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I'm something of an aircraft fanboy dweeb and I like to trade aircraft pix and stories.

Every decent sophisticated board has an aircraft porn thread. That is what this is intended to be.

Here's my current favorite: The Dornier Seastar

I am not a craft owner, nor a pilot. I'm just a fanboy. This thread might as well be called "Planespotters".

Enjoy my fantasy.
 
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Rhea

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I'm something of an aircraft fanboy dweeb and I like to trade aircraft pix and stories.

Every decent sophisticated board has an aircraft porn thread. That is what this is intended to be.

Here's my current favorite: The Dornier Seastar

I am not a craft owner, nor a pilot. I'm just a fanboy. This thread might as well be called "Planespotters".

Enjoy my fantasy.

Quick! Someone teach the goat how to attach pictures to the PlanePorn thread!
 

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Lifting bodies: the fugliest experimental aircraft ever made, and proof that even a brick will fly with a powerful enough engine (or sufficient speed and altitude at the start of the flight).

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Heh...

My nomination for fugly is the Spook, aka F-4 Phantom II:

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shown here with the F-22 Raptor, which has a tenous resemblence to the lifting bodies above.

The F-5 had the reputation of being a "triumph of thrust over aerodynamics" and was lovingly known by its pilots and mechanics as the "Iron Sled". I've always thought of it as a brick with wings. Still, despite a contretemps over self-defence, it distinguished itself sufficiently to claim being "the world's leading distributor of MiG parts," and was retired with honors after a long career.
 

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My nominee for 'just plain weird, but fascinating' is the Edgely Optica:

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For that feeling of sitting on air.
 

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I like the design on the Optica. Never seen it before. There's actually a lot going on there, from an aero and structures perspective, that seem to be quite smart.

I like lifting body designs in general, and they are actually not a triumph of thrust over aerodynamics. In fact, they are quite efficient, with the most efficiency going to the extreme end of the lifting body design concept to the flying wing. :)
 

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I like the design on the Optica. Never seen it before. There's actually a lot going on there, from an aero and structures perspective, that seem to be quite smart.

I like it, actually. The ducted fan propulsion is unusual. I would certainly say that it has real potential for visual observation. Police services, perhaps? There is at least one unit which has been painted in hi viz with checkers, particularly around the leading edge of the fan duct, which makes it look like a huge coffee cup laid on its side. Here:

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I like lifting body designs in general, and they are actually not a triumph of thrust over aerodynamics. In fact, they are quite efficient, with the most efficiency going to the extreme end of the lifting body design concept to the flying wing. :)

Nor did I insinuate that lifting body designs were a triumph of thrust over aerodynamics. Rather, that the F-4 Phantom II was.

It is good to see you here, keeping me honest.
 

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Beliefs are an ancient theory of brain content which would be ripe for rejection except it's the idiom in which we came to know ourselves and thus elimination is problematic. We make it up from there
How about both?

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