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  1. Forgotten Aircraft - the Comper Swift

    Thank you. That’s a really useful link.
  2. The Comper Swift is a tiny but mighty air racer from the 1930s. The airframe in RAF Cosford was owned by Alex Henshaw - Mr Spitfire. The lighting was challenging as it was nestled beneath another aircraft but I was able to film from all angles. Julian has some beautifully lit stills in his walkaround section so please enjoy them too.
  3. Forgotten aircraft - the Boulton Paul Balliol

    Thank you all for your input and the links to other images. I have titled the series ‘Forgotten Aircraft’ for the general audience, rather than the expert aficionados here. I have another video to share now. Should I post it here in photography or in walkarounds? It is a civilian aircraft rather than military.
  4. What ho! From Cosford and Duxford.

    Thank you for the kind welcomes. There’s such a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm in this community!
  5. Forgotten aircraft - the Boulton Paul Balliol

    Thanks Chris! I don’t have an6 stills other than frames from the vid. I’ll take stills for you when I next visit, including a decent one of the office.
  6. I filmed the Boulton Paul Balliol at RAF Cosford for a friend who has fond memories of them when he served at Middle Wallop in the 1950s. The Balliol is a rather tidy aircraft but sadly came into service as the aviation world crashed through the sound barrier and jets became the power to be. Although this film was made for a friend, I thought I would share it with modellers who may be interested in modelling this forgotten classic. If somebody does make one, please dedicate it to Polish BoB hero Miroslaw Wojciechowski. My friend witnessed the fatal crash in which he was killed when a Chipmunk collided with the Balliol he was in.
  7. What ho! From Cosford and Duxford.

    Good evening all! I was introduced to this marvellous forum by a lady I met at the Shropshire Modellers Show in Cosford. I’m an historian and broadcaster with a strong interest in historic aviation. I’m based near both Cosford and Duxford, rotating between both locations so I am fortunate to be able to spend time with such marvellous aircraft. HistoryNeedsYou is my company but my name is Matthew. I can be contacted here, via my website https://www.historyneedsyou.com/ or on social media by searching for HistoryNeedsYou on twitter, FB, Periscope, YouTube etc. I look forward to learning and sharing history with this dedicated community.