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Spitfire pilots' skill; views.

I THINK it would be a great idea to bring back a Spitfire to Birmingham and restore it to airworthiness.

I can remember several years ago having a very interesting conversation with an elderly gentleman, a friend of my father, who was a Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain.

I remember him telling me that the very early Spitfires had only carburettor, not fuel injection, as did the little German 109s ("Hundertneun" in German).

The Spitfire pilot needed a level of skill different from that of the Luftwaffe pilot, because quick ascents and descents, especially at altitude, meant that the carburettor wouldn't do its job, causing the engine to cut, whereas fuel injection pumps the fuel under pressure no matter what.

Don't know why, but that little piece of information has always remained with me.

Rob Hawkins, by email ? I AM in full support of bringing back a Spitfire to Brum. These aircraft are fantastic and we as a nation, and more so Birmingham, should be proud of them and with the pilots who flew them. I just wish I could get the chance to work on the renovation.

Philip Owen, by email ??I AM delighted that the Mail has launched a campaign to have a Spitfire returned to Birmingham. As you will be aware from stories in the Mail earlier this year, Doug Pullen and Erdington Conservatives have been campaigning for a Spitfire to be returned to Erdington, the home of Spitfires. We are delighted that the Birmingham Mail has decided to also call for their return

Coun Robert Alden, Erdington
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Nov 14, 2012
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