Duxford....Birds in Theirs Nests

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    #1 Jeff Hunt, Sep 28, 2015
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    For those who have not been to Duxford, there are buildings just full of static aircraft and this thread is designed to show you Duxford's nestlings.

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    Many more to follow......


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    Good stuff Jeff. That's inside the restoration hangar, with all the aircraft under (sometimes slow) restoration. It's also where the conservation is done on Museum exhibits, and the Huey is 'resting' there, waiting to go back into the American Museum.
     
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    Good stuff. maybe someone here knows why that Strikemaster had that rough coating on the wing leading edges.
     
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    Yes, it would be good to know. Either Evan or Grant might know, as they had them in the RNZAF, but I don't know if they had that coating though.
    I'll e-mail Evan and see if he has any idea.
     
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    More for you.....

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    Was it on the Saudi one? Could have been an anti-abrasive rubberised coating? I've seen similar on tailplanes of aircraft operating off sandy/stony airstrips to protect them from damage.
     
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    Nice shots Jeff!
     
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    Yes, the Saudi one but it did not extend the full length of the wing, just from the tip to half way inboard. It was an extremely rough surface. Unfortunately I don't have pics.
     
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    I'd thought maybe it was for rough-field ops, and even suggested it may be some sort of coating to disrupt air-flow at certain angles in a hot climate, although I'll admit that was a very 'outside guess'.
    I took a couple of shots specially to show this (I hadn't noticed it before, during previous visits), and I'll post them tomorrow, as I haven't downloaded the 'extras' from my other cameras yet.
     
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    - The Airfix Tribute Forum - ? View topic - Airfix 1/72 BAC Jet Provost T5/Strikemaster (02044/03049):
     
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    Interesting! While we were mulling it over whilst looking at this feature, discussion did come up that it might be for aerodynamic reasons but we could not figure out why there would be a need to do that. Thanks for the info!
     
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    Thanks for the info - it would seem I was thinking along the right lines, if not perhaps totally accurate.
     
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    Yes, thanks for that, it does look strange on the wing but obviously has a use !
     
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    Good ones Jeff. I never tire of looking at the Bf109E when I'm at DX.
    Going back to Post #6, the P-47 from the American Museum looks as if it might have been fitted with suspension shackles at the wing roots. It used to be in a cameo setting on the floor, with close access, good for detail shots, but now looks like it's being prepared to hang from the roof of the building after it's been refurbished.
     
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    Here are the pics of the wing leading edge of the BAC Strikemaster, referred to earlier. As can be seen, it's quite rough, rather like an exaggerated anti-slip coating.
    Good to have a rational explanation, as it was Jeff who noticed it, and asked me my opinion - for what it was worth !
     

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