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Survivors, Wrecks and Relics, Part I

Survivors, Wrecks and Relics, Part I

Rare America I’m a bit partial to old aircraft and aviation history, and have been lucky to visit many museums and historic sites during my travels. I thought I’d post some photos of a few US World War II aircraft, remnants and related artefacts that I’ve come across. I hope they will be of interest to other aircraft nuts. This post only includes aircraft and relics from outside the United States. Photographing aircraft in museums can be challenging, especially if…

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Hangar 7

Hangar 7

The Flying Bulls There’s a lot of money to be made flogging unhealthy energy drinks to people with unbalanced diets. And with all that cash, you can afford to do all kinds of expensive things, like run a Formula 1 team, sponsor athletes, and create your own sporting events. In the 1980s, Red Bull linked up with commercial pilot and vintage aircraft nut Sigfried Angerer to start collecting, restoring and flying historic aircraft. Which is something else that requires a ton…

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Spits and Bits

Spits and Bits

I’m a bit partial to historic aircraft and aviation history, and have been lucky to visit many museums and historic sites during my travels. I thought I would post some photos of Spitfires, Spitfire remnants and related artefacts that I have come across, and hope they will be of interest to other aircraft nuts. My far-from-conclusive list only includes aircraft from outside the United Kingdom. Photographing aircraft in museums can be challenging, especially if you don’t have any decent camera…

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Driving the Transfagarasan Road

Driving the Transfagarasan Road

Whilst researching places to visit in Romania, I came across photos of a spectacular winding road, snaking its way high up to a pass over the mighty Carpathian Mountains. It looked amazing and a blast to drive, so I put the Transfagarasan Road on the must-do list. After a couple of days in Romania’s capital Bucharest, I picked up a hire car to explore the Transfagarasan. I planned to start the drive from the northern side of the Carpathian Mountain…

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Diving the Ghosts of Corsica, Part II

Diving the Ghosts of Corsica, Part II

B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Her Did ’, Calvi Corsica is a spectacular place. Inland from the rugged coastline’s turquoise waters, mountains rise steeply, their towering granite summits patched white with snow even in the late spring. I stared out the window as the bus wound it’s way from Bastia to Calvi, through valleys cut by fast flowing rivers and over steep mountain passes. We descended into the town in the early evening, where the 400 year old walls of the citadel…

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Diving the ghosts of Corsica, Part I

Diving the ghosts of Corsica, Part I

P-47 Thunderbolt, Miomo It had been 18 months since my last dive, and I fumbled clumsily whilst preparing my gear. I was sitting with two other divers in the spring sunshine, beside the picturesque little harbour at Erbalunga, Corsica. Our dive operator Rym, who took the task of conducting our refresher dive seriously, asked us questions about equipment and protocols as we fitted our kit together. Soon we were leaving the harbour in his fibreglass hull inflatable for a nearby…

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Podcast Episode 16. Driving the Nordschleife, Germany

Podcast Episode 16. Driving the Nordschleife, Germany

G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. I really enjoyed my first day exploring the Nürburgring, which had included a visit to the RingWerk Museum and touring the Formula 1 track facilities. My guide had mentioned that the Nordschleife, the Nürburgring’s spectacular and fearsome 21km circuit, was open for public driving that afternoon… If you would like to see the post for this podcast,…

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Hangar 10

Hangar 10

A big part of why I had traveled to Germany’s Baltic Coast was to visit the small village of Zirchow. And the entire reason I wanted to visit the small village of Zirchow was to go to Hangar 10, a museum which houses a unique collection of rare aircraft. Figuring out local public transport whilst traveling can be challenging, but I thought I had everything sorted for my short bus journey from Ahlbeck to Zirchow. Turns out I didn’t. I…

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Podcast Episode 4. Driving in Tunisia

Podcast Episode 4. Driving in Tunisia

G’day all and welcome to the Midlife Crisis Odyssey Podcast, where not all who wander are lost, but some of us definitely are. I was keen to head south from Bizerte to El Djem, but I have to admit the thought of driving in Tunisia made me nervous. Jump in and join me for the ride. If you would like to see the post for this podcast, you can find it here

Phaeton Museum of Technology, Zaporizhia, Ukraine

Phaeton Museum of Technology, Zaporizhia, Ukraine

With no aid distribution planned, I found myself with a wintry Sunday off in Zaporizhia. Naturally favouring an indoor activity, I did a little online research and discovered there was a car museum in town. Long suffering readers will know all too well my penchant for antique autos, and won’t be surprised that I was soon winding my way through the grey city streets to Zaporizhia’s industrial area. I expected to find a small place with a handful of soviet-era…

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