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« Reply #15 on: 23 April, 2018, 03:50:31 PM »


Over Easter I popped into the Midland Air Museum (its on the AGM weekend agenda, hence posting here) to kill a bit of time ahead of a Landrover production line tour - and we ran out of time... I'll absolutely be back again.  The "headlines" there are access to the Vulcan cockpit and a Frank Whittle exhibition, but of most interest to me was their Argosy.

http://www.midlandairmuseum.co.uk/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armstrong_Whitworth_AW.660_Argosy

For air museum fans I think of Cosford "as just up the road from there" but its 50 miles and an hour...just happens to be very close to my sister (or more importantly nephew).

Landrover:

https://www.landrover.com/experiences/manufacturing-tours/index.html

We went a few years back to see the last of the Defenders - big hammers and quarter inch tolerances.  This time it was the "Velar" (new to me) which shares its line with the Jaguar F-Pace (and much else...) in Solihull.  They had tooling in place for a third car down the same line, "don't tell anyone but" its the electric I-Pace.  Aluminium, glue, rivets, lots of photos of glue lines etc (for ambulance chasers to look at as much as quality control) and working to microns.  I expect we'll go back for the engine plant in Wolverhampton, and I'd like to see their "classics" set up which is a production line restoration facility as well as the 500 car private collection.
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« Reply #16 on: 23 April, 2018, 04:04:04 PM »

Their Voodoo is an impressive thing as well.  Not a plane I'd heard of, but a big scary thing with its engines sticking out the back like a hotrod.  Built as a bomber escort it was also an interceptor designed to throw a nuclear missile into the middle of an enemy formation and a "one way single trip bomber".  They had the range to break a lot of records and took the first photos of Cuban missiles.  Not without its issues they still built 800 of them before the Phantom took over in 1960.  Two Phantoms at the museum, they built over 5000 of them, some are STILL in service.

http://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-articles/flying-barrel-explaining-f-101-voodoo.html

PS - Not sure if I was more impressed or grumpy that it took the Peter Twiss / Fairy Delta II speed record...
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« Reply #17 on: 23 April, 2018, 11:50:04 PM »

David, if you're interested in early jet aircraft I can't recommend a book I read recently highly enough. It's called 'Empire of the Clouds' by James Hamilton-Patterson,  ISBN 978-0-571-24795-0. It tells of Britain's post war aircraft industry and leaves you speechless with the danger, the lack of knowledge about jet behaviour and the age old story of muddled British management and letting others benefit from our ideas. It's certainly not a dull dry read.
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« Reply #18 on: 24 April, 2018, 07:44:25 AM »


That looks like 1.83 well spent then Smiley   

Amazon - love them and loathe them - but they are a brilliant platform for independent second hand book sellers.
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« Reply #19 on: 24 April, 2018, 10:10:26 AM »

When you've finished it you should watch the old film 'The Sound Barrier'. That's what happened to me - by pure coincidence as I finished the book the film came on tv. You realise how realistic the film is.
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« Reply #20 on: 24 April, 2018, 01:05:09 PM »


...expensive day.  That's another 5:48.
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