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Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:14 PM
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The Russians implemented the Sopwith LTR style design in this http://www.century-o.../Anadwa VKh.htm
For category 2 the Quadraplane is certainly one: http://www.century-o...Quadriplane.htm
as is the Caproni Ca.4 http://www.century-o...Ca.4 Series.htm
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:10 AM
The BE12 must have been among the worst in Category 2. A fighter produced by taking a 2-seater, that although more maligned than it deserves was certainly not especially manouverable, giving it a more powerful engine and hoping for the best. It lasted a month in service on the Western Front, a little longer in the Middle East.
Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:26 AM
In Category 1, how about the Tarrant Tabor (though its first and only attempt at a flight was not until May 26th 1919)?
Its problem was not only that the position of the upper engines, well above the thrust line, made the fatal nose-over almost inevitable. Another flaw was that the fuselage of the prototype was beautifully crafted from a series of circular wooden frames. If they had inserted gun positions in later examples, they would have had to cut into these frames, compromising the structure unless they provided massive and weighty reinforcement. The streamlined nose would have gone if a gun was mounted there. One hopes they didn't have any ideas about putting a gunner in a top wing nacelle! And where were the bombs going to go? The only possible position would have been under the lower wing, as on the Caproni CA4, which wouldn't have done anything for the streamlining.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:03 PM
While concentrating on dead end designs - I guess in terms of flying incidents a number of other 'successful' aircraft could be included. For instande those caused by the tricky characteristics of the Sopwith Camel. It would be interesting to know how many accidents this aircraft suffered as a consequence.
Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:31 PM
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A very good thread to read through and very very interesting. Great drawings by the way Centurion, just how were they generated?.
Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:19 PM
Originally drawn as vector drawings (mainly using Powerpoint) as illustrations for an unpublished book. Vector allows scalability to be maintained. Converted to JPG using the save as picture facility in Powerpoint.
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