On our way back from ‘Serenity Hospital’ a couple of friends and I stopped by an old aircraft graveyard. Though the owner has recently sold off a few of the planes, there was still plenty to see, photograph and explore. Add the beautiful sunny weather and a couple of ciders sitting on the wing of a giant WWII bomber and I can’t think of a better way to spend your Sunday.
Not having been to this site before I had reservations about what to expect. I was preparing myself for rusty, stripped-out shells. As it happens, the craft were largely intact – especially this gigantic World War II bomber. Not only was the plane itself mostly in one piece, but the original fixture and fittings inside were very well-preserved to say it had been sitting in fields for years exposed to the elements.
Venturing inside instantly pulls you back in time to it’s WWII days. As you move towards the cockpit, ducking your head under switches and circuits, you can get a real feeling for what it might have been like preparing for take-off or navigating through Europe with only 1940s engineering keeping you above the clouds.
The nose-mounted machine-gun turret and it’s bullet-chain feeders remind you of the very real dangers faced by those flying these airborne tanks during the war.
The large size of these craft allow for a surprising amount of mod-cons on-board. There was seating, tables, cupboards, beds…everything but the kitchen sink. Oh, and also a kitchen sink!
Missions were clearly not expected to be short ones. I am not sure how much sleep I would have been able to get while flying over enemy-occupied lands.
Stripped Fighter Plane
Though nowhere near as interesting as the bomber, and quite stripped down, it was nice to see this relatively modern fighter aircraft…or what remains of it.
RAF Rescue Chopper
There is very little I can tell you about this chopper. Erm, its yellow and had seats and stuff in.
Small Passenger Plane
As I made my way over to the final aircraft, I was again preparing myself for a few external shots and a potentially stripped-out inside. I was very pleased to find the insides were, once again, present and correct. For such a small plane, I found quite a few interesting angles and details to capture…as my friends yet again waited at the car for me to finally finish up. I always seem to be the last one away but, at places like this, can you really blame me.
Brilliant day out and not too shabby photos to boot. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed – I know I did!