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Re: Big Silver Kite
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 12:26:55 am »
Wonderful article and pics there, thanks for posting Brian.  :thumbsup:

I like the way they say it was easier to fly than to taxi.  ;D

A silver Lysander looks weird to UK eyes as we're so used to seeing the Shuttleworth Lysander which is black!

Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)

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Re: Big Silver Kite
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 02:02:39 am »
I always thought this was a huge machine (based on building the 1/32 Matchbox kit as a kid) but standing next to the stripped fuselage at Cosford I realised it wasn't that big. I certainly struggle to see how they once managed to squeeze 4 people in the rear seat for an escape from Occupied France.

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Re: Big Silver Kite
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 05:05:41 am »
I always thought this was a huge machine (based on building the 1/32 Matchbox kit as a kid) but standing next to the stripped fuselage at Cosford I realised it wasn't that big. I certainly struggle to see how they once managed to squeeze 4 people in the rear seat for an escape from Occupied France.

I think that the rear seat was removed and people sat on luggage. In the rear fuselage there is a not so small space.
Anyway, more than "escape from France", it was a quite regular shuttle service, with people coming and going on various business, resistance, sabotage, politics.
"We landed by moonlight" , by Hugh Verity, is a very interesting history of those operations.
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