UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2192 posts, RR: 6 Posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4986 times:
Hey everyone. I'm fairly sure at least a few of you have seen the movie Iron Man. In the scene where Tony is flying to Afghanistan, it shows some shots of a heavily modified plane that appears to be a BBJ 2. It seems to have a V-tail and downward-angled wingtips, but it is clearly a 737 because of the cockpit window layout and flattened engines. How exactly did they do this, and could it ever fly in reality?
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17266 posts, RR: 67
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4430 times:
Quoting DC-10Tech (Reply 7): It looked to me like the 737 BBJ merged with the tail section of the Global Hawk. I really saw no point in this 'modification' except for some subtle advertising for the manufacturers of both
Ehm, how about the "cool" factor?
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
TSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4350 times:
I seem to remember one of the very earliest jet fighters, either a pre-ME262 prototype or a British analogue of same, had twin underwing mounted engines with nacelles that were slightly flattened on the bottom (a la 737) and a V-tail (2H4, please help me out here if you can).
Perhaps the plane in the Iron Man movie was designed to suggest the aircraft I'm thinking of?
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Larshjort From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1585 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4329 times:
Quoting TSS (Reply 9): I seem to remember one of the very earliest jet fighters, either a pre-ME262 prototype or a British analogue of same, had twin underwing mounted engines with nacelles that were slightly flattened on the bottom (a la 737) and a V-tail
But I have a hard time seeing the BBJ2/Global hawk hybrid look just a little bit like it
I know it's from wikipedia, but it's the best I've got.
Quote: Interest in high-speed flight, which led him to initiate work on swept wings starting in 1940, is evident from the advanced developments Messerschmitt had on his drawing board in 1944. While the Me-262 HG I actually flight tested in 1944 had only small changes compared to combat aircraft, most notably a low-profile canopy (tried as the Rennkabine (literally racing cabin) on the Me 262 V9 prototype for a short time) to reduce drag, the HG II and HG III designs were far more radical. The projected HG II combined the low-drag canopy with a 35° wing sweep and a butterfly tail. The HG III had a conventional tail, but a 45° wing sweep and turbines embedded in the wingroot