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WWII Canadian Fighter Plane - What Is It?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by timb99, Mar 7, 2012.

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  1. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Anybody recognize this? At first I thought it was a Canadian marked P-47, but now that I look closer, I don't think so? Maybe British? But I don't know if they had any radial engine fighter planes.

    I saw it this weekend near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


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    Also saw a P-51 (named Mustang Sally) and What I think is an Avenger torpedo plane, but I didn't have my camera with me.

    NOTHING compares to the sound a P-51 makes on a low pass. Raw power!
     
  2. timb99

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    Just didn't look hard enough.

    It is a Hawker Sea Fury
     
  3. MTA Tom

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    Hawker Tempest
     
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    I agree with Timb99. It almost looks a little like a Jap Zero.
     
  5. DONNE

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    timb99 , you are absolutely right about that P-51. I don't even have to look up to see the plane. The noise gives it away. Same with the unique sound of a radial engine , but I do have to look up to see what that radial is pulling.
     
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    The Sea Fury was (to me) one of the best looking planes to come out of WWII, just like the Bearcat, but both came into service after the war ended.


    The Sea Fury was first designed in 1942, but did not see production until 1945.
     
  7. timb99

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    The link above shows two of the three planes I saw this weekend. COOL!
     
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    Looked abit like a Spitfire until I looked up a Spitfire to cross check. Now that was the airplane of WWII. Even the P-5l needed its engine to become the plane it was. Both of these planes just looked like a plane should. Had a few WWII and WWI planes hanging from my ceiling in dogfights in my early teens.

    Looks like you enjoyed the airshow this past weekend. Thanks for the pic's. break em all Jeff
     
  9. Tbonz411

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    The Sea Fury was designed by Hawker after the British captured a German FW-190, when the pilot landed at an RAF field. The RAF had been so impressed with the new German fighter in combat, they were quick to study their new seizure. The Sea Fury is the fruit of that work. Like mentioned previously, it never saw combat in WW2, which ended before it was brought into service.
     
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    This is a chrysler aircraft engine. Installed in a P47 experimental testbed it flew at 504MPH in level flight. A record at that time. Yes, it was a hemi.
     
  11. RunGunIPSC

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    The most distintive prop sound is a Mitsubisi MU-2 in the smaller 6 place corperate configuration. This ia a prop turbine twin. They are both 1000 HP shaft rated & downrated to 600 HP. If you are on the ground & the MU-2 is at 20,000 feet,you don't even have to look up to know what is overhead. And a take-off is the same. Best place for the P-51's is Oskosh EAA show. You stand 30 feet away as 6,8,10 taxi by. UnHuh!!!! Been there done that. Dumbest thing I ever did was to turn down a chance to fly a P-51 for $125 worth of gas. Stupid me!!!
     
  12. timb99

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    Yeah, now that you mention it Tbonz411, that Hawker did bear a resemblance to a FW-190 (which, incidentally, was responsible for shooting down my father's B-17, and embedding a lump of 20mm cannon in his buttocks.)

    And Rick is right about the Merlin engine. The P-51 was a nice little pony when it had the Allison engine, but it became a thoroughbred racehorse when they put the Merlin in it.
     
  13. CharlieAMA

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    Hey Rick- Your right. Packard was the only company that had the machining capabilities to make the RR Merlin, and machine the tolerances required. I read not too long ago, that about 54,000 engines were built by Packard. Charlie
     
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    If you are interested in seeing some nice Mustangs go to a web site called "stallion51" out of Kissimmee Florida. Turn up your speakers as your going to get buzzed. I was there in 1999. There was five Mustangs there including my favorite "Tender Slender And Tall". I have a few pictures I took that day. One of these days I will figure out how to post them.
     
  15. Tbonz411

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    As important as the Merlin engine was to the 'stangs success, there was one other very important design feature. The wing profile added as much to the Mustang's success as did the engine. It was the first aircraft designed utilizing the laminar flow wing (airfoil). Compare the 51's wing profile to other aircraft of the period. It's wing is more narrow at the leading and trailing edge and thickest in the middle section. Other's are thickest at the leading edge (or forward 25%) and tapers towards the trailing edge. A laminar flow wing is more efficient and increased the Mustang's speed and flight range.
     
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