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Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Sun Mar 05, 2006 4:29 pm

Today is 70 years since the first flight of this aviation icon. The rest, as they say, is history!
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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Sun Mar 05, 2006 4:39 pm

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.
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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:05 pm

Just looked at the DVD cover for "Spitfire". It was made in 1942 and Leslie Howard was in it as well as David Niven.
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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:23 pm

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
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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Tue May 15, 2007 5:08 am

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)
 
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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Tue May 15, 2007 8:25 am



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

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


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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Tue May 15, 2007 10:27 am

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...
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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Mon May 21, 2007 7:32 am

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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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Tue May 22, 2007 2:50 am

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/

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RE: Happy 70th Birthday Spitfire!

Sat May 26, 2007 5:26 am

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

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