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Peter Miller15/08/2020 13:53:33
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Posted by Eric Robson on 19/03/2020 08:57:53:

The Handley Page Hamden bomber under restoration in Canada was recovered from a lake almost intact. Early in ww2 some were converted for torpedo practice and a target was set up in one of the great lakes. They had to make a low level run drop the torpedo and then climb straight and level, the urge to see if they had hit the target was too great for some and they turned too soon to see if they had a hit at which point the plane dropped into the lake.

The Hamden was very narrow. The pilot could not get out if his seat in flight. If he had drunk too much tea before a flight it could present a problem. On the Hamden this was solved with a long rubber hose.

If the pilot was unpopular with the ground crew it was not unkown for a knot to be tied in the hosedisgust

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