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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:51 pm 
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WIXers,

Here are some photos of the first post restoration flight of the Sea Fury T.20 WE820, D-COTE, ES-8504, N85SF which happened on Saturday 1 July. It's been 14 years since she last flew as the clipped wing unlimited air racer Critical Mass. Dennis Sanders and Tom Dwelle are flying chase in the Centaurus powered T.20 N924G. Three flights conducted on Saturday with no major issues. Paintwork to follow in a Royal Navy scheme from her time at Lossiemouth with 738 SQN.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:42 am 
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Great stuff Ken, thanks heaps for sharing! I'm looking forward to seeing her with paint.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:25 am 
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Yes, thanks for sharing those shots.
Congratulations on the fabulous milestone.
Must be a great feeling.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:32 pm 
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This is so great to see!! Congratulations, Ken! I'm looking forward to seeing it in the Navy paint scheme!


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Congrats to all, looking forward to more photo's...


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OK, it's been two days since the test flight pics were posted Ken. So where are the finished and painted pictures? :D <--------- That's a joke.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:54 am 
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OK, it's been two days since the test flight pics were posted Ken. So where are the finished and painted pictures? :D <--------- That's a joke.

I want my Oompa Loompa, and I want it NOOOOWWWW! :lol:

Happy Days! Congratulations to the Dwelles and thank you for sharing!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:58 am 
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C VEICH wrote:
OK, it's been two days since the test flight pics were posted Ken. So where are the finished and painted pictures? :D <--------- That's a joke.

That's pretty funny, and accurate! It's good to change the narrative, I was getting a bit tired of "when's it going to fly"."

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Great pics! Thanks for posting them Ken! Can't wait to see her in paint!
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Thanks for bringing us along on the journey. She looks beautiful. Glad to see all your years of effort pay off.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:21 pm 
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Any new updates since the first flight last year ?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:17 pm 
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Sea Furies just look so badass in bare metal.

And even more badass with a giant 4-blade prop.


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Terrific! Congratulations to the team that did it.

But what engine does it have?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:48 pm 
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Will the paint be similar to VR930's old scheme?


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