Duxford Flying Legends, 5 e 6 Settembre 2009
Le foto di James Wheeler, aka EAF92_Insight
Duxford Flying legends, September 5th and 6th, 2009
Pictures of James Wheeler, aka EAF92_Insight
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North American Mustang P51-D
(The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight)
Carolyn Grace sitting in the cockpit of her two-seat Spitfire
It would be quite interesting knowing more about the history of this machine and the Lady who is currently flying her.
The Grace Spitfire was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944 as a single seat fighter, and served in the front line of battle throughout the last twelve months of WWII, with six different Squadrons of the RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force, all in all flying 176 operational combat sorties. It was delivered to 485 New Zealand Squadron on the 29th of April 1944 by Jackie Moggridge, one of the top lady pilots of the ATA, where it became the 'mount' of Flying Officer Johhnie Houlton DFC who was accredited, whilst flying ML407, with the first enemy aircraft shot down over the Normandy Beach head on D-Day.
In December of 1944, ML407 was transferred to 341 Free French Squadron, becoming the aircraft of Sergeant Jean Dabos. It then moved on through 308 (Polish ) Squadron, 349 (Belgian) Squadron, 345 (Free French) Squadron, 332 (Norwegian) Squadron, and back to 485 (New Zealand) Squadron, before being converted in 1950 to the 2 seat configuration by Supermarine at Southampton as an advanced trainer for the Irish Air Corps where she flew until 1960. She was used for the film 'Battle of Britain' and was then sold to the Strathallan Museum from where she was acquired by engineer Nick Grace in 1979. Nick spent five years meticulously restoring the Grace Spitfire to flying condition as a 2-seat Spitfire, and completed this incredible project in 1985, when, on the 16th of April, the Grace Spitfire flew again, with Nick's capable hands at the controls. Nick went on to fly it at many air displays and for filming, including 'Perfect Lady' and 'Piece of Cake'. A cruel twist of fate occurred when Nick Grace was tragically killed in a car accident in 1988, and his widow Carolyn Grace took on the task of learning to fly the Spitfire, which you can find documented in the film 'Going Solo'. Carolyn, as can be seen in the film, successfully completed her training by 'going solo' in the Spitfire in 1990, and hasn't looked back since, getting her Display Authorisation in 1991, and adding Aerobatic and Formation qualifications to that since. The Spitfire is currently based in Hangar Two at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK, and is maintained by a Team of engineers at maintenance facility at Bentwaters in Suffolk. Carolyn flies the Grace Spitfire at many airshows, both public and private, up and down the United Kingdom. She has flown in numerous large celebratory Spitfire Formations including at Duxford the Diamond 16, the 'Big Wing' Formation with 23 Spitfires and more recently this year the Diamond 9 to celebrate 90 years of flying at Duxford.(more news at http://www.ml407.co.uk )
Harward Mk III
(North American T-6 Texan)
The North American T-6 Texan was known as "the pilot maker" because of its important role in preparing pilots for combat. Derived from the 1935 North American NA-16 prototype, a cantilever low-wing monoplane, the Texan filled the need for a basic combat trainer during WW II and beyond. In all, more than 17,000 airframes were designed to the Texan standards.
North American's rapid production of the T-6 Texan coincided with the wartime expansion of the United States air war commitment. As of 1940, the required flights hours for combat pilots earning their wings had been cut to just 200 during a shortened training period of seven months. Of those hours, 75 were logged in the AT-6. U.S. Navy pilots flew the airplane extensively, under the SNJ designation, the most common of these being the SNJ-4, SNJ-5 and SNJ-6.
British interest in the Texan design was piqued as early as 1938 when it ordered 200 under the designation Harvard Mk I or "Harvard As Is" for service in Southern Rhodesia training under the Commonwealth Air Training Program. As the Harvard Mk I (5,000+) design was modeled after the early BC-1 design, the subsequent Harvard Mk II utilized the improvements of the AT-6 models. During 1944, the AT-6D design was adopted by the RAF and named the Harvard MK III. This version was used to train pilots in instrument training in the inclement British weather and for senior officers to log required airtime.
Although the US retired the T-6 from active duty by the end of the 1950's, several nations, including Brazil, China, and Venezuela, utilized "the pilot maker" as their basic trainer well into the 1970's. Today, over 350 T-6 Texans remain in airworthy condition. Most of the former "hacks" are based in North America and are a reminder of the importance of simplicity in training and function. [History by James A. Jensen]
Douglas A-1 Skyrider
The Skyraider, largely employed during the Vietnam war, could carry phenomenal amounts of loadout. A single-engined Skyraider with a one-man crew could carry a heavier bombload than a four-engined B-17 Flying Fortress with a ten-man crew. The Skyraider was also the only American propeller aircraft with nuclear capability. In spite of entering the service at the end of WW2, it was permanently in service during both the Korean and Vietnam wars, where its heavy payload and long "loiter" time made it especially suitable for supporting helicopter rescues of downed airmen.
The F-86 Sabre was developed after the Skyraider, but had a far shorter, but still very successful, life. It's most famous for its battles during the Korean War against MiG 15. The Sabre was the first American jet to exceed the speed of sound, a feat achieved during a shallow dive only a short time after Chuck Yeager had become the first person to break the sound barrier in the rocket powered X-1. Sabres were produced in many variants, including the FJ Fury naval version, and were also used by a number of America's allies.
Hawker Hunter MK58 A
The Hawker Hunter was designed by Hawker's chief designer Sidney Camm, of Hurricane fame, in 1948. The first production aircraft, the Hawker Hunter F1, first flying in March 1953. Nearly 2000 Hawker Hunter jet fighters were made, they remained in service as an interceptor with the RAF until it's role was taken over by the English Electric Lightning in 1963. The ground attack versions of the Hawker Hunter remained in service until 1970. Some Hawker Hunters remained in use with the RAF for training and RNAS FRADU roles until the early 1990's. The Hawker Hunter herewith pictured was made as a ground-attack fighter for the Swiss Air Force and was designated the Hawker Hunter Mk58A. After retirement from active service the aircraft returned to England was was registered on the civilian register as G-PSST and named 'Miss Demeanour', becoming a popular attraction at many Air Shows.
Eurofighter EF 2000
Agusta Westland A109