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    The Mosquito lives!

    First flight yesterday.
    What a beautiful machine !!!!!




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    Yay - can't wait to see it in the flesh (or is that plywood?)
    =mjc=
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    Amazing effort... Bloody good on em....

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    Beautiful! Where's the video? Only one left flying in the whole wide world!!! Have to work or I would be at Ardmore tomorrow too.

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    Anyone know the pilot?
    Get him to do a fly past at HD I'd love to see it.

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    Saw it flying around yesterday, had my class at the windows looking out for it. I had to explain some basic facts about it for them - was a bit too far away for them to see details, but they did comment it "goes pretty fast for an old plane!"

    One of my favourite planes!
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    Awesome.

    One of the most fascinating things about WWII for me is the pace of technology moving. e.g. Most sides started with at least some biplanes in action (Swordfish!). The Brits, Germans and Yanks had jets by the end.

    Here's a plane with piston engines, made largely of wood, and still used years after WWII ended.

    Awesome.
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    Always had a major soft spot for the Mossie because my old man worked for the company that made the glue that held it together ("Aerolite" made by Aero Research, which became Ciba Geigy, down the road from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford).

    Any of you that have ever used Araldite, which I guess is all of you, have a small link there too. ARaLdite...from Aero Research Limited.

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    Always found it fascinating learning about the Mossie, like how all the piano craftsman, joiners and carpenters and anyone involved with working with wood were utilised to construct these wonders.

    The glue thing made me think about when they were used in the Pacific and how they would start delaminating due to the heat and humidity and they needed to readjust the glue properties to keep them flying!

    Very very cool cool planes (like the Catalina they got there as well!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macontour View Post
    Beautiful! Where's the video? Only one left flying in the whole wide world!!! Have to work or I would be at Ardmore tomorrow too.
    Here ya go ...



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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    Awesome.

    One of the most fascinating things about WWII for me is the pace of technology moving. e.g. Most sides started with at least some biplanes in action (Swordfish!). The Brits, Germans and Yanks had jets by the end.

    Here's a plane with piston engines, made largely of wood, and still used years after WWII ended.

    Awesome.
    Whats more it carried much the same payload (4,000lb) as a B17 on long range missions.. 2 crew and a simple fast plane vs 10 crew in a complex behemoth...

    B17 - Short range missions (<400 mi): 8,000 lb (3,600 kg), Long range missions (≈800 mi): 4,500 lb (2,000 kg)

    Brilliant concept

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    Truly impressive. They have been working some long hours to get her in the air.
    Hopefully the weather is good tomorrow for the airshow!


    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    Most sides started with at least some biplanes in action (Swordfish!).
    The Sword was one of the few aircraft to outlive its replacement aircraft!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swoop View Post
    The Sword was one of the few aircraft to outlive its replacement aircraft!
    I didn't know that, but I did know that they flew too slowly for the Bismark's guns to target them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterD View Post
    I didn't know that, but I did know that they flew too slowly for the Bismark's guns to target them.
    I watched the Ark Royal series on ewechoob the other week (A+ review). An older gentleman came aboard who turned out to be the pilot of the Sword that dropped the torpedo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Graham View Post
    Anyone know the pilot?
    Get him to do a fly past at HD I'd love to see it.
    Dave Philips or Keith Skilling? Guess you'll have to go over the Ardmore for a look-see.
    Otherwise watch vicariously on line at all the videos and pix being posted, like I have to..........fuckit!
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