ULTIMATE WARBIRD FLIGHTS
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Bridging the gap between the life and dreams of aviation enthusiasts since 1985

Operating from Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire, Ultimate Warbird Flights is a hub of aviation excellence that offers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of flying with unique WW2 warbirds. Together with our packages, we can tailor experiences for groups or bespoke flights/displays. Feel free to visit our pages to see what we offer, and if you have any query do not hesitate to get in touch. Let's go flying!

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23 hours ago

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Onwards and upwards...... I never imagined when I started rebuilding a Pitts Special 17 years ago that I would ultimately fulfil by boyhood dream and spend every summer weekend flying around Europe in our own aerobatic team; not to mention immersing ourselves in the glorious ‘plane mad’ culture in the USA. So many new friends, idyllic locations and good times. None of it would have been possible without the generous backing of our great friends at Trig Avionics and the kind words, help and encouragement of each and every one of you. On behalf of the team, a massive thank you! Please stay with us for the next chapter. Expect plenty more ice-creams and burgers! “Team work makes the dream work”........šŸ˜ https://www.trig-avionics.com/the-trig-aerobatic-team-has-landed-ultimate-warbird-flights-take-off/ www.ultimatewarbirdflights.com https://m.facebook.com/Ultimate-Warbird-Flights-1785419121510239/ ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Looking forward to seeing Ultimate Warbird Flights continue to go from strength-to-srengh, 2018 has been a great year! Fantastic that Trig continue to support your future ventures.

3 days ago

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P-47D Thunderbolt aka "Nellie"
The Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Whasp was initiated in 1936 and was America's first 18 cylinder radial. With water injection and turbo supercharging the R-2800 produced more than 46kW/L (1-horsepower/cubic inch).
During World War II it powered the Grumman F6F Hellcat, Vought F4U Corsair and of course the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt - among other aircraft. Post war it was chosen to power the Douglas DC-6 and other airlines. (Source:Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
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P-47D Thunderbolt aka Nellie 
The Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Whasp  was initiated in 1936 and was Americas first 18 cylinder radial. With water injection and turbo supercharging the R-2800 produced more than 46kW/L (1-horsepower/cubic inch).  
During World War II it powered the Grumman F6F Hellcat, Vought F4U Corsair and of course the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt - among other aircraft. Post war it was chosen to power the Douglas DC-6 and other airlines. (Source:Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)Image attachmentImage attachment

In April 1944 after some 13,000 man hours and costing around Ā£4,907 - less the ā€œloan embodimentā€ supplied by the government (the engine, instruments, armament, tyres, radio etc.) ML407 was ready to be flown.

The standard test flight schedule which was codified by Jeffrey Quill and George Pickering at Supermarine, Southampton; was based on the principle that, in addition to the essential functional tests of the whole aeroplane (which were listed), the basic performance and handling should also be checked at selected points throughout the flight envelope - which meant climbing at maximum continuous climbing power and best climbing speed to its full throttle height of at least 18,000 feet and all instrument readings checked, followed by a two-minute level run at maximum combat power settings to check the indicated top speed and the performance of the engine and supercharger. The aeroplane is then put into a full power dive to its limiting indicated airspeed of 470 mph and its trim and control behavior checked in this extreme condition.

In general, and allowing for two to three short initial flights for trimming the airlerons and adjusting the engine boost and propeller settings, this schedule took about 40 minutesā€™ flying time and gave the aeroplane a thorough shakedown. A minimum of three take-offs and landings was required before the aeroplane could be passed for delivery.
Such a test flight cost the British Government Ā£11.10.
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In April 1944 after some 13,000 man hours and costing around Ā£4,907 - less the ā€œloan embodimentā€ supplied by the government (the engine, instruments, armament, tyres, radio etc.) ML407 was ready to be flown. 

The standard test flight schedule which was codified by Jeffrey Quill and George Pickering at Supermarine, Southampton; was based on the principle that, in addition to the essential functional tests of the whole aeroplane (which were listed), the basic performance and handling should also be checked at selected points throughout the flight envelope - which meant climbing at maximum continuous climbing power and best climbing speed to its full throttle height of at least 18,000 feet and all instrument readings checked, followed by a two-minute level run at maximum combat power settings to check the indicated top speed and the performance of the engine and supercharger. The aeroplane is then put into a full power dive to its limiting indicated airspeed of 470 mph and its trim and control behavior checked in this extreme condition. 

In general, and allowing for two to three short initial flights for trimming the airlerons and adjusting the engine boost and propeller settings, this schedule took about 40 minutesā€™ flying time and gave the aeroplane a thorough shakedown. A minimum of three take-offs and landings was required before the aeroplane could be passed for delivery.
Such a test flight cost the British Government Ā£11.10.

1 week ago

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1 week ago

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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Official)
Lest We Forget.
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JLT is one of the most forward looking and innovative Insurance Brokers in the world but is also passionate about our British heritage.

'The Grace Spitfire exemplifies everything that we have a right to feel proud of and it is a huge privilege to sponsor this wonderful piece of Aviation history.'

Ultimate Warbird Flights

The Spitfire Blister - Sywell Aerodrome - Wellingborough Road - Sywell - Northants - NN6 0BN

Phone: +44 (0)1604 642 058

Email: info@ML407.co.uk

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