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Crashed WW2 Spitfire flies again after 3m refit

Old 15th Mar 2017, 14:37
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Just watched a programme about the Vacher Hurricane rebuild - absolutely fascinating
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Old 15th Mar 2017, 21:18
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Wander, was that on Nutfluks? Whole series on there regarding a/c restorations including the Percival Q6 in Norfolk.
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Old 15th Mar 2017, 23:52
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It's just been on PBS America too. Freeview or Sky so possibly still available.
A series of six, some substantially more about the aeroplane and some lots of waffle related to the aircraft the programme was nominally about.
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Old 16th Mar 2017, 02:24
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Does anyone know if the ports were an adaption for airflow for low level or just access points for the wing?
ChrisVJ, looked at the Mail photo. They are access points for the person holding the dolly when bucking the rivets for the leading edge construction.

Don't know, but would be a good place as well to run such things as nav light wiring, pitot tube line etc. Could be why they are still open.
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Old 16th Mar 2017, 09:41
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Yes I saw it on PBS - be good to see the Q6 aviating
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Old 16th Mar 2017, 22:03
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now that would make a good caption competition pic...
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Old 8th Apr 2017, 13:01
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NH341 has finally flown again .

Crashed WW2 Spitfire's first flight since 1944 - BBC News
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Old 8th Apr 2017, 13:54
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
That would be David Arnold I think, Doug's son. Might be another? Peter is not related; between them, Doug and Peter recovered quite a few of the surviving Spitfires.

To clarify. The late Doug Arnold had two sons, David, very interested in old aircraft, as his father, and Peter, more interested in the arts and antiques. He also had a daughter Kay.

Spitfire historian Peter R Arnold is not related to the Doug Arnold family but to add to the confusion his wife is also named Kay.

In the mid 1970's Peter R Arnold was directly involved with Doug Arnold in the initial surveys and recovery of the 'Indian Spitfires'.

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Old 8th Apr 2017, 14:02
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G'day Pete. How is restoration going. Friend was interested (like "very") to see her late husband's items in the cockpit mock up

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Old 9th Apr 2017, 10:03
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Re the underwing access panels;
Some models of Spitfire suffered a problem where fuel vapour leaked into the leading edge and backfires from the exhaust could light them up which blew the leading edge off the wing. I imagine on early runs one would be very careful to monitor the le for fuel vapour but it's just a guess. What the designer put them there for is probably another matter.
The late Bev Snook once described to me how this happened to his personal Spit which he used to fly to business meetings wearing a pinstripe suit, bowler hat and umbrella stuffed down the side of the cockpit. The damage effectively scrapped it.
I look at the wreckage pictured above and marvel at how times have changed
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Old 12th Apr 2017, 12:50
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Originally Posted by ChrisVJ View Post
The picture from the Mail online showed the aircraft being run up without it's engine cowls. It also showed a row of what looked like circular ports along the underside of the leading edge.
These ports are for access for the dolly to 'buck' the solid c/sk rivets on the upper leading edge skin. All Spitfires and Seafires have them.

In years past they have helped to identify some Spitfires/Seafires as some but not all subcontractors would stencil the military serial on the inner face.

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