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    AWESOME photos Bob! Thank you for taking the time to share with us. I think your photo of the ME109 raising it's undercharge is one of the best airplane photos I've ever seen.


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    And landing gear testing is underway with a portable hydraulic mule powering:

    VIDEO HERE

    The swastika must be verboten in Germanyicon because they had to wait to add it over here today. Engine tests come next.



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    "Clear the prop!"

    FIRST START

    Listen to how they spin up the flywheel and then engage. The oil smoke is from storage.

    SECOND START

    You'll have to wait a minute for the actual start but it is a nice clean start. Then after another minute of warming they run it up a bit.. At 3:50 it smooths out and runs nicely.

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    AWESOME Bob!
    I swear in the first clip I could smell the lovely, sweet aroma of AvGas & oil when it first belched out the blue smoke.
    (I wish someone would make that odor available in an aftershave!)

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    Great vids I gather a flyby air test vid may be on the cards, be nice to see it next to a Spitfire when the chance arises they are really in a different world when you think they were the advanced fighters of the day brings a whole new meaning in getting the target in your sights long enough to bring the plane down no HUD helmets for these chaps.....many thanks Bob.

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    Here's an engine test done today by the head of restoration from Germanyicon. I suspect that we'll see taxi tests before a takeoff. Whatever the case, all the dress covers and the spinner are on so she looks better!

    ENGINE TEST

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    The "Battle of Britainicon" brought lots of goodies "out of the shed" for a last gasp.

    The "Heinkel 111s" and "Messerschmidt 109"s used in the movie had only just been retired from the Spanish Air Force, and thus, were conveniently available.

    BOTH types, CASA 2.111d (Heinkel clone) and HA-1112 Buchon (Messerschmidt) were powered by MERLINS. The "not-quite-original" profile of the engine cowls and air inlets is a clue.

    The other "classic" in the fleet, and one that movie buffs never see, was the somewhat modified B-25 Mitchell that was the main aerial camera platform.

    Some interesting stuff http://www.daveswarbirds.com/bob/109s.htm here.

    And here's the B-25 used for the shoot.

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