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What is this thing?

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She'll be re-educated in short order. Innocence never lasts long.

Anyhow, this is from near downtown of where I live. It's about time we got some serious snow:

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It's supposed to continue for the next couple of days.
Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1.

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Quote:At first V1's were shot down by gunfire. Optimum range was inside 200yds, which was marginal for survival. Many planes were damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high speed and low altitude a plane had to fly though the explosion and hope.

With the high risk of being blown up some of the best pilots started tipping the V1's wing, because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple.

Not every pilot did this. At night this was not possible, the flame from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past closely in front of the V1, again causing it to topple. The thought of doing this at 450mph, 4,000 feet above the ground, at night and being blinded gives me the willies.
We have a V-2 rocket on display at the OKC Science Museum, they were a lot bigger than you'd think. Those pilots had amazing skills to be able to do that at that time.
They also had balls of steel.

I can just imagine them at the bar later that night:

"Yea, I just tipped a V-1 rocket with my wingtip. No big deal."
Yes, those English aviators had panache and courage. Quite remarkable young guys. Not enough can be said for their efforts.
Did we have American pilots flying in Britian in WWI before we entered the war? I know we did in Asia during WWI, but I never heard of anything in the Great War.
(01-19-2012, 08:43 PM)ghoullio Wrote: [ -> ]Did we have American pilots flying in Britian in WWI before we entered the war? I know we did in Asia during WWI, but I never heard of anything in the Great War.

Yea? France got most of the American volunteers though. Lafayette Escadrille I think was the Americans flying for France in WW1. For Britain, I am not sure.
An early education?

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Firearms Family Christmas! Guaranteed to get all the Leftards stretched to the brink..........................of something or other. S13

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(01-18-2012, 11:07 PM)ghoullio Wrote: [ -> ]We have a V-2 rocket on display at the OKC Science Museum, they were a lot bigger than you'd think. Those pilots had amazing skills to be able to do that at that time.

You mix them up. V1 was a jet propulsed cruise missile that could be shot down because it flew half over the ground, but impossible with the supersonic ballistic V2. That thing had a rocket engine, and plunged down from the edge of space.
One of the many that were confiscated and shipped to the US.

Naturally pilots could not chase this thing, but I don't think Kris really said that. It just looked like that, because he probably didn't proof read what he wrote. I originally thought that, but went back and reread his post, and think he was simply tying two things into a single sentence.