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Hi , Abit of Information on the Royal Navy latest Aircraft Carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth , she comes in at a gross tonnage of 65,000 tons and a top speed of 25 knots , carrying a full complement of 75 F-35 aircraft . The flight deck is painted with a special type of paint that dissipates the heat from the engines of the F-35. Her hanger space could fit two Type 23 side by side , the flight deck has the area of 4 football pitches. She has a full complement of 700 , which is less that the Invincible Class which had 850 . Her sister ship ,HMS Prince of Wales will join the fleet in 2021 after completing her sea trials.
There has not been much activity on the Cletrac projects in the last few years. Interested in what progress has been made. I completed my restoration of my '44 a little over a year ago. It is mostly complete with all the hard to find items in place. I have the original top bows but have been unable to locate a top. Does anyone know of an original that can have detailed picture taken? I know there is a very complete ex-RAF Cletrac with original canvas located somewhere in UK/Europe but I have been unable to determine its whereabouts. I have constructed a 90% accurate top pattern from photos but due my overly anal tendency for the details I have yet to have one produced. I would be more than willing to compensate someone that can provide detailed photos and measurements of an original top. The owner of the only know top in the USA has been unwilling to allow his to photographed (states he wants to have them produced and sell them but has yet to do so). I am also in need of the upper side engine panels. Any help there would be appreciated. We have been fortunate to take it to a few military events, mostly supporting WW2 aircraft and have also been able to use it as intended, towing a plane. Check it out on youtube Cletrac owners post some updates. Would love to see what is out there now. Thanks, Scott Mattison Belton, SC, USA 44 Cletrac M2 44 CCKW353
If any camouflaged or olive green Unimog owners, ideally a 406 model, want a free air show in the Midlands, please pm me. The purpose is to represent an RAF Unimog that in its day was used as a tug for Harrier aircraft. This is a large public display that is inclusive of many RAF and Army elements including Harrier and Jaguar aircraft. A Unimog is the only missing part although I could also use some Bedford MK with tilts as the MoD has now disposed of them all. Sunday 9th June 2013 @ RAF Cosford. WV7 3EX