The Aviation Thread [Contains Lots of Awesome Pictures]

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For someone that is considering a degree in Aerospace Engineering and job in the field, would both of you reccomend/advice against it?

Studying aerospace engineering myself I can say: It's not exactly the easiest course of studies but if you finish, the chances of getting a job are not too bad.

btw: /me will be one of the very last german dipl. ings
 
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if we're talking of weird or awesome designs, how about this one..

vultee-xp54-swoosegoose.jpg


vultee-xp54-swoosegoose_2.jpg


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Had the engine performed as it was supposed to, and if the engineers had kept their feet on the ground instead of slapping more and more untested tech on it, it could had been an awesome fighter. Vultee XP-54, AKA "Swoose Goose"
 
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Another awesomely weird piece of aircraft design:
ghtrb5.jpg


I think that would work really well for you regional airliner, nsx. :lol:

And some unrelated stuff:

[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds4G4lDCXB0[/YOUTUBE]

[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVANWbO-Zxs[/YOUTUBE]

[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_nB8jvYIDc[/YOUTUBE]
 
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Another awesomely weird piece of aircraft design:
ghtrb5.jpg

Will not work, not enough previous design data. Pax will not like the high AoA on landing, engine acsess to difficult. :p

Anyways, I've been wanting to post this pic for a while. It made me lol. The helmet seems a bit out of place in my opinion.
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I once flew one of these:

Slingsby_T.21B.jpg


Crap performance, but exceedingly cool to be sat in what feels like a 3000ft high roller coaster car.
 

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I know we're still a little off topic, but i'm guessing this thread is being read by aircraft buffs... these are some random pics of stuff you'd not normally see.

First the engine porn:

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Some of you may know that most of the air passed through a turbo fan doesn't actually go through the jet within, you can in the first pic that after the first fan the flow is split between bypass and core. The second pic shows the bypass duct opened to reveal the core engine. Pic three shows the core flow being mixed back into the bypass flow. The funky titanium nozzle is used to mix the two streams as efficiently as possible to reduce engine noise.


And now for some "omg planes are flimsy" pics! (Both of these parts are critical, they fail and the plane will crash!)


i really wanna see inside those new pratt & whitney geared turbo-fan engines

http://www.profeng.com/archive/archive+2009/2203/22030078.htm

i guess there is the problem of a refered inertia through a gear box, but they must of made up for it and then some if its viable. anyway, allows the fan and the turbine to spin at their optimum speeds..... reduced fuel consumption, noise and emissions.... very good.
 

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Well since all of the crazy/strange ideas have been discarded so far, could you explain the benefit of this?
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he11112.jpg

he1113v.jpg

fouga_cm88r.jpg

The Twin Mustang and the Heinkel were both products of expediency where you had something already and adapted it for your needs.

The last pic is actually new to me (which is pretty surprising) but appears to be something like a modified Fouga Magister -- a Twin magister?

Steve
 

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For someone that is considering a degree in Aerospace Engineering and job in the field, would both of you reccomend/advice against it?

Its fucken hard work, so consider yourself warned.

I think it is very rewarding to study, yet when you're trying to get 1 million assignments done in like 2 days you'll be cursing yourself for choosing this course. I haven't met a single person in my course who hasn't at some point asked themselves why are they in aerospace.
 

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Its fucken hard work, so consider yourself warned.

I think it is very rewarding to study, yet when you're trying to get 1 million assignments done in like 2 days you'll be cursing yourself for choosing this course. I haven't met a single person in my course who hasn't at some point asked themselves why are they in aerospace.

Too true, too true >.<

At the same time it is very rewarding and good fun.
 

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i guess there is the problem of a refered inertia through a gear box, but they must of made up for it and then some if its viable. anyway, allows the fan and the turbine to spin at their optimum speeds..... reduced fuel consumption, noise and emissions.... very good.

It's all about matching the turbine & compressor loading of each stage of the engine, so shaft speed, pressure rise on compressor and temperature loss on turbine.

GE only use two shaft engines so they need to introduce a gearbox to improve efficiency. Rolls are a little better off as they use three shaft engines.
 

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Studying aerospace engineering myself I can say: It's not exactly the easiest course of studies but if you finish, the chances of getting a job are not too bad.

btw: /me will be one of the very last german dipl. ings

or do what my brother did and have a backup...

in law....
 

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^In many ways its advantageous to do aero with another degree because it balances things out.

The flipside to that is that straight aero eng guys will know a lot more than double-degree students because we do more dedicated aero subjects.

I know of a guy in my course who transfered in mid-year, and he doesn't even know what the equation for Cl is.......god help him.

It seems the 787 has been delayed again:

http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_13087753?nclick_check=1
 
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Well since all of the crazy/strange ideas have been discarded so far, could you explain the benefit of this?

he11112.jpg

he1113v.jpg

That, I believe, was originally designed to tow the ME-321 glider. I don't know if it was ever built. In the test flight of the ME-321 three HE-111s were used to tow the massive glider full of elite troops as Hitler and other dignitaries watched. The glider pilot dipped one wing and spun it in just after take-off, causing all three HE-111 tow aircraft to go down in the process and killing all the troops aboard.
 

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^They also tried using three Me-110s, and eventually gave up and slapped some engines onto the 321, resulting in the Me 323 Sitting Duck.
 

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Generally I don't like helicopters, but I'll make an exception for Russian ones.

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For someone that is considering a degree in Aerospace Engineering and job in the field, would both of you reccomend/advice against it?

I graduated with my AE degree in 2000 and have worked in the field since then. As others have said, it isn't the easiest major, and the industry does have its ups and downs, but I've never regretted my choice.
 
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