Since we are talking about childhood hobbies that I figure I weigh in. Feel free to skip this one unless you are really interested in aviation.
More specifically propeller aircraft. I like to think that I know a few things about military aviation and then I find something new. One of the main aircraft that I caught my attention is the Avia S-199.. This aircraft got my attention because it is a Me-109 version that was used by Israeli Air Force the First Squadron. Did a little reading on it and found out a few facts about the aircraft that I did not know. Like the fact that they used the engine of the He-111 bomber. One would think that having a bomber engine would have improved performance similar to the F4u Corsair. Well not so much.
The resulting combination of parts was an aircraft with extremely poor handling qualities. The substitute engine with the propeller lacked the responsiveness of the Daimler-Benz unit and the torque created by the massive paddle-bladed propeller made control very difficult. This, in combination with the 109’s narrow-track undercarriage, made landings and take-offs extremely hazardous.
The Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine allowed for a central cannon mount (Motorkanone in German) that fired through the propeller spinner. This was not possible with the Junkers Jumo 211, and so the S-199 used a version of the Luftwaffe’s Rüstsatz VI modification kit, which consisted of a pair of MG 151 cannon, one each in a gun pod, one beneath each wing. This further impinged on the aircraft’s performance. A final hidden danger lay in the gun synchronizer for the cowl-mounted MG 131 machine guns, which did not work as it was meant to, leading a few Israeli aircraft to shoot off their own propellers.
But the interesting part is that the Avia S-199 was used in combat against Egypt Spitfires. So we have Jewish pilots using German aircraft against British Spitfires which is the Icon of the Battle of Britain. Strange huh?
Oh it gets better. This one is about the F4U Corsair and theP-51 Mustang . One of the biggest things that has been debated about which fighter is better considering their history in World War Two, Korea and onward. Well it seemed like the two did go head to head against each other in what is known as the Football War. In this case it looks like the F4U Corsair came out on top in 1969, twenty five years after the last dogfights of WW2 there were still dogfights with proper aircraft? Strange indeed.
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