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Trivia Question: What Was The "Bank"

Sun Jan 05, 2003 9:01 pm

Soviet aircraft during the cold where assigned code names by NATO for recognition purposes.

Examples include:

Mig 23 "Flogger"
Mig 25 "Foxbat"
AN-12 "Cub"
Tu-16 "Badger"

There where four aircraft that where not built in the Soviet Union that recieved callsigns.

Three of them where:

The Shenyang J-8 "Finback" ...........China
The Nanchang Q-5 "Fantan" ...........China
The Aero L-29 Delfin "Maya"............Chezchsolvakia

The forth aircraft was assigned the NATO codename "Bank"

The triva question folks is....

Who built the "Bank", what was it and from which country did it originate?

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RE: Trivia Question: What Was The "Bank"

Sun Jan 05, 2003 9:56 pm

Easy!
Bank being a monosyllable word commencing with the letter B means a propeller driven bomber.In this case the North American B-25 Mitchell supplied to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease rules during WW2.Most of these bombers operated alongside Douglas A-20 Havocs in the Northwestern part of Russia against the Germans on the Kola peninsula.The A-20 btw. was codenamed "Box".
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RE: Trivia Question: What Was The "Bank"

Sun Jan 05, 2003 10:04 pm

Learn something new every day. I wasn't aware of the A-20 having a code name.
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RE: Trivia Question: What Was The "Bank"

Sun Jan 05, 2003 11:52 pm

The name gives away the fact that it was a Bomber, and a prop powered one at that. The answer is the B-25, built by North American in the US of course. The USSR recieved some of those during WWII as aid from their US allies and apparently kept using them until at least the establishment of NATO.  Big grin

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RE: Trivia Question: What Was The "Bank"

Mon Jan 06, 2003 12:05 am

I see FBU 4EVER! got the answer right, so congrats!  Big thumbs up

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RE: Trivia Question: What Was The "Bank"

Mon Jan 06, 2003 1:36 am

Some other planes of Lend-Lease ancestry got names (in 1954),as well,since they were thought to be operated by the Soviets post-war:
TU-4 (B-29 copy) = Bull
LI-2 (C-47 copy) = Cab
P-63 = Fred
PBY Catalina = Mop

I particularly like Mop! U-boat captain to crew:"Attention all! We're being attacked by a mop"!  Nuts
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