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#1 Ivanhoe

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 1829 PM

https://www.popularm...rn-test-flight/
 
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The six-engine, 290-foot wingspan, 600,000-pound cargo craft—nicknamed Mriya, for “dream,” and originally built in the late 1980s to serve as a ferry aircraft for the Soviet Union’s short-lived space shuttle effort—lifted off from its home airport in Kiev, Ukraine for its first test flight before returning to service, presumably within weeks.

 

 


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 1941 PM

Gorgeous bird


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#3 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 0159 AM

They really should try and finish the other one.


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Posted 30 March 2020 - 0206 AM

I'd like to see this flying:

 

https://en.wikipedia...es_H-4_Hercules

 

Even bigger wingspan.. :D


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#5 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 0224 AM

If they ever invent time travel, im going back to see this, which goes to prove, you can make elephants fly...

https://en.wikipedia...ristol_Brabazon


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Posted 30 March 2020 - 0702 AM

If they ever invent time travel, im going back to see this, which goes to prove, you can make elephants fly...

https://en.wikipedia...ristol_Brabazon

As the Vickers Valiant was a contemporary of the Brabazon, it really does show a huge prop powered aircraft with just 100 seats was really beyond comprehension.

 

Then look at the DH Comet, whose major problem seems to have been that DH knew how to make airplanes out of wood (Mosquito, Vampire, Venom) but didn't know enough about making aircraft out of metal.  Now, a wooden framed Comet, with wooden panels, that may have worked, even out to the Nimrod. :)


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#7 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 0759 AM

Yeah, it was an aircraft before its time. Perhaps if they had packed them in sleazyjet style, it might have looked a better financial bet. But I doubt there would have been many airfields at the time that could take something that big. There is a good case for saying it led to the success of the Britannia, a really excellent propliner that I dont think ever got as much credit as it deserved.

 

I remember reading one book (and im damned if I can recall what one at the time) that said that De Havilland was the wrong people to give the Jet Airliner project to because 'You cant name an aircraft they built that didnt come unglued at some point'. Well the DH88 was pretty solid, but fair comment on the rest, they all had structural failure at one time or another. With the Mosquito that was somewhat out of their hands it being the glue, but the rest certainly had issues of their own making. Even the Sea Vixen was still having issues as late as the 1970's. Imagine if AVRO had build Comet. Ok it would have weighed twice as much, but the damn things still probably wouldnt have wore out their fatigue life. :D

 

DH tried to build a Comet out of elm, but it wooden go.....


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#8 DougRichards

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 2247 PM

The initial design studies for the Comet were typically DH

 

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Perhaps the transport version - military and civil - of the Victor would have been interesting.  Very similar size to the Comet.

 

HP.96 Proposed military transport of 1950 with new fuselage carrying 85 troops. Unbuilt. HP.97 1950 civil airliner project. Not built.
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#9 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 0147 AM

HP were not really in the business of mass production though from what ive heard of their production facilities. First rate design team though, Ill give them that.

 

Its deeply depressing to see how many designs we had for military aircraft through the 1950's. The country was broke, hardly any of them were funded. Its reminiscent of the USSR defence industries int he 1990's. Somehow though, they seemed to do a far better job at maintaining them in limbo. Ours, with two exceptions, have all gone. One of those looks like its on borrowed time unless someone lays some orders down.


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