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By Jon Guttman

ISBN-10: 1846034175

ISBN-13: 9781846034176

The search for a good fighter plane to accomplish air superiority in the course of international warfare 1 ended in a chain of pusher fighter planes, designed with the engine on the rear and the desktop gun on the entrance. those ungainly, heavy taking a look combatants did strangely good and so they have been in a position to carry their very own opposed to their German opposite numbers - together with the Fokker Eindeckers with their synchronized desktop weapons - till 1917. by way of then, despite the fact that, the drag-producing layout rendered the pusher fighter not able to compare the functionality of tractor-engined machines. this is often the tale of the weird pusher and its many aces, together with Lanoe Hawker VC, who shaped and led Britain's first fighter squadron prior to loss of life in a ten-minute duel with Manfred von Richtofen, American 'cowboy' ace Frederick Libby, third-ranking French ace Charles Nungesser and the competitive Belgian ace Fernand Jacquet. choked with colourful paintings of quite a few pusher designs, paint schemes, and camouflage from many alternative nationalities, this booklet courses you thru the twists and turns of this strange but strangely profitable fighter in the course of international struggle 1.

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As that aeroplane fled over the lines, Rees attacked five more Germans. Gwilym Lewis, who thought Rees 'the bravest man in the world', described what ensued; 'The Huns were in a tight bunch when he came along — after he had finished they were scattered in twos and ones all over the sky, not knowing which way to go. He sent the first one down out of control, and the second one probably had a bullet through his engine. He turned to attack the third, whose observer was sitting with his head back and his gun aiming vertically upwards, fairly blazing off bullets.

One of its members, future 32-victory ace 2Lt Geoffrey Hilton Bowman, summed up its initial operations. 'Nothing much happened in No 29 Sqn during 1916. We were in the Ypres salient and all the Huns had gone down to the Somme'. On 4 June No 32 Sqn, commanded by FB 5 ace Maj L W B Rees, joined No 25 Sqn at St Auchel. Like Hawker, Rees, who had published a booklet on how to rig the DH 2, did all he could to train his pilots on the Seen at H o u n s l o w in January 1916, these brand n e w D H 2s, and a solitary Bristol M I, w e r e all assigned t o N o 24 S q n .

Higher authorities prohibited such practice, but Hawker compromised by devising a spring clip that would theoretically allow the pilot to release the gun for flexible use. In practice, Hawker's men almost never undipped their guns in combat. Besides turning the DH 2 into a more stable gun platform, Hawker devised a ring sight for the gun and an 'aiming off model' - a device to make allowances for high-speed movement. He also came up with the 'rocking fuselage' training aid, which was built under his supervision in the squadron workshop so that pilots could practice their aerial marksmanship at targets sat alongside a railway embankment.

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