Well-worn Irvin

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  1. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    124CC895-0833-45D5-BF14-3B7B8EE1488B.jpeg Whilst trawling the net, as it were, for pics of test pilots, I came across this one of Canadian test pilot Bill Waterton in his very well-worn Irvin. If only it could talk indeed!
     
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  2. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    He looks like he still has a few barrel rolls , loops and Immelmanns left in him in that photo.
     
  3. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    His early Irvin had developed a wonderful patina!
     
  4. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

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    so did the wearer...
     
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  5. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Very true!
     
  6. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    Bill was one Hell of a man, fighter pilot during the War, shot down and badly injured over Dunkirk, then became an instructor. After the War he became a test pilot, and was involved with early jets and speed records. he got the George Medal for staying with a Gloster Javelin which lost its elevators, and was sacked for his unspoken criticism of the aircraft, which he considered unsafe. Never read the Daily Mail as a rule, but this gives you some idea:-
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...sh-jet-test-pilots-revolutionised-flight.html
     
  7. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

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    so did the wearer...but respect from all of us.
     
  8. CBI

    CBI Well-Known Member

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    super jacket and MAN!!!!
     
  9. dujardin

    dujardin Well-Known Member

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    the man and the jacket

    cool photo
     

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