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Around the world in a Spitfire

Old 28th Jul 2019, 10:47
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Around the world in a Spitfire

It must be a lot of fun in such a beautiful airplane

​​​​​​https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...lying-classic/
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 11:18
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I was earmarked for the Battle of Britain flight in 1973 but a last minute posting put an end to it.

That would have been a highlight in my RAF career.

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Old 5th Aug 2019, 07:03
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Take off reported as 13.30 (ish) today from Goodwood
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 07:18
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Countdown clock here implies a 15:00 takeoff.

Edit: And this clock says something completely different.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 08:41
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There was a piece about it on BBC Breakfast around 0900 this morning from Duxford. I don't know whether it was live or filmed.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 08:48
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Originally Posted by VictorGolf View Post
There was a piece about it on BBC Breakfast around 0900 this morning from Duxford. I don't know whether it was live or filmed.
It was live, I think, though captioned "Goodwood" (didn't look like Duxford to me). It made mention of a takeoff at 13:30.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 09:30
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It was live, I think, .....
Yes, the TV caption said 'LIVE'
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Appears G-IRTY The Silver Spitfire got airborne at 1232z today from Chichester and landed back at Chichester at 1249z.

Maybe a Tech issue perhaps?
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 15:25
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I understand from Flypast that one of the regulars saw her heading north over his neck of the woods at about 2.30pm, accompanied by a PC-12 (OY-THP) and a helicopter.

Looks like currently at Newcastle, landed there about 1515.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 15:26
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FR24 shows a track for it ending heading north just NE of Midhurst at 1247Z, so a landing back at Goodwood 2 minutes later sounds a tad unlikely.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 15:39
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Weather en route Lossie looks like it may be a little thundery at the moment so perhaps the stop at Newcastle is precautionary.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 15:44
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Track, with timings, here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/silver-spitfire/
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 16:54
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Well, does anyone know if it's still coming to Lossie?
There's a bunch of folk here were waiting on it.
Considering what a fancy website hey have, there's not much info on it.

Weather in Lossie this afternoon was marginal VFR with TSVC.

I would have thought he could have got a bit farther North than Newcastle weather wise.....
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On its way again, just about Berwick-on-Tweed as I type. Less than an hour...
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I wonder how many round the world attempts start with a victory roll
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 18:07
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Well, it reached Lossie.
Landed after the most non-exuberant arrival I've ever seen.
I understand they've got a way to go, but a beat up would have been nice.
Bon-Voyage gentlemen. Try to stay awake.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 18:21
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BBC South local news showed an interview with one of the pilots, in which he asserted that during the course of the restoration they had "drilled out 80,000 rivets".

Given that the Shacklebomber was fondly(?) referred to by its crews as "ten thousand loose rivets flying in close formation", I'd be fascinated to know how a Spit needs 8 times as many as that to nail it together.
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Am I the only one finding this project borderline crazy? The Spitfire was a great aircraft but definitely not suited for such a journey. What's next? A flying ultralight lawnmower?
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 18:38
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I agree. Why risk such a valuable aircraft?
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Am I the only one finding this project borderline crazy? The Spitfire was a great aircraft but definitely not suited for such a journey. What's next? A flying ultralight lawnmower?
It's been done:

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