Mike Bull wrote:It was amazing how quickly you can go from looking at a pile of twisted crap, feeling daunted, to thinking 'right, this bit will come off of here, that will blast clean, that will straighten', etc...
There's still bound to be some sourpuss somewhere who'll criticise us for overlapping projects but heck, it's only a pair of elevators- we've hardly got a whole torpedo bomber parked next to Bluebird!
Good times, and a privilege to be trusted with the parts.
that combination would take the title of flying coffin away from the Lockheed Starfighter!
Renegadenemo wrote:that combination would take the title of flying coffin away from the Lockheed Starfighter!
I always thought that was really unfair... it seems the only reason the F104 got a bad name is because the Germans bought some the day after they parked up their ME109s and had a bit of trouble making them work properly. It was just another plane once they sussed it. One of my diving mates flew 'em for years for the Italian air force without a care.
Mike, if anyone has a go at you guys for overlapping two restoration projects, they don't know their ASI from their elevator. It's quite normal to do that, to keep everybody occupied, keep the workshop on a roll, and make the best use of time when people are held-up on one of the projects. I remember in Scotland years ago, a chap restoring a Hurricane, a Lysander, a Fairey Battle and other rare-birds. His engineers, who were full-timers, were switched back and forward from one aircraft to another as progress on each restoration allowed - the main hold-up, of course, being sourcing spare parts.
Andrew453 wrote:That would have been the Strathallan Collection, Nigel. I had a close look over that Hurricane back in the day, and the Strathallan boys had made a first class job of it. I seem to recall being told that it was a real dog when they got it after the Battle of Britain movie. Just a shame that it had to be sold off with the rest of the collection, as it was destroyed in a hangar fire in Canada.
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