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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by Crazypilot » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:13 pm

Then it could have worked as an interceptor, if it had crazily powerful engines which pretty much make it a rocket, zoning in on bombers from bellow and ripping them apart. Then, glide back down. Kind of like an Me-162.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by iqmal_97 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:55 pm

Like I've said, this configuration was most frequently found on parasitic interceptors. I guess now I know why. ^^

Though, the Horten brothers did claim it's suitable for long flights (I wonder how's that would feel :shock: )
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by decaff_42 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:38 pm

Lazer wrote:I just don't see how one could be comfortable holding one's head up for 5+ hours. Is there an aid for that?
Yeah prone for a long time like that wouldn't work out well for your neck and back, even with support. IMO, not a very well thought out design, but then again, that style of cockpit did have some serious advantages (drag etc)
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by Crazypilot » Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:54 am

Maybe that kind of design could be used in a cheap and agile aerobatic plane that's easy to manufacture and easy to fly. Like a trainer or something.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by iqmal_97 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:12 am

Speaking of the Horten brothers, they were also working on an awesome flying wing, which I'm sure most of you would've know know, the Ho-229

Their philosophy "If its fuselage, tail, and engine nacelles contribute nothing to an aircraft's lift, why not get rid of them?"
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One thing worth noting is that it could potentially carry an ejection seat, after seeing the He-162 carried it too. Also, a futuristic looking LAR V / MK25 pressurized suit.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by decaff_42 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:01 pm

I would not want to fly that thing. *shudder*

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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by Grigor » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:43 am

I haven't yet looked into the "recumbent" position, like on a banana lounge - the F-16 has the pilot laid back by 30 degrees, which allows for higher-G's, so why not go back further? Like a banana lounge position, or lower. With the right cockpit layout vision would still be half-decent.

Meanwhile, how's about this little beauty:

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I may have to do a model of this one for YS. See also the LARA and COIN projects... there are a few planes of similar size and purpose, the winner of the contest being the larger and more cumbersome Bronco.

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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by iqmal_97 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:21 am

It's sure as hell looks like a Bronco, in which it's wings was cut off about halfway from the tips. It seems like it's too stubby to fly, is it not?
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by decaff_42 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:25 am

Perhaps, but the airfoil looks to be around 12-15% thick, and also the propeller washes over the wing, creating more lift in that area.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by Gunny » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:27 am

The wing chord doesn't look to be much thicker than an OV-10 and about a third of the wing span.But that elevator looks to be as sensitive as a razor blade.It should roll and pitch like a dragonfly on speed.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by Crazypilot » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:34 am

About the flying-wing, if the B-2 can fly, so can that thing.


The OV-10 with the cut-off wing seems a little dangerous to fly.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by iqmal_97 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:45 am

I bet the roll rate of that bird must be superbly good.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by Grigor » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:32 am

I'm just going to keep throwing 'em at ya. Anyone heard of Burt Rutan's weird asymmetrical ground attack plane?

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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by Gunny » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:41 am

Nothing would shock or surprise me about the Rutan's I think the could get a rock to fly if someone asked them. :)
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by waspe414 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:51 am

I love that plane.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by decaff_42 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:38 am

A bizarre looking plane that seems to be lacking from my available aircraft. Seems like a perfect fit for YSFlight; light, acrobatic, and deadly.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by UDDIN » Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:08 am

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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by Nath » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:25 am

It's not really a "Pregnant Plane". Silly BBC. It's more like the 787 is a parasite.<- (Why would someone say that?)

Anyway, I've got one. A DuPont Aerospace DP-2 VTOL. It's not really a functional plane, it's a prototype.
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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by iqmal_97 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:44 pm

VTOL? That thing would barely even lift off with those seemingly stubby wings. All of my body is cringing like mad right now. And after a quick look at the wiki page, $63 million was spent on that? I mean really!!??

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Re: What-if: Rare and Unusual Aircraft Pics

Post by decaff_42 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:51 pm

^^^American congress at its finest. An expensive collection of spare parts and scrap.


Here's an interesting one that I saw in my compressible flows class. the Douglas x-3
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The long nose creates a smaller deflection angle for the supersonic airflow, reducing the shockwaves and thus drag.

It was designed to fly at mach 2 with turbojet engines, but after the intended engines developed were lower thrust than anticipated, it couldn't even go supersonic in level flight. It served as a basis for the thin wings and long shape of the F-104.
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