Spitfire Tablecloth


Spitfire Tablecloth …… In the ROC building, we have a tablecloth raffled in 1940 as part of the ‘Spitfire Appeal’.  This tablecloth would have been signed by members of the Observer Corps who were on duty at the Oxford Centre,…

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Link Room Display Part II


Link Room Display Part II  ……. Included in the Link Room are a number of displays such as: Electronic Warfare. The EW display is almost unique although RAF Wyton has a more specialised display based on a training console from…

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Dougie Melrose Collection


Addition to the “Dougie” Melrose Collection ….. A leather Irvin flying jacket worn by Dougie Melrose has been donated to the Museum.  This flying jacket will join the Mess Jacket and other exhibits that have been donated by his wife…

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Link Room Display Part I – Radio Valves


Link Room Display Part I …… This is a series of short blog postings explaining some of the items we have in the link room and associated display cabinets: Radio Valves. A display in the Link Room shows radio valves…

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A Moment in Time


Observer Captain John Murphy BA ….. A Moment in Time I first met John Murphy soon after I joined the Royal Observer Corps in 1965. He was a full time observer officer stationed at Preston. He had previously been in…

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Restoration of Whirlwind XR485 (part II)


Restoration of Whirlwind XR485 (Completion) ….. Hurrah re the Westland Whirlwind, the paint team have now completed the restoration painting. Pictures of the completion are below and a full gallery of images can be found by following the green link…

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Update from the Flight Simulators (III)


Update from the Flight Simulators (part III) ………. The Redifon Jet Provost simulator was manufactured around 1970; this analogue computer based trainer was used for radio procedure and navigation training.  Acquired in derelict condition without electrical power supply pack and…

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Bensen B.7 Autogyro Restoration (part II)


The view from this side of the vinegar!! Over the summer I have had the great pleasure….with a little blood (well many scrapes and bruises), sweat (some of that was heavy), but no tears, of restoring the Bensen B7 Autogyro…

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Restoration of Auster VX123 (part II)


Restoration of Auster VX123 (part II) …… As reported previously, we were donated the Auster fuselage and wings which were in poor condition. The fuselage was bead blasted and etch primed by a local firm.  See Previous Auster Restoration ”…

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Restoration of Whirlwind XR485


Restoration of Whirlwind XR485 ….. Following on from the restoration of Javelin XH892, the paint team of Peter and Gwen moved onto the repainting of our Whirlwind helicopter.  The paint on the helicopter was showing signs of distress, especially the…

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