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Historical Military Aircraft / Re: The slightly less well known
« Last post by Angry Turnip on Yesterday at 01:32:07 PM »
Hansa-Brandenburg CC

The Hansa-Brandenburg CC was a single-seat German fighter flying boat of World War I.

It was designed by Ernst Heinkel during 1916 for use by the Austro-Hungarian Navy. It was a single engined, single seater flying boat, with a pusher engine mounted between the single bay wings. These had the unusual "Star-Strutter" arrangement of bracing struts (where four Vee struts joined in the centre of the wing bay to result in a "star" arrangement) shared with the Hansa-Brandenburg D.I and the KDW.

The CC was ordered by both by Austro-Hungary and the Imperial German Navy. The Austro-Hungarian aircraft were powered by 160 hp Austro-Daimler or 180 hp Hiero engines and armed by a single 8 mm (.315 in) Schwarzlose machine gun. The German aircraft were powered by 150 hp Benz Bz.III engines and armed with one or two lMG 08/15 machine guns.One example was modified as a triplane, while a second aircraft was modified with sponsons replacing the outrigger floats in support of the development process for the Zeppelin-Lindau (Dornier) Rs.IV.

Austro-Hungary received 37 Hansa Brandenburg CCs, using them to provide air defence for ports and naval bases along the Adriatic sea coast.
Germany received 36 aircraft from February 1917. They were temporarily grounded in July of that year because of severe vibration, and were modified with additional interplane bracing struts.
Historical Military Aircraft / Re: The slightly less well known
« Last post by Angry Turnip on Yesterday at 01:13:32 PM »
Hansa-Brandenburg B.I

The Hansa-Brandenburg B.I was an unarmed military trainer and reconnaissance biplane of World War I.

It was mainly operated by the Austro-Hungarian Air Service. Early models were known internally to the Hansa-Brandenburg firm as the type D, while later models with a more powerful 160hp Benz Bz.III 6-cylinder water-cooled in-line piston engine were designated FD.
This aircraft was one of the earliest designs of Ernst Heinkel, who was working for Hansa-Brandenburg at the time. It was an entirely conventional two-bay biplane with staggered wings of unequal span. The pilot and observer sat in tandem in a long open cockpit.

The aircraft was produced under license by Aero, both during the war and afterwards (when it became known as the Aero Ae 01), and also by Letov, as the 10.[1] Experience gained with this design would provide Aero with the basis for a number of derivative civil and military designs throughout the 1920s. It was also operated by the airforces in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia.
Historical Military Aircraft / Re: The slightly less well known
« Last post by Angry Turnip on Yesterday at 12:58:14 PM »
Hannover C.IV

The Hannover C.IV was a prototype escort fighter.

It was based on the earlier Hannover CL.II, the C.IV shared the same basic conventional biplane configuration with the unusual biplane tail of that aircraft, but incorporated the overhanging, aerodynamically-balanced ailerons developed for the Hannover CL.III.
The aircraft was intended for high-altitude operations, and was equipped with a far more powerful engine than its predecessors, a 300hp Maybach. Another important difference was the unusual interplane strut arrangement. The wings were braced with two struts that converged from two points on the upper wing to a single point on the lower, creating a V shape when viewed from the front or rear of the aircraft.

Just five machines were completed.
Belfast International Airport / Re: EGAA 27 February 2021
« Last post by Ilyushin76 on Yesterday at 10:35:21 AM »
PC24 M-ALCB due 1150. No dep time known.

Belfast International Airport / EGAA 27 February 2021
« Last post by Alertbot on Yesterday at 08:17:56 AM »
Had arrived 26 February
d 00:20 BCI819 to EGFF
Ulster 21 : Ospreys 7
Historical Civil Aircraft / Re: DC-8 Overflight
« Last post by smudge on February 26, 2021, 07:14:32 PM »
Just went over eastbound tonight 18:30 to 18:45, I was hopeful about seeing it in the dusk but it changed course over the BEL and descended into Prestwick.
Belfast International Airport / EGAA 26 February 2021
« Last post by Alertbot on February 26, 2021, 03:52:47 PM »
a 11:33 BCI818 from EGFF
Rugby charter
Previous visit was 2020-11-21

Surveys over NI today:

From EGBJ Gloucester to EGAB
Brief survey over Newtownabbey at 1000ft around 09:05

From & to EGNX, did not land
Operating north-south between Lurgan and Bessbrook at 3000ft , 11:50 to 13:20
Historical Military Aircraft / Re: The slightly less well known
« Last post by Angry Turnip on February 26, 2021, 01:53:29 PM »
Halberstadt D.II

The Halberstadt D.II was a biplane fighter aircraft from WW1.

The D.II was the production version of the experimental D.I. The main differences between the D.I and D.II included a major effort to lighten the aircraft to improve its performance; the latter also featured staggered wings and the adoption of a more powerful 120 hp Mercedes D.II engine. The radiators that had been tried in the D.I were replaced by a wing mounted radiator. In the D.I, the pilot sat higher in his cockpit, to improve his view over the top wing. This required a dorsal turtleback fairing over the rear fuselage, to improve its lines.

The D.II was considered to be very manoeuvrable in particular it could reputedly be dived safely at high speed. A single synchronised lMG 08 "Spandau" machine gun fired through the propeller arc. It earned the respect of Allied fighter pilots and was a preferred mount of pilots, until the Albatros D.I became available. Halberstadts were actually retained, or even returned to service by some pilots during the early weeks of 1917. The Halberstadt-built D-series fighters bore no marked IdFlieg-issued military serial numbers anywhere on their exteriors. The licence-built Aviatik and Hannover-constructed examples of the Halberstadt D-series fighters usually had IdFlieg-issued serial numbers on their rear fuselage sides.

Manfred von Richthofen flew a red Halberstadt D.II for a few weeks in February and March 1917, after the spar of the lower wing of his Albatros D.III cracked in combat. As the new Albatros fighters came into service the Halberstadts were quickly replaced, although a few survived into early 1917.
Newtownards / Re: EGAD February 2021
« Last post by jasT1981 on February 25, 2021, 09:19:42 PM »
Looks to have been an incident at Ards today. G-RAFH - Thruster T600N 450 Sprint flipped upon landing.

It was involved in a crash last year too when it came down in a field.

Belfast City Airport / EGAC 25 February 2021
« Last post by Alertbot on February 25, 2021, 08:08:32 PM »
a 11:49 from EGPK
d 19:30

a 13:09 from EGLF
d 14:56 to EGJB Guernsey
First visit, 2008-built c/n 000182 formerly N177CK

Operating down to sea level as far as Queen's Island in support of SAR:
A189 G-MCGN CG199
From & to EGPK
a 18:52
d 19:06
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