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  • merlin70
    Tim Clark
    • Mar 2004
    • 1691

    Competition - Spitfire thingy

    Yes it's a Spitfire thingy, but what does it do?

    Mark12, MOTF, Darren Harbar and Bertie have a 24 hour handicap.
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  • stewart1a
    Senior Member
    • Jun 2004
    • 1910

    #2
    ive seen these before, cant remember for the love of which part its from

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    • Manonthefence
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Mar 2003
      • 2474

      #3
      Owwwww. No fair, this is the first time I've known the answer.

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      • Peter L
        Junior Member
        • Jun 2005
        • 22

        #4
        Groping in the dark, but is it the pitot attachment?

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        • crazymainer
          Senior Member
          • Mar 2004
          • 1166

          #5
          I'll take a stab at saying it has something to do with the fuel system.

          RER

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          • merlin70
            Tim Clark
            • Mar 2004
            • 1691

            #6
            Not pitot or fuel.
            Watching the planes fly by...

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            • haroldmulder
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2000
              • 89

              #7
              Spitfire quiz

              There was one in each wing and they allowed a rope or cable to be passed through so the aircraft could be tied down. At least that is what I beleive they are.
              Harold H Mulder

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              • ZRX61
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • May 2005
                • 4808

                #8
                Yup, it's the tie down tubes the rope passes thru in the lower surface of the wings
                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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                • Bruce
                  Independent analyst
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 10226

                  #9
                  Better give Harold a handicap too next time! (and me!!)

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                  • Peter L
                    Junior Member
                    • Jun 2005
                    • 22

                    #10
                    Originally posted by ZRX61
                    Yup, it's the tie down tubes the rope passes thru in the lower surface of the wings
                    That would've been my second guess

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                    • merlin70
                      Tim Clark
                      • Mar 2004
                      • 1691

                      #11
                      It is indeed for tying down purposes. I have yet to see it used even for engine runs.

                      I didn't think to handicap all Spitfire restorers, I will know for another time.
                      Watching the planes fly by...

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                      • Mark12
                        MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 10868

                        #12
                        24 hour handicap indeed!

                        It is enough to drive 'U' round the bend.

                        Not for engine runs as it wouldn't hold the tail down and stop the prop 'pecking'. Usually used for long term parking or storage.

                        Mark
                        Last edited by Mark12; 12th June 2005, 08:31.
                        "...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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                        • ZRX61
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • May 2005
                          • 4808

                          #13
                          Originally posted by merlin70
                          It is indeed for tying down purposes. I have yet to see it used even for engine runs.
                          A few years back was doing engine runs of MoF's Mk14 at Van Nuys, hot as hell with the temp in the high 90's. To help keep it cool bags of ice were tipped into the rad cowls.
                          The blast fence backed up to a row of industrial units & the people who worked there parked by the perimeter fence between the building & the blast fence. Got the Spit wound up & the air flow started to suck the ice out of the front of the rad cowls. It was blown back into the blast fence & then went straight up & was landing on the parked cars by the industrial units. I couldn't hear it hitting the cars, but the workers evidently could because suddenly there were a bunch of them outside & then taking cover as they being hit by high velocity ice cubes.
                          I responded by piling more ice into the rad cowls & *accidently* spiling a couple of 20lb bags right into the prop wash. :diablo: :diablo: :diablo: :diablo:

                          Originally posted by merlin70
                          I didn't think to handicap all Spitfire restorers, I will know for another time.
                          Dagnabbit..
                          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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