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#4341698 - 03/03/17 11:03 AM RAF Museum Hendon *****  
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About a year ago I visited the RAF Museum at Hendon, primarily to have a look round the Claude Grahame-White Hangar housing their WW1 collection.
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This impressive electrical control panel was originally installed at the Aerodrome Road entrance to the building, as shown in the photo below.
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Claude Grahame-White liked to show his important guests not only how modern his factory was in using electrical power, but also just how much power it was using.
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Avro 504K with a press for making propellers in the foreground:
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The original 504K assembly shop:
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The drawing office:
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The rib shop:
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The fabric shop:
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Rolls Royce Eagle IX engine (circa 1928):
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A Le Rhone Type 9C (80hp) and a Gnome 7 Omega (50hp), both circa 1916:
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Avro 504K with Avery Fabric Tensioner (circa 1916) in the foreground. The linen fabric that cover aeroplanes needed to be regularly tested to ensure that it could withstand the pressure in flight. This is a Royal Naval Air Service example.
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“We have vacancies…”
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To be continued smile

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#4341850 - 03/03/17 06:56 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Thanks for putting those up! I've been to Hendon and the RAF Museum on many occasions in the past, but I've not yet seen the CGW Hangar which must be a fairly newish addition.

Pray continue this fine post, Sir! smile thumbsup


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#4342006 - 03/04/17 10:59 AM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Hi McGonigle,
you're welcome smile

I think the CGW hanger (factory?) was opened to the public in it's current form in December 2014. The museum is getting a major re-vamp in time for the RAF's centenary in 2018; when I was there last year they were taking apart a lot of the aircraft in the Battle of Britain hanger for inspection and storage (will post some pictures later in this thread). I think that area of the museum is currently closed to the public.

Caudron G.3.
Popular, tough and reliable, the Caudron first flew in 1914. During the early months of the WW1, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service had to find replacement aircraft wherever they could. They naturally turned to the French aircraft industry to supplement the inadequate supplies of aircraft from Britain.

This example was probably built in 1916 and served with the Belgian air force. It was a civil aircraft from 1921-1936 when it flew to the UK and appeared at various air shows including the 1936 Hendon Pageant.

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Sopwith Triplane
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Bombs, flechettes and posters:
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Although it might look like a model of a virus, this is actually an anti-zeppelin aerial mine:
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A collection of other anti-zeppelin ordnance:
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Artillery spotting..
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#4342009 - 03/04/17 11:32 AM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Good stuff so far Eric thumbsup

#4342028 - 03/04/17 03:17 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Was there about a month ago, they have done a great job with the Grahame- White hangar. Great pics!

#4342117 - 03/05/17 04:14 AM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Love the anti Zeppelin mine. In the days of Hydrogen filled gas bags. Great photos Eric. sure wish there were some displays like this in the States. There well maybe
some, but no where near where I live.


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#4342149 - 03/05/17 12:10 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Never seen the Anti-Zepp mine, can't find any info on it web-wise, I would of thought that no British aircraft of the time of the raiding would be able to lift the thing!

Great pix as usual Flatters old chap.


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#4342156 - 03/05/17 01:07 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Hi Chucky, Speyer, JimK, BD-123,
many thanks for your comments; glad you like the photos biggrin thumbsup

Sopwith F1 Camel F1.

"So famous the Arabs named an animal after it" J.M. Ramsden.

The Camel, designed by Thomas Sopwith, was the highest scoring fighter of World War One. This single-seat fighter took its name from the hump over the breeches of the two front machine guns; the nickname given it by one of the squadrons was rapidly adopted as the types' name.

The first prototype flew in December 1916 and two main versions were produced by a variety of contractors, the F1 and the 2F1 shipboard variant, both powered by no fewer than six different rotary engines at various stages.

Its handling characteristics were a gift to the skilful pilot but could kill the slow or unwary. This made the Camel ideal for daylight combat but versatile enough to allow it to be used as a night fighter and ground attack aircraft. The shipboard 2F1 Camel also saw some success operating against German airships and seaplanes over the North Sea.
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Albatros D.Va.
This flying replica was built by the Vintage Aviator Ltd in New Zealand in 2011. It uses an original Mercedes D.III engine from the RAF Museum’s collection, and represents an aircraft flown on the Western Front by Jasta 61 in 1918:
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Many German aircraft had wood-covered fuselages in an attempt to improve performance and gain an advantage over the Allies. Their aircraft industry was dependent upon skilled labour. Britain continued to use familiar methods of construction. Production could be trusted to semi -skilled workers; carpenters could build the frames and textile manufacturers provided fabric coverings.

In 1918 Germany produced 14,123 aeroplanes and Britain 32,018.

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#4342510 - 03/07/17 08:14 AM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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The Fokker D.VII was the equal of, if not better than, the British SE5s, Camels and French SPADs and is considered to be one of the outstanding fighters of World War One. At a time when Allied aircraft were still largely made of wood, the Fokker DVII introduced a welded steel tube fuselage frame, a concept which was not copied by other countries for some years. Using mass production techniques pioneered in the American automotive industry, the Germans attempted to turn out as many of these first-class fighters as possible. Its qualities were so admired by the Allies that in the Treaty of Versailles it was the only item of military equipment mentioned by name to ensure the entire stock was passed to the victors.
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Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8.
This flying replica, in No. 9 Squadron colours, was also built in New Zealand in 2011, using original RE.8 rudder, wing and fuselage parts held by the RAF Museum. These parts of an unidentified airframe were found in a Coventry garage in 1966. This replica was flown extensively in New Zealand and the UK in 2012 before moving to Hendon for static display in 2012.
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#4342767 - 03/08/17 01:09 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Back in 2012, both the R.E.8 and Albatros D.Va. replicas shown above took part in air displays across the UK. I was fortunate enough to seem them both at Old Warden; I thought you would like to see these glorious aircraft in the air biggrin

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#4342793 - 03/08/17 02:50 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Brilliant thread Eric, thanks.

Hmm, looks like a 2018 London visit is in order. Been a long while that I visited Hendon.

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Thanks for sharing the pictures, really enjoy seeing your work.

Was working in Hendon about 14 years ago and quite close to the museum too, but never had the time to go visit frown

Our marketing director kept threatening to take me along there for a visit but it never happened, he was a kindred spirit in a love of aircraft.


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#4343499 - 03/10/17 07:18 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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RSColonel_131st , Allicatt, thanks for your feedback and glad you both like the thread.

RSColonel_131st, 2018 would indeed be a good year to visit; Hendon are bound to be laying on some special events. If you time your visit right you might also be able to fit in a visit to Duxford or Old Warden as well (let me know when you visit and I might be able to give you a lift yep ).

Allicatt, consider this thread part of a 'virtual' tour of Hendon biggrin

Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b.

First introduced as a two-seat fighter on the Western Front in late 1915, the Beardmore-engined Royal Aircraft Factory F.E. 2b and its successor the similar Rolls-Royce engined F.E. 2d were later used extensively in the night bomber role in Europe, which is the variant represented by the RAF Museum's aircraft at Hendon.

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Vickers FB5.

The true fighter squadron was born on the 14 February 1915 when No.11 Squadron was formed at Netheravon. Completely equipped with Vickers FB5 aircraft this was the first unit established purely with the intention of destroying other aircraft.

The Vickers FB5 was designed before the outbreak of World War One with the specific purpose of carrying a machine gun. The layout, which placed the engine behind the pilot, was chosen to give a clear field of fire to the gunner in the front cockpit.

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#4344242 - 03/14/17 10:52 AM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Great post mate! Thanks for posting the pics, there's one question I have, is the BoB section of the museum closed? Any idea of when they will display the planes again?


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#4344271 - 03/14/17 01:51 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Hi Stratos, glad you're enjoying this thread biggrin

Yes, the BoB Hall is currently closed - all part of the big makeover in time for the 2018 centenary. I believe they've moved some of the smaller BoB aircraft into other parts of the museum; other aircraft are being moved off site for some TLC restoration. Not sure what the timescales are for completing all this work - you could check o the museum website:

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

They had started dis-assembling some of the BoB aircraft when I visited the museum this time last year. I'll post some photos soon thumbsup

#4344472 - 03/15/17 06:46 AM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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I will wait until everything is completed, I had a great time there last visit!


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#4344630 - 03/15/17 06:52 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Some of the aircraft have been moved permanently to RAF Cosford, they won't be returning to Hendon. The BoB hall is being turned into some sort of interactive site for the RAF 100 year anniversary.
A real shame.

#4344726 - 03/16/17 11:42 AM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Hi Speyer, thanks for the clarification.

Do you know which aircraft have moved permanently to Cosford?

#4344741 - 03/16/17 01:02 PM Re: RAF Museum Hendon [Re: FlatEric]  
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Cosford was quite tightly packed the last time I was there, have they got room for more or did they expand the hall since I was last there in the early 2000s?


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The Gladiator, Lysander, Defiant , Tiger Moth, 109 and Ju88 off the top of my head FlatEric

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