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Our long-time correspondent Alex Norton recently - Sept 2014 - paid a visit to the Smithsonian Museum's Restoration facility in Washington, USA and captured this superb JRS-1 being worked on to restore it to museum display standard. What a beauty she is..!

Alex shot these images through glass (!) from the observation deck overlooking the whole floor and what a cracking job he did in capturing all these details from just one vantage point. This in itself would make a fascinating model diorama - look at all the different tones of old paintwork, bare metal and damage to the tail. This particular JRS-1 was present at Pearl Harbour on 7th December, 1941 and is the only surviving American airplane from that day.

Many thanks Alex for a stunning image set.

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