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Posted by Scottkow on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:45 PM

What is the only external part of the KC-135 that is made of wood?

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Posted by F-8fanatic on Thursday, March 3, 2011 11:37 AM

Scottkow

What is the only external part of the KC-135 that is made of wood?

 

The nose gear follow-up door was made of wood so it would not interfere with the doppler radar antenna, which was just aft of the nose gear well.

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Posted by Scottkow on Thursday, March 3, 2011 1:51 PM

F-8fanatic,

You're correct!!!

 

 

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Posted by F-8fanatic on Friday, March 4, 2011 11:43 AM

OK, in the history of fighter aircraft, there was always a push to arm these planes with better and more powerful armaments.  Throughout history, there were many failed attempts at this, but one such plan stands out as the single most persistent bad idea that I could find.  In the race to keep up with certain other countries, one nation developed a gun system that had serious power.  the design was actually not originally for aircraft, but rather for use on ships.  It was significantly altered for use on a particular aircraft in the 1970s, and it proved to be far more dangerous to the aircraft that carried it than it ever was to any enemy.  Results ranged from pilots unable to lower the landing gear, to various electrical systems breaking when the gun was fired, to even loss of the plane itself. One incident was stranger than most--when the pilot fired the gun, the vibrations damaged electrical systems....one of which was the canopy locking system, and the canopy blew clean off the plane in flight.

 

Name the plane and the gun system.

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Posted by VanceCrozier on Friday, March 4, 2011 11:49 AM

F-8fanatic

OK, in the history of fighter aircraft, there was always a push to arm these planes with better and more powerful armaments.  Throughout history, there were many failed attempts at this, but one such plan stands out as the single most persistent bad idea that I could find.  In the race to keep up with certain other countries, one nation developed a gun system that had serious power.  the design was actually not originally for aircraft, but rather for use on ships.  It was significantly altered for use on a particular aircraft in the 1970s, and it proved to be far more dangerous to the aircraft that carried it than it ever was to any enemy.  Results ranged from pilots unable to lower the landing gear, to various electrical systems breaking when the gun was fired, to even loss of the plane itself. One incident was stranger than most--when the pilot fired the gun, the vibrations damaged electrical systems....one of which was the canopy locking system, and the canopy blew clean off the plane in flight.

Name the plane and the gun system.

Sounds like an ACME product - was Wile E. Coyote involved in the development??

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Posted by F-8fanatic on Saturday, March 5, 2011 2:15 PM

OK, a hint...we are talking about Mother Russia.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Monday, March 7, 2011 1:40 AM

only one i can think of if the F-7M (Mig-21) with its 57 mm gun pods and 90 mm gun pods

However im talking to my dad whos just as perplexed as me lol.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Monday, March 7, 2011 1:48 AM

FOUND IT ha.

six-barrel 30 mm GSh-6-30 cannon

mounted on Mig-27 and Mig-23BN

http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/GSh-6-30.htm

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Posted by F-8fanatic on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 5:32 AM

Scorpiomikey

FOUND IT ha.

six-barrel 30 mm GSh-6-30 cannon

mounted on Mig-27 and Mig-23BN

http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/GSh-6-30.htm

 

Yep, you got it!!  That thing was such a mess for the crews that they had to put in a system to disable the gun when the landing gear had the weight of the plane on it--as in, on the ground, because some enterprising ground crewmember shot off the nose gear on a parked airplane...

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 1:02 PM

I had a wee read of it, this is what it says.

This type of "self-inflicted wound" happened even on the ground, usually the result of an oversight by the ground crew. As a protective measure a "ground/air" electric circuit, activated by weight on the landing gear, prevented the gun from firing while the plane was on the ground. Sometimes during flight preparations this interlock was disconnected or overlooked, so that the gun was armed as soon as the nosewheel left the ground. When parallel tests of different systems to check weapon control took place, this could result in the gun firing. In 1983 at the 236th bomber regiment in Chertok, such an accident demolished the forward landing gear, and a similar case took place in the 88th bomber regiment in Suurukul. In Lipetsk, on September 2nd 1986, only one cartridge remained in a MiG-27D's gun as it was returning from a flight. After landing, the gun fired and hit the nose gear, igniting the flammable AMG-10 hydraulic fluid which was contained in nose gear under high pressure.

Ok on to my question.

This aircraft was a dismal performer. At a time when more was more, more was deffinatly not more with this aircraft. The Royal Navy Air Service ordered 50 of them, only 8 were delivered.

What was the aircraft.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Friday, March 11, 2011 7:32 PM

Ok, im gonna bump this, and add a wee hint. Think about who ordered them. (RNAS) And what era is this from.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, March 11, 2011 10:05 PM

Armstrong Whitworth FK 10 Quadruplane

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Saturday, March 12, 2011 1:55 PM

Perfect. Over to you jeaton01.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, March 12, 2011 9:18 PM

Groan.  I'm working on it.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Sunday, March 27, 2011 5:31 PM

Anybody wanna keep this going?

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Posted by shoot&scoot on Sunday, March 27, 2011 5:54 PM

I'll give it a go.  Forgive me if this has been asked before.  What aircraft made up the compliment of the US Navy's aerial aircraft carriers?  Bonus:  Name the aircraft carriers.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:02 PM

Might have to be a bit more specific. I look at that question and think "When did the USN get airborne aircraft carriers?"

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Posted by shoot&scoot on Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:10 PM

Scorpiomikey

Might have to be a bit more specific. I look at that question and think "When did the USN get airborne aircraft carriers?"

You're on the right track!  Keep digging.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:18 PM

Dirigibles. lol i was thinking modern day.

USS Los Angeles.

USS Akron

USS Macon

USS Shenandoah

All bar the Los Angeles were lost in stormy weather.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:26 PM

The Navy once had an airplane that was impervious to corrosion, and after that it was associated in some way with a shark.  What was it?

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Posted by shoot&scoot on Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:32 PM

Scorpiomikey

Dirigibles. lol i was thinking modern day.

USS Los Angeles.

USS Akron

USS Macon

USS Shenandoah

All bar the Los Angeles were lost in stormy weather.

Only the Akron and Macon were aircraft carriers, you still have to name the aircraft that were launched and recovered from these ships.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:39 PM

Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk

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Posted by shoot&scoot on Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:46 PM

There you go!  But I don't know if it's your turn or jeaton01, guess you'll have to e-wrestle over it.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:50 PM

Ill let his question stand. Ive looked at it but im stumped.

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Posted by bondoman on Monday, March 28, 2011 12:19 AM

jeaton01

The Navy once had an airplane that was impervious to corrosion, and after that it was associated in some way with a shark.  What was it?

The Budd company designed the RB-1 Conestoga twin engine cargo plane, of all stainless steel construction. First flight in 1943.

Other notable projects by Budd:

Although it did not see service in WW2, the C-93 version of the aircraft were sold to a freight airline called National Skyway Freight,  later to become Flying Tiger. Dad called them Flying Kitty Cats. I'm more familiar with a number of DC-8s they operated. 10 of the famous AVG Flying Tigers, they of P-40 shark mouth fame, were among the founders of that operation.

I have never seen a model of this beast.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, March 28, 2011 12:44 AM

Well, the fellow old fart wins a round, and rather handily.  But due to my transgressions Bill and Scorpiomonkey (what IS a scorpiomonkey, is that a new age thing?) will have to fight it out.

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Posted by bondoman on Monday, March 28, 2011 11:11 AM

Mikey, go for it. I just wanted to answer Johns question because I knew it. And I would like to see a model of the Conestoga, in 1:160!

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Monday, March 28, 2011 2:27 PM

Lol. its actually scorpio MIKEY as in, my name lol.

its something ive used for a long time and for some reason i feel very close to my astrological sign (scorpio) I currently have 2 tattoos of scorpions and a keyring with a real scorpion in it.

Anyway.

Slightly backwards in design, designed to replace an executive transport. First full scale prototype flew in 86. Unstable flight characteristics resulted in a failed design. However 53 were built.

Whats the aircraft?

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Posted by osher on Monday, March 28, 2011 4:32 PM

Beechcraft Starship

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Monday, March 28, 2011 4:58 PM

got it in one, over to you osher

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