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Aircraft conservation leaves the art of identification up in the air

Rebuilding old aircraft, I suppose, is no more reprehensible than restoring old buildings, and is certainly an activity just as susceptible to compromise, dilution and the laws of entropy as they might be applied to the authenticity of historical objects. Because these are profoundly interesting matters in many fields, from time to time I like to purchase a copy of The Aeroplane (motto 'History in the Air'), to watch the eternal struggle between the fundamentalists, who insist on keeping ...

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