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Partly cultural, partly practical

March 11 2012 at 10:27 AM
MichiganPete  (Login MichiganPete)
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Response to Question about engines in WWII-era A/C

At least in the USN, water cooled engines were just not done. Also, air cooled engines are lighter, and less prone to damage from bullets, flak, etc. One small hit in a cooling line and you're going to land very soon. And if you're 200 miles from the carrier, that might be problematic. Air cooled radials can take a lot more punishment and still keep running.

 
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