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Old 09-03-2020, 07:49 PM
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CAC Boomerang or Cauldron C.714?
Old 09-04-2020, 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
CAC Boomerang or Cauldron C.714?
Neither answer is correct, but you do earn a bonus clue to accompany the normally scheduled morning clue. Please try again. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.
Old 09-04-2020, 01:52 PM
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Afternoon and evening clues. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.
Old 09-04-2020, 02:10 PM
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Blohm & Voss BV 40
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet
Old 09-04-2020, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyS View Post
Blohm & Voss BV 40
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet
Neither answer is correct, JohnnyS; but you do get a bonus clue for your efforts. Please try again. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.
Old 09-05-2020, 04:19 AM
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Saturday's clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.

Old 09-05-2020, 04:25 AM
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Why does this sound like a German plane to me? I know many of the German pilots were taught to fly using gliders before the Luftwaffe was reborn in time for the Spanish Civil War so maybe that's where I get the idea from
Old 09-05-2020, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Hydro Junkie View Post
Why does this sound like a German plane to me? I know many of the German pilots were taught to fly using gliders before the Luftwaffe was reborn in time for the Spanish Civil War so maybe that's where I get the idea from
I have no idea. Perhaps you are detecting some information that isn't readily apparent. Or perhaps you are being deliberately misled. It's hard to say at this point. BTW; we don't normally get a lot of traffic on the weekends; so I'm dropping back to one clue per day on Saturday and Sunday. But, if there is activity, I'll still award bonus clues; as now. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.
Old 09-05-2020, 04:42 AM
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OK, I'll toss in the Horten Ho 229, which was an emergency fighter derived from a glider, though originally intended to be a bomber. The German emergency fighters weren't so much designed in case supply lines should be cut (Clue 2); they were more along the lines of "things are getting desperate, so let's do fast and expendable." So I'm not sure this one fits the early clues well, but it's worth a try, I guess.
Old 09-05-2020, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Top_Gunn View Post
OK, I'll toss in the Horten Ho 229, which was an emergency fighter derived from a glider, though originally intended to be a bomber. The German emergency fighters weren't so much designed in case supply lines should be cut (Clue 2); they were more along the lines of "things are getting desperate, so let's do fast and expendable." So I'm not sure this one fits the early clues well, but it's worth a try, I guess.
Not the Horton Ho 229, but your analysis of the clues and logic will lead you in the right direction. Keep it up and you'll find the answer. Here's a bonus clue to help you along. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.
Old 09-06-2020, 04:19 AM
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Sunday's clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.
Old 09-07-2020, 06:26 AM
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Monday's clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.
Old 09-08-2020, 04:35 AM
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.
Old 09-08-2020, 08:13 AM
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Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.
Old 09-08-2020, 12:22 PM
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No guesses lately, so here's a handful of (early) clues for this evening. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.



16. So, the decision was made to add engines into the mix.



17. Which didn’t work out very well.



18. It turned out the glider design, when engines were added, wasn’t as easy to control as had been hoped.



19. And, there were some problems with the engines, which were very inconsistent in flight.



20. So, the decision was made to change everything; redesign the plane for a new mission; and convert it from a glider to a fully powered aircraft.
Old 09-09-2020, 12:23 AM
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I may be busy later, so I'll drop today's morning and afternoon clues now. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.



16. So, the decision was made to add engines into the mix.



17. Which didn’t work out very well.



18. It turned out the glider design, when engines were added, wasn’t as easy to control as had been hoped.



19. And, there were some problems with the engines, which were very inconsistent in flight.



20. So, the decision was made to change everything; redesign the plane for a new mission; and convert it from a glider to a fully powered aircraft.



21. A completely new design was created.



22. One that used four engines.
Old 09-09-2020, 01:06 PM
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Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.



16. So, the decision was made to add engines into the mix.



17. Which didn’t work out very well.



18. It turned out the glider design, when engines were added, wasn’t as easy to control as had been hoped.



19. And, there were some problems with the engines, which were very inconsistent in flight.



20. So, the decision was made to change everything; redesign the plane for a new mission; and convert it from a glider to a fully powered aircraft.



21. A completely new design was created.



22. One that used four engines.



23. But the requirement for an easy to control aircraft was still paramount.
Old 09-10-2020, 04:30 AM
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.



16. So, the decision was made to add engines into the mix.



17. Which didn’t work out very well.



18. It turned out the glider design, when engines were added, wasn’t as easy to control as had been hoped.



19. And, there were some problems with the engines, which were very inconsistent in flight.



20. So, the decision was made to change everything; redesign the plane for a new mission; and convert it from a glider to a fully powered aircraft.



21. A completely new design was created.



22. One that used four engines.



23. But the requirement for an easy to control aircraft was still paramount.



24. So, the design concentrated on producing a very maneuverable aircraft, but one that could be easily controlled.
Old 09-10-2020, 05:22 AM
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I guess I better throw out a guess before Ernie gets too lonely, how about the Me 321?
Old 09-10-2020, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
I guess I better throw out a guess before Ernie gets too lonely, how about the Me 321?
Well FlyerInOKC, the crickets chirping was beginning to get annoying. <g> A very good answer, meets most of the clues but not where we're heading. I will award you two bonus clues for an excellent, though incorrect, answer; along with the regular afternoon clue. Please try again. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.



16. So, the decision was made to add engines into the mix.



17. Which didn’t work out very well.



18. It turned out the glider design, when engines were added, wasn’t as easy to control as had been hoped.



19. And, there were some problems with the engines, which were very inconsistent in flight.



20. So, the decision was made to change everything; redesign the plane for a new mission; and convert it from a glider to a fully powered aircraft.



21. A completely new design was created.



22. One that used four engines.



23. But the requirement for an easy to control aircraft was still paramount.



24. So, the design concentrated on producing a very maneuverable aircraft, but one that could be easily controlled.



25. Spoilers were to be used on each wing.



26. And, should the mechanism for controlling the spoilers be damaged in combat, they would automatically return to the closed position.



27. And, to ensure an easily controllable design, canards were to be utilized.
Old 09-10-2020, 12:58 PM
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When I put this thing together, I was sure two planes would be mentioned; the Gigant and the Me 163 series. But, there was another aircraft I thought would be mentioned pretty early on; and it hasn't been. Of course, that one was an incorrect answer, as well. Oh, well; evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.



16. So, the decision was made to add engines into the mix.



17. Which didn’t work out very well.



18. It turned out the glider design, when engines were added, wasn’t as easy to control as had been hoped.



19. And, there were some problems with the engines, which were very inconsistent in flight.



20. So, the decision was made to change everything; redesign the plane for a new mission; and convert it from a glider to a fully powered aircraft.



21. A completely new design was created.



22. One that used four engines.



23. But the requirement for an easy to control aircraft was still paramount.



24. So, the design concentrated on producing a very maneuverable aircraft, but one that could be easily controlled.



25. Spoilers were to be used on each wing.



26. And, should the mechanism for controlling the spoilers be damaged in combat, they would automatically return to the closed position.



27. And, to ensure an easily controllable design, canards were to be utilized.



28. The operating temperature of the engines proved to be a concern.
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Four engines and canard could be talking B-70 but I'm betting that plane was in a totally different generation than the subject plane is
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I've been watching but I don't have a clue, and I haven't had time to get into any research.
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Originally Posted by Hydro Junkie View Post
Four engines and canard could be talking B-70 but I'm betting that plane was in a totally different generation than the subject plane is

And you would be correct. But you do earn a bonus clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.



16. So, the decision was made to add engines into the mix.



17. Which didn’t work out very well.



18. It turned out the glider design, when engines were added, wasn’t as easy to control as had been hoped.



19. And, there were some problems with the engines, which were very inconsistent in flight.



20. So, the decision was made to change everything; redesign the plane for a new mission; and convert it from a glider to a fully powered aircraft.



21. A completely new design was created.



22. One that used four engines.



23. But the requirement for an easy to control aircraft was still paramount.



24. So, the design concentrated on producing a very maneuverable aircraft, but one that could be easily controlled.



25. Spoilers were to be used on each wing.



26. And, should the mechanism for controlling the spoilers be damaged in combat, they would automatically return to the closed position.



27. And, to ensure an easily controllable design, canards were to be utilized.



28. The operating temperature of the engines proved to be a concern.



29. Since time was of the essence, the simplest approach to the cooling problem was adopted.
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird do I describe?



1. During WWII, a number of nations explored, designed, tested and perhaps constructed a variety of “Emergency Fighters”.



2. These were planes intended to be produced, should supply lines be cut and certain “strategic materials”, normally essential to modern aircraft production, become unavailable.



3. By and large, these “Emergency Fighters” were simply taken to the “proof of concept” stage; and then forgotten until such time as they might be needed, should the war effort not go in their favor.



4. However, a number of these planes were seriously considered, and intended to be put into mass production.



5. And this is the story of one such plane.



6. Strangely enough, this project started as a design for a glider.



7. A wooden glider.



8. The glider was a very simple and straightforward design.



9. It was intended to be very easy to control.



10. The program was rushed so rapidly that the plane was being constructed even before the plans were finalized.



11. The first flight was performed even before the results of wind tunnel testing was completed.



12. The first flight seemed to confirm the glider was easy to control and quite stable.



13. Unfortunately, the second flight revealed some nasty problems with vibration as speed was increased.



14. So, the tail was reinforced and a second stabilizer was added.



15. Which seemed to correct the problems for the moment.



16. So, the decision was made to add engines into the mix.



17. Which didn’t work out very well.



18. It turned out the glider design, when engines were added, wasn’t as easy to control as had been hoped.



19. And, there were some problems with the engines, which were very inconsistent in flight.



20. So, the decision was made to change everything; redesign the plane for a new mission; and convert it from a glider to a fully powered aircraft.



21. A completely new design was created.



22. One that used four engines.



23. But the requirement for an easy to control aircraft was still paramount.



24. So, the design concentrated on producing a very maneuverable aircraft, but one that could be easily controlled.



25. Spoilers were to be used on each wing.



26. And, should the mechanism for controlling the spoilers be damaged in combat, they would automatically return to the closed position.



27. And, to ensure an easily controllable design, canards were to be utilized.



28. The operating temperature of the engines proved to be a concern.



29. Since time was of the essence, the simplest approach to the cooling problem was adopted.



30. Injectors which sprayed water and alcohol were to be utilized.

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