Who wants to go outside and play?
The museum's Hawker Hurricane undergoing winter maintenance.
A later model Spitfire in the process of restoration. (7 years down, 7 to go).
The Sopwith Camel (Snoopy flew these in the "war").
Hawker Tomtit. Someone spends a lot of time polishing aluminum here. I ran in to him later, easily identifiable by the blackened finger tips.
This is really cool! This is the log book of Neil Williams who in 1976 experienced a catastrophic failure of the lower wing spar in his Zlin aerobatic aircraft. To prevent the wing from folding in flight he rolled inverted and flew a normal landing pattern, rolling back upright just before landing. This story is legendary in airplane geek circles and here's his log book. I know that the picture's not clear but the log entry matter of factly states that the spare failed and he flew his pattern inverted until just before touchdown.
On the left and early single stage Rolls-Royce Merlin. On the right a Griffon. Both engines have been used in P-51's and Spitfires but I've never appreciated the size difference (that's what she said) until I saw then side by side.
The oldest flying airplane in the world, the Bleriot. Same plane that made the first English Channel crossing.
One of my favorite planes, ever. The Dehavilland Chipmunk. I got hooked on aerobatics when I saw Art Scholl fly one at the Detroit City airport airshow.
Lots of sore, blackened fingers.... (I forgot the name of this one...)
Westland Lysander is kinda cool with it's big gull wing and wheel pants.
Maybe the most beautiful airplane ever. The Dehavilland DH-88 Comet.
Ever see "those Magnificent Men And Their Flying Machines"? I have, a lot. The Shuttleworth Collection worked on the movie and later purchased this AVRO replica after filming. Some of the other planes are at the Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York. between the two I think I've seen most of the planes from that film in person.
Norton! With the side hack on the wrong side!
Ryan PT-22 Recruit. Such a pretty airplane but the pilot reports claim that it doesn't fly as well as it looks. Disappointing but it was designed to graduate airmen into (longer) better, faster (stronger), more difficult and dangerous planes. 'cause I can't wait much longer...
A weird "Sunbeam" S8. Made by BSA, in BSA's factory, "modeled" on (stolen from) a "German" (BMW) design. Pretty cool none the less.
The veritable field of dreams.
The guy with the blackened fingers...