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Can you ID the aircraft from the shadow?

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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 1, 2022 4:10 PM

castelnuovo

 

 
Real G

Folland Gnat.

I was going to guess the Farley Fruitbat, but there are no known photos that definitively show its true configuration. Big Smile

 

 

 

 

Bingo

 

Your turn

 

Oops this is a game?  OK I'll have to go home a take a photo of a mystery machine.  To paraphrase Starlord, "Okay, I'm gonna do some really wierd... um, stuff."

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, August 1, 2022 4:31 PM

Continue people;this is fun!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, August 1, 2022 5:26 PM

Excuse Me?

      I thought the Folland Gnat Is a Military A/C?

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Posted by Real G on Monday, August 1, 2022 8:35 PM

Tanker-Builder

Excuse Me?

      I thought the Folland Gnat Is a Military A/C?

 

True that.  It's a trainer, but it can carry ordnance.  India based their HAL Ajeet on the Gnat.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, August 1, 2022 11:10 PM

Tanker-Builder

Excuse Me?

      I thought the Folland Gnat Is a Military A/C?

 

 

This one is not a combat aircraft but is military, so yes, my bad. I guess a trainer can be converted to carry ordnance.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 2:40 AM

Okay, a new "mystery plane" will be posted tomorrow morning. It's a weird one, as I didn't even need to diguise its true planform.  I wish Bish were here, as I am fairly certain he would ID it in a heartbeat.

This could evolve into a "Soviet Spy Photo" thread!

BTW, is the brown background a prerequisite?  I had to dig around for a piece of cardboard.

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:30 AM

Nope any light color background can be used for the shadow.

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Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:36 AM

Do stealth fighters or bombers create shadows?

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:49 AM

Oh!

      You Betchya! There was a teeny country I think in South America, that had them for their Air Force?

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:51 AM

Missileman2000;

       That would be hard to do wouldn't it. It's a case of Now you see me, Nope, now you Don't?

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 12:44 PM

Okay FSM gang, here is the Mystery Plane for the day:

Hint - It's not a what-if.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 1:12 PM

missileman2000

Do stealth fighters or bombers create shadows?

 

 

Only Wonder Woman's plane has light-defeating tech.  All others pay cash.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 1:48 PM

Tanker-Builder

Oh!

      You Betchya! There was a teeny country I think in South America, that had them for their Air Force?

 

TB, I think you might be thinking of the movie "Hot Shots!"  Stick out tongue

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:34 PM

737

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:35 PM

If So;

 It was purely accidental-I have never seen the Movie!

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:52 PM

Tanker-Builder

737

 

Nope!  Unless it's the glider version.  Stick out tongue  The blob at the LE of the wing is just the clip.

Next clue:  It's not US-made, it's from Europe.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 6:45 PM

The French Mystery purhaps?

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 7:43 PM

castelnuovo

The French Mystery purhaps?

 

Non, monsieur. Big Smile

Okay, clue #3 - Not a 737 glider, but built by a glider maker.  That should whittle the suspects down quite a bit!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 9:01 PM

Okay, Then it's gotta be an Airbus of some kind

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 9:17 PM

Tanker-Builder

Okay, Then it's gotta be an Airbus of some kind

 

Nope!  Clue #4 & 5 - It's not French, and the engines are at the back.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 11:23 PM

I don't see engines at the back.

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 11:54 PM

F-100?

F-8?

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:55 AM

castelnuovo

I don't see engines at the back.

 

Because the rocket nozzles are small - that's clue #6.

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:56 AM

keavdog

F-100?

F-8?

 

It predates the two aircraft - that's clue #7.

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:27 PM

It has been 24 hrs with no hits.  Shall I reveal the Mystery Plane of the Day so we can move on?  You know, to keep it fresh.

OK one last hint - It's German.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 1:33 PM

Dornier Alpha Jet?

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 1:56 PM

castelnuovo

Dornier Alpha Jet?

 

Nein, nicht korrekt!  Es ist raketengetrieben.

OK final, final clue before the reveal - the Russians took it after WW II.

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Posted by armornut on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 2:05 PM

 Me 1101? 

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 2:24 PM

armornut

 Me 1101? 

 

Oh Armornut, you are SO close!  WE (the US) took the Messerschmitt P.1101 and let Bell Aircraft study it to develop their X-5.

Okay, absolute, final, final, final clue #10- The Russians were hoping to use it like the Bell X-1.

C'mon, anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 9:42 PM

Okay, it's the end of the day for me, so the Mystery Plane is revealed to be...

The DFS-346, a supersonic research aircraft built during WW II by Germany.  The Soviets captured the aircraft, took it back to Russia, and  hung it under the wing of a Tu-4 (aka Boeing B-29 clone) and may or may not have tested it in flight.  Note the airflow fences on the wings, something that became a bit of a fashion statement on Soviet fighters into the 1960s.

Okay next photo please.

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