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 on: January 19, 2018, 09:41:20 PM 
Started by Red Jhonson - Last post by Red Jhonson
So recently i went to a site which is "known" for spitfire crash's and well i found this weird part which i can not identify so im wondering if you can help me.
it has a plastic look and goes up in 3's till reaching 33 here is a picture.

 on: January 19, 2018, 07:57:49 AM 
Started by emilybdkst9 - Last post by emilybdkst9
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 on: January 08, 2018, 07:14:14 AM 
Started by emilybdkst9 - Last post by emilybdkst9
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 on: January 03, 2018, 06:35:14 PM 
Started by emilybdkst9 - Last post by emilybdkst9
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 on: January 02, 2018, 03:59:12 PM 
Started by emilybdkst9 - Last post by emilybdkst9
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 on: January 02, 2018, 08:39:59 AM 
Started by emilybdkst9 - Last post by emilybdkst9
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 on: January 01, 2018, 03:34:10 PM 
Started by emilybdkst9 - Last post by emilybdkst9
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 on: December 15, 2017, 11:22:24 PM 
Started by knickerlessparsons - Last post by knickerlessparsons
I have been offered some new boxed  vintage aircraft radio antennas that I'm told are what were fitted to Spitfires. Can anyone confirm this?

I have photographed one beside a damaged Type 93 antenna which I understand is the real thing. The new ones are manufactured by Doolittle Radio Inc and labelled 110B/213 althouh the base is stamped 110BB/879 and NAF68986-1. They do not have any writing on the antenna element itself. The internals look identical apart from the central lug being slightly larger.

Can anybody shed any light on these?

For some reason I can't get the pics loaded here but I have hopefully created a link to the photos here  http://s1380.photobucket.com/user/knickerlessparsons/slideshow/Spitfire%20antenna%20or%20not


 on: September 22, 2017, 06:34:47 AM 
Started by Editor - Last post by gilly617
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 on: September 22, 2017, 03:53:18 AM 
Started by NZTyphoon - Last post by gilly617
I think that you might have been very close to the answer Edgar. My research on Vc AA963 'Borough of Southgate' has thrown up the problems they had trying to make the 4 x cannon 'C' configuration work. They never got it to function properly so the 'C' option of four cannons on a mark V was shelved indefinitely and most thereafter were produced with the 'B' wing armament configuration. Yes there was a slight weight penalty with four Hispano's (and ammunition) but it wasn't the core of the problem. I believe the technical issue was the heating of the 20mm gun bay(s). The Hispano cannon didn't relish the cold and needed some warmth to function reliably, especially at altitude where it was appreciably colder. The starboard wing cannon armament (either 2 or 4 guns) was heated adequately from the starboard under-wing radiator. Not so the port wing as it had to be heated from the same sole under-wing radiator from the other wing and there was significant heat loss to the port wing. At that time during 1941 the problem presented itself as a marked yaw when the gun button was pressed as the starboard cannon(s) fired reliably whilst one or both port cannon frequently jammed, resulting in asymmetric recoil and sudden loss of sight picture, which doesn't help matters if you are trying to shoot someone down. They had similar problems in 1940 when they first fitted a pair of cannon to the mark IIb's of 19 Squadron during the B of B and had to give 19 Squadron back their 'A' wing Spits after their cannons continued to jam in this manner.

I believe the smaller outer wing blisters were part of their technical efforts to solve the cannon heating issues on the 'C' wing exactly as you surmised in your earlier post.

Incidentally the few photos showing what are apparently 4 x cannon armed Spitfire Vc's aboard the USS Wasp to reinforce Malta are misleading. The dust thrown up from the constant bombing of the Malta rock had an abrasive effect on everything mechanical, especially the Hispano's mechanism and barrel, which resulted in them wearing out quickly and depleting the stock of spare cannons/Hispano barrels in the armoury. The same limestone dust also required them to fit the Vokes filter to the aircraft. They relieved this situation by fitting a spare pair of Hispano's in the outer bays before they left the UK, which were quickly removed and put into stores upon arrival at Malta. An erroneous story explaining this was that they had run short of 20mm ammunition on Malta and that they were removing the extra pair of cannon to ease their ammunition usage in order to make stocks last. They actually had plenty of 20mm ammunition for the Hispanos when in fact they were dangerously short of the cannon themselves. Every Spitfire that made it through to Malta meant two more spare guns for the armoury.

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