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“Stand back and stand by.”— Trump’s orders to American Nazis, 9/29/2020

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"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

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Your Sunday Morning Prop Noise

Four low passes: Warhawk, Mustang, Coursair and Spitfire:

(Sorry, no Seafury)


Deadstick said...


Mark Rossmore said...

It's so weird seeing a Corsair in Europe!

Comrade Misfit said...

Mark, the Royal Navy operated Corsairs (at least one was captured by the Luftwaffe after a forced landing) and the French Navy operated them into the 1960s.

todgermanica said...

The spit pilot was way low. Eric 'Winkle' Brown believed the Corsair, though potent and effective, was a hazard for the average service pilot and never would have been cleared for use except in wartime-bouncy gear and terrible visibility. Yet the Brits chopped the wingtips, fiddled with the gear, and flew them off their little (armored flight deck) carriers long before the USN did. Brave boys.

JustMusing said...

Peppa says, "Perfectly Splendid!"

0_0 said...

The Corsair even has the markings used by the British Far East Fleet (or whatever they called their PacFleet/ TF57).

Old NFO said...

Great video and four distinctly different 'sounds'. The Corsair was designed to be effective in the air. That it sucked on the ground wasn't unusual. Aircraft designed to fly off carriers HAD to have gear that was more robust and had greater range of movement (bounce), due to carrier landings. A more current example would be the F-4 Phantoms flown by the Navy and the Air Force, there was something like 500lbs difference in zero fuel weight due to beefier gear on the Navy version, and a MUCH stronger tail hook.

Comrade Misfit said...

The Corsair was in production for thirteen years. I don't know of a jet fighter that was in production that long until maybe the Phantom, certainly the Tomcat and Eagle.

0_0 said...

I don't know of any prop fighters in production that long. Wow.

-Didn't the USAF F-4s have a shorter nose?

Deadstick said...

A lot of the Corsair's problems stemmed from requirements changing faster than aircraft could be designed for them. The gull wing was meant to squeeze the last possible knot out of an R-2800. But it was designed with .30 cal guns, and then the Spanish Civil War showed those wouldn't work.

So the Navy spec'ed .50 cals, but what with the folding mechanism and the extra spar structure, the wing was full and some gas would have to go in the fuselage, at the CG of course -- precisely where the pilot was. So the pilot had to move back three feet, with that big-ass engine way out in front.

If they'd had the time for a do-over, I'll bet that airplane would have come out looking a LOT different.