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Old 20 Sep 2019, 18:32 (Ref:3929128)   #4906
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You can do 'fly alongside a Spitfire' experiences from Biggin Hill and Headcorn (although if it was a modern plane alongside it's probably the Biggin one - Headcorn use a de Havilland Devon). If you've got a bit more cash you can do 'fly in a Spitfire' as there are 2 seaters around as well. The Biggin Spitfire comes over work 3 or 4 times a day when it's operating and the Headcorn based one comes over home - not bad! As you say the sound is very distinctive (and glorious), one of the sounds of an English summer.
Thanks for that explanation - not quite such a rare siting after all then! 'My' Spitfire had black & white wing markings, if that offers any clue as to where it came from. I had no idea such flights were available but I haven't been in the country much lately. However, I do get personalised air displays over my back garden if the son of a near neighbour happens to spot me when he flies over. I'm sure his low-level double barrel-rolls wouldn't meet with approval in some places!
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Old 20 Sep 2019, 19:55 (Ref:3929138)   #4907
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Thanks for that explanation - not quite such a rare siting after all then! 'My' Spitfire had black & white wing markings, if that offers any clue as to where it came from. I had no idea such flights were available but I haven't been in the country much lately. However, I do get personalised air displays over my back garden if the son of a near neighbour happens to spot me when he flies over. I'm sure his low-level double barrel-rolls wouldn't meet with approval in some places!

I do believe that there are Spitfire two seater flights available from Duxford as well.

30 odd years ago there was a scrap metal merchant who lived in Shenley in Hertfordshire who owned and flew a Mustang. He alternated where he stored it, sometimes at Elstree Aerodrome but often in his garden which was long or wide enough to land and take off. He very often used to fly over our house which was about a mile way in Radlett.

And what an evocative sound that aircraft made; pretty well good enough to compete with the Spitfire or the Hurricane.
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Old 20 Sep 2019, 20:51 (Ref:3929151)   #4908
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I do believe that there are Spitfire two seater flights available from Duxford as well.

30 odd years ago there was a scrap metal merchant who lived in Shenley in Hertfordshire who owned and flew a Mustang. He alternated where he stored it, sometimes at Elstree Aerodrome but often in his garden which was long or wide enough to land and take off. He very often used to fly over our house which was about a mile way in Radlett.

And what an evocative sound that aircraft made; pretty well good enough to compete with the Spitfire or the Hurricane.
Depending on the model of Mustang, same Merlin engine.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nort...n_P-51_Mustang
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Old 21 Sep 2019, 08:01 (Ref:3929210)   #4909
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https://www.warbirdflights.co.uk/spitfireml407

Link to details of the "Grace " Spitfire .
It used to be based on an airfield near me , BUT THEN SOME STUPID WOMEN COMPLAINED ABOUT THE NOISE , & now it flies out of Sywell airfield .

Frequently get warbirds flying over . The P51 Mustangs do have a Packard Merlin engine , but the WONDERFUL sound is slightly different from the Spitfire Merlin sound .
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https://www.warbirdflights.co.u/spitfireml407

Link to details of the "Grace " Spitfire .
It used to be based on an airfield near me , BUT THEN SOME STUPID WOMEN COMPLAINED ABOUT THE NOISE , & now it flies out of Sywell airfield .

Frequently get warbirds flying over . The P51 Mustangs do have a Packard Merlin engine , but the WONDERFUL sound is slightly different from the Spitfire Merlin sound .
The "Grace" spitfire used to be regularly flown along this part of the Suffolk coast - I frequently got to see it on my way home from work along Felixstowe seafront.

There's not many better (non motorsport) sounds than the Merlin engine on full song.
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Old 22 Sep 2019, 08:40 (Ref:3929364)   #4911
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Personally, I’d suggest that whoever repaired this wishbone wants shooting. It’s the front element on the left rear, and the join has just pulled apart..... No damage on the car, thankfully!
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Old 22 Sep 2019, 12:02 (Ref:3929402)   #4913
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Itís the lower left rear wishbone on a single seater! Obviously the tube is not one piece, and has a join in it, which I canít believe is a good idea... Itís pulled apart, resulting in the wheel suddenly toeing out 30 deg. Lucky it doesnít look like the car hit anything....
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Old 22 Sep 2019, 12:15 (Ref:3929406)   #4914
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Itís the lower left rear wishbone on a single seater! Obviously the tube is not one piece, and has a join in it, which I canít believe is a good idea... Itís pulled apart, resulting in the wheel suddenly toeing out 30 deg. Lucky it doesnít look like the car hit anything....

Is it a sort of tube in a tube repair thing? Or even an attempt at strengthening?
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Sorry Mike. I meant what is the car? But yes not good work if it broke under normal working conditions.
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There's not many better (non motorsport) sounds than the Merlin engine on full song.[/QUOTE]

We had one fly over us at Santa Pod yesterday, probably on the way to / from nearby Sywell.

After yesterdays scorching sun and no delays, today is the opposite, 90 minute delay before we started, ran for around 90 minutes, and now looking at heavy rain - gonna be a long day!

Luckily the WiFi signal is good so have watched England win the rugby, now got the GP on Radio 5 live also following the BSB from Assen through the TSL website, isn't science good?
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We had one fly over us at Santa Pod yesterday, probably on the way to / from nearby Sywell.

After yesterdays scorching sun and no delays, today is the opposite, 90 minute delay before we started, ran for around 90 minutes, and now looking at heavy rain - gonna be a long day!

Luckily the WiFi signal is good so have watched England win the rugby, now got the GP on Radio 5 live also following the BSB from Assen through the TSL website, isn't science good?[/QUOTE]

Good to know that the officials are giving it 100% concentration. Nothing can go wrong , nothing can go wrong, nothing can...……..
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Good to know that the officials are giving it 100% concentration. Nothing can go wrong , nothing can go wrong, nothing can...ÖÖ..[/QUOTE]

Not guilty guv, I was only there as the Chauffer, my Wife was the MUK Steward and I had an empty diary this weekend, so was on a 'busmans'.

Next 'working' day is at Jamie Whitams trackday on Wednesday, when with it being bikes and probably wet, lots will go wrong
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Old 22 Sep 2019, 18:39 (Ref:3929481)   #4919
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Thanks for that explanation - not quite such a rare siting after all then! 'My' Spitfire had black & white wing markings, if that offers any clue as to where it came from. I had no idea such flights were available but I haven't been in the country much lately. However, I do get personalised air displays over my back garden if the son of a near neighbour happens to spot me when he flies over. I'm sure his low-level double barrel-rolls wouldn't meet with approval in some places!
There are photos of 3 of the 2 seaters here:

https://tentenths.com/forum/showpost...2&postcount=40

Could have been one of those (one of those is Headcorn/Sywell based - I can't remember where the other 2 were from - could be Biggin, Duxford or Goodwood). Other warbird photos in that thread too if you're interested.
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Sorry Mike. I meant what is the car? But yes not good work if it broke under normal working conditions.
Doh! Me being a bit dumb, Peter

F3 Brabham, I think.

Anyway, back to Merlin engines.......
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