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    American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    I never knew American's flew Spitfires in WWII

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie3SrjLlcUY
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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    Excellent Video on YouTube. All this time the only squadron I remembered from Britain was the Eagle Squadron which consisted of pilots from America, Canada.
    You gotta love the Supermarine Spitfire, and those that flew it... My favorite plane of WWII.

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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    The RAF in the early days of World War II, had volunteer pilots from the United States, prior to the American entry into the war in 1941. Many US pilots crossed the border and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force to fly with the RAF. The Spitfire was a super Aircraft, right there with the later F-51 Mustang.
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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    Very interesting. I see they had to install extra gas (petrol) tanks in the Spitfire to make it to Berlin. The P-51 Mustang was able to escort the bombers there though so why the Spitfire?

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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    That was a great video, thanks for posting.
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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    Not for nuthin', but I heard that those who flew Hawker Hurricanes would beg to differ with the Spitfire superiority claims.
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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    Quote Originally Posted by gun sane View Post
    Not for nuthin', but I heard that those who flew Hawker Hurricanes would beg to differ with the Spitfire superiority claims.
    Pretty good information on that here: http://www.historynet.com/supermarin...i-aircraft.htm
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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    Note that the reason P-51s were able to escort the bombers to Berlin was they had Spitfire engines. The A-36/P-51 with the Allison engines had sever power problems at altitude to the Brits sent over the Rolls Merlin engines. And the Hurrricane was primarily an interceptor rather than long range escort.

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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    Aaah, I didn't know that.

    Also found this Wiki: "The definitive version, the P-51D, was powered by the Packard V-1650-7, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 60 series two-stage two-speed supercharged engine, and armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns ".

    The p-51 was always my favorite for sheer beauty, maneuverability, and speed. My second was the Thunderbolt; 8 tons of ruggedness , fighter and ground attack roles, and those rockets and bomb loads were awesome. I've watched many videos of them attacking trains and rail yards with devastation. One tough sucker! Not pretty like the Mustang though. Third would be the P-38 with twin booms. This was my favorite as a little kid.
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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    P51 - Spitfire. 2 different design criterias were met.. The Spits were a interceptor originaly designed to clear the sky's over England. Excellent climb rate and super tight turning. The 51s were a long range escort and had the "legs" to do it... The marrage of the P51 with the Merlins was a match made in heaven to rival Bogie and Becall. Both were the best in their jobs..

    However one of my uncles flew P38s in the S. Pacific.. He would disagree with all of you..

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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    You can see that America learned its lesson very quickly after the start of WW2. The P-40 Warhawk was no match for the Zero but held their own in the early days of the European and African theatres. Pacific P-40 pilots said their only winning tactic against the Japs was to fire one pass and run like hell. They were eventually replaced by the Lightening, Hellcat and Corsair, all of which gave an upper hand to a trained pilot. The P-39 Bell Airacobra did okay at first, but then we shipped them to Russia where they made good use of them. When we got the Lightenings, Thunderbolts and Mustangs in the air against Germany, air superiority was assured.
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    Re: American's Flying Spitfires - A feel good story

    Since Mason mentioned the P-38, I remembered an old song that was in an Air Power Magazine that I read back in the late 70's. Here it is:

    Oh, Hedy Lamarr is a beautiful gal,

    and Madeline Carroll is too;

    But you will find, if you query, a different theory

    Amongst any bomber crew;

    For the lovelist thing of which one could sing

    (This side of the heavenly gates)

    Is no blonde or brunette of the Hollywood set,

    But an escort of P-38's
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