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(Jalopnik)   Five planes that had it in for their pilots. Come for the flying nuclear reactor, stay for the Thunderscreech   (jalopnik.com) divider line 113
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2013-06-16 05:24:36 PM

netringer: It is true, but the plane is the B-29 and and there is no trolley.


The photo above shows the Goblin being tested with a B-29, but it was created for the B-36 which had a trolley.
 
2013-06-16 06:49:43 PM

kab: Therion: [upload.wikimedia.org image 300x192]

Catch a falling Starfighter
put it in the pocket of your jeans
you can use it as a cigarette lighter
or as an opener for a can of beans

Yep, any airplane that (iirc) forces you to eject while upside down doesn't have the pilot's best interest in mind


My dad spent time in Germany near one of the USAF bases when they were flying F-104s. He told me that the locals claimed that if you wanted a Starfighter, to just rent a plot of land and wait.
 
2013-06-16 09:02:04 PM
A disappointing list. Fortunately, the comment threads there and here more than made up for it. :)
 
2013-06-16 09:16:38 PM

wjllope: and this one, because my dad flew it in vietnam


My dad flew this in Vietnam:

www.militaryfactory.com

It was, still is, and will always be an ugly piece of shiat.
 
2013-06-16 09:40:55 PM

wjllope: If this is going to be an "I was always partial to..." thread, I too love the P-38 and P-51, but my favorite?

[www.classicfighters.org image 450x288]

and this one, because my dad flew it in vietnam

[www.collingsfoundation.org image 757x490]


I've always liked the Corsair.

I'm also partial to the F-86.  My grandfather disappeared in one during Korea.

upload.wikimedia.org

This was his unit.
 
2013-06-16 09:52:26 PM
My commanding officer flew a Thud in Vietnam. He called it a triple-threat aircraft: strafe 'em, bomb 'em, and fall on 'em.
 
2013-06-17 12:47:57 AM

AtlanticCoast63: Some other aircraft that definitely disliked their pilots/aircrews:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x178]
The 'Pou-de-Ciel', or Flying Flea, a French 'every man's airplane' that was so unstable, it had a bad tendency to be unrecoverable if you gave it down elevator.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x106]
The Curtiss C-76 Caravan, one of the reasons Curtiss went from the largest aircraft company in the world in 1941 to out of the business just eight years later.   Unstable, overweight, and with a severe vibration problem, the first flight was terminated as quickly as the crew could decently get it back on the ground.  The second flight killed its crew, and that was that.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x436]
The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, a parasite fighter that was supposed to protect B-36s.  Not a bad idea and actually designed with care and intelligence by some of the best in the business.  Trouble was that the turbulence caused by the mothership had been badly underestimated as well as the effects caused by the Goblin trying to close in on the mothership.   The result was that the Goblin went from reasonably decent-flying experimental ship to out-of-control pilot killing Terminator, stopped in its mission only by the massive titanium balls of its pilot, Edwin Schoch.  Three attempts at docking, three collisions (one of which beat Schoch up pretty well), three forced landings.  At that point even the 50s USAF said enough, and cancelled the program.


They have a Goblin on display at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland, NE.  Totally worth a visit if you like war planes and whatnot from various ages.

I'd always been a fan of the B-36 they have, since when they were located at the north east end of Offutt AirForce base.

I might stop by there late this week.  Yay vacation!

/Yep, still drunk.
 
2013-06-17 02:11:13 AM

jaytkay: cman: jaytkay: cman: Science doesnt matter to a lot of people.

OMG THE NUCLEAR BOOGYMAN fear drives people insane

You're saying opposition to nuclear powered airplanes is insanity.

Please tell us more about nuclear-powered airplanes. That sounds interesting.

My apologies, I should have been more specific.

I was speaking about the authors statement that nuclear power is a clean and safe energy, hence losing environmentalists.

Roger, got it thank you.

As a far-left environmentalist, I concur - nuclear power is a good idea. Coal and oil are more harmful.


I too wish nuclear was less vilified. It fits into the alternative energy portfolio, especially as a baseline generator for when the wind ain't blowing or the sun ain't shining.
One caveat (aside from acknowledged safety concerns) is tremendous expense, in this country at least. It'll be interesting to see how successful Russia/China will be at developing and running newer, safer, better, stronger reactors.
 
2013-06-17 02:35:34 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [www.airforce-technology.com image 620x371]

if you want something dead, use one of these


Well, it sure didn't kill many pilots. Hell, there's a USAF pilot out there famous for flying one torn to shreds back to base. She's cute, too.
 
2013-06-17 05:55:34 AM

RatMaster999: wjllope: If this is going to be an "I was always partial to..." thread, I too love the P-38 and P-51, but my favorite?

[www.classicfighters.org image 450x288]

and this one, because my dad flew it in vietnam

[www.collingsfoundation.org image 757x490]

I've always liked the Corsair.

I'm also partial to the F-86.  My grandfather disappeared in one during Korea.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x374]

This was his unit.


Ratmaster999, recognized that right off the bat - 335th 'Chiefs', 4th Fighter Wing - a friend of mine just finished a series of models of 4 FW birds for the Wing Commander's office.
 
2013-06-17 06:15:36 AM
I remember hearing my Dad talk about F-105's he repaired in Viet Nam being nicknamed "Thud", partly because the hydraulic flight control systems were easily damaged and turned the plane into a flying (falling) brick. They were joking referred to as a triple threat: 'they could strafe you, bomb you, or fall on you'.
 
2013-06-17 08:49:17 AM

Metaluna Mutant: Coolest, hottest plane that never went into production.
[www.456fis.org image 650x386]


Is that the plane (kinda) that the Venture Bros one is based off of?
 
2013-06-17 09:45:31 AM

ThreadSinger: Metaluna Mutant: Coolest, hottest plane that never went into production.
[www.456fis.org image 650x386]

Is that the plane (kinda) that the Venture Bros one is based off of?


Indirectly.  The Venture Jet was an homage to the Quest Jet from the old JOHNNY QUEST cartoon:

davidszondy.com

Which was sort of based on the XB-70, since the design of that plane was quintessentially midcentury
'futuristic'.

The Venture Jet:

venturefans.org

Looks a lot more like the Concorde to me, but I can see more than a but of XB-70 in it.
 
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