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Historic Aviation => Spitfire => Topic started by: FranekS on July 06, 2012, 07:27:42 PM



Title: A&B Wing: with or without internal stiffeners?
Post by: FranekS on July 06, 2012, 07:27:42 PM
Hi!
I have some  important (at least for me, as modeller) questions:
Have been internal wheel bay stiffeners applied at production stage in early (those with A or B wings) Spitfire models?
I think about factory standard, not examples upgraded with external beams.
Was there a  correlation in the presence of  external and internal ones? I can’t find anything inside wheel well in popular A and B wing construction schemes (“Crow copyright”), as I can on C wing. Of course I  know that C was of different design with integral factory stiffenings, working as  half-ribs. Major problem is  that almost all  survived examples (A and B winged) are with those external stiffeners. I know only one (Spitfire Vb, BL 614, now  in RAF Museum Hendon ) without external stiffeners. I am very interested to know, what is inside of her wheel bay? Does anyone have  photos of  this detail of this particular aircraft, or any other information in this subject?

Sorry for my poor English
FranekS     


Title: Re: A&B Wing: with or without internal stiffeners?
Post by: DavidCIsby on November 26, 2012, 08:27:33 PM
I do not know, and I would hate to lead you astray, but I recall when looking at the Ministry of Aircraft Production documents at Kew that these were later additions to the design.