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Carl

Gorgeous Merlin ... just love the red and chrome look.

Keep 'em coming

'peter

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Very nice Carl. It looks just as good as I'd hoped it would.

 

@Steve, did 248 blow a rod at some point? http://cdn.9cloud.us/images/261/p51_12_cylinder_rolls_royce_merlin__1935615943.1024x0.jpg

 

Cheers.

 

 

 

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Hi Carl;

 

Well, to keep you going, here's the first of a few photos of TD248 that I took around 1993/94 at Earls Colne..

 

This one was taken of 248 departing for an early evening sortie on a lovely July summer's evening...what a time to fly a spit!

 

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This was 248 on the ramp outside her hangar at Earls Colne. She wasn't hangared on the airfield, but on a farm just off the NW peri track of the former 323rd Bomb Group airfield..

 

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248 just before engine start on the ramp of the old Bulldog Aviation hangar at Earls Colne. The guy standing on the wing is Phil Parish, chief engineer.

 

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And finally for the moment, your's truly on the right posing with my favourite Spitfire with my good friend "Surefire" Sherwood on the left..

 

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I'll post more up as I find em!

 

Best regards;
Steve

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Hi Carl;

 

Well, to keep you going, here's the first of a few photos of TD248 that I took around 1993/94 at Earls Colne..

 

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I'll post more up as I find em!

 

Best regards;

Steve

 

Please do.

Great photos Steve, especially the first one.

 

Cheers,

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Thanks guys! 248 was certainly a sleek and beautiful looking aircraft. I find it a bit of a shame that that she now carries a bog standard camouflage scheme. 

 

Steve. 

 

sharing yyour youthful days and photos...How lovely.

 

thank you. 

 

...And how I wish I could get those youthful days back sometimes...but then again I think that I prefer my gained wisdom over the youth I once had  :)

 

Happy to share. I will try to find more photos.

 

Best regards;
Steve

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Thanks! I appreciate that. I think I was just lucky catching that shot just right as I'm no David Bailey!

 

A couple of points about that photo. Eddie was just about to swing her to port to taxi up to the airfield for take off. As can be seen, the grass strip from the hangar up to the airfield was on a slight incline. As I mentioned to Carl already, TD248 tended to have a problem with her port oleo, so she often sat with a slight wing down tilt (until we got our backs under the wing to hoist her up again!) That's the reason that she looks fairly straight in the photo even though the ground rises upwards.

 

Bit of useless TD248 trivia there!  :)

 

Best regards;
Steve

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Thanks Steve for all that info. It truly is awesome getting that set of knowledge and information from someone who was there and was involved.

 

I got distracted a bit at the bench by a pancake so I haven't got much new finished on any of the Spitfires but hope to be moving forward again on them shortly.

 

Carl

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