I tipped Paul Birdseye to have a magnet at hand when wreck-diving, but have got second thoughts:
How commonly used was aluminium in aircraft-design in late 30's to early 40's?
I know that it was a relatively new metal for aviation use at the time, and as such not all designers might have been used to it when most of the major WW2 aircraft was designed in the mid 30's and even the Hurricane was of classic canvas-design, not to mention the Plywood Mosquito!
Beside it's probably also a question of availability, at least during wartime.
My question will be: How many of the classic WW2 aircrafts was build by the use of aluminium?
And If the question is 'all': Was even the ME262, wich was built in the troubled period of German industry, build of aluminium?
Last: would there have been designs of combination (ex steel trellis and aluminium sheeting)?
/Regards, Curious Kim.
Edited by Romantic Technofreak, 02 July 2016 - 05:13 AM.