Uncensored Retro Photos

Hey guys, I noticed that while we have a bunch of pretty awesome video threads, we lack one for plane pix. So here we go. A thread for still pictures of flying machines.

To kick it off, here’s one for @Victork2 to pin up on his bedroom wall:

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Oh yes!! My kinda thread!!! Great pic @schurem.
Wife won’t let me put any plane pics in the house. They are ‘man cave things’

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Solution: Paint them on the house!

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Just look at the curves!

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I get weak at the knees

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Favorite -

More Sunset -
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Not sure where this one came from …
F 35 Lightning 2 Refuel

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If she said “in the house”, then this is just what you need! A garage door print -
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It might be a horrible airplane, but to me it just looks mega sexy:

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It IS mega sexy!!! Quirky is COOL!!!

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Which reminds me: a lot of my favourite airplanes are known to be pretty deadly for their pilots. Examples:

  • F-104G
  • V-tail Bonanza
  • Beechcraft Starship

…I wonder what that says about me. :smiley:

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Was the Starship a deadly aircraft?

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Really lethal for beechcraft’s balance sheet…

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Canards are cool though…

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Potentially. IIRC I read that its design had quite a few flaws, among them a CoG that was pretty far aft, and the delta wings gave it a tendency for dutch rolls. The canards also had some problem and the cockpit instruments were overengineered and not very intuitive.
Its other flaws mainly were of economic nature.

I had a nice article that summed it up. Ill see if I can find it.

Ok.
I thought you meant deadly as in actual accidents.

Agreed.

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Yeah it didn’t have any accidents AFAIK, probably because they only built ~50 of them and only sold a dozen. The plane was far away from its advertised performance so it sold poorly. Which is a pity as it looks awesome.

I tried to find the article I read about the safety concerns but didn’t find it. Here is another one, but it doesn’t mention any of the potential risks. So maybe I actually misremember that?

Anyway, here is another canard+push prop design I like:

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I love the enormous air intake on the J10

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And conventional stabilizer… It’s quite an interesting design!
There’s an Italian AF Avanti roaming around here, calibrating TACAN stations, every once in a while. Such a cool aircraft!

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