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Aviation Trivia Thread

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This thread is dedicated to Aviation Trivia. I have many questions I've found in several books and I've made a list.

I'll ask one question and give it time for someone to answer before asking the next.
I will provide clues so that hopefully someone will think of the answer!!!
Please refrain from chating in this thread.
Please refrain from using 'Google' or any other means of searching.
If the answer is not stated then I will provide it.

We are on the honor system here
Good Luck!!!
 
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Evil Hands Are Happy Hands. And that took me 20mins to figure out!
 

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ToiletDuck said:
What is it called when an aircraft drops a bomb next to a ship instead of on it to sink it?

Intimidation.
 
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Metro752 said:
porking, its trying to pork the ship with shrapnel
That is incorrect but very good try!

Question 2:

What is it called when an aircraft drops a bomb next to a ship instead of on it to sink it?


Clue #1 The tactic was made by a general who performed the first bombing of a ship infront of Congress, military figures, and several members of the media to prove that aircraft bombing could work. The ship was a german destroyer that was captured. It had 4 walls in it so that it could survive hitting mines. However it was sank in a matter of minutes by the planes using this procedure.
 
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PaulThomas said:
depth charge

No sir that is incorrect as well though it could be where the idea came from after how fast they saw it sink the battleship.

The correct answer is: Water Hammer!

When the planes first took off each of them was carrying no more than 2-thousand lbs of explosives. At 12:19pm they dropped their first bomb. The men were ordered not to bomb the ship directly but to score near misses on either side of the great battleship, creating a "water hammer" to collapse the "unsinkable vessel" the Ostfriesland.


 

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#3 answer is... The whole nine yards was the length of the belt of ammunition on some WWII fighters. It meant you emptied your guns into an enemy. "I gave him the whole nine yards"
 

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westwind said:
#3 answer is... The whole nine yards was the length of the belt of ammunition on some WWII fighters. It meant you emptied your guns into an enemy. "I gave him the whole nine yards"
I've also heard that it was the lenght of the bay in a B52.

I researched the topic when I was learning English and couldn't find a good answer.

Some claim it has to do with the lenght of the mast, others that it has to do with burial ceremony, others that it's about how much cloth was used to make a suit back in the day...

I'd really like to see some source to that answer.
 

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PaulThomas said:
I've also heard that it was the lenght of the bay in a B52.

I researched the topic when I was learning English and couldn't find a good answer.

Some claim it has to do with the lenght of the mast, others that it has to do with burial ceremony, others that it's about how much cloth was used to make a suit back in the day...

I'd really like to see some source to that answer.

Well first off the phrase has been around longer than B52 has.
I had been told it from three things:
1)Discovery Channel Wings
2)A WWII Pilot that flew fighters
3)During a walk through of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC it was on a plaque next to a WWII fighter.

Back to current question:

Question 4:
Who was the General that said "I have not yet begun to fight" and what was going on that made him say it?
 

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paulsalem said:
John Paul Jones, I don't know the other half.

Hmmm you are correct! I guess lol. I didn't know there was more than one!

The answer to the question, which I had read, was General Billy Mitchell. He did the first demonstration showing that the US guns could not stop an air raid.

Rather than face facts, the War Department demoted Mitchell and exiled him to "a mosquito post in Texas," as Will Rogers put it. The military expected him to resign, but Billy proclaimed, "I have not yet begun to fight" and that he would "jar the bureaucrats out of thier swivel chairs." Page 47 from Flyboys by James Bradley.

Question 5:
What was the "Red Baron's" real name?
 
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