Here's the initial view as we entered the first building. This was originally built as a tram depot, in the 19th Century. It's due to be demolished, sadly, and built on. The exhibits will be moved to the other site at Sinfin.
The twin prop is a Griffon (I think!) from a Shackleton. Early engines down the right hand side are from various other manufacturers.
This is looking over to the left, ... and half our group. Extreme left is the Merlin with a small blade prop which is started on open days.
Here's a Junkers Jumo engine from the Ju87 and Ju88. Note the inverted Vee. Crankshaft at the top.
One of the Merlins........
A general view. Left centre is a pre-Merlin (forgotten which model) - which was dug out of the ground. Note the badly damaged prop.
A Wright radial. A real work of art.
This one is I think, a Griffon.........
Canberra Bomber nose section. You are allowed to climb inside. Three of us did!!!! The pilot seat is very claustrophobic, completely surrounded by instruments and all black. Visibility forward is poor. The navigator and bomb aimer sit side by side behind the pilot, in a space no bigger than a Morgan cockpit, but way more claustrophobic. I'm quite small but this was much smaller inside than I expected!!!
More to follow...........