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  1. DoctorEvil Mar 5, 2023

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    That's very cool. Did the watch come with a certificate to say which part of the aircraft was incorporated into the watch?
     
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  2. Twocats Married... with children Mar 5, 2023

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    The little beige piece of cloth in the rotor between the words wright and flyer is a piece of the Muslin used to cover the left wing.

    the video explains everything they did with the wright foundation.

    Neil Armstrong had a piece of the same cloth when he landed on the moon and most recently the NASA Mars Rover helicopter had a piece of the cloth fixed to it for its first flights on Mars.

    Pretty cool to think a 120 year old piece of Muslin cloth has flown on the Earth, Moon and Mars.
     
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  3. Turpinr Mar 5, 2023

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    Anniversary of the maiden flight of the Supermarine Spitfire, arguably the most iconic aeroplane of all time.
    At 4-30pm on the 5th of March 1936 test pilot Mutt Summers took the Spitfire up for 40 minutes.
     
  4. Twocats Married... with children Mar 5, 2023

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    I don’t believe there is a person alive who would not relish the chance of a flight in the Spitfire. It’s as beautiful as it was practical.
     
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  5. Turpinr Mar 5, 2023

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    My pic above was at Southport airshow in 2014 and sitting in the cockpit cost a fiver.
    If that had been when I was 9 years old there's no way anybody would've got me out.
    :p
    Later on the 2 Lancs, Vera and Thumper flew over :thumbsdown:
     
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  6. Omegafanman Mar 5, 2023

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    Bremont have a limited edition Sortie watch you can only buy if you have flown in a Spitfire (passenger or pilot). I think there is another you can only get if you have solo flown a Spitfire.
    Mutt Summers was an amazing chap who also helped develop the bouncing bomb flying the tests for that. I think he got his nickname from often having a Pee on the rear wheel before a flight. Not as mad as it sounds as it avoided a pressing 'need' in the air and also a full bladder was said to cause more injuries in a crash or bale out situation. Someone once told me after the first short Spitfire test flight he just said 'change nothing'
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  7. Turpinr Mar 5, 2023

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    Was Mutt Summers at Vickers who later took over Supermarine?
    I know he flew a Wellington when they were testing the bouncing bomb.
    One of the blokes on the Altitude site has been up in a Spit and got the watch, lucky git:p
     
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  8. Turpinr Mar 5, 2023

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    Last summer within the space of 8 days a Hurricane flew over twice and a Lancaster in between.
    I didn't see anyone take any notice of the Hurricane but they did of the Lanc.Mind you the Lanc was a lot lower.
    Some kids playing football stopped and watched as the mighty Lanc went over
     
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  9. MRC Mar 5, 2023

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    When I was just getting started in motor sport I was given advice to race with an empty bladder by another competitor who was a doctor.
     
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  10. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Mar 5, 2023

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    Omega & Longines 6B/159 - The Royal Air Force's Secret Weapon of WW2
    :coffee:
     
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  11. Omegafanman Mar 5, 2023

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    I saw that one as well - he does some quality videos IMHO. Also on Seamaster / military.
     
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  12. Turpinr Mar 6, 2023

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    A lot of bomber crews pi55ed on the wheels of their kites for luck.
    Superstition was a big thing among the bomber boys.
     
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  13. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Mar 6, 2023

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    :rolleyes:
    It became a tradition for cosmonauts to piss onto the wheels of the bus driving them to the launchpad, as Yuri Gagarin had done on April 12, 1961
     
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  14. Turpinr Mar 6, 2023

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    Hahaha cheers I didn't know about that.
    Maybe it's an aviation theme :thumbsup:
     
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  15. Omegafanman Mar 6, 2023

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    I saw this for the first time today… 20 years old or so.
    A bad day at the office / glad no one was hurt..
    The pilot could get a job in a kitchen with slicing like that.
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    The aircraft was sliced by a runaway Piper Saratoga's propeller. Four other aircraft were damaged, three beyond repair.
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  16. Twocats Married... with children Mar 6, 2023

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    This is one of the funniest I have seen. The 747 is famous for needing section 41 repairs nut this particular section 41 is toast.

    https://www.1001crash.com/index-page-description-accident-SAA_B747-lg-2-crash-134.html
     
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  17. DoctorEvil Mar 6, 2023

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    Ouch! Yes, I've seen this pic before. It's an Australian registered aircraft too.
     
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  18. DoctorEvil Mar 6, 2023

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  20. Omegafanman Mar 13, 2023

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