April 1, 2013 in Aviation
Stolen in early 1944 by an escaped Romanian officer from an Allied forward base in Italy-on a dark and stormy night. Flown at wave top level across the Adriatic to a hidden location in the area of Transylvania, where it was re-marked and modified to carry the indigenous Vlad-13 “Flying Fencepost” anti-personnel munition, an 11′ long, 8″ diameter wooden rocket. Analysts suggest that the device splintered after attaining a speed of 350 meters per second (roughly the speed of sound), producing shards capable of piercing bodies.
According to legend, it flew infrequently, and only at night, and the pilot, was known only as “The Stigescu”.
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