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Old 28th Nov 2018, 07:50
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designed to shoot down jet engined aircraft & not petrol engined
Have you seen the flame that comes out of a supercharged piston engine at night. Ask the German night fighter pilots; they could pick up a Lancaster at ten kilometres.

You could walk along the door of a hangar holding a lit cigarette and watch a missile's seeker following you from the other end.
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Old 28th Nov 2018, 11:22
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I suppose some wag will tell us that is why the Russians use the Bear Bomber still....being prop driven and all.

No hot air coming out of those Turbines I suppose.
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Old 28th Nov 2018, 16:25
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Some third world countries still had piston engine fighters up to the sixties and beyond. Indonesia had P51s, as did Guatemala which was threatening Belize until a detachment of RAF Harriers shut them down.(not a fair contest).
I once did a ferry flight with a French pilot, who had flown Thunderbolts in Algeria, he said after flying jets they were frightened stiff of the things.
The last two RAF Bristol Beaufighters were only taken out of service at Seleter in 1960. (and being perfectly serviceable were broken up for scrap).
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on 2 occasions near the border, I had a P51 fly up my right hand side to formate!

Not denying their existence Dave B, just that Yak is imagining things I feel......................!!
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Impressive

I never flew it but I did fly in it; a daily SAR patrol at Manston followed by a general handling session. Did the side door leg dangling bit during this; grass/sky/grass/sky/turn on a sixpence and then stop mid-air. Until the I had no idea that the big lump was so agile. A great experience.
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How long did the USN and USAF use the Sky Raider?

Some Sky Raider Pilots did down Mig 17's.


https://theaviationist.com/2015/01/1...amese-mig-17s/
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Old 1st Dec 2018, 12:37
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Originally Posted by Dave B
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Some third world countries still had piston engine fighters up to the sixties and beyond. Indonesia had P51s, as did Guatemala which was threatening Belize until a detachment of RAF Harriers shut them down.(not a fair contest).
I once did a ferry flight with a French pilot, who had flown Thunderbolts in Algeria, he said after flying jets they were frightened stiff of the things.
The last two RAF Bristol Beaufighters were only taken out of service at Seleter in 1960. (and being perfectly serviceable were broken up for scrap).
Honduras still had "Gull winged" Corsairs in the early 1980s! Our groundcrew in Belize recovered one that landed wheels up on Airport Camp runway - the badly bent propellor was given to the detachment as a trophy (and a big trophy it was) and used as an unofficial "gate guardian" by the Williamson Hangar. The aircraft was later fixed up with a new prop and not much else and later flew out again, iirc.
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