   
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Cool. I'd love to fly in that.

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 7:25:45 AM   
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It only took me 10 years of trying! Or 32 if you include the time before I joined the RAF.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 2:08:55 PM   
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Dog years?

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 3:41:29 PM   
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Martin, Martin, Martin. You face the pointy end of the camera OUT when taking snapshots. C'mon mate.

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 6:20:05 PM   
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Martin, Martin, Martin. You face the pointy end of the camera OUT when taking snapshots. C'mon mate.


That's the thing with these new fangled camera phones, there's no pointy end. So it's too easy to get it wrong.

Here's one I took pointing the right way. This is just after a flypast of Boscombe Down, a place that used to be one of the most interesting airfields in the world. Home of the Empire Pilots Test School, a place where new prototypes were tested and also where captured enemy aircraft were evaluated.

The rear turret is an odd place to be. It's too small for me to sit upright so I had to lean on the guns to avoid neck pain. But after an hour I had lost the feeling in my nether regions, and that was on a warm day and a short flight. The whole tail vibrates, a lot. It's sat in the propwash from the two inboard engines and is also subject to turbulence etc to a far greater degree than the mid-upper turret. We also had the top hatches in which meant that the fuselage was full of exhaust fumes, so when myself and another chap switched places we both felt sick very quickly. Spending an hour on a summer evening is bad enough but it's nowhere near spending 6 or more hours on oxygen in the dark and freezing cold with the constant danger. No wonder the rear gunners I've met have all been short.

EDIT: It's amazing how quickly you end up feeling detached from what's going on as well. Everyone else is talking about things up ahead on the right or left and you've got no idea what is going on.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 6:25:09 PM   
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This is a bridge. I don't know where it is, but as I'm not a navigator no-one was bothered But speaking of the navigator, it may be surprising to know that the nav was constantly giving instructions to the crew. At one point he was telling them that they were 16 seconds ahead of schedule.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 6:26:48 PM   
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Last one for now, and a fitting one I think.

Over the piano keys as we land back home.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/14/2013 7:10:16 PM   
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Last one for now, and a fitting one I think.

Over the piano keys as we land back home.





This one is very cool!

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/15/2013 12:25:03 AM   
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When I rode in the B-24 several years back they said we could climb into the turrets (which they don't allow on the static tour on the ground). I started climbing into the tail turret and realized if I went any further I was not going to get out without some serious help. I'm not over-weight, but I am on the tall side. Those turrets were cramped.

Imagine riding in the ball turret on a B-17 or B-24. Those guys were almost always the shortest on the crew. I read one account of a ball turret gunner that said he welcomed the heavy flak over the target because it meant he could pop the hatch and sit up on the rim of the turret until they cleared the target area. After that it was back into the hamster ball.

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/15/2013 12:35:19 AM   
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Years ago used to work w/ a couple of old bomber guys - one was a b-24 pilot shotdown over ploesti (one of the later missions) & the other was a ball gunner. he said his pilot took one look at him when they formed into a crew & said you're the ball gunner (he was about 5ft & the rest were several inches taller)

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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/15/2013 12:36:39 AM   
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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/26/2013 9:40:48 PM   
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A few from today, I managed to grab the easy role of brakes when we moved the Dak back into the hangar.




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RE: OT: Planes, Planes and More Planes - 6/26/2013 9:41:31 PM   
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Whilst a few of the guys finished off sorting out MK356.




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