Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, September 28, 2012


One of them is flying again!


Allan S said...

That is absolutely my favorite WWII aircraft

w3ski said...

Is that one of the "plywood' aircraft? My god the canvas ones I could almost see being so light, but a wooden aircraft seems so insane to me, a ground pounder as such.
I have been in a number of aircraft in my younger days including a reworked Sikorski helocopter, left over from the Korean War. All commercial, I am not a pilot.
Flying in a wooden aircraft just seems so 19th century.
And yet I am happy that people take the time, love, and money to remind the rest of us where flight came from.
Had a friend once with an Aero Commander, I never flew with him but as a mechanic I had to check it out and I am so impressed with what they built. Twin Turbo 6's. Gawd I'd so love to feel that power. Sigh.

Comrade Misfit said...

Aluminum was a strategic and scare material during the war. For the Brits, it had to come in by ship, but they had timber and lots of craftsmen who could make wooden parts: Furniture factories, piano factories, and so on. They made parts and subassemblies, which were then shipped to DeHavilland.

Aluminum was so scarce for the Germans that they were salvaging Allied drop tanks. Which is why the Allies began making them of composites (plastic-impregnated paper) that would shatter on impact.

The DeHavilland Vampire was also partially made of wood. Until the Me-262, the Mossie was the fastest aircraft flying over German skies.

Canvas is too heavy. Grade A cotton or Irish linen was used, until the development of polyester aircraft fabrics.

Comrade Misfit said...

The Twin Commander is a hefty airplane, indeed. They reportedly didn't have to do a hell of a lot to the airframe to develop the Jet Commander.

Cujo359 said...

The Mosquito was a beautiful aircraft. It's great that someone's gotten one to fly again.