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XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 02:44 PM
I was thinking how unusual it was that the Germans never had a biplane in WWII Eastern theatre that we Sovs could shoot down. But then I read up on th Henschel HS 123 a biplane that was more or less obsolete, but found a new lease of life as a bomber/ ground support plane.
Why:

1: It`s ability to deliver immediate support to troops on the ground, accurate to within yards of friendlies.

2. It`s manoueverability allowed it to often evade fighters.

3: Ability to fly in pretty bad conditions: While snow & freezing temps kept other planes grounded, it could keep going.

4. It seemed that Flak had a lesser effect on it than other close support planes.

The HS 129 took over later. But the Hensvhel went on till 1944, it was incredibly useful to the Germans.

I got this from my little Jane`s book. But it would be nice to see ( and shoot down /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif ) Even the Lufty`s might like it .


Can someone provide a Picture?


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XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 02:44 PM
I was thinking how unusual it was that the Germans never had a biplane in WWII Eastern theatre that we Sovs could shoot down. But then I read up on th Henschel HS 123 a biplane that was more or less obsolete, but found a new lease of life as a bomber/ ground support plane.
Why:

1: It`s ability to deliver immediate support to troops on the ground, accurate to within yards of friendlies.

2. It`s manoueverability allowed it to often evade fighters.

3: Ability to fly in pretty bad conditions: While snow & freezing temps kept other planes grounded, it could keep going.

4. It seemed that Flak had a lesser effect on it than other close support planes.

The HS 129 took over later. But the Hensvhel went on till 1944, it was incredibly useful to the Germans.

I got this from my little Jane`s book. But it would be nice to see ( and shoot down /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif ) Even the Lufty`s might like it .


Can someone provide a Picture?


"Tis better to work towards an Impossible Good, rather than a Possible Evil."

SeaFireLIV.

XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 02:47 PM
Galland flew one in Poland when he was with LG2 before he transferred to the Jagdwaffe in April 1940.

http://www.stenbergaa.com/stenberg/crandall-stormclouds2.jpg

XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 03:02 PM
From what ive read it was used until there were no Hs-123's left in flying condition. It would be a good addon for early scenarios in FB i think. Of course, imo FB needs more biplanes in general too /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/images/hs123-1.jpg

XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 03:08 PM
This plane really ought to be in FB. I will petition for it in the Add-on in Olegg`s Ready Room.

Thanx for pic, Olli_72





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XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 03:37 PM
What a beauty!

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XyZspineZyX
08-09-2003, 03:43 PM
I'm still waiting for the Po-2 to be modelled. We do need indeed more biplanes in FB. Enough said. I'm glad somebody finally brought the importance of the Hs 123 up. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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