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#549668 - 22/12/18 06:54 PM Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls
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Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls Royce Griffon SOUND

Interestingly this Griffon engined German plane has a single 5 blade prop it must be an absolute handful on take off.





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#549675 - 22/12/18 07:31 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: +8Rich]
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Interesting fact- One of the larger engine plants was the Ford motor company run shadow factory in Manchester, it was built near the ship canal starting may 1940 at cost of £7m , finished in 1941 reaching its target of
400 Merlin engines per month in 1942 based on 2 shift working . It reached 900 Merlins per month by 1944.
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#549676 - 22/12/18 07:33 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: +8Rich]
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That was some heavy investment in those days.
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#549678 - 22/12/18 07:36 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: +8Rich]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich
That was some heavy investment in those days.


'Britains War Machine' David Edgerton , very interesting read , basically saying that we were out producing the Germans and even the US for most of WW2 in nearly every machine , very positive book !
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#549679 - 22/12/18 07:39 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: madmax]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich
That was some heavy investment in those days.


'Britains War Machine' David Edgerton , very interesting read , basically saying that we were out producing the Germans and even the US for most of WW2 in nearly every machine , very positive book !

I'll get our local library to source that for me.
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#549681 - 22/12/18 07:43 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: +8Rich]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich
Originally Posted By madmax
Originally Posted By +8Rich
That was some heavy investment in those days.


'Britains War Machine' David Edgerton , very interesting read , basically saying that we were out producing the Germans and even the US for most of WW2 in nearly every machine , very positive book !

I'll get our local library to source that for me.


David Edgerton is Hans Rausing Professor of Imperial Coll. London , and founding director of the centre for the history of science and technology and medicine .Great late xmas present for oneself !


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#549704 - 22/12/18 09:50 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: +8Rich]
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I live less than one mile from Duxford. A whole range of WW11 aircraft fly most days. There was a spit up this afternoon. On final approach I can often see the pilot's face. Love it.
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#549708 - 22/12/18 09:56 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: Stephen888]
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You are a lucky boy, our No1 daughter and family live in Great Cambourne and when we are visiting I grab a day around there, their Warbirds days are great and have caught a couple of them.
Father was a Spit pilot so that sound and smell is a very emotive thing for me as he flew off into the far horizon several years ago now.
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#550416 - 27/12/18 05:50 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: +8Rich]
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I was lucky enough to fly in a Spit last year and take the controls at one point. Funnily enough I was talking to my wife about it today and we agreed I can do it again because the whole experience was so overwhelming, I kind of feel I didn't get the best out of it. Next time....I will know what to expect.

The noise, the smell - something that will live with me.
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#550417 - 27/12/18 05:59 PM Re: Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe - AWESOME Rolls [Re: +8Rich]
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Rich thanks for sharing thumbs I love the fact the Spit is a German plane.
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