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Warplane Disasters! Ep.11: The CAC Boomerang
Australia was never a nation widely-known for their aviation industry, but they decided to take-up the gauntlet at the start of World War 2 and develop an indigenous Fighter aircraft; the CAC (Commonwealth Aircraft Company) Boomerang. This aircraft was a simple premise; develop a Fighter out of a Basic Trainer that was already known for good performance and maneuverability. Done deal, right?

Well, no. The result was no small embarrassment, saw little combat, suffered several losses in air-to-air combat, and never scored even a single kill. The RAAF soon stopped using them as Fighters.

Though CAC sold the Boomerang on the basis of being an "Emergency Fighter", the it's pundits more wisely labeled it a *"Panic Fighter"*. The design phase was truncated into only 6 months, but the prototyping phase of it's development was skipped to save time --- which HUGELY backfired, because the Boomerang was stuck in development limbo for nearly a whole extra year (during which prototyping could have been used to fix it's many flaws, but wasn't).

The Boomerang in service wasn't so much a "Hangar Queen", a "Dog", or a "Deathtrap", as much as it was simply a wimp. Its climb rate, top speed, maneuverability, range, and high-altitude performance were far too low (and its weight was far too high) in its final configuration. Every attempt at fixing these problems either made them worse, or simply came too late to be of any use.

The bottom line is that a warplane doesn't need to go pear-shaped with a bang to be a disaster; a whimper will suffice.

As usual, meaninter03 edited the script for this presentation for spelling and grammar.

Finally, these are my sources for this presentation...

ww2db.com/aircraft_spec.php?ai…

www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/boo…

www.wwiivehicles.com/australia…

www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum…

www.aviastar.org/gallery/boome…

www.aviastar.org/air/australia…

www.ww2warbirds.net/ww2htmls/c…

www.aviationmuseum.com.au/airc…

www.warbirdregistry.org/boomer…

www.adf-serials.com.au/2a46.ht…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAC_Boom…

www.aarg.com.au/cac-boomerang-…

www.militaryfactory.com/aircra…

www.fighterworld.com.au/az-of-…

www.aviationmuseum.com.au/airc…

www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft…

cacboomerang.com.au/

www.ozatwar.com/vic07.htm

dbdesignbureau.buckmasterfamil…
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Warplane Disasters! Episode 10 Special (Part 2/2)
As in Part 1 of this presentation, this episode of Warplane Disasters goes off the beaten path, and looks at dire problems that plagued otherwise very successful aircraft.

The successes of these aircraft are widely-known, but not these issues, which is the whole point of this presentation; success has a nasty tendency to smokescreen serious problems. The warplanes featured here aren't necessarily the most extreme examples in that regard, but they do illustrate the point.

The aircraft featured in Part 2 are...
#6: The B-29 Superfortress
#7: The F-14A Tomcat
#8: The F-16A/B Fighting Falcon
#9: The F-100 Super Sabre
#10: The F-15 Eagle

As in Part 1, the script for this presentation was edited for spelling and grammar by meaninter03.

Finally, as promised, here is an exhaustive list of my sources for this presentation...

militaryhistory.about.com/od/m…

usfighter.tripod.com/f8.htm

www.airvectors.net/avcrus_2.ht…

www.skeletoncrew.ca/forum/inde…

books.google.com/books?id=YLPr…

characterqualitystories.com/cq…

www.airvectors.net/avtu22.html…

www.sci.fi/~fta/MiG-29-2b.htm

www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flygirls…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_B…

www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flygirls…

www.airforcemag.com/magazinear…

www.ejection-history.org.uk/Ai…

www.apnewsarchive.com/1987/F-1…

www.flightglobal.com/news/arti…

books.google.com/books?id=u_Dr…

www.ejection-history.org.uk/Ai…

www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01…

lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=75…

www.thecid.com/f20a/f20hist8.h…

www.ejection-history.org.uk/Ai…

www.avsim.com/pages/1205/F8/F8…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vought_F…

www.businessinsider.com/the-f-…

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknew…

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic…

www.pogo.org/blog/2013/02/why-…
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Warplane Disasters! Episode 10 Special (Part 1/2)
The tenth episode of Warplane Disasters doesn't cover any specific aircraft, but rather 10 serious design flaws in 10 different airframes...

...but there's a twist; these aircraft weren't actually "Warplane Disasters" at all. All 10 of these aircraft were successful in operational service!

The disasters here are serious (and often lethal) defects that crept their way into otherwise relatively good designs. The root causes vary. Some were design flaws; some were construction defects; others still were the result of sloppy testing and evaluation.

The causes are largely the same as those of genuine Warplane Disasters --- development and production misconduct. The lesson is that even relatively successful aircraft can have dangerous defects, if part of the team working on an aircraft project becomes lazy or complacent.

This presentation ended up being a lot longer than I expected when I stated it, so I had to split it into 2 parts. The aircraft featured in Part 1 are...
#1: The F-8 Crusader
#2: The Bf 109
#3: The F-86 Sabre
#4: The Tu-22M Backfire
#5: The Mig-29 Fulcrum

As usual, this script was edited for spelling and grammar by meaninter03.
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Warship Disasters! Ep. 2: The Kynda class Cruisers
The Project 58 warships, known in the West as the Kynda class, were the Soviet Union's first attempt at a purpose-made major surface combatant armed primarily with guided missiles. Unfortunately, they were de-facto Destroyers that were overloaded --- both figuratively *and* literally --- with the equipment and operational expectations of a Cruiser. They were thus accidental homages to the HMS Swift (see the first episode of this series), that fell flat in operational service.

In this presentation, you'll see how Project 58 went wrong, starting in it's infancy, and continuing all the way up to when these four unfortunate vessels were stricken.

As usual, I got editing support from Screbellious on the script for this presentation, so few spelling or grammatical errors are likely to have survived.  ;-)

Here are my sources...

fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/r…

flot.sevastopol.info/eng/ship/…

books.google.com/books?id=tkGD…

books.google.com/books?id=Pryq…

www.steelnavy.com/Kombrig%20Dr…

fas.org/nuke/guide/russia/thea…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kynda-cl…

russianships.info/eng/warships…

books.google.com/books?id=Pryq…

fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/r…

navypedia.org/ships/russia/ru_…

russia-history.narod.ru/sovshi…

defenseissues.wordpress.com/20…

defenseissues.wordpress.com/20…

books.google.com/books?id=zr6Y…

www.navweaps.com/index_tech/te…
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Warplane Disasters! Ep.9: The Breda Ba.88 Lince
Few aircraft evoke the notion of a "Warplane Disaster" more than the infamous Breda Ba.88 Lince. It's considered by many experts and amateurs alike to be the worst aircraft of World War 2, and as you're about to see in this presentation, there's a strong case for that assertion.

It was supposed to be a Fighter, but it couldn't out-turn a Bomber. It was supposed to be an Attacker, but it's guns and protection were too weak. It was supposed to be a Bomber, but it's payload was too tiny. And it was supposed to be a tour-de-force of late 1930s Italian aviation technology, but it was powered by knock-offs of a British engine and built with a badly outdated construction method.

Unsurprisingly, the Lince flunked the combat test. HARD.

As usual, the script for this presentation was edited for spelling and grammar by meaninter03.

(Also, note that the presentation itself actually lists the wrong episode number; this is Episode 9, not 8)

Here are my sources for Episode 8...

"The World's Worst Aircraft", by Jim Winchester
Published in 2005 by Barnes & Noble

www.aviastar.org/air/italy/bre…

www.kamov.net/italian-aircraft…

www.pilotfriend.com/photo_albu…

www.aer.ita.br/~bmattos/mundo/…

historywarsweapons.com/breda-b…

www.wwiivehicles.com/italy/air…

www.comandosupremo.com/Bredaba…

www.airwar.ru/enc/bww2/ba88.ht…

www.ww2incolor.com/italian-for…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_CR.…

The same mistakes as the Ba.88 Lince are still being repeated today. The failings of the F-35 are astonishingly similar in nature;
blogs.hbr.org/2013/01/the-trad…

www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-m…

pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2011…

pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2012…

www.aviationweek.com/Portals/A…

elpdefensenews.blogspot.com/20…

spectator.org/articles/55586/h…

breakingdefense.com/2013/12/co…

chuckspinney.blogspot.com/2013…
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Specifically, I just realized that a series I've had in production for a long time has no episodes up on DeviantArt yet. With all the stuff I'm working on all the time, I forget things a lot --- but this was a HUGE blunder!

I'm putting together the slideshow for the first episode as I'm typing this however, so the first episode will go online tonight.  ;-)
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Nohomers48 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2015
Here is more proof of how terrible the F-35 is if you ever intend to do a series on it. It's a report from a dogfighting exercise back in January involving an F-35 and F-16, the report itself is by the F-35 pilot: The F-35's Damning Dogfighting Report
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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have got ask will you ever dissect fictional IFVs and Tanks?
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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
www.military-today.com/tanks/s… you wrote that yes? I have to say its an ugly patton
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PlatoVoltaire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Will there be any more worst tanks chapters?
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Kashim27 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Bit of a question for ya.  What do think we the US government can to correct all this misspending and mismanagement?  Also what do think is a good design for a tank and IFV?
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falcon01 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Thank You for the Faves!
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Restos1981 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I saw a question on your battleship clip in youtube and i also would like to know your opinion on the Su-35.
What should the USAF buy to counter it?
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
The USAF should buy more F-22 Raptors- that's the only thing that can counter the Sukhoi T-50. The F-15SE Silent Eagle MAY be able to counter the Su-35, but significant investments must be made to improve its radar and electronic warfare system, and to uprate its engines, to keep the Silent Eagle competitive.
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Apparently in the movie "Aliens" the space marines get their equipment designed by the same guys that designed the Growler and the Stryker...

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