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Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 08:49 AM GMT+7

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Russ is it the Douglas B-18 Bolo?



Darrell-- Bingo! That's the one. With 340 in service before WWII, but can you name two things it's famous for?
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The sinking of a German U-boat, U-654 on 22 August 1942 in the Caribbean and the sinking of the German submarine U-512 north of Cayenne, French Guiana.



Darrell yes-- those are two of the B-18s accomplishments, so over to you, but first, here's some addition information and some "firsts" accomplished by this much maligned aircraft:

1) A B- 18 was the first US aircraft to sink a German U-Boat in US service. On top of that, Canadian Digby's (the RCAF version of the B-18) also sank two U-boats. All together, four German Uboats were sunk by US and Canadian B-18s and two damaged. This much maligned bomber never got the credit it deserved, being supplanted by its larger competitor, the B-17 during WWII.
2) The B-18 was in direct competition against the Boeing 299- the prototype of the B-17, and the B-18 won the competition based on cost, while the prototype 299 crashed during the competition. As a result, the USAAC submitted contracts for a total of 340 B-18s, and by 1941, it was the most numerous US bomber aircraft type available at the start of WWII. It was also comparable to the HE 111 in defensive armament, and could carry a heavier bomb load. Unfortunately, the B-18 was underpowered.
3) Contrary to popular belief, the B-18 it was not based on the Douglas DC-2, but it shared a similar design, it was actually based on the Douglas DB-1 bomber, which was intended to replace the Martin B-10.
4) It was the first US aircraft to be successfully fitted with a version of the U.K.s ASV-10 radar used for ASW (three Export B-30s- the British version of the B-24 actually were fitted first, purchased back from lend-lease stocks, and employed by the US) but the B-18 saw the first dedicated ASW use. It was also the first US aircraft to employ a MAD stinger extending outside the aircraft. By 1942, it was the primary US ASW aircraft-- and was solely flown by the USAAC, designated as the B-18B. The radars were developed and improved by MIT.
5) The first radar equipped B18A was successfully flown on a rescue mission to recover the crew of a USN aircraft that had been engaged in ASW patrol off the east coast and was missing in action-the civilian MIT technician training the B-18 crew in radar operations flew as the radar operator. This is the first time a radar equipped USAAC aircraft engaged in successful search and rescue operations of a USN aircraft.
6) The B-18 was practically watertight-- making ditching at sea relatively safe for the crew, and many B-18 and at least one Digby crew made it safely ashore after ditching at sea-- some without even getting their feet wet!
7)The B-18 was actually easy to fly, beloved by its crews, had space for six crew members including bunks for long flights. It wasn't until the 1960s that the aircraft became ridiculed in the press. In fact the name "Bolo" was only pegged in 1942, when allied aircraft started to be named-- and the B-18 was originally named after the S. American Bolo.

This information comes from Hagedorn's excellent book-- "The B-18 and B-23, America's Forsaken Warriors". It's a well researched read on the history and development of Douglas' two early bombers (the B-23 really was a failure though).
Over to you!
VR, Russ
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Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 07:42 AM GMT+7

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Russ is it the Douglas B-18 Bolo?



Darrell-- Bingo! That's the one. With 340 in service before WWII, but can you name two things it's famous for?
VR, Russ


The sinking of a German U-boat, U-654 on 22 August 1942 in the Caribbean and the sinking of the German submarine U-512 north of Cayenne, French Guiana.
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Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 08:18 AM GMT+7

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Russ is it the Douglas B-18 Bolo?



Darrell-- Bingo! That's the one. With 340 in service before WWII, but can you name two things it's famous for?
VR, Russ
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Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 08:17 AM GMT+7

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At a guess the B-25 famed for the Dolittle raid and assisting in the re-supply of the besieged troops in Imphal.



Mike-- nope not the B-25, which would be a later type of aircraft--and named from the get-go as a medium bomber-- but there are similarities.
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Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 07:52 AM GMT+7
Russ is it the Douglas B-18 Bolo?
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Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 07:00 AM GMT+7
At a guess the B-25 famed for the Dolittle raid and assisting in the re-supply of the besieged troops in Imphal.
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Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 03:18 AM GMT+7
Bump on this--- to difficult? Ok I'll add a clue--- the design competition of 1935 considered it a heavy bomber at the time, but it wouldn't fit the later WWII definition set by a famous competitor. It was also considered the best value, fuel consumption being one of the factors. And as I mentioned before, it served in greater numbers than any other USAAC bomber at the start of WWII.
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Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 - 05:46 AM GMT+7
Ok, I'll give it a shot, keeping with the twin engine theme:

What was the most numerous twin engine heavy bomber in the US Army Air Corps at the start of WWII? This might be a little too easy-- so be sure to add two of its many accomplishments.

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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 04:33 PM GMT+7
You have it Russ.
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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 03:51 PM GMT+7
[/quote] On the topic of the Mossie in the Far East, what was the major problem that ended its time there.[/quote]

Tropical humidity and heat, which played havoc with the plywood wings and monocoque fuselage.
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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 03:22 PM GMT+7

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Since no one seems to want to jump in I will give it a try. Was the aircraft Mosquito B.IVs and Mosquito PR.XVIs. They were ferried from Liverpool to Victoria Australia.



Bang on the money!

Over to you.

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Karl.



On the topic of the Mossie in the Far East, what was the major problem that ended its time there.
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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 06:22 AM GMT+7

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Since no one seems to want to jump in I will give it a try. Was the aircraft Mosquito B.IVs and Mosquito PR.XVIs. They were ferried from Liverpool to Victoria Australia.



Bang on the money!

Over to you.

Cheers

Karl.
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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 04:06 AM GMT+7
Since no one seems to want to jump in I will give it a try. Was the aircraft Mosquito B.IVs and Mosquito PR.XVIs. They were ferried from Liverpool to Victoria Australia.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 03:16 PM GMT+7
What aircraft type did HMS Striker transport to Australia and Burma in 1944?

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Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 - 03:39 PM GMT+7
You have the serve Karl.
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Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 - 06:49 AM GMT+7
This was the flight of the Aerial Experiment Association "Red Wing" designed by Thomas Selfridge. The AEA was headed by Alexander Graham Bell.

The successor to the "Red Wing" was the AEA "White Wing" which featured ailerons.
Phew!

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Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 02:34 PM GMT+7
What was the "First Public Trip of Heavier-than-air Car" in America and who was involved in its design and first flight. What aircraft did it lead to?
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Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 01:10 PM GMT+7

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Was it Gatwick?


Yes, it was. Gatwick being better known as a very busy airport.

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Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 09:29 AM GMT+7
Was it Gatwick?
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 06:48 PM GMT+7
What aerodrome did Redwing Aircraft Co Ltd. buy in 1932?

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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 01:30 PM GMT+7

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The Avro Arrow.

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You got it, Karl Your serve.
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 01:02 PM GMT+7
The Avro Arrow.

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Karl.
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 08:54 AM GMT+7

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Give me a couple of days to come up with a good question.


Got one.

What canceled aircraft has been suggested to be updated and be used instead of the Lockheed Martin CF35A?
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Give me a couple of days to come up with a good question.
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 07:00 AM GMT+7

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Is it the PZL M-15 Belphegor. A jet turbine powered biplane? It was the slowest jet powered aircraft at 200 km/h



Correct 2002Hummer, the only jet turbine powered biplane.
Your serve

Peter