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15 minutes ago, WBBFanWest said:

Pet peeve:  We are the Blue BOMBERS yet our mascot plane is a fighter...

That's not exactly true... there are many examples of bi-plane bombers from the earlier years of aviation...  A couple of examples include the Hawker Hind Biplane Bomber, and the Vickers Vernon Bomber.

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24 minutes ago, Sard said:

That's not exactly true... there are many examples of bi-plane bombers from the earlier years of aviation...  A couple of examples include the Hawker Hind Biplane Bomber, and the Vickers Vernon Bomber.

This is true, but the mascot does not look like either of them in any way.  To me, it's clearly a Sopwith variant.  I also realize that for the vast majority of fans, they would neither know the difference nor would they care.

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1 hour ago, WBBFanWest said:

Pet peeve:  We are the Blue BOMBERS yet our mascot plane is a fighter...

Hey the mascot is not on the field. He is an escort like a fighter plane is an escort to the bomber planes. Is your peeve better now?  

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5 minutes ago, Fan Boy said:

Hey the mascot is not on the field. He is an escort like a fighter plane is an escort to the bomber planes. Is your peeve better now?  

Thank you.  I have finally found peace after all these years!

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8 hours ago, WBBFanWest said:

Pet peeve:  We are the Blue BOMBERS yet our mascot plane is a fighter...

Well, early in WW1, the pilots dropped bombs by hand I believe. I've seen old film ( not video) of them doing just that. Damnedest thing I ever saw. They just threw them out of the plane. Later in the war the planes became more technologically sophisticated & carried them mounted to the fuselage & the pilots released them. So,TECHNICALLY, I guess you could call bi planes bombers. LOL. But I get your point.  Imagine throwing bombs out of your plane as you flew?

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4 hours ago, SpeedFlex27 said:

Well, early in WW1, the pilots dropped bombs by hand I believe. I've seen old film ( not video) of them doing just that. Damnedest thing I ever saw. They just threw them out of the plane. Later in the war the planes became more technologically sophisticated & carried them mounted to the fuselage & the pilots released them. So,TECHNICALLY, I guess you could call bi planes bombers. LOL. But I get your point.  Imagine throwing bombs out of your plane as you flew?

Even funnier was that RAF pilots had castor oil in their planes' crankcases in WW1 which was inevitably sprayed back into the pilots' faces causing no end of gastronomic distress, often while the plane was still in flight. And that's where Castrol oil got its name, but it no longer has castor oil in it.

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7 minutes ago, Tracker said:

Even funnier was that RAF pilots had castor oil in their planes' crankcases in WW1 which was inevitably sprayed back into the pilots' faces causing no end of gastronomic distress, often while the plane was still in flight. And that's where Castrol oil got its name, but it no longer has castor oil in it.

Learn something new everyday. :)

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1 hour ago, Tracker said:

Even funnier was that RAF pilots had castor oil in their planes' crankcases in WW1 which was inevitably sprayed back into the pilots' faces causing no end of gastronomic distress, often while the plane was still in flight. And that's where Castrol oil got its name, but it no longer has castor oil in it.

More fun WW1 aviation facts:

The french aviator Roland Garros is credited with being the pioneer of plane-to-plane combat. Before the 'interrupter gear' was invented by the German aviators, Roland mounted a machine gun to the front of his craft, and had custom made bullet deflectors attached to his planes' propellers (to prevent him from shooting his own props). Though functional, he still ran the risk of having his own stray bullets deflect back to him and kill him. He decided this was a risk he was willing to take. If that isn't badass I don't know what is.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Garros_(aviator)

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1968 Ernie Pitts - Winnipeg   ee3DFG.jpg

 

Ernie Pitts played both Tight end  & Defensive Back  for the Blue Bombers from 1957 -69.   As a Tight End with the Bombers he caught  337 passes for 5,525 yards & 54 touchdowns. As a defensive back with the Blue Bombers he had 17 interceptions  for 215 yards & no touchdowns.  He was a CFL Western Conference All Star as a receiver in 1957, 59, & 1960 . He was a Western Conference All Star in 1966 &  68 as a cornerback.  As a Blue Bomber he won 4 Grey Cups. Prior to the 1970 season Pitts was traded to the BC Lions. Tragically, on September 24, 1970 while at his home in Denver, Colorado on a break from the Lions, Pitts was shot to death by his estranged wife in a domestic dispute. He was 35. 

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Former Blue Bombers Wide Receiver James Murphy. He played 9 seasons with the Big Blue from 1982 -90.  As a receiver he caught 573 passes for 9,036 yards with a 15.8 yard average & scored 61 touchdowns.  He returned 11 punts for 171 yards with a 15.5 yard average. Murphy's lone touchdown as a punt returner went for 64 yards. He also returned 40 kickoffs for 921 yards with a 23.0 yard average but no touchdowns.  Murphy was a CFL Western Division All Star in 1986 & a CFL Eastern Division All Star in 1987, 88 & 89 as well as an All Canadian in 1988. He won three Grey Cups as a Blue Bomber in 1984, 88 & 90. Murphy was elected to the Canadian Football Hall Of Fame in 2000. 

 

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On 2018-08-17 at 5:03 PM, SpeedFlex27 said:

He was also a dog. 

We're talking about mascots so that wouldn't be all that far fetched now would it?

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On 2018-08-16 at 10:24 AM, Sard said:

That's not exactly true... there are many examples of bi-plane bombers from the earlier years of aviation...  A couple of examples include the Hawker Hind Biplane Bomber, and the Vickers Vernon Bomber.

They used to just drop bombs by hand from bi-planes like the Airco DH.4. 

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