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Old 04-16-2012, 08:10 AM   #2851
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I just hope they got the fuel metering right for the specific gravity of the fuel when they made the swap.

When the Air Force made the change from JP-4 to JP-8, we had a flame-out incident inflight on the No. 3 engine while on the way to Guam....and this was after we had done a precautionary shut-down on the No. 1 engine in flight for fluctuation oil pressure.

Things got very interesting very quickly, but we managed to relight the fire and make it there...only to have it flame-out again as we turned off the main runway.

As explained to me by the F.E., they apparently hadn't compensated for the different fuel on that engine. I didn't even know fuel had a specific gravity...guess I should have stayed awake in 7th grade science class.

We ended up spending 11 days on that rock, doing an engine change on the No. 1 and because they kept sending us the wrong damned fuel system replacement parts for the No. 3 engine.

All that time I was forced to spend against my will on the beach at Tumon Bay, watching all the local strippers sunbathe.

Misery, I tell ya, pure misery....
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:16 AM   #2852
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Okay, maybe not so "shiny" but still cool.

Just read about this and thought what a cool project:

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Spitfires buried in Burma during war to be returned to UK

Twenty iconic Spitfire aircraft buried in Burma during the Second World War are to be repatriated to Britain after an intervention by David Cameron.



A Spitfire flying from RAF Manston Photo: © Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

By Victoria Ward, and Rowena Mason7:00AM BST 14 Apr 2012

The Prime Minister secured a historic deal that will see the fighter aircraft dug up and shipped back to the UK almost 67 years after they were hidden more than 40-feet below ground amid fears of a Japanese occupation.

The gesture came as Mr Cameron became the first Western leader to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy campaigner held under house arrest for 22 years by the military regime, and invited her to visit London in her first trip abroad for 24 years.

He called on Europe to suspend its ban on trade with Burma now that it was showing “prospects for change” following Miss Suu Kyi’s election to parliament in a sweeping electoral victory earlier this year.

The plight of the buried aircraft came to Mr Cameron’s attention at the behest of a farmer from Scunthorpe, North Lincs, who is responsible for locating them at a former RAF base using radar imaging technology.

David Cundall, 62, spent 15 years doggedly searching for the Mk II planes, an exercise that involved 12 trips to Burma and cost him more than £130,000.

When he finally managed to locate them in February, he was told Mr Cameron “loved” the project and would intervene to secure their repatriation.

Mr Cundall told the Daily Telegraph: “I’m only a small farmer, I’m not a multi-millionaire and it has been a struggle. It took me more than 15 years but I finally found them.
”Spitfires are beautiful aeroplanes and should not be rotting away in a foreign land. They saved our neck in the Battle of Britain and they should be preserved.”

He said the Spitfires, of which there are only around 35 flying left in the world, were shipped to Burma and then transported by rail to the British RAF base during the war.
However, advances in technology and the emergence of more agile jets meant they were never used and in July 1945, officials fearing a Japanese occupation abandoned them on the orders of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the head of South East Asia Command, two weeks before the atom bombs were dropped, ending the conflict.

“They were just buried there in transport crates,” Mr Cundall said. “They were waxed, wrapped in greased paper and their joints tarred. They will be in near perfect condition.”

The married father of three, an avid plane enthusiast, embarked on his voyage of discovery in 1996 after being told of their existence by a friend who had met some American veterans who described digging a trench for the aircraft during the Allied withdrawal of Burma.

He spent years appealing for information on their whereabouts from eye witnesses, scouring public records and placing advertisements in specialist magazines.
Several early trips to Burma were unsuccessful and were hampered by the political climate.

He eventually met one eyewitness who drew maps and an outline of where the aircraft were buried and took him out to the scene.

“Unfortunately, he got his north, south, east and west muddled up and we were searching at the wrong end of the runway,” he said.

“We also realised that we were not searching deep enough as they had filled in all of these bomb craters which were 20-feet to start with.

“I hired another machine in the UK that went down to 40-feet and after going back surveying the land many times, I eventually found them.

“I have been in touch with British officials in Burma and in London and was told that David Cameron would negotiate on my behalf to make the recovery happen.”

Mr Cundall said sanctions preventing the removal of military tools from Burma were due to be lifted at midnight last night (FRI).

A team from the UK is already in place and is expecting to begin the excavation, estimated to cost around £500,000, imminently. It is being funded by the Chichester-based Boultbee Flight Acadamy.

Mr Cundall said the government had promised him it would be making no claim on the aircraft, of which 21,000 were originally produced, and that he would be entitled to a share in them.

“It’s been a financial nightmare but hopefully I’ll get my money back,” he said.

“I’m hoping the discovery will generate some jobs. They will need to be stripped down and re-riveted but it must be done. My dream is to have a flying squadron at air shows.”
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:21 PM   #2853
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Now that is pretty cool. I wonder if they really will be in "near perfect condition."
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:50 PM   #2854
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Mostly tropical country + almost entirely wood airplanes + 67 years = ?
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:56 PM   #2855
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The Spitfire is just about the most beautiful and balanced looking designs. Sometimes I wonder how the Brits did it, IE Jaguar XKE and a few other examples. But the Spitfire is pretty early 20th century, whereas the P51 was mid century "modern", its design and construction is very similar to current designs. As far as the Spitfires looks being iconic has anyone ever noticed the Globe Swift's similarities to the Spitfire?
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:02 PM   #2856
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Mostly tropical country + almost entirely wood airplanes + 67 years = ?
Aluminium dear boy, Aluminium.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:38 PM   #2857
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goo-ed up and buried in crates, no less.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:48 PM   #2858
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Oooh, it is indeed "alloy-minium". For someone involved in the plane business for a long time I ought to sit in the back of the class and put the cone cap on. My whole comment is tossed out, except that it is a beautiful design.

Still: Mostly tropical country + aluminium + 67 years +?
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:19 PM   #2859
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The Doolittle Reunion is this week at the Museum of the USAF in Dayton. The remaining 5 survivors of that mission are to be there. I too will be there to honor these heros.......21 B25's are to be there also.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:36 AM   #2860
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The Spitfire is just about the most beautiful and balanced looking designs. Sometimes I wonder how the Brits did it, IE Jaguar XKE and a few other examples. But the Spitfire is pretty early 20th century, whereas the P51 was mid century "modern", its design and construction is very similar to current designs. As far as the Spitfires looks being iconic has anyone ever noticed the Globe Swift's similarities to the Spitfire?

It would be something to find 20 De Havilland Mosquitos crated and buried, though.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:48 AM   #2861
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OV-103 (aka, Space Shuttle Discovery) just flew over the compound piggy-back on the 747, 3 times, at 1500'. Fuckin' A.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:54 AM   #2862
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It would be something to find 20 De Havilland Mosquitos crated and buried, though.

Or P-38 Lightnings!!!
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:54 AM   #2863
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A few from the local airport taken over the weekend. SMC Tak 55mm F1.8 and Soviet Tair 3 300mm F4.5 Preset


Airport-14-April-2012-4 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


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Old 04-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #2864
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A few from the local airport taken over the weekend.

Airport-14-April-2012-2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Airport-14-April-2012-3 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr

Reminds me of the 1-26 that I used to fly back in the late 1960s - early 1970s.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #2865
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OV-103 (aka, Space Shuttle Discovery) just flew over the compound piggy-back on the 747, 3 times, at 1500'. Fuckin' A.
Kind of sad to think of her last flight. The pictures as she flies around DC are pretty stirring though.

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