Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 25, 2010 23:20:48 GMT 12
Was it an accepted rule across the industry that all topdressers must be designed to be inherantly ugly? Apart from the original Avengers there has not been a decent looking topdresser ever, and even the TBF-1C's looked odd with their turrets removed.
Don't worry Stu. I think I left the links attached with my mystery pic, and it was a no brainer. Another senior moment The Nighthawk may have been a Supermarine product, but I don't think RJ Mitchell had much to do with it.
Image came from Popular Mechanics Sept 1948 edition. I was hoping a combat glider guru may have provided the definite answer.
Text that accompanied the image -
“Airborne” Chickens Roost in Glider Nose Something their designers never anticipated was that the noses of wartime gliders make excellent chicken houses. English users have found they are dry, draftproof and that the original windows provide sufficient light. Costing only a fraction as much as conventional chicken houses, they are eight by nine feet across the base and approximately seven feet high at the center.
I checked all the period images I could find of these gliders - Hadrian, Horsa, Hengist, Hamilcar, Hotspur - along with the few preserved museum examples.
None seemed to be the standout nose but I was tending to favour the Hamilcar - although the dimensions did not appear to be a match.
Therefore I will declare that this chicken coop is a recycled post WWII military glider.
As Dave was on the right track and was the first to mention a 'H' combat glider, I will pass the Mystery Aircraft baton to him.
Mick ( know the face but can't quite pick the nose ! )