Fokker D.XVII: Some confusion.

Fokker D.XVII: Some confusion.

There were two Fokker fighters seriated F-32: a Curtiss Conqueror engined D.XVI that crashed and this one, the D.XVII prototype.

This D.XVII  was sure prettier.

 

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Northrop A-17A (NACA): Too good to be true.

Northrop A-17A (NACA): Too good to be true.

The radial engines main drawback have always been it greatest frontal area and the drag that it produced.With this already obsolete A-17A NACA (NASA forerunner) tested in the early 40’s various ideas to improve the cooling and the aerodynamic drag of radial engines.At first they tried a front cooling blower that proved really suited for the task.After that successful test they became bolder and installed the cooling blower in the back of the engine fed by these two wingroot air intakes.To streamline it they installed this lovely bulbous spinner.
It proved to be a failure,overheating badly on the ground,and it seems that it never flew in this configuration.

(U.S. Air Force photo)

Grumman Goose: Cutter’s.

Grumman Goose: Cutter's.

Just re-visiting the Tales of the Gold Monkey TV series. I was enthrailled when I saw it as a child and 30 years latter and with a (very) little more wisdom I found it just awesome: a questionable historical scenario,great actors and characters,a really funny dog actor,”Tarzanesque” stories…..and one of my first true loves: The Goose.

Sopwith Triplane (Replica): Tri’s Double Success

Sopwith Triplane (Replica): Tri's Double Success

Curious how this lovely contraction built and operated (very efecttively) in relatively moderate numbers created in the enemy such a “Triplane Fever”.Such fever’s results were a huge number of dead-end designs and an overrated icon:The Fokker Triplane.
A design that won both in battle and provoking the enemy to waste their meagre resources.