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Old 03-14-2018, 11:35 AM
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Sikorsky H-5 ? and M.A.S.H.

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Old 03-14-2018, 12:21 PM
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You've got it SomonCraig1! Good job. If it had gone on until Saturday, I'd have tossed in a clue about Mickey Rooney's green hat in "The Bridges at Toko-Ri." CPO Duane Thorin, the HO3S-1 pilot who was the real-life basis for Rooney's character, also wore a green hat.

Here are three links, The Wikipedia article gives you the basics. The next one, to a plastic-modeling site, is a kit review of an HO3S-1 kit, which gives you a lot of information about the real-life people and events which were the basis of much of Michener's novel and then the movie based on the novel. The third has a picture of an H-5 delivering air mail in 1947.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_H-5

https://modelingmadness.com/review/k...usn/tcho3s.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:H...ail,_1947_.jpg
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Okay, lets stay with this theme:

I'm looking for a plane:
1. It was central to the plot of a movie set in the dying days of the Third Reich.
2. It had one engine.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:38 PM
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:07 PM
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A good guess on the available clues but not what I'm after

I'm looking for a plane:
1. It was central to the plot of a movie set in the dying days of the Third Reich.
2. It had one engine.
3. It was a biplane with a usual crew of two.
4. The protagonist in the movie taught himself to fly it, which given the subject plane stretches credibility.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:40 PM
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An-2?
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Old 03-15-2018, 11:10 AM
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Nope not the An-2

I'm looking for a plane:
1. It was central to the plot of a movie set in the dying days of the Third Reich.
2. It had one engine.
3. It was a biplane with a usual crew of two.
4. The protagonist in the movie taught himself to fly it, which given the subject plane stretches credibility.
5. Radial engine
6. The film had a South American setting and some of the scenes were shot on location.
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:34 PM
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I'm thinking maybe "Murphy's War" ...1971...with Peter O'Toole...Grumman J2F Duck...?
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:13 AM
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Well done Proptop! Murphy's war it is, and a very sill film at that rescued by some superb aerial shots of the Orinoco. Thought that might run a bit longer but hey I've got the weekend off! Over to you.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:31 AM
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Good job proptop!
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Old 03-16-2018, 12:21 PM
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The first time I saw it, I wondered what the heck a Dazzle painted U-boat was doing in that area of the world...lol...and Peter's rig of the huge Petrol bombs under the wings a nifty bit of improv...
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Old 03-16-2018, 12:22 PM
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Got an aircraft in mind...lemmie put a few ? together....be back in a wee bit...
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:09 PM
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O.K...let's try this one...Aircraft...

1) Twin engines...

2) monoplane...

3) Conventional layout, as we have come to know most designs...yet...

4) Quite un-conventional, when we think of a twin engines aircraft...
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Dornier Do 335 Arrow
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:27 PM
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Good guess, but not the Do-335...

1) Twin engines...

2) monoplane...

3) Conventional layout, as we have come to know most designs...yet...

4) Quite un-conventional, when we think of a twin engines aircraft...

5) First flight was several years before the Do-335...

6) Intended as a fast, light bomber and recon aircraft...

7) It was an ambitious, and parhaps overly complicated design, which is is possably why only a couple of prototypes were made...

8) Although performance was quite good, it lost out to design(s) more favorable to mass production...
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Old 03-17-2018, 03:15 PM
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O.K....a clue...or two...more...

Good guess, but not the Do-335...

1) Twin engines...

2) monoplane...

3) Conventional layout, as we have come to know most designs...yet...

4) Quite un-conventional, when we think of a twin engined aircraft...

5) First flight was several years before the Do-335...

6) Intended as a fast, light bomber and recon aircraft...

7) It was an ambitious, and parhaps overly complicated design, which is is possably why only a couple of prototypes were made...

8) Although performance was quite good, it lost out to design(s) more favorable to mass production...

9) Liquid cooled engines...V-12's

10) An unusually large number of, for the time...(two and a half dozen) electric motors / actuators were used to drive the ancillaries...these are some of the complications I have mentioned above...(landing gear, flaps, cowl flaps, etc.)

11) Main landing gear rotated 90 degrees to fit flat / flush w/ under side of wing...

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Old 03-18-2018, 06:19 AM
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O.K....a clue...or two...more...

Good guess, but not the Do-335...

1) Twin engines...

2) monoplane...

3) Conventional layout, as we have come to know most designs...yet...

4) Quite un-conventional, when we think of a twin engined aircraft...

5) First flight was several years before the Do-335...

6) Intended as a fast, light bomber and recon aircraft...

7) It was an ambitious, and parhaps overly complicated design, which is is possably why only a couple of prototypes were made...

8) Although performance was quite good, it lost out to design(s) more favorable to mass production...

9) Liquid cooled engines...V-12's

10) An unusually large number of, for the time...(two and a half dozen) electric motors / actuators were used to drive the ancillaries...these are some of the complications I have mentioned above...(landing gear, flaps, cowl flaps, etc.)

11) Main landing gear rotated 90 degrees to fit flat / flush w/ under side of wing...

12) Crew of 2

13) First prototype was test flown with only one engine...

14) and...had skis (at least temporarily) fitted...
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Old 03-19-2018, 01:58 PM
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O.K....a clue...or two...more...

Good guess, but not the Do-335...

1) Twin engines...

2) monoplane...

3) Conventional layout, as we have come to know most designs...yet...

4) Quite un-conventional, when we think of a twin engined aircraft...

5) First flight was several years before the Do-335...

6) Intended as a fast, light bomber and recon aircraft...

7) It was an ambitious, and parhaps overly complicated design, which is is possably why only a couple of prototypes were made...

8) Although performance was quite good, it lost out to design(s) more favorable to mass production...

9) Liquid cooled engines...V-12's

10) An unusually large number of, for the time...(two and a half dozen) electric motors / actuators were used to drive the ancillaries...these are some of the complications I have mentioned above...(landing gear, flaps, cowl flaps, etc.)

11) Main landing gear rotated 90 degrees to fit flat / flush w/ under side of wing...

12) Crew of 2

13) First prototype was test flown with only one engine...

14) and...had skis (at least temporarily) fitted...

15) Had a small Bomb Bay ("emergency...come right away."..sorry...stupid "Bewitched" joke there...) in between the Pilot and GIB...(Guy In Back)

16) First version Empennage very similar to the Stuka V1's...twin fin/rudders...to give better field of fire to the GIB...
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:13 PM
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1) Twin engines...

2) monoplane...

3) Conventional layout, as we have come to know most designs...yet...

4) Quite un-conventional, when we think of a twin engined aircraft...

5) First flight was several years before the Do-335...

6) Intended as a fast, light bomber and recon aircraft...

7) It was an ambitious, and parhaps overly complicated design, which is is possably why only a couple of prototypes were made...

8) Although performance was quite good, it lost out to design(s) more favorable to mass production...

9) Liquid cooled engines...V-12's

10) An unusually large number of, for the time...(two and a half dozen) electric motors / actuators were used to drive the ancillaries...these are some of the complications I have mentioned above...(landing gear, flaps, cowl flaps, etc.)

11) Main landing gear rotated 90 degrees to fit flat / flush w/ under side of wing...

12) Crew of 2

13) First prototype was test flown with only one engine...

14) and...had skis (at least temporarily) fitted...

15) Had a small Bomb Bay ("emergency...come right away."..sorry...stupid "Bewitched" joke there...) in between the Pilot and GIB...(Guy In Back)

16) First version Empennage very similar to the Stuka V1's...twin fin/rudders...to give better field of fire to the GIB...

17) The 2 engines were mounted in tandem...driving contra-rotating props...
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:21 PM
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Proptop; an excellent subject and a rare aircraft, One of the few Soviet aircraft of the time which was truly innovative. Good job! My apologies; but RCUniverse has apparently decided cut and paste is not available right now. I'll post more details later if possible. Thanks; Ernie P.


Answer: The Bolkhovitinov S

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Old 03-19-2018, 10:31 PM
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You got it Ernie...(hope my cop and paste link works)
The more obscure the better...lol...but can make wording of quiz clues a bit difficult, at times...
Bolkhovitinov I-1 / Bolkhovitinov S-2M-103 Sparka

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Yep...link works...
scroll down a bit and check out the 4 profile drawings...
Look at the aft crew member(s)
How'd you like to be that guy!?
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Originally Posted by proptop View Post
You got it Ernie...(hope my cop and paste link works)
The more obscure the better...lol...but can make wording of quiz clues a bit difficult, at times...
Bolkhovitinov I-1 / Bolkhovitinov S-2M-103 Sparka
Thank you, Sir. I'll try to get something up today. Thanks; Ernie P.

The plane was conceived as a fast light bomber and reconnaissance plane. To obtain high speed and good aerodynamics, it was powered by two M-103 inline engines in tandem in a fuselage nose, driving two contra-rotating coaxial three-blade propellers. The design had quite unusual look, with long fuselage nose and a crew cab moved rearwards, towards double tailfin. Wings had a fighter-like form and their span was rather short. The VVIA under Bolkhovitinov was enlarged to tackle the expected problems in the design of the Bolkhovitnov S. The rear engine was geared to two high-speed shafts which passed either side of the forward engine to drive the rear propeller gearbox, whilst the forward engine and gearbox drove the forward propeller via shaft through the middle of the rear propeller gearbox. The structure of the S was predominantly light alloy stressed skin, the wing having two spars with heavy flush-rivetted upper and lower skins, and the fuselage built up from pre-formed upper, lower, and side panels attached to four longerons to give a strong but relatively simple structure to build. A total of 29 electrical actuators drove the Fowler Flaps, undercarriage, (rotating 90deg to lie flat in the wing), exit flap of the large common radiator duct, and many other services. The tail unit consisted of twin fins with rudders attached to the tips of the tailplane, variable geared elevators and separate servo and trim tabs on elevators, and rudders. Detail design of the aircraft began in 1937 and construction in July 1938. The first prototype S-1 was built in 1939, but it was made in order to evaluate an airframe only and therefore was powered by only one engine M-103. It was unarmed and fitted with a fixed skid landing gear. It first flew on January 29, 1940, with B.N. Kudrin at the controls.[1] A maximum speed was 400 km/h. The second prototype S-2 was powered by two engines and was armed with a single machinegun and bombs.[1] Four 100 kg bombs were carried vertically in a bay between pilot and a rear gunner-navigator, under a common canopy. Its state testing started from March 20, 1940, and lasted until July 1940.[1] A maximum speed reached was 570 km/h (354 mph). The plane had good handling, except for take-off and landing, which were difficult due to high wing loading.[1] Its range and speed were also lower than estimated. As a result, it was decided to improve the plane further. However, the plane was not developed in a favour of next Bolkhovitinov designs.

It was first planned to build also an attack plane with 2 Ultra-ShKAS machineguns with a high rate of fire, in a rear part of fuselge, firing downwards and manned by a second crew member. Also an interceptor aircraft was proposed, armed with 37 mm recoilless rifle, firing upwards at an angle and manned by two crewmen.[1] The plane had no official designation given. It was mostly known as S - sparka (otherwise explained as spartak, skorost (speed) or Stalin), also known as BBS - blizhniy bombardovshchik skorostnoi (close-range fast bomber), BB - bombardovshchik Bolkhovitinova, LB-S - legkiy bombardovshchik sparka (light bomber paired), SSS - svyerkhskorostnoi samolet (very fast aircraft).

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Bolkhovitinov I A.M. Isayev was the lead designer of this experimental fighter/dive bomber based on a smaller 'S', with tandem M-107 engines envisaged for production aircraft and M-103 or M-105 engines for the prototype. Advanced features planned for the 'I' included Magnesium alloy (Elektron) structure, integral fuel tanks, tricycle undercarriage,and provision for catapult launching. Bolkhovitinov D A projected heavy bomber with two tandem engine powerplants with a spindle-like fuselage with projecting gondola, mid wing and twin main wheels, wing area of 140m2, maximum weight of 28,000 kg (61,729 lb). A passenger variant was also planned but all work was abandoned at the start of hostilities with Germany in 1941.

General characteristics Crew: 2 Length: 13.2 m (43 ft 4 in) Wingspan: 13.8 m (45 ft 3-1/4 in) Wing area: 26 m2 (280 ft2) Gross weight: 5,652 kg (12,460 lb) Powerplant: 2 Klimov M-103, 715.9 kW (960 hp) each

Performance Maximum speed: 570 km/h (354 mph) Range: 700 km (435 miles)

Armament 1 x 7.62mm ShKAS machine gun on a flexible mount in rear cockpit. Later 2 x 12.7mm UBT machine gun on a flexible mount in rear cockpit. 400 kg (882 lb) of bombs vertically stored in bomb bay between cockpits.
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That would make a very interesting electric scale model!
Never heard of that one.
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And away we go again. I hope this is enjoyable for you all. Thanks; Ernie P.



What warbird do I describe?

1. This aircraft has to be filed under the category “Missed Opportunities”.

2. It was first tested at a time when enemy aircraft had gained a clear advantage.

3. This aircraft showed a clear advantage in speed over any existing operational enemy aircraft.
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