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Old 12-07-2019, 05:24 AM
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Today's clue.

Looking for the name of a warbird.

1. Only one built.

2. But that one was used in a war, though not in the role it had originally been designed for. It served for several years, unlike most one-offs.

3. Its design included advanced technology for the time.

4. But because of long development delays it was inferior to other similar aircraft that were already in production by the time it first flew.

5. Inadequate funding and engine problems were two of the causes of the delays in development.

6. It was designed to use water-cooled engines but first flew with air-cooled radial engines. These were later replaced by the production version of the engines it had been designed for. The radial-engine version was considerably slower.

7. Its first flight took place more than three years after its manufacturer was awarded the contract to make it. Even before it was finished it was clear that it would be obsolete when completed.

8. Even with the more-streamlined water-cooled engines, it was slow. But it had a very long range.

9. And it had a galley, so that meals could be prepared on long flights.

10. Tricycle landing gear.

11. When it became obvious that the airplane, then under construction, would not be satisfactory, the manufacturer wanted to stop the project, but the government insisted that it continue.