Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 18, 2021 23:38:18 GMT 12
I have watched this brilliant series this week. It is the best documentary series I have seen in years. It follows the happenings at Peter Monk's Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar in the UK as the team rebuild Spitfire LF.IX MJ755 (the Greek Spitfire). But there are loads of excellent sidelights in the series about the history of the Spitfire and other fighters like the Typhoon restoration, a visit to the Supermarine S.6, and a photo reconnaissance museum, and much more. And there are some marvellous interviews and moments with WWII veterans. I honestly loved this programme so much. Well done to the documentary makers and the team at Biggin Hill.
I was wondering what series on YouTube might be next to have a look at so good timing Dave. I'm part way through the first episode and my eyebrows nearly shot off my head when I saw inside the Retro Track and Air storage area........heaps of Merlin parts (and probably Griffon I presume) rows of crankshafts, etc. But then the owner went on to casually say say "We have four stores like this". Blimey! So far it showing some of the particulars about British aircraft engineering practice from the 1940s which is fascinating and also showing us decades in the future how it was done.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 19, 2021 16:11:42 GMT 12
Yes it is impressive to get the glimpse into the place doing the Merlin. Before this the only similar look at a facility like that was seeing Kermit Weeks' awesome videos from when he visited Vintage V12's in California.
Post by planecrazy on Jun 20, 2021 16:48:09 GMT 12
Just had a lazy Sunday watching this from start to finish, just great, nice mix of history, restoration and flying, even a little emotional in places, if I'm honest I was a bit disappointed when it finished.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 20, 2021 18:43:17 GMT 12
The other thing that is nice for me is I realised that George Dunn DFC LdeH, who features (stars) in this series, is one of the very active Bomber Command veterans who some of my Facebook friends, like Cherry Greveson and Steve Darlow, have posted about over recent years from bomber events there. He attended a lunch with Cherry only a few weeks back so he is still going strong.