Digest Number 32
even Westland Lysanders (let's see how >many people on this list recognize that one!)......Westland Lysander-British High wing monoplane originally intended to serve as an artillery spotting aircraft but was rather over engineered for that purpose. Wound up carrying supplies and covert operatives to France during the Nazi occupation in support of the French Resistance and intelligence gathering capabilities. Had superb short field capabilities....Am I close?
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Paul Kattner wrote, in response to my passing reference to Westland Lysanders:
....British High wing monoplane originallyRight on! I would add, powered by an 870 h.p. Bristol Mercury radial, it
had a top speed of 230 mph (not bad for an aircraft with fixed gear and big
wing struts) and a rated useful load of about 2,000 lbs., though legend has
it that this was often exceeded by a large margin and the airplane would
still fly; Lysanders had the reputation of being able to carry half the
load of a (British) box car/goods wagon (obligatory freight car content).
An ex-Canadian air force Mark IIIA Lysander has been restored and is flying
today in England.
Richard H. Hendrickson
Ashland, Oregon 97520