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    Default Re: Seafire over Harwich today

    On Gannet, Eglinton in '49 we did have a squadron of Seafires and a Sea Vampire as well as Fireflies and Barracudas, I did get a trip in a Barracuda, dummy divebombing over Magilligan Sands at that time.
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    Default Re: Seafire over Harwich today

    Quote Originally Posted by reginaldon View Post
    On Gannet, Eglinton in '49 we did have a squadron of Seafires and a Sea Vampire as well as Fireflies and Barracudas, I did get a trip in a Barracuda, dummy divebombing over Magilligan Sands at that time.
    I always feel sad that all the publicity is given to a handful of planes, when the workhorses of the time carried so much of the burden and are now so little known.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Seafire over Harwich today

    G-INFO lists seven Seafires registered in the UK and though that has no bearing on flyability it does perhaps indicate what the potential is.
    There are doubtless more abroad.
    It was not a great success as a Naval fighter mainly because the undercarriage was weak and far too narrow for stability on deck, accident losses were huge. The structure in general was not really strong enough for carrier ops and it had severe limitations in deck performance (being a "hot ship"), ditching characteristics and handling problems due to the various mods incorporated.

    I doubt it was much liked by its pilots but at least they didn't write excoriating ditties about it like they did of the unloved Barracuda!
    Last edited by Normalfornorfolk; 19-09-17 at 10:25.

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    Default Re: Seafire over Harwich today

    My brothers used to collect the Aeroplane Spotter during the war. Sadly, many were lost, but I still have 6 months that they had bound. At this stage in the war, teaching young men and boys (mostly) how to spot was considered essential to the war effort. This book is from Jan-Jun 1941, so no Seafires, but I still find it fascinating. The mood changes during the 6 months from deadly serious to the occasionally light-hearted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    My brothers used to collect the Aeroplane Spotter during the war. Sadly, many were lost, but I still have 6 months that they had bound. At this stage in the war, teaching young men and boys (mostly) how to spot was considered essential to the war effort. This book is from Jan-Jun 1941, so no Seafires, but I still find it fascinating. The mood changes during the 6 months from deadly serious to the occasionally light-hearted.

    What a treasure to have!

    I remember an article on Seafires years ago in Flight magazine. It included a photo from the late 50s of about two dozen Seafires on the dump at Baldonnel airfield near Dublin. All were flown in and scrapped.
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    Default Re: Seafire over Harwich today

    Quote Originally Posted by Major_Clanger View Post
    I remember an article on Seafires years ago in Flight magazine. It included a photo from the late 50s of about two dozen Seafires on the dump at Baldonnel airfield near Dublin. All were flown in and scrapped.
    Flight was a bit civilian-orientated for some of us war-conditioned boys around 1952. I used to pore over the RAF Flying Review at a time when the aircraft industry was really interesting. I didn't keep a single one though.
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    Default Re: Seafire over Harwich today

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    Flight was a bit civilian-orientated for some of us war-conditioned boys around 1952. I used to pore over the RAF Flying Review at a time when the aircraft industry was really interesting. I didn't keep a single one though.
    I have most annual Reviews from the late 40s to late 60s. Happy to lend them to you. They make for sad reading in many respects; rather a narrative of decline.
    Rules are made for the obedience of fools, and the guidance of wise men.

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    Default Re: Seafire over Harwich today

    Quote Originally Posted by Major_Clanger View Post
    I have most annual Reviews from the late 40s to late 60s. Happy to lend them to you. They make for sad reading in many respects; rather a narrative of decline.
    Thanks, that's a great idea. Maybe you would like to peruse my book too.
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