The hawker dodo

TO SUPPORT the large number of RAF and Indian Air Force squadrons flying the Hawker Hurricane in the campaign against the Japanese in Burma, a significant training organisation was established in India.Amongst the training and conversion units that flew the Hurricane were 151 Operational Training Unit at Peshawar and I Service Flying Training School (India) at Ambala.

Although by 1945 the latter unit was using around 100 North American Harvards, to give its new pilots some fighter experience before they proceeded to the OTU, the Ambala FTS was issued with around a dozen Hurricanes. However, it soon became apparent that

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Runner-up BY A NOSE

During the Bedford production run, which continued until the 1980s, some 551,866 TKs were built, but close on its heels, with more than 520,000 coming off the production line, was the Bedford T J Perhaps even more remarkable was the fact that production of the T J actually outlasted the company which had developed the model, and later versions were still being produced in the 1990s many years after the demise of Bedford itself. The designs and tooling were picked up by AWD and Marshall, and these two companies, which continued to produce the T J for the expert market,

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Finding the Height

After this warning the pilot would have to fly on his altimeter. Therein lay a new problem. The standard aneroid (pressure operated) altimeter was not sensitive enough to provide the degree of accuracy required at low level. In any case, ambient barometric pressure over the target would be impossible to predict.

The dropping trials of Upkeep, taking place in daylight, used a radio altimeter.

A pulse from the aircraft, bounced off the water below, was timed and translated into height. Ideal over open water for heights up to 150 feet, it was less reliable over the enclosed waters of a

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Centenary Man

Mark Farrall is a keen Albion truck enthusiast, and the impending 100-year Centenary anniversary of World War One provided him with a new restoration challenge

A keen collector of early Albion vehicles, Mark Farrall had up until a few years ago always concentrated on civilian types, but upon learning about the existence of a 1916 Albion A10 chassis at a farm in Essex, the direction of his collection would soon change. As anyone who has had any dealings with the potential purchase of Great War era vehicles will know, finding a vehicle is one thing, but trying to broker a

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