COMING from the company which produced the famous range of “gull‐wing” fighters, something unconventional was to be expected from this new bomber. The lay‐out follows, in general, that adopted for the French multiplaces de combat; but the lines are more refined and the machine is of smaller overall dimensions than these. The main plane is set rather low on the fuselage, between the true low‐wing and the middle‐wing positions. It is of low aspect‐ratio, a very modern feature, and set unusually close to the tail unit. A point of particular note is to be found in the crew arrangement, which is similar to that of the Fokker T.5 [Aircraft Engineer‐ing, March, 1938, page 83] and several other new designs from various countries. The machine is to be commanded by the front‐gunner‐bomb‐aimer‐navigator, with the pilot as a subordinate member of the crew. This idea, which is reminiscent of the early days of warships, when the commander was a soldier and the captain a very inferior person, was used by the German Feldtfliegertruppen during the Great War and is being revived in the Royal Air Force and other services where N.C.O. pilots are being introduced in the majority.
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