The Aviation Thread [Contains Lots of Awesome Pictures]

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I've always loved the Jaguar, first time I see one with the missiles over the wing.

I saw one in person at the Pima Air & Space Museum near Tucson back in January :

 
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Speaking of the Pima Air & Space Museum, here are a few of my favorite potato pics from that day:

Childhood favorites:



F-107 Prototype:


Another one of my favorites, the OV-10 Bronco:


F-16 Falcon:


Assortment of weirdos:


Speaking of weirdos, an aerial tanker based on the B-50, a derivative of the B-29. Didn't knew such a thing existed:




Super-Constellation based AWAC:


Something that look straight out of Ace Combat:



2 generations of BUFFs:


Camberra:


Hustler:


Russian Metal:



CH-53


Harrier:


B-17


Vigilante:


Catalina:


B-29:


DC-3s:


F-4 Phantom:


F-15 Eagle:
 

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...dafuq? Six propellers in pusher configuration plus four jet turbines? :blink: TIL there was such a thing...
Yarp, the B-36J Peacemaker, and the KB-50J with it's 4 radial engines and 2 jet engine is also WTF worthy...

Edit: The B-36J really is the inspiration for the Ace Combat Arsenal Bird, they had planned at somepoint to carry a parasite fighter in the bomb bays!
 
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Great pictures, @RdKetchup!

And now for something completely different: Crazy Aussies.


Thanks to @D-Fence for the link.

I will never have to go to an air show, because after that, everything else will be lame. :D
 

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Just saw a video pop up in my YouTube recommendations, and it features the very first simulator on which I did a visual update, 7 years ago.

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What is weird is that some of the outside footage of the simulator show the old CRT projectors, while the footage inside shows the updated rendering.
 

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I was just checking directions to something locally on Google Maps and found that there is a Virgin Atlantic 747 in the shot when you choose the satellite view. :ROFLMAO:

FYI it's just north of Fontwell Park.

Anyone else here got aircraft in their local Google Maps satellite view?

EDIT: And it just occurred to me that using the scale from the maps and the aircraft's known dimensions it's probably possible to work out its approximate altitude at the time the shot was taken.
 
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This is the kind of stuff that'll eventually get me to shell out a lot of money and time to get a PPL, and enough hours to eventually check out in one of these. Designed with "alternative propulsion" in mind... modern electric drive + super low drag of a flying wing = very low operating cost, quietness and comfort despite the tiny size. "Wannahave" factor is very high.
 

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I'd still go for a Long EZ. Canard design makes it virtually impossible to stall.

 

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So here is a question that I imagined had probably never been asked before...

"What happens if you take an Amazon delivery drone, Formula E and the Red Bull Air Race series and bundle them all together into one neat package?"

Turns out it has.

https://airspeeder.com/
 
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