History RealLife / CoolPlane

26th Mar '17 11:30:08 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The Soviet '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polikarpov_I-16 I-16,]]''' sometimes called "Ishak" ("donkey") was literally the workhorse of Soviet Air Force in pre-war period and early times of the war. It was of revolutionary design; it was the world's first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status and as such "introduced a new vogue in fighter design." However, as such it initially had many problems, but in the end it settled as good and reliable aircraft. First saw combat in skies of Spain, where it dominated over biplane adversaries. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII it was weak compared to German fighters, like Bf 109, but featured great horizontal manoeuvrability, which sometimes allowed it to change positions with the chasing plane.

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* The Soviet '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polikarpov_I-16 I-16,]]''' sometimes called "Ishak" ("donkey") was literally the workhorse of Soviet Air Force in pre-war period and early times of the war. It was of revolutionary design; it was the world's first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status and as such "introduced a new vogue in fighter design." However, as such it initially had many problems, but in the end it settled as good and reliable aircraft. First saw combat in the skies of Spain, Spain during the civil war, where it dominated over biplane adversaries.adversaries and was nicknamed "Mosca" ("fly") by the Republicans, who used the I-16 as their main fighter plane throughout the whole of the war despite its problems. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII it was weak compared to German fighters, like Bf 109, but featured great horizontal manoeuvrability, which sometimes allowed it to change positions with the chasing plane.
20th Mar '17 9:35:20 PM bombadil211
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The actual top speed is still classified. Whenever the Russians would demonstrate a plane that could go faster than the last public record set by an SR-71, the Americans would just take an SR-71 up for another public flight, and open the throttle a little more.\\

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The actual top speed is still classified. Whenever the Russians would demonstrate a plane that could go faster than the last public record set by an SR-71, the Americans would just take an SR-71 up for another public flight, and open the throttle a little more. The SR-71 was also occasionally used to simply mess with communists' heads during the Cold War. If the CIA learned about a dictator holding a parade as a show of power, the agency would simply ask for a Blackbird to fly overhead and accelerate as hard as possible because the engine noise and sonic boom were both loud enough to freak people out on the ground. It had the added bonus of showing people that the Americans could have done something more drastic but chose not to.\\
3rd Mar '17 6:21:48 PM Taskmaster123
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** The B-52 is so badass that the mere thought that it might fly overhead and turn all the real estate you are standing on into a smoking crater, using only conventional weapons, is enough to convince people to give up. During Desert Storm, an senior Iraqi officer who surrendered was being interrogated. When asked why he surrendered, he replied that it was because of the B-52's. After doing some checking, his questioners pointed out that his unit had never been attacked by B-52's. The Iraqi officer replied that yes, that was true...''but he'd seen what had happened to a unit that was...''
** There's an old joke that was popular among B-52 crews. Pilot looks at his bombardier and points out the window at the ground 30,000 feet below: "See all that land down there? Fuck up everybody on it."
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]]
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