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Saturday, April 8th 2017, 12:12am

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

And your suspicions may be confirmed. :) Not the first Chilean jets, however. I need to make a post in the next couple days about Chile's aviation upgrades for 1947 and 1948, in order to lay things out in a more organized and dedicated fashion.

Friday, April 7th 2017, 8:55pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Is the F5E fighter aircraft what I believe it to be? ;) The F5E is the ENAER license-built Focke-Wulf Fw.340.

Friday, April 7th 2017, 4:33pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Friday, July 4, 1947 The period for engineering submissions for the construction of a Santiago metro has closed. The government has indicated a decision on the project will be made within three months. Saturday, July 5, 1947 The Pressed Steel Company has begun the process of shifting their Chilean operations from a temporary facility in Santiago (Los Cerillos) to a permanent plant located at the 5 de Abril Polígono Industrial in Maipú, 4.6km away. This English manufacturer, part of the British N...

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 9:11pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Potosi, Chilean-Bolivian Special Administrative Region - July, 1947 Of all Bianchi's business contacts in the Potosi region, suspicion fell most heavily on Néstor Medina Zapata and Rodolfo Mostacedo Balderas; and it fell to Paul - as someone already familiar with the specifics of the Bianchi case - to begin the footwork of the investigation. It only took Paul a few hours to determine some of the most important particulars about the two men. Medina, it seemed, had some reason to buy tools from a ...

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 8:03pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1947

Growth of the Indochinese Navy Tuesday, July 1st, 1947 - The destroyers Ly Thuong Kiet and Ngo Quyen were laid down today at the FCM shipyards in Marseilles. The two destroyers, the first vessels of that type ordered for Indochina, are expected to be delivered near the end of 1948. Voisin et Hennequin Wednesday, July 9, 1947 - Left bound and hooded in the cellar of the treacherous Prince Bilan, French pilots Voisin and Hennequin make every effort to escape. Voisin manages to free his hands using...

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 3:01pm

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q4/1947

Marine Nationale Order of Battle, January 1st, 1948 The Marine Nationale is divided into three major and one minor fleet organizations based on geography: the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Fleets, and the Indian Ocean Flotilla. Another strategic-level command, the Force d'Action Navale, is assigned to a geographical command by order of the Commander-in-Chief; as a matter of practice it is headquartered in the Mediterranean. Due to differing mission priorities as well as effective command ...

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 2:58pm

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q4/1947

Report for Q4/1947 Industrial Allocation - 23.5 / 27.5 factories producing 23,500t materials. - 4/27.5 factories producing infrastructure (dedicated) - 4,064t from stockpile. - 0t from transactions. - 715t from scrapping. - 28,279t materials total. - 21,917t used. - 6,362t stored for Q1/48. Infrastructure Development Four factories dedicated to producing infrastructure; 0.4 IP + 0.4 bonus IP created. -- 0.8 IP used to lengthen D0 in Brest to D1 size. Naval Construction DCNS / Arsenal de La Roche...

Monday, April 3rd 2017, 3:02pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Potosi, Chilean-Bolivian Special Administrative Region - July, 1947 It had taken a week of suffering in hot, humid Manaus before the Brazilians allowed Paul to make copies of Cristoforo Bianchi's dozen photographs. When he arrived back in Potosi, all the officers of the 331st immediately pounced on the find. "Look at this photograph!" Lieutenant Pizarro of No.1 section said excitedly. "These structures here in the background, I am almost certain, are part of Beni Camp No.1..." "So here's a quest...

Friday, March 31st 2017, 2:33pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Manaus, Brazil - July, 1947 Heat, humidity, and dust swirled behind the engines of the Cruzeiro do Sul DC-3 airliner as Paul watched out the little window. He'd never been in a plane before, and the flight from Potosi to Brasilia, and then an even longer flight from Brasilia to Manaus, had taxed his nerves to an extreme. A Brazilian police inspector and an interpreter met him as he disembarked. "Do you have any bags, Senhor Eitzen?" "Just what I'm carrying," Paul replied. "You must be Inspector ...

Saturday, March 25th 2017, 8:57pm

Author: Brockpaine

German Small Arms Trials

Yes, the MK-05 does have a ten-round magazine in the photo.

Saturday, March 25th 2017, 5:04pm

Author: Brockpaine

German Small Arms Trials

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Quoted The MV on the last two rifles is probably a bit high; I'd expect it to be more in the 680 m/s to 710 m/s range. I'm not the firearms expert so I will ask - if the cartridge being fired is the same why would the muzzle velocity be different? Could it possibly be a function of barrel length? Yes, that's correct. The longer a bullet stays in the barrel, the higher the velocity as it exits the muzzle. Some aspects of the firearm design can change that, however. You ...

Saturday, March 25th 2017, 7:05am

Author: Brockpaine

German Small Arms Trials

Quoted from "Doorcf" For a moment I thought these were assault rifles until I saw the ammo and then went derp. They are assault rifles, actually - 7.92x45 is an intermediate cartridge. The pictures are somewhat tricksy, since they show weapons chambered in 7.92x33 Kurz. The 7.92x45 round would increase the width of the magazines and the visual length of the weapon... The MV on the last two rifles is probably a bit high; I'd expect it to be more in the 680 m/s to 710 m/s range. The Karabiner 05 ...

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 8:41pm

Author: Brockpaine

Dassault Marin

I'm pretty sure I posted it somewhere before, but here it is. I've never firmed up the date when the Ouragan II appears, since I'd intended to introduce it to service at a point when aircraft with similar levels of performance appeared. If everyone will recall, I drew some criticism for my original Ouragan specs a few years back, and chose to divide the type into the MD.450 Ouragan I (which has a weaker engine and entered production in 1945) and the MD.451 Ouragan II, which has the historical ai...

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 2:34pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Potosi, Chilean-Bolivian Special Administrative Region - June, 1947 Paul Eitzen browsed through the last of the day's reports - a tepidly-written transcript of interviews from an American chemical engineer who traveled once a month to consult in Cochabamba. As spies and agents went, the man was hardly worth comment or notice - his findings bordered on tedium - but his reports gave the 331st Intelligence Company a regular snapshot of one of Bolivia's major cities. The 331st's enemy, the Unión Gue...

Tuesday, March 21st 2017, 2:05pm

Author: Brockpaine

Dassault Marin

I'm kinda derping around on a drawing of this aircraft, but I haven't finished it yet. Quoted Dassault MD.455 Marin The MD.455 Marin is a navalized variant of the Dassault MD.451 Ouragan II. The Marin received doubled main and nose wheels, reinforced landing gear, folding wings, and a tailhook. Some attempts were made during production to increase the aircraft's effective operating range. The final aircraft was heavier than the original Ouragan, and had a lower top speed and rate of climb. The M...

Monday, March 20th 2017, 7:03pm

Author: Brockpaine

Aircraft of the Aeronavale

Latécoère Trombe Jet Flying-Boat Fighter History The Latécoère Trombe ("Waterspout") entered development in February 1943 as a private project commissioned by the Latécoère company, on the basis of speculation within the French Navy at the time. A small group of French naval aviators voiced concerns about whether or not the current classes of aircraft carriers in the Marine Nationale could handle projected jet fighters and bombers. The greatest concerns evolved around the question of whether or ...

Monday, March 20th 2017, 6:52pm

Author: Brockpaine

Aircraft of the Aeronavale

Dornier Do330 Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft Technical Description (German Edition) Mid wing cantilever monoplane in three portions, comprising a rectangular centre-section built integral with the fuselage and two tapering outer sections. Wing is designed to give temporary flotation in event of ditching. Structure of light metal consisting of two spars and the usual number of ribs, the whole covered with a stressed skin of smooth duralumin sheet. All-metal ailerons, each incorporating a spring...

Monday, March 20th 2017, 6:50pm

Author: Brockpaine

Aircraft of the Aeronavale

Breguet-Nord N.1600 Noroit Reconnaissance flying boat. Specifications Crew: 7 Length: 22.05 m (74 ft 4 in) Wingspan: 31.60 m (103 ft 8 in) Height: 6.85 m (22 ft 5½ in) Wing Area: 100 m² (1076.43 ft²) Empty Weight: 11,400 kg (25,132 lb) Loaded Weight: 21,000 kg (46,297 lb) Powerplant: 2 × Gnome et Rhône Mistral Titan 18k (2,240hp takeoff), with 4-blade propellers (or others as requested) Performance Max Speed: 370 km/h (230 mph) Cruise Speed: 300 km/h (186 mph) Range: 3450 km (2144 miles) Service...

Monday, March 20th 2017, 6:49pm

Author: Brockpaine

Aircraft of the Aeronavale

Lioré-et-Olivier LeO 400 scout-observation seaplane The LeO 400 was developed to replace earlier shipborne floatplanes such as the Loire 130, the Breguet Br790 Nautilus, and the Latécoère Late-298 floatplane. The LeO 400 design emphasized a balance of compact size, decent range, good speed, and good visibility. Specifications Wingspan: 12.65m (41.5 feet) Length: 10.915m (35.8 feet) Height: 5.1m (16.8 feet) Wing Area: 27.5 m² (296 ft²) Empty weight: 2,905.5 kg (6,394 lbs) Max Takeoff Weight: 4,31...

Monday, March 20th 2017, 6:45pm

Author: Brockpaine

Aircraft of the Aeronavale

Morane-Saulnier M.S.474 Vanneau ("Plover") naval training aircraft The Aeronavale uses a particular variant of the Vanneau, the MS.474, which is equipped for aircraft carrier operations. The MS.474 uses the same Gnome et Rhône 14M radial engine as the MS.472. Other relevant additions are the use of an arresting hook, a strengthened tail section, and folding wings. Overall weight slightly increased over the standard aircraft. Statistics - Crew: 2 (trainee pilot + instructor) - Length: 9.05 m (30 ...