Aviation MegaThread!!!!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. No False Enthusiasm

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  2. Klay

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    The X-32 had vertical landing capability and stealth characteristics. Perfect dumptruck of a strike fighter.
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    they had some perfectly good designs, but they focused on heavy bombers for efficiency's sake.


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  4. Klay

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    What exactly was wrong with it? I would much prefer the lift arrangement...more like the proven Harrier. They had flying prototypes that proved to be satisfactory.
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    Which would have been great if the specs were just for a Harrier replacement. But it was for an "everything with an F or A prefix designator" replacement. In that the X-32 had no chance.
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    There is a great NOVA episode called the battle of the x planes. Im sure you can wathc the video on the PBS website.

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  7. Klay

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    Please explain.
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    No. Go Wiki yourself. :D
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    If its the one i think it is, its on netflix.
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    Actually, I work these guys on Boeing production test flights pretty regularly...

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    It was fun to be holding short at STL and watch the then in production F15's make a vertical climb departure. I think they could even accelerate in the vertical climb.
  13. No False Enthusiasm

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    Good catch, Flying-D...

    I was thinking of the classic single seat, single engine, land based fighter...

    Chas... seems like I remember seeing a video, circa mid to late '70's where an F-15 and an F-4 took off together.

    The F-15 had a rearward facing camera and after rotation, went vertical.

    The F-4 remained in the camera frame while still rolling on the runway...

    NFE
  14. JamesG

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    The F-18 was a McDonnell Douglas design/product (but mostly a Northrop design) before they were assimilated into the Boeing collective.
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    That's a take-off shot?
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    I just got that image after googling it, but nope, I don't imagine that it is. Why? I was just saying that it was a Boeing single-seat fighter. I totally understand that it was not originally a Boeing product, but that is the nature of many aircraft. Type certificates get sold, manufacturers get bought-out or collapse...We could each probably name many examples of this.
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    Just curious. I would have thought the flaps would have been lowered more for landing. Also figured speed brakes would be visible on landing although I'm not sure of the configuration on the Super H. I also seem to recall the F-18 lands with a slightly more level attitude, but again not sure on the Super H and maybe I'm not remembering it correctly...
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    it does.....when fast
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    IDK? Flaps look like they're all the way down to me, leading edge slats out, and looks most of the landings I've seen...to a runway.
  20. No False Enthusiasm

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    Given the past several posts, I'll return to my earlier question, and try to state it accurately...

    When did Boeing last design and build a single seat, single engine, land based fighter?

    P-26?

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