Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    http://news.yahoo.com/myanmar-spitfire-hunt-leads-water-filled-crate-013203895.html

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An excavation team searching for a stash of legendary World War II-era British fighter aircraft in northern Myanmar said a wooden crate believed to contain one of the planes has been found, full of muddy water.
    How much water damage occurred was not yet clear, and searchers could not definitively say what was inside the crate. But British aviation enthusiast David J. Cundall, who is driving the hunt for the rare Spitfire planes, called the results "very encouraging."
    "It will take some time to pump the water out ... but I do expect all aircraft to be in very good condition," Cundall told reporters Wednesday in Myanmar's main city, Yangon.
    The Spitfire helped Britain beat back waves of German bombers during the war that ended in 1945, and it remains the most famous British combat aircraft. About 20,000 Spitfires were built, although the dawn of the jet age quickly made the propeller-driven, single-seat planes obsolete.
    As many as 140 Spitfires — three to four times the number of airworthy models known to exist — are believed to have been buried in near-pristine condition in Myanmar by American engineers as the war drew to a close.
    The wooden crate was found in Myitkyina in Kachin state during a dig that began last month. Several digs are planned nationwide, including another near the airport in Yangon.
    Cundall said the search team in Kachin inserted a camera in the crate and found water. What else was inside the crate was unclear and pumping out the water could take weeks, he said.
    The go-ahead for excavation came in October when Myanmar's government signed an agreement with Cundall and his local partner.
    Under the deal, Myanmar's government will get one plane for display at a museum, as well as half of the remaining total. DJC, a private company headed by Cundall, will get 30 percent of the total and the Myanmar partner company Shwe Taung Paw, headed by Htoo Htoo Zaw, will get 20 percent.
    During the project's first phase, searchers hope to recover 60 planes: 36 planes in Mingaladon, near Yangon's international airport; six in Meikthila in central Myanmar; and 18 in Myitkyina. Others are to be recovered in a second phase.
    Searchers hope the aircraft are in pristine condition, but others have said it's possible all they might find is a mass of corroded metal and rusty aircraft parts.
    Cundall said the practice of burying aircraft, tanks and jeeps was common after the war.
    "Basically nobody had got any orders to take these airplanes back to (the) UK. They were just surplus ... (and) one way of disposing them was to bury them," Cundall said. "The war was over, everybody wanted to go home, nobody wanted anything, so you just buried it and went home. That was it."
    Stanley Coombe, a 91-year-old war veteran from Britain who says he witnessed the aircraft's burial, traveled to Myanmar to observe the search.
    It is "very exciting for me because I never thought I would be allowed to come back and see where Spitfires have been buried," Coombe said. "It's been a long time since anybody believed what I said until David Cundall came along."
  2. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Been off line for a week, and saw something about a problem with a JAL 787, a hole in the windscreen?
    I only saw the tv pics and no sound and was on a treadmill at the time

    whats the story?:ear

    Hay Ewe
  3. Hardware02

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    Let me Google that for you...
  4. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    thank you
  5. Juanjo-X

    Juanjo-X X Adventurer

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    I used to build some models a few years ago. To be exact, I was building models until the born of my twins :lol3.. I'm now re-entering the plastic business again sloooowly...

    I wrote articles for specialized modeling mags by that time. Perhaps you would like to have a look at them... 1/72 scale all of them. Lots of scratch-build parts... Hope you enjoy'em.

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  6. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    Nice work!
  7. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    I forgot what it was like doing night time A&P classes. :snore

    Should be free about an hour from now. :cry
  8. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Wow dude! I could NEVER say that again, NEVER do anything like that!
  9. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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  10. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Stunning work, Juanjo! :bow


    Are F111's still current in Oz?
  11. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Little digging shows they were retired in 2009
  12. ChopHawk

    ChopHawk Been here awhile

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    incredible job Juanjo. love the seahawk and 53. we build the seahawk here in Ct, and the detail of your models is amazing. nice work
  13. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    WANT!

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    Thanks mates! Although I like anything able to fly, I do love meat-grinders.. Some more on the interior of the Pave Low ...

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  15. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    I see he's using the tailwheel touchdown to signal when to cut power, so if you can touch the tailwheel down exactly where you want to, you're in like flynn.
  16. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    It's interesting that the leading edge slats are manually controllable. If there's a decent wind blowing that could be landed with almost no roll after touchdown.
  17. DakarNick

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    I think they're actuated by the AOA.

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    Just Aircraft has completed design and testing of a new &#8220;Slatted wing&#8221; and compatible &#8220;Shock Absorber Landing Gear&#8221;. The results exceeded expectations!

    &#8220;This newly completed &#8220;Superstol&#8221; with a high lift wing and long strut air shock landing gear is the ultimate future bushplane. Fowler flaps and automatic leading edge slats increase wing cord and provide exceptional STOL performance while maintaining the trailerable folding wing.

    &#8226; At least 10% faster cruise speed
    &#8226; At least 10% slower stall speed
    &#8226; Reduced landing distance by 50%"
  18. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    I wonder if there is a linkage (either a lockout or a full mechanical link) that prevents a 'slats disagree', and if not, if it has an override or sufficient aileron authority to compensate.
  19. DakarNick

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    Good question. I emailed them and asked :lol3 I'll let you know what I find out.
  20. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    The automatic slats are just spring loaded and depend on air pressure to push them closed. I don't think there's anything like a linkage involved. Maybe it's only required on the powered type used on large aircraft.