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  • Bradburger
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 1459

    AB910 - Engine Runs at Duxford!

    Just seen a couple of pictures posted on the BBMF Facebook page of AB910 having engine runs after her overhaul with ARC at Duxford.

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    Looking good, and nice to see her fitted with a 3-bladed Rotol prop, and external armour windscreen!

    Cheers

    Paul
    Last edited by Bradburger; 29th January 2015, 23:39.
    The most usless commodity in aerobatics is the amount of sky above you!
  • Paul F
    Retired Lawnmower Racer
    • May 2005
    • 1108

    #2
    Did she already have the "ejector"-type exhausts fitted before the overhaul, or are they new too..... ?

    There was a time when most (all?) of the then airworthy BBMF Merlin Spits had stub exhausts whether correct for the mark or not... good to see that they have progressively been made ever more representative of their "time" .

    Looks lovely doesn't she, can't wait to see her back on the display circuit. Well done to all involved.

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    • Bob
      Bob
      Aerophile
      • Jan 2000
      • 3662

      #3
      In the markings of F/Lt Tony Cooper, 64 Sqdn "Peter John I"?...

      Had the pleasure of meeting Tony in Nov 2013. I was able to look at his Log Books, and in what can only be described as an extraordinary coincidence, I looked at a photograph of F/Lt Cooper, sat in front of a Spitfire, with several other pilots at 53 OTU Kirton-in-Lindsay in February 1945.
      Sat next to Tony was a S/Ldr Niven (OC) - I peered at the photograph and recognised the face. A quick check of the Log Book of John Niven on my laptop, revealed it was indeed the one and the same.
      John Niven is the father of a close family friend who also flew AB910 briefly - (Feb 19 1945 Spitfire VB AB910 Weather Test (15 mins) Operating from Hibaldstow) - and also flew ML407 (Aug 3 1944 Spitfire IXB ML407 Target Support Cover - 20000' Lille Ostend area covering 300 Halifaxes on Noball at Foret Le Nieppe. Very hazy. Bad for strafing. Little flak from St.Omer & Hesdin.).

      To be able to sit down and actually talk with one of the pilots, whose footage was some of that which I have been watching over the last seven years, was a real privilege and honour.
      Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

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      • GliderSpit
        Flying Dutchman
        • Aug 2006
        • 1135

        #4
        Three bladed prop.
        Possunt quia posse videntur (They can because they think they can; motto RAF 19 Squadron)

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        • DazDaMan
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Aug 2003
          • 18720

          #5
          Nice!! Especially seeing her with the correct prop fitted!
          Daren Cogdon

          Spitfire fanatic

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          • scotavia
            scotavia
            • Nov 2005
            • 2836

            #6
            does the change of prop improve the handling?

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            • SADSACK
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2000
              • 3486

              #7
              Blimey that was quick work! I expected her to miss this season. She looks fantastic.
              pb::

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              • Propstrike
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2004
                • 4010

                #8
                Can it be test flown by ARC, or are only BBMF crew approved to operate it ?

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                • D1566
                  Needs retiring.
                  • Apr 2006
                  • 2127

                  #9
                  Looks good
                  Martin

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                  • Mike J
                    Senior Member
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 3241

                    #10
                    Originally posted by SADSACK View Post
                    Blimey that was quick work! I expected her to miss this season. She looks fantastic.
                    It has been there for a couple of years. I think it was originally due to have been completed mid-summer last year (hence the invasion stripes) but the wait certainly seems to have been worth it, it looks superb!

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                    • DazDaMan
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2003
                      • 18720

                      #11
                      I've only just noticed the other subtle change - the windscreen.
                      Daren Cogdon

                      Spitfire fanatic

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                      • Orion
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Jun 2009
                        • 709

                        #12
                        Did MkVs have invasion stripes? I thought they were well out of front line service in the UK by 1944.

                        Regards
                        David Mylchreest
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                        • DazDaMan
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Aug 2003
                          • 18720

                          #13
                          There were still a fair few on the front line on D-Day, including at least one other survivor (BL370).

                          A Spitfire V which started like as a Mk.Ia also shot down a Bf109G on D+2!
                          Daren Cogdon

                          Spitfire fanatic

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                          • Bruce
                            Independent analyst
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 10226

                            #14
                            Zooming in on the firewall suggests that this is much more than a skin deep restoration. I'd like to see more, but it looks pretty stock under the skin.

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                            • The Freshest
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Feb 2007
                              • 328

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Orion View Post
                              Did MkVs have invasion stripes? I thought they were well out of front line service in the UK by 1944.

                              Regards
                              Hi, Johnny Checketts was commanding a wing of 3 MKVb squadrons, British (130), Polish (303) and Canadian (402) over Caen behind the beachhead at first light on D-Day, in support of bombers and gliders carrying paratroops, according to his Biography (a good read).

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                              • SADSACK
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 3486

                                #16
                                Mk vs certainly wore invasion stripes. AB910 shot down at least one a/c wearing them over Normandy...
                                pb::

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                                • Monsun
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Jul 2008
                                  • 286

                                  #17
                                  And in a fitting coincidence Tony Cooper actually witnessed the occasion when AB910 landed at Hibaldstow with Margaret Horton draped over the tail.

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                                  • G-ORDY
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Mar 2005
                                    • 928

                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Bruce View Post
                                    Zooming in on the firewall suggests that this is much more than a skin deep restoration. I'd like to see more, but it looks pretty stock under the skin.
                                    Spot on Bruce !
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                                    • CIRCUS 6
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Dec 2004
                                      • 803

                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Propstrike View Post
                                      Can it be test flown by ARC, or are only BBMF crew approved to operate it ?
                                      BBMF Personnel Only. It's a military aircraft and there's no authorisation or insurance for a civilian to operate them.
                                      Say unto oneself, "I must try harder to be kind to all comers to this forum".

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                                      • Mark12
                                        MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
                                        • Jan 2000
                                        • 10868

                                        #20
                                        The livery is 100% faithful to images of Tony Cooper's personal Spitfire.

                                        Tony has the most wonderful photographic record of his service life and I am privileged to have been able to copy it.

                                        64 Squadron reverted to Mk V's before D-Day.

                                        A magnificant restoration that vastly exceeded my expectation.

                                        Mark
                                        "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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