Sponsor Message:
Military Aviation & Space Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!  
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2418 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Today is 70 years since the first flight of this aviation icon. The rest, as they say, is history!


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

My favorite Spitfire moment.

http://www.aviationexplorer.com/spit_fire_close_call.wmv

I also have a copy of the movie "Spitfire" which was a 1940's propaganda film starring David Niven.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

Just looked at the DVD cover for "Spitfire". It was made in 1942 and Leslie Howard was in it as well as David Niven.


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 1):
I also have a copy of the movie "Spitfire" which was a 1940's propaganda film starring David Niven.

And was released as "The First of the Few"before being retitled for the American market



"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5728 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Found this nice video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBhOlbsEXLA

Great tribute to Spitfire - one of two most beautiful aircraft ever built (the second one is, of course, Concorde)


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
DATABASE EDITOR



I just wish someone would fly the floatplane version around on the airshow circuit:

http://i10.tinypic.com/5yv0m7s.jpg



http://i9.tinypic.com/6bsu6iw.jpg

http://i7.tinypic.com/6aite2h.jpg


 bigthumbsup 


2H4





Intentionally Left Blank
User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Nice stuff.....I ate lunch in the cockpit of Cliff Robertson's Spitfire one fine Saturday.

I was at work at Kal Aero down the field from the Kalamazoo Air Zoo.....the Spitfire had flown in for the runup to the air show season and the starter crapped out. So while it sat for a week or so it was parked in the single engine hangar. So one Saturday I was working by myself in the engine shop and after my work was done I was wandering around looking for a comfy place to eat my sandwich and there it was.

It was more like you put it on rather than got in and sat down...not a lotta room. But a very interesting experience. Wish I'd a flown it. I must say the only thing I can think of that may even come close is a really fast, good handling motorcycle like a big Ducati...


User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Just a couple hours ago I was at an open house for the Y2K Spitfire restoration Project at CFB Comox. There were some wonderful Spitfire pilots there, Stocky Edwards and Duke Warren to name a couple. Y2K has been in the restoration hangar for over seven years now, and by the looks of things will probably be in there for another four or five.

Cheers
Carson



Will You Try to Change Things? Use the Power that you have, the Power of a Million new Ideas.
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

This year also marks 50 years of the RAF's 'Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight', which Spits feature prominently, as well as two Hurricanes and one of only two airworthy Lancasters.
The crews are drawn from operational RAF pilots, thus enabling them to add a WW2 type to their logbook of current RAF aircraft.
Recently, the Lanc got a new paint scheme depicting yet another aircraft which flew many missions, after a complete overhaul.

Much of the BBMF fleet saw operational WW2 service, one Spit even having fought in the Battle Of Britain in 1940.
The BBMF link below has a section with considerable detail of the operational history of each aircraft.

Well known at both airshows and prominent national events, it's quite a thing to hear 6 Merlin engines in unison, as the Lanc and a Spit and Hurricane approach and fly over.
Perhaps their greatest asset is that people like me, born decades after WW2, can identify the sound of these engines at a considerable distance because of their continued operation.

http://www.bbmf.co.uk/

[Edited 2007-05-21 19:53:56]

[Edited 2007-05-21 19:58:16]

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

A very recent Spitfire related ceremony, for lost trainee WW2 pilots;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/6688323.stm


Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Military aviation related posts only!
  • Not military related? Use the other forums
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
Happy Birthday Marines....! posted Wed Nov 9 2005 23:20:46 by Socal
Happy Birthday Navy! posted Thu Oct 13 2005 21:58:43 by Usnseallt82
Interesting Spitfire V Modifications posted Tue Jul 25 2006 18:27:37 by RayChuang
Queen's Birthday Flypast - Sat 17 June posted Fri Jun 16 2006 16:47:19 by ZE701
Happy 25th Anniversary, Space Shuttle posted Wed Apr 12 2006 04:43:56 by Fanofjets
British Woman Building A Spitfire In Her Garage posted Thu Jan 26 2006 20:57:18 by GDB
Spitfire Question? posted Thu Mar 4 2004 12:14:02 by Ryangooner
Happy Birthday to the Air Force! posted Fri Sep 19 2003 03:51:47 by Woodreau
Spitfire Or Hurricane? posted Wed Sep 19 2001 13:54:14 by B777-777X

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format