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nickdanger3
09-06-2006, 03:09 PM
I've looked and all I can find is that it seems to mean "encore" - like a new version. It get's used on tanks as well as planes. One of the first planes, Santos -Dumont's 14-bis, used the term a far back as 1906 !:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14-bis

Is it French? Is it pronounced "bee"?

I'm sure that the regulars here know this one....

nickdanger3
09-06-2006, 03:09 PM
I've looked and all I can find is that it seems to mean "encore" - like a new version. It get's used on tanks as well as planes. One of the first planes, Santos -Dumont's 14-bis, used the term a far back as 1906 !:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14-bis

Is it French? Is it pronounced "bee"?

I'm sure that the regulars here know this one....

faustnik
09-06-2006, 03:16 PM
I think it means ├╝ber. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

han freak solo
09-06-2006, 03:16 PM
Babelfish using a French translation says bis = (a)

http://babelfish.altavista.com/tr

I really don't know. Maybe bis means modified version #1 or something.

captainbong1970
09-06-2006, 03:31 PM
it is Latin for twice, used to denote a second version

3.JG51_BigBear
09-06-2006, 03:32 PM
To me it seems to mean "improved"...at least when referring to aircraft.

Jambock_Dolfo
09-06-2006, 03:45 PM
Bis is the second, or secont time, or again.

Santos Dumont's nr14 was the same airplane, but attached to a baloon for experimentation purposes.
When he detached the airplane from the baloon the number 14 stuck, so it was called the 14-bis or 14 again.

As for pronunciation, think BIScuit, or BIScayne.

-dolfo

Hurri-Khan
09-06-2006, 03:48 PM
http://aeroweb.lucia.it/rap/RAFAQ/Bis.html


>>>-H-K--->

nickdanger3
09-06-2006, 06:24 PM
Thanks guys. I knew the answer would be quick in coming. Quite the erudite crowd round here...