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Offline Local Walker

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Very low flying vintage plane
« on: October 09, 2012, 02:21:16 pm »
At around 1:13pm this afternoon we were just driving along the A1000 when we saw a very low flying plane from perhaps the second world war pass over just near the transmission station heading towards the village centre. Was it making an emergency landing or flying to the DeHav Centre?
 

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Re: Very low flying vintage plane
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2012, 03:53:22 pm »
I saw this too over Calder and it looked like a  DC-3 with  RAF markings on. It was extremely low!
 

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Re: Very low flying vintage plane
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2012, 11:30:18 am »
According to Bryan Smith it was a Lancaster bomber.  A Lancasster has 4 piston engines and the tail assembly has a short wing on each side of the rear fuselage and an upright section on each end, rather like the letter 'H'.  The Rolls Royce Merlin engine has a distinct sound, and is the same engine as used in Spitfires.  It would be from the Battle of Britain flight.

A DC-3 Dakota has only 2 piston engines and a conventional single upright tail fin.  It is much smaller being a passenger airliner.

Both are very rare these days.

This takes me back to my days in the Royal Observer Corps!

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Re: Very low flying vintage plane
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2012, 12:42:27 pm »
I saw it too and it certainly was not a Lancaster! It looked like the twin prop Dakota with the D-Day 3 white stripe RAF markings used for the Queens Jubilee flypast.
 

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Re: Very low flying vintage plane
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2012, 10:29:10 pm »
It flew over me on the golf course at the Hertfordshire in White Stubbs Lane and it looked like a DC3, certainly only 2 engines.
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Re: Very low flying vintage plane
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2012, 03:10:02 pm »
'Fraid I didn't see it.

However, from the description it sounds like the DC3 Dakota operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates one with D-Day invasion stripes.

Incidentally, they also operate the Lancaster (the only flying example in Europe - the other is in Canada).

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/theaircraft/dakota.cfm

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/theaircraft/lancaster.cfm
 

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Re: Very low flying vintage plane
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 04:24:43 pm »
Maybe Bryan needs glasses?

Thanks for the photo links.  I was thinking of adding pictures of each so that the difference would be obvious.

Modern planes tend to look very similar,sadly.  Individuality has almost gone, just as with cars which tend to be jelly moulds in shape.

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