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Iron Maidens
1314432.  Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:34 pm Reply with quote

During the episode, a picture of a twin engined meduim bomber appears behind the panellists. Allen comments that it is a De-Havilland Mosquito, which is incorrect, as the Mosquito had a twin tail boom. However he was correct when stating that the Mosquito was constructed out of wood.

1314439.  Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:02 pm Reply with quote

Didn't see the programme, but the Mosquito has a single fuselage and a single fin/rudder which, when combined with the non-counter-rotating engines, made it rather tricky to keep straight during take-off.

Mosquitoes look like this:

Twin-boom aircraft of that era would most likely be the Lockheed Lightning:

Or perhaps an F-82 Twin Mustang:

Although it could conceivably have been a Northrop Black Widow:


Iron Maidens
1314441.  Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:10 pm Reply with quote

I was probably thinking of the De-Havilland Vampire or the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

1314443.  Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:42 pm Reply with quote

Ah - well the lightning was all-metal of course, but if it was a Vampire (although it's a single-engined jet) it could have been an interesting discussion point because it's one of the few jet aircraft with significant amounts of wood in the structure.

It's not widely appreciated that the Vampire fuselage was the same plywood/balsa/plywood sandwich construction as the Mosquito (indeed it was originally developed for De Havilland's Albatross airliner of the 30s). De Havilland used to apply several coats of aluminium primer/filler to the fuselage to make this less obvious...


1314534.  Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:22 am Reply with quote

Iron Maidens wrote:
Allen ...


1314540.  Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:05 am Reply with quote

Is this the start of a Allen Apocalypse?



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