teto85: One A-4 pilot crashed 2 in flight training and another 2 on active duty and had a fifth one shot from under him in Vietnam. The only reason he did not wash out after crashing 2 in flight school was the fact that his father and grandfather each were 4 star admirals.The plane[static.ddmcdn.com image 400x208]The pilot[foolsandfanatics.com image 539x340]
cman: Science doesnt matter to a lot of people.OMG THE NUCLEAR BOOGYMAN fear drives people insane
jaytkay: The B-36 looks like a WWII bomber.Until you see it next to a B-29.
Fish in a Barrel: The inclusion of the Zero on this list seems more than a tad unfair. It was an outstanding fighter in its day, but back then aviation tech was moving very rapidly. The Japanese should have retired it far sooner.
jaytkay: TFA: Just a few hits from the guns in a Hellcat would make the Zero explodeThe 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.
Zafler: Fish in a Barrel: The inclusion of the Zero on this list seems more than a tad unfair. It was an outstanding fighter in its day, but back then aviation tech was moving very rapidly. The Japanese should have retired it far sooner.Top level meddling was responsible for the Zero staying active for so long. That and a lack of available resources.The aerodynamics on Japanese planes were superb, they were all just under-powered and under-armored in the war. With proper fuel for the engine it was originally equipped with, KI-84 could keep up with any allied plane. Even with the subpar fuel available, it could out dogfight any of them. It's probably a good thing it arrived too late to affect the war much.
AtlanticCoast63: Opposing Viewpoint: Eric Brown, one of the greatest British test pilots, swore the plane was never as bad as its reputation, but you had to be a highly skilled pilot to do it.
FrancoFile: I flew the X-29 forward-swept wing simulator when I was in HS. They set me up on the standard landing approach pattern.I went from 3000 feet to -30 feet in about 6 seconds...
Quantum Apostrophe: FrancoFile: I flew the X-29 forward-swept wing simulator when I was in HS. They set me up on the standard landing approach pattern.I went from 3000 feet to -30 feet in about 6 seconds...It's a plane, not a shovel, dude.
Mr_Juche: It's a Dash 7. the stuff hanging from it is part of a ground penetraing radar.
JustGetItRight: I've always liked the 162. If they'd gone into service a year or even six months eariler, it and the 262 would have made for a trememdous high tech/low tech interceptor mix.
Therion: [upload.wikimedia.org image 300x192]Catch a falling Starfighterput it in the pocket of your jeansyou can use it as a cigarette lighteror as an opener for a can of beans
Marcus Aurelius: Therion: [upload.wikimedia.org image 300x192]Catch a falling Starfighterput it in the pocket of your jeansyou can use it as a cigarette lighteror as an opener for a can of beansHe hee. I hadn't heard that one.
Therion: Catch a falling Starfighter
Cerebral Knievel: how DARE YOU suggest that AMERICAN HERO, that WOUNDED WARRIOR and BRAVE P.O.W. career was any thing LESS THAN HONORABLE!?
jaytkay: cman: Science doesnt matter to a lot of people.OMG THE NUCLEAR BOOGYMAN fear drives people insaneYou're saying opposition to nuclear powered airplanes is insanity.Please tell us more about nuclear-powered airplanes. That sounds interesting.
cman: jaytkay: cman: Science doesnt matter to a lot of people.OMG THE NUCLEAR BOOGYMAN fear drives people insaneYou'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.
Fish in a Barrel: There's always the ME-163. A glider fighter/interceptor boosted to operating altitude by a rocket motor fueled with hydrazine and hydrogen peroxide. The fuels were so reactive that the smallest leak would cause the plane to explode, and so corrosive that the pilots (and anyone else who got near the plane) had to wear protective gear.
Mr_Juche: So it doesn't quite fit the article, but I always thought this one was an accident waiting to happen.It's a Dash 7. the stuff hanging from it is part of a ground penetraing radar. When I worked at MSP, I saw it come in to clear customs. They said they were heading down to the southwest to do a survey for water.[cdn-www.airliners.net image 640x439]
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 basisORYou 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.
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..
Cerebral Knievel: nuke sub operations operate for far longer than three weeks in just as bad as conditions.
costermonger: Man, the new commenting system sucks. Where did all those spaces come from?
Fish in a Barrel: IMHO, the Mosquito is one of the prettiest planes ever built. Just about the cleanest lines imaginable.
jaytkay: Mr_Juche: It's a Dash 7. the stuff hanging from it is part of a ground penetraing radar.Rotating props. Loose cables hanging in front of those props.What could possibly go wrong?
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