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Claymore

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Yes, and they were usually badly weathered, making the colors a lot lighter.
And they used a variety of different shades, depending on theatre, time, model, etc.

Olive drab is another one. The paint was mixed on site using zinc chromate and black, so the shades of olive drab on US aircraft varied enormously.
 

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And they used a variety of different shades, depending on theatre, time, model, etc.

Olive drab is another one. The paint was mixed on site using zinc chromate and black, so the shades of olive drab on US aircraft varied enormously.
Hence why towards the end the US planes were left unpainted, it was far easier to just send them over without any camo, because honestly in 1944 to 1945 there wasn't that much of a threat. Though they also claimed an 8mph gain in speed, due to the polished surface.
 
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...was anticipating Romulan warbird historical reviews... leaves disappointed
 

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Not really, flying wings weren't anything new and it probably wouldn't have been really good at dog fighting. Germany had no real chance of winning the war.
There were 2 requirements. And the Documentary was very clear on the fact that these batwings were untouchable at the time. Too fast and almost undetectable by radar at the time. London would have had less than 2 minutes warning before a bombing raid. The second planed plane would assault America directly. There were no counter measures at the time for these planes.
 

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There were 2 requirements. And the Documentary was very clear on the fact that these batwings were untouchable at the time. Too fast and almost undetectable by radar at the time. London would have had less than 2 minutes warning before a bombing raid. The second planed plane would assault America directly. There were no counter measures at the time for these planes.
Which by that time they couldn't produce enough of them, they were turning captured planes to help fight off the attackers.
They couldn't even get the engines right on the 262, and the allies already found ways of shooting those down. They'd have applied the same principle.
To be honest the best weapon they had was the v1 and V2s which if perfected were a much better and cheaper solution then planes.
The ho229 was a great idea but it was too late and would not have performed to spec.
 

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Kitty Hawk is a lovely airfield! The restaurant is good and there are quite a few interesting aeries there last I heard... Just the runway can be a b1tch - the nearby mountains create some serious roters, and the runway sort of drops away as you flare on 01 - its infamous for hard landings, and has had a few opsies over the years... Fresh PPL's are forbidden to fly there by flight schools

Would highly recommend anyone wanting to grab a meal / take a short trip go and visit, you can walk right up to the aircraft and chat with the owners, maybe even bum a free flight if you ask nicely ;)
 

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Kitty Hawk is a lovely airfield! The restaurant is good and there are quite a few interesting aeries there last I heard... Just the runway can be a b1tch - the nearby mountains create some serious roters, and the runway sort of drops away as you flare on 01 - its infamous for hard landings, and has had a few opsies over the years... Fresh PPL's are forbidden to fly there by flight schools

Would highly recommend anyone wanting to grab a meal / take a short trip go and visit, you can walk right up to the aircraft and chat with the owners, maybe even bum a free flight if you ask nicely ;)
Agree. Had my 40'th breakfast there - when i took the pic. That day they had an informal airshow. What a feast !
 

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Which by that time they couldn't produce enough of them, they were turning captured planes to help fight off the attackers.
They couldn't even get the engines right on the 262, and the allies already found ways of shooting those down. They'd have applied the same principle.
To be honest the best weapon they had was the v1 and V2s which if perfected were a much better and cheaper solution then planes.
The ho229 was a great idea but it was too late and would not have performed to spec.
The Germans at that stage of the war couldn't get decent metals for the jet engines, so the engines had a service life of something 20 hours.
 

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The Germans at that stage of the war couldn't get decent metals for the jet engines, so the engines had a service life of something 20 hours.
Yup, exactly why the V1 or V2 would've been a better solution, it was relatively cheap, it was hard to to shoot down and it could be devastating. Nothing got the morals lower of the people on the ground than the thought of a missile dropping on their heads.
 
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