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  •  True...but there was always a small problem in... (4+ / 0-)

    ...that one 7.7mm round through any part of your liquid-cooling system, and you were toast! (This applied to lots of fighters, of course)

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:32:59 PM PST

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    •  Radials Seemed Better Fit for Bomber/Attack (2+ / 0-)
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      Radial engines always did seem to be the preferred engine for bomber and attack designs, who knew that someone was going to be shooting something at them all of the time rather than doing the shooting.  I've often wondered what persuaded AVRO to design the Lancaster with Merlins first from the Manchester when the Vulture engine program went toes up rather than using one of the big radials British industry was producing at the time.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:42:17 PM PST

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