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Comment Re:Anecdote (Score 3, Interesting) 54

I read of an early Wellington getting jumped by German fighters and one of its engines set afire. A crewman climbed out onto the wing (wind, Germans, and fire all) with an "engine cover" (IIRC), sticking his hands and feet through the cloth skin and onto the geodesic frame*, and used it to smother the flames. His plane got home that day.

Wellingtons are one of my favorite planes too.

*said frame being why it was possible for shot-up examples to return so often. It was very similar to a rigid airship's frame.

Comment Re:B-29 (Score 1) 54

It's a lot cheaper to get a tour of Fifi's cockpit. Tennish years ago it cost me around $20 and I got to sit in the pilot's seat while one of the crew lectured about various bits of the plane and history. We weren't allowed through the tunnel to the gunnery compartment, which I'd really like to see sometime.

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