Spitfire OUV. A Truly Emotional Start-Up. www.ml407.co.uk
Nick Grace bought the 2 seat Spitfire in 1979 in a dismantled state and after 5 years of work took off with his wife Carolyn on their first flight. Apart from the substantial task of general re-assembly the fuselage and wings were essentially as they left the factory but a large amount of the work involved stripping back to bare metal and re-riveting after treatment with modern anticorrosives which is why OUV is still operational today with no corrosion. Tragically Nick was killed in a car accident in 1988 but his widow continues to fly OUV. This short clip is taken from the film "Perfect Lady" which covers the full story of OUV's restoration. It and other videos are available from Carolyn's website with all profits going to maintain the Spitfire in flying condition.
Old Top Gear The Beast
Old Top Gear from 1998
Steve Berry drives the Beast, a car with a Merlin (Airplane) Engine
This clip was extracted from the episode that was first broadcast on the
5th March 1998
P-38 Engine Startup
Chino's Planes of Fame P-38 "23 Skidoo" on engine startup.
Note. Audio should not be used as a sample of what the P-38 sounds like.
My camera's small mic was being blown out by the noise of the engine and
Merlin V12 part 1 start up
A Merlin engine built out of two wrecks. It originally powered a twin
engine Mosquito. Just the thing to have in your shed!
47772's first start in quite a few years `
47772 started for the first time in some time. this engine has EP start
contactors which is why it stop motoring over after a couple of turns as
the air had got too low. it was a bit sluggish to start with but it soon
clears and settles down nicely with oil pressure of 60 PSI. still plenty
more work to be done on this one before it graces the main line again. But
it should not be too long away
F4U Corsair "Whistling Death" Flight Demonstration !
This is a compilation of clips of the Planes of Fame Museum's Corsair
(Chino, California) and includes some clips of the Palm Springs Air
Museum's own Corsair. Man, this thing just scoots, BIG TIME! Wow, just
Listen to the 2,000 horsepower generated by the
2,800 cubic inches of the supercharged, 18 cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800!
You'll see during the flybys why the Japanese called this fighter the
This aircraft just leaps off the runway in just a few seconds, and
remember, the manifold pressure used today for takeoff with 100-octane
low-lead fuel is not anywhere near what could be used with the wartime,
130-octane+ fuel. Very impressive!