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CHDT
04-08-2004, 01:44 PM
Here:

http://home.worldonline.dk/winthrop/stanwood.html

Many interesting facts in this interview http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cheers,

CHDT
04-08-2004, 01:44 PM
Here:

http://home.worldonline.dk/winthrop/stanwood.html

Many interesting facts in this interview http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cheers,

Gibbage1
04-08-2004, 03:15 PM
Wow. Good read! According to him, they had a bunch of P-80's in the Pacific for combat trials, but forgot the batteries! They waited for 30 days to get the batteries and they did, just as the bomb dropped. Very interesting. Good read all around.

Gib

My post's are my asumptions only, and in no way linked to fact. I am not an official 1C, Ubi, or Russian Red Rocket spokesman.

"Most P-39's were sent to the Russians - so I guess that was an American secret weapon against our Russian allies."

Stan Wood, P-38 pilot who also flew the P-39.

EmbarkChief
04-08-2004, 03:21 PM
They forgot the batteries? Why oh why does this not surprise me one bit http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/53.gif

TAGERT.
04-08-2004, 03:56 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Gibbage1:
According to him, they had a bunch of P-80's in the Pacific for combat trials, but forgot the batteries! They waited for 30 days to get the batteries and they did, just as the bomb dropped.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

To be more specific

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>by Stan Wood:
Thirty P-80s were sent to Manila on an aircraft carrier. They were to have been the first test of the 80 under actual combat conditions. However, with the usual snafu situation that prevails during wartime the carrier arrived late. The Navy had also forgotten to bring along the aircraft batteries and the tip tanks. This meant a delay before they were finally delivered. The planes sat on the carrier in. Manila Bay for almost 30 days waiting. It just happened that I was in Manila on TDY for something or other and to kill some time I took an engine course on the P-80 which was being given at Clark Field. My Group at Florida Blanca was given the planes when the batteries finally did arrive. Guess what? This time they had also forgotten to bring any tip tanks. Without wing tanks the 80 had about 30 minutes of flight time.

Well, at least now we did have the batteries, however by this time the bomb had been dropped and the war was over, so now testing the jets under any semblance of combat conditions was eliminated.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Did you notice his reference to the tip tanks? I guess those tip (drop) tanks you orginally modeled could be used now? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

PS.. Any word on the MIRROR BUG getting fixed in the P38?

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LEXX_Luthor
04-08-2004, 05:13 PM
A big problem in Europe was lack of good cockpit heating.


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Those Russian pilots had a lot of guts and they did use the 39 to good advantage....the first thing they did was take out all of the armor plate, radio gear and excess weight. They really had NO love for the Germans and shot a lot of them down with the P-39.

~ Stan Wood, P-39 pilot who also flew the P-38.

Gibbage1
04-08-2004, 10:09 PM
The tip takes were only on the production P-80's. Apperantly these were production P-80's! 30 of them on a carrier in time for fighting in the Pacific. Too bad about them batteries http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Would of spooked some Japs something good hay!

Gib

My post's are my asumptions only, and in no way linked to fact. I am not an official 1C, Ubi, or Russian Red Rocket spokesman.

"Most P-39's were sent to the Russians - so I guess that was an American secret weapon against our Russian allies."

Stan Wood, P-38 pilot who also flew the P-39.

jensenpark
04-09-2004, 06:33 AM
Great read.

Thanks for taking the time to post.

Kinda' sad reading about all those planes being destroyed at the end of the war. I was reading an account of a Canadian Mosquito photo recon pilot in Burma who had commented on the same thing...he had heard some demolition work being done behind a large fence. Went to take a look and it was a wrecking yard full of Hurricanes being crushed.
Sad there was so little foresight to hang on to more of history...

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TAGERT.
04-09-2004, 11:07 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Gibbage1:
The tip takes were only on the production P-80's. Apperantly these were production P-80's! 30 of them on a carrier in time for fighting in the Pacific.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>I know... this is the first I have ever heard of that many.. let alone production models.. strange.. his comments about the cockpit.. almost sounds like these P80s were not complete.. Which seems very odd.. On that note though.. were the DIVE BREAKS part of the production models?

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Gibbage1:
Too bad about them batteries http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Would of spooked some Japs something good hay!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>civilans.. yes.. even props would.. but the military.. I dont know.. not like they didnt have jets and rockets of their own.

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olaleier
04-09-2004, 01:00 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jensenpark:
Great read.

Thanks for taking the time to post.

Kinda' sad reading about all those planes being destroyed at the end of the war. I was reading an account of a Canadian Mosquito photo recon pilot in Burma who had commented on the same thing...he had heard some demolition work being done behind a large fence. Went to take a look and it was a wrecking yard full of Hurricanes being crushed.
Sad there was so little foresight to hang on to more of history...
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Today's trash is tomorrows treasure! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
(Or was it the other way around...?)


This was pretty extreme:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Actually the gear was almost indestructible. We made tactical approaches in all of the fighters and from pitch up to touch down for a flight of four, we always landed in less than a minute. In most cases it only took about 45 seconds. Coming back from a mission I had a real hot rock friend who made a great pitch up and landing. After landing, the plane just rolled out and stopped by itself. When we checked on the reason the plane was just sitting there with the engine running we found the pilot was dead, killed from the concussion of the hard landing. Very strange, but true. No damage to the landing gear in any way. For ground support the 47 couldn't be beat with that big radial engine up in front. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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RidgeR5
04-09-2004, 01:21 PM
Another good article P-38 Interview (http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?loc=articles&page=jj_interview) Interview with Jack Jacobsen, who provided top cover for the Yamamoto Assasination.

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