Site Information

This section gives details about how to best view the "Swept Wings" website, including viewing options, how it was put together and other items of potential interest.


Viewing Site - Frames or No Frames??

The website can be viewed either with or without frames.

If you come in to the the site via the domain name, frames will be automatically loaded. I prefer this option as the navigation bar on the left hand side does not scroll down with the rest of the page view, the expanding menu also enables the site to be navigated very quickly and easily (in my opinion). If your machine does not allow frames (i.e. an old browser) the site will then default to the non-frames version. Additionally, if you have visited entered the site via a search engine such as yahoo, google etc. it is likely that you will have gone straight to a particular page and hence frames will not be loaded. To help navigation without frames, I have included some JavaScript that puts extra navigation buttons up at the top of the page if frames are not being used.

Depending on your preference you can use either, if you wish to switch viewing option you can use the links below:

  • To return to the home page and view the site via frames click here.

  • Alternatively, to return to the home page and view the site without frames click here.

I have included thumbnails for all pictures. This enables the user to get larger, and higher resolution, views of the images of particular interest. By clicking on the image you can view a good-sized image of the particular picture. To return to the previous page with the thumbnail image click the back button on the browser. I have included tooltips for every image that will appear as floating text if you position your mouse (or other pointing device) over the image, this text tells you about the image. This text will also appear if you cannot handle graphics with your browser. The resolution and compression on the images is set such that full images accessed via thumbnails occupy approximately 50kbytes. Hence, via a standard 56k modem these are relatively quick to load. The lower resolution images that appear on the standard pages occupy approximately 15kbytes.


Unless otherwise stated all images are taken by myself. The majority of photographs (as of July 2002) have been  taken using a Kodak DX3600 digital camera with a 2x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom. I use a 64MB flash card (and carry a spare 64MB flash card) with the camera and this enables me to take approximately 400 'good quality' resolution (900 x 600 pixels) pictures or 100 'best quality' resolution (1800 x 1200 pixels) pictures. I usually try to use the best quality setting - this also enables me to get 7" x 5" hard copy prints of good quality where necessary.  



For prints, I use a standard flat bed scanner and scan the images at 300dpi (or even 600dpi) and save as a jpeg image. I then import the images into Paint Shop Pro 7 (although I'm sure that there are other packages that will do a similar job) and crop the images and do some image sharpening manipulation. I then size to approximately 21" x 14" and save again as a jpeg at a resolution of 72dpi with 35% compression. This usually gives me the right kind of full image file size (a maximum of approximately 50kbytes). If the particular image area of interest from the 6" x 4" print does not occupy the close to full area of the print I scan the image area at 600dpi and do a more severe crop. For digital images, I still use Paint Shop Pro 7 to size and do a similar manipulation of the images.


Useful Books and Magazines

The most useful book I have found for detailing aircraft collections and other aircraft in the UK is the 17th Edition of Ken Ellis's "Wrecks & Relics". I cannot recommend this book enough, great detail regarding particular types, easy referencing by location, aircraft type or organisation, and two good colour picture sections. It has been superseded in May 2002 by the 18th Edition - which I have purchased.  

I also find "Aircraft Monthly" and "Flypast" magazines particularly useful for detailing historic aircraft arrivals, departures and other information. These are particularly good for display details.


Why My Interest?

When your father flew the leading jet fighters in the 1950's I suppose that it is hardly surprising that you have an interest in aircraft.  For more details on Pilot Officer Phillip Rogers click here.

As a child, I spent many happy hours being dragged round the museums at Hendon, Old Warden and Duxford, such great places cannot fail to make a long-lasting impression on you. At a pre-school age, I saw a Vulcan flying at Southend Airport, what a delight that would be the time it was something of the reverse! Similarly, a Saab Viggen at Farnborough in 1976 was a delight to my Dad, but left my brother and I wishing we had ear-defenders!!

Recently, I have somewhat rediscovered this interest, visiting aircraft museums and collections is a very relaxing pastime away from the demands of modern life - and thankfully I have an understanding family. I thought it would be good to put a website together; one that would be fun to build and develop, but also one that might hopefully provide useful information to fellow aircraft enthusiasts.


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