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Gaining An R.A.F Pilots Brevet In WW II

Old 15th Feb 2020, 16:20
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Nice find, pzu.

A reminder of that VERY long nose, for a start. And photo 10 begs for an Ikea instruction leaflet and an Allen Key ... “Attach Part 47 to Part 2”.

Cheers, Danny ... gone but not forgotten!
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Old 17th Feb 2020, 17:03
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Aeroplane magazine March 2020

I just bought the magazine and there’s a 13 page section on the Vultee Vengence. Dive in chaps!
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Old 28th Feb 2020, 05:18
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Dive bombing and our friend Danny

With reference to above re. the Vultee Vengence

The paragraph below is taken from an article I read about the "Oslo report", a piece of intelligence covering many important military technical and scientific advances which were in train in Germany, It was dropped off at the British embassy in Norway in 1939.

" What would the information on the Ju-88’s dive-bombing capability have meant to a British analyst in 1939? If such an aircraft was to operate as a dive-bomber, the Germans were apparently able to build strong aircraft—but given the reputation of German engineering that could hardly have been in doubt anyway. But the mere mention of “dive-bombing” would have tended to douse the interest of a British analyst nurtured in the catechism of the RAF, for the concept of dive-bombing went against the RAF’s very psychological grain. Pin-point accuracy bombing reeked of a subordinate role of aviation in direct support of the army, and the raison d’être of the RAF was as an independent force on an equal hierarchical footing with the Royal Navy and the British Army. Hence, dive bombing was regarded as anathema in the RAF, so much so that the use of the word itself had been forbidden. Since 1938, it had been decreed (ref. 7) that the only acceptable expression was “losing height bombing”! The psychological make-up (and concern about their career prospects!) of RAF analysts would thus tend to make them regard any reference to this “confounded losing height bombing” as irrelevant.
When I read this piece I immediately thought of our friend Danny. He couldn't understand why the RAF never used dive bombing tactics elsewhere, The answer may lie above.
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