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Tailspin Turtle

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  1. Everything I know about the nose gear so far: https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2017/10/fj-23-nose-landing-gear.html With respect to the strength of the nose gear, remember that like most jets, it’s a tail sitter. If you are careful about the amount of weight added to the nose, there won’t be much of a load on the nose gear. Just remember, “land” it on the main gear and gently lower the nose.
  2. Apparently the rigging of the doors was finicky and/or the doors didn't reduce drag all that much. Moreover, if there was a problem with a door I'm sure it would not be a requirement for flight if that airplane was needed. However, I don't know that there was a change notice for either FJ-2s or FJ-3s that required their removal so their presence or absence on a specific airplane would probably have to be established by photographs. Sabrejet is the go-to guy for this, however. Generally the hook was only dropped when an aircraft was parked for static display to avoid any risk that it would be inadvertently released and injure someone (there was an uplock so they didn't droop on their own like some flaps or landing gear doors). It also provided a talking point that emphasized a carrier-basing requirement.
  3. According to my go-to guy for Skyraiders, Ed Barthelmes, the stamped steel hubs replaced the cast aluminum spoked ones due to an increasing incidence of fatigue failure of the latter. That said, as best I can tell it’s rare to see stamped hubs on Navy A-1s. The very last single-seat Navy Skyraiders to deploy (the ones with the extraction seats) had spoked hubs in the photographs I have. In a quick review of some other fin de siecle Navy Skyraider examples, I found only one, an EA-1F (the jammer and the last of type to be operational), with stamped hubs. As noted above, early USAF Skyraiders had spoked hubs; later ones, stamped. Others may have more information on the timing of the change.
  4. The catapult hooks were on the landing gear struts of the AD-5. Given the fact that a big prop was turning only several feet away, being able to easily reference the location of the tire when hooking an AD-5N up to the catapult at night was a good idea. When the strut rotated to house the wheel in the wing, the whitewall was facing upward.
  5. “It’s more of a guideline, really”: https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2019/05/grumman-f9f-8-upper-control-surface.html
  6. The change from blue or “natural” metal to gray/white itself took some time to implement. The change to white rudders was formally issued in September 1961 but some squadrons went ahead and did it on their own, not wishing to risk having theirs damaged by “instant sunshine”. The only way to know for sure is to have a picture of the airplane being modeled. For more, see http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2009/12/changing-from-blue-to-graywhite.html Just a guess, but I suspect that the slats were skinned with a bit heavier sheet metal than the control surfaces.
  7. The same gloss blue as the exterior color. The outboard side of the wheel hub could be "steel" or blue.
  8. The white for control surfaces was dictated because their skins were relatively thinner than structure, which meant they were more vulnerable to the heat pulse from a nuclear explosion. The rudder was originally gray because it was thought that it was less susceptible, given that the pulse would be from above. However, testing in the presence of nuclear explosions indicated that rudders would be vulnerable so they were included in the requirement. Some rudders were painted white before then. Slats were not control surfaces and probably not considered as susceptible to overtemp.
  9. And neither did the AD-5 it is painted and configured to closely resemble. Google “VMA-322 AD-5”: it will be the one with Tiny Tims on the big wing pylons instead of drop tanks. Or click on this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/skyhawkpc/12392934025
  10. Interesting - the warbird that box art is based on doesn’t have white landing gear! Google N62466
  11. Maybe white on a warbird but on AD-5s almost certainly the same color as the exterior on one in service before the change to gray/white. Note that there were blue Navy airplanes with white struts or doors but these were generally night fighters after the war and Grumman AF Guardians to some extent (which is why I wrote “almost certainly”) so the deck crew preparing them for launch at night had a better chance at avoiding the turning propeller...
  12. There was an earlier torpedo trial with one of the early F6Fs. I've added a picture of the torpedo installation to the link above.
  13. https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2020/01/f6f-hellcat-wf-torpedo-and-frameless.html
  14. For what it’s worth: http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2010/01/us-navy-bombs-up-through-wwii.html
  15. That link works if you add the “l” to the end of it, i.e. html
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