Re: Propeller --> Jet.

From: Ed Rudnicki <>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 96 22:50:35 EDT

>>Now that we on the subject of World War 2 and the planes that was used on that war, when do the kats have their transition from propeller to jet anyway?
>Hmm. Hard to tell when the Kats would've done it, but generally, most major
>advances in aviation tend to occur in the buildup to, or during,Wars of varying
>descriptions (speeded research and development, you see, with budgets to match!).
>Ed'll undoubtedly correct me, but in our World (though jet experiments were
>underway in the twenties), the first *production* fighters were, I think, the
>Gloster Meteor and the Messerschmitt Me-262 - both entering production
>late in WWII. Many believe that Germany started the war *with* ready-to-use
>Jet technology (friends even claim to have plans similar to the Me-262 dated
>1937!), but for the purposes of history - call it 1945. (The Brits were using
>Meteors to intercept and "flip" the Feisler 103 V-1 "Buzz Bombs" with
>their wings - causing the gyroscopes in the things to flip their lids, and the
>drone to dive into the Channel).

The Meteor and Me-262 both entered service in 1944, and both sides
had experimental aircraft flying in the 1938-40 time frame.

>I can't help but think one of two things WRT the Kats crew using "Megawar II"
>instead of "Megawar I" to allow for biplanes:
>1) Genuine ignorance of our aviation history as respects the World Wars (highly unlikely)
>2) That perhaps the inference is that the Kats culture is somehow inherently more
> combative than ours, and they had *two* Global conflicts prior to monoplanes
> as opposed to our one. (Though we had lots of little ones to 'keep our hand in'!)

The Kats are after all evolved from pure predators, and social
predators at that if you've been following our other thread.
Territorial conflicts would come (unfortunately) rather naturally.

As a final, annoying aside, while there were a few biplane fighters
in WW2, there were also a few monoplane fighters in WW1 :)


Received on Fri Apr 26 1996 - 23:20:11 PDT

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