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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz


    ORIGINAL: Ernie P.

    All;

    We have apparently lost Adavis for a while. Responses are required within 24 hours, and Adrian hasn't responded in almost three days. So, the floor is open to the first respondent with a warbird question. First come, first served, etc. Thanks; Ernie P.
    Sorry about the delay - Unfortunately I'm unable to dedicate the time required for this for a few days - Until next Tuesday earliest.

    Once again I appologise for the inconvienience - I will post a question then if nobody has jumped in in the meatime.

    Very Best Regards,
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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    I was afraid I had nailed it, being as that was my last shot at the internet while traveling. You know, it matches the Douglas pretty closely as well, at least the first two clues...
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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    I've got one that is a bit different...

    Attached (hopefully) are the medals awarded to a British pilot. Two questions:

    What are the first four medals (from left)?
    Who is the pilot?
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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order (with 2 bars), Distinguished Flying Cross, 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star with "Atlantic" clasp, Burma Star.

    Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire?

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Damn that was fast!!! and correct on all counts.

    Amongst the other things Cheshire achieved:

    Flew 102 bombing missions on the Whitley, Halifax, Lancaster (including 617 squadron), Mosquito and the P51 Mustang.
    On his 103rd mission, he was the official British observer of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki.

    5 Group was renown for low level high accuracy bombing and Cheshire was one of the key personnel in developing the techniques involved. His VC citation included Cheshire flying his Mustang above cloud to act the aiming point for his squadron to bomb an obscured target.

    Following the war Cheshire became an ardent pacifist and amongst other achievements formed the Cheshire Foundation Homes for the Sick, now known as Leonard Cheshire Disability.


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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Thanks!

    New aircraft.

    1. It was one of two aircraft of this type used by the US Army to test a concept that was later abandoned, but the concept was developed and adopted by the US Navy later in the 1930s.

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    New clue.

    1. It was one of two aircraft of this type used by the US Army to test a concept that was later abandoned, but the concept was developed and adopted by the US Navy later in the 1930s.

    2. Although the concept the Army tested was abandoned, it was completely successful in testing.

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    My guess would be the Sperry Messenger;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sperry_Messenger
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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    VERY close!

    New clue:

    1. It was one of two aircraft of this type used by the US Army to test a concept that was later abandoned, but the concept was developed and adopted by the US Navy later in the 1930s.

    2. Although the concept the Army tested was abandoned, it was completely successful in testing.

    3. This aircraft could hover.

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    The De Bothezat helicopter?

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Pitcairn Autogyro.
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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    New clue:

    1. It was one of two aircraft of this type used by the US Army to test a concept that was later abandoned, but the concept was developed and adopted by the US Navy later in the 1930s.

    2. Although the concept the Army tested was abandoned, it was completely successful in testing.

    3. This aircraft could hover.

    4. The testing that was successful did involve the "Sperry Messenger" aircraft, but that is not the aircraft I'm looking for.

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Can't be an airship in US service, they were all commissioned into the Navy...
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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    The Army had many non-rigid airships (blimps) and one semi-rigid airship. But I think this was what he was looking for...

    "Amongst the most interesting U.S. Army Airship Service experiments was to pursue the ability to operate airplanes from airships. While both the Germans and British had experimented with releasing fighters from rigid airships, it was the US Army which first flew an airplane from the ground and 'hooked' on to a trapeze suspended from an airship. Many tests involving aSperry Messenger airplaneandTC class blimpswere made in the mid-1920s. Eventually the technology was assumed by the US Navy on the "flying aircraft carriers",USS Akron (ZRS-4)andUSS Macon (ZRS-5).[23]"
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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz


    ORIGINAL: JohnnyS

    New clue:

    1. It was one of two aircraft of this type used by the US Army to test a concept that was later abandoned, but the concept was developed and adopted by the US Navy later in the 1930s.

    2. Although the concept the Army tested was abandoned, it was completely successful in testing.

    3. This aircraft could hover.

    4. The testing that was successful did involve the ''Sperry Messenger'' aircraft, but that is not the aircraft I'm looking for.

    Guys; this isn't intended as an answer, more of a pointer. I may be wrong, but JohnnyS seems to be asking for one of two aircraft used in the Army testing. Not the dirigibles, but the parasite aircraft carried. Thanks; Ernie P.


    A Sperry Messenger biplane was launched and recovered by non-rigid airships Tc-3 and Tc-7 (1923)
    Several DH 53 Hummingbird light planes were launched and recovered by airship R33 (1924), followed by two Gloster Grebe fighters (1925).
    A glider and a biplane were recovered by the USS Los Angeles. These were followed by the F9C Sparrowhawk escort fighter which flew operationally from USS Akron and Macon (1935).


    The TC-3 and the TC-7 were the two US Army Corps non-rigid blimps used for parasite fighter trials conducted in 1923-24. A single Sperry Messenger biplane was equipped with a skyhook to engage the temporary trapeze mounted to the control carriage of the blimp itself. The first successful docking was achieved on December 15, 1924. Despite the completely successful results of the program, the Army chose not to develop the concept further. It was the Navy which began the better-known project in 1925 using rigid airships, the USS Los Angeles (ZR-3), the USS Macon (ZRS-5) and the USS Akron (ZRS-4).

    The de Havilland DH.53 Humming Bird is a British light aircraft of the 1920s.
    The first six aircraft for the Royal Air Force all made their public debut at the 1925 display at RAF Hendon, where they were raced against each other. The last two aircraft would later be used for "parasite aircraft" trials being launched from below an airship - the R.33. The aircraft were retired in 1927 and all eight were sold as civil aircraft.

    The Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk was a light 1930s biplane fighter aircraft that was carried by the United States Navy airships USS Akron and Macon.


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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Zippome, you got it.

    The aircraft I was looking for was the any of the TC class blimps that were used in the tests that the US Army performed, with the first successful docking was achieved on December 15, 1924, and you were the FIRST with the reply "TC class blimps".

    Mad props to Ernie P. for his more specific reply, but you were first with the correct answer so you're up next.

    See the reference Ernie P. supplied: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tc-3



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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    I guess my 20 years gets the better of me sometimes, I never knew the Army experimented with the technique, I figured it was all Navy. Learn something new every day....
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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz


    ORIGINAL: a65l

    I guess my 20 years gets the better of me sometimes, I never knew the Army experimented with the technique, I figured it was all Navy. Learn something new every day....

    Nothing beats experience, buddy. I had an insight from the beginning, because I had asked a previous question about the Sperry Messenger and Sperry's experiments. Also, a good friend is building a Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk RC plane for a client. Problem was, I thought JohnnyS was looking for a couple of airplanes, not the airships. Still, a good question. We learned something, and that's the idea. Thanks; Ernie P.

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    I came back to see if anyone got it, since I thought I was wrong....
    O.k. guys lemme think one up.

    Thanks, Zip

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Ok here goes....
    This Aircraft ...


    1. Although born of military blood, this aircraft was born a civilian.
    2. Had several "firsts".

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    This Aircraft ...


    1. Although born of military blood, this aircraft was born a civilian.
    2. Had several "firsts".
    3. Was pressed into service when it's country called.
    4. When called into military service , it was the only aircraft available to perform a specific duty.

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    The Boeing 314?

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Not the boeing 314, although who doesn't love the "clippers"?


    This Aircraft ...



    1. Although born of military blood, this aircraft was born a civilian.
    2. Had several "firsts".
    3. Was pressed into service when it's country called.
    4. When called into military service , it was the only aircraft available to perform a specific duty.
    5. After returning to civilian life, one became a Presidential Transport.

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    RE: Knowledge Quiz for Warbird wiz

    Lockheed Constellation?


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