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    like this:
    http://www.pilotenbunker.de/Jagdflie...olf_profil.jpg

    Is it because they were afraid to forget which was was which or something? Was there a large problem with pilots getting into their a/c and sitting backwards? Did pilots try to take off in reverse or something?

    Maybe it was something to ease shipping and handeling, like a "this side up" arrow?

    Please enlighten me.
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    like this:
    http://www.pilotenbunker.de/Jagdflie...olf_profil.jpg

    Is it because they were afraid to forget which was was which or something? Was there a large problem with pilots getting into their a/c and sitting backwards? Did pilots try to take off in reverse or something?

    Maybe it was something to ease shipping and handeling, like a "this side up" arrow?

    Please enlighten me.
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  3. #3
    Probably just for fun and decoration.

    Allied pilots usually preferred pinup girls. Given the choice between cutie girls or arrows, it's obvious that arrows lost the war ;-)
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    I believe engineering ability and artistic ability are controlled by two seperate parts of the brain. Maybe they were a bit lacking on one of them.

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    For the same reason you put stripes on a car. It makes it go faster. The drag caused by the arrow much much less than, for example, a topless girl.

    German designers also realized that painting a spiral on the propellor hub increased thrust.

    It was planned to augment the Me-262 with pinstriped flames, but it was not completed before the war ended.
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    I would like to know this as well --the Red Arrow appears on all operationl JG1 HE162's, I have never been able to find out its origin or why it appears there.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Charos:
    I would like to know this as well --the Red Arrow appears on all operationl JG1 HE162's, I have never been able to find out its origin or why it appears there.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Just a stab in the dark: didn't these a/c have to be towed to take-off position? Maybe the red arrow was there to remind the guy driving the tow vehicle that he'd cause serious damaged to the a/c if he attempted to back up while towing?
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    Somebody do a test. Paint arrows on a skin for some Allied fighter and see if it makes a difference compared to the regular arrowless configuration.
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    Just to funny

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    It was meant to confuse allied pilots. The Mustang pilot saw the arrow and thought "yeah, he's going to fly into that direction!!!" but tthe sneaky German all of a sudden turned to get on his six.

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