- 14-04-2012, 20:59 #31Per Ardua ad Astra = Hard work gets you a Vauxhall?
- 14-04-2012, 21:06 #32
I have an old mate who's 89 years old. He's spent a lifetime in the aircraft industry working for BEA and then BA until he retired quite a few years ago now. He originally started out apprenticed to an aircraft company around Hayes in West London.just prior to the second world war and he wasn't allowed to join up at first because he was in a reserved occupation but eventually, he got into the RAF. He started out in his apprenticeship building the original aircraft from new and then later moved onto in the RAF fixing them when someone bent them.
Occasionally he chats about what he did. For example, in Mosquitoes, it was common practice apparently when you fixed one to have to go up with the pilot on the test flight. He happened to mention some time ago now about with the end of the war, all the kit that got dumped including a new Spitfire engine still greased up in it's box that they just buried somewhere.
I'm going up the pub in a minute to ask him if he can remember where they buried it! You never know?
- 14-04-2012, 21:16 #33
- 14-04-2012, 21:52 #34
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You have been force fed American Hollywood propaganda by deluded P51 Mustang lovers. The Spitfire was more important than the Mustang and probably the most important aircraft in WWII. It was the only aircraft to fly from the start to the finish of the war and to fight in every theatre. The Mediterranean, North Africa, Europe, UK, Russia, Burma, India, Pacific, Australia, North Atlantic and Arctic. No other aircraft can make that claim, not even the Me109. They even had spits flying over Japan in 1945 with long range fuel tanks.
Furthermore, if the Spitfire was utterly useless and never did anything in the offensive role, perhaps you can tell me what the first prop aircraft was to shoot down a jet? As a slight hint, it certainly wasn't the P51. Could it be the spit? Well, what's a spit doing flying at high speed over Germany that late in the war I wonder? According to your twisted thesis they were back in blightly doing victory rolls over empty airfields.
DCFor where thou art, there is the world itself, and where thou art not, desolation.
- 14-04-2012, 22:03 #35
- 14-04-2012, 22:28 #36
World War II has started again.
What nonsense. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was a far superior and better designed aircraft than the puny spitfire. Why bother trying to find these planes. Leave then buried in the ground where they belong.
- Hans, Berlin , 14/4/2012 8:35
Read more: The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly | Mail Online
- 15-04-2012, 03:35 #37
- 15-04-2012, 03:41 #38"I am not an Ulsterman but yesterday, the 1st. July, as I followed their amazing attack, I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world."
Cpt Wilfred Spender 2nd July 1916
"Throughout the long years of struggle ... the men of Ulster have proved how nobly they fight and die"
King George V
- 15-04-2012, 07:40 #39
- 15-04-2012, 08:42 #40
Just a personal note. A few years back I went on a course to make a long bow in gloucestershire. We finished the bows late on a summer sunday afternoon and took them out for a first shoot. Four of us standing in an English field. Longbows at the ready when the sound of a merlin (we all know the sound of a merlin right)? came from behind us. Seconds later a mkIX flew over. Standing there with a long bow in one hand and a spitfire overhead. A thousand years of history filled the fields and sky. Got a bit of dust in my eye from the prop wash I think.
Last edited by BONNACON; 15-04-2012 at 12:49. Reason: v instead of x!Haven't had an accident in years. See a lot in my rear view mirror though.
It's very unlucky to be superstitious.
Only my dog can judge me.