Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2245 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...
WestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2139 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.
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GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13379 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2098 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.