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  • Bluebird Mike
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 2496

    #21
    RE: BBMF other types ?

    Wartime photos of Lancs with their engine cowlings off look no different to me than ones of '474 in a similar state today-I thought she was simply lacking the curved outer shroud, that was all. There's no way either that such a small difference is going to make any power difference to a Merlin-like Ant says, they were happy to run loaded Lancs with them in the war.
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    • Snoopy
      Aviation Bookworm
      • Jan 2000
      • 146

      #22
      RE: BBMF other types - early RAF Middle and Far East ops?

      Slightly late thought; but (for an RAF Memorial Squadron rather than an expanded BBMF; and yes, I know this is even less likely to ever happen than some of the other proposals):

      How about an example of one or two of the two-seat light bombers -- Wapitis, Harts / Audaxes or their variants -- that the RAF used between the two World Wars, on what were then called "policing" duties, in Afghanistan, India, and Iraq, among other locations?

      Less glamorous than some of the other types, and perhaps not be as easily recognisable by Joe Public; but of some historic significance for the RAF, perhaps? Isn't it true that the RAF owed its survival as a separate arm, during the period between the two WWs, at least partly to being able to represent that a couple of squadrons of such aircraft could "police" remote territories more effectively and at lower cost than troops on the ground?

      (And given pivotal 1990s and 2001 events involving air power in the Middle East, can't some aviation historian dredge up some 1920s Whitehall memo on the use of air power in such circumstances that seems eerily prescient today ... ?)

      Cheers,

      Snoopy

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      • neilly
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2000
        • 800

        #23
        RE: BBMF other types - early RAF Middle and Far East ops?

        The saxophone exhaust didn't give the Merlin anymore power, but because of the shape they gave a 'jet like' effect with the exhaust gasses. It probably made little difference on an aircraft as heavy as a Lancaster, but on the Mosquito, because it's a lot lighter, it did give another 10-15 mph top speed.
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