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Phil Perry

ANY HISTORICAL PICTURES ? (Aviation subject preferred but not essential )

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This is a fairly scratchy old photo. My Great Uncle took it when he was a Trooper in the 5th. Light Horse Regiment. Shows a bunch of LH troops checking out a badly parked aeroplane. Not sure of the location - he was in Egypt, Palestine, Syria etc., so one of those countries.

 

 

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Did you see the Light Horseman (circled) making off with the saddle off that nightmare?

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2 hours ago, old man emu said:

Did you see the Light Horseman (circled) making off with the saddle of that nightmare?

Can't see anyone circled. Do you mean the trooper walking in front of the wing roundel?

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15 hours ago, old man emu said:

It's a joke, Joyce.

I guess I would have figured that out if I'd read the last half of the sentence. Never got past the circled bit - thought you might have really good eyesight.

 

This is another one from the same collection; not sure of the story behind it. Appears to be all British troops.

 

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One of those clickbait links to a (long) series of pages, the one "The Worst Planes and Helicopters ever Designed." had this photo of a Fairey Battle, which it described as a 'bomb', and the most disappointing aircraft in RAF service, with nearly 100 shot down in one week.

 

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Perhaps not one of the "worst", just too early in the evolution of military monoplanes.

 

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/fairey-battle.html

by the time the Battle had entered service, its features had been rendered entirely obsolete by the fast advancement in aircraft technology at the time. 

 

Its original specification issued by the British Air Ministry in April 1933 was not commensurate with the needs of 1940.

The birth of the Battle came after the issuance of Specification P.27/32 . The Specification required a monoplane day bomber that would have the capability to carry 1,000 lb bombs over a 1000-mile range at 200 mph. This aircraft would ultimately replace the Hawker Hart and Hind biplanes which were in service with the RAF.

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 Yes it was out of date at a time when things  evolved quickly. They were still flying biplanes in Malta,( Gloster Gladiators.) It was a bomber not a fighter. Plenty about it on wikipedia  Nev

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