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by quicksilver-wsr
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: What have forum members been up to?
Replies: 1044
Views: 706374

Re: What have forum members been up to?

Thanks, Facebook, for taking the world to new heights of idiocy ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-40339723

Nigel
by quicksilver-wsr
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 1451199

Re: Pic of the Day

Hearty congrats upon progress evidenced in today's POTD.

It's as clear an indication as you could ever have of the great strides made. So easy to take them for granted, but - as Ringo said - "It don't come easy."

Nigel
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 732937

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Even when the aircraft is static, the wash from the propeller can cause sufficient lift at the tailplane to raise the rear end of the aircraft right up, so application of throttle becomes a key issue.

Nigel
by quicksilver-wsr
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 732937

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Yikes! Good job there was no fire, or I don't think he would have made it.

Nigel
by quicksilver-wsr
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Full Of Wind - The Sailing Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 32475

Re: Full Of Wind - The Sailing Thread

I'm a fan of the America's Cup myself. Hard-edged racing and technology nice enough to eat. And with a proper UK bid this time, what's not to like? Would-be enthusiasts might appreciate advance notice of these upcoming TV highlights shows ... Monday 12 June - BBC2 - 2-3pm Tuesday 13 June - BBC2 - 1:...
by quicksilver-wsr
Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 732937

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

So strongly is Jimmy Martin associated with ejection seat development that he is generally forgotten as the aviator he started out as. The short-lived MB 5 was possibly the ultimate piston-engined fighter of the Second World War, but going back further than that, it is a little-known fact that Amy J...
by quicksilver-wsr
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 732937

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Glad you're enjoying it!

Nigel
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue May 30, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 732937

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Yes, I'd forgotten about those (the 'canopy breakers'). It's easy to forget how far the technology has moved on from the crude old stuff that used to be. Bang-seats are a world in themselves. Some years ago, a popular and highly-experienced test pilot was ejected to his death from a Harrier in fligh...
by quicksilver-wsr
Tue May 30, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 732937

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

As you know, the 'canopy breakers' take the form of explosive charges in the canopy material that shatter it milliseconds before the seat leaves the aircraft, ensuring the ejection isn't impeded. Presumably the Sea Vixen didn't have this - hence the need to jettison the canopy manually. I should kno...
by quicksilver-wsr
Mon May 29, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 732937

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

I'd be surprised if it didn't have zero-zero seats, even though on this occasion they weren't used. The Sea Vixen was withdrawn from squadron service in 1972 while the first test of a zero-zero seat in this country with a human occupant took place as far back as 1961, with Martin-Baker's resident 'g...