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Dominic Owen
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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by Dominic Owen » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:42 pm

Ah, but bombers weren't sent over to attack fighters but instead that big hard thing at the end of gravity, in which case I think I'd be more worried about how much blowy-uppy stuff could fall out of each one.

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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by DamienB » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:05 pm

Yes, didn't we make a bomber that could carry the same bombload as a B-17? Out of wood? With two engines rather than four? With just two crew? That went faster than fighters? Somebody remind me... :lol:

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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by Richie » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:29 pm

would not have liked to have been in any bomber... but especially a Ball turret on a B17... there were horror stories of ball turrets jamming leaving the occupant a prisoner, then issues with landing gear on final approach meaning the pilot had to belly land and sacrifice the ball turret and occupant to save the crew... that or turret getting jammed and the plane gets shot down...no thanks



EDIT: found this link.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eM3DOs9 ... re=related
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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by DamienB » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:31 pm

Lanc under-armed... well perhaps not. Bomber Command's own boffin types produced a report that admitted that defensive armament was such a waste of time in most circumstances that they would have been better off deleting the guns entirely, flying higher and faster and with fewer crew, and losing less men as a result. A desperately sad conclusion I've always thought - all those lives that need not have been lost.

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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by Renegadenemo » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:31 pm

I sort of like the Dad's Army theme. And it's a good time to be making a small start on the Barra because, due to the specialised nature of much of the K7 work these days, it's not uncommon for one of us to be stuck between jobs so we have a heap of squished tail sections incoming to make one good one from the lot.
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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by MattWillis » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:35 pm

Mike Bull wrote: Nice piece on the fledgling project/the type here too-

http://navalairhistory.com/2012/03/02/f ... llections/
Thanks for the nod, Mike, much obliged. How's the Barra coming along? Sounds like a start has been made which is fantastic news.

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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by Renegadenemo » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:11 pm

How's the Barra coming along? Sounds like a start has been made which is fantastic news.
Don't get too excited, we only have a chunk of elevator at this stage because the Barra' is only to keep hands working between jobs on K7 and to train up newbies at the mo. But it's coming.
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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by sbt » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:00 pm

A really really long shot, but perhaps EADS could be persuaded to release a bit of sponsorship money...

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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by rob565uk » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:46 pm

Mike Bull wrote:
Ok, maybe you can get a little bit excited now, as between boat duties, Bill and I have knocked this out recently-
The world's only Fairey Barracuda starboard elevator, resurrected from the dead and 100% original! :D
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Re: broken Barracuda Project

Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:15 pm

Very kind of you to say so, Checkie. So that's one elevator built. Now we need another one, and a rudder, and some wings, and a tail, and a...
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