Aircraft Graveyard

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.

WWII Bomber

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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RAF Rescue Chopper

There is very little I can tell you about this chopper. Erm, its yellow and had seats and stuff in.

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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.

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Brilliant day out and not too shabby photos to boot. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed – I know I did!

MrD

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