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Moustacheo
08-30-2005, 04:46 AM
I managed to catch the end of the great Escape on the TV yesterday, and I was wondering what is the plane they try to escape in near the end? It looks like an old plane to me, since they have to start it up by a crank handle and it has fixed landing gear yet it is clearly not a stuka. However, I thought the film was set around the middle to the end of the war since one of the characters says at one point, "Well, you would too if you've been locked up for three years".

Anyone have any ideas?

Moustacheo
08-30-2005, 04:46 AM
I managed to catch the end of the great Escape on the TV yesterday, and I was wondering what is the plane they try to escape in near the end? It looks like an old plane to me, since they have to start it up by a crank handle and it has fixed landing gear yet it is clearly not a stuka. However, I thought the film was set around the middle to the end of the war since one of the characters says at one point, "Well, you would too if you've been locked up for three years".

Anyone have any ideas?

HotelBushranger
08-30-2005, 05:35 AM
Just from memory, I think its a Bf 108.

JG53Frankyboy
08-30-2005, 06:19 AM
a Bücker Bü 181 "Bestmann"

http://www.luftarchiv.de/flugzeuge/buecker/bu181.htm

PBNA-Boosher
08-30-2005, 11:31 AM
love that last pic with the Panzerfausts.

faustnik
08-30-2005, 11:44 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by PBNA-Boosher:
love that last pic with the Panzerfausts. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Considering the range of a panzerfaust, that is an interesting setup. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

MEGILE
08-30-2005, 12:07 PM
I was wondering the same thing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

F0_Dark_P
08-30-2005, 12:13 PM
you have to come in slow, the range of a Panzerfaust is just 100m and i bet that is covered really fast in a airplane, so i dont want to be a groundpounder in that plane http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

faustnik
08-30-2005, 12:16 PM
That looks like a Panzerfaust 100, so 100 meters would be the absolute maximum range.


Opps sry, too late. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Platypus_1.JaVA
08-30-2005, 03:09 PM
Well, the aircraft looks like it can really fly very slow. But anyways, panzerfausts are really not good aircraft mounted weapons. Maybe they where only transported like this? not fired?

faustnik
08-30-2005, 03:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Platypus_1.JaVA:
Well, the aircraft looks like it can really fly very slow. But anyways, panzerfausts are really not good aircraft mounted weapons. Maybe they where only transported like this? not fired? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think that is definately an either brave or insane attempt to use them as an airborne weapon. It would be easier to chuck them in the back seat for transport.

Waldo.Pepper
08-30-2005, 03:43 PM
While the range of a 100m is quite correct, this is when normally employed.

From the air their range would be a good bit further. Similar to the effect when you have artillery placed on a hill or mountain top.

Also they would fall onto the all but non-existant deck armor of the Tanks/Armored vehicles of the period.

However, the achilles heel of the arrangement would be aiming.

I figure this would be impossible. And any success would be solely attributed to luck.

Quite the desperate lash up. I have other pictures of similar attempts on Storch's etc.

woofiedog
08-30-2005, 09:41 PM
Ci below the small two-seater aircraft of drive and connection of produced Luftwaffe with 885 specimens during the war, Messerschmitt Me 108 Ta¯fun which is very close by its aspect to Bü 181. James Garner as a pilot one in the great escape (The Great Escape) from John Sturges in 1962.

http://batfredland.free.fr/Foe_me108.jpg

I saw this Aircraft at an Airshow with my father back in 1966 or so.
Use to have the photo signed off by the pilot... but I believe thats history now.

Dew-Claw
08-30-2005, 09:42 PM
Do you want to know the plane in the movie? or the One used in Real life?

I can ask, I'm aquainted with one of the last surviving escapees.
Well his daughter anyway, is married to one of my old high school teachers.
Its a small town I can just call them and ask.