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Old 4th May 2021, 18:58
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Re: Carrier planes not good enough for aerial reconnaissance?

A good point, but these types were used more in the FR or Tactical recce role rather than for the more strategic PR and mapping. The USN was not without its similar Wildcat and Hellcats for this role - the latter being identical to that used by the RN.

it is perhaps worth considering whether the camera-equipped Tigercat would not have filled the same role as the Myrt. Or indeed the Mosquito for the FAA, had it been considered sooner. But the FAA didn't have the same requirements for strategic recce and large-scale mapping.

However, none of these types could carry the large trimetron(?) cameras used by the US for mapping.
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