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  •  wings folded to fit in the stalls? (1+ / 0-)
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    sorry, my nut, i fell off it.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:58:21 AM PST

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    •  Increased Airframe Capacity Aboard Ship (3+ / 0-)
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      Most of the early and mid-era naval aircraft did not have wings which folded.  Some developed during the late 1930s sported folding wingtips, which helped to increase the number of aircraft which could be stored aboard a carrier.

      Oddly, my spouse had the chance to meet a long-lost relative (2nd cousin or some such) during a visit to FL several years back.  The relative's father had been an engineer at Grumman during the 1930s (I think she said he might have been one of the first engineers Grumman (the man) hired) and later during WW2.  The first Wildcats did not have folding wings until her father developed that mechanism which allowed the wings to fold back along the side of the plane, for which her dad had been given an award by Grumman.  The 1930s were certainly an exciting time to be involved in aviation.

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      by PrahaPartizan on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:49:58 AM PST

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    •  below-decks storage on carriers, KenBee (0+ / 0-)

      can't remember which airplane they first did this way, but it's part of the engineering for the Corsair, too.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 07:50:18 PM PST

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