posted on Mar, 5 2004 @ 03:53 PM
It's so hard for me to choose. There are so many great planes out there, but one that I always find to be an amazing aircraft is the Avro Arrow.
Maybe it's because i'm Canadian and that makes me a little biased
But that jet seriously had soo much potencial.
It was defiantely amazing for it's time thats for sure, just to list off some things it did...
-First a/c to fly with fly by wire AND artificial feedback (feel). Not even the first F-16's had this.
-First a/c designed with digital computers being used for both aerodynamic analysis and designing the structural matrix (and a whole lot more).
-First a/c designed to be data-link flyable from the ground.
-First a/c designed with integrated navigation, weapons release, automatic search and track radar, datalink inputs, home-on-jamming, infrared
detection, electronic countermeasures and counter-countermeasures operating through a DIGITAL brain.
-First high wing jet fighter that made the entire upper surface a lifting body. The F-15, F-22, Su-27 etc., MiG-29, MiG 25 and others certainly used
You can find more listed here: www.avroarrow.org...
Now I think that's pretty incredible for being made in the 1950's. I just wish some one would build a time machine so I could go back in time and
kick Diefenbaker's ass. I only just wonder what things would be like if it wasn't canned.
Here is link to some stats on the Arrow: www.avroarrow.org...