I then Googled "how many students die each year from band-related injuries?" I got a Wikipedia article on hazing.
"Von Rosen had the planes painted in camouflage colours and fitted with rockets from Matra, and proceeded with a band of friends to form a squadron called Biafra Babies to strike at the airfields from which the federal Nigerian Air Force launched their attacks against the civilian population in Biafra. On May 22, 1969, and over the next few days, Von Rosen and his five aircraft launched attacks against Nigerian airfields at Port Harcourt, Enugu, Benin and other small airports. The Nigerians were taken by surprise and a number of expensive jets, including a few MiG-17 fighters and three out of Nigeria's six Ilyushin Il-28 bombers, were destroyed on the ground."
Pics come from a Google image search -- the first came from worldofwarplanes.eu, the second from boelkow-junior.de.
Only reason I heard about these was that I was poking around on Trade-a-Plane and saw one of these planes for sale. Not with these markings (or the rockets, for that matter) -- instead, they'd painted theirs with a super-cute cow holding a bowling ball (making sure everyone knows it's a "Bowl Cow"). The wheel pants were even painted like bowling shoes! Wish I had those pictures to share.
Ah, well. Great time, good breakfast, and great people. I'd go back, whatever the plane looks like.
From Wikipedia (where I borrowed the photo, as well):
"Three prototypes and an evaluation batch of five BV 141As were produced, backed personally by Ernst Udet, but the RLM decided on 4 April 1940 that they were underpowered, although it was also noted they otherwise exceeded the requirements."
The design was supposed to help in its intended role as a recon aircraft. Having the crew in the separate gondola to the side meant much better visibility all around (except, of course, to the left) and more room for camera equipment. The horizontal stabilizer was halved in part to provide a better firing arc for the rear-facing gunner.
Oh, and there's also a guy dangling off the roof. That's not helping matters.
Also, had a conversation with another pilot as I left the Princeton traffic pattern. His signal was so clear that I thought he was also at Princeton, but no. He was at Bay Bridge airport IN MARYLAND. Yowser, that's some good reception!
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