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Post by Tizer » 03 Jun 2017, 11:07

As I was writing on OG at about 11.45 today I heard a prop aircraft flying over slowly. Looked out and wasn't sure of ID so grabbed a pair of bins. A Catalina! Going south-west, presumably doing a display somewhere. Lovely! :cool4:

Later...looked up Catalina PBY-5A and found that's it's appearing at the Torbay Air Show, Paignton, Devon, 3-4 June 2017.

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Post by Stanley » 04 Jun 2017, 03:20

The Catalina and Sunderland flying boats were invisible assets during the war because they spent all their time out at sea doing anti-submarine and rescue work. I have never seen either of them.....
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Post by Tizer » 04 Jun 2017, 11:13

Our holiday last week was at Praa Sands, Cornwall. In 2013 a memorial was erected to the crew of a Sunderland that crashed on the beach in WW2 after being attacked by 8 German fighters.... LINK

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Post by Stanley » 05 Jun 2017, 03:37

They would have been easy prey, slow and only lightly armed. Poor buggers.....
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Post by Tizer » 06 Jun 2017, 08:58

Not such easy prey as you might think. Wikipedia says: "Although the .303 guns lacked range and hitting power, the Sunderland had a considerable number of them and it was a well-built machine that was hard to destroy. On 3 April 1940, a Sunderland operating off Norway was attacked by six German Junkers Ju 88C fighters. It shot one down, damaged another enough to send it off to a forced landing and drove off the rest. The Germans are reputed to have nicknamed the Sunderland the Fliegendes Stachelschwein ("Flying Porcupine") due to its defensive fire power." LINK

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Post by Stanley » 07 Jun 2017, 03:42

I stand corrected Tiz!
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Post by Tripps » 10 Jul 2017, 09:46

The Red Arrows flew very low over my house yesterday, and switched the white smoke on just for me - I told myself. :smile:

Now it appears that all did not go exactly to plan. . .Near miss
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Post by Stanley » 11 Jul 2017, 03:09

It makes you wonder how long these ancient planes can be maintained .......
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Post by PanBiker » 11 Jul 2017, 08:07

Indefinitely, as long as there are parts available or the skills to make them, according to the flight maintenance engineers at Coningsby where the BBMF is based. They have original engineers drawings for the aircraft and at the end of the day they are only machines. The Spitfire recovered from the mud at Dunkirk referred to in another thread only had about 15% of the airframe and not much else left. Many warbird recoveries are in similar condition but can be put back to air worthiness where there is a will, and a lot of money.
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Post by Tripps » 11 Jul 2017, 11:39

Stanley wrote:
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It makes you wonder how long these ancient planes can be maintained ......
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Indefinitely, as long as there are parts available or the skills to make them
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Post by Stanley » 12 Jul 2017, 03:56

Exactly David........
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Post by Tizer » 23 Jul 2017, 08:19

Like Eric Winkle Brown, another pilot who learned to fly before joining the RAF and survived because of being experienced. He's described as being very lucky - but another view is he and Winkle Brown `made their own luck'.
`James 'Ginger' Lacey: Battle of Britain pilot remembered' LINK

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Post by Stanley » 24 Jul 2017, 03:55

I've always thought that you make a lot of what people call 'luck'. With machines it's called maintenance and preparation.
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Post by Tizer » 02 Aug 2017, 08:24

Some great old B&W photos here of test flights of experimental aircraft....
`US space pioneers' hair-raising test flights' LINK

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Post by Stanley » 03 Aug 2017, 02:34

It takes special men to do things like that, not my cup of tea!
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Post by Tripps » 02 Oct 2017, 22:42

I watched 'Memphis Belle' last night - not my usual fare, but having been to the Imperial War museum at Duxford the previous day, and seen a similar aeroplane close up. I felt obliged to.

Good day out - especially as it was with some of my family.

I didn't realise you can have a half hour flight in a Spitfire. Just a small matter of £3000. I took a video of the start of a flight, but have been unable to cut out me swearing at the camera at the start, so can't publish it yet.

We spoke to the next punter who was waiting for his turn. he had the trip as a 40th birthday present. He had been told his flight was in a Dragon Rapide, and didn't know till he went to the reception that it was in fact booked for the Spitfire. Rarely seen a grown man so excited. :smile:

'Worth a look' as they used to say in the Customs.

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Post by Stanley » 03 Oct 2017, 03:38

Bob told me that Memphis Belle was a pretty accurate film...... He would know, it was exactly his era.
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Re: Winged Heroes

Post by Tizer » 19 Nov 2017, 10:12

Some years ago Tripps alerted me to an offer in a newspaper and sent me the coupon from the paper. It was for a large print showing an image of the RAF Memorial Flight over the white cliffs of Dover, available for a mere £5 plus the coupon. I sent the coupon and cheque and duly received a long cardboard tube bearing the said print. We had it framed and presented it to my father to remind him of his days in the RAF in WW2. He was delighted with the print hanging on his wall and it followed him to a smaller house and then to his care home flat. Everyone who saw the print was impressed, especially because it had many signatures of RAF men on its border. After his death we kept the print but after moving to our new house recently we don't have the wall space for such a large frame. I'd considered giving it to the local RAF Association but then an alternative arose. We met a man who builds models of Spitfires (yes, only Spitfires!) and found him very enthusiastic about aircraft. A member of his family had promised to treat him by paying for a flight in a Spitfire over the white cliffs of Dover but now it won't happen due to that person running into financial trouble. At this stage he didn't know about the print so I showed it to him and asked if he would take it as a gift. He immediately said Yes and went away a very happy man! Thank you, Tripps, you made my father very happy and now you've done again it for another aeroplane enthusiast! :smile:

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Re: Winged Heroes

Post by Tripps » 19 Nov 2017, 11:51

Tizer wrote:
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and now you've done again it for another aeroplane enthusiast! :smile:
No - you,ve done it, and I fully approve. Good man. :smile:
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Re: Winged Heroes

Post by Tizer » 19 Nov 2017, 16:47

Thank you kind sir! Aren't we polite to each other? But then as Peter Hennessy said on the BH programme, "What we need at the moment is more civility". Well, we're doing our bit! :smile:

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Re: Winged Heroes

Post by Stanley » 20 Nov 2017, 03:52

I always say that what we need in this world is more 'nice'. OG has it in spades!
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