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  • flyingblind
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Oct 2011
    • 417

    Spitfire tail wheel but Oleo ?????

    Can any members help to ID this tail wheel oleo
    The wheel is AH2184 indicating Spitfire or Seafire. The Oleo has a brass plate which contains various details whilst the Oleo body has several stamps and marks
    The item looks as though it originally had a yellow coloured undercoat with a green finish which appears to have been painted over with a light blue naval colour?
    Is this a Seafire Oleo or something completely different
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  • Trolly Aux
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2006
    • 3766

    #2
    I think you will find its from a Spitfire Mk XVI , 380 number
    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
    TA out

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    • Spiteful
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Sep 2005
      • 215

      #3
      Can't be from a XVI, as they had a fixed tail wheel, that looks to be a retractable type.

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      • R4118
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2015
        • 406

        #4
        Could it be for a PR.XIX? Or PRXI?

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        • Credible Sport
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2004
          • 347

          #5
          Looks like a fixed, self-centreing type to me. No sign of a pivot or jack attachment.
          Looks like it is bolted to a bulkhead or similar structure.
          Now officially a 'Senior Citizen'

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          • Trolly Aux
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • May 2006
            • 3766

            #6
            AH2184 is definitely a Spitfire tail wheel
            SMOKE SMOKE GO!
            TA out

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            • flyingblind
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Oct 2011
              • 417

              #7
              Some what surprised that even with several part numbers on display that no one has managed to I.D. this yet.
              Some members are stating Spitfire whilst others are not

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              • Graham Boak
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Nov 2008
                • 949

                #8
                Originally posted by Credible Sport View Post
                Looks like a fixed, self-centreing type to me. No sign of a pivot or jack attachment.
                Looks like it is bolted to a bulkhead or similar structure.
                I agree, but definitely not the kind fitted to the Spitfire which has a trailing arm. It is closer in appearance to that of a Mk.II Hurricane, but I do not care to be any more definite than that.

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                • WV-903.
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Oct 2007
                  • 568

                  #9
                  Hi fella's,
                  Rest easy guys, this Spitfire Tail wheeled rear oleo strut is from a Miles Messenger or Gemini Aircraft. Miles used a Spitfire tailwheel in both, the rear struts of these aircraft. The struts were hyd/pneumatic shock absorbers specifically for these Aircraft. I'm involved (loosely) with the Hooton Park T.A.C. lodger unit aircraft re-builds and we have the remains of 3 Messengers and bits of a Gemini that were gathered yrs. ago and have sat in a container till around 2 years ago when a very enterprising chap Ian Maddock took on the job of re-constructing one for static display from the bits.

                  My involvement was with re-furbishing the mainwheels ( Auster type ) and tail wheel and rear strut, thats how I recognized your pics. Here's the TAC Website with info about the Messenger re-build, (Ian is doing a great job ).

                  http://www.theaeroplanecollection.org/ and here's some pics. of TAC's Tailwheel (Messenger strut assy. ) Hope they load up as I havn't posted in here for a year and it's all changed.

                  I've learnt a lot about the Miles Company this past year and what an enterprising company they were, folded in 1947.

                  Hope this clears it up.

                  Bill T.








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