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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2540 on: March 02, 2018, 11:18:42 am »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2541 on: March 02, 2018, 01:34:30 pm »
Tally Ho what what !

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A Fairey Swordfish....I built a model of one of those when I was a lightie....and there was a part missing which the store arranged and got for me :thumleft:



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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2542 on: March 02, 2018, 07:35:49 pm »
Great thread, stories and pictures. Thanks for keeping this tread alive  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2543 on: March 03, 2018, 12:51:10 pm »
Flying Brick :deal:

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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2544 on: March 03, 2018, 04:30:15 pm »
Great thread, stories and pictures. Thanks for keeping this tread alive  :thumleft:



Ditto that.  :thumleft:

Can't claim to be any sort of guru or connoisseur, but I do like pictures and stories about  planes.  :biggrin:
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2545 on: March 04, 2018, 10:31:37 am »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2546 on: March 04, 2018, 10:32:07 am »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2547 on: March 04, 2018, 05:06:19 pm »
The much maligned Hurricane shot down more Luftwaffe aircraft than their Spitfire colleagues.
(Ratios differ per source but somewhere between 55-45% and "two to one" is correct.)

The Messerschmidt pilots loved getting into dogfights with the Spitfires (ego tripping)
whilst the Hurricanes attacked and downed the Heinkel and Junkers bombers.

The Hurricane could turn tighter than the Spitfire, which instead had a higher climb rate and faster speed.
Also, the Hurricane still had a lot of timber and canvas in the fuselage which repaired faster than the sheet metal of the Spitfire.
So the turn around time after being shot up meant they could return to service faster and shoot down more Luftwaffe bombers.
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2548 on: March 04, 2018, 09:50:00 pm »
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This thing packed quite a punch , the A26 Invader also had 8 of the 0.50's in the nose , another 6 in the wings , imagine the thought of 14 x 0.50's being let loose on a target and then they could still carry more on underwing pods , up to a total of 22  :thumleft:
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2549 on: March 05, 2018, 03:26:04 pm »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2550 on: March 06, 2018, 02:12:38 pm »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2551 on: March 08, 2018, 07:01:55 am »
In April of 1942, the Chief Test Pilot for Rolls-Royce, Ronald Harker, took an Allison-powered Mustang up for a 30-minute flight. Harker was favourably impressed with its performance up to medium altitudes. Harker also concluded that the Allison-powered Mustang was a disappointing performer at higher altitude, after giving it some thought, he sat down with pen and paper on May 1, 1942 and wrote the words that would alter the Mustang’s history forever: “This aircraft could prove itself a formidable low- and medium-altitude fighter. It closely resembles the Me 109F, The point which strikes me is that with a powerful and a good engine, like the Merlin 61, its performance could be outstanding, as it is 35mph faster than the Spitfire V at roughly the same power.”

He may have been biased as a Rolls-Royce employee, but Harker clearly deserves credit for suggesting the all-important engine change.

Harker told his superiors the Mustang would perform better with Rolls-Royce’s Merlin 61. The “60 series” denoted two-stage, two-speed supercharged versions of the engine. There was strong resistance at the Air Ministry in London. Rolls-Royce’s Ray Dorey, head of the engine flight test section at Hucknall, steered Harker toward Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman, the air member for production and research, who succumbed to Harker’s persistence. Ultimately, Harker was given a chance to try his idea in an effort of modest scale that some officials believed would fail.

In August 1942, the Royal Air Force (RAF) began a program to re-engine just five Mustang airframes with the improved Merlin 65. They were designated the Mustang X.

13th October 1942 with Captain R.T. Shepherd, the Rolls-Royce chief test pilot, at the controls, the first Merlin engined Mustang took off from Hucknall Airfield.
Trials were completed at the end of December. The re-engined fighter’s performance, especially at high altitude, was spectacular.
But the RAF could not proceed with the project because Rolls-Royce’s Merlin production was already allocated to Spitfires, Lancasters, and Mosquitos.

American interest

Lt. Col. Thomas “Tommy” Hitchcock, assistant air attache at the American embassy in London, who was aware of Rolls Royce testing and submitted reports to Washington on the merits of the Merlin. Hitchcock quoted a Rolls-Royce finding that the engine change would give the Mustang a maximum speed of 432 miles per hour.

Hitchcock reported the success of early Merlin test flights to the Army Air Forces (AAF) Top commanders
and to North American Aviation, Inc., (NAA) officials.
NAA had been fully briefed by Rolls-Royce on the Mustang X project and had started planning their own Merlin-powered Mustang. The U.S. planemaker received authorization to install Merlin 65 engines imported from England into two P-51s that been built for the RAF but not yet delivered.

As in London, there was resistance in Washington. As Hitchcock wrote, “Sired by the English out of an American mother, the Mustang has no parent at Wright Field to appreciate and push its good points.”

The first of two XP-51B fighters, retaining the basic airframe but powered by a 1,450-horsepower Packard V-1650-3 Merlin first flew for 45 minutes on Nov. 30, 1942 – just weeks after the British Mustang X – piloted by Bob Chilton. It was found that a chemical reaction between different metals in the cooling system and the glycol coolant was clogging the radiator. A new radiator design and scoop were fitted to the second ship, which proved to be free of the problem and performed well.

This newly updated Mustang was, of course, exactly the aircraft that the beleaguered bomber crews in the B-17s of the Eighth Air Force had been waiting for.

The P-51B carried just about the same amount of fuel as the P-47 Thunderbolt, but with its new Merlin engine “got 3.3 miles per gallon while the P-47 got less than 1.8.”. Brigadier General “Tommy” Hayes said that the Merlin-Mustang “had the three qualities you need most if you were going to escort bombers to Berlin – range, range and range.” The latter was extended even further by the carrying of two 512 gallon drop tanks which gave a maximum range of around 2,000 miles. In addition, the aircraft’s top speed increased from 390m.p.h. to 440m.p.h.

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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2552 on: March 13, 2018, 08:35:52 pm »
English Channel hunt due for wreck of stolen Hercules


Divers are set to hunt for the wreck of a US transporter plane that ditched in the English Channel after being stolen by a military mechanic.

Sgt Paul Meyer took the Hercules C-130E transporter from Mildenhall, Suffolk, in a bid to fly home to his wife Jane in Virginia in May 1969.

It disappeared from radar in the middle of the English Channel, as Sgt Meyer flew it after a night of drinking.

The Deeper Dorset group is to use sonar gear to search for the crash site.

The official record of the crash recounted how after the heavy drinking session, Sgt Meyer, 23, escaped police custody, impersonated a captain and ordered the Hercules to be re-fuelled before taking to the skies.

It described his action as a "highly irrational act" and said he was "under considerable emotional stress".

The mechanic who had previously served in Vietnam, had been refused leave shortly beforehand.

His stepson Henry, who was seven at the time of the crash, said he remembered Sgt Meyer as a "genuinely good young man".

He said he had been keen to return home to help Henry's mother in a custody battle.

"Paul was a patriot and loved his country - it seems he just loved his family more," he said.

"This may or may not find an answer to what happened, but we are so gratified and it'll give our family some closure. It means so much that people haven't forgotten Paul."

Simon Brown, of Deeper Dorset, said the group had studied official records, as well as tidal movements and weather conditions to identify the crash site.

He said they had "five good targets" within 10 square miles of seabed mid-channel, about 30 miles off Portland Bill.

Mr Brown admitted finding definitive proof of what happened to Sgt Meyer would be "very, very difficult".

"He did a fantastic job to get a complex plane off the runway - to fly solo is quite an amazing feat.

"Whether he flew into cloud and got disorientated, or was shot down, we're not discounting anything".

The group has launched a crowdfunding appeal for £6,000 and aims to start sonar scans of the seabed later in the year.

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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2553 on: March 13, 2018, 09:05:37 pm »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2554 on: March 13, 2018, 09:42:07 pm »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2555 on: March 14, 2018, 07:55:20 am »
Interesting article. Hope they find that 130.
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2556 on: March 14, 2018, 08:23:23 am »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2557 on: March 14, 2018, 08:27:55 am »
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« Reply #2558 on: March 14, 2018, 02:27:58 pm »
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Re: Aircraft Gooi
« Reply #2559 on: March 14, 2018, 03:46:29 pm »
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