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The Schneider Trophy Supermarines
in their day

 

 

 

 

 
Spitfires of most marks, especially the later ones; the Griffon-engined ones were a bit heavy and required opposite rudder trim due to opposite propeller rotation.  All but all Spits flew with a constant elevator angle of incidence, at most speeds.  This can be checked in all photos of the aircraft and is apparent from the cockpit; it is roughly one inch or more of the leading edge of the borne balance of the elevator showing above the tailplane.  Can anyone answer this one?
   

 

 
The Lancaster, in its category of heavy bomber,
did look right and was a pleasure to fly.
   

 

 
Who could deny the beauty and lovely flight characteristic of the Mosquito?
   

 

 

The humble Harvard in its way is in this category as a service trainer.  If you could land a Harvard in crosswinds you could land anything in a crosswind!

   

 

 
At rock bottom, the little Tiger Moth did at least look right and balanced in its day and was certainly a nice, pleasant thing to fly, but it was a bit dated the Chipmunk was a better bet!