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  •  Which makes me wonder, why did the (4+ / 0-)

    Corsair works with the same wing (more or less) .

    •  Many reasons (5+ / 0-)

      Two thousand three hundred of them to be exact, which was the amount of horsepower it had. Swinging a massive 4-bladed prop.

      Plus it had retractable landing gear.

      Plus it had a supercharger that allowed it to perform at high altitude.

      And guns. Lots of guns.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:08:47 PM PDT

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    •  If they made the landing gear struts long enough (4+ / 0-)

      for the gigantic prop to clear, it would be too long to handle carrier landings. Think of landing gear struts as levers. The longer the lever, the more force is put on the attach points.

      By bending the wings, the gear could be stubbier and hence, sturdier.  One extra benefit was the wing root intersected the fuselage at exactly the correct angle to minimize drag without a lot of fairing.  

      Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

      by Otteray Scribe on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:38:42 PM PDT

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