ZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3519 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7685 times:
"It outlasted the Second World War and survived 40 years on the bottom of the Pacific but a heavy snowfall has felled the last remaining Handley Page Hampden bomber. Volunteers at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia, are appealing for help to put the little-known but historically significant aircraft back together again after snow broke the left wing off the twin-engine bomber. Like many small museums, the facility has to store some of its collection outside and that's not normally a problem in the usually temperate coastal area of B.C. But this year the area has been slammed with half a dozen snowstorms and, while museum volunteers did their best to clear the snow, an especially big dump on Dec. 26 was too much for the Hampden."
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12451 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7657 times:
Sigh. My former glider club lost a glider due to snow. One wing tie down was installed incorrectly, and when it let go, the other wing crashed to the ground, and the weight of the snow bent it. That club learned a very costly lesson that day, all due to lack of safe hangerage.
Quoting ZANL188 (Thread starter): I wish we'd do a better job of protecting these vintage aircraft. Wouldn't have taken much to prevent this.....
Makes me think of Kermit Week's collection getting wiped out by Hurricane Andrew. Also Katrina did quite a terrible amount of damage to the planes that were at the USS Alabama display in Mobile.
But, large aircraft hangers are costly and can be used for many profitable uses.
I've been fortunate to see aircraft museums in Europe that are in former military fields made surplus after WWII and/or the cold war.
Unfortunately that doesn't happen much here.
In my area, a former army base with a nice airport used for parachute training has been made surplus, but the local officials certainly won't be turning it over to a museum and/or general aviation, despite our asking. They hope it will end up with some industrial use. I imagine it could, but if that doesn't work out over the next decade or so perhaps their position will change.
One "problem" is a lot of these former airbases have a lot of infrastructure that can be reused by the local governments, things like hospitals, schools and military housing. And if they have significant aviation assets, these some times get used by MROs or R&D firms, or even become commercial airports (Bergstrom in Austin TX comes to mind).
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12136 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7441 times:
Quoting Revelation (Reply 1): In my area, a former army base with a nice airport used for parachute training has been made surplus, but the local officials certainly won't be turning it over to a museum and/or general aviation, despite our asking. They hope it will end up with some industrial use.
Thats because an industrial park generates tax revenues, local GA airports or museums usually do not.
Quoting 474218 (Reply 4): Global warming is really playing havoc with old aircraft!
It is very unfortunate the hampden bomber was damaged. But the damage doesn't look unerpairable. It looks like the left wing seperated at the production break, and the wingtip damage is easily repaired, since this airplane will never fly again. Just fix the sheet metal, and don't worry about the internal spar or other structures.
The same for the Russian A-20. Repair the sheet metal, and in that case the left main landing gear.
But the highest costs for each of these repairs will be the labor, even volunteer labor has a high cost factor (insurance, lunches, etc.).