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    #261
    The world's biggest transport, the An-225. I took the picture during Aerospace America 1990 at Will Rogers Airport, Oklahoma City OK:

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    am actually "baguhan " na nahihilig sa stories of World War II (Tnx to PS2 Call of duty and other war games hehehe)

    But i think The Asia Pacific War is the most interesting compared to the Russian effort and Euro allies.

    But the thing is kokonti yata magagandang movie or books on Philippine Related WWII
    Base ko lang yan sa pagahahanap sa mga local bokstore.

    Bear Cat that never made it to service of WWII

    Iyon ba ang mga naiwan na planes sa atin? What we called "Tora-Tora"?

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    flagg, I thought so, too, hehe (BMW/Benz).

    Btw, the Me-110 was also a day fighter early in the war. But events during the Battle of Britain showed that it was thoroughly outclassed even by the Hurricane - so much that as bomber escorts, they had to provide Me-109 cover for the 110's. Relegated to nightfigthing where it has space for the bulky radar equipment and the opposing aircraft is a bomber.


    [SIZE=1]Me-110 G-4[/SIZE]

    Jun, just minor things ... most accounts credit Hartmann with 352 kills, all of them on the Eastern front and If I'm not wrong, his only mount was the Me-109. His kills include 6 American P-51D's, but over Romania.

    Kill scores will always be in dispute, but I do agree that Germans had higher scores because of the fact that they flew until the war's end or until they died, plus the sheer number of opposing aircrafts. The good thing about rotating pilots is that at the end of the day, you can muster more better-trained pilots than your enemy ... like in the Marianas Turkey Shoot.

    Max, regarding the "Tora-Tora" ... T-28D Nomad 'yon. Wala na yatang lumilipad ngayon sa PAF.


    [SIZE=1]T-28D Nomad[/SIZE]

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    Noong '89 coup ni Gringo, we were traveling in Mandaluyong. I saw 2 Tora-toras who seemed to be dogfighting. Interesting talaga to watch. I dunno lang if they were shooting at each other cuz it was daytime and naka-A/C car namin so cannot hear the outside.

    Suddenly, 1 of the Tora-toras did something weird. Parang nag-sudden brake sya sa sky. Tapos it fell straight down. None of that movie stuff where the plane glides down and crashes... it just went straight down parang elevator.

    After it disappeared under the rooftops, may maliit na smoke me nakita. The other Tora-tora left. 10 years ago, I'd say it got hit. But now am more cynical, feeling ko naubusan ng gas yun.

    Btw, you guys heard of the Me163 Komet? Hehe, that was one crazy plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StraightSix
    Btw, the Me-110 was also a day fighter early in the war. But events during the Battle of Britain showed that it was thoroughly outclassed even by the Hurricane

    [size=1]Me-110 G-4[/size]

    That's a beautiful night fighter. I think where most P-38 pilots took offense with Galland was the latter 's assertion that the P-38 was no better in performance than the 110. But no doubt, the 110 was deadly in the night fighter role and against unescorted bombers...

    I was previously fascinated by late model Japanese fighters and had model kits of the N1K2 Shiden Kai, J2M Raiden, Ki-84 Hayate, Ki-100 (re-engined Ki-61 Hien), Ki-43 Oscar, A6M5 Zero-Sen, etc. But they were all destroyed when I was shipped to Korea back in the mid 90's. I have suspicions about old grudges. But, I found it strange that every single one of my Japanese aircraft model kits were destroyed while my model kits of US aircraft and armor were untouched. In any case, the Korean shipping company reimbursed me for the losses.

    Anyway, another box art from an Otaki 1/48 Ki-100 (one of the destroyed kits):

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    Quote Originally Posted by flagg
    My fave WW2 plane:

    Focke-Wulf 190 This is marked according to my fave unit JG-26 Jagdgeschwader 26. JG26 planes are identified by their yellow cowlings. This particular plane # 13 belonged to "Pips" Priller - 101 kills.
    I have a picture of Priller's plane from the FW190 booklet of Squadron/Signal Publications. The print seems to be accurate except for the "1" which should have the same white outline as the "3". It looks like it is, just not clearly.

    Nitpicky stuff. But, among modelers, it gets far worse than that.

    Anyway, my number 2 favorite is the P-51 too which is rendered quite nicely by Jane's WW2 Fighters:

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    Trivia:
    - The Me163 Komet only flew operationally with JG400.
    - About 364 were delivered to the Luftwaffe.
    - After about a year of service, it shot down only 16-20 enemy planes.
    - More Me163's were lost to landing accidents.

    A couple of graceful-looking WWII planes ...


    [SIZE=1]Mitsubishi Ki-46 Dinah[/SIZE]


    [SIZE=1]Supermarine Spitfire[/SIZE]

    BTW, the city where I live prides itself as the hometown of the Spitfire ... where it was designed, produced, and had it's maiden flight. Last March 5 was the 70th anniversary of the flight, and 5 Spitfires flew the same route. The lead plane was a converted 2-seater and the passenger was one of the original test pilots. I was one of the thousands of "uzi's", and it was great to hear again the roar of those Rolls Royce Merlin engines (which was also used on the Mustang after the Allison).

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    fighter ba talaga ung designation ng bristol beaufighter? it looks a little big do be a fighter

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    fighter ba talaga ung designation ng bristol beaufighter? it looks a little too big

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    Quote Originally Posted by badkuk
    fighter ba talaga ung designation ng bristol beaufighter? it looks a little too big
    Maritime interdiction, ground attack, night fighter (air interdiction).

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