History RealLife / CoolPlane

28th Aug '16 3:23:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPAD_S.XIII SPAD S.XIII]]''' was, by mid-1918, the primary fighter of the ''[[GaulsWithGrenades Aéronautique Militaire]]'', and by the end of the war, the US Army had similarly adopted the SPAD as their front line staple. While not as agile as the Camel or the Nieuport 28, the SPAD was tougher and faster, and would continue to serve in many nations' militaries into the 1920s.

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* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPAD_S.XIII SPAD S.XIII]]''' was, by mid-1918, the primary fighter of the ''[[GaulsWithGrenades ''[[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades Aéronautique Militaire]]'', and by the end of the war, the US Army had similarly adopted the SPAD as their front line staple. While not as agile as the Camel or the Nieuport 28, the SPAD was tougher and faster, and would continue to serve in many nations' militaries into the 1920s.
8th Aug '16 9:22:42 AM SSJMagus
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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.

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* The '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aichi_M6A 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. The original intended purpose was to destroy [[UsefulNotes/{{Panama}} the locks of the Panama Canal]], but as the war increasingly went against Japan this was scaled back to a planned sneak attack on American aircraft carriers. 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.
Museum. The Seirans that actually got deployed on submarines were jettisoned at sea with their wings folded when word of the Japanese surrender was received, to conceal the fact that they had been [[FalseFlagOperation illegally painted in US Navy colours]].
8th Aug '16 3:15:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_35_Draken SAAB J 35 Draken]]'''[[note]]meaning "dragon"[[/note]] is one hell of a sexy-looking fighter, almost to the point of PerverseSexualLust for some. For years, it was the plane of choice for the Swedish Air Force's aerobatic display team, the Acro Deltas. It was also actually the first plane to perform the famous Cobra maneuver, years ahead of the Su-27. Suffice to say that there is a ''reason'' why the UsefulNotes page about the Swedish military is called SwedesWithCoolPlanes. Although the historic point at which that name becomes warranted is a matter of some debate.

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** The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_35_Draken SAAB J 35 Draken]]'''[[note]]meaning "dragon"[[/note]] is one hell of a sexy-looking fighter, almost to the point of PerverseSexualLust for some. For years, it was the plane of choice for the Swedish Air Force's aerobatic display team, the Acro Deltas. It was also actually the first plane to perform the famous Cobra maneuver, years ahead of the Su-27. Suffice to say that there is a ''reason'' why the UsefulNotes page about the Swedish military is called SwedesWithCoolPlanes.UsefulNotes/SwedesWithCoolPlanes. Although the historic point at which that name becomes warranted is a matter of some debate.
8th Aug '16 2:19:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* The IndiansWithIglas have {{Moe}} with Wings in the form of the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAL_Tejas HAL Tejas.]]''' The Tejas is designed to fit as much {{Badass}} as possible in the smallest package available, making it a PintsizedPowerhouse. They're VERY lightweight for that matter, at 5.5 tons unloaded, which makes them fricking agile and gives them a surprisingly high power-to-weight ratio; they're a bit slow by modern standards, however, with a top speed of only Mach 1.8 (albeit on a single engine). The plane was formally introduced to the Indian military in January 2015, [[DevelopmentHell after 32 years in development.]] Hey, better late than never, right?

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* The IndiansWithIglas UsefulNotes/IndiansWithIglas have {{Moe}} with Wings in the form of the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAL_Tejas HAL Tejas.]]''' The Tejas is designed to fit as much {{Badass}} as possible in the smallest package available, making it a PintsizedPowerhouse. They're VERY lightweight for that matter, at 5.5 tons unloaded, which makes them fricking agile and gives them a surprisingly high power-to-weight ratio; they're a bit slow by modern standards, however, with a top speed of only Mach 1.8 (albeit on a single engine). The plane was formally introduced to the Indian military in January 2015, [[DevelopmentHell after 32 years in development.]] Hey, better late than never, right?
6th Aug '16 6:50:32 AM bombadil211
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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2 Lockheed U-2]]''' is a glider-like high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. Operating at altitudes of around 70000, it was deemed to be safe from interception, and even though the eventual loss of several aircraft (during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more well-known Gary Powers over Soviet territory) led to the development of the Blackbird (see below), the U-2 outlasted that bird and remains in service today with the USAF and NASA.

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2 Lockheed U-2]]''' is a glider-like high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.aircraft that is immediately recognizable due to its long thin fuselage and enormous wingspan. Operating at altitudes of around 70000, it was deemed to be safe from interception, and even though the eventual loss of several aircraft (during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more well-known Gary Powers over Soviet territory) led to the development of the Blackbird (see below), the U-2 outlasted that bird and remains in service today with the USAF and NASA. Its design, while making it extremely capable at high altitudes, makes landing awkward. The cockpit is placed far back enough that the pilot cannot see the runway as he's coming down. A second pilot actually has to chase the plane down the runway in a [[CoolCar muscle car]] and guide his buddy down via radio. Once on the ground, the plane with roll along on bicycle-style landing gear before slowing down enough for it to lean over and skid along on a wingtip. Once stopped, ground crews actually have to use their own body weight to get the plane righted enough to fit a detachable wheel under each wing so that the plane can taxi back to the hangar.



An interesting note: because of the hybrid engine it used (period standard jet engine for what counts as low-speed for the -71, and ramjet for insane speed by any standard), the faster it moved, the LESS fuel it used.\\

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An interesting note: it used a special kerosene-based fuel and, because of the hybrid engine it used (period standard jet engine for what counts as low-speed for the -71, and ramjet for insane speed by any standard), the faster it moved, the LESS fuel it used.\\
24th Jul '16 5:09:38 PM MadCat221
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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_Republic_A-10_Thunderbolt_II A-10 Thunderbolt II]]''', aka the Warthog, is [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology ugly as hell]] and just barely capable of exceeding the speed of smell if you put it into a steep dive, but it can fly in a damaged state that would make other planes just fall and go boom, several times over. The aircraft could be smashed to hell and the pilot could be missing all four of his appendages (maybe even his head) and ''still'' complete the mission, making it back to base in time for happy hour at the O' Club. Of course, probably the biggest reason why this plane fits under this trope is the depleted-uranium [[GatlingGood GAU-8 30mm Avenger rotary cannon]] which the plane is literally built around which can literally slice a tank in half and which by itself is bigger than anything short of an SUV. You've heard of the ImplacableMan? This is the Implacable Plane. The exact amount of parts it can lose and still fly (according to TheOtherWiki) include one engine, one tail, most of its fuel supply, and ''a wing.'' Basically, half the plane can drop off and you're still good. Hell, forget guns; the Hog has been known to take ''missile hits'' and keep going undeterred.\\

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_Republic_A-10_Thunderbolt_II A-10 Thunderbolt II]]''', aka the Warthog, is [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology ugly as hell]] and just barely capable of exceeding the speed of smell if you put it into a steep dive, but it can fly in a damaged state that would make other planes just fall and go boom, several times over. The aircraft could be smashed to hell and the pilot could be missing all four of his appendages (maybe even his head) and ''still'' complete the mission, making it back to base in time for happy hour at the O' Club. Of course, probably the biggest reason why this plane fits under this trope is the depleted-uranium [[GatlingGood GAU-8 30mm Avenger rotary cannon]] which the plane is literally [[{{BFG}}literally built around around]] which can literally slice a tank in half and which by itself is bigger than anything short of an SUV. You've heard of the ImplacableMan? This is the Implacable Plane. The exact amount of parts it can lose and still fly (according to TheOtherWiki) include one engine, one tail, most of its fuel supply, and ''a wing.'' Basically, half the plane can drop off and you're still good. Hell, forget guns; the Hog has been known to take ''missile hits'' and keep going undeterred.\\
24th Jul '16 1:05:04 PM Nohbody
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The F-5 was also later adopted as an aggressor aircraft for dissimilar air combat training in fighter schools in the US, including the famouns US Navy fighter Weapons School - more commonly known as Top Gun. The Tiger II's agility allowed it to fly like the MiG that the easten bloc countries flew - planes that were often lighter and more maneuverable than those flown by the USAF and US Navy. The plane would later revisit this role on screen, standing in for [=MiGs=] in many films in the 80s and early 90s such as ''TopGun'' and ''HotShots''.\\

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The F-5 was also later adopted as an aggressor aircraft for dissimilar air combat training in fighter schools in the US, including the famouns US Navy fighter Weapons School - more commonly known as Top Gun. The Tiger II's agility allowed it to fly like the MiG that the easten bloc countries flew - planes that were often lighter and more maneuverable than those flown by the USAF and US Navy. The plane would later revisit this role on screen, standing in for [=MiGs=] in many films in the 80s and early 90s such as ''TopGun'' ''Film/TopGun'' and ''HotShots''.''Film/HotShots''.\\
19th Jul '16 9:24:25 PM StevieC
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The F-5 was also later adopted as an aggressor aircraft for dissimilar air combat training in fighter schools in the US, including the famouns US Navy fighter Weapons School - more commonly known as Top Gun. The Tiger IIs agility allowed it to fly like the MiG that the easten bloc countries flew - planes that were often lighter and more maneuverable than those flown by the USAF and US Navy. The plane would later revisit this role on screen, standing in for [=MiGs=] in many films in the 80s and early 90s such as ''TopGun'' and ''HotShots''.\\

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The F-5 was also later adopted as an aggressor aircraft for dissimilar air combat training in fighter schools in the US, including the famouns US Navy fighter Weapons School - more commonly known as Top Gun. The Tiger IIs II's agility allowed it to fly like the MiG that the easten bloc countries flew - planes that were often lighter and more maneuverable than those flown by the USAF and US Navy. The plane would later revisit this role on screen, standing in for [=MiGs=] in many films in the 80s and early 90s such as ''TopGun'' and ''HotShots''.\\
14th Jul '16 10:47:49 AM dlchen145
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* The A-10's Soviet counterpart, the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-25 Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot"]]''', may not be very famous in the West, but it was a very formidable design in its own right. Unlike the A-10, it was a much more "conventional" design, with slightly swept-back wings and engines buried in the wing roots. Its cannon, the 30mm [=GSh=]-30-2, may neither fire as fast nor hit as hard nor carry as much ammo as the mighty GAU-8/A Avenger, but it is one of the most powerful aircraft guns in the world given its small size and exceptionally light weight. The Sukhoi is smaller and doesn't carry nearly as much in the way of weapons, but in its defense, the A-10 doesn't usually carry a full loadout. And a lightly loaded Su-25 can just about go supersonic, which the A-10 can't do. However, even if it is a less survivable design than the A-10, the Su-25's toughness is phenomenal. The addition of titanium blast panels near the engine exhausts made it highly resistant to hits from Stinger missiles, and one Su-25 took ''three'' missile hits but returned to base safely. During the 1980s in Afghanistan, this plane was a major menace to the Mujahideen, and was able to hover over the target area for far longer than faster fighter-bombers. Grateful Russian infantry called this plane the ''Graych'' (Rook) due to its outspread wings and tendency to hover protectively over them. Interestingly, the Su-25 has a distinct resemblance to the Northrop YA-9, the design that was beaten out by the A-10 for US Air Force service (although copying is highly unlikely owing to the significantly smaller size of the Sukhoi).

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* The A-10's Soviet counterpart, the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-25 Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot"]]''', may not be very famous in the West, but it was a very formidable design in its own right. Unlike the A-10, it was a much more "conventional" design, with slightly swept-back wings and engines buried in the wing roots. Its cannon, the 30mm [=GSh=]-30-2, may neither fire as fast nor hit as hard nor carry as much ammo as the mighty GAU-8/A Avenger, but it is one of the most powerful aircraft guns in the world given its small size and exceptionally light weight. The Sukhoi is smaller and doesn't carry nearly as much in the way of weapons, but in its defense, the A-10 doesn't usually carry a full loadout. And a lightly loaded Su-25 can just about go supersonic, which the A-10 can't do. However, even if it is a less survivable design than the A-10, the Su-25's toughness is phenomenal. The addition of titanium blast panels near the engine exhausts also made it highly resistant to hits from Stinger missiles, and one Su-25 took ''three'' missile hits but returned to base safely.missiles. During the 1980s in Afghanistan, this plane was a major menace to the Mujahideen, and was able to hover over the target area for far longer than faster fighter-bombers. Grateful Russian infantry called this plane the ''Graych'' (Rook) due to its outspread wings and tendency to hover protectively over them. Interestingly, the Su-25 has a distinct resemblance to the Northrop YA-9, the design that was beaten out by the A-10 for US Air Force service (although copying is highly unlikely owing to the significantly smaller size of the Sukhoi).
21st Jun '16 12:02:35 PM Morgenthaler
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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 a lack of 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.

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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 a lack of 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 [[SittingDuck 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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