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    The local media have begun to take an interest now...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-19351802

    http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Airport-needs-help-piece-wartime-history/story-16759380-detail/story.html

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    A new aerial photograph has come to light dated 1946. There are four Lancasters but can anyone identify the other twin-engined types?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66593629@N02/8758752579/

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    Hello ooOoo - (how do you pronounce that ?)

    The twin engine type has a similar wingspan to the Lancs and so appears to be a Vickers Warwick.

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    Ian

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    --o-o-0-o-o--, after two years on the forum might you provide at least a first name we can call you by?

    Cheers, Dennis Burke, Dublin
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p008tv30 for starters
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    Default oo0oo, you are awful!

    I'm Darren Lewington. The concensus from the fora is that the large twin near the 09 threshold is a Warwick...taxying towards Rotol, perhaps?

    The Lancasters may have been Flight Refuellings? Were they still there in 1946? On the north eastern perimeter, there arre two further twins. Possibly a Whitley and a Harrow?

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    Hello Darren ,

    I will go with a Whitley but the other fuzzes out too much under magnification to be sure of type.

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    Default Former Fight Refuelling employee visit

    I had the pleasure, today, to escort former Flight Refuelling draughtswoman, Patricia Thompson (nee Harvey) around the airfield where she worked between 1941-44. It took a little while to get her bearings as so much has changed but we think she managed to confirm that Flight Refuelling's hangar was No.2 hangar on South East Camp.

    It was fascinating to hear her talking about drawings on linen with Indian ink and, as she was the only female employee, Sir Alan Cobham telling her to take minutes, cook breakfasts and make the tea for the various visitors to the airfield. She remembered the early in flight refuelling techniques - and drawing the couplings for them - as well as an unexpected trip on a Whitley de-icing test flight that she'd climbed aboard after Chief Test Pilot Charles Barnard had called her 'chicken' for not flying to Farnborough! She spoke of trials with Lancasters, Halifaxes, Whitleys and Wellingtons, including the towed fighter trials.

    The personal highlight for me was her recalling a rather loose lipped GAC employee telling her about an aircraft they were working on that 'had no propeller'. She didn't believe a word of it, until jet flight became a little more obvious, of course, but we were able to conclude her visit today by showing her the Jet Age Museum's full size E28/39 replica.

    http://flic.kr/s/aHsjFpdFvb

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