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Old 11-03-2007, 11:38 PM   #181
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Yeah, the moment of clarity for me was when we had chain saws in the back. Not for anything Rambo-esq, but because the trees at the end of one runway had gotten tall enough that taking off became an issue. I realized I had mixed two of the most dangerous professions. Forestry and light aircraft. And I'm pretty sure at that moment I heard my dad wake up half a world away just to tell someone his dumbass theory was correct.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:40 PM   #182
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Yeah, the moment of clarity for me was when we had chain saws in the back. Not for anything Rambo-esq, but because the trees at the end of one runway had gotten tall enough that taking off became an issue. I realized I had mixed two of the most dangerous professions. Forestry and light aircraft. And I'm pretty sure at that moment I heard my dad wake up half a world away just to tell someone his dumbass theory was correct.
There's more sig line material in there somewhere.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:45 AM   #183
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When I was in primary school, this research aircraft...




...often flew over at high altitude, causing sonic booms.

Skinned in stainless steel, its take off speed was close to 300mph...
Bristol 188 I believe, built as a test bed for some sort of mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft we were planning to build.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:53 AM   #184
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Bristol 188 I believe, built as a test bed for some sort of mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft we were planning to build.
Okay, that solves that mystery. Got another jet to show us?
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:07 AM   #185
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Been doing some digging on the Bristol 188, it would have led to, at least in theory, the Avro 730 a strategic reconnaissance and strategic nuclear bomber expected to enter RAF service in 1965.



Anyway, a little something else to be going on with.

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Old 11-04-2007, 01:14 AM   #186
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Wonderfully obscure, never seen it before. Googling around a little, an Armstrong-Whitworth AW-52? Wow.
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:18 AM   #187
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Wonderfully obscure, never seen it before. Googling around a little, an Armstrong-Whitworth AW-52? Wow.
Correct! First flew in 1947 and, when one of the 2 of them crashed in 1949 the pilot make the first emergency ejection in Britain.
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:48 AM   #188
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Bristol 188 I believe, built as a test bed for some sort of mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft we were planning to build.


OK - this one's a bit easier, though its history is a sorry tale of mismanagement and governmental manipulation...



Well ahead of its time...
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Old 11-04-2007, 02:14 AM   #189
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OK - this one's a bit easier, though its history is a sorry tale of mismanagement and governmental manipulation...



Well ahead of its time...
British Aircraft Corporation TSR-2.

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Old 11-04-2007, 05:06 AM   #190
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TSR-2 What an enormous, hulking, monster of an airplane. Reminds me of the A-5.

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Old 11-04-2007, 06:44 AM   #191
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The Israel C7s have been the aggressor force in Key West for some time. The best of the Navy pilots get to transition to the C7s and become the aggressors.
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:17 AM   #192
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TSR-2 What an enormous, hulking, monster of an airplane. Reminds me of the A-5.

Heinkel He 178 experimental jet.

I figured it had to be an early experimental because it's a tail dragger.

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Old 11-04-2007, 08:55 AM   #194
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