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 on: September 15, 2016, 11:02:09 AM 
Started by DarrylH - Last post by DarrylH
One thing that has puzzled me since getting a replica of this switch unit (cast from an original) , is the position of the labelling, as it falls between the unit and the throttle body and can't easily be seen.

Today, however, I noticed something in the Ground Crew/Maintenance notes. The switch on those drawings is facing 90 degrees to where it rests on later Spitfires. By the Spitfire II notes, it has moved to the more traditional position.  On P9374 the unit is in the more modern position. I have a small photo of P9791 and that, although hard to see, seems to match the drawing below. You can also see in the Pilot's Notes that the switch is 90 deg to the "normal" position. I know exhaustive research was done on P9374 so I was wondering, does anybody know when the change occurred?


Just playing around with my throttle and it occurs that the moving of the Airscrew Pitch Control onto the throttle body would have required the refacing.

I would expect, given the diagrams etc that the early aircraft with "Bike Pump" type airscrew controls were the only ones with this feature...and not all of them if, as is more than likely,  P9374 and N3200 are correct.

 on: September 11, 2016, 11:06:45 AM 
Started by pampa14 - Last post by pampa14

Looking for naval fighters on the web I found this article with pictures of Republic P-47 Thunderbolts embarked on aircraft carriers. There was a naval version of this plane? The report and photos, never seen by me before, can be viewed at the link below:


Best Regards!

 on: August 27, 2016, 02:01:22 PM 
Started by pampa14 - Last post by pampa14

I share with you this special and illustrated report bringing some pictures of one of the most secret and mysterious projects of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Visiting the link below, in addition to photos, you can also contribute to the discussion by answering the poll if these projects have helped in the development of Western and Russian fighter aircraft in the post war. What do you think? Visit the link below and leave your opinion.


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 on: August 24, 2016, 08:02:38 PM 
Started by Gillfoto - Last post by Gillfoto
I have a photograph here of Spitfires here at RAF Blida in 1943. My father (center) Bill Gill LAC was assigned 156MU and later French Repair Unit & F.T.L.U., and was I looking to get as much info on it as possible. Any comments or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
William Gill, my dad (center) and crew by ≡ Gillfoto, on Flickr

 on: August 21, 2016, 01:44:11 PM 
Started by pampa14 - Last post by pampa14

Look at this! Did You know this rare and unusual version of the P-51 Mustang? The link below has some photos and a question: this version entered service or combat? To see all the pictures and answer the question above, please visit the link below and leave your comment.


Best Regards!

 on: August 13, 2016, 09:48:28 PM 
Started by bonefish - Last post by bonefish
Hi Everyone,

When me grandfather passed away years ago, I received an object (I was told from his Spitfire plane that he managed to land/crash in unpopulated area after  an engine malfunction.
Was told he even received some kind of medal for this.

Below picture of the spade grip. On the shooting button I can read the number (aho 16041)


Does anyone know from which type spitfire this is ? Are these things beeing collected/valuable ?


 on: August 13, 2016, 03:23:34 PM 
Started by pampa14 - Last post by pampa14

Wow! I share with you this fantastic and extensive report bringing a super collection of incredible, stunning and rare photos showing various types of American and British fighters in service with the Soviet Air Force during World War II. Many of the images and planes shown in the article were unknown to me and did not even know they had flown with the legendary Red Star. Be sure to visit the link below, you will also be amazed by the images:


Best Regards!

 on: August 07, 2016, 02:16:17 PM 
Started by pampa14 - Last post by pampa14

During World War II, a group of Brazilian pilots fought alongside the Allies in Europe. Did You know about the participation of this group in WW2? Meet these men and their machines, including rare color photos by visiting the link below:


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 on: August 01, 2016, 11:54:55 AM 
Started by RAeS_Historical - Last post by RAeS_Historical
To mark the 80th anniversary of the Spitfire's first flight and in recognition of this iconic aeroplane's design and influence on subsequent aircraft, the RAeS Historical Group will be holding a one-day seminar covering aspects of the Spitfire not normally covered in publications and other media.

Topics covered include:
- RJ Mitchell and the Spitfire (Keynote presentation)
- The Spitfire's aerodynamics
- The Seafire
- A Modern Pilot's Comparison of the Spitfire's Handling Qualities with those of the Bf109 and Hurricane
- Air to Air Photography

The event will take place at the Royal Aeronautical Society headquarters in London from 11:00 to 17:15 approximately, with a drinks reception to follow. Everyone is welcome, member or not. For more information and to get tickets, visit www.aerosociety.com/spitfire-at-80. We hope that you will be able to join us!

 on: August 01, 2016, 10:50:42 AM 
Started by Supermarine51 - Last post by Supermarine51
Interesting read about Spit restoration projects past and on-going: https://www.intotheblue.co.uk/blog/2016/07/29/history-of-spitfire-restoration/

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