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09-02-2012, 10:00 AM
Here is a Pre-war one that took place less than 10 miles from where I'm sitting.
Maia and Mercury taking off from the river Tay for the record flight, Dundee to Alexander Bay South Africa 6,045mls - 9,726.4km 6-8th Oct 1938

09-02-2012, 10:45 AM
That's a great one Jim. It's a precurser to the Boeing 747 transporting the Space Shuttle back to the launch center.

09-02-2012, 05:18 PM
Nice painting Jim.
Brought back childhood memories for me .One of my prized possessions was a Dinky toys model of Mercury. Loved the look of that little plane , very neat.

09-03-2012, 03:45 AM
Me too Neil, I posted it on other sites, and it's amazing how many have never heard of them.

09-04-2012, 06:56 PM
Confieso que yo tampoco sabía de esto. Cosa extraña considerando que durante 70 años fuí aeromodelista y volaba modelos radio control maquetas en escala.
Gracias por mostrarlo.-

09-05-2012, 02:16 PM
Aerobuby quote "I confess that I did not know of this. Strange Thing considering that during 70 years i was aeromodelista and flying radio control models in scale models. Thank you for displaying it.- "

I guess it was another of these half thought out , must keep the Empire ticking over ideas . It worked but you have to question the need for it.
Have recently watched a couple of TV documentaries about the British Aircraft industry in the glory years after the war. We seemed to specialise in the non practical or just plain late whilst politicians screwed up every worthwhile project.

09-05-2012, 03:28 PM
I was at school in the early 1950's, 'daft on aeroplanes', even used to spend my pocket money on 'flight' magazine. To me it was a marvelous time, Brabazon,Comet,Princess flying boat, and the smaller flying boat fighter. Second generation jets . Hunter/Swift always seemed to be competing with each other, Neville Duke, Peter Twiss, John Derry, names that still send a shiver down my spine! Seamew, Gannet, Rotodyne, Beverly, Britania, Fairey Delta2',the 3V's!, Piston Provost, and later jet version. Single and Twin Pioneers , Canbera, Wyvern, Viscount. The list seems endless, and they are just some of the Brittish ones. A great time for a boy who was " Daft on aeroplanes" to be growing up