Author Topic: Interesting or unusual planes?  (Read 104940 times)

T42

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1350 on: August 17, 2017, 02:41:29 pm »
DBY, an old Bell cuckoo that offers joyrides over this area - "Whirlybirds" vintage, like this but with added duct tape:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_47
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

Jaded

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1351 on: August 17, 2017, 05:27:23 pm »
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

T42

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1352 on: August 18, 2017, 09:21:49 am »
DBY, an old Bell cuckoo that offers joyrides over this area - "Whirlybirds" vintage, like this but with added duct tape:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_47

I priced their rides yesterday, thinking vaguely about taking the missus for a birthday flip, but at 10€/minute it's not really on.
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1353 on: September 01, 2017, 05:40:06 pm »




C17 Galaxy doing touch and go practice at Newquay Airport (Raf St Mawgan), which is about 2 miles away, and flying in front of the garden or over our heads depending on which direction it turns.

Its been going on for well over an hour.  Yesterday it was an A400 M

spesh

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1354 on: September 01, 2017, 07:04:25 pm »
That's a C-17 Globemaster III*, which does indeed look like a chibi version of the C-5 Galaxy.



* You'd think the Americans would be a bit more imaginative after using the same name for two previous transport aircraft.
History never repeats itself, but the Kaleidoscopic combinations of the pictured present often seem to be constructed out of the broken fragments of antique legends.
~ Mark Twain, 'The Gilded Age'

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1355 on: September 01, 2017, 08:09:35 pm »
Indeed it is. Name eluded me. Anyway, it stopped after the best part of two hours.

Torslanda

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1356 on: September 07, 2017, 09:15:35 am »
Last night an A380 on approach to Manchester over the M60 at Stockport.

Nothing that big should be able to fly, hanging in the air in exactly the same way that bricks don't  . . .
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1357 on: September 07, 2017, 09:37:04 am »
Last night an A380 on approach to Manchester over the M60 at Stockport.

Nothing that big should be able to fly, hanging in the air in exactly the same way that bricks don't  . . .

 ;D

spesh

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1358 on: September 07, 2017, 06:01:07 pm »
Last night an A380 on approach to Manchester over the M60 at Stockport.

Nothing that big should be able to fly, hanging in the air in exactly the same way that bricks don't  . . .

For the ultimate in "how the f*** does that get off the ground, never mind stay up!?" see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-225_Mriya#/media/File:Antonov_An-225_with_Buran_at_Le_Bourget_1989_Manteufel.jpg

At the other end of the airliner scale, I've just spotted a De Havilland Dragon Rapide fly in a southerly direction over Pompey, circle round and head off eastwards while I was tidying up post-gardening.
History never repeats itself, but the Kaleidoscopic combinations of the pictured present often seem to be constructed out of the broken fragments of antique legends.
~ Mark Twain, 'The Gilded Age'

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1359 on: September 07, 2017, 06:06:49 pm »
Talking of which, it's quite fascinating to see what remains of the Soviet space shuttle...

spesh

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1360 on: September 07, 2017, 06:55:45 pm »
Only the test articles* and the second orbiter, which never flew, remain - Buran was destroyed in a hanger collapse.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/06/stunning-images-of-abandonded-soviet-space-shuttles/

In some respects, Buran was superior to the US shuttle, but it's misfortune was to be in development just as the Soviet Union was collapsing under the weight of its inherent contradictions.

* Trufax - one of the test articles was fitted with a cluster of jet engines at tail end and could get off the ground under its own power, without the aid of a GBFO rocket. After a slightly chequered post-Soviet life, it's now safely parked in a German aerospace museum.
History never repeats itself, but the Kaleidoscopic combinations of the pictured present often seem to be constructed out of the broken fragments of antique legends.
~ Mark Twain, 'The Gilded Age'

T42

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1361 on: September 08, 2017, 09:44:34 am »
It'd be a right kick in the head if it were now the only means to get USAnians into orbit.
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

Steph

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1362 on: September 08, 2017, 09:17:24 pm »
Only the test articles* and the second orbiter, which never flew, remain - Buran was destroyed in a hanger collapse.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/06/stunning-images-of-abandonded-soviet-space-shuttles/

In some respects, Buran was superior to the US shuttle, but it's misfortune was to be in development just as the Soviet Union was collapsing under the weight of its inherent contradictions.

* Trufax - one of the test articles was fitted with a cluster of jet engines at tail end and could get off the ground under its own power, without the aid of a GBFO rocket. After a slightly chequered post-Soviet life, it's now safely parked in a German aerospace museum.

I know of the place---I want to go! Two separate sites
https://sinsheim.technik-museum.de/en/
https://speyer.technik-museum.de/en/
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Torslanda

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1363 on: September 26, 2017, 12:34:49 am »
Saturday afternoon at Wing, Polar Bear and I became aware of a distinct rumbling engine note from the North. We were overflown by the Lancaster and two Spitfires, one a 'clippie'. Fairly low, around 500 feet.

VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Andrij

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1364 on: September 26, 2017, 08:05:38 am »
Sunday afternoon I watched The Blades flying three of their Extra EA-300s over the Warren Classic Car Show from a lovely vantage point along NCN1.
;D  Andrij.  I pronounce you Complete and Utter GIT   :thumbsup:

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1365 on: September 26, 2017, 08:46:52 am »
Sunday afternoon I watched The Blades flying three of their Extra EA-300s over the Warren Classic Car Show from a lovely vantage point along NCN1.

Sorry, but I must have missed something! What's the point? To prove that aeroplanes can fly faster than cars? We knew that already.

Andrij

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1366 on: September 26, 2017, 09:07:20 am »
As a local came past she mentioned the display was part of the car show (which also explained the fancy cars I had seen on the road).  TBH, the connection between a car show and an air display had me scratching my head, but the display was quite entertaining.
;D  Andrij.  I pronounce you Complete and Utter GIT   :thumbsup:

TheLurker

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1367 on: September 26, 2017, 05:00:33 pm »
...the connection between a car show and an air display...
Petrol, ICEs and MOAR POWER!  *Cough* Oh. Dear.  Please excuse me I don't know what came over me there. :)
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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1368 on: October 06, 2017, 05:44:32 pm »
Not really sure where to put this, so dropping it here.


Unbelieveable AIRBUS A380 HARD CROSSWIND LANDING during a STORM at Düsseldorf

spesh

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1369 on: November 18, 2017, 09:02:43 pm »
The Dalek flying saucer has been up again

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-39884174/airlander-10-takes-to-the-skies-again

Oopsie.

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The world's longest aircraft has collapsed to the ground less than 24 hours after a successful test flight.

The Airlander 10 - a combination of a plane and an airship - was seen to "break in two" at an airfield in Bedfordshire, an eyewitness said.

Owner Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd said it appeared the Airlander broke free from its mooring mast, triggering a safety system which deflates the aircraft.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42037832
History never repeats itself, but the Kaleidoscopic combinations of the pictured present often seem to be constructed out of the broken fragments of antique legends.
~ Mark Twain, 'The Gilded Age'

Kim

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1370 on: November 18, 2017, 11:48:32 pm »
That's quite a sensible failsafe, really.   :thumbsup:
Watching the TV without subtitles is like riding up a hill without using the gears :)

T42

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1371 on: November 19, 2017, 08:33:26 am »
And all that lovely He floats away for ever.

http://www.nature.com/news/helium-map-jpg-7.10384?article=1.12933
I dare eat all that may become a man.

But hold the oysters.

Kim

  • An appetite for the epic, but no real stamina
Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1372 on: November 19, 2017, 12:23:26 pm »
As ways to waste helium go, developing a thing that could revolutionise air travel seems like a reasonably worthwhile one.  As does preventing a BFO aircraft blowing away and potentially harming people, tbh.
Watching the TV without subtitles is like riding up a hill without using the gears :)

Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1373 on: November 20, 2017, 10:49:51 am »
Saw a Piaggio Avanti go over my house with a strange whooshy sound a while ago; not sure I've ever seen one in the air before.

Guy

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Re: Interesting or unusual planes?
« Reply #1374 on: November 22, 2017, 08:13:10 am »
Concorde

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42024835

I had forgotten just how beautiful that thing was
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