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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 12:19 pm 
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Hi everyone last week we visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, Somerset, England here is some of what I saw, I will add the modern airplanes a little later. I also have some photographs from the IWM that I will post. From England we went to Molino and the war museums in Moscow, Russia so I will have some snowy photos from there.


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Fantastic collection, and very nice pictures 8)

I really like the weathered look of some of the aircraft.

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That's easily the finest photo tour of the FAA Museum that I've enjoyed to date. Thanks, and keep 'em coming. 8)

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I'm convinced that the Brits know how to do a museum better than anyone else! The displays at Yeovilton are fantastic, especially the WW1 dioramas, and they have a wonderful variety of rare aircraft.


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yea i like the way that museum is set up. Like to go there one day.


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From the "Identify these", I can see:

1 - Fairey Gannet
2 - Phantom FG.1
5 - Sea Vixen
8 - Sea Vampire
9 & 10 - Buccaneer
11 MiG-15
14 & 15 look like an early version of the Harrier
17 - SHAR (Sea Harrier)
19 - Lynx
22 & 23 - Wessex

Dunno the Marks/Models an' such... :wink:

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14 & 15 P1127

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Great pics! I assume the museum has some elevated walkways? Always wished they'd install something like that in the NMUSAF.

That "time capsule" Corsair is way cool..I hope the NASM continues it's similar trend of displaying aircraft in "as is" condition (i.e. Flak Bait.)

Is the Walrus an ongoing project, or have the wings just been removed due to space considerations?

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1 Fairey Gannet AEW3
2 Phantom FG1
3&4 Supermarine Scimitar
5 DH Sea Vixen
6 Hawker Sea Hawk
7 Supermarine Attacker
8 DH Sea Vampire
9-11 Blackburn Buccaneers
12 MiG-15 (Polish-built Lim-1)
13 BAC 221 (rebuilt from a Fairey Delta 2 as a testbed for Concorde's ogival wing planform)
14 Hawker Siddeley P.1127 (Harrier prototype)
15 Concorde 002 (second prototype)
16 Westland Lynx
17 Sea Harrier FRS1 (composite airframe, mainly from an ex-RAF Harrier GR3 with the front end of a crashed SHar asstached - built up for display purposes)
18 Handley Page HP 115 (delta wing experimental test aircraft)
19 Lynx again
20 Westland Dragonfly
21 Westland Wasp
22 & 23 Westland Wessex (HU5 and HAS3 variants)
24 L-R, Sea King, Merlin & Lynx, with a Harrier above


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Steve Nelson wrote:
Is the Walrus an ongoing project, or have the wings just been removed due to space considerations?

Neither.

Look again.

The wings are there, just folded (as they would be on board ship)!


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D'oh! :oops:

And I just got new glasses a few months ago! :roll:


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Great pics, ArmyJunk!
bdk wrote:
I'm convinced that the Brits know how to do a museum better than anyone else! The displays at Yeovilton are fantastic, especially the WW1 dioramas, and they have a wonderful variety of rare aircraft.

Hi BDK,
Having made a serious study of the aircraft museum Biz, I think that Yeovilton get my five stars for doing the most with the least. They don't have great funding or huge gate revenues (they're in a holiday part of the country, but not the best crowd for an aircraft museum) yet they've managed some of the best displays and they keep adding new ones to them.

The 'Carrier' display was a remarkable step, while 'The Leading Edge' is a good, clean idea, well executed, and the precedent setting Corsair archaeology project deserves wider recognition. Nelson Ezell was very impressed with that on his visit.

Walrus. If your glasses are good enough, with the real thing, you can read the wing-folding instructions on the side, on a brass plaque. :D

More here:
http://forum.planetalk.net/viewtopic.php?t=4883

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I did some duty there years ago just after they built the carrier experience...(I hope thats still there!) Nothing quite like going to the head with harriers landing right outside your window!


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I did some duty there years ago just after they built the carrier experience...(I hope thats still there!) Nothing quite like going to the head with harriers landing right outside your window!

'Carrier' is. The active Harriers aren't. :(

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