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Duxford Beaufighter

Old 26th Jan 2023, 21:47
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
I thought they had solved the engine problem with a cache of newly discovered bits arriving from Aus (sure I saw something suggesting Rob Greinart was able to meet requirements for both projects from this source) not so long ago but then again my recent memory can be a bit creaky.
That was the rumour, but it was quite a while ago now (pre-Covid?) and well......I'd have thought that something more in terms of definitive details would have emerged?

After 30 odd years 'in progress' and as said above, I can also remember it arriving at DX in boxes, I doubt I'll ever see it fly (or the ex-Halton Beau now in Aus)

Considering that the RAF flew them until 1960, its one of those remarkable, why are there no more left situations, in terms of whole examples, and parts sources.
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Old 26th Jan 2023, 22:02
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From what I’ve seen , the engine issue is resolved : The bits are there to build them if someone orders them.
Expensive but doable.
As usual , I’ll hastily add that I could be wrong!
In my mind , the Beau’ served us as just as well as the Mosquito did.
It’s nice that others are interested too.
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Old 27th Jan 2023, 09:37
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Originally Posted by DHfan View Post
Another problem TFC have/had is they only had three serviceable mainwheels and tyres.

That's not enough to fly the aircraft as in the, admittedly unlikely, event of a double blow-out on landing, they can't leave it in the middle of the airfield indefinitely.
I hadn't thought of that...

A TFC engineer told me that some years ago so it's possible that more may have been located since then.
Isn't there also an issue with lack of compatible prop hubs, or was that when they were looking at using non-original type engines, and there were no suitable prop hubs for those? Can't quite remember?
Pete Rushen used to post interesting 'straight from the horses mouth' stuff about the Beau project on the old Flypast forum years ago, before Key trashed it and everyone left.
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