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by Speedfab
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread
Replies: 979
Views: 462240

Re: The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

How did he manage that in the first place? Slammed the wheel brakes on? Fell down the hill? It's an uncommon sort of an accident... Taildragger 101, first lesson of the first day: Taxiing and beginning your takeoff roll, have the stick in your lap, IE: full up elevator so that the prop wash puts so...
by Speedfab
Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Technical Talk
Replies: 910
Views: 376637

Re: Technical Talk

That seems entirely too logical and reasonable... Are you sure? :mrgreen:

Progress is mindblowing, Bill. The last few months of "pic of the day" have had me sitting in amazement thinking of what you started with... My hat is off to you and everyone involved, sir. Bravo.
by Speedfab
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: BBP Diary
Replies: 361
Views: 174965

Re: BBP Diary

Thank you for taking the time to do the diary entry Bill, I greatly enjoyed it. I too think that a book would be a great idea, you should give that serious consideration... You definitely have a gift for prose. I also agree that it should be more than just a nuts and bolts account, given the interes...
by Speedfab
Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Bluebird K4 Proprider
Replies: 13
Views: 9646

Re: Bluebird K4 Proprider

Well I thought a "skeg" was rudder and prop' support all in one, and I knew they had gone "offset", I was pointing out that it may have been a mistake, as the prop support at the stern doesn't look up to the job, and as shaft flexing is what "did for" K4, I thought it was worth pointing out. That t...
by Speedfab
Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Bluebird K4 Proprider
Replies: 13
Views: 9646

Re: Bluebird K4 Proprider

The K4 prop-rider, probably one of the least photographed record attempt boats ever. I don't think there is very much about on her at all. I have never (and I've been doing the record breaking/Blue Bird (two words for Sir Malcolm) thing for some time), seen a picture of the dash board. Even in Leo'...
by Speedfab
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Michael Schumacher/Formula 1
Replies: 151
Views: 87698

Re: Michael Schumacher/Formula 1

Shame we'll never know how good he would have become. He definitely had the gift. RIP Jules.
by Speedfab
Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 923839

Re: Pic of the Day

Well played, Mike. :D That nearly eliminates the need for turbine tech school. Edit: The cutaway you or whoever made that funny pic with looks like a Rolls Royce Trent series engine - an absolutely incredible piece of engineering. I have no reservations in saying you lot across the Atlantic are stil...
by Speedfab
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 923839

Re: Pic of the Day

In actual fact it was present and blanked off. It was an experimental 'lash-up' (that's how it is described on the archive drawing) and the maker's plate says 'built to lab report No. xxxx' (can't remember the number). It was one of only two ever built by Lucas and its history was traced by AEC for...
by Speedfab
Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:35 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 923839

Re: Pic of the Day

the module that watched the engine's pressure ratio was found intentionally disabled. There isn't much need for altitude compensated fueling on a land/water bound turbine. Bristol Siddeley engineers may well have told them to do so for simplicity and/or weight savings. As to bent first stage compre...
by Speedfab
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: Bluebird Rebuild
Topic: Pic of the Day
Replies: 2374
Views: 923839

Re: Pic of the Day

I assume you gentlemen have consulted with turbine technicians on the operation of these engines. The fact is, they don't just "flame out" and will continue running under a pretty wide range of air/fuel ratios. Once you have a turbine lit and running, the only things that will stop it are: Commanded...