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  • DazDaMan
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2003
    • 18679

    Spitfire TE308 is coming home

    She'll be joining the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar fleet in the near future!

    https://www.facebook.com/TheTwoSeatS...type=3&theater
    Daren Cogdon

    Spitfire fanatic
  • Propstrike
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2004
    • 3971

    #2
    It will be great to see it, but one has to feel a bit sorry for Bill Greenwood, who operated it for many years, though warbird running costs began rising rapidly, becoming quite a stretch for him.

    When it had the sad collision with the Hurricane in Texas in 2008, he was determined to get it back in the air, for him to fly again, but sadly, it seems that dream is now over.

    https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/thread...lveston.13067/ (link to photos of collision )

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    • DazDaMan
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2003
      • 18679

      #3
      I agree, I had always hoped he would get the Spit flying again, but at least now it will fly.
      Last edited by DazDaMan; 23rd May 2019, 08:34.
      Daren Cogdon

      Spitfire fanatic

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      • DazDaMan
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2003
        • 18679

        #4
        Incidentally, where did the Hurricane end up?

        I had read some time ago it was coming to the UK, but I'm guessing that's not the case.
        Daren Cogdon

        Spitfire fanatic

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        • Hooligan
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2017
          • 434

          #5
          Nice to see her coming home though doesn't that mean four two seaters at Biggin? Always liked Bill, he enjoyed the aeroplane and seemed to be very generous with the back seat. Shame he has had to part with her.

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          • Hooligan
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2017
            • 434

            #6
            According to Geoff Goodall the Hurricane is with Hawker Restorations.

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            • Propstrike
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2004
              • 3971

              #7
              As a footnote, the Hurricane lost directional control, groundlooped and swung across the runway in front of the tail-down Spitfire, giving BG little chance to see/avoid.

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              • JohnTerrell
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Apr 2010
                • 386

                #8
                The Hurricane you speak of, which was owned/operated by the Lone Star Flight Museum, never went to Hawker Restorations as Goodall's site claims (and as was initially reported some years ago). It has remained at Ray Middleton's "QG Aviation" in Colorado (same place that restored it the first time, and which had also been working on TE308 all these years until now). The Hurricane is now owned by Bruce Eames/Dakota Territory Air Museum (same collection as previously named "Texas Flying Legends"), based at Minot, North Dakota, and it is expected to fly this year.

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                • Hooligan
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2017
                  • 434

                  #9
                  Thanks John. How far has the Spitfire progressed towards flying again?

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                  • JohnTerrell
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Apr 2010
                    • 386

                    #10
                    I can't say with any certainty other than the few reports that have seeped out over the years. I seem to recall hearing that the airframe repairs were finished (the wings, for instance, were completed back in 2013) - I believe engine work had still been on-going, though, and I wonder if a new prop had been acquired yet?

                    Like many others here in the US, TE308 was the very first Spitfire I ever saw in person and flying. Bill Greenwood was a wonderful caretaker of that airplane for a great many years.

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                    • J Boyle
                      With malice towards none
                      • Oct 2004
                      • 9733

                      #11
                      Good to see it go to a place where it will be appreciated, well looked after and used.
                      All warbirds should be so lucky.
                      Last edited by J Boyle; 24th May 2019, 03:46.
                      There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                      • Hooligan
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Mar 2017
                        • 434

                        #12
                        Thanks John. I vaguely recall reading that prop blades were about 25000 each quite a few years ago - ouch!

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                        • R4118
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Aug 2015
                          • 399

                          #13
                          Will be nice to see it! No doubt with her being a 2 seater she will take presidence over the single seat restorations that are currently taking place

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