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You definitely could. However, I have thought of a few additional concerns: How do you strap in?: Human pilots preferentially sit in a chair, and can easily be belted in. How do you strap in a centaur? Do they have to straddle some kind of saddle, and then tie in straps over their back? Can they strap themselves in, or do they need someone else to do so? ...


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Yes, it would be possible to build a plane that a centaur could fly using WWI technology, but the centaurs would still be at a severe disadvantage because they would need to build very big and non-maneuverable planes to accommodate their larger and heavier bodies. Now, WWI was the first war where actual air-battles took place and where aircraft played a ...


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They actually existed Below is a picture and specifications of a Centaur 2A, built in 1919. The photo doesn't show the centaur pilot. I'll see if I can find one. Edit - Found! diagram added at end Note that the centaur's head and shoulders stuck out of the fuselage where you can see a dip near the front in the picture. It would look like an ordinary pilot ...


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Why would you need an engine when the pilot is an engine with a peak power of about 15 hp? Thats right. Although we call it horsepower, a horse has about 15 hp (peak performance). So going into another direction than retrofitting a plane which was designed for weak humans, we could design a plane that uses the centaurs muscle energy to create lift. I'm ...


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AI replacing white-collar workers at an awesome speed, until the only people with an income are investors, a few designers, civil service, and those manual workers whose wages are too low to replace them with robots. This could come faster than robots replacing assembly-line workers, because data centers can flick from streaming movies to doing tax returns ...


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Don't let the neighsayers and badgers keep you from your dreams of flight. Have you ever thought about a... Flintstones Plane You read that right. I attached a picture of the Flintstones car above for reference, should you happen to not have watched that cartoon before. My proposal is for the bottom of the plane to have four portholes for the centaurs to ...


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You have many problem. First no fuel and no electricity which means most of modern technology becomes useless in short order. I will tell you from experience when I had to work in a wild life refuge where power tools were forbidden, most people do not know how to do things entirely by hand anymore and even fewer have tools to do so. Few know how to hunt ...


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Starting from point 3 As far as I can work out, there'd no benefit to having a centaur pilot as opposed to a human one. Their physical strength and speed are no advantage to them, but rather are detriments. But... then again Though... maybe you could extrapolate some advantage in that centaurs/horses have larger lungs and bigger hearts (and possibly two ...


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Cut, Burn, & Cover: FRAME SHIFT: As fanatical as we Minnesotans might be about our Vikings, horns would be a serious impediment to normal human behavior. Actual Vikings did NOT wear horned helmets, because they were impractical and would provide leverage in combat, so a blow against the very broad horns might twist or break a warrior's neck. If those ...


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The centaurs have the advantage of speed and carrying capacity over the human musket square. Tactical options include: Carrying multiple muskets per centaur (close the range, fire all muskets, disengage to reload), enabling them to outgun the musket square on one side Carrying larger, longer-ranged muskets than the infantry square and hammering them from a ...


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In the short term they might survive, on the long term they are screwed There are a lot of things that can go wrong if a 20th century Wyoming-Montana town got transported to the Campanian period. Also for references check out my answer on (this question), which covers a lot of the same things. Some of these problems include: A lack of edible vegetation among ...


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Add conspiracy theories and an incompetent leader (I dont mean this as a political statement. I promise, it's just real life is a good source of inspiration sometimes and the news is the best show on TV atm) Add a leader who is corrupt and or incompetent. All those problems in your question have had analogies that occured in recent history to some extent and ...


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A lot has been covered in other answers, so I just want to add two specific points to consider: Because centaurs are so much more massive, it will take a few years longer to develop the first planes that can carry them as pilots. A centaur-only world wouldn't invent planes as soon because it's a harder problem for bigger passengers and pilots. I think it ...


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Being half-humans, centaurs really can drive planes: arms for the steering wheel, front legs for the pedals. And as you mentioned, there is an additional benefit having two more legs so they can be used for something good (extra flight controls, actuation of machineguns and cannons...). Counter-side: horses are 3-5 times heavier thus we need more "horse ...


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I want to highlight the opposite approach to IronEagle rather than leave it as a comment. The safest posture for your Centaurs in a plan is to be laying down. This avoids having to stand when pulling Gs providing the same benefit as sitting for a human pilot. This does obviously mean they'll be restricted to hand controls only. So your Centaur is going to ...


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I think the answer to your question is as simple as could.the civilization manufacture a cannon. If yes, the same metalurgy will easily contain 49atm being the liquification pressure of oxygen and hence give you todays storage densities. the weight will of course be more than simply containing at atmospheric pressure Cannons were never particularly safe ...


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The route to pre-industrial electrolysis One plausible technological route to electrolysis is electroplating. It is documented that the Moche culture was able to perform such feats. Since the Moche culture ended somewhen around 700 AD, it should count as pre-modern. People might notice that when electroplating large objects (or with higher voltage than usual)...


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Is an invention from 1679 sufficiently Pre-Modern for you? Denin Papin's Steam Digester, invented 1679, could safely handle 6 Bar(for boiling temp of 165C), and supposedly would rupture at about 15-20Bar, if the pressure release valve malfunctioned. Supposedly, the action of this pressure relief valve led to the first concepts of steam engines! When near the ...


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It (joke aside (yet not too far)) may have looked like this, allowing the centaur to step in and out easily. More seriously, as mentioned in other answers, centaur must have comfortable position allowing to withstand g forces, something like this could take place inside the cockpit: (source)


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The biggest problem I can see is farmland. Not so much that dinos wandering over a wheat field will ruin the harvest (though it will) it's that they know NOTHING about soil content, weeds, other plants, etc etc etc. I would say your best bet is to transplant the town and a decent amount of surrounding farmland. That'd give them (hopefully) some silos of ...


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I think they will have huge problems. They basically land in a wild region which they don't know with scarce supplies. I say scarce because I doubt that they have supplies sufficient for at least 1 year of anything. With those supplies and what they have with them they need to: protect their settlement with something sturdy enough to push away curious ...


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You got plenty of real. Add some fictional. From OP: The conditions of the Great Collapse lead many, in 2020, to partake in "Breaching" the alternate reality of the Underground, an alternate world parallel to Earth that is highly hostile to humans but full of valuable items and materials that are worth a lot on Earth. I was wondering what I can ...


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This question makes me think of Estelle from Arknights. (I don't know how to put pictures in a question or answer on SE, sadly, so you'll have to find it yourself). The spike-like horns on her brow could be accounted for with simple holes in the helmet. However, the big, curved horns on the side of her head would be quite a bit more difficult. A clamshell ...


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Guerilla Warfare. Centaurs have a significant mobility advantage compared to humans in many situations. The increased mobility can allow them to harass enemies, especially large groups of enemies on the move, by always attacking any weakness. This forces the opponent to keep up their guard at all times, which means the Britons will need to commit more ...


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Trade the Isle of Wight for Hong Kong There is no realistic prospect of the UK retaining Hong Kong indefinitely unless it can satisfy China by offering something of comparable value in return. One way to do this would be to offer a portion of England to China to establish a permanent trading center. This would align with your narrative of the UK and China ...


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You could have them get it through spoils of war. If you're already playing with history, expand on the Boxer Rebellion a tiny bit, or to be more specific, expand on the Boxer Protocol. Have the Brits add in a bit about how, "In due part to the expense of the equipment, transportation, and men's lives spent in this unnecessary and pointless war, Hong ...


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Consider if the Centaur-flying inspiration might go in a very different direction than biplanes. They're already most of the way towards having the form of a Pegasus, anyway (which perhaps also exists in the world with other fantasy races such as Centaurs?). Instead of looking at the Centaur body as a handicap, instead see how it might be an advantage; the ...


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Alas, not in 1918. But for WWII they'd take Flying Fortress to a whole new level So there's been some great answers here, but few seem to truly appreciate the fact that flight was NEW in WWI, and subsequently the aircraft were not great. Planes were so primitive that nobody actually knew what they were doing, even in 1918. To the point where there were no ...


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Why not use some other sylvan race as pilots? Centaurs usually live in sylvan forests, close to pixies and suchlike. Among them should be ideal candidates for flight. Centaurs can be ground personnel where their strength and speed will really shine. Imagine mechanics with a built in 15 HP engine for moving equipment. Some ideas: find some warlike tiny ...


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Lung capacity of a centaur might help in doing strenuous work at altitude, but there are two biophysical limits that cannot be overcome by just increasing lung capacity. Lungs are basically a semi-permeable membrane that allows gases to pass through. Oxygen moves from air to blood because the partial pressure of oxygen (ppO2) dissolved in the blood in the ...


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