Making an "obsolete" fighter into an unlimited racer !

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cvairwerks

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They tried, but build quality was so poor the couldn’t be used in combat.
The Brewster's were speed and acro limited due to wing fitting problems. A little over half the F3A production, totaling a bit over 400 aircraft, were delivered to the Brits. The Navy had taken over Brewster in 1942 and closed the company in 1946.
 

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The other guy can put in a big engine, too. So a real racer needs to be as low drag as possible.
 

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Ok...how about turning it 180 degs ?.....:)
The gear actually folds on an angle. It requires considerable hydraulic pressure and flow rates to move. Additionally, it’s designed for a 25+ ton aircraft. The only thing good about it for a light aircraft would be not having to worry about flats on the 32 ply tires....
 

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Seems like all countries report kill ratios above 1 at all times. Are there lots of stateless people all over the world making trouble with obsolete, vulnerable military aircraft?
 

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The gear actually folds on an angle. It requires considerable hydraulic pressure and flow rates to move. Additionally, it’s designed for a 25+ ton aircraft. The only thing good about it for a light aircraft would be not having to worry about flats on the 32 ply tires....
So it would be an overkill ?
 

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Seems like all countries report kill ratios above 1 at all times. Are there lots of stateless people all over the world making trouble with obsolete, vulnerable military aircraft?
We have some state left.

Finns were able to shoot down even Airacobra with an I-153...biplane ( as did a Croat ).
http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/finland_rinkineva.htm

http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/finland.htm
One pilot became ace with Gladiator..one had 3 kills flying Bristol Bulldog.

Soviets threw 1600 planes into a battle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vyborg–Petrozavodsk_Offensive
 
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Seems like all countries report kill ratios above 1 at all times. Are there lots of stateless people all over the world making trouble with obsolete, vulnerable military aircraft?
Few strategic conflicts are only fighter-vs-fighter. Maybe the P-51s shot down 20 German fighters for every Mustang lost, but if each of those 20 Germans had shot down 20 B-17s, THEY would have had a 20:1 kill ratio, too.

Ron Wanttaja
 

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Swedish volunteer squadron claimed this TB-3 bomber in Lapland in 1940.


tb-3.jpg

Here is an other one:

https://www.trendsmap.com/twitter/tweet/1193455189665222656

Russia lost more planes than our AAA and AF claimed.

Certainly some mistakes are in the claims.

I was able to verify one ace's claims just few years before he died. An infantry sergeant in hospital 50 years after the war told me a story about an incident where finnish (reservist) pilot shot down six IL-2s with a Me-109G...as there were no witnesses..he (pilot) claimed 3 propable.
 
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