History RealLife / CoolPlane

16th Apr '16 9:07:42 AM LordKaarvani
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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]]Stealthy planes like the F-22 are stealhy due to their construction and matarials made to deflect or absorb radar waves ; the Rafale detects incoming radar waves, blinds the emetting radar while telling him he's not where the radar was looking[[/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]]Stealthy planes technology[[note]]Planes like the F-22 are stealhy stealthy due to their construction and matarials matarials, made to deflect or absorb radar waves ; the Rafale detects incoming uses her electronics to detect radar waves, waves and where they come from, then blinds the emetting radar while telling him he's it [[IWasNeverHere she is not where the radar was looking[[/note]].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.
16th Apr '16 9:03:30 AM LordKaarvani
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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. 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.technology[[note]]Stealthy planes like the F-22 are stealhy due to their construction and matarials made to deflect or absorb radar waves ; the Rafale detects incoming radar waves, blinds the emetting radar while telling him he's not where the radar was looking[[/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.
14th Apr '16 8:46:00 PM OtakuMage
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* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aichi_M6A Seiran]]''' was a specialized aircraft with one purpose in mind: Hit Allied assets after being launched from a submarine. Designed to be catapult-launched from the '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-400-class_submarine I-400 class]]''' of submarines, they had wings that rotated 90 degrees and folded flat to the fuselage to fit in the limited hangar space. Capable of carrying a single type-91 torpedo or up to 850kg of bombs, they never saw combat, with Japan surrendering en route to their first operation at Ulithi Atoll. Only one survives to this day, residing in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
9th Apr '16 5:25:47 AM AnotherDuck
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* The '''[[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/22/caspian_sea_monster/ Ekranoplan]]''' is a boat/plane hybrid designed to take advantage of[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_effect_in_aircraft Wing in Ground Effect.]] One features in the James Bond novel ''Literature/DevilMayCare'' and some really were that size, and in fact look a lot like something straight out of a Franchise/JamesBond movie.

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* The '''[[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/22/caspian_sea_monster/ Ekranoplan]]''' is a boat/plane hybrid designed to take advantage of[[http://en.of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_effect_in_aircraft Wing in Ground Effect.]] One features in the James Bond novel ''Literature/DevilMayCare'' and some really were that size, and in fact look a lot like something straight out of a Franchise/JamesBond movie.
25th Mar '16 3:06:43 PM SSJMagus
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** A heavily modified S-67 airframe was used to create the S-72, a hybrid helicopter/airplane prototype. With the main rotor removed, it could fly like a conventional plane with a pair of the same jet engines as the A-10 Warthog. Then they added a four-bladed rigid rotor (conventional helicopter rotors need to be flexible to control lift, but this design instead expelled compressed air from the engines through the rotor blades) that could be locked into place to function like wings during forward flight, allowing it to seamlessly transition from helicopter to airplane mode in mid-flight. Or at least, that was the idea. Sadly it was cancelled before this rotor system could actually be given a test flight. Due to the shape formed by the rotors when fixed into place, it was named the [[Franchise/StarWars X-Wing]].
24th Mar '16 5:27:06 PM SSJMagus
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* The Russian '''[[http://www.russiablog.org/Tupolev-TU-160.jpg Tu-160]]''' "[[ReportingNames Blackjack]]" is the fastest and shapeliest heavy bomber ever to enter active service. Its silhouette and white anti-flash colour lead to this plane receiving Russian nickname "White Swan". Also, Tu-160 is currently the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft, largest variable-sweep aircraft built and has the heaviest takeoff weight of any military aircraft besides transports.

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* The Russian '''[[http://www.russiablog.org/Tupolev-TU-160.jpg Tu-160]]''' "[[ReportingNames Blackjack]]" is the fastest and shapeliest heavy bomber ever to enter active service. Its silhouette and white anti-flash colour lead to this plane receiving Russian nickname "White Swan". Also, Tu-160 is currently the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft, largest variable-sweep aircraft built and has the heaviest takeoff weight of any military aircraft besides transports. Each of the 35 Tu-160s is [[NamedWeapon individually named after a Russian who made a significant contribution to the nation's bomber force in the past]], either as a pilot or a designer.
16th Mar '16 12:29:35 PM dinohunterpat
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* Despite the speculations, the Sukhoi '''T-50 PAK FA''', the currently-in-testing 5th-generation Russian stealth fighter and expected [[TheRival rival]] to the F-22, looks more like its other more mundane ancestor, the Su-37 (and ''its'' ancestors, the entire Su-27 family), than it looks like the Su-47 Berkut, ditching the TooCoolToLive forward-swept wing for a stealthier but less awesome (looking) design. Still, on a whole, it is more badass than any other Sukhoi plane ever, because it's supposed to be broadly comparable to the Raptor, while being cheaper to make[[note]]given that there has been some delays due to structural issues, it might not be a whole lot cheaper[[/note]]. Remember: no matter how cool a single plane is, it can't be sent on two missions simultaneously. The T-50 uses 2-dimensional thrust vectoring canted at an angle, similar to the systems used by the Su-30/35, and unlike the F-22, the nozzles can be vectored independently. It remains to be seen how it stacks up against the Raptor, as production aircraft may be more refined in terms of stealthy details than current pre-production test aircraft that have many non-stealthy features. The shaping of the T-50's back half does make it considerably more susceptible to thermal sensors (it's notoriously difficult to make the back half of a jet stealthy without compromising speed), but this will also likely give it an advantage in high alpha and post-stall maneuvering.\\

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* Despite the speculations, the Sukhoi '''T-50 PAK FA''', the currently-in-testing 5th-generation Russian stealth fighter and expected [[TheRival rival]] to the F-22, looks more like its other more mundane ancestor, the Su-37 (and ''its'' ancestors, the entire Su-27 family), than it looks like the Su-47 Berkut, ditching the TooCoolToLive forward-swept wing for a stealthier but less awesome (looking) design. Still, on a whole, it is more badass than any other Sukhoi plane ever, because it's supposed to be broadly comparable to the Raptor, while being cheaper to make[[note]]given that there has been some delays due to structural issues, issues and engine reliability, it might not be a whole lot cheaper[[/note]]. Remember: no matter how cool a single plane is, it can't be sent on two missions simultaneously. The T-50 uses 2-dimensional thrust vectoring canted at an angle, similar to the systems used by the Su-30/35, and unlike the F-22, the nozzles can be vectored independently. It remains to be seen how it stacks up against the Raptor, as production aircraft may be more refined in terms of stealthy details than current pre-production test aircraft that have many non-stealthy features. The shaping of the T-50's back half does make it considerably more susceptible to thermal sensors (it's notoriously difficult to make the back half of a jet stealthy without compromising speed), but this will also likely give it an advantage in high alpha and post-stall maneuvering.\\
13th Mar '16 7:46:58 PM Nohbody
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* Hailing from the remote land of Canada, we have the ***[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_Global_Express Bombardier Global Express]]*** line, making it one of the few small planes capable of intercontinental flight, with the prototypical 7000 and 8000's range being comparable to full-size Airliners like aforementioned Worldliner.

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* Hailing from the remote land of Canada, we have the ***[[https://en.'''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_Global_Express Bombardier Global Express]]*** Express]]''' line, making it one of the few small planes capable of intercontinental flight, with the prototypical 7000 and 8000's range being comparable to full-size Airliners like aforementioned Worldliner.
13th Mar '16 3:49:43 PM Sjebens
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* On the other side, we have there is the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Fw_190 Focke-Wulf Fw 190,]]''' known among Allied pilots as the "Butcherbird". Outclassed anything the Allies could throw at it at the time of its introduction in 1942 and the last marque, the Focke-Wulf Ta 152, could outfly even a Mustang. The "Fw" designation was changed to reflect the name of its designer, [[IronicName Kurt Tank]], who was pounced on by P-51s during a test flight and managed to escape simply by opening the throttle. Like the Me 262, though, the Ta 152 was introduced too late to have any real impact on an air war that had become [[CurbStompBattle extremely one-sided]]. In and on itself however, it was one of the best piston-engined fighters ever developed.

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* On the other side, we have there is the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Fw_190 Focke-Wulf Fw 190,]]''' known among Allied pilots as the "Butcherbird". Outclassed anything the Allies could throw at it at the time of its introduction in 1942 and the last marque, the Focke-Wulf Ta 152, could outfly even a Mustang.Mustang (at high altitude). The "Fw" designation was changed to reflect the name of its designer, [[IronicName Kurt Tank]], who was pounced on by P-51s during a test flight and managed to escape simply by opening the throttle. Like the Me 262, though, the Ta 152 was introduced too late to have any real impact on an air war that had become [[CurbStompBattle extremely one-sided]]. In and on itself however, it was one of the best piston-engined fighters ever developed.



* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Me_262 Messerschmitt Me 262]]''' ''Schwalbe''[[note]]"swallow"[[/note]] was the world's first operational jet fighter. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII stories, frequently appears as the sudden never-before-seen [[ThoseWackyNazis bad guy]] superplane that the daring AcePilot must shoot down in a one-on-one dogfight late in the story arc. In reality, it was a menace to Allied bombers, with its four 30mm cannons[[note]]one prototype variant of the Me 262 was even armed with a 50mm autocannon adapted from a tank gun[[/note]] and a load of 24 anti-aircraft [=R4M=] rockets, but it came too little and far too late to have a serious impact on the war. It was rarely able to fly missions due to the lack of fuel Germany was facing at the time, though it did use lower octane fuel than piston engine aircraft. Its development was slowed by the fact that Hitler, in one of his many examples of ExecutiveMeddling, insisted that it be made into a ''bomber''. An Me 262 can go 532mph at sea level. No allied escort fighter could come within 100mph of that without an altitude advantage to allow a diving attack[[note]] Some prop-driven fighters, such as the Tempest and the Mustang would actually accelerate faster in a dive than the Schwalbe, but the easiest way to shoot one down was to [[SittingDucks catch it trying to land at or take off from it's home base]][[/note]]. Given the iconic status of the original, flyable replicas using more modern engines are available, although the engines require special modifications to work with an airframe design whose original powerplants were heavier, larger, less reliable, less powerful, and painfully slow when reacting to throttle changes. While the original had some significant disadvantages as a combat aircraft [[note]] Advancing the throttles from idle to full power took a full fifteen seconds and once the pilot was committed to a landing the aircraft could not accelerate back to flying speed. So much as touching the throttles in flight invited a flameout and losing an engine made it a sitting duck so the pilot had little choice but to run it at or near full power all the time. The high speed combined with the short 200 meter range of the low velocity 30mm guns meant the pilot was always at risk of colliding with his target and usually had only one or two seconds to engage because he couldn't slow down. Successful pilots developed a tactic of diving through the escorts then climbing steeply under the target to scrub off speed and give them more time to aim, but some form of speed brake would have helped. Finally since the engines had a ''maximum'' lifespan of twenty hours and were liable to blow up at any time every takeoff was a white knuckle affair since an engine failure on takeoff was not recoverable.[[/note]] it was the first effective combat jet. The fact that it looks really cool doesn't hurt its appeal either.

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Me_262 Messerschmitt Me 262]]''' ''Schwalbe''[[note]]"swallow"[[/note]] was the world's first operational jet fighter. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII stories, frequently appears as the sudden never-before-seen [[ThoseWackyNazis bad guy]] superplane that the daring AcePilot must shoot down in a one-on-one dogfight late in the story arc. In reality, it was a menace to Allied bombers, with its four 30mm cannons[[note]]one prototype variant of the Me 262 was even armed with a 50mm autocannon adapted from a tank gun[[/note]] and a load of 24 anti-aircraft [=R4M=] rockets, but it came too little and far too late to have a serious impact on the war. It was rarely able to fly missions due to the lack of fuel Germany was facing at the time, though it did use lower octane fuel than piston engine aircraft. Its development was slowed by the fact that Hitler, in one a lack of his many examples of ExecutiveMeddling, insisted that it be made into a ''bomber''. reliable engines. An Me 262 can go 532mph at sea level. No allied escort fighter could come within 100mph of that without an altitude advantage to allow a diving attack[[note]] Some prop-driven fighters, such as the Tempest and the Mustang would actually accelerate faster in a dive than the Schwalbe, but the easiest way to shoot one down was to [[SittingDucks catch it trying to land at or take off from it's home base]][[/note]]. Given the iconic status of the original, flyable replicas using more modern engines are available, although the engines require special modifications to work with an airframe design whose original powerplants were heavier, larger, less reliable, less powerful, and painfully slow when reacting to throttle changes. While the original had some significant disadvantages as a combat aircraft [[note]] Advancing the throttles from idle to full power took a full fifteen seconds and once the pilot was committed to a landing the aircraft could not accelerate back to flying speed. So much as touching the throttles in flight invited a flameout and losing an engine made it a sitting duck so the pilot had little choice but to run it at or near full power all the time. The high speed combined with the short 200 meter range of the low velocity 30mm guns meant the pilot was always at risk of colliding with his target and usually had only one or two seconds to engage because he couldn't slow down. Successful pilots developed a tactic of diving through the escorts then climbing steeply under the target to scrub off speed and give them more time to aim, but some form of speed brake would have helped. Finally since the engines had a ''maximum'' lifespan of twenty hours and were liable to blow up at any time every takeoff was a white knuckle affair since an engine failure on takeoff was not recoverable.[[/note]] it was the first effective combat jet. The fact that it looks really cool doesn't hurt its appeal either.
12th Mar '16 12:49:44 PM igordebraga
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* The above-mentioned Alberto Santos-Dumont had two examples: the '''14-Bis''', a box kite-like biplane (so named because it was his 14th aircraft, after 13 dirigibles), that while flown in Paris in 1906 marked the first heavier-than-air machine flown in Europe; and the '''Demoiselle''' (French for "damselfly", as it looked just like those bugs), a proto-ultralight that could achieve a speed of 120 km/h (72 MPH), became the first widely built airplane: Santos-Dumont and a partner built 50 Demoiselles, and the inventor made the blueprints available to whoever wanted, leading to various imitators in the following years. One was built specially for French aviator Roland Garros (yes, the [[Usefulnotes/{{Tennis}} French Open]] one), and a replica years later was featured in ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines''.


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* Music/LedZeppelin made passenger jets even cooler by creating ones exclusive to rock bands with the Boeing 720 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starship The Starship]] and the 707 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar's_Chariot Caesar's Chariot]]. Music/IronMaiden would take this one step further with their Ed Force One decades later: not only it's a huge customized plane (first [[http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5302/5636695859_625daa6dd3.jpg a 757]], then a [[http://imguol.com/c/entretenimento/98/2015/08/25/o-ed-force-one-jumbo-747-400-que-sera-pilotado-pelo-vocalista-bruce-dickinson-na-nova-turne-do-iron-maiden-1440532664356_956x500.jpg full-on 747]]) but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNm7tQxQMAg the pilot is]] [[Music/BruceDickinson the lead singer]]!
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