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  • Air Corps Spitfire featured on 6:00pm BBC News

    Hello all. New to IMO.

    Thought some of you may be interested to know that there was a feature on new archive footage found of Spitfire pilots relaxing during the war.

    As the story was being introduced by the news anchor Fiona Bruce there was a big blow up of a two seat Spitfire trainer with the Irish Air Corps world war two era livery!

    Brought a smile to my face.

  • #2
    HA!!

    I noticed it too and metioned it to my dad
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    The Charge of the Light Brigade

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    • #3
      Fiona Bruce always brings a smile to my face.
      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity.

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      • #4
        It's actually called a pilatus pc 9 over here mate. Don't worry easy mistake to make
        To close with and kill the enemy in all weather conditions, night and day and over any terrain

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        • #5
          Any of you PC wizards got a link to this item please?
          Just wondering how you could have a Spitfire with Irish Air Corps WW 2 era livery?
          We didn't have Spitfires in WW"
          Regards
          Tony K

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tony Kearns View Post
            Any of you PC wizards got a link to this item please?
            Just wondering how you could have a Spitfire with Irish Air Corps WW 2 era livery?
            We didn't have Spitfires in WW"
            Regards
            Tony K
            did we have hurricanes

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            • #7
              Originally posted by golden rivet View Post
              did we have hurricanes
              Yep , we had millions of them, well.......20
              Tony K
              Attached Files

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              • #8
                The BBC item is here but it doesn't seem to want to load at the moment.

                http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/also_in_the_news/default.stm

                Is it not one of the post war Spitfires, journalists are often happy with the close enough principle.

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                • #9
                  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7540305.stm

                  A BBC Spitfire report.

                  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7540307.stm

                  Connaught Stranger.
                  Last edited by Connaught Stranger; 8 November 2009, 10:42.

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                  • #10
                    Sorry, but I was not able to find a link to the story featuring the Spitfire online.

                    The Spitfire in question was sporting a post WW11 Irish Air Corps livery. Same as the one below.
                    Attached Files

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                    • #11
                      Ok
                      The facts

                      Its a T9 that was converted from a regular wartime Spitfire by Vickers after the war. It served as a single seater and was converted and sold on.

                      Ireland bought several of these which under todays terminology would be termed Warbirds.

                      After the T9's were retired from servicethey were bought up privately and all the AC ones remain airwirthy.

                      Nick Grace bought the one in the piece but changed the prominent second canopy of the T9 to retain the classic looks of the spitfire but retained the two seat capability so it could be used comercially for pleasure flights and training.

                      Nick died of Cancer some years back but his wife Caroline retained ownership of the aircraft qualifying to fly it her self as a memorial to her late husband.

                      So it is a genuine WW2 spitfire and a Former IAAC aircraft not to be mstaken with the latest one which briefly wore IAAc Colours( G-CCCA)
                      Last edited by hptmurphy; 10 November 2009, 00:51.
                      Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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                      • #12
                        Stephen Grace? Nick, was it not?
                        regards
                        GttC

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                        • #13
                          Mrs Grace late Husband....yeah Nick...
                          Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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                          • #14
                            Known as the Grace Spitfire.

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                            • #15
                              Well this hero flew flew with a shamrock on his Spitfire.

                              Brendan Éamon FitzPatrick Finucane DSO, DFC & Two Bars (16 October 1920 – 15 July 1942), known as Paddy Finucane, was an Irish Royal Air Force fighter pilot. He was a high scoring Second World War flying ace—claiming 32 victories—and was the RAF's youngest Wing Commander in its history.

                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddy_Finucane

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