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Friday, March 15th 2019, 3:25pm

Author: Hood

Douglas Skyraider S.1

In 1946 the RANAS began looking for a replacement for the BCAC Bathurst in the torpedo-bomber role, and also becoming interested in dive-bombings as well, issued a new requirement. Three contenders were assessed, the Fairey Spearfish, Grumman TB3F-1 Guardian and the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider. The Skyraider, being a single-seat offering, was the surprise winner due to its performance and load-lifting abilities while still being compatible with current RAN aircraft carriers. Following a brief handlin...

Friday, March 15th 2019, 9:40am

Author: Hood

Japan 1949

Quoted from "Rooijen10" OTL, the 1949 Dutch Grand Prix was held on July 31 so it won't fall on the same day as the Japanese Grand Prix. In that case I'll go with that date. I guess to make this work we also need a list of drivers and teams for the non-OTL entrants.

Thursday, March 14th 2019, 8:25pm

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Adjustment

I would agree, its the better fit dimensionally and has the better performance. It lacks a radar but the RANAS still has the radar-equipped Bathurst scout variant which could be used for scouting thus allowing the Skyraiders to concentrate on the strike role. So I think I will go with the Skyraider.

Thursday, March 14th 2019, 8:22pm

Author: Hood

Japan 1949

For my news I had the first Grote Prijs van Nederland (Dutch Grand Prix) scheduled for 7 August, held at the brand new circuit at Zandvoort. This would obviously clash with your Japanese Grand Prix. But I could move it to, say, 18 September. I would move it to mid-August but I think given the slowness of transportation in WW that getting too and from Japan back to Europe would be a big ask in the time available.

Thursday, March 14th 2019, 10:05am

Author: Hood

Japan 1949

I like the TFO-1. Looks very smart! I agree we should get the World Championship for Drivers Season going. Its not like we don't have enough races in WW (I try to feature them in all my nations' news).

Wednesday, March 13th 2019, 5:16pm

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Adjustment

The reports look ok to me so far. I need some help choosing a new torpedo bomber. I had this earmarked for US-purchase. Jason was seemingly going for the AD-1 Skyraider based off the SS report of his last carrier design. I have also supposed Grumman still has a wing in this game and have come up with the OTL TB3F-1S, which in OTL was re-roled as an ASW platform. Either design looks good, the Skyraider perhaps having the edge on size and weight limits, its 50ft span matching the previous Australi...

Wednesday, March 13th 2019, 2:22pm

Author: Hood

Research Aircraft & Prototypes

Australian Aviation AA-67 RAAF plans for the fighter fleet by 1942 included the AA-54 interceptor which although having long range, was not considered suitable for the escort fighter role. A requirement for a twin-engined escort fighter was issued in May 1942 and was soon amended to include turboprop technology to secure superior performance with acceptable fuel economy. Australian Aviation tendered an advanced design which maintained a true aerofoil section through the centre fuselage with the ...

Wednesday, March 13th 2019, 1:29pm

Author: Hood

Preliminary Profile - Empresa Nacional de Aviación T-27 Tapaculo Advanced Training Aircraft

Looks good. I guess Peru could have brought similar designs easily enough, but for building up a home industry this is a good starter alongside ENA's civil designs.

Sunday, March 10th 2019, 5:01pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

The Village, Date ? Aston rubbed his sore eyes, his head was fuzzy. He felt the sheets and he opened his eyes. The room was just as he had left his lodgings in Station Lane. Had it all been a dream? Was he mad? The last thing he remembered was the policeman helping him into the back of the Black Maria that was to take him to prison. He jumped out of bed, the room appeared perfect, everything where he normally left it. He opened the curtains and his eyes were confronted with a strange scene: He p...

Sunday, March 10th 2019, 11:41am

Author: Hood

Aircraft Carriers

Wandelaar, Belgium Aircraft Carrier laid down 1948 Displacement: 8,994 t light; 9,305 t standard; 10,821 t normal; 12,034 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 578.93 ft / 557.74 ft x 82.02 ft x 16.08 ft (normal load) 176.46 m / 170.00 m x 25.00 m x 4.90 m Armament: 16 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (8x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1944 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on centreline ends, evenly spread, all raised mounts - superfiring 10 - 0.91" / 23.0 mm guns (5x2 g...

Saturday, March 9th 2019, 10:32am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

15 February Large crowds gathered at the Cockerill Yards in Antwerp to watch the hull of the aircraft carrier Wandelaar slide down the ways. Launched by the Prime Minister’s wife, the Wandelaar is the largest naval vessel yet built in Belgium and on completion next year will bring the Navy into the select number of navies which operate aircraft carriers.

Saturday, March 9th 2019, 10:27am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

10 February Kapitein-luitenant Lacomblé stood in the office of the Chief of Staff of the Far East Fleet. "Welcome back and congratulations Commandeur". The Admiral shook his hand and Lacomblé blinked. "Yes, that's right, congratulations on your promotion Commandeur Kapitein ter Zee, long overdue in my opinion given the work you have performed for us, representing the Navy in the finest way. I know you probably hoped for a sea command again but we need good officers at Headqaurters and I have had...

Saturday, March 9th 2019, 10:20am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

30 January Today saw the first of three Argentine Grand Prix races being held on the Palermo street circuit in Cordoba. The event was marred by the death of popular French driver Jean-Pierre Wimille. He was driving his first flying lap during practice when his car swerved to avoid children crossing the track and crashed into a tree. He was killed instantly due to serious head injuries. During the race, local driver Pablo Pessatti was also killed when he was thrown out as his car overturned. The ...

Friday, March 8th 2019, 4:29pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

Who mentioned kidnap? ;) Interpol could be brought into play, not just for espionage but perhaps tax irregularities, smuggling antiquities etc. If Schrod was traced, then a formal request for extradition would be made. Of course Germany would refuse and that would be proof enough in London circles that he was indeed involved in Abwehr activities. His name and photo have probably featured in newspaper coverage of the case so his cover is blown as an agent anyway.

Friday, March 8th 2019, 1:58pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

That is true, for public consumption the court had to be relatively harsh to send a message that spies will be banged up if caught. True, Aston got little but then he did desert the service. He may get out in 10 years if he's a good lad. Palmer could have got 28 years, so a 14 year deduction is pretty hefty for him. Setter got just 4 years off but being small fry I'm sure he will only serve 5-6 years. Stoben may appeal but is unlikely to be successful, even if he *was* kidnapped, it doesn't alte...

Thursday, March 7th 2019, 1:51pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

The Old Bailey, London, Friday 28 January After hearing the prosecution and the defence sum up their cases, the jury retired to discuss the case amongst themselves. After several hours of deliberations the jury returned having agreed a verdict on Erich Stoben's case. Justice of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice Sir Roland P. Hewitt asked the spokesperson what the verdict was, he replied "Guilty". The court then proceeded to sentencing the four defendants. Judge Hewitt addressed the four defend...

Thursday, February 28th 2019, 1:19pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

The Old Bailey, London, Wednesday 26 January The public gallery was full as the time came for Erich Stoben to take the stand and begin his testimony of what took place. Tuesday's session had seen the beginning of the case for the defence, led by Hugh Daventry QC. Three character witnesses had been brought forward to testify for Erich's charity work and by implication his loyalty as a naturalised British subject. Charles Ludicott-Peakes QC, was still confident that the case for the defence was qu...

Wednesday, February 27th 2019, 9:57am

Author: Hood

Burnelli CB-27 Aigaion

Thanks, given the vote in favour of the Avro, I will go with that. The CB-27 might still have a role to play but as a heavy transport aircraft.

Tuesday, February 26th 2019, 12:23pm

Author: Hood

Burnelli CB-27 Aigaion

Here is an Avro design for comparison, basically an OTL Lincoln with Shackleton elements. Thoughts? Avro Launceston Crew: 8 Length: 78 ft 3½ in (23.86 m) Wingspan: 120 ft (36.58 m) Height: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m) Wing area: 1,421 ft² (132 m²) Empty weight: 46,400 lb (21,050 kg) Loaded weight: 77,000 lb (34,930 kg) Max. takeoff weight: 86,000 lb (39,010 kg) Powerplant: 4 × Rolls-Royce Griffon V, 2,500 hp (1,864 kW) each, driving six-bladed contra-rotating propellers Maximum speed: 319 mph (513 km/h) ...

Monday, February 25th 2019, 4:38pm

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CAC-18 Pelican Mk II

In response to the requirement for additional flying boats from the RANAS and the RNZAF, a second batch of forty production aircraft were ordered in late 1945. CAC undertook some updating of the design with some structural changes, greater gross weight and revised armament and equipment including an ASV RDF set. The first production aircraft served as the prototype and was first flown in May 1946. Production was completed by late 1948. Crew: 7 Length: 62 ft (18.89 m) Wingspan: 79 ft (24.07 m) He...