Aircraft recognition lesson



Aircraft recognition lesson


Instructions for preparation of an aircraft recognition lecture to the air gunners instructors course. Lists the aircraft to be covered.

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[underlined] ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION – MANBY. [/underlined]
[underlined] AIR GUNNER INSTRUCTORS COURSES. [/underlined]
[underlined] AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION [/underlined]

Prepare your lecture under the following headings:

(A) (1) NAME OF AIRCRAFT AND WINGSPAN (Leave on b.b. throughout lecture)
(2) NATIONALITY AND TYPE (e.g. Dive bomber, Fighter bomber)
(3) DEVELOPMENT (Any items of interest about the aircraft e.g. designer, and special features in construction.)
(4) ENGINES (Type, horsepower) SPEED and RANGE
(5) ARMAMENT GUNS – (Number, type and position)
BOMBS ─ (Load – if carried externally)
Point out gun positions on silhouette.

(B) DESCRIPTION of the 3 views of silhouette. Pin the large scale silhouette on the b.b.
(1) CONSTRUCTION (e.g. FW.190. Single Engined Monoplane with Single fin and rudder and span of 34 ft.)
(2) HEAD ON VIEW (Fuselage, wings, engines, tail unit) Draw H.O.V. on b.b. and point out salient features.
(3) PLAN VIEW (Nose, engines, wings, fuselage, tail unit)
(4) SIDE VIEW (Nose, fuselage, fin(s) and rudder(s))
(5) SUMMARY (Use a model and describe the aircraft as a solid body).
Name, nose and engines – wings – fuselage – tail unit.
(6) GENERAL IMPRESSION (A very brief description of the aircraft in a few words.)
(7) QUESTIONS (Either ask or invite questions on the aircraft).
(8) EPIDIASCOPE (Select 5 to 10 good flying photographs of the aircraft and describe the recognition features and p[missing letter/word] points of interest.)

The spotting Tests will be based on the following aircraft (as taught at A.G., I.T.W. and E.A.G.S. stage of an Air Gunners’ Training).

Liberator [symbol] ─ Fortress [symbol] ─ Typhoon [symbol]
Halifax [symbol] ─ Hurricane [symbol] ─ Me.109 F & G. [symbol]
FW.190 [symbol] ─ Kittyhawk ─ Wellington [symbol]
Spitfire [symbol] ─ Ju.87D [symbol] ─ Marauder [symbol]
Beaufighter [symbol] ─ Mitchell [symbol] ─ FW.189 [symbol]
Baltimore, [symbol] ─ Beaufort [symbol] ─ Hadrian (Waco) [symbol]
Hamilcar ─ Horsa [symbol] ─ Mustang [symbol]
JU 90/290 [symbol] ─ York [symbol] ─ Me.110 [symbol]
Martlet [symbol] ─ Thunderbolt [symbol] ─ Ju.88 A 6 [symbol]
Warwick [symbol] ─ He111 [symbol] ─ Go. 242/244 [symbol]
Mosquito [symbol] ─ Lightning [symbol]
Borracuda.[sic] [symbol] ─ Lancaster [symbol] ─ Stirling [symbol]
TEMPEST. [symbol] ─ ABERMARLE [sic] [symbol] ─ FW 200C.
BOSTON & HAVOC. [symbol] ─ HE 177. [symbol] ─ SUNDERLAND.
DAKOTA. [symbol] ─ HE 219 ─ SKY MASTER.
HUDSON [symbol] ─ ME 410 ─ D.F.S. 230.
CORSAIR. [symbol] ─ DO 217 ─ JU 52.
MARINER [symbol] ─ JU 188


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