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RE: BBMF - 9/30/2012 8:04:26 PM   
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The Lanc performing her solo display at a rather impressive 100'




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RE: BBMF - 9/30/2012 8:06:07 PM   
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The boss brings his Spitfire home after performing his last display with the BBMF (and RAF). A highly emotional day for himself and his dog Merlin!




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RE: BBMF - 10/2/2012 4:46:36 PM   
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Wonderful photos !!!

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RE: BBMF - 10/2/2012 5:10:05 PM   
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Nice pics!

Outta curiosity, I didn't think the MkII had a bubble hood ( I can't remember the name of the darned things), but rather had a straight hood along the lines of the Hurricane.  What am I missing?

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RE: BBMF - 10/2/2012 5:22:46 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Lecivius

Nice pics!

Outta curiosity, I didn't think the MkII had a bubble hood ( I can't remember the name of the darned things), but rather had a straight hood along the lines of the Hurricane.  What am I missing?



The prototype and early MkI aircraft had a straight hood. The flat hoods were soon changed to the slightly bulged variety. They didn't really have a name on the Spitfire, but a similar installation was called the Malcolm hood on the P-51.

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BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/5/2012 4:19:17 PM   
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With the end of the airshow season here in the UK it's time to start the in depth maintenance of the aircraft.

The Lanc.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/5/2012 4:21:35 PM   
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Spitfire MkII P7350, this is one that I'll be working on this winter




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/5/2012 4:22:09 PM   
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Engine pornography!




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/5/2012 4:22:47 PM   
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LF, the Hurricane is the other one I'll be working with.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/5/2012 4:24:10 PM   
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This shows how much of the Hurricane is accessible for maintenance. The bottom of the fuselage from the trailing edge of the wings to the tailwheel has also been removed.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/5/2012 4:24:47 PM   
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A closer view through the cockpit sidewall.




It's easy to see how so many RAF pilots got badly burned. The red part is the auxiliary fuel tank, beneath that is the rudder pedals and the pilot's feet. So a damaged tank would slosh petrol into the cockpit where it can run rearwards under the seat.

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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 7:15:09 PM   
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TE311, almost ready to head skywards.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 7:16:51 PM   
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P7 and LF, looking slightly less like aircraft than usual. P7 in particular has been almost totally depanelled, apart from a few places there is nothing left to take off!




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 7:17:27 PM   
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The Lanc's #3 Merlin.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 7:18:30 PM   
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And the #4




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 7:19:13 PM   
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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 8:09:27 PM   
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Pipework and cables in the leading edge of the Lanc wing




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 8:10:24 PM   
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A view of the BBMF hangar from the pilot's seat.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 8:10:59 PM   
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A closer view of P7.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/8/2012 8:11:29 PM   
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And another view of my favourite Spitfire.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 10/9/2012 10:46:33 PM   
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Did I mention that I envy you for your job?

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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 11/16/2012 7:47:34 PM   
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Fly by wire? This is what the inside of a Hurricane looks like. The tubes are steel and are the main structural strength of the Hurricane, the other framework is spruce and gives the aerodynamic shape. The bulkhead at the rear of the photo is behind the pilot's seat, the bulkhead in the middle is the rear of the radio compartment, the pipework at the bottom is part of the cooling system. You can just about see a few of the joins between the fuselage framework, each one is a pretty nifty piece of engineering in itself.

The cables are the elevator and rudder controls, the slack cables are the rudder trim. LF363 has her rudder removed at the moment so there's nothing to keep the tension on there. The bottom centre cables are (at least if iirc) the elevator controls and the run above that are the main rudder controls. The cable run at top left(ish) are the elevator trim cables.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 11/16/2012 7:53:41 PM   
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The cockpit, minus the pilots seat. The rotary switch at top left is the fuel tank selector, there's a long tube that runs from here down to a rotary valve near the pilot's feet that controls which tank supplies fuel to the engine. The red bit at bottom right is the gate to stop accidental selection of undercarriage up on the ground, it needs to be held out of the way before the gear can be selected up. On the same panel and operated by the same lever is the flap control.

The chains on the stick are the aileron controls, the stick only moves left and right in the top third (the bit with the gun button on it). The whole thing moves forward and back however. Also in this shot are the rudder pedals, compass and airpressure gauge.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 11/16/2012 8:01:01 PM   
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Another view of the cockpit. With the seat removed we can easily see the control rods and cables from the primary flying controls. The cables (top and bottom) are the rudders, the top rod is the elevator control and the lower one is the ailerons. They transfer to cables just behind the bulkhead, in fact we can just see the aileron drum in the centre middle (covered in grease). You can also see that at the bottom of the pic the right hand floor panel has been removed, the cockpit 'floor' is actually the top of the undercarriage bay and a long way below where the pilot rests his feet (the two platforms).

The seat usually sits over the control rods, where the elevator control rod bends, so with the seat removed it's important to watch where you stick your feet when climbing in and out.

Not the greatest pictures ever, but they were taken in a spare few moments today between jobs so apologies for the quality (or lack thereof).




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 12/6/2012 7:17:24 PM   
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The Dak up on jacks for undercarriage tests.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 12/6/2012 7:19:30 PM   
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The Lanc on jacks as well.




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RE: BBMF Winter Maintenance - 12/6/2012 7:20:11 PM   
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