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Best designer? Sexiest plane?

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posted on Nov, 1 2004 @ 04:04 AM
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The real thing was the Northrop (Northrop Grumman was a long way away yet) YB 49 Flying Wing heavy bomber. Jack Northrop designed it to replace the Boeing B17 Fort. The first squadron was practically ready for delivery when the USAAF (United States Army Air Force) canned it for the previously stated reason. Jack nicked a lot of the idea and research from the Germans (Operation Paperclip, where do you think Apollo came from?) but the execution was all American.



right,ok,i see-sorry about the confusion.




posted on Nov, 1 2004 @ 04:11 AM
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Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV

Originally posted by optimus fett
Hey howlrunner,are you getting confused-this aircraft i pictured def didnt fly it was just ficticious,are you talking about other nazi flying wings?




It would have...except in the real thing the undercarriage retracted. Oh, yeah, it was real, it flew, it was cool. But the AAF (Army Air Force) rejected it because it couldn't carry the brand new a-bomb.


Yet a lot of people do not understand the shape of the capsule. It was a lifting body. You could actually 'fly' it on re-entry.

Regards mate


Not confused at all. except in the REAL thing...

The real thing was the Northrop (Northrop Grumman was a long way away yet) YB 49 Flying Wing heavy bomber. Jack Northrop designed it to replace the Boeing B17 Fort. The first squadron was practically ready for delivery when the USAAF (United States Army Air Force) canned it for the previously stated reason. Jack nicked a lot of the idea and research from the Germans (Operation Paperclip, where do you think Apollo came from?) but the execution was all American.

[edit on 1-11-2004 by HowlrunnerIV](spelling!)

[edit on 1-11-2004 by HowlrunnerIV]



posted on Nov, 1 2004 @ 12:20 PM
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Originally posted by just_a_pilot
That has to be the ugliest thing ever to 'grace' the sky. Works...yes. Ugly....definately. It is pure proof that with the right computer even a piano could fly. The wobbley goblin is UGLY.

The U-2 is ugly, but at LEAST it has an F-104 fuselage.

[edit on 10/31/2004 by just_a_pilot]


Why use a piano, with the rightmaths most things can be adapted to fly. (see link)
www.pub.nxs.net...



posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 11:35 AM
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IMHO the sexiest plane there is the Su-30!!

Good looking, amazing manuverability...you name it!

military.china.com...

[edit on 9-11-2004 by Daedalus3]



posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 09:12 PM
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I think the best designer is Burt Rutan.

One of my favorite looking new designs is the Iranian Shafag
h fighter based off the MiG I-2000.
The MiG I-2000
Model of the Shafagh
prototype trainer version of Shafagh

My other fav is the B2 Spirit



posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 09:17 PM
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Kind of looks like the JSF. Is it in production or still test?



posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 09:58 PM
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it's still mostly in the design & test stage. A prototype of the fighter version is supposed to be out around 2007-2008



posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 10:15 PM
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The Su-32 is a pretty nice looking plane. I like the Russian Mig 1.42. I don't think it's flown yet but it sure looks nice.


Sorry if the image is to big.

[edit on 11/9/2004 by cyberdude78]



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 12:51 AM
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A friend of our family owns both of these. Bill Anders.

Val-Halla



And Wampus Cat





Bill ground looped Val-Halla at Hill AFB a few years ago. She is flying again. See ya at Reno!



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 01:20 AM
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All jets look almost exactly alike nowadays ... but this is my fav.




posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 02:26 AM
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Like racing cars, eventually purpose defines design, I guess.

If you want ugly find a picture of the Airtruk. To see it in action watch Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome...

The Shafagh does look awfully modern for a middle-eastern bird.

NO DON'T SAY IT! *whisper* pathetic copies, anyone? *whisper* Uhh, too late.



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 02:32 AM
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Airtruk LOL. Ugly ...........yes. Functional HELL yes. The little wings on the bottom are more to spread seed and chemicals than lift. The vorticies off of the tips combine with the larger vortex from the main wing to spread seed across a wide area. Crop dusters are nuts, that is a dangerous game indeed!



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 03:26 AM
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The father of Jetplanes, it simply is outstanding, pure brillance.



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 03:30 AM
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^^^Sir Frank Whittle and Gloster might argue with you over that claim...

Although Willy Messerschmitt's swept wing was more advanced. The only time in his career he ever got a wing design right first time.



posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 06:50 AM
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SEXY AS HELL!!!!! the fork tailed devil.xxx






posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 12:47 AM
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Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV
^^^Sir Frank Whittle and Gloster might argue with you over that claim...

Although Willy Messerschmitt's swept wing was more advanced. The only time in his career he ever got a wing design right first time.


They were both nice aircraft but i believe the Me 262 was in fact the first operational jet fighter. The He 178 was actually the first jet powered aircraft but it was just a prototype. Lets not forget the P-80 shooting star either, it was a really nice plane too


P-80: Shooting Star



Me 262



Gloster Meteor



en.wikipedia.org...


[edit on 11-11-2004 by Trent]



posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 12:59 AM
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Originally posted by denseuno
f-117 for sure sexiest




[edit on 31-10-2004 by denseuno]


ahhhh...not so sure i'd agree with ya, its a pretty good lookin plane but most planes labeled as good looking have smooth curves, which is basically the opposite of this.


When I was a kid I thought this thing looked like Darth Vaders helmut.



posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 07:37 AM
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F-117 looks like a fish, but it is very abstract from a traditional aircraft...

I like S-37 design, I think it has a bright future.



posted on Nov, 14 2004 @ 08:02 AM
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Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV
^^^Sir Frank Whittle and Gloster might argue with you over that claim...

Although Willy Messerschmitt's swept wing was more advanced. The only time in his career he ever got a wing design right first time.


Hans von Ohain who develoed the first german jet engines publiclly stated that he got his ideas from Frank Whittle's 1929 paper and knew of his work on the subject (before it got classiffied) Whittle patented the idea in 1930 while ohain in 1936 (Whittle has an early prototype design built by 1935). In the end they mat after the war and decided to be co-designers. The fact the Germans got a plane into the air first was more to do with british politics and the RAF not taking it seriously than any lack of technical nohow.

We should all learn to call it a draw and just enjoy the jets for the buitiful engines they are



posted on Nov, 14 2004 @ 09:25 AM
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Originally posted by paperplane_uk

Hans von Ohain who develoed the first german jet engines publiclly stated that he got his ideas from Frank Whittle's 1929 paper and knew of his work on the subject (before it got classiffied) Whittle patented the idea in 1930 while ohain in 1936 (Whittle has an early prototype design built by 1935). In the end they mat after the war and decided to be co-designers. The fact the Germans got a plane into the air first was more to do with british politics and the RAF not taking it seriously than any lack of technical nohow.

We should all learn to call it a draw and just enjoy the jets for the buitiful engines they are


Just to clarify, the Germans had their Me262 in *service* first, but the UK had a plane in the air first. THe RAFs remit during WW2 was to build as many aircraft as possible based on existing designs, so when they were approached by Whittle with a functioning prototype aircraft, they only reluctantly gave him funds to persue the Meteor. The Germans were the ones to embrace new technology quicker, but they overstretched themselves, thus losing the war.



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