Recently spend a week with the misses in Wales, for a decent holiday with a fair amount of miles by foot, got utterly rain soaked wet whilst climbing down Mount Snowdon (no, we did NOT take the train!), and some decent aircraft spotting in between. For instance a few aircraft museums I never had been, or hadn’t for a long long time.
Every advantage has its own disadvantages, and vice versa, which became once again more than obvious when visiting these museums. Naturally I prefer to have as much aircraft as possible on display, instead of them being locked up in store. But sometimes, the good people responsible do take it a bit too far, resulting in packed halls with few if any decent photography opportunities. A few examples:
The International Helicopter Museum, a superb collection of helicopters, some more rare than others. During my previous visit here (I’m talking 1989 now) the collection wasn’t just much smaller, but also (for the most part I think to remember) outside. Nowadays they have a big hall to their disposal, and have done their utter best to stack as much helicopters as possible in there. And when I say stack, I really do mean STACK…
Stepped into the Caernarfon Airworld Museum exactly three minutes before closing time, got permission to go see the exhibit for fifteen minutes or so anyway, and was even not allowed to pay the entrance fee because if the short time I was able to wander around! Marvellous and typically generous, I’ve often seen different… I made a donation to the museum instead, it goes without speaking, thankful as I was.
Admitted: the Mosquito Aircraft Museum, dedicated to De Havilland and their most famous creation in particular, do show part of their collection outside. However, for the highlights of the collection, their three (!) Mosquito’s, there seems to be some need to have them each pushed into a corner of the main hangar as closely as it goes…
Wrapping up for now: am I really complaining? No, not at all! All are great collections with motivated staff who do their utter best to beautifully preserve as much old and rare aircraft as possible, and give the visitors to their respective museums a as pleasant as possible stay. And after all: that’s what really counts, isn’t it?