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    Spitfire Crashes

    Hello,
    There have been three Spitfire crashes this month.
    Thankfully no fatalities.
    Is it time to call it a day and ground them while those that are left are still in one peice and a joy to see.
    Alex

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    Alex,

    Spitfires are not what you think, 99% of them are not the historical aircraft you think, but more or less new builds with a few bits tacked on.
    When you see what they start with, it means nothing in a Spit cannot be reproduced these days, so no to your question.

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    As more and more Spitfires are produced, so the incidence of crashes will rise. Is this sufficient reason for grounding them all ? What nonsense !

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    Hello Tony & John,
    As far as I am aware only one of the three was a replica.
    The other two were vintage aircraft (as I understand ) that have so far survived WW2 and years being rebuilt and made airworthy again.
    Also I am unaware that large numbers of new built Spitfires are available, has Germany placed an order yet? they wanted them badly in WW2
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 24th June 2017 at 17:27.

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    There are very few that haven't been through a rebuild, the one that flipped on its back had just had both wings done I believe. Just because it isn't called a replica is a bit of a grey area as a Spit can be rebuilt and often the only thing used in it can be the data plate, and even that can be replaced, I think ( could be wrong ) the CAA use the plate as a minimum for a rebuild. The wheels up one has already flown I believe, it went down to Arco for further repairs, ( Could be wrong again ) The Rolls Royce 19 was one of the few that hadn't had a total overhaul and rebuild, but even that has gone through one since, though a lot of it is still original.

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    Yes Alec, but only because we were extremely rude to their Me109s/Me110s/Junkers88s/Heinkel111s/and Dornier 17s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart
    Is it time to call it a day and ground them while those that are left are still in one piece and a joy to see.
    No Alex. Because a flightless Spitfire is simply a corpse, and a long way from being a joy to see. Just a sad (if pretty) lump of metal corroding slowly away.

    Moggy
    "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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