Aviation MegaThread!!!!

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

  1. NTTF

    NTTF Trapped Under Ice

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    Wasn't the U-2 roughly based on the F4? They're silent at idle and damn loud taking off.
  2. ParrotheadJeff

    ParrotheadJeff Class A CDL

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    Actually, the U-2 was based on the F-104 :wink:
  3. moparren

    moparren Been here awhile

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    Pima Air and Space. You can spend days there and not see everything, somewhere I have pictures of the B-36 still in pieces before they put it back together.

  4. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    yeah, the F4 was only 15 years after world war 2. Amazing.
  5. NTTF

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    That's the one. The U-2 is old and kind of wild to look at up close. Seems like very old technology now and they all look kind of beat up compared to similar aged AWACS. Still pretty neat. I don't know how the pilots land on that skinny bicycle landing gear set up. The wheels are tiny and not very wide.
  6. ParrotheadJeff

    ParrotheadJeff Class A CDL

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    Well, they get help from the chase cars kind of like Naval Aviators (DON'T CALL THEM PILOTS :lol3 ) get help from the Landing Signal Officer when landing aboard a ship at sea.

    Even then, it doesn't always go quite right...

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    Speaking of aircraft carriers, who here knew that the U-2 was actually operated from U.S. Navy carriers? Here's the video proof :deal

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  7. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    The pat down at the end was pretty funny. The U-2 looks awkward to land in those shots.
  8. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Probably 205, but pretty cool, nonetheless...
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  9. chazbird

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    I believe at altitude U2's have a coffin corner (underspeed/overspeed) between 5 and 15 knots. Fortunately its pretty smooth at 75,000+ ft. Used to work at NASA-Moffett when they had a pair of them. Impressive angle of climb. Noisy too.
  10. ParrotheadJeff

    ParrotheadJeff Class A CDL

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    Yep - Just a little too slow and you fall out of the sky, but a little too fast and you pull the wings off :wink: The U-2 is an awesome plane :thumb
  11. NTTF

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    Yikes. Good thing those wing tips have titanium sliders. They use Pontiac G6 chase cars now.
  12. chazbird

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    Summer temps at Beale AFB are usually in the upper 90's and often well into the 100's. The radiated heat off the runway adds to it, plus lots of mini-thermals and a little crosswind certainly makes a difficult plane to land that much more difficult.
  13. Beamer Pilot

    Beamer Pilot Obviously a major malf...

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    Check out the charts for early Lears...same scenario.
    Not restricted to MilAv.
  14. koncha

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    Close. They use G8s.
  15. NTTF

    NTTF Trapped Under Ice

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  16. chazbird

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    They ought to use chase cars from the same year of the U2 airframe build. e.g. '57 DeSoto with a 440. (U2's are TR2's now, which came from the 80's, and I forget if they were new air-frames or modified from the originals).
  17. ParrotheadJeff

    ParrotheadJeff Class A CDL

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    That would be a hoot :D I just wouldn't want to have to maintain those old car engines if they were used in duty like this. Modern cars are just so much more reliable :wink:

    About the designations - The U-2s were designated TR3s for a time, but that was changed back according to the USAF fact sheet:

  18. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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  19. chazbird

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    Interesting. That was before the advent and heyday of the "double wide" mobile home.

    Not that a YF12/A12/SR71 would have quite fit but Lockheed soon built a solution to the overland route to Area 51 - the C5A. In about 1983 we'd look across the field (BUR) at night and see a C5A parked next to Lockheed with a white curtain from the building to rear door. It wasn't hard to figure out they didn't want anyone to see whatever it was. It was the F117, going to Groom Lake, AKA area 51. The flight would have taken about 40 minutes, not three days.
  20. Bake

    Bake adventurer

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    Cessna Citation 10 test flight
    17" stretch, winglets, longer range, 400 lb. load increase
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