History RealLife / CoolPlane

21st Feb '17 10:23:49 AM SSJMagus
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** The competing '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_AM_Mauler AM]]''' [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mauler]] could carry ''even more'' bombs or other ordnance (including the ability to carry ''three'' 21-inch anti-ship torpedoes; even twin-engine medium bombers like the B-25 could only carry one), but the "Able Mable" had a very brief service life on account of its unfortunate tendency to bounce when landing on carrier decks. Given the need to catch the arrestor wires, this [[{{Understatement}} was a problem]]. And since torpedo-bombing went out of style with the introduction of missiles, the Mauler's signature advantage over the Skyraider didn't really matter anymore.

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** The competing '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_AM_Mauler AM]]''' [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mauler]] could carry ''even more'' bombs or other ordnance (including the ability to carry ''three'' 21-inch anti-ship torpedoes; even twin-engine medium bombers like the B-25 could only carry one), but the "Able Mable" had a very brief service life on account of its unfortunate tendency to bounce when landing on carrier decks. Given the need to catch the arrestor wires, this [[{{Understatement}} was a problem]]. Mauler pilots ended up calling it the "Awful Monster" as a result. And since torpedo-bombing went out of style with the introduction of missiles, the Mauler's signature advantage over the Skyraider didn't really matter anymore.



* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_F2Y_Sea_Dart F2Y Sea Dart]]''' earns a mention for being the first, and only, seaplane ever to reach supersonic speeds. Developed because of worries that supersonic aircraft were unsuited for carrier-based operations (early supersonic jets had significantly higher landing speeds than previous aircraft, making it that much more of a strain on them to be brought to a sudden stop by arrestor wires, and long-decked supercarriers had yet to be built), the Sea Dart became merely a curiosity when it became clear those concerns were unfounded.

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* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_F2Y_Sea_Dart F2Y Sea Dart]]''' earns a mention for being the first, and only, seaplane ever to reach supersonic speeds. Developed because of worries that supersonic aircraft were unsuited for carrier-based operations (early supersonic jets had significantly higher landing speeds than previous aircraft, making it that much more of a strain on them to be brought to a sudden stop by arrestor wires, and long-decked long angled-deck supercarriers had yet to be built), the Sea Dart became merely a curiosity when it became clear those concerns were unfounded.
7th Feb '17 11:38:09 AM kyojikasshu
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* The '''XB-70 Valkyrie''' was a Mach 3 capable bomber that could almost match the SR-71 for speed, exceeded its range, and generated most of its lift by riding its own sonic-boom shockwave. Unlike the SR-71, which was armed with nothing but cameras, the XB-70 wielded nuclear bombs (or rather, it ''would have'', had it gone into production). Unfortunately, thanks to ridiculously high costs, along with advanced surface-to-air missile technology developed by the Soviets and the increasing importance of ICBMs, President Kennedy canceled the plans to put the B-70 into service, although he approved the continued development and construction of two XB-70A prototypes in order to get some return of investment in the program. The two prototype planes were used for supersonic flight tests, eventually contributing information learned from them to the development of the B-1 Lancer. Unfortunately, one of the prototypes was lost in a disastrous crash during a parade flight, caused by a hapless F-104 pilot who got too close and got sucked into the Valkyrie by the vortex of traumatized air surrounding it. The surviving plane was used by NASA for further test flights until it was retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson. Its proposed bomber role was eventually taken up by the super-stealthy but much, much slower B-2 Spirit.

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* The '''XB-70 Valkyrie''' was a Mach 3 capable bomber that could almost match the SR-71 for speed, exceeded its range, and generated most of its lift by riding its own sonic-boom shockwave. Unlike the SR-71, which was armed with nothing but cameras, the XB-70 wielded nuclear bombs (or rather, it ''would have'', had it gone into production). Unfortunately, thanks to ridiculously high costs, along with advanced surface-to-air missile technology developed by the Soviets and the increasing importance of ICBMs, [=ICBM=]s, President Kennedy canceled the plans to put the B-70 into service, although he approved the continued development and construction of two XB-70A prototypes in order to get some return of investment in the program. The two prototype planes were used for supersonic flight tests, eventually contributing information learned from them to the development of the B-1 Lancer. Unfortunately, one of the prototypes was lost in a disastrous crash during a parade flight, caused by a hapless F-104 pilot who got too close and got sucked into the Valkyrie by the vortex of traumatized air surrounding it. The surviving plane was used by NASA for further test flights until it was retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson. Its proposed bomber role was eventually taken up by the super-stealthy but much, much slower B-2 Spirit.
7th Feb '17 11:37:28 AM kyojikasshu
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* The '''XB-70 Valkyrie''' was a Mach 3 capable bomber that could almost match the SR-71 for speed, exceeded its range, and generated most of its lift by riding its own sonic-boom shockwave. Unlike the SR-71, which was armed with nothing but cameras, the XB-70 wielded nuclear bombs. Unfortunately, thanks to ridiculously high costs, advanced surface-to-air missile technology developed by the Soviets, and a disastrous crash during a parade flight (caused by a hapless F-104 pilot who got too close and got sucked into the Valkyrie by the vortex of traumatized air surrounding it), it was canceled. Its role was later taken up by the super-stealthy but much, much slower B-2 Spirit.

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* The '''XB-70 Valkyrie''' was a Mach 3 capable bomber that could almost match the SR-71 for speed, exceeded its range, and generated most of its lift by riding its own sonic-boom shockwave. Unlike the SR-71, which was armed with nothing but cameras, the XB-70 wielded nuclear bombs. bombs (or rather, it ''would have'', had it gone into production). Unfortunately, thanks to ridiculously high costs, along with advanced surface-to-air missile technology developed by the Soviets, Soviets and the increasing importance of ICBMs, President Kennedy canceled the plans to put the B-70 into service, although he approved the continued development and construction of two XB-70A prototypes in order to get some return of investment in the program. The two prototype planes were used for supersonic flight tests, eventually contributing information learned from them to the development of the B-1 Lancer. Unfortunately, one of the prototypes was lost in a disastrous crash during a parade flight (caused flight, caused by a hapless F-104 pilot who got too close and got sucked into the Valkyrie by the vortex of traumatized air surrounding it), it. The surviving plane was used by NASA for further test flights until it was canceled. retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson. Its proposed bomber role was later eventually taken up by the super-stealthy but much, much slower B-2 Spirit. Spirit.
7th Feb '17 11:15:12 AM kyojikasshu
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* While the Soviets designed a one-of-a-kind aircraft specifically to shuttle their shuttle around, the Americans decided to take the uncharacteristically thrifty approach of acquiring a couple of Boeing 747 airliners on the pre-owned market and refit them to create the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuttle_Carrier_Aircraft Shuttle Carrier Aircraft]]'''. For the first decade of service, the original [=SCA=] still bore the red-white-and-blue cheatline of American Airlines, the aircraft's previous owner (the actual branding had been removed, of course.) The design was not without it's compromises, however: With the Shuttle Orbiter mounted, the aircraft was severely limited in performance, both in terms of altitude and range, requiring multiple refueling stops. Without the orbiter, the aircraft had to carry ballast to correct it's center of gravity (being designed with the very heavy orbiter sitting atop it in mind). As a bit of amusing trivia, the large peg on the top of the [=SCA=], which would dock with the Shuttle Orbiter for transport, includes a placard from a smart-ass Boeing engineer reminding the NASA technicians to install the orbiter "black side down."

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* While the Soviets designed a one-of-a-kind aircraft specifically to shuttle their shuttle around, the Americans decided to take the uncharacteristically thrifty approach of acquiring a couple of Boeing 747 airliners on the pre-owned market and refit them to create the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuttle_Carrier_Aircraft Shuttle Carrier Aircraft]]'''. For the first decade of service, the original [=SCA=] still bore the red-white-and-blue cheatline of American Airlines, the aircraft's previous owner (the actual branding had been removed, of course.) The design was not without it's compromises, however: With the Shuttle Orbiter mounted, the aircraft was severely limited in performance, both in terms of altitude and range, requiring multiple refueling stops. Without the orbiter, the aircraft had to carry ballast to correct it's its center of gravity (being designed with the very heavy orbiter sitting atop it in mind). As a bit of amusing trivia, the large peg on the top of the [=SCA=], which would dock with the Shuttle Orbiter for transport, includes a placard from a smart-ass Boeing engineer reminding the NASA technicians to install the orbiter "black side down."



** Want to get even cooler? Do what the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VF-84 VF-84]] did: paint it white, black, then add the skull & crossbones. Great, now you're flying [[Anime/{{Macross}} Roy and Hikaru's]] fighter, the official aircraft of [[VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar Wardog Squadron,]] or maybe the jets in ''Film/TheFinalCountdown.''

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** Want to get even cooler? Do what the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VF-84 VF-84]] org/wiki/VF-84_(1955-95) VF-84]][[note]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VFA-103 VFA-103]] after VF-84 was disestablished in 1995[[/note]] did: paint it white, black, then add the skull & crossbones. Great, now you're flying [[Anime/{{Macross}} Roy and Hikaru's]] fighter, the official aircraft of [[VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar Wardog Squadron,]] or maybe the jets in ''Film/TheFinalCountdown.''
28th Jan '17 4:42:45 PM Wyldchyld
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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dassault_Rafale Dassault Rafale]]'''. Brought in as the French alternative to the Typhoon after they dropped from the project (they need a carrier version, being the only nation other than the US to still operate catapult-equipped aircraft carriers, while the other partners in the Eurofighter consortium had no interest in the added expense and weight this would entail since none of them use or intend to use non-STOVL carriers)[[note]]The British briefly planned to make at least one member of the upcoming ''Queen Elizabeth'' class of near-supercarriers a catapult ship, but costs forced [=MoD=] to change its plans.[[/note]] it actually entered service before the Eurofighter. It also boasts supercruise and will have an Active Electronic Scanned Array radar (it currently has a Passive Electronic Scanned Array radar) in 2013, and has an electronic warfare suit called SPECTRA which features a software-based virtual stealth technology[[note]]Planes like the F-22 are stealthy due to their construction and matarials, made to deflect or absorb radar waves ; the Rafale uses her electronics to detect radar waves and where they come from, then blinds the emetting radar while telling it [[IWasNeverHere she is not there]].[[/note]]. It also has a carrier variant. The carrier variant will replace all other fixed wing aircraft of the French Navy except for the E-2 Hawkeye. It will also be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. It's the airplane featured in the first trailer for ''Creator/TomClancy's VideoGame/{{HAWX}}'', probably because it's one of the most [[FetishFuel good]]-[[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench looking]] planes of the latest generation. Remarkable for the sheer speed at which France has managed to set its upgrades in motion as opposed to the USA, EU or even Russia when it comes to next gen aircraft. Like the Typhoon, it [[http://theaviationist.com/2013/06/19/f-22-shot-down-by-rafale/ has shown to be able to]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded stand up to]] the F-22 in visual-range exercises.

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dassault_Rafale Dassault Rafale]]'''. Brought in as the French alternative to the Typhoon after they dropped from the project (they need a carrier version, being the only nation other than the US to still operate catapult-equipped aircraft carriers, while the other partners in the Eurofighter consortium had no interest in the added expense and weight this would entail since none of them use or intend to use non-STOVL carriers)[[note]]The British briefly planned to make at least one member of the upcoming ''Queen Elizabeth'' class of near-supercarriers a catapult ship, but costs forced [=MoD=] to change its plans.[[/note]] it actually entered service before the Eurofighter. It also boasts supercruise and will have an Active Electronic Scanned Array radar (it currently has a Passive Electronic Scanned Array radar) in 2013, and has an electronic warfare suit called SPECTRA which features a software-based virtual stealth technology[[note]]Planes like the F-22 are stealthy due to their construction and matarials, made to deflect or absorb radar waves ; the Rafale uses her electronics to detect radar waves and where they come from, then blinds the emetting radar while telling it [[IWasNeverHere she is not there]].[[/note]]. It also has a carrier variant. The carrier variant will replace all other fixed wing aircraft of the French Navy except for the E-2 Hawkeye. It will also be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. It's the airplane featured in the first trailer for ''Creator/TomClancy's VideoGame/{{HAWX}}'', probably because it's one of the most [[FetishFuel good]]-[[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench looking]] [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench good-looking]] planes of the latest generation. Remarkable for the sheer speed at which France has managed to set its upgrades in motion as opposed to the USA, EU or even Russia when it comes to next gen aircraft. Like the Typhoon, it [[http://theaviationist.com/2013/06/19/f-22-shot-down-by-rafale/ has shown to be able to]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded stand up to]] the F-22 in visual-range exercises.
24th Jan '17 8:24:26 AM 06tele
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* Finally for WWI British aircraft we have the '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Aircraft_Factory_S.E.5 S.E.5a]]''', which overcame a problematic birth to become the most important RAF fighter aircraft of the war. Faster than the Sopwith Camel but much easier to fly, it combined relatively honest handling characteristics like the Fokker D.7 with greater speed and good durability. Although less famous and iconic than the Camel, the S.E.5a was the preferred aircraft of Britain's two highest-scoring aces of the war, Edward "Mick" Mannock and James McCudden.[[note]]Respectively, 61 and 57 confirmed kills.[[/note]]

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* Finally for WWI British aircraft we have the '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Aircraft_Factory_S.E.5 S.E.5a]]''', which overcame a problematic birth to become the most important RAF fighter aircraft of the war. Faster than the Sopwith Camel but much easier to fly, it combined relatively honest handling characteristics like the Fokker D.7 with greater speed and good durability. Although less famous and iconic than the Camel, the S.E.5a was the preferred aircraft of Britain's two highest-scoring aces of the war, Edward "Mick" Mannock and James McCudden.[=McCudden=].[[note]]Respectively, 61 and 57 confirmed kills.[[/note]]
24th Jan '17 8:23:56 AM 06tele
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* Finally for WWI British aircraft we have the '''[=SE-5A=]''', which overcame a problematic birth to become the most important RAF fighter aircraft of the war. Faster than the Sopwith Camel but much easier to fly, it combined relatively honest handling characteristics like the Fokker D.7 with greater speed and good durability.

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* Finally for WWI British aircraft we have the '''[=SE-5A=]''', '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Aircraft_Factory_S.E.5 S.E.5a]]''', which overcame a problematic birth to become the most important RAF fighter aircraft of the war. Faster than the Sopwith Camel but much easier to fly, it combined relatively honest handling characteristics like the Fokker D.7 with greater speed and good durability. Although less famous and iconic than the Camel, the S.E.5a was the preferred aircraft of Britain's two highest-scoring aces of the war, Edward "Mick" Mannock and James McCudden.[[note]]Respectively, 61 and 57 confirmed kills.[[/note]]
24th Jan '17 8:16:13 AM 06tele
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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire Supermarine Spitfire,]]''' often named as one of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed. It was used in a variety of roles from fighter (at which it excelled, being one of the best defensive fighters in the war) to high-altitude photo-reconnaissance aircraft, possessing an impressive combat record and iconic status in British culture. Those pretty elliptical wings, however, were a total pain in the ass to build and maintain because there is not a single straight line in them. Later Spitfires had a revised and easier to build wing that does not look nearly as good as the original one. German fighter [[AcePilot ace]] Adolf Galland was very impressed by the Spitfire and once enraged Hermann Göring by stating that he'd like to have Spitfires for his squadron.
* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hurricane Hawker Hurricane,]]''' a contemporary of the Spitfire, was easier to produce and thus more numerous earlier in the war. Though slower and an inferior dogfighter compared to the Spit, it was still responsible for shooting down a larger number of enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain (especially bombers) and also proved to be excellent as a ground attack and "tank buster" aircraft. It is the last frontline fighter made with fabric covered wings. That makes it hard to damage and easy to repair.

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire Supermarine Spitfire,]]''' often named as one of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed. It was used in a variety of roles from fighter (at which it excelled, being one of the best defensive fighters in the war) to high-altitude photo-reconnaissance aircraft, possessing an impressive combat record and iconic status in British culture. It was famously nimble, especially in its earlier versions (Marks I and II, the main versions that fought the Battle of Britain.) Those pretty elliptical wings, however, were a total pain in the ass to build and maintain because there is not a single straight line in them. Later Spitfires had a revised and easier to build wing that does not look nearly as good as the original one. German fighter [[AcePilot ace]] Adolf Galland was very impressed by the Spitfire and once enraged Hermann Göring by stating that he'd like to have Spitfires for his squadron.
* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hurricane Hawker Hurricane,]]''' a contemporary of the Spitfire, was much easier to produce and thus more numerous earlier in the war. Though slower and an inferior dogfighter compared to less manoeuvrable than the Spit, it was still responsible for shooting down a larger number of enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain (especially bombers) on account of being an excellent gun platform, and also proved to be excellent as a superb ground attack and "tank buster" aircraft. It is was the last frontline fighter made with fabric covered wings. That makes wings, which made it hard to damage and easy to repair.repair, although it acquired all-metal duraluminum wings as early as April 1939.



* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Bf_109 Messerschmitt Bf-109]]''' (often known as the Me-109, but the former is more correct) scored more aerial victories than any other airplane, having gotten its start during the Spanish Civil War, and continuing on until well after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII[[note]]ironically, some war-surplus versions served in the nascent [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli Air Force]][[/note]], even in the face of more advanced designs. The Messerschmitt's cannon armament and engine were superior to those on early Spitfire variants, and later variants of the Messerschmitt, even if lacking in engine power, had no shortage of firepower. A cramped cockpit and tricky handling were downers for what was otherwise one of the best fighters of the war.

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Bf_109 Messerschmitt Bf-109]]''' (often known as the Me-109, but the former is more correct) scored more aerial victories than any other airplane, having gotten its start during the Spanish Civil War, and continuing on until well after the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII[[note]]ironically, some war-surplus versions served in the nascent [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli Air Force]][[/note]], even in the face of more advanced designs. The Messerschmitt's cannon armament and engine were superior to those on early Spitfire variants, and later variants of the Messerschmitt, even if lacking in engine power, had no shortage of firepower. A Although one of the best fighters of the war, a cramped cockpit and tricky handling were downers for what was otherwise one problematic. In particular, the configuration of the best fighters engine meant that the Bf109 tended to stall if you put it into a dive, unless you rolled it over first. Also, its landing gear were very long and so was its nose, which meant that you had to zig-zag while taxiing if you wanted to avoid colliding with anything. 10% of the war.Bf 109s lost during the war were lost during takeoff and landing accidents.
16th Jan '17 3:19:07 PM kouta
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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_F4F_Wildcat Grumman [=F4F=] Wildcat,]]''' while less maneuverable than the Japanese Zero, it could match it in speed and was far more ruggedly built, which together with the superior tactics developed by American pilots meant it could hold its own before more advanced US fighters arrived. It was the fighter that actually stopped the [=A6M=]. Later in the war, Wildcats were deployed from escort carriers too small to be used by those fighters, protecting convoys.

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_F4F_Wildcat Grumman [=F4F=] Wildcat,]]''' while less maneuverable and less well armed (4 machine guns vs. 2 machine guns and 2 cannons) than the Japanese Zero, it could match it in speed and was far more ruggedly built, which together with the superior tactics developed by American pilots meant it could hold its own before more advanced US fighters arrived. It was the fighter that actually stopped the [=A6M=]. Later in the war, Wildcats were deployed from escort carriers too small to be used by those fighters, protecting convoys.


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** It should be noted that the Meteor was much less advanced than the Me 262. The Me 262 used axial flow turbines (i.e. what modern gas turbines use) while the Meteor used centrifugal compressors (i.e. what a sports car might use).
12th Jan '17 3:49:16 PM bintananth
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