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A Sptifire MkIXe taking off from Værnes outside Trondheim, around 1950. The ageing and worn aircraft, nearing their end of useful life, was quite a handfull for the maintainance people. The skills were, however, second to none, as this story illustrates:
A Pilot, G Strømmen, starts up, checks all instruments giving normal indications, then taxi and line up for take off, only to be called back to the hangar by the tower controller. It turned out that the Chief Technical officer, Lt Teie, had listended to the merlin engine as Strømmen taxied by his office, and did not like the sound the engine made. He phoned the tower and had the tower controller recall the pilot. It turned out there actually was something wrong, and the engine needed repair. This was carried out and Strømmen could fly his mission later the same day.
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