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September 2014[edit]

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Oops! Done! Xyl 54 (talk) 15:10, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

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Done (26 Oct) Xyl 54 (talk) 14:32, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

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Josef Jacobs[edit]

Sorry, but I only copy edited the article and assumed the data to be factual. I am not in the position to neither confirm nor deny that he was awarded the House Order of Hohenzollern. I can't say for sure but the picture does show him wearing the Order, I think. Check File:Ridder Huisorde Hohenzollern.jpg, the ribbon looks different but otherwise it seems to match. The image shows the order with a matching ribbon. Again, I am only guessing here. MisterBee1966 (talk) 07:35, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

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Short Type 135 / Admiralty "Improved Type 74"[edit]

Hi, I'm sorry not to have responded earlier; I rarely sign in to WP these days, so I have only just seen your question.

Most of my Shorts-related information comes either from Barnes & James "Shorts Aircraft since 1900" or from the Flight archives. The reference to the "Improved Type 74" is from the former (Putnam 1989). The mention is a little hard to follow and I needed to refer to several sections of the book to piece it all together again!

The first batch of 8 (Short construction numbers 96-103, RNAS nos. 811-818) were also the first to be built at Rochester seaplane works (April 1914); they had 100 hp Gnome-Monosoupape engines installed because the intended Salmsons were in scarce supply at the time. Barnes writes: "... somewhat misleadingly, the Admiralty called them Improved Type 74, but they were identical in design to the Salmson seaplanes except for the deeply cowled overhung engine mounting and a much smaller fixed fin. These eight (811-818) were all assigned to Empress, Engadine and Riviera, and 811, 814 and 815 took part in the Cuxhaven raid, flown by Edmonds, Gaskell Blackburn and Oliver respectively."

Tracking back to find the 'Salmson seaplanes' referred to, I found this (p. 97): "In September 1913 the Admiralty ordered two similar prototype Short seaplanes, one with the single-row Salmson of 135 hp and the other, slightly larger, with the double-row version rated at 200 hp. ... Entirely by coincidence, the smaller seaplane was allotted the serial 135 and the larger 136; they were delivered to Grain in July and Aeptember 1914 respectively. On Christmas Eve they formed part of the complement of nine seaplanes, seven of the Shorts, aboard the three carriers Empress, Engadine and Riviera, which sailed with an escort from Harwich in an attempt to bomb the Zeppelin base at Cuxhaven." He goes on to mention that 135, 136, two 160 hp 'folders' (119 and 120) and three of a later class of 100 hp Mono-Gnome 'folders' (811, 814 and 815) took part in the raid.


No other Salmson-powered seaplans are mentioned in the intervening pages. Appendix F (p. 527) provides the following summary data: S.96-103: Tr. S/p, Folder, 100 hp Gnome, 811-818. This I take to mean "Tractor single-propeller ...". For the Type 74 it has the following entry: S.69-75 Tr. S/p, N/F, 100 hp Gnome, RNAS 74-80.


The plot thickens, however: on p.99 there is a photo of RNAS 816 (no. visible on the fin). The caption reads "816, one of the eight Improved Type 74 seaplanes built at Rochester in 1914; they were basically Type 830, with Mono-Gnomes substituted because of a shortage of Salmsons, and smaller fins." No doubt it was clear to Barnes at the time!


I hope that this throws some light on the matter. There are further details of the Types 74, 135, 136 and 830 (wingspan, length etc.) on pages 99 and 106. The Type 74 had a wingspan of 57 ft, the 135 52 ft, the 136 54 ft 6 in and the 830 53 ft 11 in. Perhaps they looked similar!

I hope that this helps in some way! 16:22, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

June 2015[edit]

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Done already by WCW, 20 June. Xyl 54 (talk) 23:50, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

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Iron keyboards?[edit]

Thx for the heads-up; I've been offline awhile. After a glance at your draft rewrite (no more than that), I'd say it looks good; how that overblown language, correctly sourced or not, stayed in is a mystery to me... TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 20:00, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

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Latest Jonas Poole/GammaCepheus001[edit]

Hi there, it appears the lastest incarnation just cropped up - [[1]]. I let Parsecboy know and reverted (think I got the lot). Just a heads-up. Cheers -- Elmidae (talk) 06:48, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

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Done. Xyl 54 (talk) 21:25, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

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Delayed-reaction reply[edit]

I missed your last comment on Ritchie's talk about the banned means banned template, but no problem, I'm sure that comment made more sense three months ago! :)

Mostly posting to pass on a nugget of useful knowledge: your added ping didn't work, because - as pointed out to me awhile back (with a link to the manual and everything!) - you need to add a new sig and a new line to an old post if you want to trigger a new notification. Opabinia regalis (talk) 22:05, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

@Opabinia regalis:: Thanks for replying (and, my apologies, I haven't been around much either!) So (just to clarify this ping thing), adding {{ping| or {{u| or even [[User: won't prompt the messaging system unless I add it with the comment I'm making all in one edit? Xyl 54 (talk) 00:26, 30 December 2015 (UTC)
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Photo request: UK Space Agency head office in Swindon[edit]

Hi! Do you take photographs for Wikipedia? If so, I found that the UK Space Agency headquarters are here:

  • Polaris House North Star Avenue Swindon Wiltshire SN2 1SZ (Directions here)

Is Swindon convenient to your location? Are you interested in taking a photograph of the building so it can be used in the Wikipedia article?

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Sorry, unable to assist; sadly, I don't live in Swindon any more. Xyl 54 (talk) 23:57, 20 March 2016 (UTC)

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Missile boat[edit]

Thanks for the recent edits to Missile boats. Your work is appreciated. Often if you are not a massive content creator it seems you are invisible here. Small actions such as yours keep the whole thing on the rails IMO. Cheers mate! Simon Irondome (talk) 19:27, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

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Duke of Wellington's Regiment[edit]

Hi - Please see my comments on Talk:Duke of Wellington's Regiment#Split? I believe there is a strong case for splitting it as the regiment arose from the amalgamation of two (separate) regiments in 1881. I know you suggested this some years ago. Thoughts welcome. Dormskirk (talk) 11:31, 1 January 2017 (UTC)