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Who owns that history?

12 November 2014

Who owns that history?

Last week Ross Sharp (of Shortfinals’s Blog) tweeted this photo, below, of the splendid de Havilland DH60 Gipsy Moth which was, at the time, in the Milestones of Flight exhibit in the RAF Museum Hendon (now RAF Museum London). Ross is a dear friend of aviation’s history and energetic advocate as well. So, it was amazing to read a certain aeronautical group demand that everyone remove that group’s name from all the retweets. There was no explanation for their action though except their previous behaviour of usurping the role of Gipsy Moth patriarchs may have something to do with it.

DH.60 Gipsy Moth, another hugely successful design by de Havilland — photo and copyright by Ross Sharp

DH.60 Gipsy Moth, another hugely successful design by de Havilland — photo and copyright by Ross Sharp

How odd that this group, in one of the countries on the Allied side of World War II,  demand a restriction on the freedom of speech? We could understand a request of course — but what was sent was a demand as blatant as having a bucket of water sloshed into the face to recall tweets for editing. We do have them to thank, however, of reminding us of this freedom even though it might be exercised to act the fool. Also, to illustrate that history belongs to everyone to caretake but to no one in particular.

Ross has been tweeting more photos than can be imagined…follow him on Twitter using @GRossSharp to see and enjoy them.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Kay permalink
    12 November 2014 23:00

    Thumbs up. Well stated Joe.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      15 November 2014 08:01

      Thank you Bruce. Once in a while we get it right 😉

  2. shortfinals permalink
    14 November 2014 23:50

    Dear Joe, these are very kind words, indeed. Thank you, friend. Oh, and the Twitter handle is @GRossSharp, just in case anyone wants to dip into 3,000+ photographs! (Yes, they are ©ASC Photography, so I’m to blame for the quality, or lack of same!) Once again, many, many thanks, Joe

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      15 November 2014 08:01

      Thanks and I corrected my error 🙂

      3000+ photos and all good!

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