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John Green
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Last Activity: 25th September 2018, 16:49
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  • John Green
    replied to A special day, and not just one !
    Another gorgeous day here on the South Coast. At about mid-day (12.0) There appeared a solitary Spitfire over Chichester Harbour. Appearing in the North East, the pilot put on a spirited and lively display of loops, rolls and turns off the top - all displayed at about 2,000ft and with gusto !
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  • John Green
    replied to A special day, and not just one !
    A very pleasant day here at Langstone. High cirrus and not much of it coupled with a gentle breeze. At about 3.15pm heard the thrilling musical note of a powerful engine that around these parts usually means Spitfire. In the near distance at about 2000ft that familiar shape was briefly outlined against...
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  • John Green
    replied to Forum Setup
    Bruce, you're being something of a 'wuss'. You rightly mention the decline of the forums perhaps in connection with the FB effect and then fire a shot across the bows, when commentators get slightly robust and tetchy. The forums thrive on a bit of controversy; if it gets moderately persona,l I'm sure...
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  • I like that. That's one opinion I trust.
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  • John Green
    replied to Battle of Britain Day - a reminder
    The weather to-day on the South coast is good. Cirrus and a bit of low level stratus. at about 1.45pm running in from the North East over Chichester harbour came thirteen (13) light a/c of various types.arranged in a loose vic formation. I took it that this group was a commemorative tribute to the...
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  • John Green
    replied to What Book Are You Reading?
    "Air Battle For Dunkirk". Norman Franks, Grub St. 10.00

    This book by Norman Franks is an account of the aerial battles over Dunkirk by the RAF during the evacuation of the BEF taking place from the 26th May to the 3rd June, 1940.

    It is a thorough and valuable work...
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  • John Green
    started a topic Battle of Britain Day - a reminder

    Battle of Britain Day - a reminder

    Tomorrow Saturday, 15th Sept. is Battle of Britain Day. Let us all remember to celebrate and commemorate not only the most illustrious and remarkable date in British history but also that of Western civilisation. If we do not remember then we will forget.
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  • John Green
    started a topic Spitfire simulator

    Spitfire simulator

    Boultbee at Goodwood have just announced the completion and the near future opening of a three axis Spitfire simulator. This machine has been described as being assembled from various actual Spitfire components the core of which is a genuine cockpit section. A cost of 200 per half hour has been ...
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  • Try a letter to the House of Lords. I'm fairly certain he'll have a mailbox. It's probably small change to him but, every time he attends the House and signs the register he is entitled to collect 300 smackeroonies, as do the other Peers and Peeresses.
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  • I haven't seen any claims of the 110 being 'outdated' or 'unsuitable'. I've read that the 110 was well suited to the night fighter role over Germany and did inflict severe casualties against the bomber offensive. The accusation against the 110 is that it was simply outclassed against the RAFs single seater fighters and therefore needed an e...
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  • John Green
    replied to Brexit no deal-planes will stop?
    Your last para. Just a stop gap method to ensure continuity on the day - if necessary. The process of modification will begin, if it hasn't already, with the ICAO providing oversight.
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  • John Green
    replied to Interesting News Snippets
    Hilarious piece in the D.Tel. The National Portrait Gallery couldn't understand why visitor numbers had apparently slumped by 50% over two years. Amid utter consternation and a bit of fast digging, they discovered that the visitor hi-tec automatic counting machine had gone 'wobbly'. Britain is still working....
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  • I thought that I understood the point of this thread and your kind explanation confirms such. Eric Brown is, because of his vast experience, looked upon as the 'gold standard'. Equally so, the accurate answer to the thread question lies with those who actually gave battle against the 110 and staked their lives on the outc...
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  • Or, the late great Bill Gunston. He writes in his book "Fighting Aircraft of World War 2", Quote: 'Only when faced with RAF Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain did the Bf 110 suddenly prove a disaster. It was simply no match for the Spitfire or even the Hurricane and soon the Bf 109 was having to escort t...
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  • Depending only on the viewpoint of the examiner, statistics are known to be open to interpretation. I believe that the only reliable indicator of the abilities of the Me110 as a warplane, are the experiences of those who actually fought against them and recorded their experience via battle reports immediately...
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  • The evidence suggests that if the 110 could not compete in the fighter to fighter role then in either the bomber role or the fighter, and accompanied by slower bombers and bearing in mind Goering's caveat, a fighter escort would be required
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  • Patrick Bishop, "Fighter Boys" writes concerning an encounter between Hurricanes and ME110s over Metz, Northern France on the 29th March: Three RAF pilots frpm No.1 squadron, flying Hurricanes had intercepted three 110s at around 25,000ft. There followed a dogfight. The Me 110s once attacked 'proved very manoeuvrable, doing half rolls diving...
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  • John Green
    replied to Donald Trump Deports A Nazi...
    After that, I feel like putting a cold word processor to my head and pulling the trigger ! You might be right about Facebook, I know next to nothing about this medium so, have no opinion. Despite the possibility of restraints from above, It would perhaps help to promote busier forums if the Mods were to be slightly more proact...
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  • John Green
    replied to A special day, and not just one !
    Unhappily, nothing of anything Supermarine to report. A day of excellent weather supported several sorties of the Harvard presumably from Goodwood. One sortie flown about 12.0 mid-day involved an intricate display of aerobatics with loops, rolls and Immelman turns in profusion. A sparkling disp...
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