Aircraft design education in Europe by E. Torenbeek

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By E. Torenbeek

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The amazing advances implicit in the introduction of jet fighters, guided missiles and ballistic missiles caught the imagination of US military leaders. The nation was fortunate to have General of the Air Force Henry A. “Hap” Arnold in a position to see and foster the need for scientific research for the future. Arnold was far from a scientist himself, and he was not well. But he knew how to select people and inspire them, and he created a framework that permitted the United States to avoid a “scientific demobilization” of the sort that had decimated the armed forces in the 18 months following Japan’s surrender.

This removed the need for synchronization gear. If long-range accuracy was an issue, some pilots heeded the advice to move in close “and when you think you’re in close, get closer” to ensure hits. The Wright Field report briefly discussed Bf 109F deployment and tactics: The “109F” is being used by the German Air Force in all theaters of operation as a standard pursuit ship; however, they have been concentrated particularly in North Africa while the Fw 190 has to some extent replaced the Messerschmitt in the European Theater.

Armor Plate: Area of cockpit was well surrounded with armor plate approximately 1/4” thick. Crew: 3, all dead. Leading Edge: Pulsating de-icing devices on all leading edges. Internal Equipment: Cameras were installed in bombay [sic]. These with radio equipment were sent to Air Ministry, UK General Remarks: Entire bombay [sic] was occupied by camera equipment. 7 The equipment and mission of the downed Ju 88 in Iceland elicited more interest than the battered airframe itself in the fall of 1942. Before a year had elapsed, a flyable Ju 88 would be delivered into American hands by the RAF, who obtained it from Romanian defectors.

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