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The QF 6pdr Class M Mark 1 - the sting in the 'Tsetse'!

The QF 6pdr Class M Mark 1 - the sting in the 'Tsetse'! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
It didn’t take long for the British infantry units equipped with the ‘2 pounder’ (40mm) anti-tank gun in the Western Desert to realize that they were being out-gunned and out-classed by the opposin...
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RAF P-47D Thunderbolt - big and burly, just right for Burma!

RAF P-47D Thunderbolt - big and burly, just right for Burma! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
For the British during the Second World War, the area of operations which covered Burma, Malaya and India (which covered part of the US CBI - China, Burma, India Theater of Operations) was a vital ...
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Spitfire F.24 - the last of the line

Spitfire F.24 - the last of the line | Warbirds | Scoop.it
Reginald Mitchell wrought better than he knew. His basic design for what became the Spitfire, fleshed out even as he was dying from cancer, proved capable of being upgraded and improved continuousl...
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The Spad XIII - the American Air Museum, IWM, Duxford

The Spad XIII - the American Air Museum, IWM, Duxford | Warbirds | Scoop.it
The United States took a long time to be come involved in 'the Great War', and it took an intelligence coupe, in the shape of the Zimmerman telegram, to make it become a belligerent. Amazingly, des...
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Fairey Albacore - the failed replacement!

Fairey Albacore - the failed replacement! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
It was standard proceedure, particularly during the general European re-armament of the 1930s, for nations to begin the search for a replacement for a new bomber, fighter or reconnaissance aircraft...
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Nearly a Meteor, almost a Thunderbolt, this is a jet on the Rampage!

Nearly a Meteor, almost a Thunderbolt, this is a jet on the Rampage! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
   It was August, 1940, and what was to become known as the Battle of Britain - one of the most pivotal battles in the history of warfare - had been raging across the southern half of the country (...
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SR.53 - the great rocket-powered hope!

SR.53 - the great rocket-powered hope! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
It was the dying days of WW2, and the German state, and its conquered territories, were being assaulted day and night by the Allies non-stop air offensive. Vital factories producing tanks and aircr...
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One of the best - the Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann

One of the best - the Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann | Warbirds | Scoop.it
During the Second World War the Royal Air Force was very well served by a variety of trainers including the Miles Magister, the North American Harvard and the immortal de Havilland Tiger Moth. Thes...
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F-5E, Empire State Aerosciences Museum - and the 'Infamous Ice Road Trip'!

F-5E, Empire State Aerosciences Museum - and the 'Infamous Ice Road Trip'! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
I am fortunate to know David Lee; David is one of those friends who are quite irreplaceable. He and I go way back, more than 30 years. He is a noted aviation author, a past President of the Transpo...
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The one, the ONLY - Hawker Typhoon

The one, the ONLY - Hawker Typhoon | Warbirds | Scoop.it
They took all the trees And put them in a tree museum And they charged all the people A dollar and a half just to see 'em Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got Til it's gon...
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Risky business - the Hafner Rotachute

Risky business - the Hafner Rotachute | Warbirds | Scoop.it
Rotary-winged craft come in lots of shapes and sizes, from compound helicopters to home-built gyrocopters. The Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop in Hampshire has a wide selection, especially s...
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A naval raptor - the Sea Hawk

A naval raptor - the Sea Hawk | Warbirds | Scoop.it
The old adage, 'If it looks right, it'll fly right' holds true for such aircraft as the Mustang and the SPAD 11, the Mosquito and the F-86, but there is also a classic jet fighter/fighter-bomber of...
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A Blimp's Tale - good enough for Chaucer!

A Blimp's Tale - good enough for Chaucer! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
All museums have 'corners'. Odd spaces that you simply hate to see 'go to waste'. Sometimes - as a curator - you accept an object which doesn't fit in with your collecting policy. That can happen b...
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The 'Trolley Acc' - an indispensable tool of WW2

The 'Trolley Acc' - an indispensable tool of WW2 | Warbirds | Scoop.it
Over the years, there have been many many ways to start the engine(s) attached to an aircraft. These have included - swinging the prop by hand (still popular with DH Moth enthusiasts!), using the i...
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Avro Lancaster B. Mk VII - soon there will be three!

Avro Lancaster B. Mk VII - soon there will be three! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
Sometimes out of failure, comes triumph. Sometimes out of loss comes a wonderful remembrance. That's how it is with Avro Lancaster B. VII, NX611,'Just Jane'. There are currently just two Lancasters...
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North American RA-5C Vigilante - the eyes of the Fleet

North American RA-5C Vigilante - the eyes of the Fleet | Warbirds | Scoop.it
Some time ago, my friend David and I decided to go on a journey, which has become known as 'The Infamous Ice Road Trip'. February in the Northern United States can be rather brutal at times, and th...
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Almost, but not quite, 100% wrong - the de Havilland D.H.9, IWM Duxford

Almost, but not quite, 100% wrong - the de Havilland D.H.9, IWM Duxford | Warbirds | Scoop.it
Sometimes all an aircraft needs is a 'tweak' or two to get it right, and sometimes it takes much more than that. There are several cases of the 'replacement' aircraft being so bad that it was actua...
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Veteran of the War in Laos - an unexpected British survivor!

Veteran of the War in Laos - an unexpected British survivor! | Warbirds | Scoop.it
The British Army has been involved in the 'aviation business' for almost as long as there has been aviation. The Royal Engineers formed balloon companies and man-lifting kite units in the 19th cent...
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This Prospector didn't strike it rich...

This Prospector didn't strike it rich... | Warbirds | Scoop.it
The Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop, Hampshire, is a truly wonderful place. It might be small, but it makes use of every available cubic inch to entertain and delight both the general public...
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On the road from Lancaster to Lincoln.....

On the road from Lancaster to Lincoln..... | Warbirds | Scoop.it
It was deep in World War Two, Air Chief Marshall Arthur 'Bomber' Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of RAF Bomber Command, was busy trying to win the war HIS way- that is, bludg...
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The REAL monster from Loch Ness - Vickers Wellington 'R for Robert'

The REAL monster from Loch Ness - Vickers Wellington 'R for Robert' | Warbirds | Scoop.it
The Vickers Wellington was a giant. Alright, it only had two engines and an 80 foot wingspan, but its deeds were the stuff of legend, and without this aircraft there would be no 1,000 bomber raids ...
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“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice - the Armstrong-Whitworth F.8 Meteor (Prone)

“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice - the Armstrong-Whitworth F.8 Meteor (Prone) | Warbirds | Scoop.it
"Long and long ago..." as my favourite author said, back when both the world and I were green, I was appointed as Assistant Keeper, Aviation to Leicestershire Museum Service. I was exceedingly fort...
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Emphatically NOT a Moth - the Blackburn B.2

Emphatically NOT a Moth - the Blackburn B.2 | Warbirds | Scoop.it
This is one of those annoying aircraft which keeps you guessing until you can get close enough to READ what is on the engine nacelle. From any kind of distance your first thought is....'Some kind o...
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A 'hero' of D-Day - the Waco CG-4A assault glider

A 'hero' of D-Day - the Waco CG-4A assault glider | Warbirds | Scoop.it
They came from the dark sky in droves, seeking landing fields marked by beacons laid by pathfinders. They dove singly onto moonlit precision targets like bridges and strongpoints. They carried elit...
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Spectacularly successful - the AH-1 HueyCobra

Spectacularly successful - the AH-1 HueyCobra | Warbirds | Scoop.it
Sometimes good things come from bad mistakes......... In 1962, the U.S. Army decided that it needed an armed 'escort helicopter' to accompany the airborne assault force recommended by the Howze Boa...
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