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Old 10-12-2017, 08:48 AM
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How about a KC-135 Stratotanker. or KC-10 Extender both were airplenrs that ended up modified to be AF tankers?
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:07 AM
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All good guesses, but not the plane I have in mind. This clue should narrow it down considerably.

Looking for the name of an airplane.

1. A somewhat-modified civilian plane.

2. The modifications to make this airplane suitable for military use were mostly to the fuselage.

3. One engine.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:39 PM
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All good guesses, but not the plane I have in mind. This clue should narrow it down considerably.

Looking for the name of an airplane.

1. A somewhat-modified civilian plane.

2. The modifications to make this airplane suitable for military use were mostly to the fuselage.

3. One engine.
Well, that narrows it down to everything from the Cessna Model 305A/ Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog to the Messerschmitt Bf 108/ Messerschmitt Bf 109. Until I get a few more clues, I'm just scratching around with the chickens. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:44 PM
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The Graupner Messerschmitt Bf 108 is another discontinued kit I have on my watch list. It's harder to find then the Graupner Junkers JU-52 I recently acquired.
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:19 PM
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Well, that narrows it down to everything from the Cessna Model 305A/ Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog to the Messerschmitt Bf 108/ Messerschmitt Bf 109. Until I get a few more clues, I'm just scratching around with the chickens. Thanks; Ernie P.
OK, I'll narrow it down some more.

Looking for the name of an airplane.

1. A somewhat-modified civilian plane.

2. The modifications to make this airplane suitable for military use were mostly to the fuselage.

3. One engine.

4. Two seats.
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Old 10-12-2017, 03:31 PM
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Sounds like the L-19 Bird Dog to me
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It is indeed the L-19. Based on the Cessna 170, but with a different fuselage to improve visibility and Fowler flaps. The Cessna 170 was also turned into the Cessna 172, with tricycle landing gear and that newfangled Cessna tail. So you're up again, Hydro.

I didn't expect this one to go a long time, but that was faster than I'd thought.
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All I did was take the list Ernie put up and picked the most plausible one, as I saw it anyway. Since that is the case, I'm going to give Ernie the option of running one or I can, whichever he prefers.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:43 AM
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All I did was take the list Ernie put up and picked the most plausible one, as I saw it anyway. Since that is the case, I'm going to give Ernie the option of running one or I can, whichever he prefers.
Hydro Junkie; I have no pride of authorship. If you have a good candidate, take it away. Or, if you prefer, I can post something. Your choice, my friend; totally up to you. Just let me know. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 10-13-2017, 03:07 AM
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Give me till this evening and I'll see what I can come up with.
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Okay guys, let's see if I can keep you going more than two clues this time.
Once again, I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
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And, one more to sleep on:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
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Looks like it's time for another clue:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
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No guesses? Guess it's clue time:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
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Old 10-16-2017, 02:08 AM
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No guesses? Guess it's clue time:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
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Hydro Junkie; from the outset, this sounded like the Junkers Ju 88. It's hard to judge this early on, but let's try it. Thanks; Ernie P.

The Junkers Ju 88 was a GermanWorld War IILuftwaffe twin-engined multirole combat aircraft. Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke (JFM) designed the plane in the mid-1930s as a so-called Schnellbomber (fast bomber) that would be too fast for fighters of its era to intercept. It suffered from a number of technical problems during its development and early operational periods but became one of the most versatile combat aircraft of the war. Like a number of other Luftwaffe bombers, it served as a bomber, dive bomber, night fighter, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, heavy fighter and at the end of the war, as a flying bomb. Despite protracted development, it became one of the Luftwaffe's most important aircraft. The assembly line ran constantly from 1936 to 1945 and more than 16,000 Ju 88s were built in dozens of variants, more than any other twin-engine German aircraft of the period. Throughout production the basic structure of the aircraft remained unchanged. Design and development

In August 1935, the German Ministry of Aviation submitted its requirements for an unarmed, three-seat, high-speed bomber with a payload of 800–1,000 kg (1,760–2,200 lb). Design of the Ju-88 began with a study EF59 which evolved into two parallel designs, Ju-85 and Ju-88. "The Ju 85 was a twin-engined bomber aircraft prototype, designed by Junkers in 1935. The Reich Air Ministry requested the aircraft, which differed from the Ju 88 due to the use of a twin fin tail unit. The aircraft was never put into service.

Design was initiated by Junkers Chief Designer Ernst Zindel. He was assisted by Wilhelm Heinrich Evers and American engineer Alfred Gassner. Evers and Gassner had worked together at Fokkňer Aircraft Corporation of America where Gassner had been Chief Engineer. Junkers presented their initial design in June 1936, and were given clearance to build two prototypes (Werknummer 4941 and 4942). The first two aircraft were to have a range of 2,000 km (1,240 mi) and were to be powered by two DB 600s. Three further aircraft, Werknummer 4943, 4944 and 4945, were to be powered by Jumo 211 engines. The first two prototypes, Ju 88 V1 and V2, differed from the V3, V4 and V5 in that the latter three models were equipped with three defensive armament positions to the rear of the cockpit, and were able to carry two 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) bombs, one under each inner wing panel.

The aircraft's first flight was made by the prototype Ju 88 V1, which bore the civil registration D-AQEN, on 21 December 1936. When it first flew, it managed about 580 km/h (360 mph) and Hermann Göring, head of the Luftwaffe was ecstatic. It was an aircraft that could finally fulfill the promise of the Schnellbomber, a high-speed bomber. The streamlined fuselage was modeled after its contemporary, the Dornier Do 17, but with fewer defensive guns because the belief still held that it could outrun late 1930s-era fighters. The fifth prototype set a 1,000 km (620 mi) closed-circuit record in March 1939, carrying a 2,000 kg (4,410 lb) payload at a speed of 517 km/h (320 mph).

The first five prototypes had conventionally operating dual-strut leg rearwards-retracting main gear, but starting with the V6 prototype, a main gear design debuted that twisted the new, single-leg main gear strut through 90° during the retraction sequence, much like that of the American Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter. This feature allowed the main wheels to end up above the lower end of the strut when fully retracted and was adopted as standard for all future production Ju 88s, and only minimally modified for the later Ju 188 and 388 developments of it. These single-leg landing gear struts also made use of stacks of conical Belleville washers inside them, as their main form of suspension for takeoffs and landings.

By 1938, radical modifications from the first prototype began to produce a "heavy" dive bomber. The wings were strengthened, dive brakes were added, the fuselage was extended and the number of crewmen was increased to four. Due to these advances, the Ju 88 was to enter the war as a medium bomber.

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Old 10-16-2017, 06:23 PM
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Nope, not the JU-88 but, then again, maybe this will help:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
6) This aircraft had twin engines(you got that part right Ernie)
7) This aircraft normally carried a crew of 5 though, at times, it did operate with more people on board
8) A famous officer used one of these planes as his personal transport aircraft(just a little trivia thrown in for good measure)
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Nope, not the JU-88 but, then again, maybe this will help:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
6) This aircraft had twin engines(you got that part right Ernie)
7) This aircraft normally carried a crew of 5 though, at times, it did operate with more people on board
8) A famous officer used one of these planes as his personal transport aircraft(just a little trivia thrown in for good measure)
Good Luck
Well, having missed that one, and with my obsession showing, how about The White Whale? The C-123? Converting a glider into a transport aircraft must count as being pretty innovative. Thanks; Ernie P.


The Fairchild C-123 Provider is an American military transport aircraft designed by Chase Aircraft and subsequently built by Fairchild Aircraft for the United States Air Force. In addition to its USAF service, which included later service with the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, it also went on to serve most notably with the United States Coast Guard and various air forces in South East Asia. During the Vietnam War, the aircraft was used to spray Agent Orange. Design and development

The XC-123 prototype.The C-123 Provider was designed originally as an assault glider aircraft for the United States Air Force (USAF) by Chase Aircraft as the XCG-20 (Chase designation MS-8 Avitruc) Two powered variants of the XCG-20 were developed during the early 1950s, as the XC-123 and XC-123A. The only difference between the two was the type of engines used. The XC-123 used two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-23 air-cooled radial piston engines, while the XC-123A was fitted with four General Electric J47-GE-11 turbojets, in two pods. The XC-123A also has the distinction, while only experimental, of being the USAF first jet-powered military transport. While the piston-powered XC-123 was initially well regarded for tactical transport for its ruggedness and reliability and ability to operate from short and unimproved airstrips, the turbojet-powered XC-123A – designed for high-speed transport between USAF bases for critical parts and personnel – was found unable to operate from short and rough airstrips. There was also no practical speed advantage due to the wing and fuselage design, and a drastic reduction in range. Only the one turbojet-powered test and evaluation version was built.

A number of C-123s were configured as VIP transports, including General William Westmoreland's White Whale. The C-123 also gained notoriety for its use in "Operation Ranch Hand" defoliation operations in Vietnam. Oddly enough, the USAF had officially chosen not to procure the VC-123C VIP transport, opting instead for the Convair VC-131D.
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Not the C-123. Looks like it's time for another clue:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
6) This aircraft had twin engines(you got that part right Ernie)
7) This aircraft normally carried a crew of 5 though, at times, it did operate with more people on board
8) A famous officer used one of these planes as his personal transport aircraft(just a little trivia thrown in for good measure)
9) One version of this plane, optimized for ground attack, had the pilot controlled forward weapons significantly increased over the other versions
10) All the other configurations had a longer fuselage than the one from clue #9
11) Another version, applicable to clue #10, was equipped with a weapon of the same size as a well known armored vehicle
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Not the C-123. Looks like it's time for another clue:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
6) This aircraft had twin engines(you got that part right Ernie)
7) This aircraft normally carried a crew of 5 though, at times, it did operate with more people on board
8) A famous officer used one of these planes as his personal transport aircraft(just a little trivia thrown in for good measure)
9) One version of this plane, optimized for ground attack, had the pilot controlled forward weapons significantly increased over the other versions
10) All the other configurations had a longer fuselage than the one from clue #9
11) Another version, applicable to clue #10, was equipped with a weapon of the same size as a well known armored vehicle
Good Luck
Okay; if this doesn't do it, it will be three strikes and I'm out. Thanks; Ernie P.




Answer: The Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar


The Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar (Navy and Marine Corps designation R4Q) was an American military transport aircraft developed from the World War II-era FairchildC-82 Packet, designed to carry cargo, personnel, litterpatients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute. The first C-119 made its initial flight in November 1947, and by the time production ceased in 1955, more than 1,100 C-119s had been built. Its cargo-hauling ability and unusual twin-boom design earned it the nickname "Flying Boxcar".

Development

The Air Force C-119 and Navy R4Q was initially a redesign of the earlier C-82 Packet, built between 1945 and 1948. The Packet provided service to the Air Force's Tactical Air Command and Military Air Transport Service for nearly nine years during which time its design was found to have several serious problems. All of these were addressed in the C-119.In contrast to the C-82, the cockpit was moved forward to fit flush with the nose rather than its previous location over the cargo compartment. This resulted in more usable cargo space and larger loads than the C-82 could accommodate.

The C-119 also featured more powerful
engines, and a wider and stronger airframe. The first C-119 prototype (called the XC-82B) first flew in November 1947, with deliveries of C-119Bs from Fairchild's Hagerstown, Maryland
factory beginning in December 1949.
In 1951, Henry J. Kaiser was awarded a contract to assemble additional C-119s at the Kaiser-Frazer automotive factory located in the former B-24 plant at Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Michigan. Initially, the Kaiser-built C-119F differed from the Fairchild aircraft by the use of Wright R-3350-85 Duplex Cyclone engines in place of Fairchild's use of the Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Majorradial engine. Kaiser built 71 C-119s at Willow Run in 1952 and 1953 (AF Ser. No. 51-8098 to 51-8168) before converting the factory for a planned production of the ChaseC-123 that never eventuated.

The Kaiser sub-contract was frowned upon by Fairchild, and efforts were made through political channels to stop Kaiser's production, which may have proven successful. Following Kaiser's termination of C-119 production the contract for the C-123 was instead awarded to Fairchild. Most Kaiser-built aircraft were issued to the U.S. Marine Corps as R4Qs, with several later turned over to the
South Vietnameseair force in the 1970s.


The AC-119G "Shadow" gunship variant was fitted with four six-barrel 7.62×51mm NATOminiguns, armor plating, flare launchers, and night-capableinfrared equipment. Like the AC-130 that succeeded it, the AC-119 proved to be a potent weapon. The AC-119 was made more deadly by the introduction of the AC-119K "Stinger" version, which featured the addition of two General Electric M61 Vulcan20 mmcannon, improved avionics, and two underwing-mounted General Electric J85-GE-17 turbojet engines, adding nearly 6,000 lbf (27 kN) of thrust.Other major variants included the EC-119J, used for satellite tracking, and the YC-119H Skyvan prototype, with larger wings and tail.In civilian use, many C-119s feature the "Jet-Pack" modification, which incorporates a 3,400 lbf (15,000 N) Westinghouse J34 turbojet engine in a nacelle above the fuselage.

The Fairchild AC-119G Shadow and AC-119K Stinger were twin-engine piston-powered gunships developed by the United States during the Vietnam War. They replaced the Douglas AC-47 Spooky and operated alongside the early versions of the AC-130 Spectre gunship.

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Lockheed AC-130?
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Lockheed AC-130?
Pretty sure the AC-130 doesn't line up with clue 6, Buddy. You know the amazing part about my two missed guesses? Both of my misses were right in line with all the clues provided up until that point. It always surprises me how many "wrong" guesses still match all the clues. Thanks; Ernie P.

6) This aircraft had twin engines
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And neither one of you got it. Time for another clue:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
6) This aircraft had twin engines(you got that part right Ernie)
7) This aircraft normally carried a crew of 5 though, at times, it did operate with more people on board
8) A famous officer used one of these planes as his personal transport aircraft(just a little trivia thrown in for good measure)
9) One version of this plane, optimized for ground attack, had the pilot controlled forward weapons significantly increased over the other versions
10) All the other configurations had a longer fuselage than the one from clue #9
11) Another version, applicable to clue #10, was equipped with a weapon of the same size as a well known armored vehicle
12) This plane used two radial engines with three bladed electric props
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And neither one of you got it. Time for another clue:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
6) This aircraft had twin engines(you got that part right Ernie)
7) This aircraft normally carried a crew of 5 though, at times, it did operate with more people on board
8) A famous officer used one of these planes as his personal transport aircraft(just a little trivia thrown in for good measure)
9) One version of this plane, optimized for ground attack, had the pilot controlled forward weapons significantly increased over the other versions
10) All the other configurations had a longer fuselage than the one from clue #9
11) Another version, applicable to clue #10, was equipped with a weapon of the same size as a well known armored vehicle
12) This plane used two radial engines with three bladed electric props
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Oh..... You mean like really, really, really famous. And maybe more than one famous General?? Thanks; Ernie P.
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Are you trying to get me to name names? Maybe later and, just for good measure, I'll add a link to a picture of the still existing aircraft. In the meantime, it's clue time again:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
6) This aircraft had twin engines(you got that part right Ernie)
7) This aircraft normally carried a crew of 5 though, at times, it did operate with more people on board
8) A famous officer used one of these planes as his personal transport aircraft(just a little trivia thrown in for good measure)
9) One version of this plane, optimized for ground attack, had the pilot controlled forward weapons significantly increased over the other versions
10) All the other configurations had a longer fuselage than the one from clue #9
11) Another version, applicable to clue #10, was equipped with a weapon of the same size as a well known armored vehicle
12) This plane used two radial engines with three bladed electric props
13) This plane could, depending on the configuration and mission requirements, carry a torpedo or over a ton of internal and/or a ton of external ordinance.
14) This plane was operated by more than one service in it's parent country and by over a dozen countries world wide
15) This plane was produced, in several variants, in numbers exceeding 9,000 examples
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Are you trying to get me to name names? Maybe later and, just for good measure, I'll add a link to a picture of the still existing aircraft. In the meantime, it's clue time again:
I'm looking for an aircraft:
1) This aircraft was based on an earlier unaccepted design that had a crew of three
2) In it's first configuration, it was also deemed "unacceptable" by it's country's military
3) After two substantial design changes, it was accepted by the military
4) The redesign increased the plane's payload and crew without hurting performance
5) This aircraft had multiple configurations leading to several different ways it could be and was used. One way was, shall we say, highly innovative
6) This aircraft had twin engines(you got that part right Ernie)
7) This aircraft normally carried a crew of 5 though, at times, it did operate with more people on board
8) A famous officer used one of these planes as his personal transport aircraft(just a little trivia thrown in for good measure)
9) One version of this plane, optimized for ground attack, had the pilot controlled forward weapons significantly increased over the other versions
10) All the other configurations had a longer fuselage than the one from clue #9
11) Another version, applicable to clue #10, was equipped with a weapon of the same size as a well known armored vehicle
12) This plane used two radial engines with three bladed electric props
13) This plane could, depending on the configuration and mission requirements, carry a torpedo or over a ton of internal and/or a ton of external ordinance.
14) This plane was operated by more than one service in it's parent country and by over a dozen countries world wide
15) This plane was produced, in several variants, in numbers exceeding 9,000 examples
Good Luck
Nah; not trying to get you to name names, Hydro Junkie. I think I can name the names; and the existing aircraft, or at least one of them, is in South Dakota. The names would be Eisenhower and Arnold. If the aircraft is indeed the B-25, then you have taught me a few things about the plane I didn't know; and for that I thank you. And if it isn't the B-25, then I'm really in a slump. Thanks; Ernie P.

Answer: The B-25. President (and General) Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Hap Arnold both used it as their personal transport aircraft.

The second B-25 modified by North American belonged to USAAF General Henry "Hap" Arnold- visiting the Inglewood facility at Mines Field one day, Arnold got to see the Whiskey Express and as the Chief of Staff, he decided he needed one, too. This was 1943 and production was rapidly accelerating in the B-25 program, so it was easy to divert a B-25C from production to be fitted out by North American to a similar standard as Whiskey Express. After the war, General Arnold's personal transport was purchased by Howard Hughes who used for another twenty years before it was retired.

The same year Arnold got his own B-25, a B-25J was taken off the production line in Kansas City and flown to Inglewood on a "secret" mission. Tail number 43-4030 was fitted out to become the personal transport for General Dwight Eisenhower. Unlike Arnold's B-25 which had olive drab upholstery, Ike's Mitchell had a more stylish blue interior. Clamshell doors were fitted to the nose for easy access to the extra communications and navigation equipment and more floor space in the aft fuselage was created by moving the gunner's aft hatch further back, giving the rear cabin more seating and a drop leaf table. Overhead luggage racks were also fitted and extra fuel tanks were fitted to the bomb bay to give it more range. Officially it was designated an RB-25J to hide its true nature as Ike's personal transport, but as the war in Europe progressed, it was redesignated CB-25J and when Eisenhower moved up to larger aircraft as the Supreme Allied Commander, the CB-25J was passed on for use by lower ranking generals and was used by the USAF postwar until it ended up in the possession of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum where it can be seen today.
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