Re: ID'ing aircraft [Re: AA 777-200IGW]

Date:         19 Apr 99 02:22:10 
From: (JDWill68)
Organization: AOL
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Trevor wrote:
>When the russians copy something they copy
>everything it seems.

There's a story that after WWII Stalin ordered the Tupolev Bureau to
copy the B-29 from an example interned in Siberia-the plane had flown to
Siberia after running low on fuel during a bombing raid on Japan.  While
reverse-engineering the plane they found a small hole drilled in one of
the wings.  They couldn't discern any reason for the little hole, but,
mindful of Stalin's order to produce an exact copy, every single Tu-4
produced had the same hole in the exactly same place.