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Old 08-01-2017, 05:25 AM   #1
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:40 AM   #2
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Surprisingly, the Packard Merlin was positively hated in the real world.

At least there is one genuine Merlin engine basher left. Another 'Goldstar' out of RAF 31 Squadron from 1949 days- when we were conscripts or convicts. There wasn't much difference in the treatment.

There is still a Spit out in Canada somewhere. SL-721 and lettered JM-R after the then 'boss' of Fighter Command, James M. Robb.
Boothman of the Schneider Trophy Supermarine S6B 'bent it' and someone else 'bent our ears' with the unsilenced exhausts.

Probably worth a bit more research

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Old 08-01-2017, 02:26 PM   #3
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Surprisingly, the Packard Merlin was positively hated in the real world.
Hey Norm, watch the video. It's about a Packard flathead V-12 auto engine; not an aircraft engine.

Great video Peter, thanks!
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:53 PM   #4
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Rolls Royce made the Merlin, not Packard.

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Rolls Royce made the Merlin, not Packard.

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Packard made Merlins under licence.


Britain was desperately short of engines to go into Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancasters, Manchesters and Mosquitos. In the question of the P-51D, the Allison was crap and a further need was for Merlins for long range fighter escort for our bombers.

I can see a number in my head despite the passage of nigh 70 years.
Perhaps a phone call to my Merlin mate might reveal what 266 means

Meantime

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It's actually 626. What about that?

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A few corrections for JM-R and the Report by Vintage Wings of Canada.

There is a photo of a Percival Proctor and whatever and a write up regarding Robb's Spit.

It was NOT a Metropolitan Communications Flight aircraft but one of a trio of Spitfires which RAF 31 Squadron stationed at RAF Hendon under the command of Group Captain Terence John Arbuthnott as Station Commander looked after. He was a former P-51 jockey before this. Sl/ldr Arthur Fane De Salis OBE was the Commanding Officer of RAF 31 Squadron and Commanding Officer of the Flying Wing of Hendon.

Of course, Hendon was the Taxi rank for the British Air Ministry officers who wanted to keep their log books of flying hours up to date.
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Yep, you're right, Norman. Thanks for setting me right!

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Yep, you're right, Norman. Thanks for setting me right!

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The important thing was that Packard was available to supply much needed engines- onto airframes that we- Brits hadn't got.

It meant that long range escort US aircraft were there to defend Allied bombers- and bring the final result.

So my kind regards-- and thanks

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Packard made Merlins under licence.


Britain was desperately short of engines to go into Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancasters, Manchesters and Mosquitos. In the question of the P-51D, the Allison was crap and a further need was for Merlins for long range fighter escort for our bombers.

I can see a number in my head despite the passage of night 70 years.
Perhaps a phone call to my Merlin mate might reveal what 266 means

Meantime

Cheers

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It's actually 626. What about that?

Please excuse a newby member butting in! A Merlin 266 is a Packard version of the Merlin 66 (Spitfire low altitude/ground attack). A Merlin 626 is a civilianised post-war transport engine benefitting from late improvements for longer service intervals.

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Please excuse a newby member butting in! A Merlin 266 is a Packard version of the Merlin 66 (Spitfire low altitude/ground attack). A Merlin 626 is a civilianised post-war transport engine benefitting from late improvements for longer service intervals.

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Thank you for reminding me of the relevance of seemingly obscure numbers. A gap of 67 long and very eventful subsequent years.

I suspect that it is all to do with something called 'Pelmanism'

Thanks for the memory

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