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Clive Hartland21/07/2018 14:48:51
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Flew back from Kenya in a DC6, took off in a thunderstorm at night and immediately was covered in St. Elmos fire! Passengers thought the plane was on fire. Landed at an Italian Air Force base somewhere, refuelled and took off again very quickly. Was a bit noisier and some vibration, not as quiet as the Brittania I flew out on facing backwards!

Clive

davidk21/07/2018 14:57:03
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G-APSA isn't airworthy anymore unfortunately.

The DC-6 in question will be the Red Bull DC-6B OE-LDM. She's made a few flights in and out of Cranfield this week.

David

Nimble21/07/2018 23:07:44
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Today I noticed the death notice of Ivan Albert MUDROVCICH. Who apparently was attempting to re create the Pearse flying machine. I have been informed that the engine could actually be started from a static position by careful positioning of the piston and the switching on of ignition. Sadly I believe his ill health has hindered progress in his endeavours. I believe that the flying machine was towed on a trailer and it was shown that it managed to achieve sufficient lift to achieve flight. I do not know whether other team members will carry on with his endeavours.

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martin perman27/07/2018 16:32:08
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At approx 11:00 today a PBY-5a Catalina passed over Bedfordshire carrying out a Submarine sweep whilst heading west to a show.

 

Martin P

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Adam Mara27/07/2018 17:27:51
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For those that may be interested, a WW2 Hawker Typhoon is on show at RAF Coningsby until September.

Acording to the news, the process to bring the Typhoon over from an aviation museum in Canada wasn't an easy one though.

It was disassembled and then put back together - much like an airfix kit - when it arrived at RAF Coningsby.

Ian S C28/07/2018 13:13:03
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The only major problem keeping the Typhoon from flying is the engine, there just arn't any servicable Napier Sabres, and they would be far too costly to overhaul to flight standards, most unfortunate, I love the Tiffy, and the later Tornardo.

Ian S C

davidk28/07/2018 13:40:40
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Hawker Typhoon RB396 is undergoing a rebuild to fly, hopefully in 2024. The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group have managed to secure a Napier Sabre IIa that will be rebuilt to airworthy condition. A mammoth project by any standards. Really looking forward to seeing that one in the air!

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Ian S C29/07/2018 12:09:16
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That's great David, those engines (Napier Sabre) are a master piece in complication, there is a cut away one at the RNZAF Museum in Christchurch NZ.

In my above post I actually meant to put Tempest, the Tornardo was the aircraft that was developed before the Typhoon, and lead on to the two later aircraft. Today you could keep a squadron of Spitfires in the air for less than the cost of one Typhoon, good on them.

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Muzzer29/07/2018 14:16:29
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There is a (partial) list of Napier engines here. I'm pretty sure there is one in the Science Museum in Edinburgh but it's years since I've been and the mind plays tricks. Certainly recall the amazing complexity of the H engine and the sleeve valves from somewhere and that was one place I spent many hours staring at engines and other technology.

Some interesting pics and history here.

Murray

Speedy Builder529/07/2018 14:33:07
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Martin P - Did the Catalina find any subs in Bedfordshire. I know the Ouse goes out to the wash, but wasn't aware we were under attack from subs any longer.
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Ian S C29/07/2018 15:17:33
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Don't know about finding subs, but the Dutch Cat dented it's nose when it landed with the nose wheel retracted after a hydraulic failure.

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martin perman29/07/2018 17:52:58
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Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 29/07/2018 14:33:07:

Martin P - Did the Catalina find any subs in Bedfordshire. I know the Ouse goes out to the wash, but wasn't aware we were under attack from subs any longer.
BobH

Bob, I watched it for a while but didn't see any depth charges dropped so I would assume no smiley

Martin P

Neil Wyatt29/07/2018 19:21:17
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Posted by martin perman on 27/07/2018 16:32:08:

At approx 11:00 today a PBY-5a Catalina passed over Bedfordshire carrying out a Submarine sweep whilst heading west to a show.

Did it find any

martin perman29/07/2018 20:35:21
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Neill,

Please see post above.

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Andrew Johnston29/07/2018 21:36:27
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Far too many weeds in the Great Ouse. Any sub would get entangled and be sent to the bottom.

Andrew

robjon4431/07/2018 10:49:26
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Hi all, with regard to the Napier Sabre engine there is a cutaway one powered by an electric motor in the air museum at Duxford, on pressing the button to activate it one might easily become dizzy watching so many parts moving in different directions! Looking on the bright side however its sleeve valve so no valves, rockers, camshafts & no valve bounce. What a brute they were, during WW2 my dear old dad who was like dog doo when it came to being everywhere, was sent to Farnborough to take the engine fitters course on that engine, why doesn't that surprise me & when they were in service got to taxi Typhoons fitted with them about on the airfield, in those days you didn't need a private pilots license to fly a model aeroplane.

At the time the Air Ministry Specification was written Hawkers submitted 3 designs, the Typhoon, Tempest & Tornado, the first 2 of course being built & the Tornado name resurfacing on the modern aircraft, this very week there are pictures from the BBMF of the WW2 Tiffie & Eurofighter carrying the same name posed next to each other, an outing to said location on the books then, soon.

I believe I'm right in saying that the 1940s Tornado might have inadvertently ended up packing 6 Hispano Suiza 20 mm cannons, £105 at the factory gate Squire, situated 2 miles from where I'm sitting in those days & yes the old man worked there as a fitter/turner before he went into the RAF.

Cheers BobH.

martin perman31/07/2018 11:10:46
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There is a radial sleeve valve cut away engine at Old Warden which I assume is a Napier Sabre.

The Catalina droned back over Bedford towards Duxford yesterday afternoon, low in the sky again.

Martin P

Ian S C31/07/2018 13:47:38
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If the engine at Old Warden is a radial, it must either be a Bristol Hercules(14 cyl), or Centarus(18 cyl), both air cooled. The Napier Sabre is an H 24, virtually two horizontally opposed 12 cylinder engines geared together, and liquid cooled.

Ian S C

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Edited By Ian S C on 31/07/2018 13:49:44

martin perman31/07/2018 18:21:36
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Having spent seven years volunteering at Duxford I know the engine and what made me think the Typhoon and Tempest had radials god only knows, I will put it down to the heat.

Martin P

robjon4401/08/2018 10:30:55
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Martin, the reason you thought they had radial engines was of course that was the direction their development took, late marks of the Tempest were experimentally fitted with the 57 litre twin row 18 cylinder Bristol Centaurus which almost immediately morphed into the Fury & thence the Sea Fury, truly monsters & still featuring in warbird air races in the US to this day, I did see one displayed at an air show that had been dragged back from India or Pakistan, which is where they all ended up as the Jet Age dawned, that had airframe & engine hours that you could count on your thumbs, that was Navy Blue & adorned with the insignia of every force that had ever flown them, a sight for sore eyes indeed. At the back end of WW2, 1944, D-Day & all that, my dad was stationed at RAF Manston & he told me that it was not unheard of to get a visit from a 109 or 190 with british markings flying lower than a snakes belly & hoping to create a big impression, to counter this problem they had a radial engined Tempest in polished bare metal fitted with Nitrous Oxide injection! It was, he said the most terrifying thing he ever saw when it descended from on high running on Nitro with the 4 cannons blazing away, apparently it didn't take long for them to give up on that master plan. I bet you thought that a Suzuki Katana having an extra 100 bhp dumped in its lap at the push of a button was going some.

Bob H

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