AEROBOOTS REVISITED: Shoreham 1, 23.03.04

CockpitFest, airshows, aeroboots, past and present (During COVID19, mainly "past"...)
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Crescentdelta
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AEROBOOTS REVISITED: Shoreham 1, 23.03.04

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The first Shoreham of the year in March 2003 had some interesting bits including great props and a nice early seat too, the latter from the late Keith Smith of Marine Salvage Ltd, who saved a lot of the Saudi Lightnings and sold off the cockpits for a Sci-Fi film while luckily realising the historical significance of also selling on to a collector the early Lightning prototype (I think) that was outed from RAF Hendon for a Mk.6 (painted in wrong colours).

The unknown grey box with perspex cover wasn't shot from the front, my mistake. Some early panel restorations stood out with all correct instruments and fittings including lighting; Throttle box unknown but looked a single-engine job; Metal seat also unknown, Hurrior Spit panel; main flight panel from a certain 60's jet; A duck asking for the bill :D ; FROG Valiant and a great box illustration; some nice wall display props, think the green one was £500; some views of Keith Smith's seat from both sides; was told be a dealer that the black box with grey 'Safe' switch is V and rare and its mint but still no ID; Bucc upper coaming PSI guages; and a Victor aileron mass balance - makes a good door-stop.
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Re: AEROBOOTS REVISITED: Shoreham 1, 23.03.04

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We used to really look forward to going to Shoreham, I liked the September event best. Obtained some of my more hard to get items there too, like my sleeved MK 1 Pressure Jerkin and French ARZ Type 33 LSJ. It was an ideal venue that attracted many quality sellers.

I shall never forget meeting Peter Twiss at Shoreham during a book signing, he was a gentleman in every respect, old school. I seem to remember a large pile of yellow SARBE units £5 each! Airline artifacts as well as Military, it was a good mix of items up for grabs. Then the long journey back along the coast road, quick stop off at one of the local beaches, then home to polish, wash and clean the finds of the day.

Shoreham, gone but not forgotten.......
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Re: AEROBOOTS REVISITED: Shoreham 1, 23.03.04

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The Ejector seat is a MK2, possibly Hunter going by the straps. The metal seat is Mosquito left hand.

The Green propeller is from a Siskin but it was £950, if it was £500 I would have had it, the black panel is Spitfire and the wooden one is Guy Black's, think it's DH9. The box with the grey safe switch is a Nucleear weapon control, but I don't know which one.

The Lightning that Keith Smith sold was XA847, one of the prtotypes but used for research later. Think it still exists but I don't know where
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Re: AEROBOOTS REVISITED: Shoreham 1, 23.03.04

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And there's more

The small black panel is Tiger Moth. The throttle is, I think, late Spitifre. On reflection the seat might be Meteor the red handle and leg guards make it older than the straps which on the early seats had white components as well as blue
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Re: AEROBOOTS REVISITED: Shoreham 1, 23.03.04

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And the Goose came via Canadair!
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