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Does This Mean What I Think It Means?  
User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 37
Posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3269 times:

In the book, Story of Flight, there is a picture of the Avro Vulcan with the following caption:

The Vulcan's huge, delta-wing shape and deep powerful engines have made it one of the world's most pleasing air-show aircraft - particularly with women - and much effort has been made to restore the last one to flight.

So without being too graphic, are they saying that women dig this plane for the same reason that women like to ride on Harleys?  Big grin

Patrick Bateman is my hero.
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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3244 times:

All looks and no substance you mean?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Nah, can't be.

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineDash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Oh baby, oh baby, oh!  Smile

...where the rubber hits the runway...
User currently offlineBsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

One of my colleagues used to fly these. Very smooth while going fast at low level, apparently (Moderators - There is NOTHING implied by that statement... it was just exceptionally stable while cruising 20 feet above the waves and had no inclination to jerk or dive suddenly. No, wait, that's not what I mean. There was just very little vibration and was, on the whole, a very smooth ride. And I certainly was not referring to "Climbing in her twice a day and taking her to Heaven and back". Look, you do what you have to. The original post started it, OK?).

The definition of a 'Pessimist': an Optimist with experience...
User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

Hey, I'm not trying to be cute; I'm asking a valid question. I just thought the caption odd in a book on aviation history.  Smile

Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineBsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

I'm trying to be serious here (although, I must confess, it is a bit difficult), I think that, in today's equalitarian society, that statement is a bit, well, bang out of order. However, I understand where he's coming from.

From my experience of airshows with one's 'better half', those of us who are either actively involved in designing/operating/flying or with an interest in these beasts (oops, there I go again... sorry!), are more interested in the technical details (e.g., that Cessna 152 can pull 17.3 G during rotation, whereas the Piper Cherokee can only pull 16.8g!), the 'better half' is usually interested in something different - the 'head turner'. This is something that looks different, sounds different and, in the case of something that can make your chest wall vibrate from 200 yards away (and I rejoice in the fact that I have seen/heard/felt one of these take off). So, the Vulcan fits the bill.

I would also include in the list:

Spitfire (any mark)
B-52 (low-level fly-past)
Any aircraft that can perform the Sarajevo Landing without crashing...
SR-71 (I wish I had seen that flying... you don't know how much...)
AH-64 (being thrown around properly - "But it looks so UGLY!")
Super Lynx (low-level, max speed fly-past - "Ooh, it's so cute but it's so fast!" I'm not kidding, here!)

Any other suggestions?

The definition of a 'Pessimist': an Optimist with experience...
User currently offlineAirhead711 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

The Panavia Tornado.I saw one of these do a low level pass with the wings swept back...talk about earth shaking!!


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

Women love the Blue Angels "sneak pass" where they blow over your head. I think it sets more than the chest wall vibrating.  Smile

User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1107 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2980 times:

I think most military fighter/interceptors shake up your innards at close range.

I rememeber feeling my intestines rattle when I standing on the foul line as an F-14 came up on afterburner before a catapult shot.

Another time, I was in the Baltics on an exercise, German Tornadoes were sortied against the NATO SNFL force, so after the Tornadoes totally spoofed my fire control techs trying to lock them up in order to get an SM shot off. They came in low 500+ kts less than 100ft off the deck, jinking and jamming the crap out of my radar. The first pass rattled everything inside CIC overhead monitors, status boards, computers, display consoles, etc. as they flew past. After a few passes I decided to step out onto the bridge wing outside the pilothouse to watch them go by and got my eardrums blown out for my trouble and again got to feel my innards get rattled. It was kind of neat watching the Germans show off.

Cheers  Smile
Woodreau / KMVL

Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.
User currently offlineNfield From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

I think its fair to say that anyone who has ever seen a Vulcan do an airshow display (male or female) won't forget it for the rest of their lives. Good power to weight and enormous lift make for amazing manoeuvrability from such a large aircraft. The only more exciting aircract display I've ever seen is an Su27.

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