Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/04/18

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Leica Users digest V22 #180
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 23:04:24 EDT

Re:  Trivia question...

The B26 Marauder was called "The Flying Prostitute" because it "had no 
visible means of support" according to my father who flew in one for a short 
period during WWII.  The aircraft had a very short and small wingspan but was 
powered by two 2800 horsepower Pratt & Whitney engines.  They couldn't lift a 
lot of weight but they were "like riding a rocket" once they were airborne.  
I have seen documentaries on the aircraft and have also heard of them 
referred to as Widow Makers and Flying Coffins because they were very hard to 
handle during take-off and landing.  Any more WWII aircraft questions??
Donald Waller

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 16:49:43 -0700 (PDT)

From: Photo Phreak <>

Subject: [Leica] Trivia question...

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    Do we have any aviation buffs here?

The bumblebee comments have prompted this.

During the early days of WW2, the Martin B26 Marauder was

sometimes compared with a bumblebee.  It was also called

"The Flying Prostitute"

Who knows the origins or rational for that nickname?
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