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While reading a pilot's guide to the Supermarine
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
fleeing German bombers who'd forgotten to close the
An earlier and a gentler age.
The gentlemen of the air
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British Airways Flight 9
[bs0u0155, Nov 20 2018]
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||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/>
||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//
||//While reading a pilot's guide to the Supermarine Spitfire IIA and IIB// [+]