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Moving the Doodlebug

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The Doodlebug, sitting on the bright yellow trolley, has been moved back into position for the new season. 

The Doodlebug is a perfect replica down to the exact number of rivets. A lot of elder visitors to the museum remark how they remember the screeching noise of the Doodlebugs coming over, and then the silence which meant it had reached the target and would cause a large explosion any second.

Volunteer, Ken was operating the telehandler, whilst Steve, Roger and Les positioned the Doodlebug.













New Rides For Children

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Les has spent many hours restoring children's rides through the winter, and an excellent job he has made too.

The one in the photo is a R.A.F scooter ready and waiting for its first customer.

I think that these will be really well used and enjoyed by visiting children.

Well done, Les.


Snow

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For the second year running Cornwall has been hit by snow. It wasn't forecast and came as quite a surprise.

Needless to say not a lot got done on Friday.

Thank you Steve for the photos.



Changing Rooms

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Now that the hangar is getting sorted out and insulated, displays are able to be moved from other buildings to a more suitable situation with more space.

The first is the now retired Sea King helicopter exhibit which has much more room in the hangar.

As you can see it takes a lot of man power to discuss and place the exhibit.

Thank you, Les for the photos.






The importance of the colour yellow

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After an extended festive break the blog is now up and running again.

It may seem odd but the colour yellow became an important colour to airmen who needed to be rescued after their aircraft had ditched in the sea.

Last January I did a post about animals during wartime and talked about the importance of the yellow box containing pigeons which was carried by all heavy bombers.

A year on a fact that none of us at the museum knew about came to light.

Some of the iconic R.A.F flying jackets had yellow hoods to make them easier to spot by a rescue aircraft. It makes perfect sense as the emergency dinghy would travel with the currents and tides away from the ditching co-ordinates. Bright yellow hoods would be easy to see from above.

Another example of simplicity saving lives during wartime.














MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Christmas is here once again, the time seems to have gone so fast this year.

From everyone at the museum we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and a happy and peaceful 2019.




Another new item for the shop next year

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Les and I have been working on new items for sale in the shop next year.

You've already seen some of the slate coasters, but here is the first attempt at making a clock out of slate.

This design has the compass points instead of the hours and has a Wellington bomber on it.

Over the winter we'll be working on other designs.