posted on Jul, 11 2005 @ 09:56 AM
A link with a little more info on the aircraft.
The plane is a 1940 Waco model. If you mean that the biplane Concept
is 80 years old you are also quite wrong as it predates even the Wright
flyer back to the glider era.
Many biplane types are still designed and built for stunt work and kit built aircraft. The biplane wing design affords very good low-speed handling,
and improved maneuverability which would be out of date to todays airforces but not to barnstormers flying mainly under 200mph to whom lift and
strength is important.
Heres another "obsolete" biplane which was recently designed and built by this man and is very successful.
There have been many airshow tragedies in the last few years, many of them involving state of the art modern military jets. Even these use design
principals honed in the first half of the century. You do know there were monoplane fighters in WWI dont you?
For instance, the ME-262 was desinged in the ealry 40s and was a swept wing twin engine jet fighter, as is the F-22 Raptor. Does the fact that these
two aircraft share similar wing design make them obsolete as well in your mind? Because that would fit your biplane argument.
The fact is, whether its a state of the art Sukhoi or a Curtis Jenny, when pushed to extremes and aircraft can fail. And in this case it wasn't the
aircrafts fault but a collision.
Before you say folks have no idea what they are talking about I would suggest you do a little research yourself or at least use some care to phrase
your argument a bit better.
[edit on 11-7-2005 by Veltro]