Flying Legends Airshow~Part 6

30 Sep

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

Flying Legends


Day 6 – Monday July 6th

The first museum on my list for today was the Solway Aviation Museum in Carlisle. This museum was located adjacent to the small Carlisle County Airport, and was one of the smaller museums I have visited so far. They only had four static display airplanes outside, and they were not in very good shape. However, I was surprised to see that such a small museum was able to be the recipient of a Vulcan bomber, one of England’s most famous jet aircraft.


Next on the list was the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum located just outside Dumfries, Scotland. This museum had 9 nicely restored static displayed aircraft outside. I was mainly interested in their Fairey Gannet AEW.3 (XL497) a carrier borne variant of the basic Fairey Gannet aircraft. This aircraft is unique because of its counter-rotating propellers which were driven by an Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba ASMD 4 turboprop engine of 3875 ehp.


Since I had never visited a Buddhist monastery before, I had planned to just stop by the Klanyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, which is located in the hills, some 30 miles east of Dumfries. But on this day I was running behind on time and that extra hour of travel time wouldn’t have helped my schedule, so I saved that experience for another trip.



DiVoran had asked me to stop in Moffat, Scotland and buy her a pair of argyle knee socks from the Moffat Woolen Mill. The lady at the mill told me that the argyle socks were out of style and the mill did not make them anymore. She suggested that DiVoran might find them on the Internet but she wasn’t sure who might still be making them. When I told DiVoran, she said it was no big deal, and that she would check it out when she had time.


Next was a visit to check out the Tall Ship Glenlee, which is only part of the many displays at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. The Tall Ship Glenlee is a steel-hulled three-masted barque, one of many so called “baldheaded sailing ships” of the time. Built in 1896, she served Archibald Sterling & Co. of Glasgow, and other owners, until 1931, when she became part of the Spanish Republican Navy. In 1990, after many years of neglect, a British naval architect discovered the ship and she was rescued from being scrapped. The ship was subsequently bought and restored for public display by the Clyde Maritime Trust. I was surprised to see that the museum also had on display many transportation items, such as vintage bicycles, cars, trolleys and even a steam locomotive, inside their large museum building.


Next Greta and I tried to find the National War Museum, which is located in the Edinburgh castle, but the castle is located in the middle of the city of Edinburgh and the area was jammed with rush hour traffic. I did however see the beautiful Edinburgh Castle (from a distance) as I was directed through the center of town by Greta. I wasn’t able to stop long enough to take a good photo because of all the traffic, and no place to park.


When I arrived at the Edinburgh Lodges (which are actually located in the city of Musselburgh, Scotland) for the evening, I thought at first I might be sleeping in a castle, as that was where the lodges reception center was located.


I walked into this hugh sitting room, with a tall fireplace, and access to a large lounge and dining hall, all guarded by a knight in full battle armor.



As it turned out the guest rooms were located in more modern bungalows away from the castle, which were accessed by vine covered walkways from the castle. The castle and bungalow grounds were beautifully well kept and were lined with some of the most beautiful flowering bushes I have ever seen.



—–To Be Continued—–

2 Responses to “Flying Legends Airshow~Part 6”

  1. Old Things R New October 1, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    I wonder if the cottages were once homes to people who worked on the estate? Too bad about the socks, DiVoran would have loved them.


  2. DiVoran Lites September 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    That was a good post. I would have liked to see the castle you almost stayed in, and I would have looked at the other clothes and socks. I’m so glad you have Greta to take my place.


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