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Old October 26th 03, 03:46 AM
John Fitzpatrick
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Default Cargo plane in movie "Flying Tigers"

Forgive me if this has been answered before, but does anyone know the
name of the cargo plane featured in "Flying Tigers" and any info on
it's origin and fate? It seems as though it was Italian and a one-off
unit, but that's something of a WAG.
Thanks,
John
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Old October 26th 03, 04:50 AM
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"John Fitzpatrick" wrote in message
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Forgive me if this has been answered before, but does anyone know the
name of the cargo plane featured in "Flying Tigers" and any info on
it's origin and fate? It seems as though it was Italian and a one-off
unit, but that's something of a WAG.


It was the Capelis XC-12. It was a one-off, but built in California.


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Old October 26th 03, 10:35 AM
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it's origin and fate? It seems as though it was Italian and a one-off
unit, but that's something of a WAG.


Good guess. From the Flying Tiger FAQ at www.warbirdforum.com/faq.htm
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Then there was the weird transport plane that makes a brief appearance
as a jury-rigged bomber. CNAC flew DC-2s and DC-3s. So what's this
contraption? According to my informant, it's a Capelis XC-12, built in
the early 1930s and declared unairworthy just before WWII. For a view
of it, go to Aerofiles. (A tip of the virtual hat to John Mayberry,
who reported that the Capelis still stands in front of what used to be
the Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, California, closed since
the 1950s.)


all the best -- Dan Ford
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Old October 26th 03, 08:16 PM
John Fitzpatrick
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On Sun, 26 Oct 2003 04:35:12 -0500, Cub Driver
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it's origin and fate? It seems as though it was Italian and a one-off
unit, but that's something of a WAG.


Good guess. From the Flying Tiger FAQ at www.warbirdforum.com/faq.htm


Thanks for the info and links- it seems the warbirdforum is inop right
now, but aerofiles.com had three pics. and a brief history.
Thanks again,
John
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Old October 26th 03, 09:49 PM
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There is a short article in one of Bill Gunston's books ( think it's called
Back to the Drawing board or something similar) about the Capelis- it was
assembled with self-tapping screws, so when it was run up it left a pile of
hardware on the ground. Not exactly reassuring to crew members. I believe it
spent its entire career being towed from studio to studio as a life-sized
prop.

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Jim Atkins
Twentynine Palms CA USA

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Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
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Old October 26th 03, 10:46 PM
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it was
assembled with self-tapping screws, so when it was run up it left a pile of
hardware on the ground.


The Piper Cub has a lot of these. It's no accident that the gas
sampler has a Phillips screwdriver on the opposite end of the gasoline
drain.

all the best -- Dan Ford
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