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This museum, situated on the seafront at Southsea, is set in striking Victorian surroundings and includes a medal room which displays ten Victoria Crosses awarded to Royal Marines as well as the Museum's collection of 8,000 medals.

Thanks in dead my Friend :) Well, may I will find some musicians there, or join a band ... so I would stay a little longer :)

HMS Northumberland is a Type 23 Frigate of the Royal Navy. She is named after the Duke of Northumberland and is the eighth RN ship to bear the name since the first 70 gun frigate in 1679 and the ninth in the class of 23 Type Frigates. She is based at Devonport and is part of the Devonport Flotilla. She was built by Swan Hunter in 1992, was launched in April 1992, and accepted into the Royal Naval service in May 1994. She carries anti-air Sea Wolf missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, anti-submarine Stingray torpedoes, and carries either a Lynx HMA8 armed with 4 Sea Skua anti-ship missiles or 2 anti submarine torpedoes, or a Westland Merlin HM1 armed with 4 anti submarine torpedoes. She has a complement of 185 crew.

The Envelope is the name for this large spherical balloon and not a lot of people know that! Or care! At night it is illuminated by internal lights creating a stunning effect. It takes 5,575 cubic metres of inert helium gas to fully inflate the envelope and it has a surface area of 1,520 metres. The Gondola beneath, an 8-sided annular ring, is manufactured from aircraft quality stainless steel, has an indefinite life and allows passengers to walk around while preventing people from bunching up during flight. Every passenger has an unhindered 360 degree panoramic view.

At Bournemouth for the Air Festival and made the journey to see the Sea Vixen. When the Vulcan was cancelled yet again because of technical problems wasn't too bothered as seen it before but in mid-afternoon they also cancelled the Sea Vixen as the pilot had been called away on military duties and I was not best pleased...............!!!

Ha Dave, Obviously a test for me? "Broddle" Yorkshire dialect to poke around! Well I broddled and it was a lovely day for it. What I didn't tell Carol was that as Staverton near Cheltenham was only about 35 miles away I jaunted down there next to photograph a Gloster Javelin which stands next to the airport café. On my list of course. Well GE shows the Javelin but in the meantime they've moved it into the new Jet Age Museum and it was closed!!! Gutted ain't the word and so a round trip of around 230 miles and I've still got to go back to Staverton!!! Gawd, she'll kill me!!! Anyway the total stands at 113 out of a possible 131, so only 18 to go and half of those are "out of reach" in some base or other. When I've finished I'm thinking of starting with water towers!!! LOL.

Good info'......Geoff..................;-)

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The red half of Liverpool will have a job to top this!!!


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