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True Civil Aviation

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While reading a pilot's guide to the Supermarine Spitfire IIA and IIB I was surprised just how hand-cranked flying one of these was - in particular, that it had a horn.

Presumably it was so gallant Spitfire pilots could beep at fleeing German bombers who'd forgotten to close the bomb doors.

An earlier and a gentler age.

not_morrison_rm, Nov 14 2018

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       // hand-cranked //   

       Not just flying. The undercarriage is raised and lowered manually; because of the placement of the lever close to the fuselage longerons, incautious use can cause a very nasty injury known as "Spitfire knuckle".   

       It's truly remarkable, when reviewing ATC and CVR recordings, how very, very civil and polite aircrew are - even in the face of imminent and unavoidable death.   

       <Moment of silent respect/>
8th of 7, Nov 14 2018
  

       I think the crew of BA flight 9 deserve a mention for civility:   

       //Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress//
bs0u0155, Nov 20 2018
  

       //While reading a pilot's guide to the Supermarine Spitfire IIA and IIB// [+]
FlyingToaster, Nov 20 2018
  
      
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