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 Post subject: TE392 Spitfire
PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:31 pm 
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I see on one of the Facebook sites that this Spitfire flew first post restoration flight on Monday 13th in Australia. Anyone have any photos?


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 Post subject: Re: TE392 Spitfire
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The Flaps are really down in the photo.

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 Post subject: Re: TE392 Spitfire
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Adam Kline wrote:
The Flaps are really down in the photo.

Spitfire flaps have 2 positions. All the way up or all the way down. Nothing else.

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I helped with taking the wings off in 1984 at RAF Hereford,was a 16 year old YTS recruit :)


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martin_sam_2000 wrote:
Adam Kline wrote:
The Flaps are really down in the photo.

Spitfire flaps have 2 positions. All the way up or all the way down. Nothing else.

Sean


That's true, but there was one exception to that. There were a couple of times when Spitfires employed partial flap for take-off. First correct answer wins the Friday morning trivia challenge. geek

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 Post subject: Re: TE392 Spitfire
PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:33 am 
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Carrier ops?

Dan Jones wrote:
martin_sam_2000 wrote:
Adam Kline wrote:
The Flaps are really down in the photo.

Spitfire flaps have 2 positions. All the way up or all the way down. Nothing else.

Sean


That's true, but there was one exception to that. There were a couple of times when Spitfires employed partial flap for take-off. First correct answer wins the Friday morning trivia challenge. geek


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 Post subject: Re: TE392 Spitfire
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Dan Jones wrote:
martin_sam_2000 wrote:
Adam Kline wrote:
The Flaps are really down in the photo.

Spitfire flaps have 2 positions. All the way up or all the way down. Nothing else.

Sean


That's true, but there was one exception to that. There were a couple of times when Spitfires employed partial flap for take-off. First correct answer wins the Friday morning trivia challenge. geek


I would suspect they wired them down or something for when the launched the spitfires of the carrier when they were delivered the Mk.V. Trops to malta.

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Apparently they lowered the flaps then retracted them with wooden wedges in place to stop them at the desired flap angle for the carrier take off when flying to Malta. Once airborne the flaps were lowered again to allow the wedges to drop away after which the flaps were raised again .


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Apparently they lowered the flaps then retracted them with wooden wedges in place to stop them at the desired flap angle for the carrier take off when flying to Malta. Once airborne the flaps were lowered again to allow the wedges to drop away after which the flaps were raised again .



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 Post subject: Re: TE392 Spitfire
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If I remember right, the wooden wedge idea wasn't just for Malta-bound Spitfires but it also applied to normal operation of most versions of Seafire. Only the later Griffon-powered Seafires had variable flap positions and even then it was only on the very late examples in the Mk.40+ range.

Congratulations to everyone involved with TE392, great to see it looking so good.


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