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Mon, Aug. 31st, 2015, 01:59 pm
baron_waste: “The Ace” by Mort Kunstler

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In a word - No.  There are three (3) men firing high-powered “hunting rifles” at this “big game,” and two more are about to!  Five seconds on he's gonna have more holes punched through him than a season ticket.

But it's an interesting picture.  I dig gliders; I think they were abandoned too soon.  Admittedly they had problems, not least being that a soldier capable of landing one safely was a rare bird (so to speak) and found better use as a full-blown pilot!

Mon, Aug. 17th, 2015, 08:03 am
baron_waste: Quotable Quotes

Aerodynamics are for people who cannot build engines.

Enzo Ferrari

Carburetor is a French word meaning 'leave it alone'.

Dick O'Kane

The engine uses no oil - just throws it out

Steve Laifman

Tue, Apr. 14th, 2015, 02:00 pm
baron_waste: WW1 Uncut - Combat in the Skies

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There's nothing here that members of this forum don't already know - but the Beeb's centennial-edition “WWI Uncut” series is a clever cotton-candy version for the short-attention-span, “smart phone, iDiot user” generation.

Fri, Oct. 10th, 2014, 11:38 am
baron_waste: “World War I in Photos: Aerial Warfare”

World War I was the first major conflict to see widespread
use of powered aircraft -- invented barely more than a
decade before the fighting began. Airplanes, along with
kites, tethered balloons, and zeppelins gave all major
armies a new tactical platform to observe and attack enemy
forces from above.

Alan Taylor

MAY 25, 2014


Over the course of the war, the role of the military aviator
progressed from one of mere observation to a deadly
offensive role. Early on, pilots would would fly off armed
only with pistols (or completely unarmed) -- by 1918,
fighter planes and massive bombers were in use, armed with
multiple machine guns and devastating explosive payloads.
Older technologies, like tethered balloons and kites were
used on the front lines to gain an upper hand. As aircraft
became more of a threat, anti-aircraft weapons and tactics
were developed, and pilots had to devise new ways to avoid
being shot down from the land and the sky. Aerial
photography developed into an indispensable tool to guide
artillery attacks and assess damage afterward. The pilots of
these new aircraft took tremendous risks -- vulnerable to
enemy fire, at the mercy of the weather, flying new, often
experimental aircraft. Crashes were frequent, and many paid
with their lives. On this 100-year anniversary, I've
gathered photographs of the Great War from dozens of
collections, some digitized for the first time, to try to
tell the story of the conflict, those caught up in it, and
how much it affected the world…

Mon, Jul. 28th, 2014, 02:31 pm
huskyteer: Guild of Aviation Artists' Annual Exhibition

I visited this exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London on Saturday.

Lots of lovely First World War stuff - browse the gallery here.

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Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014, 02:20 am
baron_waste: “For Action!”

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Yah, they'd get action all right: The only kind of oil available that retained its viscosity at altitude was castor oil, and radial engines particularly threw it off in a continuous fine spray, such that by the end of a patrol the hapless pilot had inadvertently ingested a good teacupful of this natural laxative.

The oil is known for its purgative qualities. It would be impossible to expose oneself to such an atmosphere and not experience certain difficulties.”

Ayup. This was never mentioned by the recruiters.

Wed, Jan. 22nd, 2014, 07:40 pm
huskyteer: Baron von Redberry and Sir Grapefellow

write_light posted these lovely cereal boxes to vintage_ads and kindly allowed me to pop them up here:

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Any of you Yankee Doodle blighters remember these? And how badly do I want an Iron-On Pilot's Patch?

Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013, 08:58 am
baron_waste: “Dream Airplanes” - 1943

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I don't imagine this has changed much, or how it could.

Fri, Jul. 5th, 2013, 11:10 am
baron_waste: Belgian Death's Head “nose art”

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Yah, that might be a bit unsettling.

Fri, May. 10th, 2013, 07:50 pm
huskyteer: Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

Owners of iOS devices might be interested in Sid Meier's Ace Patrol, a First World War combat game for iPad and iPhone. It's turn-based rather than a flying sim, along the lines of the tabletop game Wings of War (which I own but haven't actually played): you make your move (fly, bank or shoot), then the computer-controlled enemy gets a go.

I've only had a brief play so far but it's rather cute, with nice graphics. You can choose a female squadron leader, which is the kind of historical inaccuracy I can get behind.

The game is free but you have to pay for upgrades, special paint jobs, and the ability to play right through the war.

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