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  •  Beautiful Machines (3+ / 0-)
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    The Marti, Joy of Fishes, lazybum

    Very sad that a 'device' that represents both the pinnacle of technology combined with sheer simplicity probably couldn't have been produced had there not been a necessity to wage war with it.  We're talking almost 15,000 units of just this bird alone, rapidly built in re-purposed industrial facilities, an unimaginable figure when compared to the rate of production and overwhelming technical complexity of today's aircraft.

    I can't help having a strong feeling of pride and nostalgia, but I also can't avoid the knowledge that while those planes were flying in battle, entire armies and air squadrons were tasked with the sole purpose of blowing them out of the sky.

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