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About T-21

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  • Birthday 09/30/1953

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    Gliders,WW2 Bomber Command

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  1. A slim line book of 48 pages but do not be put off this is a gem for modelers. This profiles the colour schemes of Central Flying School aircraft from 1946-1976 from the Tiger Moth ,Prentice, Provost, Meteor, Vampire, Jet Provost and Gnat thru to the Jetstream mostly in 1/72 scale . The Varsity is profiled in 1/96th scale. All the colour schemes of post war RAF Flying Training Command are portrayed. A must have for anybody who models aircraft of that era. Very inspiring. Retails at £17.99 I got a £5 discount next order with the Aviation Book Centre.
  2. http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/Maltabased/RoyalAF/13Squadron/tabid/817/language/en-US/Default.aspx http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/Maltabased/RoyalAF/39Squadron/tabid/827/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
  3. These sites maybe helpful http://raf38group.org/ and https://www.paradata.org.uk/unit/no-38-group- http://www.pegasusarchive.org/arnhem/main.htm
  4. There were thirteen F-8 Mosquitos on 25BG strength at RAF Watton 18 Sept 1944. Source The 25th Bomb Group in WW2 Norman Malayney by Schiffer Publishing , a mine of information on USAAF Mosquitos. USAAF was already committed to accepting the F-8 and ordered that they be sent to England. 23 were assigned to Eighth Air Force. At Watton it was found they lacked adequate engine performance for high altitude mapping work. The f-8 also possessed a distinct cockpit odor. Engine component disparity between Canadian and UK built Mosquitos hindered the F-8 conversion to much need trainers. On 27 July 44 Colonel Roosevelt cabled Pinetree ordering a halt on further F-8 deliveries and requested reassignment of those at Watton. General Doolittle disagreed. Col Roosevelt protested and refused to accept their assignment. He bypassed Pinetree and cabled General Spaatz halting further deliveries. This action upset Gen Doolittle and created irreconcilable differences between the two officers. The 3rd Ferrying Group USAAF on 17 Aug 44 refused to ferry anymore F-8s because of safety hazards 1. unsatisfactory engine coperation and power plant failure on take off. 2. Coolant failures 3. Unsafe loading conditions ,claiming suffers from extreme tail heaviness in a fully loaded condition and does not contain sufficient nose heavy trim characteristics. This suggests that De Haviland Canada experienced quality control problems with aircraft production. All remaining F-8s were loaned to the RAF under Lend Lease on 27 Oct 44 in an "as is" where is" condition.
  5. Great build need somebody to produce a 1/72 WOT1 cab and chassis? endless conversion possibilities.
  6. The Gerald Scarborough article on UK Agricultural aircraft and vehicles is a gem. Converting the Tiger Moth and Auster kits to crop sprayers.
  7. Nice build I believe the red is insignia red ? The 398th Bomb Group at Nuthampstead their red always seems brighter in wartime photos.
  8. My info and a nice photograph Page 71 are in the newly published book "Classic Gatwick Airliners" by Tom Singfield well recommend.
  9. Great to see you back. I have been poorly with a hiatus hernia awaiting a ph check at Addenbrookes on reflux. Just got back from a nice break in East Yorkshire last week. Stayed at Cayton near Scarborough. visited Whitby ,Sewerby Hall, Bridlington and travelled on the North Yorks Moors steam railway Pickering to Goathland and back. Came home via Humber Bridge first time crossing for me.
  10. August 1975 on its way to Niger.Constructors number 20197 ex USAAF 43-15731 this aircraft survived a river ditching 22.12.1954 nr Pittsburgh,Pa ,USA.
  11. Just ordered two from Colin @Freightdog he only has a few left so if you want one do not delay. Excellent customer service.
  12. T-21

    Airfield windsock.

    Checking Roger Freemans book The Mighty Eighth the Colour Record shows one at Boxted appears cream,a darker version at Great Ashfield on the mobile controllers caravan, Leiston fixed on the ground appears cream. .Little Walden mobile caravan yellow,Snetterton mobile caravan appears dull yellow-cream. I think a dirty cream colour would look authentic hope this helps and others come forward.
  13. search for 550 Association on the website very interesting photos and information. Enjoying the build
  14. Well its the best selling kit at Hannants this week.
  15. Scratchbuilds,Conversions and Airfield vehicles and equipment.
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