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  1. I'm trying to find cutaway drawings of the Grumman XP-50.

    I'm posting this message here because of the large number of WW2 aviation knowledgeable members here. I'm trying to find X-Ray or cutaway views/ drawings of the XP-50. That was Grumman's modified version of the XF5F redesigned for the Air Force. Mainly I want to see how and where exactly they...
  2. The Hump Airlift. A better route to reduce losses?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hump The wonderful C-54. The less admired but still useful C-87. Here is a link to the Wikipedia article describing the WW2 airlift carrying supplies and personnel from India to China. "The Hump." It's worth taking note of the astonishingly extremely high...
  3. Hadrian crosses the Atlantic. A historical oddity.

    Somebody had the idea of towing a CG-4A glider (Hadrian) across the North Atlantic. It seems a remarkably risky stunt even for WW2 times. Any problem on tow with the weather or turbulence causing a tow rope separation the glider crew would be down in those cold waters. But they crossed...
  4. Modern Spain if the Republicans had won the civil war.

    Considering what modern (2020) Spain is like just how different would modern Spain be if the Nationalists had lost and the Republicans had won the country? What different directions would Spain's economy had taken? Its political, cultural and social institutions? Autonomy for the Basque and...
  5. The German merchant raider problem in WW2. A Q-Ship solution?

    In WW2 the German Navy sent out merchant raiders to sink or capture Allied merchant ships. Not only warships like the Graf Spee but converted merchant ships like the Atlantis. These armed merchant cruisers were a significant threat to Allied shipping particularly in the first two years of the...
  6. The Pacific War begins without the Pearl Harbour raid. USN actions?

    The Japanese have initiated the Pacific War exactly as in OTL with the same attacks against the British and Commonwealth forces in Malaya and Hong Kong, the Dutch in the East Indies and the American forces in the Philippines. So yes, the U.S. is at war with Japan same as OTL. But the IJN have...
  7. The B-29. A different development path.

    Here is the "Hobo Queen." The only B-29 deployed to the ETO during WW2. She was displayed at several airbases in Britain for morale purposes and also to alarm German Intelligence. But perhaps things should have been different. In retrospect considering the high loss rates among the B-17 and...
  8. What do you get when you cross a DC-3 with a Shorts Skyvan?

    I don't know. It never happened. But perhaps it or something like it should have. The DC-3/C-47 was the work horse of the Allied, mostly American, air transport force for almost the entirety of WW2. And it performed very well at the job being a versatile, capable and reliable airplane. But for...
  9. F5F or F4F. Did the U.S. Navy make the right choice?

    Both of these fighters were built by Grumman. The F5F's performance was as good as the Grumman F6F Hellcat which wasn't introduced into service until early 1943. Because it wasn't possible to have the single engined Hellcat or Corsair put into service earlier because their engines (Pratt and...
  10. The P-38 with a P-51 type mounting for the radiators and coolers.

    Thinking about the OTL development of the P-38 the biggest change was from the earlier P-38 versions to the P-38J. This is the most visibly obvious change as the look of the front of the engines nacelles changes from the more streamlined shape to one more resembling the P-40s' nose. Glacier...
  11. No Pearl Harbour raid. Victory for Japan?

    What if the Japanese had decided against attacking Pearl Harbour when they started the Pacific War? In retrospect they didn't really need to as the U.S. Navy was no longer planning to adopt War Plan Orange to relieve the Philippines. The Japanese didn't know that but if the U.S. Navy had tried...
  12. How to extend the range of the B-29 and other Allied heavy bombers.

    Here was one approach considered as a way to increase the range of the B-29 without reducing the bomb load too much. https://oppositelock.kinja.com/cornelius-xfg-1-the-flying-fuel-tank-1791038950 Picture from the Wikipedia article on the XFG-1. This early attempt at a kind of air to air...
  13. WI. General Kenney gets his B-29s in 1944.

    The first operational deployment of the B-29 was Operation Matterhorn in May of 1944. The commander of the 5th Air Force, George Kenney had lobbied unsuccessfully to get B-29s for his command. It had been decided that the new plane was intended exclusively for the strategic bombing of Japan...
  14. W.I. On December 7th !941 the U.S. Pacific Fleet is in San Diego.

    What would the Japanese do differently if they could not attack the main elements of the U.S. Pacific Fleet? Would they still send the Kido Butai to Hawaii to attack the air bases and naval facilities? Where else could the Kido Butai have bent sent? Singapore? How much different would the...
  15. Barnes Wallis, Earthquake bombs and TARZON with radar.

    Inspired by recent comments in the Keynes' cruisers story I offer this speculation about how to build a precision guided Tallboy-like all weather bomb using late WW2 technology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASM-A-1_Tarzon This wikipedia article describes one version of the radio controlled...
  16. WI. Allies launch a "Halifax Explosion" type attack in WW2.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion Here is a link to a wikipedia article on the Great Halifax Explosion. In summary an ammunition ship blew up in Halifax harbour in 1917 with a force roughly equivalent to a 3 Kiloton blast. It was a disaster for the city of Halifax. Could it have...
  17. A question for the forum. Did WW2 German POWs ever attempt to seize their ship?

    I've never heard of such a thing until now. I recently saw a Youtube video where some German POWs had believed that an Australian freighters' crew and guards had been overpowered by German POWs in the Indian Ocean and they had taken the ship to Japan. So because of this story the POWs were...
  18. How the MN Bearn could have been improved for aircraft transport.

    That's what she did in OTL WW2 for a few months. After the Fall of France left her rotting at anchor in Martinique for almost 4 years and then finally being refitted in early 1945 by the U.S. But what if the pro-Vichy governor of Martinique and the involved French Naval commanders had been more...
  19. If the USS Langley had not been sunk?

    The USS Langley was sunk off the South Coast of Java February 1942 by IJN air attack. She had been tasked to deliver a load of P-40s to the USAAF in Java. This is a picture of what the Langley looked like after her conversion to a seaplane tender in 1937. The biggest change being the partial...
  20. WW2 U.S. Navy homing mine.

    The torpedo scandal avoided thread has got me thinking as to what other technological improvements would have been feasible to help shorten the Pacific War. And possibly WW2 in general. One idea that came to mind is developing a heavily modified torpedo to be used as an acoustic homing mine...
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