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About KevinK

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  1. That's not necessarily a 'what-if'. Apart from the Met Flight's W.2, I seem to remember a photo of XV176 at Lockheed-Georgia in something like that scheme in 1966: it wasn't delivered that way, but it wore the scheme for a brief time. If anyone has Air Pictorials from that time, I think it was a cover shot.
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    Airfix 2019

    Made in India?
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    Spitfire pilot pistol

    Exactly as my father did when flying 253 Sqn Spitfires over Yugoslavia in 1944/45. He said the idea was that if you came down and managed to link up with the Partisans, you had to be useful to them as a fighting man. Aircrew were often with the Partisans for months before they could be evacuated and a pistol wasn't enough.
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    US Navy to buy an RAF C-130J

    I once saw an RAF Nimrod crew spoof that, at NAS Pensacola of all places. The USN was celebrating the "75th Anniversary of Naval Aviation" - Eugene Ely's 1911 flight. As a courtesy, they had invited the Fleet Air Arm (two Sea Harriers) and RAF Strike Command's Maritime Group, represented by the said Nimrod. Not long after the Blue Angels display, the Nimrod taxied out, stopped by the reviewing stand, opened an overwing hatch, an NCO in green rompers climbed out, marched along the wing, saluted the assembled brass, turned smartly & marched back in and the Nimrod proceeded into the display. those of us who were Brits present knew exactly what was going on and we all hoped the US brass didn't. Later in the display the FAA Sea Harrier stopped the show. It really did, when the display pilot forgot to put his undercarriage down on finals for a short landing, made it much shorter by landing on the gunpods and blocked the runway. Kevin
  5. Well, I'll go with my last year's confident prediction of a 1/24th Beverley, but I would probably settle for 1/48th if I really, really had to. One year I'll be right - probably 2050.
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    Airfix 2018

    And since, as we know, Boeing did the Borg thing and assimilated North American (Rockwell) and (McDonnell) Douglas, they probably would claim it. One small correction - yes, all the big engines (F-1, J-2) were by Rocketdyne but TRW, Aerojet, Bell and Marquardt did the various spacecraft engines.
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    Colourised WW2 aircraft

    It is amazing and and humbling that I found some - indirect - personal connections with two of the mentioned colour films. When I lived in New Orleans, I worked at a Martin / NASA plant at Michoud. On the engineering staff there were TWO former Lancaster tail gunners, one British and one Canadian. When "Night Bombers" was broadcast on PBS sometime in the 1980's, I recorded it and showed it to them. One of them had been at Hemswell and recognized himself in a debriefing scene. He said that Gp/Capt Cozens always seemed to have a movie camera in hand but the aircrew didn't pay much attention and of course, few ever saw the outcome. It is a very, very sobering film, because it's the real thing. The second occasion was a few years later, back in UK, when "Britain at War in Colour" was broadcast. In one of the title sequences, and shown in a slightly longer sequence in the program itself, several Spitfire IXs pull up past the camera aircraft one after another. The first are 73 Sqn aircraft and then a 253 Sqn Spit - "SW" codes - appears; a later shot in the same sequence shows a flight of Spits in the distance with red spinners and "SW" codes - "A" Flight of 253 Sqn. The significance of this is that I was watching this with my Dad, who was a pilot with 253, "A" Flight in Italy & Yugoslavia 1944-46. The film was shot in the summer of 1945 by David Green who was a pilot on 73 Sqn, in 281 Wing with 253. The thing is, Dad had very few photos from his wartime service, and never in my wildest dreams did I think that there would be colour film, with - in all probability - him flying! Kevin
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    A civil Canberra Airfix 1/72

    Enforcing trade agreements? Seriously, I think it may be because the NOAA, National Weather Service, etc come under the Dept of Commerce so that weather research would be my real guess - but I prefer the first one! Kevin
  9. Ah - a rookie mistake! The photo clearly shows blue chocks and, as everyone knows, these didn't come in until 1946.
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    Lightning help English Electric type

    There was a gradual change from about 1966/7 (or so, not sure of the exact year) right across the RAF from the earlier blue flying suits to green. The reason/story given at the time came from Transport Command: if an aircraft operating near the lines was on the ground delivering troops, any enemy sniper could figure out that if there were several dozen in Army green, but only two or three in blue, if he shot those he shot the crew and the aircraft wasn't leaving. In any case, it would help in an escape/evasion case in NW Europe to be in green rather than blue, so this change took place across the RAF, but it took years, as flying suits would be replaced as needed, unless, of course a particular C.O. wanted more uniformity. Kevin
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    Did keeping allied scouts drab give a real advantage?

    When I used to fly aerobatics on a Chipmunk from Farnborough, we used to operate about 10 miles West of the aerodrome, to remain clear of as much traffic as possible. Farnborough Radar used to keep an eye out for nearby traffic: Odiham's Chinooks, other light aircraft, bizjets, etc and I generally got quite good at spotting aircraft from unusual attitudes, but as you say, sometimes you just don't see them. The ones that used to scare me were the sailplanes from Lasham: those things are nearly invisible head-or tail-on and I would usually only see them if they banked in the sunlight. Kevin
  12. I finished mine back in 1964/5 both ways: I built it as a floatplane and then, when the float struts were broken in the inevitable 'play' phase, replaced the floats with the spatted wheels. Probably my first 'conversion' & I still have it. Kevin
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    B-29 -why not in the European theatre?

    Thank you, Bedders. However, now I read it again, I'm sounding like Uncle Albert Trotter: "... during the War..."
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    B-29 -why not in the European theatre?

    Just as an interesting data point: when I was on the Space Shuttle program, we changed the External Tank finish after the first two flights, from a white Titanium Dioxide paint finish to the bare foam. The removal (well, non-application) of the paint saved 600 lb in total vehicle mass.
  15. Agreed, it is. I sat in the cockpit of the S.6 in Southampton some years ago - there really isn't much more in there, and in any case, if there were, you couldn't see it from the outside if the pilot were in place. Once the hinged windscreen is down, there's little more than a hole in the fuselage just big enough for the pilot's head. Kevin