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  1. True... and its a subject we learned not to bring...

    True... and its a subject we learned not to bring up playing WarBirds
    which is a world wide interactive air combat game... you picked a 4
    digit call sign (mine is XLAX) then pick a color... I flew...
  2. Bill how about a Aviation Memorabilia thread...

    Bill how about a Aviation Memorabilia thread topic???
  3. I also recommend Pacific Air Museum... you'll...

    I also recommend Pacific Air Museum... you'll have fun dog fighting a Zero in their simulator... if you yank and bank hard Gs you'll see streamers off the bad guys wing tip... "come here I won't...
  4. Mercy, imagine being assigned one of those death...

    Mercy, imagine being assigned one of those death traps to fly and fight in???

    Oh don't give me a P39
    The one with the engine behind
    It will tumble and roll and dig a big hole
    Oh don't give me...
  5. Thanks Bill for starting a remembrance thread... ...

    Thanks Bill for starting a remembrance thread...

    The only thing certain about the future is that it will surprise even
    those who see the furthest into it...

    I offer scans from my Dec 1941 Air...
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    Not only was Curtiss's 1908 June Bug nose wheel...

    Not only was Curtiss's 1908 June Bug nose wheel steerable but also incorporated a shimmy dampener...
    no doubt technology learned from his 1907 136 mph motorcycle experience...

    Quote Ladislao...
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    True... one of the early tricycle equipped flying...

    True... one of the early tricycle equipped flying machines was the 1908 Curtiss June Bug...

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    Wonderful narrative Bill... I'm Italian so cut...

    Wonderful narrative Bill...

    I'm Italian so cut my wrist and it will bleed Ferrari red... the only Fords I like are their Tractors and GT40...

    Ferrari F40 test hop...
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    Ferrari Testarossa...
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    Steven Spielberg's gag filled war story gets my...

    Steven Spielberg's gag filled war story gets my vote... I think none other than legendary Frank Tallman is the real
    P40 pilot played by John Belushi as Wild Bill Kelso...

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    A closer look at those bullet defector plates...

    A closer look at those bullet defector plates from the Epic of Flight...

    In 1915 from an airfield near Dunkirk, French Lieutenant Roland Garros
    took off armed with defector plates that for a time...
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    In 2002 Rare Bear sported a three blade propeller...

    In 2002 Rare Bear sported a three blade propeller off Lockheed P3 Orion attached to Lockheed Constellation hub but
    after back-to-back testing in 2004, a switch was made back to the Aeroproducts...
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    B-17G "Nine-O-Nine" KBDL NTSB Preliminary Report...

    B-17G "Nine-O-Nine" KBDL NTSB Preliminary Report




    https://youtu.be/5YN4QAdji7Y
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    Here is custom spinner to behold with a tight air...

    Here is custom spinner to behold with a tight air gap... 3350 powered RareBear... no cooling problems noted...

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    True Dave... until definite proof is found all...

    True Dave... until definite proof is found all theories are possible even off the wall Alien abduction... but my learned speculation is on #1

    1)Crash and sink theory
    2)Gardner Island theory...
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    What I gather about 1937 is Japans mood was like...

    What I gather about 1937 is Japans mood was like that of a Ninja...
    like don't do anything baka (stupid) to raise US suspicions...

    In 1937 during the months the US searched for Amelia the...
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    After reading a number of books on Amelia Earhart...

    After reading a number of books on Amelia Earhart I favor the crash and
    sink theory... I believe Amelia and Fred ran out of fuel searching for
    Howland Island and ditched at sea... Ballard is the...
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    In the time of war leave it up maintenance to...

    In the time of war leave it up maintenance to find a short cut to a crazy hassle... like install quick fasteners to cowling to get at the engine...

    (Its worth noting the chief reason rotarys...
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    True Dana... if the engine were confined inside a...

    True Dana... if the engine were confined inside a box a rotary would
    be spinning in its own heat of combustion and exhaust but that is not
    what we see on the Morane Saulnier... the designers...
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    I doubt the claim because the advantage of the...

    I doubt the claim because the advantage of the rotary engine's success
    was improved cooling: when the engine was running, the rotating
    crankcase cylinder assembly created its own fast-moving...
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    You're welcome Ron... The Morane Saulnier was...

    You're welcome Ron...

    The Morane Saulnier was inspired by the success of Louis Bechereau's
    1912 Deperdussin monoplane racer... powered by a 190HP Gnome Lambda
    14-cylinder twin-row air-cooled...
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    Yes I can imagine Ron... to make a spinner then...

    Yes I can imagine Ron... to make a spinner then and as well as now you start with a flat piece of aluminum and work it by hand onto to a buck in a Lathe...


    https://youtu.be/yrTDBW6q7Xg
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    Lafayette Escadrille It was the final film...

    Lafayette Escadrille


    It was the final film in the career of director William A. Wellman and is based on his original story as a 1917 fighter pilot.
    ...
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    No sound but great video close ups by the NTSB......

    No sound but great video close ups by the NTSB...


    https://youtu.be/DIjWv0lcLz0
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    I lost my friend Mac... he absolutely loved his...

    I lost my friend Mac... he absolutely loved his job... 20 years with the foundation with over 7,300 B17 hours...

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    The plane hit the instrument landing system posts...

    The plane hit the instrument landing system posts and veered to the
    right. It crossed a grassy area, then a taxiway, and ran into the
    de-icing facility, NTSB member Jennifer Homendy told reporters....
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