SEAWINGS's long-time correspondent Igor Kolokolov from Russia has
also paid a recent rip to RAF Cosford and has very kindly shared his
images of L-866 from that day to add to the overall Gallery. Grateful
take a good look at these Gallery images as you won't be seeing L-866 in
this presentation shape for a long-time to come as, on a very sad note,
SEAWINGS returned to Cosford in November 2017 and I was
personally shocked and disappointed to see L-866 had been moved outdoors
(!) and is now subject to all the effects of the UK weather with no
cover whatsoever; and those effects had already had a dramatic damaging
result on her once-superb paintwork as seen in these Gallery images. The
paint, especially the International Orange is now faded, worn and the
rest of her is beginning to look derelict.....
why, did the museum do this..? They have effectively destroyed the
perfect paint scheme and she now looks so very sad sitting in the rain.
I could not believe what I was seeing in-front of me. How could the
management of a 'respectable' international aircraft preservation museum
allow a first-class exhibit to be treated in such a manner..? It will
cost a small fortune to return her to the above glorious display
standard. In a word, 'Criminal'...shame on you.