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Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« on: October 19, 2011, 18:09:41 PM »
Dear all, after much organisation, I am about to make a cross Channel flight with 'Connie' my 1/4 scale PR Spitfire from Calais to Manston in Kent.

With the backing of the LMA, CAA and the DGCA in France, all is in place.
A small team and I have been working on this for some months to mark the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire and raise a donation to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who are also supporting our venture.

While there may well be press and TV on board, I have yet to confirm a second aircraft capable of, A. taking my three crew and the model from Manston to Calais and then B. back over for the official flight to Manston.
I will be in the three axis command aircraft piloting.

There is a nice little reception committee organised at the Museum at Manston with full size Spit and Hurri.
I am looking for a weather window to line everyone up as of the 24th October next week.
Both airports and all persons are clicked to 'go'.

If anyone out there in fullsize world would like to be involved in a unique event and can offer unsponsored support as carrier and photo ship please let me know.
One thing to bear in mind is the Spitfire fuselage is 96 inches long and the tail is 24" approx in span.
The wings of course are seperate panels and therefore easier to stow.
There will also be tools and support kit, though i have got this down to a small amount.

Also at this stage I would invite any trade that wish to pledge sponsorship or help the team, or make a donation via the LMA to the BBMF to get in touch.
Your input will be duely acknowledged in the press and be gratefully received.

We would be delighted to hear from any commercial operation or private pilots with the time and experience to help.

You can contact me on 07866294323 or at studio.mike@btinternet.com
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 16:33:37 PM »
Tremendous effort, Mike. Looking forward to hearing the report
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2011, 18:50:52 PM »
Cheers Mike, I've had the green light from all offical departments both sides of the Channel.
Hopefully next week, but certainly  before the 7th November.

Fingers crossed.


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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2011, 22:27:04 PM »
Fingers, toes, and everything else I can cross for you Mike that is no small feat you are going for there. I hope you get some good shots of the event, can you not persuade Neil H to go with you.

Good Luck Mate.  :uk:   
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2011, 23:49:49 PM »
good luck for your crossing and must say i had big indents in my fingers when i completed it many years back and you can place it next to the hurricane i flew across in the museum at manston ps we got the airframe into a cessna 172 to get the model across for the flight


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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2011, 01:21:42 AM »
Greg my fuselage is eight feet long , if we dont get the Skyvan down there its going over on Eurotunnel.


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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 12:15:57 PM »
What's the latest on this now...?
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2011, 12:31:15 PM »
It is all go for friday this week.

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2011, 12:57:29 PM »
Good luck Mike, will be thinking of you.

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2011, 13:07:56 PM »
All the best!!
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2011, 14:29:58 PM »
Good luck Mike   :af
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2011, 23:54:33 PM »
Good luck MIke :uk:

You should have had a video camera onboard to record the adventure!
What's the flight time,  30 minutes or so?

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2011, 06:42:00 AM »
Good luck MIke :uk:

You should have had a video camera onboard to record the adventure!
What's the flight time,  30 minutes or so?

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Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2011, 07:05:28 AM »
Yep good luck!

If anyone has and "live" updates on progress today please post here as only being a few minutes down the road from Manston I wouldn't mind popping along.
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2011, 08:46:06 AM »
Yep good luck!

If anyone has and "live" updates on progress today please post here as only being a few minutes down the road from Manston I wouldn't mind popping along.

Take a camera and a way of recording sounds and do a report for RC radio!!

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2011, 09:32:54 AM »
..the thought had crossed my mind Steve but I need to know roughly when.
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2011, 09:46:49 AM »
Visibility is poor in Calais is poor at present, the chase plane is being held a Manston, it is forcast to improve :xx :uk:
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2011, 10:03:57 AM »
 :xx :xx :xx :xx

Good luck chaps, tally ho :af :af

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2011, 14:25:28 PM »
No go today chaps as low cloud base over the channel
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2011, 14:44:45 PM »
 :'(
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2011, 14:48:36 PM »
It certainly is very murky here in Kent right now - any idea when it's likely to be re-scheduled for?
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2011, 14:59:57 PM »
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any idea when it's likely to be re-scheduled for?

I will try and find out
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2011, 15:03:02 PM »
Just spoke to my dad who's at Manston.   Tomorrow is a possibility if the weather plays ball.  A wasted trip to France for Mike this time. Fingers crossed for tomorrow

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #23 on: October 28, 2011, 15:07:31 PM »
Shame- its been clear blue in the East Midlands all day!

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2011, 15:09:52 PM »
If somebody could give me a heads-up I wouldn't mind doing an interview for PURE RC Radio if the opportunity presents itself :)
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2011, 15:18:49 PM »
Just spoke to my dad who's at Manston.   Tomorrow is a possibility if the weather plays ball.  A wasted trip to France for Mike this time. Fingers crossed for tomorrow

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2011, 21:34:14 PM »
How about a Model Lanc' to the Mohne Dam.....? About 175m plus. 1/5 model at about 50mph scale speed, so about three to four hours plus....ummm a lot of endurance for a model, - too slow for the chase a/c, so not so good. A model Mossie to Amiens..??? About 165 direct, not sure of the actual doglegged route. Sooo..1/3, 18' span, lets be generous, 100mph, 1.5hrs, plus. That's more do-able....! (;-P)

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2011, 21:57:22 PM »
How about a Model Lanc' to the Mohne Dam.....? About 175m plus. 1/5 model at about 50mph scale speed, so about three to four hours plus....ummm a lot of endurance for a model, - too slow for the chase a/c, so not so good. A model Mossie to Amiens..??? About 165 direct, not sure of the actual doglegged route. Sooo..1/3, 18' span, lets be generous, 100mph, 1.5hrs, plus. That's more do-able....! (;-P)

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #28 on: October 28, 2011, 22:25:40 PM »
what size fuel tank is going to be in  that spit?
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2011, 00:32:04 AM »
b*****d UK fog............. France perfect.
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2011, 00:36:17 AM »
Amiens had a bad bit of friendly fire...shame, because it was one of the most Boys Own adventures ever.

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #31 on: October 29, 2011, 08:54:46 AM »
...before our imaginations stretch to breaking point and we start fantasising about 1/4 scale B-17's and Lancasters flying to Dresden, let's concentrate on this attempt eh? ;)

....The day has dawned quite bright here in East Kent.  About 4/10 cloud clover, a little misty and a light SW at 4mph.  It looks to me like the mist will burn off - it's an unseasonably mild 14 degrees as we speak.

Fingers crossed!
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« Reply #32 on: October 29, 2011, 08:57:41 AM »
...before our imaginations stretch to breaking point and we start fantasising about 1/4 scale B-17's and Lancasters flying to Dresden, let's concentrate on this attempt eh? ;)


Ouch- that would not go down well.....

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #33 on: October 29, 2011, 09:05:03 AM »
All the best
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #34 on: October 29, 2011, 09:26:05 AM »
Weather for Manston looks pretty good after 11.00

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #35 on: October 29, 2011, 09:28:26 AM »
Looking at the LMA site, they are all back in the UK now.
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« Reply #36 on: October 29, 2011, 21:42:00 PM »
lol, - the chilly autumn air has obviously challenged Wiz's memory as well as his sense of humour, as loud cover is measured in Oktas & WV in Kts, and has been for about sixty years. (;-P)
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« Reply #37 on: October 29, 2011, 21:54:46 PM »
Clearly I'm stupid then.
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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #38 on: October 30, 2011, 01:11:01 AM »
Ok boys hang in there , thanks for the support.
We are going back this week.
No way are we going to get fog twice...!
We were going to stay over night and do it today but Chris had to get the Euro back for lessons.
We are going to forget the chase plane and wire the Euro with camera's.
The Calais driver will film the take off and hopefully someone close by will film the arrive at Manston.
Will keep you posted on day and times.
 cheers Mike. PS  it will take between 30 and 40 mins, the model does 96mph, recorded.

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Re: Spitfire Model Cross Channel Flight
« Reply #39 on: October 30, 2011, 10:36:12 AM »
I use this site for sailing weather, I think you'd find it useful too.
Hopefully (if I've linked it right) it'll show the winds for the Straits of Dover. On the right you can chose Visibilty and precipitation etc.
 There are various charts at the bottom of the weather map to show how wind strength and visibility can be guaged. If you have problems working it out let me know. I've found it very accurate.

http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/marine/weather?LEVEL=3&LANG=en&TIME=0&MN=gfs&CEL=C&SI=m


EDIT: I haven't linked it right! It shows the whole of UK .Just click on the Straits of Dover and all should be clear


 

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