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The five that I liked
 
 
F4u Corsair                                USN
Supermarine Spitfire  Mk V         RAF
Focke-Wulf 190 "Würger"            Luftwaffe
Kawanishii N1K2-J "George"      Japanese Imperial Navy
CAC Boomerang                        Royal Australian Air Force
 
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Dornier Do 335 Keil               Luftwaffe

Bell P-39 Airacobra                US Army Air Force

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt  US Army Air Force

Supermarine Spitfire MkIXE    Royal Air Force

Northrop P-61 Black Widow   US Army Air Force

 

 Actually, if it had wings, I liked it!

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U.S. the P 47 "Jug"
Brit, the Mossie.
German, the AR 234 "blitz" (B model)
Japanese, I don't remember the code name, but it was a twin radial engines recce plane with really sleek lines.
Italian.......I never really did find anything outstanding, but if I had to pick it would be the Folgore.
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Japanese, I don't remember the code name, but it was a twin radial engines recce plane with really sleek lines.
 
Possibly the Mitsubishi Ki-46 code named Dinah?
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Fighters
F4U-D Corsair
Supermarine Spitfire Mk V
P-51 Mustang
 
Bombers
Lancaster for starts
Halifax
B-24 Liberator
 
 
Misc
Consolidated Canso
 
The 3 Amigo's of U-boat killing
Vickers Wellington
Lockheed Hudson 
Bristol Blenheim/Bolingbroke 
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" Mitsubishi Ki-46 code named Dinah? "
That's the one, thanks.
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Originally posted by thresher_593 thresher_593 wrote:

Dornier Do 335 Keil               Luftwaffe

Bell P-39 Airacobra                US Army Air Force

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt  US Army Air Force

Supermarine Spitfire MkIXE    Royal Air Force

Northrop P-61 Black Widow   US Army Air Force

 

 Actually, if it had wings, I liked it!

 
That Dornier was a push pull prop configuration If I recall correctly, She was an excellent aircraft. P-61's were awsome as well. I agree with your statement, "Actually, if it had wings, I liked it!".
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We captured a couple of DO-235's at the end of the war. One of them was flown from Germany into France with an escort from two P-51's. The pilot of the 235 ran away from the Mustangs, arriving at the French airfield 45 minutes before them. When the Mustang jocks complained they were surprised to find out the pilot never opened the 235 up all the way. With American spark plugs and fuel, it would clock almost 500 miles per hour. Pilots that flew them said they were very easy to fly, no torque problems because the engines rotated in opposite directions.
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Thresher 593,

 The rear prop could be jettisoned so the pilot could bail out with out being eaten by the rear prop. It was also a formidable adversary with only one engine operating
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Just a couple of pics from the Air & Space museum at Dulles airport in Virginia.

 

 

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The sheer size of the Dornier surprised mt, the thing is both tall & huge.
It makes the "Jug" look tinyShocked.
 
I'm guessing the height had to be so that the rear prop wouldn't hit the runway during takeoff.
 
The engines are in-line BTW, not radials. The radiators were circular in shape. I read somewhere that this would allow radial & inline engines to be fairly interchangable in the event of production shortages.
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yes if I recall they were inverted V Mercedes-Benz engines the round cowlings were designed to accept radials in case the in-lines were not avaiable. The FW-190 used both as well
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I have a pic of one in a nacelle somewhere. I'll see if I can find it.
I think they were either DB 601, or 605 motors.
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The engines were made by Daimler-Benz. They cranked out a little over 2100 horsepower each. By comparison the P-38 Lightning had two Allsion motors that produced about 1400 hp each. The Germans built good engines.
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Bristol Beaufighter - left a trail of carnage behind it on the ground
de Haviland Mosquito - Best use of plywood ever
Supermarine Spitfire - simply a classic aircraft
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk - the RAAF's most important fighter of the war
Avro Lancaster - just right
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hatchetman there is a gentleman here that I talk to frequently that flew Curtis P-40 Warhawks in WW II
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