Monday, November 9, 2009

A Step Back In Time

Well, my last two posts chronicled a flight sequence over to London and back.

Now it's time to share the layover experience.

Similar to an earlier post from a couple of months ago, this one is all about the photos.

I had always wanted to visit the Royal Air Force Museum in North London. It is located on the historic site of the London Aerodrome at Hendon.

So instead of a nap upon arriving at our hotel, I hopped on the "tube" and in 45 minutes I was in North London. A short walk later and I was there.

Once inside, out came the camera and here are some samples of this fine museum's collection.

DeHavilland Gypsy Moth
Vickers Wellington
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2b
Avro Lancaster
Gloster Meteor F8
DeHavilland Vampire F3
British Aircraft Corporation Lightning F6
Bristol F2B
Hawker Tempest II
Curtiss Kittyhawk III
North American P-47 Thunderbolt
Bristol Bulldog (note the wind generator on the wing)
DeHavilland DH9A
Supermarine Stanraer Flying Boat
McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom

Of course there were many more beautiful aircraft to see and photograph, but these were a few of my favorites.

I would highly recommend a visit to the RAF Museum. I spent several hours there and could have stayed longer, but fatigue from the previous night's flight was interfering so it was back on the tube, dinner with some of the crew, and then a much needed 8 hour nap.

The next day would bring another set of photo opportunities as mentioned in the preceding post. I definitely filled up the memory cards on this trip!

I'm looking forward to another visit to London.

For a look at some more of my photos, please aviate over to Plane & Simple.


Wayne Conrad said...

To see so many rare planes in such wonderful shape must have been quite a treat. That's some beautiful airplane porn. Thanks for posting it.

Mark Lawrence said...

Wonderful pictures Len! That really is a great place to visit!

Len (Barfbag) said...

Hi Wayne,

My pleasure! Glad you liked them.


Len (Barfbag) said...

Hi Mark,

Yeah, it was a well spent afternoon. You've been there?


Tom said...

aaah. the vickers wellington. that machine is so beautiful, im glad to see someone whose taken notice.

check out my blog sometime if your not busy


Mark Lawrence said...

Yes - I was there many years ago.