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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 25
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2013-06-15 08:46:50 PM  
2 votes:
So, about the nuclear bomber:

You can have a plane that has a normally-fueled engine, that has to land on a pretty regular basis

OR

You can have a nuclear-fueled bomber that can fly for months.  BUT it needs a small squadron of planes following it, all burning fuel.  Where are you saving anything?  You are going to either have to land the nuclear one with its tender planes when they run out of fuel, or you will have to keep sending more planes out to replace them.  Wouldn't it just be easier and cheaper to build a couple more conventional bombers and put them in a rota.  Sounds like LeMay's brand of farktard stupidity at work.

Plus, can you imagine being the poor crew stuck aboard this farker?  10-1 says it would have been up for less than three weeks before one of the pilots just straight-out power-dived the sucker, while the rest of the crew cheered him on.
2013-06-15 08:23:41 PM  
2 votes:
Convair X-6
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The NB-36H Crusader, flying nuclear reactor testbed. The reactor was eventually supposed to power the engines, but that never happened.

The Soviets had a similar project of their own.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-119
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2013-06-15 07:45:41 PM  
2 votes:

Therion: Catch a falling Starfighter


Most boring MST3K episode ever.

As for planes trying to kill pilots I always think of this one:
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Rocket propelled and it ejected it's landing gear upon takeoff.
2013-06-15 06:23:26 PM  
2 votes:
The B-36 looks like a WWII bomber.

Until you see it next to a B-29.

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2013-06-16 02:16:49 PM  
1 votes:
www.airforce-technology.com

if you want something dead, use one of these
2013-06-16 02:10:56 PM  
1 votes:

cman: Good Idea: Nuclear power provides clean and virtually limitless energy, with the latter attribute proving especially important for strategic bombers. Back in the Cold War, Strategic Air Command planes of the United States Air Force would fly in circles around the Arctic, waiting for their doomsday orders to bomb the Soviet Union. With a nuclear reactor on board, they could potentially stay on station for weeks or even months.

I think you lost the environmentalists with that statement

Science doesnt matter to a lot of people.

OMG THE NUCLEAR BOOGYMAN fear drives people insane


Well, let's look at the big picture.
What is the purpose of this aircraft?

Yeah.  To drop a farkton of nuclear bombs,

And it was built by the US military of the 1950s.

Really, I don't think that anybody was giving a flying fark about any "environmentalists".  It was all about, "Know what sucks?  Needing to land this baby to refill its gas tanks.  Know what also sucks?  I hear this guy over in the Navy named Rickover is trying to get ships that run on nuclear reactors.  We can't let the Navy beat us to having nuclear-powered vehicles, now can we?"
2013-06-16 11:34:07 AM  
1 votes:

JWMcLoud: Uhh, the Gee-Bee DID kill everyone who flew it (except one.)


And that one was of course Cliff Secord.

/Came for the Gee Bee
//Rocketing away satisfied
2013-06-16 08:53:07 AM  
1 votes:
Some other aircraft that definitely disliked their pilots/aircrews:

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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.

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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.

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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.
2013-06-16 08:48:30 AM  
1 votes:

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.


you forgot the part where you need a protection against radiation.
On submarines, it is done with a LEAD-whall and the water around.
On an aircraft? Even more lead?
The russian solved the problem in their usual way:
"We have so many people here..."
2013-06-16 01:39:18 AM  
1 votes:

Fish in a Barrel: IMHO, the Mosquito is one of the prettiest planes ever built.


One of.

Later WWII planes were better, but not better looking.

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2013-06-15 10:59:51 PM  
1 votes:

gfid: And I condemn for saying this: "It became famous from that Michael Bay moviePearl Harbor, and for no other reasons "


The experimental plane piloted by the joke flying over your head just killed its pilot.
2013-06-15 10:58:22 PM  
1 votes:

phalamir: So, about the nuclear bomber:

You can have a plane that has a normally-fueled engine, that has to land on a pretty regular basis

OR

You can have a nuclear-fueled bomber that can fly for months.  BUT it needs a small squadron of planes following it, all burning fuel.  Where are you saving anything?  You are going to either have to land the nuclear one with its tender planes when they run out of fuel, or you will have to keep sending more planes out to replace them.  Wouldn't it just be easier and cheaper to build a couple more conventional bombers and put them in a rota.  Sounds like LeMay's brand of farktard stupidity at work.

Plus, can you imagine being the poor crew stuck aboard this farker?  10-1 says it would have been up for less than three weeks before one of the pilots just straight-out power-dived the sucker, while the rest of the crew cheered him on.


The planes following it were only for testing, in case it crashed as prototypes sometimes do. Had it entered service it would have flown alone. And even staying up for 'only' a few days at a time would have made a huge difference in operational efficiency. Trying for missions of weeks would not have offered significant benefits and would have had drawbacks in crew performance.
2013-06-15 10:57:12 PM  
1 votes:
Coolest, hottest plane that never went into production.
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2013-06-15 10:14:21 PM  
1 votes:

Fish in a Barrel: costermonger: Since this seems like a plane nerd thread, I should point out that the Hamilton airshow this year has a FW190, and Me262, a Hurricane, a Spitfire, the only flying Mosquito and one of the two flying Lancasters.

The Lanc, Spitfire, Hurricane and Mosquito all went flying at the same time and did at least one flyby in formation, which would easily be the best sound ever created by man. Wish I didn't have to work this weekend..

IMHO, the Mosquito is one of the prettiest planes ever built.  Just about the cleanest lines imaginable.

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Always been partial to the P-38:

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2013-06-15 10:09:53 PM  
1 votes:
i137.photobucket.com

Really? I am the first?
2013-06-15 09:50:52 PM  
1 votes:
Atomic aircraft?  I always wish that the Russians went ahead with their idea. Nuclear airship.

www.airships.net
2013-06-15 09:44:59 PM  
1 votes:

costermonger: Since this seems like a plane nerd thread, I should point out that the Hamilton airshow this year has a FW190, and Me262, a Hurricane, a Spitfire, the only flying Mosquito and one of the two flying Lancasters.

The Lanc, Spitfire, Hurricane and Mosquito all went flying at the same time and did at least one flyby in formation, which would easily be the best sound ever created by man. Wish I didn't have to work this weekend..


IMHO, the Mosquito is one of the prettiest planes ever built.  Just about the cleanest lines imaginable.

airpigz.com
2013-06-15 09:24:48 PM  
1 votes:
Since this seems like a plane nerd thread, I should point out that the Hamilton airshow this year has a FW190, and Me262, a Hurricane, a Spitfire, the only flying Mosquito and one of the two flying Lancasters.

The Lanc, Spitfire, Hurricane and Mosquito all went flying at the same time and did at least one flyby in formation, which would easily be the best sound ever created by man. Wish I didn't have to work this weekend..
2013-06-15 09:18:15 PM  
1 votes:
The Zero a bad plane? Blasphemy!  It was damn near immortal at the start of hostilities.  The article would have been much better off with something like the LAGG-3 "guaranteed varnished coffin" or perhaps the Curtiss SB2C which, while it had some value, was known as the Son of a Biatch, 2nd class.  There were dozens of WWII planes that could have made it on this list.  The Zero was not one of them.
2013-06-15 08:54:09 PM  
1 votes:
Uhh, the Gee-Bee DID kill everyone who flew it (except one.)
2013-06-15 08:44:25 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-06-15 06:30:43 PM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-06-15 06:25:46 PM  
1 votes:
img.gawkerassets.com

I had a toy version of this one when I was a kid.
2013-06-15 06:20:52 PM  
1 votes:
TFA: Just a few hits from the guns in a Hellcat would make the Zero explode

The Hellcat went into action almost two years after Pearl Harbor.

The Zero was one of the best combat planes in history. For its day. Which did not last long.

But the design was great in its day.
2013-06-15 06:19:53 PM  
1 votes:
I commend the article's creators for using a picture of an actual Zero instead of one of the many copies.
 
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