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XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 01:16 AM
Here's an interesting link on P-38 and a famous pilot.



http://gtalumni.org/StayInformed/techtopics/win91/FOW.html

XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 01:16 AM
Here's an interesting link on P-38 and a famous pilot.



http://gtalumni.org/StayInformed/techtopics/win91/FOW.html

XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 02:07 AM
I guess I'll have to remember to drop my fuel tanks before entering a turning fight in the p-38, huh?

poor guy, to be such a great ace and then end it with a crash. damn.

XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 02:10 AM
didn't check the link, but that has to be about Tommy McGuire.

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XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 02:13 AM
Yes. The P-38 had a problem with stability with the fuel tanks. The problem is between the boom and the center gondola is a very high turbulance area. Its not a balance problem but an aerodynamic problem. Im thinking the tanks were light and the pilots always though it was heavy tanks that cause the problem. Also, a good set of brass you know whats to take on a Jap fighter in a turn fight with fuel tanks still on.

Gib

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XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 02:43 AM
get bounced a long way from home and you are between a rock and a hard place,

either fight with aux-tanks or risk ditching in the ocean or over enemy territory with Bingo fuel,


hard choice

XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 03:07 AM
Gibbage1 wrote:


- Also, a good set of brass you know whats
- to take on a Jap fighter in a turn fight with fuel
- tanks still on.


Yeah, that and the ability to make really bad decisions.


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XyZspineZyX
07-01-2003, 03:33 AM
Was just looking for an article, but the page is currently unavailable. Anyway, it was a P-38 pilot saying that the drop tanks had a habit of tearing of chunks of flap when released. If McGuire was at low altitude, he may (pure conjecture, I know) have had his flaps down for combat already, and was concerned about dropping the tanks, then losing his flaps at an already low airspeed. That would have been a stall for certain. He may have taken a bet on what was the better of two evils, and lost his life. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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