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March 11 2012 at 10:35 AM
Joseph  (Login jfgesquire)
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Response to Question about engines in WWII-era A/C

Japan had very few operational planes with inline engines (Ki-61?) and Germany didn't have an operational carrier, but the Stuka was being modified for it and has an inline engine.

USAAC/F had inline and radial - whatever worked best.

Really your idea does fit the US Navy, about the US not having inline engines on carriers. Sort of true - radial engines could still function with damage, whereas inlines required a more fragile cooling system and glycol/prestone - an extra item that had to be stocked on the carrier.

I do believe the Curtiss Seamew used an inline engine, but that was a floatplane tender aircraft not on carriers.

 
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