a reply to: Zaphod58
Yeah, that tends to help...
But now, the good stuff:
First, their F/A-18
Here's an up-close view of some state-of-the-art Carter-era supersonic inlet design
Now, their F-14
My favorite view of an F-4
Their RA-5 Vigilante, I've always had a major soft spot for this plane
The main gear retraction mechanism is like a miniature version of the XB-70's
Now, the X-32B
What you can't see is that the entire bottom half of the aircraft was covered in ablative paint, and pretty much the entire underside of the aircraft
had extensive heat damage to the paint.
This, I'll reckon is about as close as you'll ever get (as a civilian) to a 2D thrust vectoring F119 nozzle without getting shot by the MP's for
getting too close to the F-22.
Peering inside, there wasn't much to see, though it appears that the X-32B still has its engine in place. Lots of cool details though.
Here's the main gear well:
Note the composite wing monocoque that everything, main gear included, bolted onto. This concept was extremely ambitious (and still sounds pretty
crazy today), and the constant unresolved issues with weight and durability are a big part of what cost Boeing the competition. Also, note the APU
exhaust, as both prototypes tested aerodynamics only, and both seemed to have had their APU's haphazardly stuffed into the space that would be used
for internal weapons bays on the production model.
This "MechEng 101"-grade fabricated aluminum endcap for the composite wing structure is presumably there to cover the attachment point for the
wingtips that the supersonic X-32A had. The X-32B was a subsonic-only demonstrator to prove the direct lift concept.
I wish they had left the direct lift system exhaust doors open so you could see the twin Harrier-style vectoring exhaust nozzles.
And here's some stuff for the rotorwing afficianados:
More of the Sea Knight:
And more of the Seasprite:
Typical Kaman weirdness, this has to be the strangest main gear setup that I have ever seen on a helo. Note that the tires are solid rubber and use
this strange forward swinging suspension system.
More Kaman weirdness. Check out those servo flaps!
And to round it out, here's some assorted ordinance: