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DIRTY-MAC
08-16-2006, 03:37 PM
AMAZING FOTOS!
you can go forward or backwards by pressing the buttons on top of the page
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/fa_18168s.aspx

faustnik
08-16-2006, 03:41 PM
Nice! Thanks for posting. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

redfeathers1948
08-16-2006, 05:21 PM
Copy that Dirty Mac that 'top cover' Whirley got me all wet and sticky http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

DIRTY-MAC
08-16-2006, 05:23 PM
he he me to.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Lets choose just one favourite pic each from there and post it here

It was extreemly hard to choose, so many good photos, but when looking at this picture.
It just makes me want to be one of those fortunate ones

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_16478s.jpg

R_Target
08-16-2006, 05:32 PM
Great find. Time for some right-click mania.

blairgowrie
08-16-2006, 06:11 PM
Perhaps the best pics I have seen in a long time.

Really quite priceless.

Hashmark13
08-16-2006, 06:21 PM
Someday, we will have a flight sim with cloud effects like this:

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_16480s.jpg

MadBadVlad
08-16-2006, 07:17 PM
Best pics of the Whirly I have ever seen. I hope the rest of the Whirly Whiners get to see these - simply stunning http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

partic_3
08-16-2006, 07:36 PM
Fantastic! Thanks for posting this link.

Enforcer572005
08-16-2006, 08:41 PM
As a photographer, I am stunned at the photographic quality of some of these photos (like the ones posted). Most cant realize how difficult this was with the equipment and film they had back then. These would be difficult to obtain even today. the exposure, composure, lighting, etc is just amazing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

marc_hawkins
08-16-2006, 08:45 PM
Sticky or bump like crazy. It's your choice mods http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

wayno7777
08-16-2006, 09:24 PM
Simply SWEET!....

sparty7200
08-17-2006, 12:52 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif well spotted m8!

Vacillator
08-17-2006, 03:17 AM
Beautiful shots (of the planes at least, some of the fine chaps on the ground look a bit grisly http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif ).
Thanks for posting.

stathem
08-17-2006, 03:22 AM
Oi! You lookin' at my bird?!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_18649s.jpg

Great find, thanks. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

DIRTY-MAC
08-17-2006, 03:22 AM
and a bump!
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_18405s.jpg
"A nice atmospheric shot of Supermarine Spitfires flying into a watery winter sun, Biggin Hill, 18th December 1942"

hotspace
08-17-2006, 05:34 AM
A brilliant find m8 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Grue_
08-17-2006, 06:58 AM
What a find http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_18503s.jpg

"Hawker Typhoon IB, EK286, slips behind the 'Flight' photographers photo plane, April 1943."

MadRuski
08-17-2006, 08:33 AM
is it me...or do these guys look really hungry lol

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h254/MadRuski/fa_18023s.jpg

Kurfurst__
08-17-2006, 08:59 AM
Increadibly nice find, thanks for letting us know!

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

R_Target
08-17-2006, 10:09 AM
"That's it lads. Right over the cliff."

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_18210s.jpg

stathem
08-17-2006, 10:23 AM
Originally posted by R_Target:
"That's it lads. Right over the cliff."



LMAO! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Vive la France!

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_18396s.jpg

I've literally just read about this formation in Sammy Samson's "Spitfire Offensive". So pleased to see a pic of it I had to post it.

blairgowrie
08-17-2006, 10:37 AM
Anyone notice that some of the 1943 aircraft had invasion stripes painted on them?

stathem
08-17-2006, 11:44 AM
Yep, they did that with Tiffies (way before D-Day) 'cos it was said they looked like Focke-Wulfs.

AVGWarhawk
08-17-2006, 11:57 AM
Madruskie, you got the picture with he German Shepard in the cockpit. Now we know how the Germans got military secrets! That is really Fritz in a costume!

Worf101
08-17-2006, 12:09 PM
So, why didn't the Westland Whirlwind take part in the war or did it? I'd love a chance to fly that evil lookin' bird.

Da Worfster

stathem
08-17-2006, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by Worf101:
So, why didn't the Westland Whirlwind take part in the war or did it? I'd love a chance to fly that evil lookin' bird.

Da Worfster

Oh aye Worf, it took part alright, equiping 2 squadrons between 1941 and 1943. Others far more qualified than me should be along shortly to fill in the details.

Oleg has indicated he would like to model at some stage in SoW, if he can get the references.

leitmotiv
08-17-2006, 12:16 PM
FLIGHT's photo archive and AEROPLANE's, both going back to the beginning of the airplane, are probably the finest aviation photo archives in the whole world---happy to see FLIGHT is offering their masterpieces on the web---great work, DIRTY-MAC!

Bo_Nidle
08-17-2006, 12:21 PM
I found this group of photos 114 to 130 very interesting as I was at Tatton Park a couple of weeks ago and the place looks unchanged from the photos. There is an Airborne Forces memorial there and the continual stream of airliners taking off and overflying the estate from nearby Manchester Airport, then Ringway, is a reminder of the wartime relationship between the two places.
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_18224s.jpg

Very nice site. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

berg417448
08-17-2006, 12:35 PM
Originally posted by Worf101:
So, why didn't the Westland Whirlwind take part in the war or did it? I'd love a chance to fly that evil lookin' bird.

Da Worfster

Others are more qualified to speak about the Whirlwind but here is a short version of the combat history of the Whirlwind:

"In the end only 114 Whirlwinds were produced in total, arming two squadrons (No. 263 Squadron RAF in July 1940 and No. 137 Squadron RAF in November 1941). Due to their good low-altitudes performance, they were used primarily as strike fighters and referred to as Whirlybombers. However even this role was soon marginalized with the introduction of the Hawker Typhoon, and the Whirlwind was removed from service in late 1943. Today none exist.

The first Whirlwinds were delivered to No. 263 Squadron in July 1940, after the decision had been made that 263, not 25, would be the first RAF Whirlwind squadron. From then until October, however, production of the Peregrine engine was so slow that only 11 Whirlwinds could be delivered to the squadron. Due to slow deliveries, and the transition from being an operational Hurricane squadron while learning the new fighter, the squadron didn’t become operational with the Whirlwind until December 1940, but flew them until December 1943. No better proof of the Whirlwind’s quality can be given than the fact that in the intense fighting environment of Northern Europe, a squadron flew the same fighter mark (not fighter type, the same airframes!) for three years. When No. 263 Squadron got its first Whirlwind, the newest Spitfire in service was the Mk. IA; by the time it gave them up, the Mk. XIV was a month away from entering service. If the Whirlwind had been a bad aircraft, it never would have served with Fighter Command for that length of time. A second Whirlwind squadron, No. 137, flew the type from September 1941 until June 1943."

Low_Flyer_MkVb
08-17-2006, 01:58 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Great find, DM http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ploughman
08-17-2006, 02:19 PM
Tatton Park has one of the finest arboretums in the land. It amused me to think the Wellingtonias were once adorned with apprentice paratroopers.

Lovely photos. Thanks.

major_setback
08-17-2006, 02:34 PM
WOW:

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_ravager2.jpg

Snyde-Dastardly
08-17-2006, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by MadRuski:
is it me...or do these guys look really hungry lol

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h254/MadRuski/fa_18023s.jpg

And the dog really nervous!! LOL
Great find!!

Jasko76
08-17-2006, 03:48 PM
Originally posted by major_setback:
WOW:

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_ravager2.jpg

I guess he's got a few things going through his mind right now!

Great find btw! Tack sĂÂĄ mycket!

Jungmann
08-17-2006, 06:05 PM
Best find in a long time. Many thanks.

DIRTY-MAC
08-17-2006, 06:11 PM
WWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM MMMMMM
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_18037s.jpg

BrotherVoodoo
08-17-2006, 09:34 PM
Sweet find bro http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

MadRuski
08-17-2006, 11:32 PM
can a plane still fly with a damaged tip like that? or wil it spin out

Maj_Solo
08-18-2006, 02:31 AM
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/fa_18501s.aspx

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/fa_18514s.aspx

The.Tyke
08-18-2006, 08:04 AM
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/fa_18178s.aspx

I'd never heard of Harald Penrose (chief pilot of Westland) before, so I Googled his name. Seems a bit of a character and he only died in 1996.

http://www.furthermore.org.uk/static/phoenix/penrose/penroseindex.htm

Worf101
08-18-2006, 09:09 AM
Originally posted by berg417448:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Worf101:
So, why didn't the Westland Whirlwind take part in the war or did it? I'd love a chance to fly that evil lookin' bird.

Da Worfster

Others are more qualified to speak about the Whirlwind but here is a short version of the combat history of the Whirlwind:

"In the end only 114 Whirlwinds were produced in total, arming two squadrons (No. 263 Squadron RAF in July 1940 and No. 137 Squadron RAF in November 1941). Due to their good low-altitudes performance, they were used primarily as strike fighters and referred to as Whirlybombers. However even this role was soon marginalized with the introduction of the Hawker Typhoon, and the Whirlwind was removed from service in late 1943. Today none exist.

The first Whirlwinds were delivered to No. 263 Squadron in July 1940, after the decision had been made that 263, not 25, would be the first RAF Whirlwind squadron. From then until October, however, production of the Peregrine engine was so slow that only 11 Whirlwinds could be delivered to the squadron. Due to slow deliveries, and the transition from being an operational Hurricane squadron while learning the new fighter, the squadron didn’t become operational with the Whirlwind until December 1940, but flew them until December 1943. No better proof of the Whirlwind’s quality can be given than the fact that in the intense fighting environment of Northern Europe, a squadron flew the same fighter mark (not fighter type, the same airframes!) for three years. When No. 263 Squadron got its first Whirlwind, the newest Spitfire in service was the Mk. IA; by the time it gave them up, the Mk. XIV was a month away from entering service. If the Whirlwind had been a bad aircraft, it never would have served with Fighter Command for that length of time. A second Whirlwind squadron, No. 137, flew the type from September 1941 until June 1943." </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for the information on the Whirlwind. So it was meant to be a fighterbomber... During the BOB di it ever "mix it up" with the Luftwaffe. With some serious nose canon I'd think the things would've been murder on 110's and Stukas? Damn sad what lack of engines can do to a great design.

Da Worfster

DIRTY-MAC
08-18-2006, 10:20 AM
it did mix upp with Bf109s/Fw190s and Ju88s
shooting down I cant remember how many probably around 35 enemy planes or something, but almost everything you read on the net and other stuff is about this occation:

On 12 February Warrant Officer Robertson (Whirlwind P7107) with Flight Sergeant Mercer (P7055), Red Section, and Pilot Officer Häggberg (P7093) with Pilot Officer DeHoux (P7012), Blue Section were recalled from a training flight and briefed to escort the 16th and 21st Destroyer Flotilla. They took off at 13:10.
Unfortunately they were unaware of the Channel Dash by the German battle cruisers "Scharnhorst", "Gneisenau" and "Prinz Eugen", which took place during the day. While looking for their destroyers they saw several ships through a hole in the clouds twenty miles off the Belgian Coast and dived down to investigate. Around 20 Bf109s immediately bounced them. Flight Sergeant Mercer got a Bf109 in his sights, but his cannon would not fire, Pilot Officer DeHoux fired all of his ammunition ’without apparent result’ whilst Häggberg and Warrant Officer Basil Lionel Robertson (RAF No. 748333) failed to return.
Totally 137 Squadron lost four Whirlwinds to German Bf109s during the day (the other two were Pilot Officer Martin (7106) and Pilot Officer Sandy (P7050) who were lost after attacking "Gneisenau" and being shot down by Bf109s). Known German claims against Whirlwinds during this day is Oberleutnant Egon Mayer of 7./JG 2 (totally 102 victories), who claimed a Whirlwind north of Ostende at 13:38 (14:38 German time), Feldwebel Hans Stolz of 9./JG 2, who claimed a Whirlwind at 14:12 (15:12 German time) and Unteroffizier Willi Reuschling of 7./JG 2, who claimed one north of Ostende on 14:24 (15:24 German time).
German records also states that German fighters and five Whirlwinds clashed during an attack on "Gneisenau" at 13:55.
At 14:20 two Whirlwinds attacked "Gneisenau" from the port side and one of them was shot down by German fighters.
At 14:24 one Whirlwind was shot down over "Scharnhorst" by German fighters. Other Whirlwinds became involved in combat with other German fighters. One Whirlwind was seen leaving with heavy smoke coming from one of the engines. There was also heavy combat over "Gneisenau" at the same time.


maybe someone of the Whirly whiners can fill in?

DIRTY-MAC
08-19-2006, 05:13 AM
bump

Udidtoo
08-19-2006, 06:27 AM
Ty for the great find D-Mac.

While nowhere near the quality of those 300+ pictures ( wow, no wait Wow!) this site has a little bit of everything. Some real vintage birds. .


http://1000aircraftphotos.com/

triggerhappyfin
08-19-2006, 06:43 AM
Originally posted by MadRuski:
is it me...or do these guys look really hungry lol

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h254/MadRuski/fa_18023s.jpg



No, actually the boys been without girls for a while... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

triggerhappyfin
08-19-2006, 06:50 AM
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_18219s.jpg


Believe me:

Tighten the harness hard enough in the crotch and you wanna kill somebody too!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Monty_Thrud
08-19-2006, 07:06 AM
Excellent find Dirty-Mac http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

triggerhappyfin
08-19-2006, 07:10 AM
http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_best.jpg


Something has to be done to the size of the crew, With this size they only managed to drop a handrenade over Berlin... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Lowenherz
08-19-2006, 09:06 AM
Superb quality photos. I never realised the RAF flew Airacobras. Also, I'd heard that the Beaufighter was sometimes mistaken for a JU88, but could never figure out why - until you see those head-on shots. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Bo_Nidle
08-19-2006, 10:03 AM
Originally posted by major_setback:
WOW:

http://www.flightglobal.com/ImageArchive/PhotoArchive/1939-1945/previews/fa_ravager2.jpg

Thats a good carrier landing for me! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

JG53Frankyboy
08-19-2006, 10:09 AM
Originally posted by Lowenherz:
Superb quality photos. I never realised the RAF flew Airacobras. ............

about the Airacobra Mk.I in the RAF

http://home.att.net/~jbaugher1/p39_5.html (http://home.att.net/%7Ejbaugher1/p39_5.html)