Jack Morath, the Social Director of the LHR Pionairs, received this message from Colin Hare who used to work in Maintenance here on the North side some years ago. He is now living in France and has asked me to put an item in our (LHR) newsletter which I will do, and also suggested that he gets in touch with your NetLetter colleagues to receive it.
Colin says that whilst working in the workshops on the North side at LHR someone brought in an aircraft engine from a German Second World War aircraft. He believes it came from Holland. He cleaned off all the sand and it was sent to Canada and believes it went in an office lobby in Montreal. It was very badly damaged and the front cylinders were nearly flat. As you went down the bank of cylinders they got more oval and eventually the rear cylinders were perfectly round.
The story that went round was that a TCA (Air Canada) pilot during the war claimed a hit, but was never awarded it because they couldn't find the aircraft. Colin gave the Dutch aircraft history researchers a rough idea of where he thought it had hit the ground and eventually they dug it out. After finding the aircraft parts he was then awarded the hit.
Colin would really like to know if anybody could remember this as he didn't take any pictures. He thinks it was about thirty years ago but is only guessing. Colin would also like to know if the engine might still be located within the Air Canada offices somewhere in Montreal.
(If anyone has any information regarding this incident please let us know at the NetLetter and we will pass on the details to Colin - eds)
BA issues an Anti-Corrosion plea -
We often wonder why there are so many rules governing everyday life but some British Airways ramp attendants have provided an example. The airline this week had to remind workers at London Heathrow to please not urinate in the cargo holds of its aircraft rather than hike back into the building to a washroom.
(Source AVwebFlash Mar 2/17)
Brooklands Museum, Surrey, UK.
Strictly speaking, it’s still possible to take a spin along stretches of the historic 4.4-kilometre circuit at Brooklands, southwest of London. When it opened in 1907, it was the world’s first purpose-built racetrack for cars.
During the Second World War, however, the site was used for military aircraft production, and Brooklands never hosted another race after 1939. A new, smaller circuit has been built inside the original massive oval, sections of which have become overgrown with trees and weeds.
Brooklands was the home of the Vickers Viscount and Vanguard amongst many other aircraft types.