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Old 18th May 2007, 19:41
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Did BSD mean X-3?
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Old 18th May 2007, 19:47
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What did BSD mean?

I don't know. I did wonder myself, but it wouldn't make any difference
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Old 19th May 2007, 01:46
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North American XB-70?

Edit: Incorrect... Just found a photo of the Valkyrie's cockpit.
Is that forward view monitor I see?

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Old 19th May 2007, 03:04
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Douglas X-3 ?
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Old 19th May 2007, 03:29
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Republic XF-103?

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Old 19th May 2007, 12:46
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evansb has it. Apologies for delay, lost my net collection for most of the morning.

The Republic XF 103 failed because the highly complex J67 turbojet/ramjet combination, a derivative of the Olympus, couldn't deliver adequate thrust. If you look at the pic again on the top right hand side you can see the type of view provided by the wide angle periscope which was the only forward vision available to the pilot. He was to have been provided with a 'supersonic escape pod' the top half of which was normally slid down. Only the basic flying controls were provided within the enclosure, which was deemed essential given the projected maximum speed of Mach 5. In best Gerry Anderson fashion the escape capsule also provided the means of entry to the aircraft. Due to the sheer size of the machine (a habit of Republic) the design was severely criticised for lack of access for maintenance and rearming.


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Old 19th May 2007, 13:33
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Thanks Kitbag, I truly enjoyed the challenge! Here is the next cockpit:

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Old 19th May 2007, 14:44
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Italian 1940s. 100% certain of the aircraft but I will now keep quite. Check PMs please Bri
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Old 19th May 2007, 15:27
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I think its Italian too

Macchi C 200 Saetta?
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Old 19th May 2007, 15:57
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Yes, it is Italian. Sorry, not a Macchi.
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Old 19th May 2007, 17:21
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Stretching a bit- Fiat G50 Freccia?
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Old 19th May 2007, 18:15
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Sorry, not the Fiat G.50 Freccia. The aircraft was not as successful as the G.50, however the company that designed the aircraft was associated with Fiat.

More clues: The aircraft failed to achieve its original design goals, so it was adapted for a different role.

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Old 20th May 2007, 04:38
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Mooney Mite

Aplogies for being away; one has to work occasionally!!

The wig wag warning system mentioned was so rumour has it installed after Al Mooney landed wheels up on a demo flight. Some versions had a little plexiglass window in the floor so that the pilot could see the nosewheel. Have also read of a military version armed would you believe!
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Bears a great resemblance to the CR 42
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Old 20th May 2007, 07:55
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How about the Breda BA65?
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Old 20th May 2007, 12:48
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Sorry, it is not a Fiat CR.42, nor is it a Breda BA.65. The aircraft in question never entered active military service, nor did it enter into serial
production. It was originally designed as an operational trainer.
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Could it be the CANSA FC12
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Hope you have got one ready.
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Spot on larssnowpharter! Well done. The CANSA (Construzioni Aeronautiche Novaresi S.A.) F.C.12 first flew in October of 1940. Intended as an operational trainer for dive-bombing, it was later modified for a light attack role.

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Thank you. Some interesting research to find that one. It finally came to me when I recalled seeing some photos of the factory at Cameri which is now an IAF base. Cameri is near Novara about 50 miles from Turin hence the heavy FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili di Torino) influence.

Here is the next one:
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