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Old November 14th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #31

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Old November 14th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #32

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Taking off is the easy part.....When they've landed on one, I'll be impressed!
They probably could land on today's aircraft carriers... but then, today's are a lot longer then the carriers of WW2...

I'd agree though that it'd be impressive if they could have managed to land them, but taking off was still a very tricky issue. The B-25 carried far more weight then what navy planes of the time did and even without bombs and machine guns, the bomber would still be heavier then the single engined navy bombers of the time. And to my knowledge, WW2 carriers weren't equipped with with catapults and "ramps" weren't built onto them. As such, there was some concern that the Mitchells wouldn't get enough air speed to take off and would crash into the ocean after going off the end of the flight deck. And from some of the documentary images I've seen, they came astonishingly close to crashing.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #33

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They probably could land on today's aircraft carriers... but then, today's are a lot longer then the carriers of WW2...
I'd bet money that a Mitchell could land on a modern carrier, after all, they are actually shorter and even lighter than an F-14!
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They probably could land on today's aircraft carriers... but then, today's are a lot longer then the carriers of WW2...

I'd agree though that it'd be impressive if they could have managed to land them, but taking off was still a very tricky issue. The B-25 carried far more weight then what navy planes of the time did and even without bombs and machine guns, the bomber would still be heavier then the single engined navy bombers of the time. And to my knowledge, WW2 carriers weren't equipped with with catapults and "ramps" weren't built onto them. As such, there was some concern that the Mitchells wouldn't get enough air speed to take off and would crash into the ocean after going off the end of the flight deck. And from some of the documentary images I've seen, they came astonishingly close to crashing.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 10:58 AM   #35

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I'd bet money that a Mitchell could land on a modern carrier, after all, they are actually shorter and even lighter than an F-14!
That couldn't happen without arrestor gear and beefing up the airframe of the B-25.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:18 PM   #36

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They probably could land on today's aircraft carriers... but then, today's are a lot longer then the carriers of WW2...

I'd agree though that it'd be impressive if they could have managed to land them, but taking off was still a very tricky issue. The B-25 carried far more weight then what navy planes of the time did and even without bombs and machine guns, the bomber would still be heavier then the single engined navy bombers of the time. And to my knowledge, WW2 carriers weren't equipped with with catapults and "ramps" weren't built onto them. As such, there was some concern that the Mitchells wouldn't get enough air speed to take off and would crash into the ocean after going off the end of the flight deck. And from some of the documentary images I've seen, they came astonishingly close to crashing.
What made the take offs even tricker was the necessity of dumping everything they could to take on extra cans of fuel because they were forced to take off farther away from Japan than planned. It was certainly no pound-for-pound swap, though they eyeballed the placement of the extra gas so as to not screw up center of gravity too badly. Probably caused a hairy departure for some, but everybody got off ok. The documentary footage of some of the take offs diddy mentions shows one of them dropping out of sight, then slowly reappearing as it clawed for lift. This was probably the pilots who, in the excitement of the moment, forgot to lower the flaps before rolling.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:28 PM   #37

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The outsatnding Mosquito

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I think that was the Me-163
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