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Observer's badge, anyone?

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It's a whole new (financial) year; time to resume spotter tests, lads and lassies.
I'll experiment with them on non-birthday days, to gauge the interest.
Rather than silhouettes, we'll kick off with a photo.
It looks like a, a, yes, one of those - I think.
You'll need details to score points though.
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Bristol Beaufighter Mk.V
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It's a fairly grainy photograph taken on what looks like a gloomy winter's day but difficult to tell because it's in black and white. There's a fairly sparse copse or line of trees in the background with what might be a small structure on it's left hand edge. And where that was taken is either overrun by rabbits or someone is very handy with a lawnmower.
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I forgot to add that we would be able to see the tree line better if somebody hadn't stuck a Bristol Beaufighter Mk.V in front of it.
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Well pounced, Dave!
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Initially a MkIIF, Merlin powered, 4 x .303s mounted in the dorsal turret.
Re-designated MkV, but never went into production.
The MkIIB was fitted with RR Griffons and 4 blade props.
The MkX, which we remember from the Airfix days, was actually the slowest and had the lowest service ceiling of the variants.
A photo of another MkII follows. The MkII flew faster and higher than any other Mk.
For the data and photos, I give full credit to Aeroplane magazine, August 2003.
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Chris, Excellent detail scores you 20 points, humour, an extra 20, and a bonus 20 for mentioning the MkV...
*-) that all adds up to more points than I have on my fingers and toes, but sadly, zero badges. :|
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Surely points mean badges Mike? Can I have a SU Badge or SUB for short? I've leave you to fill in the meaning of SU :) .
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I would like my winnings in cash please

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airboatr wrote: 02 Jul 2020, 20:07 I would like my winnings in cash please

Thank you
We might fly under that bridge if and when we get there, Joe. :lol:
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chrispbits wrote: 02 Jul 2020, 13:40 Surely points mean badges Mike? Can I have a SU Badge or SUB for short? I've leave you to fill in the meaning of SU :) .
Were you thinking along these lines, Chris?
Apologies to Graham for stealing his image.
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Airspeed wrote: 03 Jul 2020, 04:29
airboatr wrote: 02 Jul 2020, 20:07 I would like my winnings in cash please

Thank you
We might fly under that bridge if and when we get there, Joe. :lol:
Do you recognise this place, Joe?
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