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Author Topic: Wheel discs Spitfires V and IX  (Read 2533 times)
NZTyphoon
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« on: June 07, 2009, 03:11:28 AM »

Was there a specific reason for the use of removeable wheel discs on some Spitfire Vs and IXs? I'm presuming they were intended to stop dust and mud entering the wheels through the openings but I can find no specific references as to their purpose in any references I have.
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Antoni
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2009, 10:09:19 AM »

You will find the answer in the thread lower down subject MK716.
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Edgar Brooks
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2009, 10:49:31 AM »

They were first introduced from April 1941 (which would include late Mk.I production,) under mod 262, which read "To provide fairing on landing wheels to prevent ingress of snow."  Presumably, they were found to be just as useful against mud and sand.
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NZTyphoon
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2009, 01:11:30 PM »

Thanks for that gentlemen. I should have been reading the information on MK716 more carefully, but I was pressed for time. Hmm, I wonder where those covers were manufactured  Wink Cheers! NZT
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