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Flying the WW II TBF/TBM Avenger

posted by Engineman Preserved Wook

TBM-3Es, VC-22 over USS Coral Sea CVB-43 -- 080213

[TBM-3Es, VC-22 over USS Coral Sea CVB-43]

The video is a wartime training film and shows the operation of the torpedo-bomber flown by President George H W Bush when he was shot up by Jap ack-ack, went on to complete the bomb run of the target on Chijijima and then baled out several miles out to sea together with his two crew members, Radioman Second Class John Delaney and Lieutenant Junior Grade William White, on 2 September 1944:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gId18EYl2kU

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_TBF_Avenger

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._W._Bush

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K5054 -- 062913R J Mitchell, Designer of the Spitfire

posted by Engineman Wook

This videogramme is about the short life & historically decisive aeronautical design work of Spitfire fighter-designer Reginald Mitchell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8eLxepfXMM

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F4U Corsair at Goleta -- 062813

The Only Corsair Flying Today

posted by Preserved Wook

This is a comprehensive film in color about what is believed to be the only F4U still flying in America today; it is only a few numbers removed from the Corsair flown in the Pacific by Pappy Boyington.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nubn_QpkHnI

What is interesting is the description in some detail of the characteristic faults of the aircraft.

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Early F4U-1s of VF-17 -- 062813

Flying the F4U Corsair

by Preserved Wook

This shipboard fighter was hard to accomodate to carriers at first because of the greater size & heavier wing-loading; this gave more inertia to the faster-landing aircraft & accordingly carrier deck gear had to be re-done to take the gaff.

This training film…:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4aPk4fledU

….is similar to the previous posting about flying the P-47 Thunderbolt; it makes the point that, quite unlike the P-47, the Corsair stalled quickly with controls that suddenly became heavy & giving little advance warning in the way flutter & mushing.  Accordingly, the Corsair spun out quite readily & the pilot in transition training had to master spin-recovery right away, as well as stall-prevention.

The footage showing this aspect of Corsair operation again is clear & as good as that of the P-47 training film

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WW II Air-Fighting Success

posted by Preserved Wook

This videogramme is short, only a scant thirty-one minutes, but its density of information is good & it gets across some key points, notably about the indispensable role of good eyesight AND the need for well-balanced formations that allowed fighter pilots’ eyesight to work together.  It also makes the very good point that a fighter pilot was uniquely at hazard for at least the first five combat sorties; after that, the individual’s chances went up dramatically as there was acquired a critical personal psychological element of SA, or ‘situation awareness’, the ability to take in all of the sensory information of the airfight, including the _felt_ behaviour too of your own aeroplane.  This could only be conveyed by experience; and, the pilot-interviews are interesting in their own right, for this fact — the speakers both survived AND they imposed death on their opponents:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r3ca2wJaH4

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by Bodwyn Wook

http://www.brooksart.com/Battleforbritain.html

http://www.oliversart.co.uk/acatalog/battle-for_britain_remarque.htm

With the looming Battle of Britain only just taking shape, on the morning of Wednesday, 10 July 1940, a coastal convoy of slow-moving cargo ships heading along the South coast [in the English Channel — ed] came under attack from a large force of Dornier Do17 bombers, escorted by five squadrons of Hun fighters.  RAF Fighter Command scrambled several (more…)

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RCAF Pilot Captain Brian Bews Bales Out

posted by Engineman Wook

These pictures from MSNBC…

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/07/23/4739027-pilot-ejects-an-instant-before-fighterjet-crashes

…shows the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter jet inverted for baleout in the best oldfashioned manner as described in the preceding “Only Seventy Years Ago…”, as RCAF Pilot Captain Brian Bews ejects.  The airplane plummeted out of control during a practice flight at the Lethbridge County Airport yesterday, Friday, July 23, for the weekend airshow in Lethbridge, AB.  The pilot was taken to Chinook Regional Hospital with undetermined injuries.  As you scroll down the pictures, you can see for yourself the pilot’s progress — and the last flight of his seat!

In the late-modern prop fighters of the last century there were (more…)

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