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Roy Chadwick must have seen it in a nightmare before drawing the front of the Avro Lincoln...

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Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been." - Albert Einstein

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Some amazing new material, reymondos, but more than a few of the site's follow on comments seemed to support Sparky's view on the Handley Page Victor as not belonging on the list.

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Voight V173

 

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Those pics were taken in late 2012 :huh::lol:

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The Chance Vought V 173 dates back to 1942! A bit of googling shows it was based on the "discoidal" aircraft thought up by one Charles Zimmerman in the 1930s. I wonder if he was related to Robert Zimmerman???(!) Aircraft designers in those days weren't governed by such things as "knowledge" but could take wild stabs into the unknown...it was those that enabled proper rules for aerodynamic design to be laid down, resulting in todays aeroplanes all looking pretty much the same.

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Voight V173

 

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Nice!

 

I posted about the similar Vought XF5U here

http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/50694-pop-quiz-plane-geeks/http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/50694-pop-quiz-plane-geeks/

 

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Simon ..if you now can find the historical link between those design-examples  ;)

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The Chance Vought V 173 dates back to 1942! A bit of googling shows it was based on the "discoidal" aircraft thought up by one Charles Zimmerman in the 1930s. I wonder if he was related to Robert Zimmerman???(!)

 

As Robert might have said, "You don't need a wind tunnel to know which way the wind blows." :D 

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Martin XB-51

 

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What a noise this gun makes :D

 

http://youtu.be/1rGcn2XGr48

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When I was in Newark in the mid 80s you would see the A10s almost daily doing practice runs on the cooling towers of the local power station. Rather bigger target than tank :). Used to scare the crap out of you as they were so low.

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Once saw two A10s doing practice dogfighting over Hereford. A small light aircraft then entered their space, they circled it until it passed and then continued.

Awesome!

"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them." Albert Einstein

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When I worked at Gaydon, they often flew over the test track and used to waggle their wings at the cars clocking up miles for emission certification.

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Best view I ever had of the A10 was while sitting atop the wing of a C5A I had flown in for static display for an airshow in Tucson, Arizona. He did most of his maneuvers at low altitude...about eye level from my vantage point high above the tarmac. I think I heard the announcer state that it had an 800 ft turn radius, which for a combat aircraft is quite impressive. And at bank angles approaching 90 degrees, his wingtip was just shy of scraping the ground...or at least gave that impression. I recall the engines as being whisper quiet as well, more like muffled tea kettles. 

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And these things just remind me of the brain bug from Starship Troopers (great intellectual movie by the way)

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Geeze, Michael!  That top one has mos def had a severe encounter with the ugly stick. :sick:

 

Patrick, urban legend has it that the Beech 1900 had the aft strakes added on after the fact to fix a stability issue.

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 Patrick, urban legend has it that the Beech 1900 had the aft strakes added on after the fact to fix a stability issue.

 

:hrhr:

 

The D is all the more ugly considering the handsomeness of its progenitor.

 

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Not really ugly, but I came across this fascinating site of Soviet era aviation stuff (careful, you can spend hours browsing around!) http://englishrussia.com/2012/12/05/planes-doomed-to-die-soon/#more-115102

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oh'common guys based on the looks Beech*1900 is for dwarfs ..wheras in *1900D you can really walk in the cabin,right So nothing ugly on the bigger one, from point of usability. But those *Mad Max* trilogy ultra-light planes look like ugly toys -for sure :D

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