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Tizer
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Posted -  21/12/2007  :  11:56
I have uploaded my first picture to the Barlick site I hope to be able to add it in this thread if/when it gets approval from Doc. It is a postcard from the 1940s entitled Winged Heroes and showing Hawker Hurricanes. (The picture is in the next post if you are on page 1 of the thread; if you are on another page you need to go back tp page 1 to see it.)

Please feel free to add your own stories, pictures or comments regarding everything to do with aeroplanes and their pilots, both past and present.

Edited by - Tizer on 11/11/2010 15:11:42


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Tizer
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Posted - 08/08/2008 : 10:40
VAAC Harrier

VAAC Harrier 2

This aircraft is the oldest airworthy twin-seat Harrier flying worldwide and first flew in 1969. It is operated by defence firm Qinetiq and is officially titled the Vectored-Thrust Aircraft Advanced Flight Control (VAAC) Harrier. Having started life as a conventional Harrier it was modified in the 1980s into a flying test vehicle for future vertical take-off technologies and was given fly-by-wire equipment. In 2005 it achieved the first landing on a ship by a Short Take-off Vertical Landing aircraft without pilot input (that was the RNAS brochure description - I would suggest that it had pilot input but that the pilot was not in the aircraft!). The aircraft is soon to retire and it may not be seen at air shows again.  (Click pictures for larger photos)


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Posted - 08/08/2008 : 13:59
Love the high-tech stepladders........


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Posted - 09/08/2008 : 18:39
Nice pictures Tizer and IE does offer to resize when you hover.


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Posted - 10/08/2008 : 10:36
Thanks for letting me know about the IE info, Ian.

Stanley, it made me wonder if there was someone in the cockpit, shouting "Hey, somebody put back that stepladder so I can get down from here".


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Posted - 10/08/2008 : 16:38
I know a joke about a budgie and a stepladder......  The punch line was that just before it died it asked who had taken the bloody ladder away......


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Posted - 21/08/2008 : 20:26
When I went to the Royal Naval Air Service's Air Day (Yeovilton) in July one of the aircraft that was not allowed to fly because of the bad weather conditions was the RNAS Sea Hawk WV908 of the Fleet Air Arm Historic Flight. This aircraft can be seen in the set of five photos on the previous page of this thread, showing wings folding and unfolding.

I'm pleased to say that the aircraft was flown enthusiastically over our house this afternoon - diving, climbing and flown with gusto by what must be a very happy pilot. I was prompted to look for more information on the Sea Hawk using the Internet and found a remarkable archive of photos on this aircraft type. They are "working" photos rather than PR photos, and one set is specifically related to the carrier HMS Bulwark. If you are interested in old aeroplanes do not miss this archive of photos. Among the many photos are pictures of row after row of Sea Hawks lined up. There is a sequence of photos taken as one Hawk crash lands on the carrier deck and ploughs into others (and I think there is one less aircraft visible on the deck in the final photo). Another shows a Sea Hawk taking off from the carrier and then in the next photo is in the sea alongside the ship.

The photos are on the web site of Roy Coates, who has been restoring WV838, and WV908 of the Fleet Air Arm Historic Flight is pictured on the home page. The web site is here:

http://www.wv838.com/

Click on the photo to enter the site. To get to the photos click on "12. Photo Gallery".

Edit: Since writing the above I've had more chance to look at the site. Don't miss the other sections, such as Memorabilia which has more wonderful pictures. And the Restoration Diary showing how he restored the front end of the plane in his ordinary garage!

I've posted a few small pics here to whet your appetite. These small images are on the site but for most of them you get a big image when you click. I don't want to post his full-size images here. Have a look and enjoy his web site!

Sea Hawk nose restorationSea Hawk in flight

Sea Hawks lined upSea Hawks starting up Sea Hawk crash


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Posted - 22/08/2008 : 17:21
Why are they all on fire?


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Posted - 23/08/2008 : 12:42
The starter cartridges are being fired to get the engines going. I knew nothing of this until the Air Day when Mrs T and I happend to be standing a bit close to some of the old jets (including the Sea Hawk) when suddenly there were these great bangs and smoke shot into the air. We thought something had gone wrong, but the cartridge starts the jet engine.

These are meant to be carrier-based aircraft. How do they start 1950s land-based jets?

The Sea Hawks had Rolls-Royce Nene jet engines. The sound of the Hawk I heard flying the other day was wonderful. Not the thunderous roar of the later jets but a lovely softer sound.

Here is a web page from another site with details of the development of the Hawk and its engine:

http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/seahawk/history.html 


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Posted - 23/08/2008 : 17:12
Synchronised starting eh......


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Posted - 29/08/2008 : 15:47
I was browsing the History Channel website and came across the following link to the Vulcan to the Sky Trust site. Thought it would be apt to drop the link in with our other Winged Heroes.

http://www.tvoc.co.uk/default.asp



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Tizer
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Posted - 30/08/2008 : 11:17
...and there's plenty of Christmas presents on the site, with the money going to the Vulcan!


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Posted - 27/09/2008 : 08:24
Thanks to the wonders of digital TV I've found a surprising source of old archive film on Movies4men.  They specialise in El Cheapo macho movies but also show films on war which are made up of old archive film.  Watched 'Luftwaffe' the other day as I rested from writing the latest book.  Fascnating archive film.  For instance, the two mechanics twining the inertia starter on an ME 109 and when the engine fired they handed the starting handle to the pilot who stowed it in the cockpit in case he needed it while he was away.  Recorded 'JU 109' and 'War at Sea' yesterday and this morning there's one on the Harrier.  Well worth seeking out.  Freesat 304.  Not sure what it is on Sky.


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Posted - 27/09/2008 : 12:54
That sounds like a brilliant source of interesting films.

Now here is a photo for the aero buffs. What is the name of this aeroplane? I know the identity from the original photo but I won't say here. I'll give you a chance first, then add the identity later. Click on the photo for a bigger version. (5th Oct - Answer - Junkers G.38 - further details on next page of this thread)

German aircraft


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Posted - 28/09/2008 : 17:23
Wot, no answers yet? I'll just have to bump this thread back up so more people see it! (And get in trouble with the moderators too probably!)


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Posted - 29/09/2008 : 17:49
No trouble, bump away but it smells of Heinkel to me......


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