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    Great Flightship Dornier Do X

    An oversized, underpowered freak of luxury. A fantastic scheme made real.
    She braved the skies on an insane world tour full of misadventures.
    From 1929 to 1933, she was Germany before the world stage.
    As such, she was a lightning rod for nationalistic feelings that would soon be met by more direct, and sinister, means.
    Only Mussolini placed an order, and he bought TWO.
    When he tired of them – they simply vanished.


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    Ah, the P-51 is my fav for all the reasons imaginable.
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    Great plane. Especially the razoback version, as you show here. And the Gentile version as a bonus.
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    Gotta be the Corsair.

    It's lines are just so....perfect. (to me)

    there's just something about it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch
    An oversized, underpowered freak of luxury. A fantastic scheme made real.
    She braved the skies on an insane world tour full of misadventures.
    From 1929 to 1933, she was Germany before the world stage.
    As such, she was a lightning rod for nationalistic feelings that would soon be met by more direct, and sinister, means.
    Only Mussolini placed an order, and he bought TWO.
    When he tired of them they simply vanished.
    though i've never seen it, there is, apparently, a film about to DO-X, called "Race of the Giants".

    "August 26, 1931. Thousands of curious onlookers are gathered in the Port of New York. Looking out over the water, cameras are trained on the horizon. And then the moment arrives: driven by 12 massive propellers, a gigantic monstrosity thunders in over the Atlantic from Europe, the likes of which the world had never seen before. The huge airplane skims over the water and taxis to a stop at the foot of Manhattan's skyscrapers. Across the plane's rump in big printed letters: "Dornier". Against all odds, critics, ridicule, competitors and those green with envy, aviation pioneer Claudius Dornier flung open the door to a new era in the age-old dream of human flight. Before Dornier, airplanes could seldom carry more than ten passengers and a flight across the Atlantic was out of the question. With the transatlantic sojourn in his "Do-X", Dornier set a new standard in the development of civilian air travel that continues to this very day."

    And some darn nice period costuming as well!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch
    An oversized, underpowered freak of luxury. A fantastic scheme made real.
    She braved the skies on an insane world tour full of misadventures.
    From 1929 to 1933, she was Germany before the world stage.
    As such, she was a lightning rod for nationalistic feelings that would soon be met by more direct, and sinister, means.
    Only Mussolini placed an order, and he bought TWO.
    When he tired of them they simply vanished.
    A flying yacht,...I wish I had one of those.
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    Mine would be the FW-190D-13 and the P-51B (without Malcom hood).


    P-51s made aces, but P-47s brought them home.
    Actually the F6F Hellcat produced more American aces than any other airplane. P-47s didn't get the kills that the Mustang got because it couldn't fly that far into Germany until late in the war. The strategy changed also, and by the end of the war, the 56th FG was the only fighter group in Europe that was still flying them in the 8th AF. The 9th AF had several groups, but their mission was ground support and material destruction (airfields, trains, etc.) in support of D-day and afterwards.
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    Betcha can't guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by staggerwing
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    If it's what I think (or rather, know) it is, then it's a darn good one.

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