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Reply #30 - Jan 20th, 2021 at 12:51am
 
I'd like to add one more thing about the P38.  Most fighters and fighter bombers of the time with multiple guns had them mounted in the wings.  The P38 had all five of its guns, four 50 cals and one 20mm cannon, mounted on the nose of the plane close together.  This means that it had a very tight shot group, pulverizing anything it hit.
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Reply #31 - Jan 20th, 2021 at 10:52am
 
Rat Man wrote on Jan 20th, 2021 at 12:51am:
I'd like to add one more thing about the P38.  Most fighters and fighter bombers of the time with multiple guns had them mounted in the wings.  The P38 had all five of its guns, four 50 cals and one 20mm cannon, mounted on the nose of the plane close together.  This means that it had a very tight shot group, pulverizing anything it hit.   


And at almost any range, too.  Other fighters had their guns set to converge several hundred yards out, so they could pulverize too, but only at one specific range.
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Reply #32 - Jan 23rd, 2021 at 9:51am
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Aug 24th, 2020 at 9:44am:
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Hmm, having see a spitfire seat - not sure comfort was uppermost in the designers mind.

What was supermost were drainage holes !
Thoses flifgsuits got 'wet' fairly often and the seat had built in drainage holes for excess urine.


Well... yes. But they did sit on their parachute pack.  Wink
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Reply #33 - Jan 23rd, 2021 at 9:58am
 
Oxnate wrote on Jan 20th, 2021 at 10:52am:
And at almost any range, too.  Other fighters had their guns set to converge several hundred yards out, so they could pulverize too, but only at one specific range.


Ditto for the Mosquito. Which carried anything from no armament at all, to four machine guns plus four canon, to
a late version which carried a quick fire anti-tank gun, used mostly against shipping, along with a version carrying
rockets.

All without, if I recall correctly, any significant changes to the airframe. When they designed the Mosquito they just got it right from the start.

Lots of good videos featuring it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX-IxiZyGRk

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Reply #34 - Jan 23rd, 2021 at 2:13pm
 
wanderer wrote on Jan 23rd, 2021 at 9:58am:
Oxnate wrote on Jan 20th, 2021 at 10:52am:
And at almost any range, too.  Other fighters had their guns set to converge several hundred yards out, so they could pulverize too, but only at one specific range.


Ditto for the Mosquito. Which carried anything from no armament at all, to four machine guns plus four canon, to
a late version which carried a quick fire anti-tank gun, used mostly against shipping, along with a version carrying
rockets.

All without, if I recall correctly, any significant changes to the airframe. When they designed the Mosquito they just got it right from the start.

Lots of good videos featuring it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX-IxiZyGRk



The Mosquito was a brilliant success.  A stroke of genius.
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Reply #35 - Jan 24th, 2021 at 1:32am
 
I've always wondered what separated the good designs from the bad. There seem to be some extremely complex designs that were outstanding, others that failed miserably, and the same for simple designs. Was it just a stroke of luck? or was there particular features that made a design successful?
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Reply #36 - Jan 24th, 2021 at 11:18am
 
The Mustang I guess.
I don't know much about air planes but everyone says that's the best.
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Reply #37 - Jan 24th, 2021 at 2:08pm
 
Antonov A-40... because who doesn’t want a flying tank?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_A-40?ref=wiki_115436

Too bad it didn’t actually work.
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Reply #38 - Jan 28th, 2021 at 1:21am
 
Or... since the tank didn’t actually work, what about a flying flame thrower?

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38796/in-world-war-ii-the-royal-air-force-...
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