Photos of the week “All up in the air”

Well not exactly off the ground, but as close as makes no difference.

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This week I visited the Norwich Aviation Museum. Quite an eye-opener. A dangerous place for me to be taken knowing my predilection for fiddling and breaking things.

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I often see these parked aircraft as I travel in to the city and sort of assumed it was a parking lot where confiscated aircraft were left when the owners were unable to pay the landing fees or airport tax.

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Memories of Tony Hancock and “the test pilot”

Wrong there is quite a collection of military and civil aircraft and the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod is perhaps their prize piece of hardware.

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For a small additional fee one can be taken on a guided talk-at by a very knowledgeable guide who bombards you lots of factual information.

We were told what the tasks were of the 13 crew members, where they all sat, what their responsibilities were – even what they had for lunch (that’s not a joke). However the good chap who escorted was quite happy for us to take photographs and was, I think, encouraged by my well-timed expressions of ignorance.

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Terrific – well done sir! I just hoped there wasn’t going to be a test at the end.

For other budding photographic enthusiasts – my suggestion is- take a wide angle lens – it saves having to do panoramic shots and if you can smuggle a monopod onboard the Nimrod. That might be useful as well (no room for tripods) and few flat surfaces where a small tripod may be mounted. A sunny day is also an advantage as sunlight streams in through the windows.

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Well its back to my Airfix kit for potential shots of the beast in flight.

Have a good weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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