Monday, 24 January 2011

A Monday Morning Surprise!

Staff and students were shocked to find an aircraft hanging from their studio roof when they returned from the weekend break.

The red Fokker DR 1 triplane, similar to the one made famous by Manfred von Richthofen (known as the Red Baron), had been carefully suspended on wires some 8 metres above the studio floor.

“We don’t know why it’s there or where it came from” said bemused lecturer Jim Millington (33). ‘It could just be a student prank, or an experiment with a full-scale Airfix kit that simply got out of hand” added his colleague Tony Peart (also 33).

Illustration lecturer Dwayne Bell (33) stated, “It’s bright red and got two 7.92-mm LMG 08/15 machine guns so it’s fine by me!”

For the time being at least, the three-winged interloper will be staying put. A University spokesperson, Dr. Bevis Frond explained, “The University only owns three tread step ladders, which are fine for accessing high office shelves but totally unsuitable for removing First World War fighter aircraft suspended 8 metres high from a studio roof.” He went on to strike a note of caution. “I hope the perpetrators call it a day with this prank’’ he said, adding, “The nightmare scenario would be the appearance of a Sopwith Camel 2F.1 biplane in the same studio space as this could easily lead to a dogfight, resulting in a recommencement of the hostilities that thankfully ended on the 11th November 1918.”


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