294. Back to School

It’s been an exhausting week. First of all, there was the uncertainty about the engine, followed by the relief of getting it back where it should be.

At the same time, the promising initial results from the ground runs give promise of better performance this year.

That was on Wednesday.

On Thursday I popped the fuselage back in the trailer and drove the 3.5 hours back to Ludlow, where I met Theo and we rigged 1264 outside Downton Hall for the two events planned here.

Friday was taken up with visits by four groups from local primary schools. the teachers had made full use of the preparatory material I’d given them, and I was amazed at the level of knowledge and the HUGE enthusiasm they showed.

In each case, I talked for a few minutes about Grandad’s theatre of operations, about the Scout’s role, and about the main features of its design. Then two by two I showed them the features of the cockpit while Sue and Theo showed the remainder the other material we have – the painting and so on.

Finally we ran up the engine for them, and of course that was VERY popular!

Some of them had even prepared material to give to us, and they will form a precious part of our archive. We were all very impressed at the level of research that had gone into what they’d prepared. This is a random sample.




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