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Old 09-08-2019, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Hydro Junkie View Post
How about the I-16?
Not the I-16, Sir; but you do earn a bonus clue for your efforts. Thanks; Ernie P.




What warbird do I describe?



1. This warbird is not particularly well know.

2. Although it bears a very famous name.

3. And it was flown by a very famous ace.

4. Who scored several victories in this aircraft.

5. A couple of hundred were produced, which was a respectable number at the time.

6. This was essentially the final model of a series of three aircraft.

7. The first two of the series had their model numbers reversed; i.e., model 2 came before model 1.

8. And they were delivered to front line units about the same time.

9. The lengthened and strengthened fuselage had to be redesigned to accommodate a longer and heavier engine; and the wing of the second of the earlier models was used.
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