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  • Sean Maffett
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jul 2003
    • 10

    #21
    I do so want to see a Beaufighter fly. My Dad was 'missing in action' (later presumed dead) in 1942 in a Beau, shot down near Malta. Despite much research, no trace has ever been found. He was a newly promoted acting Wing Commander, apparently on his way to an airfield called Kilo 7, near the Egypt/Libya border. There I believe he was to take over 46 Sqn, and convert it from Hurricanes to be the first Beaufighter squadron in the North African war. I wish every success to SG, Beaufighter VI and all their merry men and women.

    SM

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    • Firebird
      Avons with attitude
      • Mar 2003
      • 2164

      #22
      Oh my..............so happy to hear the Beau project is kicking in again........this and the Mossie projects have been at the top of my 'hope to see fly before I die' list since they started.
      I was with it all the way until letting the brakes off..........

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      • Vintage
        Rank 4 Registered User
        • Aug 2018
        • 64

        #23
        Yes, very good to hear that progress is being made! I have found it hard to believe that suitable Hercules engines could not be found and, it sounds like they have! Tremendous!
        Please publish as much as possible about this!

        V

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        • CADman
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Aug 2008
          • 673

          #24
          The Shuttleworth Collection has a library which might contain useful data, a search for Beaufighter found several technical manuals.
          I searched for "magneto" and among the numerous car related was a Simms FST 14s mk1 . Is this what is required ?
          A search for Bristol Hercules found twenty different engine technical manuals.

          Contact the library direct to arrange a visit. Opening times are limited but try to speak to Jim Greaves, I would guess that technical manuals like this may be in storage.

          regards Paul

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          • Trolly Aux
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • May 2006
            • 3855

            #25
            At least the question "will it be at legends" cannot be asked, I think its been at every one !!!
            SMOKE SMOKE GO!
            TA out

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            • Beaufighter VI
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Sep 2005
              • 537

              #26
              Thanks guys for all of your help, have located some of the manuals we need and on the trail of others.
              CADman thanks for the nudge about the Shuttleworth Collection. When we started the restoration all those years ago the Chief Engineer, Chris Morris, helped us with engine manuals, remiss of me to not think their library might have grown.
              Outside of the forum we have been approached with offers of AY4 & 6 CSU's, early engine sump, ignition harness complete, magneto's various and an AIT132 carb.
              Now about those propellers!
              Will keep you updated on further wants and see if we can enhance the TFC web page as regards progress on Beaufighter and CR-42, no promises.
              " I'm not young enough to know everything." - J M Barrie 1903

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              • Keefy041
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Nov 2011
                • 273

                #27
                I remember many years ago at Duxford when work was starting on the Beaufighter my friends and i were told by Pete Rushen that it would take about 20 years to get it flying.
                That seemed like an eternity !
                Well, 20 years came and went , and after all the various negative comments you read here and there, its nice to have confirmation that it is still hopefully going to happen. It certainly going to be up there with the Mossie and XP-82 restorations.

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                • Beaufighter VI
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Sep 2005
                  • 537

                  #28
                  Keefy041, that was me, I got it wrong!
                  But look what else the team put in the air whilst you have been waiting, heading towards a century believe it or not.
                  " I'm not young enough to know everything." - J M Barrie 1903

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                  • Brenden S
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Dec 2016
                    • 206

                    #29
                    All good things come to those who wait. Keep up the detective work mate. I just wonder how much reverse engineering can be done with the herc engines and carbs? I mean look at the guys in NZ who make brand new rotary engines.

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                    • Keefy041
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Nov 2011
                      • 273

                      #30
                      Beaufighter VI, You are forgiven.
                      Absolutely, lots of exciting things and still more to come hopefully. The Fiat CR42 is eagerly awaited by many too as is the Spit 22.
                      And perhaps one day the Sea fury ?

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                      • DADE
                        Rank 3 Registered User
                        • Sep 2018
                        • 106

                        #31
                        It looks like you are well on your way to getting the information you need. If you still need other information, we carry an overhaul manual on the Hercules 630 series engines of 1948 from the Bristol aeroplane company. An Ansett engineers course notes on the Hercules 734 and a R.A.F. training course on the Bristol Hercules engine III,X,XI

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                        • Beaufighter VI
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Sep 2005
                          • 537

                          #32
                          Thanks Dade, will get back to you if we find holes in the information we have.
                          Last edited by Beaufighter VI; 16th August 2019, 07:21.
                          " I'm not young enough to know everything." - J M Barrie 1903

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                          • Whitley_Project
                            If in doubt apply heat..
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 2844

                            #33
                            Peter - email sent!

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                            • hampden98
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Sep 2009
                              • 2558

                              #34
                              Can anyone remind me when it arrived? Remember seeing it in bits with a Disney Character painted on the nose iirc!

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                              • Beaufighter VI
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Sep 2005
                                • 537

                                #35
                                Seem to recall packing the bits in two containers in Sydney in February 1996, so allowing for shipping............
                                " I'm not young enough to know everything." - J M Barrie 1903

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                                • ZRX61
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • May 2005
                                  • 4806

                                  #36
                                  Wondering if Aviation Warehouse out at El Mirage in Calif might have some Brit manuals...
                                  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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                                  • 1batfastard
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Jan 2013
                                    • 3449

                                    #37
                                    Hi All,
                                    You have more than likely thought of the following but hey! here is my two penneth.....

                                    What about the RAAF Museum/SAAF Museum/USAAF Museum/NASM/IAF Museum ? in deed any air arm that had acquired them no mater how short, I mean after all they would want all the paperwork etc for servicing wouldn't they ? Maybe the manuals never got binned by some forward thinking chap as he hid them away when the aircraft where scrapped ?

                                    What about Foreign scrapyards/Independent restorations of aircraft with similar engines ? What the many engines that have been restored to ground running condition/Kermit Weeks/NAFMC ? I should imagine a general wide search no matter how tedious it would be or an outside the box thinking request in some non aviation related sites as an outside chance ?

                                    There could even possibly be one just sitting in a box up someone's Loft/Garage/Lock Up/Shed or long forgotten storage area of a factory etc.etc. just gathering dust as part of items no longer needed ?

                                    Any help ?:- http://www.ebay.ie/sch/i.html?_from=...anual&_sacat=0

                                    and :- http://www.ebay.ie/sch/sis.html?_ite...K&_mPrRngCbx=1

                                    or:- http://www.slideshare.net/TonyMoran1...-engine-manual

                                    or Have a trawl through these somebody maybe of help ? :-http://www.warbirdsonline.com.au/cat...p-beaufighter/

                                    In the end like already mentioned this is great news of some movement on a much want to see flyable restoration, you will succeed if you want to and time is on your side not forgetting patience is a virtue with all you restorers....

                                    Geoff.
                                    Last edited by 1batfastard; 16th August 2019, 18:31.

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                                    • barongan
                                      Rank 4 Registered User
                                      • Jul 2018
                                      • 14

                                      #38
                                      Great news

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                                      • Beaufighter VI
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Sep 2005
                                        • 537

                                        #39
                                        Yes, engines are out there but getting hold of them is a different story. We are aware of two engines in the original stands gathering dust in an Indian University. So far no luck in getting them out.

                                        Maybe you know somebody who could?
                                        " I'm not young enough to know everything." - J M Barrie 1903

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                                        • Hooligan
                                          Rank 5 Registered User
                                          • Mar 2017
                                          • 568

                                          #40
                                          What happened to Jagen (?) who used to post on here, I seem to recall he was quite an authority on historic aviation and relics in India?

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