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  1. #301
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    What does WIBAL mean again... my brain is dead today!!!

    It will probably come again to me tomorrow.
    " Radial engines don't drip oil, they mark their territory"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bomberflight View Post
    Actually ~ I was at home toiling away on the computer
    You should lay off those types of websites Peter, they'll make you go blind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8674planes View Post
    What does WIBAL mean again... my brain is dead today!!!

    It will probably come again to me tomorrow.
    Will It Be At L......
    If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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    With little happening at Duxford over the weekend, I can only offer another archive shot. With Sally B is C-47 G-AKNB, in RAF marks for the filming of 'The Dirty Dozen-Next Mission'. Unusually the marks carried, FD789, are correct for the airframe. (Edit, marks may not have been applied specifically for this film). I believe it was used to drop Lee Marvin and his Hollywood stereotypes into France and kill the German General plotting to kill Hitler.
    Photo taken at Duxford 29-5-85.

    G-BEDF / 485784 G-AKNB / FD789
    Last edited by DCW; 5th March 2012 at 12:24.

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    Shame they don't repainted Sally back into those markings but with all over silver

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Knight View Post
    Shame they don't repainted Sally back into those markings but with all over silver
    and replace the top turret!

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    Whats the issue re the top turret? I was under the impression that for we'll meet again she had a Perspex lump fitted & for Memphis Belle it was a working turret???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Knight View Post
    Whats the issue re the top turret? I was under the impression that for we'll meet again she had a Perspex lump fitted & for Memphis Belle it was a working turret???
    Not quite, perspex lumps for both films, but for Memphis Belle it was an F style turret dome.

    Neither had any guts to them and they do not move.
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    Duxford Tuesday March 6th:

    First stop today was the American Air Museum, where Spring cleaning is well under way:

    0140:67-0120

    The extra lighting was a big help:

    0141:G-BFYO / S4513

    In Hangar 5, finishing touches are continuing with Vampire T.11 WZ590. The ejection seats will be among the last additions to the cockpit before next Tuesday's roll-out:

    0139:WZ590

    But my luck really kicked in with Hangar 2. Just when I thought I had run out of new angles on 'Snafu', I was offered the chance of a closer inspection. After a lengthy climb, I found myself at the rarified altitude of the P-47 office.

    It is BIG

    The panel is very close to wartime specs, just a couple of mods. Everything needs SatNav these days:

    189:G-CDVX / 225068

    190:G-CDVX / 225068

    The gunsight is prominent and reminds us of the original purpose of the beast:

    191:G-CDVX / 225068

    View forwards:

    193:G-CDVX / 225068

    View behind:

    192:G-CDVX / 225068

    The wing gunbay access:

    188:G-CDVX / 225068

    187:G-CDVX / 225068

    I took advantage of the altitude to get another angle on the Fiat CR.42:

    0136:G-CBLS

    The Wildcat seemed different:

    0137:G-RUMW / JV579

    The TFC Art Department is busy again:

    0138:G-RUMW / JV579

    Many thanks to TFC for a fascinating look at their masterpiece.
    Last edited by DCW; 6th March 2012 at 17:11.

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    this seems a bit strange but I've never noticed the invasion stripes before! But i cant see how it appears 'different'?

    Also noticed that the Spitfire 22 winmgs have been moved.

    The P-47 must be nearing undercarige retraction tests soon and hopefully some taxi tests later this month if we are lucky. (i'm not hinting anything just speculating)
    " Radial engines don't drip oil, they mark their territory"

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    Great photos as always! You lucky sod.

    Any update on the TFC Corsair?
    I PITY THE FOOL

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    Wow that spring clean was needed! The SPAD looks good as new there with that lighting on it!

    Excellent work DCW keep it up!

    James
    Last edited by jimbob1194; 6th March 2012 at 21:58.

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    Surprising the difference that 'spring clean' makes!
    Excellent pictures as usual.

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    Nice work there! like the shots from inside the Jugs cockpit, I noticed how dusty some of the exhibits appeared last week, glad they are spring cleaning in preparation for opening fully shortly


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    Is it me, or my ignorance, in noting that the Wildcat's Ailerons seem to both be 'up'?

    Is this some sort of "Flap" arrangement? (a la Buccaneer)

    A slightly confused Rigga!

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    Rigga -I am going to work on the basis that whatever arrangement operates the ailerons is disengaged when the wings fold and that means they move where they want when stowed.

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    Is that a sea fury cowling above the Wildcat wing?
    " Radial engines don't drip oil, they mark their territory"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8674planes View Post
    Is that a sea fury cowling above the Wildcat wing?
    Its the nose ring off FB 11 VR930.

    Has birdstrike damage to it.

    Came with the T.20 VZ345.
    We Salute the Rank,not the man.

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    Talking of sea furies is the T.20 VZ345 still in Storage with Precision Aerospace or is it being restored? The last pics i saw it had the centre wings attached to the fuselage but that was shortly after it had arrived in Australlia.
    " Radial engines don't drip oil, they mark their territory"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCW View Post
    But my luck really kicked in with Hangar 2. Just when I thought I had run out of new angles on 'Snafu', I was offered the chance of a closer inspection. After a lengthy climb, I found myself at the rarified altitude of the P-47 office.

    It is BIG
    To quote a friend who has flown one: "I'd like this is combat, if anyone starts shooting at me I can just unstrap from the seat & run around the cockpit dodging the bullets"
    If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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    [QUOTE=markstringer;1865142]Great photos as always! You lucky sod.

    I will second that!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob1194 View Post
    Wow that spring clean was needed! The SPAD looks good as new there with that lighting on it!
    Whilst the 'SPAD' may look new it will never look good.

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    I've been visiting this forum for months now...
    Always astonished with the information, knowledge and pictures I keep finding here.
    No posts, since I have hardly something valuable to add...
    But these pictures are just great. Thanks, David (and all others / contributors).
    I can't wait to visit Duxford this summer.
    Keep posting...

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    Looks like the Wildcat is next in line For restoration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melvyn Hiscock View Post
    Whilst the 'SPAD' may look new it will never look good.
    The real thing looks so much better

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8674planes
    Also noticed that the Spitfire 22 winmgs have been moved.
    Migrating from one end to the other by the looks of it...
    Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlot View Post
    8674, Hey, that is interesting about the centre section, where did you see those pics? How long ago was that?
    It's not my own Image. Sadly I don't know when it was taken
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8674planes View Post
    It's not my own Image. Sadly I don't know when it was taken
    I don't know where you got the impression that this photo was taken in Australia from. That's at Yeovilton, I should know, I was there at the time and Lee took the shot with my camera.

    Last edited by Robbo; 7th March 2012 at 16:41.

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    oops my bad

    SO does anyone have any recent images or updates of it in Australlia?
    " Radial engines don't drip oil, they mark their territory"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbo View Post
    The real thing looks so much better
    What, the real Melvyn??
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