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Your WWII Warplane
Aug 3rd, 2020 at 4:51pm
 
   If you had to fly a warplane in WWII which would you chose?  Though many would consider the P-51 Mustang, an American plane with a British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the best plane of the war if I had to fly one it would be the P-38 Lightning.
    The P-38 had a lot of firepower.  It had four 50 Cal machineguns and a 20mm cannon, carried rockets, and could carry up to four thousand pounds of bombs.  It had good range, was very fast at 415 mph top speed, was very maneuverable, durable, and could limp home on just one engine if it had to.  It was a very versatile, formidable, rugged beast of a warplane.
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Reply #1 - Aug 3rd, 2020 at 11:15pm
 
If you like the P-38, you might like this story:

https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-24258/Tanstaafl+Stingers.htm

It's fanfiction, but anything you need to know about the main character is explained in the story.  P-38 features heavily in the combat.  One of my favorite stories.
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Sorry, but it's a pet peeve of mine:  'Yea' isn't the word you want.  It's 'yeah'.  'Yea' is an anachronistic word you see in the King James bible. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Spellcheck, I shall fear no misspellings for thou art with me.  Thy dictionary and thy thesaurus, they comfort me.
 
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Reply #2 - Aug 4th, 2020 at 1:27am
 
IF I WAS IN WWII THEY'D CALL ME SPITFIRE!

https://youtu.be/aQZDbBGBJsM

Cheesy Love that song.
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Reply #3 - Aug 4th, 2020 at 10:34am
 
Oxnate wrote on Aug 3rd, 2020 at 11:15pm:
If you like the P-38, you might like this story:

https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-24258/Tanstaafl+Stingers.htm

It's fanfiction, but anything you need to know about the main character is explained in the story.  P-38 features heavily in the combat.  One of my favorite stories.


I read the first chapter.  Very good. It made me want to read the rest. Thanks.
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Reply #4 - Aug 4th, 2020 at 10:50am
 
spitfire - whatever the last combat model was.
There were a LOT of different model spitfires.

Before lockdown we went to the battle of britain airfield and did a tour of the planes and their hangar.
Fascinating.
You can't believe just how small those things actually were.
here's one in the process of being serviced.

I don't know what type it is - my mate would know Smiley

If I had to pick a modern aircraft it would have to be a hawker harrier. Love those things !

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Reply #5 - Aug 4th, 2020 at 11:42am
 
Rat Man wrote on Aug 4th, 2020 at 10:34am:
Oxnate wrote on Aug 3rd, 2020 at 11:15pm:
If you like the P-38, you might like this story:

https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-24258/Tanstaafl+Stingers.htm

It's fanfiction, but anything you need to know about the main character is explained in the story.  P-38 features heavily in the combat.  One of my favorite stories.


I read the first chapter.  Very good. It made me want to read the rest. Thanks.


You're welcome!  Glad you liked it.
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Reply #6 - Aug 4th, 2020 at 2:38pm
 
on that p38 - what are the air intakes for in the tail ?

Can't be for cooling the engines. Did they have a supercharger type of thing going on ?

They are a weird looking design.
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Reply #7 - Aug 4th, 2020 at 2:44pm
 
WW2 would be the Mustang. Modern day would be - https://youtu.be/e1otYo17sQI

https://youtu.be/H9lNj1OIIhE
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Reply #8 - Aug 4th, 2020 at 3:59pm
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Aug 4th, 2020 at 2:38pm:
on that p38 - what are the air intakes for in the tail ?

Can't be for cooling the engines. Did they have a supercharger type of thing going on ?

They are a weird looking design.


I believe so.  The P-38 was the first American plane with supercharged engines.  And yes, it is a weird looking design but extremely effective.
If I had to pick a modern plane to fly I agree with Morphy. It would be the A-10 Thunderbolt otherwise known as the Warthog.  It is a terror to anything on the ground. 
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Reply #9 - Aug 4th, 2020 at 4:23pm
 
   For WWII planes I'd like to fly in combat I give honorable mention to the De Haviland Mosquito.  This is also a fighter/bomber like the P-38 but it has a very unique characteristic for a WWII warplane. It was made mostly of plywood.  The mosquito was a stroke of genius.  At a time when all metal was precious why not build a plane out of something cheap and plentiful.  The result was a huge success.  Because it was so light the Mosquito could fly at 415 mph... very fast for a fighter/bomber.  It was faster than almost any straight up fighter of the time.  It was an extremely versatile design with almost countless variants produced.  It was also the first stealth plane.  Because it was mostly wood it had a very small radar signature.  The Brits got it right with this one. 
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Reply #10 - Aug 5th, 2020 at 11:32am
 
Not a warplane but the M-class blimp is what I'd fly on, patrolling the seas for U-boats.
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Reply #11 - Aug 6th, 2020 at 5:24pm
 
I'm also a fan of the p-38. I always liked the idea of not needing to worry about convergence, just the drop of the bullets.

My brother and I had many arguments about the p38 vs the p47
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Reply #12 - Aug 7th, 2020 at 4:39pm
 
P-38s send Yamamoto to Happy Mountain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKvJgFldgGA&t=8s
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Reply #13 - Aug 8th, 2020 at 11:32pm
 
Rat Man wrote on Aug 7th, 2020 at 4:39pm:
P-38s send Yamamoto to Happy Mountain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKvJgFldgGA&t=8s



https://youtu.be/LkrlGdjj8L4?t=1639

Charles Lindbergh visited P-38 squadron in the Pacific in 1943 and greatly extended their range by teaching the pilots to fly at low RPMs for as long as possible.

He got one combat kill.
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Sorry, but it's a pet peeve of mine:  'Yea' isn't the word you want.  It's 'yeah'.  'Yea' is an anachronistic word you see in the King James bible. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Spellcheck, I shall fear no misspellings for thou art with me.  Thy dictionary and thy thesaurus, they comfort me.
 
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Reply #14 - Aug 11th, 2020 at 8:00pm
 
Oxnate wrote on Aug 8th, 2020 at 11:32pm:
Rat Man wrote on Aug 7th, 2020 at 4:39pm:
P-38s send Yamamoto to Happy Mountain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKvJgFldgGA&t=8s



https://youtu.be/LkrlGdjj8L4?t=1639

Charles Lindbergh visited P-38 squadron in the Pacific in 1943 and greatly extended their range by teaching the pilots to fly at low RPMs for as long as possible.

He got one combat kill.


Interesting video.  I thought I knew just about everything about WWII but I had never heard that Lindbergh story before.
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