posted on May, 14 2012 @ 04:20 PM
reply to post by tsurfer2000h
think this caught my eye when I saw it...
aerodynamical robustness makes it an ideal research aircraft even under extreme situations like thunderstorm research or measurements in the
contrail of other aircraft.
Perhaps the Falcon 20 is "robust"......certainly, it IS a jet, capable of speeds and altitudes to perform the "contrail sampling".
Still, in terms of "robustness" (if that's even a word?).....the C-130 'Hercules'
is the main choice for hurricane penetration....where "robustness" is of the essence, if you want to survive the experience!
(**)...(Man! When I was a kid, I just HAD
to have a model kit for that airplane! I was too young to understand airplanes that well, back
then, at age 7 or 8...... but knew it was "cool".....maybe saw it in newsreels from Vietnam, who knows?? Guess now, have to look for more kits that
may be available. Prefer 1/48 to 1/32 scale, in plastic models....though, with the wingspan of a C-130, a 1/32 scale model would be rather
big.....working on a 1/32 sized F-15 right now, and IT is quite large.......so, for a "Herc"....most plastic model kits for that airplane likely are
in the same scale as "airliner" kits.....1/144 **...**Wait! Found a 1/48 scale 'ITALERI'
!! Over 33" wingspan, for a plastic model......sweet......gotta get it, now......). Of course, for R/C, then "bigger is better"....when it
comes to actually re-creating something that you want to play with, as a "toy"!! (lol)....
BACK to hurricane penetration......welcome to the "Lockheed WC-130 Weatherbird"
And, the 'Hurricane Hunters Association'
These people have 'BIG' gonads....(even the women)....
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