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Hi all, quick question, what colour were the wheel wells on a Short Stirling? 

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@Work In Progress

WIP,

 

Loved the photo! The Stirling has to  hold the record for the most massive landing gear in aviation history- looks more like a bridge truss than a landing gear strut. Wonder how many Spitfire tires (tyres for those in the UK!) could have been made from the rubber it took to mold on Stirling tire?

Mike

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Love the original photo (not repeated at the Moderator's request): just look at the outer diameter of the tyre at the top and bottom!

Also interesting to see, through the doorway, a small handrail to assist entry.

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10 minutes ago, Denford said:

Love the original photo (not repeated at the Moderator's request): just look at the outer diameter of the tyre at the top and bottom!

Also interesting to see, through the doorway, a small handrail to assist entry.

 I think that the edge of door (and its hinges), which opened inwards and to the rear?

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18 hours ago, Work In Progress said:

And I always have a soft spot for Joan Hughes preparing to throw this one around the sky. All manual controls too

 

I had a chat with RAAF WW2 pilot Jeff Reidy, it would 25 years ago now, and when ever I see a Stirling mentioned I think of Jeff. Great guy to talk about missions over Germany and flying the bomber types - Mosquito, Lancaster and Halifax. Jeff was based in England and went on operations late in the war. He also spent a great deal of time ferrying multiple aircraft types around with war's end. When I asked him about his favourite (sorry you can never help yourself with the Vets) he said, without hesitation, the Stirling. He said a huge aircraft and an absolute joy to throw around the sky. He actually described it as sensitive to the flight controls. Least favourite - Halifax.

 

Ray

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@Work In Progress absolutely love those scale images. Truly shows their comparative sizes in the best way. I also love the top down view, showing the wing span/shape differences. I'm about to get an even better idea because I have a Stirling and Halifax up next in my stash!

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18 hours ago, Jeff G said:

@Work In Progress absolutely love those scale images. Truly shows their comparative sizes in the best way. I also love the top down view, showing the wing span/shape differences. I'm about to get an even better idea because I have a Stirling and Halifax up next in my stash!

And if you need any help Jeff G, please feel free to ask

 

John

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Wow- that is some complex and clever engineering to get  all of the struts and doors associated  with the undercart into the nacelles. Thanks so much for the videos, as I have always wondered how it all worked.

Mike

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