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Old Aug 14, 2012, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by JKinTX View Post
Very nice stuff. The Mercator is one of my favorite airplanes and considering the long and dangerous duty they served on ELINT missions, it is a surprise the Navy didn't at least preserve one- all were scrapped in 1960.
Have you thought about a Kalinin K-7? Seven engines, twin booms, etc., etc.:
A real crime that no Mercator survived. I think the little Martin Museum in Baltimore may have a small part or two left and that is indeed it.

The Mercator is looking like number two on the bucket list behind the Belyayev.

Familiar with the K-7 and like it, but it does not ignite the internal creative fire that says I must build it....

Someone did a nice K-7 here on RCG, but it was damaged on the first flight. Do not recall if it was ever rebult and flown.
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