Hawker Tempest almost ready for flight

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I got a kick out of the P-51 camera plane that ambled through the beginning of the video, with the cameraman sitting behind the pilot - facing backwards. Also the ground crew off to the side as the Tempest began to taxi, with the one guy praying and saying "please don't start on fire . . . please don't start on fire . . ".:)
Very impressive. I am still surprised that you don't see; a decent size fire extinguisher, chocks, a 2-man crew for start or even a cockpit brake-man when towing.

I hope that the Centaurus does well on this one. A fantastic engine that has not seen good reliability in vintage operation.

The gear retraction looked worrying/slow.

Best wishes and Good luck!


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