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    Default Today's Trivia

    Ok, here's today's question:

    What aircraft had the codename "Atalanta" and why?

    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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    From http://www.jaapteeuwen.com/ww2aircra...20atalanta.htm

    ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH AW.15 ATALANTA - Four-engined high-wing 17-seat transport built for Imperial Airways and Indian National in 1932. Five survivors of original fleet of eight impressed (as DG450-DG454) April 1941 in India and used to evacuate civilians during Iraqi rebellion, then operated by No 1 (Madras) and No 3 (Calcutta) Flights, IAF on coastal patrols, with defensive armament of one 0.303-in (7.7-mm) machine gun and crew of three. Retired August 1942. Four 340 hp Serval III engines .

    Max speed, 156 mph (251 km/h) at 3,000 ft (914 m). Gross weight, 21,000 Ib (9,525 kg). Span, 90ft 0 in (27.43 m). Length, 71 ft 6 in (21.79m).

    Couldn't find out why. I'll leave that for someone else.

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    Interesting website - never found that one before - will explore it some more.

    Interesting aircraft choice - but alas - not the right one. Nice try Pers. Actually, a lot better than I waas expecting.

    Hint: The operative word in the triva question is "codename" and the codename itself. One will tell you the company - the other should immediately identify the plane.
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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    P-38. It was Lockheed's tradition to name aircraft after mythological figures, but the British name became the common one because Atalanta, well, sucked.
    Nathan "Chaco" English

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    Default Chaco gets the Prize!!

    Looks like Chaco is correct-amundo.

    From Wikipedia:

    n March 1940, the French and the British ordered a total of 667 P-38s, designated Model 322F for the French and Model 322B for the British. The aircraft would be a variant of the P-38E, without turbo-supercharging (due to a U.S. government export prohibition), and twin right-handed engines instead of counter-rotating, for commonality with the large numbers of Curtiss Tomahawks both nations had on order. After the fall of France in June 1940, the British took over the entire order and re-christened the plane Lightning I. Three of the unturbocharged Lightning Is were delivered to the UK in March 1942 and, after discovering that they had a maximum speed of 300 miles per hour (480 km/h) and had poor handling characteristics, the entire order was canceled. The remaining 140 Lightning Is were completed for the USAAF with counter-rotating engines but still minus turbo-superchargers. They were relegated to United States Army Air Forces training units under the designation RP-322.[17] These aircraft helped the USAAF train new pilots to fly a powerful and complex new fighter. The RP-322 was a fairly fast aircraft at low altitude and well suited as a trainer. The other positive result of this fiasco was to give the aircraft the name "Lightning". Lockheed originally dubbed the aircraft Atalanta in the company tradition of naming their planes after mythological and celestial figures, but the RAF name won out.

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    Exccellent Chaco! You get the Prize.

    As for "Atalanta" - well, things started out well for her but didn't end well. Its not a good idea to mess with that Zeus fellow.

    http://www.pantheon.org/articles/a/atalanta.html


    P.S. A little aircraft trivia and some Greek Mythology too - not bad guys.
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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