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Old 09-06-2019, 04:53 AM
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Today' clue.

Looking for the name of a very-well-known warbird.

1. Thousands built.

2. Flown by many countries.

3. Designed and the first prototype completed in less than a year.

4. It was not a modification of an earlier airplane, but its wing and at least part of its tail feathers had been used on earlier designs. Only the fuselage was entirely new.

5. Tricycle landing gear.

6. Mainly because of its wing design, it was somewhat faster and had a longer range than other similar aircraft of its time.

7. Shortcomings included a lower ceiling and some handling difficulties compared with similar contemporaries.

8. The company that built it was approached with a proposal that it become an additional manufacturer of another company's plane. It responded by offering to design a new airplane that would do the same job. The offer was accepted, and our target airplane was designed and built.

9. Most of the earliest production versions went to countries other than the country in which they were manufactured. Some of these had their armament removed, to serve in a role the need for which had not been fully anticipated before the war began.
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