Spitfires Found (Paging Mr. Vasco, Mr. Vasco to the courtesy phone).

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  1. twinrider1

    twinrider1 Senior Member

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    Imagine finding a NOS Supermarine Spitfire, still in the crate. They've found upwards of 20 in Burma. I think they've pretty much known about them for a while, but it appears they have now succeeded in making the proper arrangements with the Burmese government, and can now move forward in their recovery. Amazing.

    The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly | Mail Online

    British farmer’s quest to find lost Spitfires in Burma - Telegraph


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  2. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    That's badass.
     
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    LPG I PLAY LIVE Premium Member

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    How cool.
    How very very cool.
     
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    morats8up Senior Member

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    Freaking awesome!
     
  5. Cloverdale Road

    Cloverdale Road Banned

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    Love the eliptical wings on the Spitfires. Such an elegant but deadly machine.
     
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  6. sliding tom

    sliding tom Senior Member

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    Vasco' only interested in Me 110s....:hmm:
     
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  7. Cloverdale Road

    Cloverdale Road Banned

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    That's what I was thinking, too. Someone needs to page Phil47uk. :D
     
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  8. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Pretty sure 110s avoided these like the plague.
     
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  9. DHBucker

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    Phil47uk Senior Member

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    They did..Without any ME 109's providing cover, Spits knocked them out of the sky for a past time . :laugh2:

    The German tactics over Britain was to boom and zoom... Messerschmitts wouldn't get into a dog fight unless they had to, as the Spit and Hurricane had a tighter turning circle..

    The big problem with early Spits in the battle of Britain was that it had a standard, gravity fed carb, which would cut out in negative g, hence the boom and zoom Messerschmitt tactic..
    He would come in fast. Hope to get a in few shots and and dive steeply.. A negative g move the Spit couldn't follow unless you applied a half roll before going into a dive, which British pilots soon worked out ...
    In 1941 Spits were fitted with a metal diaphragm with a hole in it, which was fitted In the fuel line, restricting fuel flow, so the engine wouldn't flood. It didn't cure the problem of the fuel starvation in a dive, but it did reduce the problem of the carburettor being flooded with fuel by the fuel pumps.
    Pressure carburettors were later fiited.

    Of course I did challenge Herr Vasco to a dogfight online in the flight sim 'Sturmovik' but he never got round to buying the game..( I wonder why? :laugh2:).. Him in his beloved 110 and me in my trusty old Hawker Hurricane.
    Some of us Brits had a squadron going over here, but I couldn't tempt the old bugger to join in.. I even sent him a challenge..

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    Had he accepted the challenge this would have been the outcome..:laugh2::laugh2:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVjWgDRz42U[/ame]
     
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    The Spitfire is one of the most beautiful airframes ever designed. But, this is my favorite WWII iron. Coupled with the Rolls Royce Merlin and it's ability to fly great distances made this an unbeatable combination. The Spit is the Mustangs elegant and beautiful sister.
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    When the highest level of function is wrapped in a form so lovely it is ever a tribute to the artistry of the designer.
     
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    I'm thinking of the battle No 12 Group (?) had with Luftflotte X in the North, where 110s escorted Heinkels, and the Germans lost more than half their raiding force ... to a force less than half their number.

    And yeah, the carb issue was pretty hurtful when trying to gauge one's lead on the target, too. The only bad thing about the early Spits was the roll-rate, which slowed down the Split-S which the carb enforced in many circumstances.
     
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    Finding 20 spitfires intact that could be flying is pretty cool! If they could find 20 corsairs also, that would really make my day!
     
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    Lovely aircraft but the P51 couldn't handle high altitude with the American Alison engine..

    It's only after Mustangs were fitted with Rolls Royce Merlin engines they really came into their own and turned a good aircraft into a great one, which could provide top cover for the high flying B17's.
     
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    Oof...

    Old stuff is cool.

    I'd love to find 20 old airplanes in a crate.

    I kinda enjoyed the PBS documentary about finding and recovering a WWII bomber out of the ice in Greenland, too. Right up until that bit about where it caught on fire and burned back into the ice when they tried to fly it out.

    I thought this was pretty cool, too:

    BBC Four - The Maharajas' Motor Car: The Story of Rolls-Royce in India
     
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    I had the pleasure of watching a F4-U Corsair come in for a landing at my local airport. What an awesome sight! The noise that it's massive radial engine produced was incredible. Pure power.

    When I was a boy, I met "Pappy" Boyington and got his autograph.
     
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  18. Phil47uk

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    Yeah they greatly improved the roll rate by clipping the wings of later varients.


    Gun cam footage of a Spit on a Me110's tail.. I wouldn't have like to have been the 'Bordfunker' in that.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j461vBBlR5A[/ame]
     
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    When I was a kid 'Baa Baa Blacksheep' was my favourite TV program. Pappy Boyington is a legend, he led a colorful life.
     
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    Indeed. Quite a character! I was a huge Baa Baa Blacksheep fan!
     
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