Right then, there seems to be some danger that nobody will win a signed copy of the S.E.5 book so here’s a few clues. When you think that you’ve got the correct answers go here to enter…
Factory 1: was a Vickers plant at the world’s first motor racing venue
Factory 2: is in Birmingham and could well be described as a ‘snakepit’
Factory 3: was on the grassy expanse that gets covered with tents for a famous air show
Factory 4: was later home to the Metro
Factory 5: was another Vickers plant – famous for munitions and in the south east of London
Factory 6: is where the flying Elephants hailed from (and later Lion paper)
Factory 7: was Blériot’s British base and later famed for its buses
The competition ends this weekend.
The S&G achieved a lifetime’s ambition in writing about the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 – with considerable help and support from the likes of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Vintage Aviator Limited, The Shuttleworth Collection, the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, author Derek Robinson and modern day S.E.5 pilots Rob Millinship and Richard Grace, among many others.
Apart from the offspring and a book that the S&G wrote behind the scenes at Ferrari many moons ago, probably very little will outlast this author once that cloaked figure with a scythe comes-a-knocking… but this one might. True enough it’s not exactly Harry Potter but it really is the most amazing machine that became part of some astonishing lives.
It’s the story of an aeroplane that survived the Machiavellian machinations of the British aircraft industry, inter-service rivalries, the whims of the Houses of Parliament and any number of other obstacles to end up as the fighter that created more aces than any other. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then why not have a crack at this little competition?
The following photos, taken from the book, all show factories where the S.E.5 was built as they appear today. Some have original buildings whole or in part, others are now home to much more modern monoliths – or even empty space.
To enter, simply name the factories in order by replying to this post as follows…
The competition starts now and will end at 00:01 on June 23 2018. The names of those who successfully get all seven correct will be drawn from a hat by an independent name-from-hat-puller. There should probably be plenty more Ts and Cs but if you’re the sort of person who gets in a bait about such things then it’s probably best not to enter!
It’s just a bit of fun, after all…
In the meanwhile the book remains available from Haynes Publishing here, is on Amazon here and is available from all good book sellers.