Wie ein Floh...

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  1. VALENGO

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    I found this cute little friend and I wanted to share. Didn´t see it before. Wiki says it was fast for its age. It is hard to believe that it is not a cartoon character.
    Its name DFW T 28 Floh.

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    DFW Floh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Must have been a bitch to land in a cross-wind.
     
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    Most aircraft of that era flew from big open fields whenever possible, they just always landed into the wind.
     
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    I'm looking at those short wings in relation to the oblong fuselage...I bet the roll-rate on that was deplorable...
     
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    Ridiculous shape and probably with miserable flying characteristics.
     
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    #6 mikewint, Apr 30, 2016
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    gb5.jpg Neat little plane, reminds me of the old Gee Bee racer
    Gee-Bee-Racer-Lowflight.jpg
     
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    I knew someone would mention that! :lol:
     
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    The man in the picture is not playing, he´s trying to see ahead!.
     
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    I've found the DFW T28 in one of my books. It flew in late 1915, had a top speed of 112 mph with a 100hp Mercedes DI. A pretty good speed for that time period. 20 foot span, and 14 foot length , a tiny plane.
    It mentions nothing else about it's performance. One flight, evidently, in which that speed was attained, and minor damage on landing.
    But no interest was shown by German aviation authorities, ( I wonder why ??) so further development was abandoned.
     
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    I just read a little about the T.28 and it was actually a fighter prototype and it was armed with an LMG 08/15!

    And here I thought it was an experimental or sport project...

    Here's another view of it:
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    For a one-off, it sure gained a lot of attention...

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    Eduard 8016 DFW-28.JPG

    PlanetFloh.jpg

    albatros-productions-18-dfw-t-28-floh-windsock-datafiles.jpg


    Geo
     
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    Might have been pretty comfortable on cold days. It looks like the pilot's feet were almost resting on that inline 6 Mercedes engine.
     
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    Just noticed, stealth from the front and back, big a$$ target from the sides.


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    Geo, there you go for your "late night musing" GB idea...

    A WWI aircraft AND a Prototype aircraft all rolled into one!
     
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    Could we find enough pics for "happiest T28 you have ever seen'" thread?.
     
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