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Old 07-22-2021, 01:41 PM
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I totally forgot about the Russian Civil War. I was thinking it was a German pilot(got that part right) that flew in both world wars(got that part right too). It was the third war that I got wrong(also thinking Spanish Civil War) and what had me running around in circles. I was thinking that, since the RCW started in 1917, it would have been, more or less, over before too many countries would have been able to do anything about it, forgetting it ran into the next decade. I was thinking that war ended in a similar time frame to the Czar and his family's execution(referred to as being slaughtered in the Encyclopedia Britannica, that being up dated on July 13th of this year) on July 17, 1918. The fighting on the "Western Front" officially stopped at 11:00 in the morning on November 11, 1918, almost four months later, though WWI didn't really end until until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. What I was unaware of is that the RCW didn't end until October 25th, 1922, giving the rest of the world a chance to "intervene". Ultimately, none did in amounts that would make a difference and a Socialist government under Vladimir Lenin came into power

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Old 07-23-2021, 04:15 AM
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Okay; here we go again. I'll drop several clues to start; and I doubt this one will go for long. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.
Old 07-23-2021, 07:10 AM
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Lets start with the obvoius: Max Immelmann
Old 07-23-2021, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
Lets start with the obvoius: Max Immelmann
Not Immelmann, Sir; though that is a good guess. I'll award a bonus clue and drop this afternoon's clue and this evening's as we;;. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.
Old 07-24-2021, 05:25 AM
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.
Old 07-24-2021, 06:41 AM
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I'll give it a go. How about John S. Thach, who is known for the The Thach Weave or the Beam Defense Position.
Old 07-24-2021, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sekhet View Post
I'll give it a go. How about John S. Thach, who is known for the The Thach Weave or the Beam Defense Position.
Sir; not Thach. Our subject pilot did develop new tactics, but he was also an innovator of mechanical improvements to aircraft. I'll award a bonus clue for your efforts, and drop the afternoon and evening clues as well. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.
Old 07-25-2021, 05:28 AM
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Today's clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.
Old 07-26-2021, 02:39 AM
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.
Old 07-26-2021, 08:03 AM
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Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.
Old 07-26-2021, 02:17 PM
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Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.
Old 07-27-2021, 06:02 AM
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.
Old 07-27-2021, 10:29 AM
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Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.
Old 07-27-2021, 06:33 PM
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Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.
Old 07-28-2021, 02:41 AM
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.
Old 07-28-2021, 07:52 AM
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Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.
Old 07-28-2021, 06:24 PM
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Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.
Old 07-29-2021, 02:39 AM
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.



23. And not long after that, he was again wounded by ground fire.
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Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.



23. And not long after that, he was again wounded by ground fire.



24. He was hit in the foot this time.
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Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.

What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.



23. And not long after that, he was again wounded by ground fire.



24. He was hit in the foot this time.



25. He refused to be taken off flying duty until an ongoing historic battle was finished; even though he had to be carried to his plane.
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Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.



23. And not long after that, he was again wounded by ground fire.



24. He was hit in the foot this time.



25. He refused to be taken off flying duty until an ongoing historic battle was finished; even though he had to be carried to his plane.



26. At the time, the wooden propellers in use had a tendency to split at the tips. This unbalanced the propellers and could quickly lead to complete failure of the propeller and damage to the aircraft.
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Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.



23. And not long after that, he was again wounded by ground fire.



24. He was hit in the foot this time.



25. He refused to be taken off flying duty until an ongoing historic battle was finished; even though he had to be carried to his plane.



26. At the time, the wooden propellers in use had a tendency to split at the tips. This unbalanced the propellers and could quickly lead to complete failure of the propeller and damage to the aircraft.



27. I’m sure you have all seen various methods used to prevent the tips from splitting.
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What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.



23. And not long after that, he was again wounded by ground fire.



24. He was hit in the foot this time.



25. He refused to be taken off flying duty until an ongoing historic battle was finished; even though he had to be carried to his plane.



26. At the time, the wooden propellers in use had a tendency to split at the tips. This unbalanced the propellers and could quickly lead to complete failure of the propeller and damage to the aircraft.



27. I’m sure you have all seen various methods used to prevent the tips from splitting.



28. The first thing used was simply the fabric which covered the aircraft; glued around the tip of the propeller. Our subject ace was the one who came up with this widely copied idea.
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Today's clue. A very significant one. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.



23. And not long after that, he was again wounded by ground fire.



24. He was hit in the foot this time.



25. He refused to be taken off flying duty until an ongoing historic battle was finished; even though he had to be carried to his plane.



26. At the time, the wooden propellers in use had a tendency to split at the tips. This unbalanced the propellers and could quickly lead to complete failure of the propeller and damage to the aircraft.



27. I’m sure you have all seen various methods used to prevent the tips from splitting.



28. The first thing used was simply the fabric which covered the aircraft; glued around the tip of the propeller. Our subject ace was the one who came up with this widely copied idea.



29. Another idea he innovated was a mount which allowed a machine gun to fire forward at an oblique angle, thereby shooting around the propeller.





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I don't normally give a lot of clues on weekends, because I don't get many responses; but I'll drop another clue to aid in your searches. Thanks; Ernie P.


What warbird pilot do I describe?



1. This pilot is well known.



2. Perhaps less well known today than in years past.



3. He was an innovator.



4. And an inventor.



5. And he helped develop new tactics.



6. He was known for passing what he knew along to fledgling pilots under his command.



7. He had much to do with the development of fighter aircraft.



8. And he was constantly working on making the aircraft under his control better able to perform their missions.



9. Many of the innovations he developed were widely adopted.



10. And over the years, most people have forgotten the man who pioneered them.



11. He came from a family with a long tradition of military service.



12. At an early age, he proved to be an able inventor and innovator.



13. He had a keen interest in mechanical and engineering developments.



14. He had planned, or had planned for him, a naval career.



15. However, he proved to be physically incapable of withstanding the rigors of marine life.



16. So, he joined the engineers.



17. Then he developed an interest in flying.



18. And learned to fly at his own expense.



19. He then joined his country’s air force, just before his war broke out.



20. And was soon in combat.



21. Early in his flying career, he was wounded by ground fire.



22. Not long thereafter, he was awarded a medal for carrying out a noted bombing attack.



23. And not long after that, he was again wounded by ground fire.



24. He was hit in the foot this time.



25. He refused to be taken off flying duty until an ongoing historic battle was finished; even though he had to be carried to his plane.



26. At the time, the wooden propellers in use had a tendency to split at the tips. This unbalanced the propellers and could quickly lead to complete failure of the propeller and damage to the aircraft.



27. I’m sure you have all seen various methods used to prevent the tips from splitting.



28. The first thing used was simply the fabric which covered the aircraft; glued around the tip of the propeller. Our subject ace was the one who came up with this widely copied idea.



29. Another idea he innovated was a mount which allowed a machine gun to fire forward at an oblique angle, thereby shooting around the propeller.



30. This idea was a less than satisfactory solution; but one that was better than the many predecessors being used at the time.

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