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Old 07-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #3436
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http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNe...d-Victory.aspx




A lot of rare images and commentary on the production line work from world war 2
That is very interesting!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:54 PM   #3437
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That was a good read.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:18 PM   #3438
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Today we had supposedly the only twin seater spitfire in the world come and stop by Cairns.

it was a bit dissapointing actually. it came in, flew at about 50' the length of the runway (10,000) , did a circuit and then landed. It was dissapointing becuase it wasn't noisy or growling or anything special.

Here are the pics









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Old 07-24-2012, 10:21 PM   #3439
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This one was fun to watch last weekend... hope the link works;

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Old 07-25-2012, 02:29 AM   #3440
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This one was fun to watch last weekend... hope the link works;

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Looking forward to the day when ours looks that good!

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:23 AM   #3441
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Oshkosh AirVenture 2012 is underway, if you haven't seen these guys do their night routine they will be performing Saturday night.



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After many years of strictly dirt and hawg riding, rumor has it Henley just got a KLR.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:30 AM   #3442
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Today we had supposedly the only twin seater spitfire in the world come and stop by Cairns.

it was a bit dissapointing actually. it came in, flew at about 50' the length of the runway (10,000) , did a circuit and then landed. It was dissapointing becuase it wasn't noisy or growling or anything special.

Here are the pics









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Maybe the only twin seater in Australia. There was a Top Gear episode where all three of them are flying in a trio of twin seat spitfires.

Edit: I saw a website dedicated to these and there were 7 on the registry in the world. A pretty rare airplane. Sorry, can't find link.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:29 AM   #3443
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I didn't know there were big hills/small mountains like that around Cairns.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:23 PM   #3444
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Anyone going or at Airventure, this year?
Friend of mine (Front seat) got to ride with Kirby Chambliss, today.
(Lucky fucker...)
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:40 PM   #3445
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Lucky bastard! Kirby lives down the road from me, good guy with a gorgeous wife who also happens to be a pretty good pilot herself.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:42 AM   #3446
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I didn't know there were big hills/small mountains like that around Cairns.
There is also a really twisted rd that runs up to Kuranda, spent a week of my honeymoon at Holloways beach. Someday I will make it back.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:20 PM   #3447
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Enjoyed some good weather ( at long last ) over here in the UK over the last week....... took the opportunity to take the Luscombe down to the West Country.... Cornwall is a fantastic part of the UK.

Close to the UK mainland's most Southerly point....... The Lizard



St Michaels Mount in Penzance Bay



Approaching Lands End.



Orthographic Cloud forming on the Coastal Cliffs near Boscastle


A typical scene ......the UK public all on holiday......



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Air temperatures were up to 28 deg C ( thats 82 in the old money !) and we had to keep a eye on the oil temp in our Conti C90.....Aircraft was mostly up at AUW complete with our camping gear....... kept the flight legs fairly short except the journey down west on tuesday which was 2hrs 35 mins
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:58 PM   #3448
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Maybe the only twin seater in Australia. There was a Top Gear episode where all three of them are flying in a trio of twin seat spitfires.

Edit: I saw a website dedicated to these and there were 7 on the registry in the world. A pretty rare airplane. Sorry, can't find link.

Ok, this turns out to have been made locally, a guy at a local sheet metal company brought plans from the UK and has been working on it for the last 7 years, and cost him AUD$1 million. He is hoping to start production of them.

As I said in my original post, it didnt growl like I expected and was bit of a let down, but if its new and has a modern engine, well, thats to be expected.

Here is a link about it on the website of the organisation that are building it
http://www.englisheng.com.au/news.html


as for teh land around Cairns, yes there are some big hills here. and it can get bloody cold even though we are in the tropics. I was camping last weekend for a mountain bike race and woke up with ice on my kit that was left outs side. and that was sleeping next to the fire.

The the twisty road you talk about is the Kuranda Range. Its the main road up and out of town. there are three other road ways, one is longer and has more turns - more fun, the other is shorter but is of the main routes. There are two other ways up that are open to cyclists and walkers.

Its a bloody good time of year right now, clear skies, about 25oC, low humidty - and this is winter - Liz when you coming to visit?

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:21 PM   #3449
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Here is a link about it on the website of the organisation that are building it
http://www.englisheng.com.au/news.html
Shame they went to all that trouble and then opted for the Lycoming powerplant. Spoils the classic lines of the nose and completely neuters it's performance potential.

A bit like putting a diesel Golf powertrain in a full scale replica Ford GT.

Oh, well.

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:48 PM   #3450
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Shame they went to all that trouble and then opted for the Lycoming powerplant. Spoils the classic lines of the nose and completely neuters it's performance potential.

A bit like putting a diesel Golf powertrain in a full scale replica Ford GT.

Oh, well.

Yeah...

The real deal...classic lines...




I appreciate the effort...but not so much...

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