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Brad Pit Buys Spitfire

Old 6th Dec 2013, 09:58
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Maybe Brad can dogfight with Tom Cruise - owner of a Mustang I believe.

Oh - and not the Ford version
The Spitfire should "Triumph" then.
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 10:23
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Thumbs up

My father flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain, and it must surely be in my genes to do so too, so why can't Brad Pitt do it then? Good luck to him.

I am really glad that an American recognizes the value of one of these planes.
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 10:53
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I can't believe somebody mentioned Carole Vorderman in the same celebrity sentence as Brad Pitt?!?!?

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Old 6th Dec 2013, 11:06
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I can't believe somebody mentioned Carole Vorderman in the same celebrity sentence as Brad Pitt?!?!?
Que? Anyone raising the profile of aviation is worth a mention in my book. I'm not sure whether you are a Brad Pitt fan who is outraged that someone with a degree in Engineering is being mentioned in the same sentence or whether you are a Carol fan outraged that one of the most high profile film stars in the world is being mentioned in the same sentence.

Not understanding nor caring about celebrity puts me at a disadvantage.

Edit: Unless of course they are using their fame to raise the profile of aviation in which case it's a wonderful thing.
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 11:28
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Long as Brad is doing it for the right reasons
...........love of the aircraft and to preserve then tis ok.

If looking for another trophy then meh, then again he got Angelina so why have another trophy.
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 11:56
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There are some remarkably good show bis characters flying vintage warbirds. I am sure we more mature types remember Gary Numan. Initially widely rubbished but, in fact a very safety conscious pilot on who's wing I was more than happy to do low level aeros; and you don't get more trusting than that. There were more but I was not personally involved with them but I don't remember any of them fouling up significantly which is more than could be said for some very experienced professionals. Good luck to Brad Pitt, he is carrying on an excellent tradition.
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 12:05
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Don't forget the late Cliff Robertson, the actor

Jerry Billing, Cliff Robertson and A Spitfire



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Asked if he ever flew his Spitfire, Robertson replied Ill give you the same answer I gave my insurance adjustor Of course I didnt fly it. Thats my answer and Im sticking to it. Robertson owned his Spitfire for over 20 years, one of the many vintage aircraft the pilot and noted actor has owned and may (or may not) have flown.
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 13:34
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You guys are very lucky over there - civilians being allowed to own and fly fast jets.
You mean your CAA will not allow you to own such things?

Where do they get that "power"?
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 13:54
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I can't believe
somebody mentioned Carole Vorderman in the same celebrity sentence as Brad
Pitt?!?!?
Que? Anyone raising the profile of aviation is worth a mention in my
book.
Yet no mention of Bruce Dickinson? Outrageous!!
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 14:09
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Spitfire then Bouchon flights one after the other

Just happened to be airside at HUY earlier this week and had the pleasure of watching AM Cliff Spink doing circuits in a Spitfire, taxied in to close where I was standing then jump straight into a Bouchon - a Bf109G (with all its vices) fitted with a Merlin. Jealous or what. Twas a beautiful day too.

...." and what did you do today Cliff?"
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 14:38
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Regrettably there was a huge loss rate in WW2 due to training. Looking at the Stats over 47000 accidents, and 13000KIA stateside alone.
United States World War II Aircraft Loss Statistics during Flight Training

Most fighter pilots had a really low chance of surviving the first 5 missions, and bomber crews surviving 1 tour was minimal. I am jealous, both of his plane, and wife, Bastidge
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 14:58
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Asked if he ever flew his Spitfire, Robertson replied Ill give you the same answer I gave my insurance adjustor Of course I didnt fly it.
I flew a Jet Provost for a millionaire in the US. There wasn't a problem getting me licensed or insured (120 hrs on type).
When I asked the FAA about a type rating for my millionaire, the answer was "Tell him, when he's passed a suitable training course and type rating exam, of course. Between you and me, no f#cking way"
When I asked the insurance company, I got an identical response.
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Old 6th Dec 2013, 16:00
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Old 12th Dec 2013, 23:09
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Celebrity fliers

I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Richard Bach. Twenty years at least since I read his barnstorming book and many others. And I do recall he had a bit of trouble with a P-51 landing.

As for Brad Pitt, why shouldn't he turn out to be competent? His insurers will surely be all over him to secure the best training. His track record in films, as someone has already mentioned, shows he can focus. More power to him if he can help to preserve a flying relic.
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Old 13th Dec 2013, 07:41
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Don't forget Sir Peter Jackson...... Gifted movie maker and owns a few aeroplanes I understand?
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