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Craig Abrahamson said on May 21, 2018
Now THAT’S a “dive bomber”….!
david leigh-smith said on May 21, 2018
I didn’t think that kind of a dive was even possible. Just amazing photo.
Matija Lisec said on May 21, 2018
Looks like a painting to me
David A. Thomas said on May 21, 2018
Those Sparvieros are an ugly bird, I have to tell you–as ugly at the Macchi is clean and beautiful.
Incredible pic of Stukas with Italian markings in a dive…wow.
David, the Sparrowhawk has the profile only it’s designer could love. But, never pick a fight with an ugly plane – it’s got nothing to lose…
Jeff Bailey said on May 21, 2018
Michel Verschuere said on May 21, 2018
Are the Stukas in dive or is the picture rotated clockwise 90 degs? If so, I can t imagine this pilot keeping his license nowadays taking a picture gopro while diving an expensive plane… I guess everything works in Italy 🙂
Robert Royes said on May 21, 2018
I didn’t know the Italians flew the Stuka.
Hans Wilhelm Fischer said on May 21, 2018
I suppose the impressive photo of the diving Stukas is a cutout rotated about 35 to 45 degrees. (inhorizontal flight and low sun the shadows should be much longer)
Peter Klin said on May 22, 2018
The Stukas were airplanes build expressly for diving at very high angles and their structure was certainly strong enough to perform a dive even at 90°. Therefore I believe the picture is real.
david leigh-smith said on May 22, 2018
Hi Peter. I have no doubt about the hardware, it’s the soft stuff inside I’m not sure could survive such punishment.
I guess that Stuka pilots were not made of soft stuff!
In the following link
a Stuka veteran claims that experienced pilots were able to dive at 90°.
I can’t imagine the adrenaline flow…
Michel Verschuere said on May 22, 2018
If they are really in a vertical bomb-delivery dive, then why aren’t the air brakes extended? As said, I think this is a sim. Luckily we are smart enough imodelers here to tell reality from fiction!
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Actually in the present picture the air-brakes are mainly hidden in the shadow and due to the low resolution, it is hard to recognize if they are in the open or closed state… at least I’m not able to do it!
Editor said on May 22, 2018
Quite a show-off with a vertical dive like this
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