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Happy Valentines Day from the Military Aviation Museum!

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They never wasted an ounce of extra weight on the landing gear.  Later, the narrow width was thought of as a detriment.  But really it was an example of very efficient engineering, for hard surfaces.  Gotta love this plane for what it was made for. 

 

BTW, did you know there's a specific purpose for having FLAT panels on cockpit windows?

 

A complex curved panel will create a reflection no matter where the sun is.

 

A flat panel will only create a reflection when the panel is exactly positioned to focus on the the viewer (think of a person trying to use a mirror to create a bright signal).  This is far more unlikely.

 

So, the Spitfire may be beautiful; but the 109 is functional.

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