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Jon - Laser Engines31/10/2017 14:04:11
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Not seen a Spit pushed this hard for a while. You can even see daylight through the frise ailerons a couple of times when at full deflection.

Awesome stuff

Peter Miller31/10/2017 14:10:36
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Very impressive

Martian31/10/2017 14:24:14
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absolutely wonderful display shades of Ray Hanna there, by the way what produces the whistle is it the prop

Jon - Laser Engines31/10/2017 14:52:19
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Posted by Martian on 31/10/2017 14:24:14:

absolutely wonderful display shades of Ray Hanna there, by the way what produces the whistle is it the prop

I thought the same about Ray Hanna. Clearly the chap at the helm was enjoying himself!

As for the whistle, i was always under the impression that it was the super charger as all late merlin powered aircraft make the same noise. The mechanism was the same as the vulcan howl where a large volume of air being drawn through a small inlet at speed makes a noise. Even the mustangs without gun ports whistle the same way so i have never bought the gun port story for explaining the whistle. Daimler powered Bf109's have a very obvious supercharger whistle of so for me its a safe bet.

There is a MkI Spit (n3200 i think) which has a very different and distinctive whistle caused by either the mirror or the spent shell ejectors under the wings as they are different to other spits. Flypast did a feature on it a while back and i cant remember which of those two it was that causes the whistle.

Peter Christy31/10/2017 14:58:26
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That pilot was enjoying himself far too much!

Imagine! Having a toy like that to play with - and being PAID for it!!! laugh

Yes, I thought the whistle was the supercharger too!

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ken anderson.31/10/2017 15:08:49
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wonderful....not bad for a 1930's basic design...........displayed to perfection..thanks Jon

ken Anderson...ne..1....perfection dept..

Edited By ken anderson. on 31/10/2017 15:27:50

Martian31/10/2017 15:26:03
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thanks for the info Jon

Jon - Laser Engines31/10/2017 16:25:35
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Posted by ken anderson. on 31/10/2017 15:08:49:

wonderful....not bad for a 1930's basic design...........displayed to perfection..thanks Jon

ken Anderson...ne..1....perfection dept..

Edited By ken anderson. on 31/10/2017 15:27:50

No worries, it brightened my chilly afternoon thats for sure.

john stones 131/10/2017 17:26:15
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Beautiful scale flying, sound ain't to shabby either. yes

cymaz31/10/2017 19:17:44
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Stunning party. Absolutely stunning....

Adrian Smith 131/10/2017 19:26:25
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loved every second of it. Brilliant. laugh

Martin McIntosh31/10/2017 19:30:57
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I bet that the pilot got a real rollicking from the maintenance guys since those wing rivet holes must be really elongated after that. Rare to see one completing a loop these days. Great to watch though.

eflightray31/10/2017 19:36:31
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A 'gaggle', a 'flock', a 'squadron', or just plain 'magnificent'. smiley

16 all in one go.

Josip Vrandecic -Mes31/10/2017 20:48:15
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Of course, one of many impressive film productions by Mr. Steve from the High Flight... thumbs up

Thanks a lot

Chris Walby01/11/2017 13:58:54
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So why did he put the flaps back to normal once he had the main wheels on the deck? Is that normal or just he has a long tarmac runway?

Peter Christy01/11/2017 14:44:23
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Well, he "wheeled" it on, rather than the classic 3-point landing, so it would still have had flying speed rather than being stalled. Raising the flaps would reduce any tendency to try and lift off again as the tail lowered.

(Not that I've ever flown a full-size Spit!) wink

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Martin McIntosh01/11/2017 14:50:36
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On my Hurricanes, leaving the flaps deployed after touch down causes a nose over so that may be the reason.

Jon - Laser Engines01/11/2017 16:41:25
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I have pilots notes for a number of WWII aircraft and they often recommend retracting the flaps as soon as possible so they are not damaged by stones thrown up by the wheels/prop

Cuban801/11/2017 17:28:47
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Been watching warbirds at airshows for many years and I don't buy the supercharger whistle theory.
Main reason is that I've never heard the whistle when a Mustang or Spit or whatever is flying fast, when straight and level and indeed never from the Merlins in the Lanc. The whistle always occurs when the aeroplane is pulling G, either pulling up into a turn or winding up the G in a level turn. Must be an aerodynamic effect I'd have thought. Radiatiors, oil coolers, gun ports, ammo chutes, control surface gaps, probably a combination depending on the aircraft type.

Edited By Cuban8 on 01/11/2017 17:30:16

Robert Parker01/11/2017 18:13:08
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Love it smiley and the whilsting

I could watch it over and over again.

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