Airborne Awesomosity

A Plane In Every Garage – The Ercoupe

Now Think About That With Modern Americans

Just Remember The Useful Load is 511 Pounds With Two People AND Fuel

Making the claim of the safest plane in the skies in the late forties is rather risky but that is what this designer did and it lead to six thousand copies of the aircraft being produced.  How do you make this claim?  You use linked controls and have  no rudder pedals in the aircraft. So follow along as we talk about the odd story of the ERCoupe and it’s modern revival.

 

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Airborne Awesomosity, Military-Grade Awesome

Flying Boats – How The Mighty Have Fallen

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Something Looks a Bit Off But You Can’t Quite Figure It Out

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So the end of the line was rapidly approaching for the flying boat but it wasn’t going to go out quietly. The sounds of jets on the water could be heard for miles.

 

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Flying Boats – When Mars Doesn’t Involve NASA

Martin Mars Flying Boat

Martin Mars Flying Boat

 

The Mars may have been built in small numbers but it was a success on several levels.

 

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Bristol Brabazon – When Size Matters

 

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As British As Rotten Teeth And New Doctor Who’s

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Flying boats are nice but what we really want is a land planes whose proportions are almost comical.

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Flying Boats – The Princess Is At The Other Castle

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No Really Bigger Is Better

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In postwar Britain there was considerable money, time, and effort spent on trying to keep the colonies nearby. The Brits went to some absurd lengths to create non-stop flights to her farthest territories  utilizing aircraft such as this one.

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Of Flying Boats and Fighter Planes

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Top Gun Would Have Been Much Different This Way.

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The British were looking for ways to modernize their fighter force and, being from an island, were sure that the water was the key.

 

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The Man, The Myth, The 90 Year Old Legend

Just A Day At The Office

Just A Day At The Office

 

What do you get for the man who has accomplished as much as Chuck Yeager? Well living past the age of 90 would be near the top of the list.

 

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Point Defense – The Last Of The Point Defense Fighters

Saunders Roe SR.53

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The merging of jet engines and rocket engines reached a zenith with the British SR.53. It be the last interceptor designed with the point defense role in mind. It would also be the last native British fighter designed before the decision to move to surface to air missiles for defense.

 

 

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Point Defense – Mixed Power Done Right

Republic XF-91

 

The Republic F-84 would see many modifications to its basic airframe. One would lead to the parasite aircraft we looked at before. Another would lead to a propeller plane best known for its ability to make ground crew sick. This time the F-84 would see several unusual modifications made in the name of point defense.

 

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Point Defense – When All Else Fails Be Really Different

Focke Wulf Triebfluegel

 

Desperation can lead to creativity. When you have nothing else to lose you will look into every option possible. This led to one of the more interesting designs in the wars waning days with that in mind we look at our next point defense aircraft.

 

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