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Old November 15th, 2012, 04:32 AM   #61

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Oh yeah! That is one sexy aircraft.
It looks like the offspring of a hurricane and a BF-109.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 04:41 AM   #62

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not a a operational fighter but i really like the design of the aircraft

Caproni Campini N.1
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Old November 15th, 2012, 05:05 AM   #63

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Model of a Soviet prototype, a T-60 fitted with A40 'Tank Wings' which would have been towed to the action and then released..

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And before that, Walter J Christies flying tank, which would have been self-powered...

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Old November 15th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #64

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Too many great planes to choose from in WWII for me to post a favourite.

Zero: a classic warbird, lighty armoured but great range and performance.
Wildcat: bit of an unsung hero, flown with guts and determination and a fair bit of skill it fought the Japanese to a standstill even though slightly outclassed. Tough airframe too.
Hellcat: War winning aircraft with a war wining engine. Outclassed the Zero and was good enough to take care of the other Japanese types as well.
Bearcat: Came along very late in the war but was absolute proof of who had won it. That the US could fill the sky with Hellcats, Corsairs, Mustangs AND have enough resources to build and deploy these AND use them mainly for CAP over the fleet, not to mention all the Essex class carriers that were popping up.
Corsair: Classic aircraft, claimed by some as the all round best of WWII.
Spitfire: A British classic and an aircraft that is still revered today, tough, strong, manouverable and fast, good enough flown the right way to take it up to the Bf109.
Hurricane: Unsung hero of the Battle of Britain, very strong and manouverable and a good gun platform.
Messerschmit Bf109, a bit of a handful for novice pilots and the airframe could be weak but lethal in the hands of a good pilot. Perhaps the most numerous warbird and used by the spaniards up until the late 50's I believe, ironically powered by merlins by then.
FW190: A truly great technical achievement, said to have given allied aircraft designers a slight inferiority complex when they finally looked at one up close. Tough, great performance, quite a compact airframe.

I could go on........
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Old November 15th, 2012, 09:14 PM   #65

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Messerschmit Bf109, a bit of a handful for novice pilots and the airframe could be weak but lethal in the hands of a good pilot. Perhaps the most numerous warbird and used by the spaniards up until the late 50's I believe, ironically powered by merlins by then.
I think the ultimate irony with regard to the Bf 109 is that it was also used extensively by Israel in the first years of its existence and would then duel with Arab flown Spitfires.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 03:10 AM   #66

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Model of a Soviet prototype, a T-60 fitted with A40 'Tank Wings' which would have been towed to the action and then released..
That plane was actually build and one successful landing was made with it. Also I am not sure if it was not T-70.
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That plane was actually build and one successful landing was made with it. Also I am not sure if it was not T-70.
All my sources say T-60 but I'm always keen to learn more if you have other info.

Yes the prototype had one successful flight (sadly I've never found any photos or footage of that) but the project was dropped as they had no aircraft with sufficient power to tow it very far. Also the tank was stripped of so much armour, armament and fuel to get it airborne that it would have been pretty useless on landing.

The idea was surprisingly popular though ... I read somewhere that Britain had similar ideas using the 'Baynes Bat' experimental tail-less glider, but afik it didn't even get as far as the prototype stage. Flying tank, that is, not the Bat.

I did find one iffy photo of the Antonov ...
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It looks like the offspring of a hurricane and a BF-109.
There is some truth in that diddy, because the Folgore used an Alfa-Romeo Monsone engine, which was a licensed version of the DB-601 used to power the ME-109E.

Nobody could accuse the Westland Lysander of being a good looking machine;

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the Lysander was built as an army co-operation aircraft, but was withdrawn from frontline service after heavy losses. It found another role ferrying agents to and from occupied Europe.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 03:32 AM   #69

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I always had soft spot for Japanese WWII planes. They have special aesthetic beauty in them. Some of my favourites:

Nakajima Ki-43

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Nakajima Ki-44

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Mitsubishi J2M

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Kawanishi N1K2

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Nakajima Ki-84

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Old November 16th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #70

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There is some truth in that diddy, because the Folgore used an Alfa-Romeo Monsone engine, which was a licensed version of the DB-601 used to power the ME-109E.

Nobody could accuse the Westland Lysander of being a good looking machine;

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the Lysander was built as an army co-operation aircraft, but was withdrawn from frontline service after heavy losses. It found another role ferrying agents to and from occupied Europe.
I've always had a soft spot for Lysanders ... it was my first ever Airfix model I think :-)
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