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#11 Romantic Technofreak

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 02:32 PM

Forgot I had no pictures at all here. Time for a change! (I had a hard time realizing there were no good pictures of this magnificent aircraft available on the net. The "oldest" ones I did not find before 2013.)

















#8: The aircraft's impressive four-row radial:



#1, 2: From *Lord Kitchener's* Flickr account.


#3, 5, 6: From the Flickr account of *Aerofifties*.


#4, 7: From Dan Shumaker's website.


#8: Sorry, forgot the source!


(#3, 4 and 5 were surely taken at the same flight. The aircraft is big, but still a bit uncomfortable as two-seater!)



Best regards, RT


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Posted 08 December 2015 - 01:05 AM

We forgive you RT. After all, you created this post.


I think there was already a thread on it, but the competition won by the Skyraider was actually comprised of four aircraft, of which the Douglas AD-1 and Boeing F8B are two. The other two were the Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK and the Curtiss XBTC.


Here's the XBTK:



and here is the XBTC:




The Curtiss started out with a contra-prop, but they had nothing but trouble with it. So, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. They went with a conventional prop ... more or less after they already lost the competition.

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