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I question the wisdom of
Wed Aug 29, 2018 09:41

Flying a 'restored' 70 yr old warbird that was at the ragged edge of performance in its day and surely shouldn't be being raced nowadays?

When they say 'restored' did they magnaflux each component of that 4000hp radial? I wouldn't want to risk my neck on a plane that always had a reputation for being prone to failures (various) and seeing this restored one doing the same things and hearing the pilot say "Oh you just have to give it a bump port and starboard to make the locking pins engage properly" - on the landing gear - doesn't fill me with confidence.

Those Hawker Sea Furies have killed a few men in their time and not from combat either!

Also to me the engine sounded a bit rough like maybe a cylinder was out or the rings weren't seated properly, of course you cannot say that for sure relying on a video camera microphone for evidence but if my bike had sounded like that I'd have pulled over to check it out.

Don't these people use their ears any more?

Oh sorry you don't know what I'm on about, it was a restored Sea Fury couple of videos on YouTube not really all that worth watching anyway since it was using a Wright not a Bristol Centaurus.

Still the previous owner raced it and said he's seen 550mph on the clock so I guess the Wright is okay but why only a 4 bladed prop if its developing more power than the Bristol engine which used a 5 blade prop?

I've always been a bit leery of those big Wright engines.

    • I rise in defence! - Sarge, Wed Aug 29 12:34
      Wrights were brilliant engines, all the B17s can't be wrong, as well as Mitchells, Hudsons, many of the DC3/C47, the late Wildcats, and a host of other auspucious aircraft. The T28 and the Albatross... more
    • Magnificent obsolescence - mike, Wed Aug 29 12:28
      Various mechanisms at the absolute pinnacle of their development do go down fighting with tremendous panache don't they? Biplanes certainly did, the Hawker Fury and the Swordfish and Gladiator come... more
      • The bit about... - sarge, Wed Aug 29 12:54
        ...making us hope the death of all heat engines is not too far off has me to wonder what alternatives will man accept? Just talking of transport, I hear about the electric car, but that is no option... more
        • No I dont agree - mike, Wed Aug 29 13:14
          I like 'em as much as you do but the fact is that heat engines are an environmental disaster. Replacements? I dunno, nuclear fusion perhaps but yes you're right to point out that various... more
          • Because the view is narrow. - sarge, Wed Aug 29 14:39
            All the environutters are banging on about transport, but ignoring the real elephant in the room. My point is not that "heat engines" are maligned, its that Prius, electric cars, all that codswollop... more
            • I agree with - mike, Wed Aug 29 17:12
              Your last 3 sentences
              • For me, I'm good if just... - Sarge, Wed Aug 29 17:24
                ...the last complete sentence is good enough for you to agree with. That is the real low-hanger in this forest. You can also believe final fragment, too. ;-)
          • Of my article? I gave you all those lovely mechanisms to drool over!
            • Because... - Sarge, Wed Aug 29 14:41
              ...that passage seemed plucked from the environutter lexicon to make me feel guilty for drooling over those lovely images! Grin!
              • Absolutely no one - mike , Wed Aug 29 17:43
                Likes the products arising from the Industrial Revolution more than I do. I even like the smell of burning coal though smog is no fun at all. There it is though, fabulous fun and how lucky we were to ... more
                • Wogs means any foreigner - mike, Thu Aug 30 09:46
                  I suddenly realised that remark could be misinterpreted but from a true blue Englishmans privately held opinion, everyone outside the British Isles is a wog! Certainly the French and Italians are,... more
                  • No misinterpretation here. - sarge, Thu Aug 30 13:58
                    Lord knows I've been told many times in America, "You ain't from here." Some days I feel like I "ain't" from anywhere. It can be depressing...
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