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Old 27th Aug 2021, 11:27
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Never seen that before Joli, looks a hoot, any more info please?
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Old 27th Aug 2021, 11:35
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@Treaders. It’s a sort of “1066 and all that” version of the B of B.

The Boys’ Own Battle of Britain, by Peter Cross. 1989
ISBN 1 85145 378 4

Page copied purely for educational purposes!
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Old 27th Aug 2021, 20:22
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Swift flutterings

Originally Posted by Planemike View Post
PJ.... Interested to hear about your adventures "commuting" in the Swift from Cornwall.. Pleased you sorted your valve problems, others in PFA/LAA will no doubt be grateful for your efforts....
Well considering it was all non radio, nil nav kit, no lid, and oily goggles, what made it all worthwhile was the 'FUN', and lots of friendly airfields who were pleased to assist if required.
The Swift was frequently the oldest machine at a show so always made welcome, and with the folding wings always could be found 'shelter' in our delightful weather which included snuggling in with the fire engines on several occasions.

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Old 27th Aug 2021, 20:40
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Thanks joli, ordered a s/h copy via Amazon!

Pobjoy, certainly the Swift was the oldest aircraft at one of the first shows I ever attended, 'CDC was probably there as the second oldest!
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Old 4th Sep 2021, 06:45
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Well done! Hope you enjoy it as I have.

PS Look out for this over the jewel of Southern Scotland tomorrow afternoon.

Educational picture thanks to Warbird Aviation



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Old 5th Sep 2021, 16:17
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Quick update with many thanks for the extra efforts made by all those concerned! Beyond the call of duty.

From a fly on the wall!





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Old 6th Sep 2021, 04:42
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Nice photo jolihokistix, but a question has just occurred to me. Why would you put invasion stripes on an aircraft that was painted to be essentially invisible?
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Old 6th Sep 2021, 04:54
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Good question, I-42!
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Old 6th Sep 2021, 06:01
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The invasion stripes were a last minute addition to avoid friendly fire and applied to all aircraft from C-47, P-38, P-47, Typhoon etc etc even applied to some captured German aircraft that were under test, Bomber Command and heavy bombers of the 8th Air Force were exempt. The scheme was approved on May 17, 1944, but the troop carriers were not given the order to paint until June 3rd while other aircraft got the order the following day, so only a day or two before the invasion. The late notice was so the Germans wouldn't be wondering what's up.
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Old 6th Sep 2021, 08:19
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You can hear that Griffon... marvellous!
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Old 6th Sep 2021, 09:04
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Bonus shot then in thanks.
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