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    Edward Cook did one for Fs9. It's a Mark V!

    Christopher Tarana

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColR1948 View Post
    Totally Fictional, I attached it to 223 Squadron for desert patrols, I am using her as an IA but as you see she flies nose down attitude, I know some do fly like that but I'm not keen on it, never seems to look right lol.

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    Like almost all aircraft of that era she is a "tail dragger." She flies nose down because they wanted to give the pilot a more level view for landing. This was accomplished by setting the angle of incidence of the wing, which then flew level (after all, it is the wing that keeps the darn thing up), resulting in the nose being lower in flight. Interesting idea that never caught on, and eventually tricycle gear solved the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlexibleFlier View Post
    Like almost all aircraft of that era she is a "tail dragger." She flies nose down because they wanted to give the pilot a more level view for landing. This was accomplished by setting the angle of incidence of the wing, which then flew level (after all, it is the wing that keeps the darn thing up), resulting in the nose being lower in flight. Interesting idea that never caught on, and eventually tricycle gear solved the problem.
    Well spoken. And great shots as well! Thanks for the memory lane trip!!

    Having said that, a B-52 is also a nose down flyer. In fact in straight and level flight it almost appears to be in a dive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColR1948 View Post
    After WW2 some of them were converted to freighters for British Airways
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    Some where already used by BOAC during the war. Here one at London Great West Aerdorome.



    Bernard

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