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Hasel Checks
10th Jul 2012, 02:35
Canadian Fairey: (http://www.aeroplanemonthly.com/news/latest-news/423-cwh-40th-celebrated-at-hamilton-) Despite all its encumbrances, necessitated by its niche, I still find this aircraft particularly attractive, don't you? A handful to maintain in flying order, I wonder if she's tricky to fly safely?

10th Jul 2012, 07:00
I've always liked the aircraft and miss dear old WB271 on the circuit.

I thought I heard recently that an airworthy aircraft was on its way to the UK (Kennet Aviation?), plus there are several ex Swedish machines here which surely could be candidates to fly again.

Hasel Checks
10th Jul 2012, 15:14
Fairey Firefly AS.5 WB271 (http://www.stringbag.flyer.co.uk/rnhf/wb271.htm)

In 1966, members of 814 NAS spotted WB271 in open storage at Nowra. Upon realising its significance with their Unit and the value to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the aircraft was bought for 160, paid for by the company of HMS Victorious. The aircraft was brought 'home' in 1967 and was presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, where it was placed on display. /Q

160 That's less than I paid for my first car, a 1959 Frogeye!

Hasel Checks
10th Jul 2012, 16:18
Kennet, or possibly here:

Supermarine Spitfire MkVIIIc (http://www.meiermotors.com/en/component/content/article/25-aircraft-/96-spitfire.html)

Is this the definition of irony?

We used to bomb the Blighters senseless: Now we pay them to fettle our Spits!

Browsing their site is quite an eye-opener... take this for example:

Focke Fw190 A8/N WkNr.002 Fighter Factory (http://www.meiermotors.com/en/aircraft/flugwerkmain/89-fw190a8yeagan.html)

The only saving grace is, they don't wear neat, clean, overalls!

10th Jul 2012, 18:51
open storage at NowraAnother one on a pole (we like poles) in Griffith NSW....

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/7025/85c9c6bf2ea646f6ae1803c.jpg (http://img19.imageshack.us/i/85c9c6bf2ea646f6ae1803c.jpg/)

10th Jul 2012, 23:21
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Hasel Checks
10th Jul 2012, 23:45
Noyade, here's a picture of a Griffith FF on a pole...


And appears to have been rescued by this Bloke...

Captain Eddie's Fairey Firefly - The Journey (http://www.faireyfirefly.com/index.php?page=storyJourney)

And the result...

Captain Eddie's Fairey Firefly - A Friend's Perspective (http://www.faireyfirefly.com/index.php?page=storyPerspective)

Hasel Checks
10th Jul 2012, 23:46
LFH: I think we all knew that Sir, and so allowed tact to prevail.

Hasel Checks
11th Jul 2012, 00:03
And for aficionados... An Attacker Type 4 Firefly Mk. 1 in Bangkok

Twinkling in Thailand
pipitapan (http://www.rtaf.mi.th/museum/BLDG1-2.HTM)


Geezers of Nazareth
11th Jul 2012, 17:14
The one in Thailand ... complete with damage on the tops of the wings ... they knew it had folding wings, so they tried to fold them upwards (!) rather than backwards. Oops.

12th Jul 2012, 16:00
I had to check my pictures, but you are right about the damage on the Firefly at Don Muang in Thailand.
Didn't know, that it got it that way.