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Its fuselage was metallic, while the wings were still a hybrid of wood and fabric – but the march to all metal was on.The P-12E sported a 500 HP P&W radial engine, could ascend to 26,000 ft altitude, and cruised at 160 MPH.It composed over 70% of fighter command in the summer and fall of 1940.When the Battle of Britain commenced in July 1940, the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fighter Command had only 527 Hurricanes and 321 Spitfires to counter the enemy’s 2,700 aircraft.This was the first mass produced US aircraft, but it was not intended for combat due to its top speed of 87 MPH, 11,000 ft max altitude.It was considered “Obsolete” as a fighter plane by then with its 90 horse power engine. I – “Triplane”, one of the most successful German WW I fighters, and the favorite plane of Baron Von Richthofen, who got 19 of his last 21 kills (80 total) with this aircraft.This plane has impressive statistics: 180 horse power, top speed of 127 MPH, one .303 machine gun, 17,500 altitudes, and NO parachute!
Charles Kettering (same as the city, same as General Motors, co-founder of the “Engineer’s Club” of Dayton, previously mentioned) tried to design and build the first ever remotely controlled bomb.
Next we saw the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIa – One of the two main British fighters of the “Battle of Britain”.
It was developed in 1935, yet was still a fabric covered aircraft.
The Wright Brothers were quite active in the Dayton, Ohio area.
Did you know there is an “Engineers Club” in Dayton of which the Wright Brothers were amongst the early members?It had two .30 or one .30 and one .50 caliber machine guns. Martin got into the action with its B-10 – the first all metal, mono-wing twin engine Bomber; Hap Arnold called it the air wonder of its day.