Flying again: Spitfire takes to the air 71 years after being shot down.

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  1. v2

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    Awesome! Another Spitfire takes to the air again.
     
  3. Airframes

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    Brilliant! I always wondered what happened to this Spit, after its discovery was shown in a 1980 edition of 'Fly Past' magazine - now I know !
     
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    The story is fantastic.
    Thanks very much for this post.
     
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    That video is great!
     
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    With all the sad news of losing two warbirds and thier pilots, this is definately good to hear!
     
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    A Mk I even!!! Excellent!
     
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    Wasn't Peter Cazenove a wingman to Robert Stanford Tuck?
     
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    Entirely possible - both were on 92 Sqn flying Spits.
     
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    Very Cool !
     
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    What a lucky man to be able to fly that lady of the skies
     
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    Wow, a Mk1 Spitfire back in the air, lovely.
     
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    great news ....odd colour scheme though.
     
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    Typical scheme for that period in 1940, before the change to 'Sky' undersurfaces.
     
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    #15 Thorlifter, Sep 19, 2011
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    To me, this is even better news than normal given the recent loss of Galloping Ghost. Yeah, I know.....different plane. But its good to get another one back in the air.

    I do have a question though, it shows the Spitfire landing in the grass. Why did it land there when there is a runway right next to it?
     
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    Great story. After sixty years in the salt mud there can't be much left of the old plane that was usable.
     
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    Yes I know airframes but it still looks odd, like a flying chess board was one description of a squadron.
     
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    If it has the original 1939/40 u/c set-up, the axles are set to "toe-in," which was normal for grass, being more stable. It was only (very)late/post-war that the legs were set fore-and-aft, for hard runways, which would have scrubbed the tyres if they were toed-in.
    There's an article in yesterday's Sunday Telegraph, with a slightly sad postscript; the owner found where Casenove had been living, but, when he phoned, his widow answered, saying that he'd died just a few days earlier. She also said that one of the last things he said was that he'd have loved to know what happened to his old Spitfire.
    Edgar
     
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    Fantastic news...especially being such a rare bird!!!
     
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    brilliant !!!
     
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