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by mtskull
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird in museum home row
Replies: 665
Views: 84717

Re: Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird in museum home row

I have remained silent on this until now but here goes.... I too have my opinion on this matter but I'm not going to share it here because a) I wasn't party to any discussions between the Ruskin and the BBP so my opinion isn't fully informed and b) Airing such opinions as I hold won't make a jot of ...
by mtskull
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Blue Bird K4
Replies: 74
Views: 10388

Re: Blue Bird K4

Malcolm Ops wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:25 pm
Why not build - and sell - Jetstar craft on a commercial basis?
Possibly because all of the reasons why the craft wasn't a commercial success in its day still apply?
by mtskull
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird in museum home row
Replies: 665
Views: 84717

Re: Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird in museum home row

"I would suggest at this stage you need to think about noise emissions (in decibels Db) from Bluebird, the size of any wash and the distance it maintains its integrity over flat water (this is relevant to lakeshore impact Ye Gods! Leaving aside the fact that all this could have been done and dusted...
by mtskull
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Technical Talk
Replies: 1058
Views: 282686

Re: Technical Talk

Note: if this topic upsets or offends anyone, please delete I was looking through some of the crash footage earlier today (yes I am that sad). When I saw something puzzling & intriguing. Just after the large splash of Bluebird entering the water, there were two smaller splashes. It doesn’t take a g...
by mtskull
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!
Replies: 1255
Views: 328855

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Whoops, pressed "reply with quote" instead of "edit".
by mtskull
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!
Replies: 1255
Views: 328855

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

[The 'idea' of two viper jets mounted on a boat has been the outright WSR craft design route of Alan Sabberton from Norfolk since his project started]. I thought, 'who?' but then realised, I'd seen this before- http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/hoveton-man-aiming-to-break-water-speed-record-from-his-shed...
by mtskull
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!
Replies: 1255
Views: 328855

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Having read a little more of the Longbow back story, it would appear that a large part of the rationale behind the twin Viper setup is that Vipers were available and they couldn't find a suitable Orpheus. Lots of RB 199's currently for sale though; oodles of thrust and still 300kg lighter than two V...
by mtskull
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!
Replies: 1255
Views: 328855

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Hadn't realised that this was running TWO Viper engines... https://www.jet-hydroplane.uk/september-2018-update/ It would be interesting to know the rationale behind that "ballsy" design decision. Installed in an aircraft, twin engines add reliability; if one stops, you can keep on flying. Installed...
by mtskull
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread
Replies: 146
Views: 52015

Re: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

The Beaufighter is a rare bird indeed. Anyone who'd like to see one without diving off Malta can do so at Scotland's National Museum of Flight, at East Fortune airfield near Edinburgh. Nigel There's also a nice one in the sea off Naxos, so I understand; right side up and all there. Must dive that o...
by mtskull
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird in museum home row
Replies: 665
Views: 84717

Re: Donald Campbell's restored Bluebird in museum home row

1. K7 suffered a hydroplane blow over- many have since and no doubt will again. 2. It blew over because the bows lifted allowing air underneath the front and when that happened nothing was going to stop the blow over. 3. The bows lifted because she was unstable. Going too fast. With respect, if we'...