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Since fuel volume in aircraft is a large factor in range, and the volume of an aircraft increases faster than the linear size, larger aircraft have a big advantage for range. In the 1930s, the biggest hurdle for large land-based aircraft was infrastructure. Most airports in the 1930s were not very large, and many parts of the world did not have any at all. ...


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Actually, in the US, the accepted term for a flight instructor by the FAA and the general aviation (not to be confused with General Aviation) public is Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI). An instructor for instrument ratings is called a Certificated Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFII). This is opposed to a Basic Ground Instructor (BGI) or an Advanced ...


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Certified flight instructor = CFI. Add a multiengine rating to your CFI and now you are a multiengine flight instructor, or MEI. An instructor with single and multiengine instructor ratings is commonly referred to as a CFI/MEI. What if you are a CFI but only in gliders? CFI-G is the most common shorthand. Pilot authorizations are specifically called "...


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Yes they did. Kampfgeschwader 200 flew recon and supply missions in captured bombers. Here's a good few more captured examples: German Warplanes 1939-1945, Captured Allied Aircraft in Luftwaffe service Among them: A Fairey Swordfish was maintained in serviceable condition for around six months, one has to ask why. A special squadron, the Zirkus Rosarius, ...


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Not sure about the Germans, but the Italians used a P-38 (from the site 12 O'Clock High): The piece about the P-38 captured by the Regia Aeronautica is extremely correct (at last, I was sick of reading accounts or questions mutuated from the complete fantasy of Martin Caidin...! ), except for one detail: the plane shot down on August 11, 1943 by Col. Angelo ...


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According to the book "A Spitfire Girl" the pilot's name was Flight Lieutenant Edward Gordon Brettell DFC of "Great Escape" fame, among other things, and he was court-martialed for flying his Spitfire Mark Vb of 92 Squadron to a dance with a WAAF on his lap. Squadron Leader Tony Bartley DFC helped defend him during the court-martial. The ...


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