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  • Ironduke
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    Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    That nose looks like a cross between british & russian.
    Hint: It's a Russian rotorcraft. 4 were built. 1 crashed during trials in August 1962 killing the entire crew.

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  • Albany Rifles
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    That nose looks like a cross between british & russian.

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  • Ironduke
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    Originally posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Correct. Your question


    Name this aircraft.

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  • Gun Grape
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    Correct. Your question

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  • Ironduke
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    Originally posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Hint #2


    The Arizona Balloon Buster has an Air Force base named after him in his home town
    Frank Luke, Jr.

    https://www.afaluke.org/frank-luke-jr
    The 27th Aero Squadron was under standing orders to destroy German observation balloons. Because of this order, Luke, along with his close friend Lt. Joseph Wehner continually volunteered to attack these important targets although they were heavily defended by anti-aircraft units. The two pilots had a remarkable string of victories together with Luke attacking the balloons and Wehner flying protective cover. Wehner was killed in action on September 18, 1918, in a dogfight with Fokker D.VIIs which were attacking Luke. Luke then shot down two of these D.VIIs and two balloons.

    Between September 12 and September 29, Luke was credited with shooting down 14 German balloons and four airplanes. Luke achieved these 18 victories during just 10 sorties in eight days, a feat unsurpassed by any pilot in World War I.

    Luke's final flight took place during the first phase of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on September 28, after achieving his 14th and 15th victories in his SPAD XIII. On September 29, Luke took off without authorization and flew to a forward airbase at Verdun. That evening Luke flew to the front to attack three balloons in the vicinity of Dun-sur-Meuse, six miles behind the German lines. He first dropped a message to a nearby U.S. balloon company, alerting them to observe his imminent attacks. Luke shot down the enemy balloons but was severely wounded by a single machine gun bullet. Luke landed in a field just west of the small village of Murvaux after strafing a group of German soldiers on the ground near the Ruisseau de Bradon. Although weakened by his wound, he made his way toward a stream intending to reach the cover of its adjacent underbrush but collapsed some 200 meters from his airplane. Approached by German infantry, mortally wounded Luke drew his Colt Model 1911 pistol and fired several rounds at his attackers before dying.

    On September 30 the Germans buried Luke in the Murvaux cemetery where his body was retrieved two months later by the American forces. His final resting place is the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, located east of the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon.

    Luke has been cited as the second-ranking American ace of World War I, second only to Eddie Rickenbacker among pilots serving with the AEF. Luke's time on the front was comparatively short and 17 of Luke's 18 victories were officially recorded as destroyed, versus only 11 of Rickenbacker's 26.

    Although Luke was still a Second Lieutenant at the time of his death he later received a posthumous promotion to First Lieutenant. Luke was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first pilot to receive this honor. Luke also received the Distinguished Service Cross with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
    Last edited by Ironduke; 16 Aug 19,, 15:09.

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  • Gun Grape
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    Hint #2


    The Arizona Balloon Buster has an Air Force base named after him in his home town

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  • Gun Grape
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    This pilot flew 10 sorties in 8 days. Shot down 14 balloons and 4 aircraft to become the second highest scoring ace of the American Expeditionary Force. He was the first pilot to earn the Medal Of Honor.

    Who is he?

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  • Ironduke
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    Originally posted by Gun Grape View Post
    The first precision guided bomb ever used in combat.

    The WW2 German Fritz antiship guided bomb. Most famous for sinking the Italian Battleship Roma
    You got it, you're up Gunny.

    https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Vi...x-guided-bomb/
    The "Fritz X" (or PC 1400 X) was a 3,450-pound armor-piercing bomb fitted with a radio receiver and control surfaces in the tail. It was intended for use against heavily armored ship or ground targets. When dropped from 20,000 feet, an altitude above the most effective anti-aircraft defense, it could penetrate about 28 inches of armor. Aided by flares in the bomb's tail, the bombardier could follow its fall after release and could send radio signals, which moved the control surfaces and produced minor changes in the bomb's course.

    Later operational "Fritz X" bombs were wire-guided instead of radio-controlled to prevent jamming. The first operational use was on Aug. 29, 1943 -- over the Mediterranean -- and the most famous employment of "Fritz X" was the sinking of the Italian battleship Roma off Sardinia on Sept. 9, 1943, to prevent its surrender to the Allies. Between April 1943 and December 1944, about 1,386 of these weapons were produced; 602 were expended in testing and training. Its combat use was limited by the small number of Luftwaffe aircraft available to carry it and by its relatively poor accuracy, which averaged about 20 percent against Allied shipping.

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  • Gun Grape
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    The first precision guided bomb ever used in combat.

    The WW2 German Fritz antiship guided bomb. Most famous for sinking the Italian Battleship Roma

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  • Ironduke
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    Originally posted by Dazed View Post
    The floor is open.
    What is the ordnance, and what was it used for?

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Open Thread

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  • Dazed
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    Edwin Charles Parsons was a Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, and former French Foreign Legionnaire, flying ace, Hollywood aviation technical advisor, FBI Special Agent, and author.

    Parsons was brevetted by Villa as a Captain at a salary of $200 per month, payable in gold.

    Thus Parsons was an experienced combat pilot when the war began. He went to France at the end of 1915. He served with the United States Ambulance service before enlisting in the French Foreign Legion. In 1916, he became a pilot in the Aéronautique Militaire (French Air Service) and, beginning in January 1917, he flew with the famed Lafayette Escadrille. He was credited with one victory[4] and flew many times as Raoul Lufbery's wingman.[citation needed]

    He later elected to stay in the French air service instead of transferring to the USAAS when his unit was Americanized in February 1918.[2] He was assigned to the French squadron SPA3 in 1918 where he was credited with an additional 7 victories for a total of 8 victories confirmed.
    aving joined the Naval Reserve in 1934, during World War II Parsons was an instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station, and served aboard an aircraft carrier and a seaplane tender, and took part in the Solomon Islands campaign, earning the Bronze Star among other decorations. He joined the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and ended the war as a Rear Admiral.

    The floor is open.

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  • Dazed
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    Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Hey Dazed....you going to ask a question?
    Refer to #4149

    US Ace who served with two foreign air arms, a militia and both US Navy and Army. Finished his service as an O-7. Who is he?

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Hey Dazed....you going to ask a question?

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Originally posted by tbm3fan View Post
    After all he went through he gets caught by that
    BTW the Spanish Flu was actually American. It started at Camp Funston, a mobilization base on today's FT Riley. There it jumped form swine to humans. American Doughboys actually carried the disease with them to Europe.

    So when you hear of a swine flu outbreak, remember this epidemic.

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