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John Aero

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  1. I too have just dug out this book and the radio fit/ops panel is located behind the pilot. The radios were probably stacked in this position against the pilots bulkhead. The dark curved area is probably the kite shaped cockpit door, seen open, I'll try and scan the photo later. The engine generator fit probably accounts for the top cowling shape. John
  2. These are the reduced drawings. This is a dorsal turret, Hudson/ Halifax, the lower illustration by dogsbody is a nose (Halifax) turret, note the pivot bearing on the top and it's slightly narrower. John
  3. Yes if Photobucket will let me in tonight. I couldn't use it yesterday. John Success, It's not a very good shot.
  4. Yes if Photobucket will let me in tomorrow. I couldn't post use it yesterday. John
  5. I do have a set of factory drawings for the C type but they are massive. I have some smaller copies and I've scanned them and if Photobucket will let me in tomorrow I'll try and share them. John
  6. G-AHKV 6792 I believe that it was primarily for reporting and broadcasting on traffic jams so it would have had a Radio op's desk, probably behind the pilot. The aircraft had a long and varied career with a standard seating fit. I have a photo of it in AA use and you can just see that it has a full load of passengers on board so the interior fit wasn't too different. John
  7. The winch type B was the most common wartime version. The drogue when released, pulled out the cable which was de-clutched from the windmill by a cam when the mill was at the lowest angle of attack, ie horizontal. The cable run-out was controlled by the angle of the windmill to the airstream via the clutch and a drum brake so the cable could be brought to a controlled stop (either way). The target drogue was drawn in by rotating the windmill from the horizontal to the vertical (fully into the slipstream). The angle of the windmill blades to the slipstream controlled the speed in which the cable was drawn in by varying the the axis angle of the windmill by the combined clutch and speed control. The clutch was operated by a cam on the windmill pivot so that the speed of the cable return was variable up to a point when the clutch ceased to drive the cable drum The operator had a rev counter dial and he could monitor the cable length with a calculated placard and a counter. John
  8. A good call on the flag colours. I'd say that in this case the main stripe is Blue. John
  9. Alan, I too feel that I've seen a photo with the Belgian reg applied, It might have been in Aeroplane Spotter, or as you suggest in Aeroplane monthly. Either way it will take a bit of time to find. I wish that the Freighter picture was clearer, because it does appear to have the roundel missing. In the meantime Photobucket has let me download the new version (which I like), hence the attached pictures. John Aeroplane magazine January 30 1948. Cover and back cover page Aeroplane Magazine February 20 1948 back cover.
  10. Yes this is very similar but G-AILL had no Wayfarer script on the side and silver cowls. The Freighter gets a lot of coverage in the Aeroplane magazines of 1948. I remember as a boy, sitting on the fence at RCAF Langar (Nottinghamshire) watching the Canadian ones. Of interest is the Belgian Stirling in the background. John
  11. The front and back covers of Aeroplane for Jan 30th 1948 has G-AIFF (Black letters) shown in colourised format. It is OA Silver with a wide dark red stripe/ flash, similar to the earlier illustration, from nose to tail, which then extends up the fin about a third of the fin/rudder height. This Red flash has a thin Yellow stripe along it's entire lower edge. There is then a natural/Silver skin coloured space of about 3"s and then a mid blue lower cheat line which mirrors the Red and Yellow lines from nose curve to rudder. The Yellow/ Silver /Blue edge is repeated on the top of the extended Red band on the fin and rudder (only). It also has yellow spinner front halves. Pre-war, the colour Black was often used on Bristol civil aircraft fuselages, as suggested in the earlier illustration. I can't scan it as Photobucket is still not working. Addendum. The wide Red stripe actually goes over to cover the whole fuselage top aft of the raised cabin. John
  12. Meatbox 8, The Wings series is available on DVD in a 7 disc set. code 132305. (I have a boxed set). Available from the BBC. The Dutch recovery teams are expert and caring and they have been doing this kind of work since the war's end and they know exactly what they are doing. I'm sure that all will be well. Even with a coffer dam a digger may be the only possible way as at times as simple spadework just isn't possible in such waterlogged conditions. John
  13. Occasionally the Avatar hides the person behind quite successfully to a 'T'. Martin, of course you also knew my dear late wife Angela and you must certainly vie for being one of my oldest customers. We are certainly fortunate. John
  14. Nothing wrong with younger wives, Mine's 25 years my junior, and it's been that way for 20 years 😀 John
  15. Vaughan Williams, definitely seconded, I have a number of his works including Symphonica Antartica, The Lark.., Tallis Fantasia and my favorite The English Folk songs suite etc. John
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