Tenement Funster wrote:
Our Canadian tactical bomber contribution to WW2 was the De Havilland DH98 Mosquito. It was made almost entirely of spruce lumber and plywood ... whatta hoot! It was apparently quite fast, but I would think it would have to be kept dry so the plywood didn't de-laminate! (LOL)
That was one of my favorites! Surprisingly they were quite survivable having heavy armament, outstanding performance and wicked speed. The mostly wood construction made them less prone to detection by the early radar at low altitude.
My dad & his 2 older brothers were all Engineers, so when Pearl Harbor happened they all went down to enlist. "You're an Engineer.... go see that man at that table over there. You too, follow him, same for you.". Anyway, Dad and Britt wound up at Boeing designing the B29, Dan went to Grumman, where he was instrumental in getting aviation Spruce Plywood approved for use in Allied Military Aircraft. The light weight, flexible wood was not prone to cracking under stress and vibration, and was used in control surface components in many fighters like the Voight F4U Corsair.
Sadly, it contributed to the shortage of Guitar Wood (tight grain Spruce Top Wood) so there is a downside to everything....
"what is this quintessence of dust?" - Shakespeare