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  •  Short on fuel, maybe, but (7+ / 0-)

    that sure enhanced performance.

    Reminds me of an anecdote I read someplace recently about American pilots on some kind of fact-finding or exchange mission perhaps before our entry into WW II. Air Corps pilots were going to fly Spitfires and during the briefing the takeoff fuel load was mentioned. One of the pilots said that was about the fuel load at which he normally would start looking for a place to land. lol.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:21:38 PM PST

    •  The Spitfire was 'originally' schemed... (5+ / 0-)

      ....as an out and out interceptor/bomber killer. Endurance was minimal. The final wartime Griffon-engined versions had to have an overload fuel tank installed in the rear fuselage, which gave very marginal longditudinal stability, until the fuel was consumed.

      The long-range PR versions, of course, used as much of the internal space in the wing as possible, which allowed them to cover deep into Continental Europe, along the Baltic coast, to Norway, etc.

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:29:32 PM PST

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