Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. ‘Spitfire’: Amazing and Beautiful

 

Can a documentary about the British WWII fighter, Spitfire, be a beautiful thing to watch? It can. This is probably the most beautifully rendered documentary about the remarkably engineered plane, the young men and women who flew it to defend Britain and later the island of Malta and parts of the Mediterranean that has aired. Sprinkled throughout are the remembrances of those who flew successive versions of the aircraft. It’s a heartfelt and touching documentary with some amazing present day footage of this aircraft in flight. It’s available now on Netflix. When you have some free time away from the relatives and your obligations, treat yourself.

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  1. sawatdeeka Member

    This sounds great. Thank you for the recommendation. 

     

    • #1
    • November 28, 2019, at 2:13 PM PST
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  2. Barfly Member

    Thanks Brian. I had skipped past it with a mental note to see what the Ricochetti thought about it.

    • #2
    • November 28, 2019, at 2:22 PM PST
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  3. Percival Thatcher

    Eh, the P-51 was better.

    Just kidding. That appears to be splendid.

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    • November 28, 2019, at 2:36 PM PST
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  4. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

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    • November 28, 2019, at 3:03 PM PST
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  5. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Thatcher

    I saw it and thought it was very good, and this is from a guy who spend a week last year touring the various airfields and museums in southeast Britain just to get a flavor of a once great and proud nation.

    The De Havilland museum was a real gem.

    • #5
    • November 28, 2019, at 5:45 PM PST
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  6. Randy Webster Member

    Percival (View Comment):
    Eh, the P-51 was better.

    Actually, the P-51 was better once they put the Merlin in it.

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    • November 29, 2019, at 5:10 AM PST
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  7. Percival Thatcher

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Eh, the P-51 was better.

    Actually, the P-51 was better once they put the Merlin in it.

    Oh yeah. No doubt. The Allison engine started to peter out at high altitude. The British decision to stick a Rolls-Royce engine in instead was brilliant. And Packard already had a license to produce Merlins.

    • #7
    • November 29, 2019, at 5:47 AM PST
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  8. Tex929rr Coolidge

    We have had this print framed in our living room (in four different homes) since 1985.

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    • November 29, 2019, at 8:51 AM PST
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  9. Percival Thatcher

    Bill Overstreet, focused on the mission, in his P-51.

    “It was no big deal. There’s actually more space under that tower than you think. Of course, I didn’t know that until I did it.”

    Yeah … I don’t care what he said. it was a big deal.

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    • November 29, 2019, at 10:40 AM PST
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  10. Randy Webster Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Bill Overstreet, focused on the mission, in his P-51.

    “It was no big deal. There’s actually more space under that tower than you think. Of course, I didn’t know that until I did it.”

    Yeah … I don’t care what he said. it was a big deal.

    The German’s a 190, isn’t he?

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    • November 29, 2019, at 11:00 AM PST
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  11. Joe Boyle Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Bill Overstreet, focused on the mission, in his P-51.

    “It was no big deal. There’s actually more space under that tower than you think. Of course, I didn’t know that until I did it.”

    Yeah … I don’t care what he said. it was a big deal.

    I imagine that huge space looks very small at speed.

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    • November 29, 2019, at 11:00 AM PST
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  12. Percival Thatcher

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Bill Overstreet, focused on the mission, in his P-51.

    “It was no big deal. There’s actually more space under that tower than you think. Of course, I didn’t know that until I did it.”

    Yeah … I don’t care what he said. it was a big deal.

    The German’s a 190, isn’t he?

    A 109.

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    • November 29, 2019, at 12:01 PM PST
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  13. Randy Webster Member

    Percival (View Comment):
    A 109.

    I forgot that the 190’s never got pointy noses.

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    • November 29, 2019, at 12:08 PM PST
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  14. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    We have had this print framed in our living room (in four different homes) since 1985.

    My best friend’s dad had this same print. Gorgeous.

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    • November 30, 2019, at 11:33 AM PST
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  15. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief

    I had the honor to see a Spitfire Reunion air show in the early ’90s. The sound of Spitfires flying in formation was awesome (in the truest sense of the word).

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    • November 30, 2019, at 11:34 AM PST
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  16. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    I had the honor to see a Spitfire Reunion air show in the early ’90s. The sound of Spitfires flying in formation was awesome (in the truest sense of the word).

    You Churchill-lovin’ commie!

    What, American planes aren’t good enough for you?

    See the source image

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    • November 30, 2019, at 11:46 AM PST
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  17. Retail Lawyer Member

    It is the most beautiful airplane ever made. It just is.

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    • November 30, 2019, at 1:48 PM PST
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  18. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    The Engine that Won the War:

    Mentioned briefly in the history of the Merlin engine, is Beatrice Shilling. An aerospace engineer who started her career working on race cars, raced motorcycles herself, and would later go on to work on Britain’s ballistic missile and space launch programs after the war… A very interesting and accomplished woman.

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    • December 1, 2019, at 9:08 PM PST
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  19. Dan Campbell Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Bill Overstreet, focused on the mission, in his P-51.

    “It was no big deal. There’s actually more space under that tower than you think. Of course, I didn’t know that until I did it.”

    Yeah … I don’t care what he said. it was a big deal.

     

    Actually, he did know it because he watched the German do it.

    Overton was the second pilot to fly under the arches. The first one did it in an aircraft that was damaged and smoking. Overton did it in a perfectly operating aircraft after he saw that it could be done.

    Still awesome, but not as awesome as the German pilot.

     

     

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    • December 2, 2019, at 7:51 AM PST
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  20. Percival Thatcher

    Dan Campbell (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Bill Overstreet, focused on the mission, in his P-51.

    “It was no big deal. There’s actually more space under that tower than you think. Of course, I didn’t know that until I did it.”

    Yeah … I don’t care what he said. it was a big deal.

     

    Actually, he did know it because he watched the German do it.

    Overton was the second pilot to fly under the arches. The first one did it in an aircraft that was damaged and smoking. Overton did it in a perfectly operating aircraft after he saw that it could be done.

    Still awesome, but not as awesome as the German pilot.

     

     

    The only reason that the German pilot did it was to avoid getting his tail shot off, and it didn’t work.

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    • December 2, 2019, at 9:29 AM PST
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