On Wed, 13 Jul 2005, Niall O Broin wrote:
> They had taking off gear, which was jettisoned on take off and
> reused for some other poor schmuck.
I think you're confusing the kamikaze's (who used a variety of
planes) with the german Me-263 rocket powered interceptor:
whose main gear consisted of a dolly which was jettisoned shortly
Also, the British fitted catapult-launched fighters (Hurricanes) to
some merchant ships:
in an effort to provide some measure of air protection for convoys,
as the germans had a rather spiffy long-range bomber, the Focke-Wulf
Condor (developed in the 30s under guise of a civil aviation
airliner), which could range far out into the atlantic..
These Hurricanes still had landing gear though, though that wasn't
much use if they weren't launched close to land - the pilot would
have to ditch near a ship and be picked up.
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