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How many planes did Biggles fly?

PostPosted: 18 Apr 2018, 12:42
by RAAF Spitfire Girl
I've been ruminating on this for some time - as many others probably do, too - but watching a special on the restoration of a Percival Q6 prompted me to start. I was quite sure someone had begun something along these lines already - so if you have, please say so. But FB pointed me to this excellent site which shows all the aircraft Biggles has flown.

I thought it could be interesting if anyone had particular interest in any of them to provide some insights into each one - whether wej's portrayal of Biggles' utilisation of each one was actually realistic or not (sacrilege! heresy!).

http://biggles.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Aircraft

Looking forward to other's input.

Re: How many planes did Biggles fly?

PostPosted: 18 Apr 2018, 13:03
by fredleander
RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:I've been ruminating on this for some time - as many others probably do, too - but watching a special on the restoration of a Percival Q6 prompted me to start. I was quite sure someone had begun something along these lines already - so if you have, please say so. But FB pointed me to this excellent site which shows all the aircraft Biggles has flown.

I thought it could be interesting if anyone had particular interest in any of them to provide some insights into each one - whether wej's portrayal of Biggles' utilisation of each one was actually realistic or not (sacrilege! heresy!).

http://biggles.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Aircraft

Looking forward to other's input.


Cool! At a first glance I noted on your list that "Dornier" was a little non-descript. So far, the only mention I have seen (haven't read many the books, though) of a "Dornier" is in the "..defies the swastika" and that seemingly a single-engine one as the text states: "he started THE engine". However, on dust-jackets and front pages both the Do-18 (twin-engine tractor/pusher) and the Do-24 (high-wing three-engine tractor) are shown.

The Morane could be an MS406 - a lay-over from the war but if I remember correctly the name "Vanneau" was mentioned at one time in the book. It was also a two-seater was it not?

Fred

Re: How many planes did Biggles fly?

PostPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 02:13
by Anticlockwise Prop
The YABS page (Yet Another Biggles Site) has a list of aircraft from the Biggles stories (I’m not sure if its complete or not).
This list of aircraft were not all necessarily flown by Biggles himself but were in the stories as being flown by the ‘goodies’ or the ‘baddies’ :)
http://yabs.isambard.com.au/prop-list.php?type=1

Re: How many planes did Biggles fly?

PostPosted: 19 Apr 2018, 10:19
by Fairblue
Anticlockwise Prop wrote:The YABS page (Yet Another Biggles Site) has a list of aircraft from the Biggles stories (I’m not sure if its complete or not).
This list of aircraft were not all necessarily flown by Biggles himself but were in the stories as being flown by the ‘goodies’ or the ‘baddies’ :)
http://yabs.isambard.com.au/prop-list.php?type=1

That was the one I was looking for and didn't find, AP. Between them I think they should have all the aircraft mentioned in the books.