Author Topic: At last .... the logbook entry I've always wanted to make  (Read 428 times)

Offline Pittsartist

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Offline Mike Wood

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Re: At last .... the logbook entry I've always wanted to make
« Reply #1 on: 09, May 2017, 11:22:12 AM »
Wow ... that's some entry ... wonderful!

How did that come about?

Mike
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Re: At last .... the logbook entry I've always wanted to make
« Reply #2 on: 09, May 2017, 01:05:35 PM »
3 years back I bought a new Lycoming engine for my RV build from Richard Grace


"I wont haggle ....... but ....... one day I'd like a go in your mum's aeroplane"


Then, the icing on the cake was that Paul Bonhomme was available to teach me how to fly victory rolls and loops etc in it.


Surreal - my first ever Spitfire loop started from 600' @ 375 mph (to get that in context, in 1500 hrs i'd never flown a full loop from below 1000' before). We came down the back side over a wood @ 400 mph and I swear I could see a chap with his mouth wide open on the ground, must have been quite a sight !.


What a machine !. 5 x the weight, 5 x the power, 3 x the speed of my Pitts.


Oh, and 125 gallons / hour fuel, 1:40 flight to maintenance time ratio, Biannual £120k engine overhauls and roughly £3m to buy. It'll take me a long time to save up for another go.


   

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Re: At last .... the logbook entry I've always wanted to make
« Reply #3 on: 09, May 2017, 01:49:30 PM »
Superb ... well done ... interesting comparison with the Pitts and other info too.

It must be something that gets ingrained as a child, but there's just something magical about
that aircraft.

m

p.s. Oh, just found a couple of photos of one very pleased looking pilot in the cockpit.
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