From: PDX (and now) London, UK
I agree that a lot of unqualified people nowadays can fool anyone. It is the overqualified, like me, that no longer stand out sadly.
Personally I spent over 35 years of my life obsessively studying world war 2. With obsessively I mean 40 hours a week, besides work, for 35 years.
especially the german army against the soviet union. But also the war in the pacific. the air war, the war at sea. pretty much everything. In some areas, not all, I am alone in the world with the knowledge I gathered in my memory. I once did a test wit friends. also photo related with regard to German officers. I knew them all obviously. Even recognized a Erich Topp from a photo made in the 1980's I had never seen before. My brain is just weirdly wired in that way.
3 years ago I had enough and donated my books to the Royal Dutch Military Academy. Apparently they had never seen such a collection of rare books, materials and original mostly German Documents. Go call them and ask about Eric Vosselmans's collection.
Sometimes I try to display my knowledge. Before the internet I sometimes got into a discussion with people, and people were honestly flabbergasted by the things I knew from memory. Sadly these days are gone with the internet.. The last time I got into a discussion with some polish guys on axis history, that wanted to rewrite history.. I was citing from memory after a lot of nonsense I just gave up. Too old to be bothered.
You're in the right place, mate! We do appreciate that level of knowledge here, and the "code" of etiquette on the forum would make it unlikely for anyone to actually post after doing a reverse search on these images.
I do research a bit on the internet, but nothing replaces reading a well researched book or article on a more specific subject. I do love the ability to find the odd and interesting, like these one of a kind prototype planes, especially the really hot looking ones.
It'd be a good startup if I ever had a few million to get a company making kits of these planes, maybe even 3-D printing parts so people could do their own. It's nearly to the point that would be possible for the majority of a body and structural parts, with engines obviously needing a more industrial/professional construction.
Personally I'd have an amphib PBY-5A Catalina! The viewing from the gun blisters, the ability to fly far and land on water, the sleek beautiful 30s design and the ability to really stretch out on long flights would make it ideal!
< Message edited by obvert -- 3/29/2017 11:13:46 AM >
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