The Legend Of The LISA Maria And Its Behind The Scenes Secrets


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The Airplane History of the legendary “LISA MARIE” (Marie-LES-Arey) is quite impressive indeed. The plane was built in wartime France by the Luftwaffe as a heavy bomber – to carry out very low level attacks on the German airfields and factories. Its operational service lasted from the initial month of April until the end of the war. Its destruction at the end of the Second World War still lay dormant till today. As an interesting and fascinating part of Air Force One’s Airplane History, the “LISA MARIE” is believed to have been the only combat biplane ever to be lost in combat.

History Of The Airplane

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The Airplane was actually the designation of the “Lancaster” which was actually a light bomber. In the cockpit of the “Lancaster” was the pilot and his navigator. This was then followed by the “Hurricanes” which were armed with machine guns. They could actually fire in all directions – as they had high diving brakes. In order to get away from the enemy and to evade detection from the ground, the “Hurricanes” could descend rapidly into a horizontal position in a straight line.

The” Lancaster” was then replaced by the” FW-LM” (Fighter-Missing). It was a type of long-tailed aircraft which was armed with machine guns, which could shoot down the incoming German planes. But this was not enough. The “Lancasters” needed some additional help in their fight against the German aircraft. That’s when the” Mystours” were added to the inventory. These were actually three prototype aircraft which were designed and created in order to counter the supposed superior German planes.

Know About The “Mystour”

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The “Mystour” was armed with two machine guns and was fitted with a radio navigation device. The” Lancasters” could fire high-velocity machine guns and could go higher and further into the German territory – where the” Mystour” could dive down to attack the German planes from below. As a result, this type of fighter became highly efficient. But its speed was just short of that of the “Lancaster” – the only real competitor.

The “ACA” (American Air Force) needed an updated version of its fighter aircraft. It was therefore assigned to the “DF” (Fighter Group) of the United States Air Force. The “FAC” believed to be the first ever fighter plane in the world. The “ACA” served its purpose during World War II and was used in the combat over France. There is a general belief that this aircraft is the model for the famous Spitfire fighter plane.

End Of War

Of course, the allied forces also fought each other with their own fighters and eventually the war ended with the American invasion of Japan. As it was clear that the Japanese would soon collapse in the face of the Allied invasion, this gave the Americans the opportunity to make use of their new fighter planes – and their improved radar systems. They quickly put to use the Curtiss-Wasp project, which was meant for long-range operations over the Pacific. The Curtiss-Wasp was also armed with two machine guns, to be used against the advancing Japanese army.

Final Words

As you can see, there is a lot of history behind the making of the “LISA Maria”. In fact, the name itself has several interpretations. Some people think it means “Love of the Sea”. Others think it is a reference to the legend of the flying swan. But it could just be an old Spanish term that means “wind bird”. Whatever the case, the fact remains that this aircraft is the pride of the Air Force and a symbol of America’s might.

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