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AWL_Spinner
05-22-2006, 10:33 AM
1. Lancaster rear turret fire solution radar (from late 1944 onward). Codename "Village Inn". Supposedly it was quite the wonder weapon until the Luftwaffe figured out other Lancasters weren't being shot at because they had some infra red lamp in the nose which identified them as "friendly". And then presumably modified their own aircraft to have the same characteristics.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d3/Village_Inn_AGLT_FN150_Turret.jpg/180px-Village_Inn_AGLT_FN150_Turret.jpg

Read about that on Wikipedia here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Inn_(codename)).

2. Some even weirder looking Blohm and Voss mods for the already odd looking Bv 141 included a wingtip gondola.

http://www.geocities.com/asymmetrics/bv141tip2.jpg


..just finished talking to Hans H. Amtman (94 and living in California) over the phone about the Bv 141 with the wingtip nacelle. He said he had no more documents concerning that plane but could remember seeing it on the tarmac. The 141 in question had a second nacelle at the other wingtip but without flight controls. It was flown only to test how it would feel like to sit at the wingtip. Such an arrangement was duplicated at Wright Field after the war when a wingtip nacelle (also without controls) was mounted to the right hand wing-tip of a B-17. Mr. Amtmann sat in that nacelle on one occasion and said it felt no different than sitting conventionally in the middle of the plane.

AWL_Spinner
05-22-2006, 10:33 AM
1. Lancaster rear turret fire solution radar (from late 1944 onward). Codename "Village Inn". Supposedly it was quite the wonder weapon until the Luftwaffe figured out other Lancasters weren't being shot at because they had some infra red lamp in the nose which identified them as "friendly". And then presumably modified their own aircraft to have the same characteristics.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d3/Village_Inn_AGLT_FN150_Turret.jpg/180px-Village_Inn_AGLT_FN150_Turret.jpg

Read about that on Wikipedia here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Inn_(codename)).

2. Some even weirder looking Blohm and Voss mods for the already odd looking Bv 141 included a wingtip gondola.

http://www.geocities.com/asymmetrics/bv141tip2.jpg

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">..just finished talking to Hans H. Amtman (94 and living in California) over the phone about the Bv 141 with the wingtip nacelle. He said he had no more documents concerning that plane but could remember seeing it on the tarmac. The 141 in question had a second nacelle at the other wingtip but without flight controls. It was flown only to test how it would feel like to sit at the wingtip. Such an arrangement was duplicated at Wright Field after the war when a wingtip nacelle (also without controls) was mounted to the right hand wing-tip of a B-17. Mr. Amtmann sat in that nacelle on one occasion and said it felt no different than sitting conventionally in the middle of the plane. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Waldo.Pepper
05-22-2006, 06:15 PM
Also installed in some B-29's, as AN/APG-15.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/WaldoPepper/radar/AnApg-15.jpg

By the way I think that the Lancaster determined who were friendly not with IR lights but with IFF gear. But I shall look into it further.

vocatx
05-22-2006, 08:57 PM
More unusual designs from Blohm und Voss:

http://www.luft46.com/bv/bv.html

WTE_Galway
05-22-2006, 09:00 PM
my favourite from BV was the mk108 equipped glider http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif