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A blast from the past...

Postby Fozzer » Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:15 am

Forgotten WWII hero's?....>>>

...and cloth covered aeroplanes!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-40660077

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Re: A blast from the past...

Postby Flying Trucker » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:18 am

Excellent read Paul...

He served in both the European and Pacific Theaters of War

They didn't mention anything about his time in the Pacific.
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Re: A blast from the past...

Postby Fozzer » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:47 am

Ta, Doug!

The forgotten Hawker Hurricane.
Covered in cotton bed sheets from the cockpit to then tail!

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/wo ... hurricane/

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Re: A blast from the past...

Postby Hagar » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:45 pm

Fozzer wrote:The forgotten Hawker Hurricane.

Hardly forgotten Paul although the Spitfire is more familiar to Joe Public. Airworthy Hurricanes are quite rare today compared with Spitfires.
Three examples are currently based at Old Warden. http://www.shuttleworth.org/news/new-resident-hurricane-at-shuttleworth/

Covered in cotton bed sheets from the cockpit to then tail!

Not your common or garden bedsheet (or canvas as it is often described in the media) but aircraft grade Irish Linen to British Standard (BS) 7F1.
http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/reference/working-irish-linen

During WW2 linen was used in "every operational aircraft made for the RAF" and the production of flax increased five fold from the outbreak of war.
In Northern Ireland in 1944 there were 105,000 acres under cultivation with 60,000 workers involved in the industry.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplaceandmine/belfast/A756984.shtml
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Re: A blast from the past...

Postby H » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:03 am

I'm logging in on this a bit late but thanks for the links.
As Hagar states, and especially in my case, the Hawker Hurricane is not forgotten...
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Re: A blast from the past...

Postby Hawkeye07 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:26 am

If I remember correctly wasn't Ginger Lacey also noted as being the youngest pilot in the Battle of Britain?

Does anyone else remember the 70's era Triumph Spitfire television commercial where the camera shots went back and forth from the automobile dash board to the cockpit of a Supermarine Spitfire showing the gauge needles moving around? The final scene in the commercial was of a Supermarine Spitfire blasting over the automobile and off into the sunset. There was an article about the commercial in some American magazine I had at the time and it stated that Ginger Lacey was the pilot in the commercial.
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Re: A blast from the past...

Postby Shadowcaster » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:16 pm

Is this the one your talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NLxZvdwBXs

I always thought Geoffrey Wellum was the youngest.

http://www.cornwalllive.com/school-leav ... story.html

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Re: A blast from the past...

Postby Hawkeye07 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:25 pm

Shadowcaster wrote:Is this the one your talking about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NLxZvdwBXs
I always thought Geoffrey Wellum was the youngest.
http://www.cornwalllive.com/school-leav ... story.html
First Light https://vimeo.com/45585260

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Yep, that's the one! I didn't know it was still around. Thanks Rich! As for Geoffrey Wellum being the youngest, I'll go with that. Another interesting story to say the least.
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Re: A blast from the past...

Postby H » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:28 am

Hagar wrote:
Fozzer wrote:Covered in cotton bed sheets from the cockpit to then tail!
Not your common or garden bedsheet (or canvas as it is often described in the media) but aircraft grade Irish Linen to British Standard (BS) 7F1.
During WW2 linen was used in "every operational aircraft made for the RAF" and the production of flax increased five fold from the outbreak of war.
In Northern Ireland in 1944 there were 105,000 acres under cultivation with 60,000 workers involved in the industry.
I'm a little slow these days but you're aware of my oddity of thought and it eventually catches up with me.
Anywho, some while before I entered the USAF, Eric Burdon made us aware of our 'sky pilot' chaplains. Religious affiliations, or the lack of, aside, now you've presented us with recognizing our pilots of the past as men of the cloth...

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