Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Steve's Video Of The Day: "Spits, Mossies, and Merlins".......

An amazing video, apparently done digitally, but nevertheless a "work of art". I can just imagine training with Wing Commander Guy P. Gibson and 617 "Dam Busters" Squadron, before undertaking their mission in Avro Lancasters to destroy the Mohne, Eder, and Sorpe Dams on the Ruhr River, in Germany. Crank the sound, nothing sounds like a "Merlin"!


"Spits, Mossies, and Merlins"......


The famous British Mosquito--known to many as "Mossie"--was a versatile aircraft used extensively during World War II. Constructed primarily of plywood with a balsa wood core, it had excellent speed, altitude and range. First flown on November 25, 1940, the Mosquito entered production in Mid-1941 and was produced until well after the end of the war. Almost 8,000 Mossies were built in Great Britain, Canada and Australia. Although best known for their service with the Royal Air Force, Mosquitos were also used by several U.S. Army Air Forces units for photo and weather reconnaissance, and as night fighters. During the war, the AAF acquired 40 Canadian Mossies and flew them under the American F-8 (photo reconnaissance) designation. In addition, the British turned over more than 100 Mosquitos to the AAF under Reverse Lend-Lease. These aircraft retained their British designations.


Span: 54 ft. 2 in.
Length: 40 ft. 6 in.
Height: 12 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 23,000 lbs. loaded
Armament: 4,000 lbs. of bombs in bomber version
Engines: Two Rolls-Royce Merlins of 1,690 hp. ea.
Crew: Two
Cost: $100,000 (approximately)


Maximum speed: 415 mph
Cruising speed: 276 mph
Range: 1,955 miles
Service Ceiling: 42,000 ft.

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