SteveMarsdin, on 30 March 2012 - 09:04 PM, said:
I know very little of the airwar and relative merits of the planes. To my untrained eye the Albatross looked head and shoulders ahead of any other plane, the British one with the lewis gun mounted on top of the wing seemed inferior (I'm sorry I don't know the name), despite the commentary saying it was more than a match. Then the pilots flying the NZ replicas tested them both and reported that when flying the Albatross they couldn't shake the other off and confirmed its superiority, an excellent demonstration and way of proving a point.
The aircraft concerned was an SE5. It also had a mg mounted on top of the engine, firing through the prop.
I have never been sure just how the top-wing mounted Lewis was re-loaded. I think there was sme mechanism for the mg to be pulled down on rails, but to do so, wouldn't the pilot have to stand up? How on earth did he manage to clear a jam?
P.S. The FA Cup final may well be Chelsea/Tottenham vs. Liverpool/Everton, but just how many cockneys might support the former? I sit on the Kop and enjoy those about me singing, whenever LFC play a London team, their undying love for all things related to cockneys. I inwardly point out that the distance from the relevant church bells to, say, Stamford Bridge or Loftus Road or Craven Cottage is about that from Anfield to Wigan. Would that make Wiganers scousers then?