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Connolly Leather in Spitfires
This is very misleading as service Spitfires did not have seats as such. The pilot sat on a parachute which was supported by a metal seat pan and thus there was no seat in the conventional sense. In the absence of any citation, this should be removed. I'll give it the customary four weeks from today's date. Flanker235 (talk) 05:43, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
There's a persistent urban legend that the other contributing factor to Connolly's failure was the mad cow disease scare of the late 1990s - supposedly Connolly's specially-pampered herd of cattle had to be destroyed, at great cost. Is there any truth in this? 18.104.22.168 (talk) 20:46, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
- BSE isn't foot & mouth. "Whole herds" weren't slaughtered owing to contagion. If cows were killed due to it, it was on an individual basis.
- Yes, some cows were killed. If the epidemiology of BSE is to be believed, it's likely that there was some clustering, and that this was co-located with herds that had been fed at the cheaper end of things. Which doesn't sound much like a "pampered" herd. What didn't happen though was the foot & mouth regional slaughter, of anything and everything nearby.
- So, sources before this one gets much credence. Andy Dingley (talk) 22:00, 2 October 2015 (UTC)