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Longtime reader Simple Simon sent us this great shot of the Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum.  In addition to a sweet view of an old Hurricane, we also get a glimpse of some of the tools it takes to keep a place like that going.

It’s a full-time gig, getting those bad boys in-shape enough to be presentable, and the staff takes a by-whatever-means-necessary approach.  Even though Veteran’s Day is over, we must give a hearty hats-off and beers-up to the ones who used to fly these warplanes — and also to the ones who remind us all what they did and why.

Toolmonger Photo Pool [Flickr]

 

5 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum

  1. fredex says:

    That’s a Hurricane.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for that beautiful still life shot of a beautiful aircraft and some of the tools used to restore it (and to build the numerous models that hang around the museum).

    Also noteworthy in Simon’s photostream is the Lancaster heavy bomber. It is one of two airworthy examples in the world (the other one’s in the UK), and the only one upon which members of the general public may purchase flights.

    Of further interest to toolmongers, there are usally one or two restoration projects are being carried out at any one time on the museum floor. You can stand there and watch the work being performed, less than ten feet away from you.

  3. JLZ says:

    See also the collection of restored antique aircraft at Owl’s Head Transportation Museum (www.ohtm.org), Owl’s Head, Maine.

  4. Bill says:

    While we’re on the subject of old aircraft, let me draw your attention the the Old Rhienbeck Aerodrome in Rheinbeck NY. Probably the best collection of early aircraft, from the first days of aircraft through WW I and the 30’s, many of them airworthy! All summer long every Sat and Sun they fly these amazing craft in reenactments, and you can purchase a ticket for a flight in an open cockpit biplane! Considering the primitive nature of these craft, many did not even have a throttle, just an on and off ignition, and no brakes, just a tail drag to slow you down upon landing. For anyone interested in early flight I urge you to give them a visit.

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