The Aviation Thread [Contains Lots of Awesome Pictures]

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In all probability we really need an outside enemy like the Klingons in order to get backward nation-based thinking out of people's heads and start seeing spaceflight as a business that in it's very nature has to be a global venture.

The fact that so much of spaceflight is based on national defense and national interests alone will prevent it. Spaceflight started by riding atop ICBMs. ISS is a start. Space tourism may be international in nature but so much of spaceflight by nature is not.

A large chunk of shuttle missions had military components and some were completely military (perhaps I'll have to look up the percentage). The USAF is keeping alive the X37, one of the aborted shuttle replacement directions.



Multinational ventures like ESA haven't exactly been blazing new paths of innovation, it's very timid and restricted.
 
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My dad has a big framed painting of that island on his wall... I'd much rather have that photo framed on my wall!
 

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Aviation book suggestion of the day:



Thoroughly enjoyed reading it along with Vulcan 607.

I reckon its time for a change - whats the ugliest aircraft you can think from a purely aesthetic POV? Something to start the convo off:





Fairey Garnnet AEW3
 
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The Nimrod itself was a great looking aircraft, but then they did this to it... The Nimrod AEW.3

 

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Looking for something else, I found this and thought it looked kind of cool. :cool:

Boeing 747-400 slow motion landing

 

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I know I'm spamming this thread at this point, but this is just pure Aviation pornography... Almost think it more belongs in the NSFW section:

 

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I know I'm spamming this thread at this point, but this is just pure Aviation pornography... Almost think it more belongs in the NSFW section:


This thread needs more Constellation. It's just mindblowingly amazing to look at.
 

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In the quite ugly directory, there's this one:






Unfortunately, it crashed earlier this year (1 fatality, two injuries)...

 
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