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Old 09-11-2020, 08:54 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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.
Old 09-11-2020, 01:25 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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.
Old 09-11-2020, 01:39 PM
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If it had 4 engines. This has been tough.
Old 09-11-2020, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by tipatter View Post
If it had 4 engines. This has been tough.
Well; at one point six engines had been suggested. Tough? No information provided, to my knowledge, has been incorrect. Misleading, perhaps; but not inaccurate. Okay; maybe a bonus clue will help. 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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.

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Old 09-12-2020, 04:07 AM
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Morning clue. A reminder: The first five clues are very important. 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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.
Old 09-12-2020, 01:34 PM
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And another 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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.
Old 09-12-2020, 06:24 PM
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Old 09-12-2020, 06:34 PM
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JohnnyS; not a bad answer in many ways, but still not where we're headed. But you do earn a bonus clue that may well put you onto the track of the right answer. 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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.
Old 09-13-2020, 12:48 PM
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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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.
Old 09-14-2020, 12:10 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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.
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You know , I have found several planes that fit most of the clues ,but the 4 engines blow every one out of the water.
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Old 09-14-2020, 11:15 AM
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You know , I have found several planes that fit most of the clues ,but the 4 engines blow every one out of the water.
The plan was definitely to have four engines. We're getting very close to the last of the clues I had prepared for this quiz. I thought one of you guys would have nailed it by this point. Perhaps an afternoon clue, and a bonus clue, will help. That, plus a reminder the first five clues are very important. 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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.
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Not sure if someone tried this one yet so I'm going to pull this out of my tail pipe.
How about the Arado Ar 234
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Originally Posted by Sekhet View Post
Not sure if someone tried this one yet so I'm going to pull this out of my tail pipe.
How about the Arado Ar 234
Sir; that is an outstanding answer!! I almost (but not quite) wish you had the right answer. But kudos for recognizing that the Arado (a twin engine plane) sometimes used two rocket powered JATO (sometimes, and more accurately, called RATO) units for takeoff. Good thinking on your part, Sir! Now put that kind of thinking to work, together with your bonus clue, and you may figure this thing out. 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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.



41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.
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Hmm... How about The Heinkel He 343 A3 or the Heinkel He 343 B-1 Zerstörer, both where Heavy Fighters.
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Originally Posted by Sekhet View Post
Hmm... How about The Heinkel He 343 A3 or the Heinkel He 343 B-1 Zerstörer, both where Heavy Fighters.
None of the aforementioned, but you earn a bonus clue to aid your search. 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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.



41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.



42. Only five of the glider designs were completed before the whole project became a moot point.
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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.

31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.

32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.

33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.

34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.

35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.

36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.

37. Armament was to be rockets.

38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.

39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.

40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.

41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.

42. Only five of the glider designs were completed before the whole project became a moot point.

43. And none of the final design were actually produced, even in prototype.
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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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.



41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.



42. Only five of the glider designs were completed before the whole project became a moot point.



43. And none of the final design were actually produced, even in prototype.



44. In fact, events moved beyond the control of the authorities and designers very quickly.
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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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.



41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.



42. Only five of the glider designs were completed before the whole project became a moot point.



43. And none of the final design were actually produced, even in prototype.



44. In fact, events moved beyond the control of the authorities and designers very quickly.



45. The original intent was to design an aircraft that could be built by a small woodworking business, using only woodworking tools.

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Focke-Wulf Triebflügel

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Originally Posted by Hydro Junkie View Post

Focke-Wulf Triebflügel

Sir; not the Triebflugel. Your thinking process is good, but I fear you are looking in the wrong direction. No way could the Triebflugel be built of wood. But you have earned 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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.



41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.



42. Only five of the glider designs were completed before the whole project became a moot point.



43. And none of the final design were actually produced, even in prototype.



44. In fact, events moved beyond the control of the authorities and designers very quickly.



45. The original intent was to design an aircraft that could be built by a small woodworking business, using only woodworking tools.



46. Although how this plays into a pressurized cockpit and four engines escapes me.
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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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.



41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.



42. Only five of the glider designs were completed before the whole project became a moot point.



43. And none of the final design were actually produced, even in prototype.



44. In fact, events moved beyond the control of the authorities and designers very quickly.



45. The original intent was to design an aircraft that could be built by a small woodworking business, using only woodworking tools.



46. Although how this plays into a pressurized cockpit and four engines escapes me.



47. Crew of one.
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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.



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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.



41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.



42. Only five of the glider designs were completed before the whole project became a moot point.



43. And none of the final design were actually produced, even in prototype.



44. In fact, events moved beyond the control of the authorities and designers very quickly.



45. The original intent was to design an aircraft that could be built by a small woodworking business, using only woodworking tools.



46. Although how this plays into a pressurized cockpit and four engines escapes me.



47. Crew of one.



48. Length a bit less than 25 feet.
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Evening clue. And a hint. Thanks; Ernie P.

HINT:

Definition of engine

(Entry 1 of 2)

1: a machine for converting any of various forms of energy into mechanical force and motion also : a mechanism or object that serves as an energy source, black holes may be the engines for quasars

2: a railroad locomotive

3a: something used to effect a purpose : AGENT, INSTRUMENT, mournful and terrible engine of horror and of crime— E. A. Poe

b: something that produces a particular and usually desirable result: engines of economic growth


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.



31. Rather than bothering with landing gear, with all the attendant problems and weight, a dolly and skid arrangement was to be used.



32. Alternate methods of takeoff and landing may have been considered, although exactly what they were isn’t completely clear.



33. One method that may have been considered was an air drop from a “mother ship”.



34. Towing the aircraft to altitude may have been another.



35. The cockpit area was to have been pressurized.



36. Although a “space suit” was also considered, should the pressurization of the cockpit area prove problematic or time consuming.



37. Armament was to be rockets.



38. So, we have a simple, easy to construct, wooden, easy to control glider design morphing into a high altitude four engine, rocket armed interceptor design featuring a dolly/skid takeoff and landing gear arrangement, along with full cockpit pressurization and/or a space suit for the crew. But, one that still had to be easy to control.



39. But, such things happen when an attempt in made to design a new aircraft, with constantly changing requirements, over the space of a few months.



40. In fact, it was never quite clear whether the aircraft was to be used in a ground attack or interceptor role. Different groups had different plans for the plane.



41. But, the interceptor role would seem most logical.



42. Only five of the glider designs were completed before the whole project became a moot point.



43. And none of the final design were actually produced, even in prototype.



44. In fact, events moved beyond the control of the authorities and designers very quickly.



45. The original intent was to design an aircraft that could be built by a small woodworking business, using only woodworking tools.



46. Although how this plays into a pressurized cockpit and four engines escapes me.



47. Crew of one.



48. Length a bit less than 25 feet.



49. Wingspan was right on 23 feet.



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