Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    yes, awesome
    thanks for posting the vid.

    we could only make it for the Friday practice, which was very windy but well worthwhile and quite memorable.
  2. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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    The airframe without the electronics is a piss-poor overpriced tub.
  3. fz6kd7

    fz6kd7 Long timer

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    I haven't kept a close watch on the 35
    But isn't it a piss poor over-due-over-priced
    tub regardless
  4. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    That's almost always the case with the first version of a new concept.

    The concept/design may at some point become viable, practical, profitable and possibly even the norm in the future, but it will not be the F-35 (likely never would have been) and probably not Lockheed. The actual cost of R&D and then producing and working out whatever bugs that weren't predicted pretty much puts any single company in the tank..........unless they can win a contract.

    Same with the V-22 and many other "ground breaking" aircraft going back in time.
  5. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    But with the electronics seems to be pretty impressive. Especially as all three branches will share some parts. The linked communications mentioned elsewhere is pretty impressive. At least till the first EMP....
  6. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    The 100th F-35 has begun assembly on the production line.

    The 2012 flight test plan called for 988 flights and 8,458 test points by Dec. 31. For the year, the SDD program flew 1,167 flights and tallied 9,319 test points. The F-35A Flight Science test aircraft flew 291 flights and accomplished 2,573 test points. The F-35B Flight Science test aircraft accomplished 396 flights and 2,443 test points. The F-35C flew 239 flights and tallied 2,247 test points. The Mission Systems test aircraft accomplished 241 flights and 2,056 test points. The F-35B also executed 102 vertical landings.

    The cumulative 2012 milestones were achieved through a combination of planned test flights and test points, along with test flights and test points added throughout the year. The flight test program is now more than one third complete in aggregate with the Air Force’s F-35A variant leading the way with 43 percent complete.
  7. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Damn I love the C-130
  8. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Who doesn't? "Herky bird, Herky bird.."
  9. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    I'm guessing the C-130 is balls to the wall and the F-35's near stall speed....
  10. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    If what I've seen of the F-22 is any indicator, the F-35 can easily handle slower speeds.

    But yeah, I bet the Herk is booking pretty hard.

    Hmmm, I wonder what the max KCAS is with the drogues trailing?
  11. ADK

    ADK .......................

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    beautiful machines...
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6HBmeWL-or0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  12. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Wifey's cousin is an aerial gunner on a 130. He and his assigned aircraft were used in the desert scene of Transformers.
  13. GSPeP

    GSPeP Long timer

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    Is very nice indeed

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  14. GSPeP

    GSPeP Long timer

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  15. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Can anyone ID this radial motor? It has just taken up residence in my side yard. Its 9 cyl, single row, suspecting 30s. Its big and heavy, so probably strapped onto a metal frame, not wood. Also if you look at the valve covers, they are clipped on, not bolted on.



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  16. hwy61

    hwy61 Been here awhile

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    Pratt and Whitney R1690 Hornet engine? Maybe? :D
  17. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    It's a Lycoming. It's very early because of the grease lubricated rockers. If it's an R-645, it's quite rare. If it's an R-680, it was used extensively in Stearman PT trainers. Lycoming was about the only company that made small 9 cylinder radials.
  18. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    I cant confirm with 100%, but everything I have been able to see with pics on the interweb confirm. Awesome!
  19. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    pratt and whitney r1690 hornet air engine 9 cylinder radial



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    Lycoming R-680



    Right now either are possible. Good starts
  20. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Rocker covers are wrong for the lycoming from what I can see now that I look closer. Still looking at the hornet as a good possibility.