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#21 JasonJ

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 0628 AM

Even if just the engine, the engine is a big piece that some restoration projects lack. That particular spitfire reminded me of the end of the Dunkirk movie.

 

Lancaster is looking good.


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#22 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 0643 AM

Ive got a feeling it may actually have starred in film Dunkirk. Ive not yet seen it.

 

 

 

Nice taxi video of the same lancaster, this time from the inside.


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Posted 16 October 2018 - 0745 AM

Ive got a feeling it may actually have starred in film Dunkirk. Ive not yet seen it.

 

 

I couldn't tell, I don't have an eye for all the various different spitfire models and details. You should see it, was good.


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#24 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 0156 AM

Ive avoided it, not because I dont want to see it, but Dunkirk meant a lot to my father. He passed away last year, so at the moment its something of a thing I want to avoid. But I will eventually. I owe it to my Grandfather who came off the beach there.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 0408 AM

Sorry to hear that, thank you for sharing.
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 1527 PM

This is an interesting one, found out about it in a recent article in Flypast Magazine. This Hawker Hurricane was shot down and apparently destroyed in the Battle of Britain. However in the 1990's a dig was undertaken and significant amounts of wreckage were recovered. Enough to start a restoration project, and recently the aircraft has flown. Apparently 20 to 30 percent of the airframe is made up of components from the original aircraft. Which is probably a lot more than the Dunkirk Spitfire project actually.

 

https://www.hurrican...ews-despatches/

 

At a much earlier stage, there has been recovery of substantial amounts of wreckage of a Spitfire PRMkIV from Norway, where it was shot down in 1941 whilst keeping an eye on the Tirpitz. The pilot, Flt Lt Sandy Gunn was captured, and eventually perished in the aftermath of the great escape from Stalag Luft III, from which he had escaped. This aircraft is also planned to return to the air, which on the face of it sounds ridiculous, but they have found substantial amounts, including the pilots blind flying panel.

https://www.spitfireaa810.co.uk/

 

Be nice to see a spitfire of that batch return to the air. Im not sure any still exist.


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#27 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 1532 PM

Also, cant remember if I posted this before, Russia has just recovered a rare single seat IL2.

 

http://warbirdsnews....ated-story.html


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 0835 AM

https://www.warhisto...dBpP8c9xhdCum10


2nd Plane of the Lost WWII Squadron Discovered Under Greenland Ice

Recovery expedition being planned


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 1329 PM

Great news. Pity the B17 was squashed flat though.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 1358 PM

Another Spitfire dug up in Norway.

 

https://www.flickr.c...157696419688404


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 0309 AM

This was good.

 


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 0333 AM

This is quite interesting too, Jay Leno demonstrates the Packard Merlin that he owns.


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Posted 13 December 2018 - 1410 PM

This passed me by at the time, Spitfire MkIX MJ789 shot down in June 1944 in the River Orne in Normandy. It was recovered in 2010 and the body of the Australian pilot FL Lt Henry Smith. The aircraft is being pictured being conserved in Australia.

 

https://images.defen...?q=MJ789&sa=yyy


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 1810 PM

This is too cool.

 


Edited by DKTanker, 17 December 2018 - 1810 PM.

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 0248 AM

Yeah, funnily enough I just discovered that this morning as well, an amazing piece of work. The bomb camp they advertise looks like a lot of fun too.


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Posted 18 December 2018 - 0252 AM

This was good, a Wellington bomber being moved to a new hangar at Brooklands. It will be remembered this is the aircraft that was recovered out of Loch Ness 33 years ago, and restored by a team that included some of the women that were part of the original production staff.


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Posted 18 December 2018 - 0909 AM


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Posted 18 December 2018 - 1313 PM

I find it interesting that the B-17 didn't use a retractable ball turret as did the B-24.  I understand the necessity for its use use on the B-24, because of ground clearance, but there must also have been some streamlining advantage.  Evidently that efficiency advantage didn't outweigh the weight penalty the B-17 would experience incorporating the turret retract system.


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Posted 18 December 2018 - 2129 PM

I find it interesting that the B-17 didn't use a retractable ball turret as did the B-24.  I understand the necessity for its use use on the B-24, because of ground clearance, but there must also have been some streamlining advantage.  Evidently that efficiency advantage didn't outweigh the weight penalty the B-17 would experience incorporating the turret retract system.

There would also be the problem of stowing it inside the slim B-17 fuselage.  On the other hand, the extended ball on B-24s caused handling issues.  In the Pacific, it was often removed and replaced with hand-held guns.


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Posted 18 December 2018 - 2209 PM

 

I find it interesting that the B-17 didn't use a retractable ball turret as did the B-24.  I understand the necessity for its use use on the B-24, because of ground clearance, but there must also have been some streamlining advantage.  Evidently that efficiency advantage didn't outweigh the weight penalty the B-17 would experience incorporating the turret retract system.

There would also be the problem of stowing it inside the slim B-17 fuselage.  On the other hand, the extended ball on B-24s caused handling issues.  In the Pacific, it was often removed and replaced with hand-held guns.

 

My thought was that during the great modification from the D model to the E model, would it have been feasible?  After all, essentially from the bomb bay reward was an entirely new air frame with the ball turret being introduced with the E model.

 

That huge wing of the B-17 likely mitigated a lot of potential handling problems.


Edited by DKTanker, 18 December 2018 - 2210 PM.

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