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Around the world in a Spitfire

Old 6th Aug 2019, 05:11
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Originally Posted by nonsense View Post
It's been done
Thankfully not (yet) around the world...

it is about as much fit for purpose as a venerable Spitfire.
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 07:38
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Plenty of other elderly aeroplanes undertake lengthy adventures, probably with nothing like the support. A New Zealand registered Comanche 250 landed at Wick yesterday from Reykjavik, the couple flying it are undertaking a leisurely round the world tour... the aircraft is perhaps twenty years younger than the Spitfire, probably done at lot more flying and perhaps without the benefit of a major rebuild.

I think It's a great endeavour and wish them very well.
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 07:39
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OK, probably not the most practicable round the world aircraft, but hey ho, their aeroplane, their money. Good luck, safe flying
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 14:02
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Originally Posted by Saint-Ex View Post
I agree. Why risk such a valuable aircraft?
IT'S simply a marvellous marketing wheeze. I can only wish them the best of luck and hope it all runs like clockwork - their sponsors do have watches to sell after all.
Somewhat pathetically the project main website doesn't even announce they have taken off but does provides an elaborate video to promote the 'Pilot Watch' collection. Their 'top of the range' model is yours for just over 11k. I would have to buy one 'on tick' - as it were!
Apart from that, as someone else once said of a similar exercise, it's all really rather point to pointless . . .

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Where are they now, maybe 'weathered in' at Lossiemouth, the 'escort' OY-THP seems to have U-turned. Who knows, no one is tellin'!]
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 14:10
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I noticed the same logo on Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in Hungary.
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 15:03
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Originally Posted by Fournierf5 View Post
Where are they now, maybe 'weathered in' at Lossiemouth, the 'escort' OY-THP seems to have U-turned. Who knows, no one is tellin'!
See link in post #12. That shows the Spit departing from Lossie at 10:00Z and a returning about an hour later.
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 17:30
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OY-THP flew to Reykjavik this afternoon.
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 18:28
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Why risk such a valuable aircraft?
Keep the data plate in a drawer. Should the aircraft be lost just build a new one and use the data plate.
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 19:42
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Well, they got airborne at Lossie and then came back.
Landed safely after about an hour- weather in the Faroes maybe?

Think this trip might take them a while......

They must have made a policy decision not to do low passes or anything entertaining when arriving or departing their many en-route airfields.
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 07:46
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Fareastdriver, you naughty person!

Nomad, possible that neither Steve Brooks or Matt Jones have a DA so low passes are verboten?
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 11:16
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If it ever entered my head to risk my spitfire (!) by flying it around the world I certainly wouldn't be tempting fate any further by indulging in unnecessary aerobatics along the way.

You can hardly compare this with a Commanche. A Spit isn't a tough, simple plodding spamcan with a bulletproof aircooled engine, its a tetchy, high-maintenance, rather delicate, extremely complex machine with pneumatics and a highly complex short-life supercharged watercooled engine.

Of course I wish them well but wonder at the wisdom, let alone the purpose of this venture with such a historicaly valuable and unsuitable aircraft.
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 15:13
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Originally Posted by Feathers McGraw View Post
OY-THP flew to Reykjavik this afternoon.
OY-THP is apparently returning from Reykjavik towards Lossiemouth now!
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 20:54
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Treadi.
I'm sure you are right.
But a visual approach, followed by an overshoot is not very taxing to pilot or aircraft.
These derring-do pilots are clearly being very cautious, but then we live in risk-averse times........

Apparantly the reason it's silver is to ease its passage across borders- civvy marks for the same reason.

They could have saved a lot of money by doing it on Microsoft FS.....which probably would make little difference to the outcome, unless they banjo the real one of course.
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 15:42
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Who would have though that the UK was still full of crazy schemes and people willing to throw money at them??
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 15:01
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It's been done:
And a flying golf cart.....





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Old 11th Aug 2019, 04:08
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I thought walking was integral to the game. Next they'll have machines to do the driving and putting so you don't throw your back out.
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 16:29
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They have made it to BGKK ( Greenland )
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 16:30
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That promo is really High Quality b*******! After each hole, you have to suit up, put the dome on and special gloves. Then reverse the sequence 1 minute later? You'll spend more time suiting than saved!

You can also be sure that your fellow golfers are REALLY going to appreciate how quiet that machine is ... they ensured you never heard it, close up at lift off. Still, some boys get to play for a bit until it get's shelved..
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 17:59
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I especially liked the built-in stretcher.
This will facilitate proper extraction of the golfer once he as made his first hole-in-one
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Old 11th Aug 2019, 19:48
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Originally Posted by Out Of Trim View Post
They have made it to BGKK ( Greenland )
Back on thread...

G-IRTY has cracked on this evening and just arrived at Kangerlussuaq on Greenland's west coast, making up a bit of time for the weather delays at Lossie and Reykjavik. I assume they aim to cover the 350 odd miles to Broughton Island tomorrow, weather permitting. Then the next leg to Iqaluit perhaps, less than 300...
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