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Chipmunk Is Beautiful

Old 16th Aug 2009, 09:24
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Chipmunk Is Beautiful

Hi,
I got a chippie from RAF 13 years ago, at a time i was flying for CARGO LION on DC8 , i went to London and got her at the PHILLIPS auction house. Well all i can say is that the chippie is really the best ration cost/pleasure i know !
I'm just discovering PPRuNe and as some of you are ex RAF, or ex NAVY, or ex CANADIAN AIR FORCES or ex ...well we are all ex something ! i'm looking for any books or copies concerning the chipmunk and the art of flying her in the air forces, in france we used to have "manuel du travail aérien" , and i guess in your air forces you used to have the equivalent !
I can offer nice rides in the chippie.....i'm in france but never far from RYANAIR !
thanks people...
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 10:13
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Just don't forget that IUCFTDMBSRL and My Friend Fred Has Hairy B*llocks.

Lovely aeroplane -- lucky man.
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 10:46
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There are lots of Chipmunk books online - still have my Dad's somewhere which still worked when I joined.

Flight Manuals on CD - De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk

Chipmunk Pilots Notes: Amazon.co.uk: Air Ministry: Books
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 10:52
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Hi there lelolo44

Have a look at Caledonian Chipmunks - Index

Lots of chippie owners from around the world and lots of good blokes to help you out.

Still remember my first flight in a Chippie.......14 year old cadet and spent the whole flight watching the floor compass spinning around as too short to see out of the cockpit.

Good luck

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Old 16th Aug 2009, 11:03
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lelolo41 - where in France? - I am in S Vendee. I flew 30 hours on Chipmunks when I a was a Cadet t RAF College Cranwell. What was serial number of yours - I will see if I flew it
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 14:39
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First Flight, First Aero's, one word - Awesome....

Cemented me on a career of 8 years
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 16:59
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1st flight over the Firth of Forth 30 yrs ago, fantastic flight and aircraft.

Just wondering is it a cheap aircraft to fly compared to more modern and boring aircraft ? Bet the pleasure outweighs the cost though !!
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 17:57
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How many of us started our love affair with flying by seeing that film about the cadets flying Chipmunks? I dont mean the ATC briefing one, but one about Cranwell I think. Came out in the 50's sometime and I remember my local cinema had it on as a support feature when they were showing The Dam Busters. Only managed a few flights in them over the years - but unforgettable. Lelo, I envy you!

BTW Scarecrow - I know what you mean, I think, but no aircraft is boring, surely?
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Jump jump John.
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 19:00
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First Flight in a chippie circa 1972

... and two flew in loose formation over my house this afternoon (I know at least one is based 2 miles away) I even remarked upon it to Mrs Rigga!!
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 19:17
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Don't forget that the RAF still have 2 Chippies on their books...



The BBMF Chippies are 2 of the finest around - and I've flown these and about 3 others (and I agree).

Info here Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - The Chipmunk

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Old 16th Aug 2009, 19:24
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Well you are in for a treat, they are releasing a NEW book all about the little Chippie,

details are here

DHC-1FLYER.COM - The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk, The Poor Man?s Spitfire - A book about the de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk aircraft
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 20:07
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Wow - £40 plus p&p. A good read though I should think.
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 20:23
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The Chipmunk was just being phased out when I joined the ATC (Yes sorry I am quite young) but managed one flight (AEF) in one of the last to be retired.

30 mins in this beautiful, fun machine is responsible for me getting into the madness of aviation.

Not that I am jealous or anything but....... you lucky bugger, enjoy!
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Old 16th Aug 2009, 22:52
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Well, i didn't expect so much feedbacks in such a short period of time !! I share my life with WK562, nothing modified since RAF except engine starter, kept the original intercom plugs, she's really lovely, and nicknamed "Krazykat", i thought it would be good to call her with a nickname that is associated with my wife's name/...because she would never think of selling the chippie ! well, until now it worked perfectly .

Yep i know there are few books about the chippie, i've got the old ones and will get the next ones...but in fact what i'm looking for is the book from the RAF, that instructors and pupils shared to learn the basic f formation flying, aerobatic, etc etc ...in france we had the equivalent to fly Fougas, TB30 etc ....i'm really interested by such a book !

I'm located in nantes, west of france, north of LA LOIRE, ...and the chippie flew yesterday with me and my wife over the countryside at sunset ...burning 30 liters per hour (1.5 euro per liter) , costing 70 euros per month for hangar, and 460 euros per year for insurance (liability), and for that cost i go and play with the clouds, try to maintain my aerobatic basics, and sometimes my formation flying practice as well ...I LOVE "the poor man's spitfire " !
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Old 17th Aug 2009, 03:42
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A smashing Aircraft.

Had my first powered flight at the age of 12 in a Chippy - RNAS Culdrose Gliding Clubs to be precise. It had a little plaque on one of the seats stating that Prince Charles Had done his initial Flying Training in it. I think my dad may have piccys
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Don't forget that the RAF still have 2 Chippies on their books...

................and so does the RN Historic Flight!

Royal Navy Historic Flight - The Aircraft
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Old 17th Aug 2009, 09:16
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The RN colour scheme works really well on the Chippie I think.

Murder to keep clean though................

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Old 17th Aug 2009, 09:51
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Is it just me or does the picture of the black Chippie look a little like the Tucano when viewed from underneath?! Really pretty aeroplane though.
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Don't know if you know, but they used the same back end design layout for the fin and rear fuselage as on the Mosquito, you only notice it's resemblance when someone points it out to you, this is where you all go scrabbling for a pic to look at and go ooooohhhhhh
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