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Alex Henshaw flying the Spitfire

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Barry W19/04/2010 23:41:49
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I came across this video clip taken from a WW2 film about ferry pilots
It is the only known record of A H doing a flying display
Hope you find it of interest
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator20/04/2010 00:35:34
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Brilliant video. Interesting to see the Mk V flying inverted! So many people stick to the view that the Spit just could not do this. The Merlin engined ones may not have been able to - but the Griffon engine could fly inverted obviously - even if it was with a bit of coughing and wheezzing
Stephen Grigg20/04/2010 06:43:19
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Enjoyed that Thankyou
Klippy20/04/2010 07:34:19
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Awesome, just a pity about the gentleman from Alabama.
Peter Miller20/04/2010 08:22:54
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Great clip
I have a beautiful print of a Spitfire over the Thames in the sunset painted by Timothy O'Brien.
It is signed by Alex Henshaw. One of my favourite pictures.
Josip Vrandecic -Mes03/09/2010 18:19:04
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Thanks Barry W. 
Please no offense,but nothing and never will fly  as Spity .Although the jets is inevitable,for mi, flaying is always related  to i.c. engine (preferably RR Merlin).
Andy Gates03/09/2010 19:13:47
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Some of the later marks of Merlin engine were fitted with carbs which allowed inverted flight. Not so certain the MKV did though.
I have read (multiple times) his book Sigh for a Merlin.
Very well written and not at all above himself.
I would loved to have met him.
Simon Chaddock11/09/2010 01:30:01
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The R.A.E. restrictor (otherwise known as the Shilling Orifice after its inventor Miss Shilling) was fitted to operational squadrons  in early 1941. This permitted short periods of full power inverted flight.
The Bendix and RR pressure carbs of 1943 were unaffected by inverted flight.
The MkV was operational from mid 1941 so it could have had the R.A.E restrictor although the Spit in the video certainly coughs and splutters on the inverted passes. 
ken anderson.11/09/2010 08:02:48
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this is the best spitfire low pass we will ever has been posted a few times-here it is word...magnificent....
 ps.....bit of swearing at the warned....
Plummet11/09/2010 10:17:08
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Since you mentioned Alex Henshaw, you may be interested in what Taff Smith is getting up to.
There is a photo of the two 'starring' aircraft on 

Edited By Plummet on 11/09/2010 10:17:38

Danny Fenton11/09/2010 12:17:19
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Fantastic to see the footage, thanks Barry for posting the link

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