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Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 11:04 a.m.

Warcraft's symbols prevented deadly confusion

  • Cory Graff / Flying Heritage Collection

If you carelessly mixed the two substances used to power the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, it was most likely the last thing you ever did. C-Stoff (methanol, hydrazine, and water) added to T-Stoff (hydrogen peroxide) created a violent reaction that propelled the rocket fighter, but could cause a massive explosion if they accidentally mixed. As a result, the fillers and drains on the aircraft carry clear symbols, distinctive in color, shape and letter, to keep a confused ground crewman from inadvertently blowing himself up, along with the aircraft.

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