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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #1770 on: May 10, 2018, 03:32:10 AM »
And a pair of Ilmavoimat Fokker G.1As ... just 'cuz.

As before, this is based upon a Chris Sandham-Bailey sideview (in this case, of a Luftwaffe G.1A). In this scenario, the German's are passing along previously captured aircraft to allies in preparation for Unternehmen Barbarossa.

(Top) Ex-Flugzeugführerschule (B) 8 Fokker G.1A in Ilmavoimat service, August 1942. FG-8 would be lost during a strafing attack on the Murmansk railway in February 1943.

(Bottom) Ilmavoimat Fokker G.1A after mid-1943 refurbishment and modification by the VL state aircraft factory. Mods include twin 20 mm guns [1] added to the forward-firing armament, wing bomb-racks, dust filters on the carb intakes, etc.
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[1] Cannons were either 20 ItK/39 Madsen or aircraft-adapted 20 ItK/40 VKT 'Vekotin' guns.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #1771 on: May 11, 2018, 12:27:41 AM »
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All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #1772 on: May 12, 2018, 03:20:43 AM »
Inspired by Carlos' single-seat Tornado ...

Panavia 100 Panther

The Panavia 100 single-seat fighter was a real project. In the early days of the Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, the Panavia 100 was developed alongside its 2-seat Panavia 200 counterpart. So, what if the development of the Panavia 100 had continued?

Panavia's object was maximum commonality between its single- and 2-seat aircraft. Invariably, though, external differences beyond the canopies would begin to appear by the time the go-ahead for the single-seat version was issued by German and Italy in 1974. [1] The production Panavia 100 Panther had a shorter forward fuselage than the 2-seat Panavia 200 Tornado. The radomes were also of a subtlely different shape. [2] Harder to notice was that the Panther's vertical tail had a slightly narrower chord than that of the bigger Tornado.

In both German Luftwaffe and Italian AMI service, the Panavia 100s replaced F-104 Starfighters in the fighter-bomber role. In effect, the Panther followed the pattern of the Soviet Flogger series - designed as a variable-geometry frontal fighter (the MiG-23) but finding its forté as a ground-attack aircraft (the MiG-27).

Shown here is a Luftwaffe Panavia Panther in a well-worn Norm 90J camouflage scheme. On the vertical tail, MARINE titles have been crudely overpainted and JaBoG 33 markings applied. [3] The rather scruffy appearance of this heavily-used German Panther contrasts with the generally neat condition of Italian Panteras.
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[1] Canada withdrew very early in MRCA development while the United Kingdom participated only in the 2-seat Tornado section of this programme.

[2] The two aircraft used completely different radar systems - Tornados having Texas Instruments multi-mode terrain-following sets, Panthers having the Ferranti AI.23P Airpass III monopulse radar.

[3] All Marinefliegergeschwader 1 Panthers were transferred to the Luftwaffe in exchange for used Tornado IDS.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #1773 on: May 12, 2018, 03:33:47 AM »
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All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #1774 on: May 15, 2018, 04:29:57 AM »
A quickie retouch for Tophe (in absentia) ... a twin-boomed Stearman XA-21.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #1775 on: May 15, 2018, 04:32:47 AM »
... and another quickie retouch. This is the first of two prototype Handley Page H.P.101 military transports. Like BOAC's H.P.97 'Pacific' airliner upon which it was based, the H.P.101 used the powerplant, wings, and tail unit from the H.P.80 Victor bomber. The H.P.101 differed from the H.P.97 in having clamshell rear loading door for cargo instead of a lower passenger deck.

The first prototype H.P.101 had square-cut windows similar to those of de Havilland Comet 1. Fortunately, Handley Page was able to learn from DH's misfortune. The first prototype was soon grounded and replaced on trials by the revised second prototype. The first prototype was then used for stress testing after donating many of its major components to the first production example.

The production-model Handley Page Harrow C.Mk.1A entered RAF service in 1958. These aircraft differed from the prototypes mainly in having enlarged tailplane 'bullets' and Comet 4-style mid-span fuel tanks. The Harrow C.1As were used primarily for trooping - especially on Mid-East and UN deployments. The RAF had other trooping transports but the Harrow C.1A had the advantage of being able to carry 85 fully-equipped troops ... with all their equipment, weapons, and supplies stowed on the lower level.

A Harrow C.2 was proposed which was to employ the longer-span wings of the Victor B.2 along with that bomber's Rolls-Royce RCo.11 Conway turbofan engines. Unfortunately, no RAF order for the C.2 was forthcoming [1] and the Sapphire-powered Harrow C.1A had to soldier on. In 1972 it was decided to re-equip the Harrow fleet as long-range air-to-air refuelling tankers. To that end, the rear loading doors were sealed, a refuelling operator's station installed, and three hose-and-drum units mounted. One HDU was mounted in the former starboard loading door, the others were pylon-mounted on the wings (just outboard of the external wing tanks).

The hard-worked Harrow C.1A(K) was scheduled to leave service in 1985. However, RAF budget cuts threatened to the fleet with early retirement in 1980. Weighing whether to retain the C.1A(K)s or Victor B(K).1A tanker conversions delayed that decision. This reprieve allowed the Harrow C.1A(K) to play a major role in the Falklands conflict - both as IFR aircraft and for trooping. The Harrows were retired the following year, their place taken by converted Lockheed Tristars.

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[1] Sir Frederick was resolute that Handley Page remain an independent firm. This flew in the face of  Whitehall's then-current Merge-or-Die agenda.
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