Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Aviators sit in the shade of their weatherbeaten, fabric-covered biplanes, exchange hangar talk and tell stories of their barnstorming days before they take to the air again and fly toward the setting sun ....

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Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby ZeroAltitude » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:34 pm

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"Pink Lady" from France
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Part of the impressive flightline
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Flightline
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Pink Lady's crew + ladies
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A USAAF B-17 bomber and crew waiting for their next mission, East Anglia, 1944 ...
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So's a B-25 Mitchell and its crew
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Meanwhile, on the other side of the English channel ...
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The "Butcher Bird" is waiting
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The Fortress is about ready
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The Royal Air Force is about to supply escort
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Sure we've got enough ammo?
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If not - the Spit's goin g to be there as well
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They could have flown in Per
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Lufthansa
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A movie star
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That's her real name
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Re: Flying Legends 2009

Postby ZeroAltitude » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:50 pm

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The control tower from the 1940's
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Doubleseater Spitfire
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About half of the Spits that were present
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It doesn't only look wet - it was wet
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Some shelter from the rain
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3 of the 4 B-25's still flying in Europe (according to the commentator)
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Anybody old enough here to remember Jane Russell?
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Having small talk
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Front office
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Flight line
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The Spits
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Did they really paint lips in such a bright red in those days? I always thought Kate Beckinsale had been overdoing it in "Pearl Harbour"
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Gettin' ready
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A beauty. The Hurricane is one of my favorites
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Re: Flying Legends 2009

Postby ZeroAltitude » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:58 pm

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The bombers
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Spitfire
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Beautiful light
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The behind of Sally B.
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... a behind with a sting. I wouldn't have fit into that rear gunner position.
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The other side of Sally B.'s behind
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Re: Flying Legends 2009

Postby ZeroAltitude » Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:23 pm

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The show begins. The FW 190.
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The sky's full of Spitfires, chasing the Me/Bf-109 and the FW190
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Actually, it's a Buchon, not a genuine 109.
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Nice wide undercarriage - must be less stress to land the 190 than the 109 with its narrow landing gear
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For many, the FW 190 was the highlight of the show.
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The Buchon/109 is somewhat more delicate
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The 3 B-25's in formation with a P-40
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Smoking was strictly forbidden on the airside
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Frankie is ferocious??
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This silhouette is unmistakable
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Lysander and Hurricane
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One of the very few Gloster Gladiators that survived. It was flown on a very beautiful display
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Gladiator ready for takeoff
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Lysander and Gladiator
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Where else but in Duxford are you treated to a flight of three Hurricanes?
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That's why it's called a Spitfire.
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Re: Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby AndyToop » Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:44 pm

:clap: Great pics - saw some of them at the spring show - and saw the bouchon last year - it it wierd seeing it an hearing the noise of a spitfire :D

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Re: Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby Peminu » Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:37 pm

Beautiful pics ZA. Thanks.

Did spitfires with a five blade propellor existed during WWII?
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Re: Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby ZilogMan » Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:55 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby PurduePilot » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:08 am

Very very nice! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby flyboy2548m » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:11 am


Did spitfires with a five blade propellor existed during WWII?

Yes. Mk XIV and higher.
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Re: Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby ZeroAltitude » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:36 am


Did spitfires with a five blade propellor existed during WWII?

Yes. Mk XIV and higher.
One of the Spits with five-blade props that were present used to sport a double contra-rotating prop until early this year (Christophe Jacquard's plane).
It had been restored using a Griffon engine cannibalised from an Avro Shackleton which had contra-rotating props.
It has been equipped with a standard five-blade this spring.
I've read contradicting sources - some claimed that there were no Spits originally equipped with contra-rotating props, others claim that a small series of 200-odd planes had them.
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Re: Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby ZeroAltitude » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:44 am

:clap: Great pics - saw some of them at the spring show - and saw the bouchon last year - it it wierd seeing it an hearing the noise of a spitfire :D
The Bf 109 started out with a British engine.
Because the DB-601 engine wasn't available yet, Messerschmitt used a Rolls Royce Kestrel engine for the prototype.
That was before the war of course (roughly at the same time the Hurricane and the Spitfire were developed, c. 1935 - 1938).

At Legends, they displayed a Merlin (with a prop in place) mounted on a flatbed carriage that they started up several times.
They revved it up and you could hear that sound all over the airfield. Heaven ...

As a precaution, I changed the ringtone on my mobile phone before I arrived at Duxford (changed it back as soon as I was home again). Because my ringtone is that of a Griffon starting up (Christophe Jacquard's Spit with the contra-rotating prop).... I figured I wouldn't be able to tell if it was a call for me or a real Griffon/Merlin ...
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Re: Flying Legends 2009 (Broadband recommended ;-)

Postby Sir Gallivant » Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:29 am

They could have flown in Per
While he may be full of hot air, I doubt you can fly in him, though. :mrgreen:
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