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RAF Museum, Cosford.

Discussion in 'Surrounding Areas' started by Gramaisc, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Gramaisc

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    looks like we're due a visit, we tend to go once or twice a year, great way to spend a day :) Cheers for the heads up on the new exhibition :britain:
     
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    It looks like it's a permanent display as opposed to loan aircraft, which is nice. :D
     
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    As related elsewhere, I went to Cosford Yesterday. The 'new' WW1 aircraft are well worth seeing. The Sopwith Pup is an original plane - truly remarkable that anybody would get in one of these and fly it at 10,000 feet, much less with people shooting at you, as well.

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    The 1½ Strutter is a replica, but very convincing.

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    The Bristol Scout looks like something that was knocked up for a school fête.

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    I love Cosford always a good day out
     
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    On the cards to visit over Easter as taking the caravan to Ironbridge for a few days. Forgot how good the place is.....
     
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    Tempted to go down there again soon, get some good reference photos for a MKII Spitfire I'm building for a friend.

    Always a good wonder round RAF Cosford
     
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    I got asked why the propeller on the front of the flying bomb was so much smaller than the ones the other planes had.....

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    wasn't is used for the internal gyroscope?
     
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    The gyroscope was driven off the compressed air tank. The 'prop' was for measuring the distance flown. Hence the very high pitch of the blades.
     
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    ahhhh I see now.

    I did often wonder what the small prop was used for.
     
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    In some similar situations, they would be used to run electrical generators, but not in this case. Those ones would have a much shorter pitch to the blades, to get some power out of the airflow, rather than the gentle trundle round that went on here, for mileage-counting purposes.

    Modern airliners still have a drop-down aero-generator for emergency situations - normally called a RAT - Ram Air Turbine, which will please @That-Crazy-Rat-Lady .

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    So what sort of power can RAT's produce Mr G
     
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    There's 70kW ones out there, on the bigger planes....
     
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    No joke thats some power considering the average house supply is 18 kW
     
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    There's a lot to power on some planes - the flap actuators are often electrically driven screw-jacks - and there's a lot of other stuff going on. Some aircraft have RAT hydraulic pumps, as well, rather than generating electricity to drive electric pumps. They get used very rarely, usually when they've run out of fuel for various reasons.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimli_Glider
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Transat_Flight_236
     
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    Have i heard right .....the Vulcan is going into retirement at Cosford

    Good news if it is few more visits on the cards
     
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    I see your point but I'd much rather the Vulcan didn't go into retirement.
     
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    Me to but sadly the air frames in need of a lot of attention by all accounts and its already exceeded its flying hours
     

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