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Mike Bull
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Re: Technical Talk

Post by Mike Bull » Mon May 21, 2018 5:21 pm

Actually the speedometer is mounted centrally above the steering wheel; at first in 1966 it was mounted in the instrument panel itself, and then later on it was moved higher and placed in a little box, to better put it in Donald's eyeline. A rather token glare shield was also fitted to the box.
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Re: Technical Talk

Post by Richie » Tue May 22, 2018 1:12 pm

but in answer to the question, the thing on the fin is still a pitot tube :D
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Re: Technical Talk

Post by mtskull » Tue May 22, 2018 10:37 pm

Richie wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 1:12 pm
but in answer to the question, the thing on the fin is still a pitot tube :D
Or to be precise, a pitot/static tube.
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Re: Technical Talk

Post by Engine 711 » Wed May 23, 2018 8:00 am

mtskull wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 10:37 pm
Richie wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 1:12 pm
but in answer to the question, the thing on the fin is still a pitot tube :D
Or to be precise, a pitot/static tube.
Correct.

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Bluebird crash

Post by Vernon » Tue May 29, 2018 4:17 pm

Hi all
I couldn't help notice during watching the spirit reborn DVD that bluebird lands on her port side in the simulation. I have watched footage & studied pictures & I can see it was an impact starboard side if I'm not mistaken. Could you clarify.
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Re: Bluebird crash

Post by Mike Bull » Tue May 29, 2018 5:17 pm

The graphic probably exaggerates things but the boat impacted left sponson first, albeit marginally, wiping her front off from left to right as the front spar winged off into the air, and the main hull was tripped up by the left hand side of the intakes gulping into the water, tearing them open, while the right hand side was squashed flat as she smacked over, which also bent the two tail fin fairings to the left.
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Re: Technical Talk

Post by Vernon » Tue May 29, 2018 6:10 pm

Thanks Mike

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Re: Technical Talk

Post by Renegadenemo » Wed May 30, 2018 12:21 am

The boat rolled rapidly to the right whilst upside down in the air with the fin leading then rolled equally fast the other way once she righted herself in mid air so, though she landed almost level, the left hand sponson arriving first but not by much, she was still rolling fast and basically twisted the centre hull from under the front spar such that it landed left side down. The cockpit was shorn off from left to right with the left hand cockpit wall separating between frames 15 and 17 with the 15-17 section sinking not far from the impact point whilst the 17-23 (tip of the bow) piece rolled all the way under then was ejected on the other side to leave the water again like a skimming stone to land about 160m from the impact point to the NE. The front spar went 150m straight down the boat's track before splashing down with big chunks of upper sponson fairing attached. The rest of the cockpit structure disintegrated and sank not far from where the main hull came to rest.
As Mike already mentioned, look at the pic's of the recovered wreck and you can see how the LH inlet was torn open and the RH crushed shut. This is what tripped the boat up and caused that tumble seen in the footage. The damage to the fin fairing also tie in perfectly with this.
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