737doctor
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Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:59 pm

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
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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 4:13 pm

All looks and no substance you mean?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 4:29 pm

Oh baby, oh baby, oh!  Smile
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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Tue Jan 28, 2003 5:47 am

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?).

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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Tue Jan 28, 2003 6:12 am

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
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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Tue Jan 28, 2003 8:40 am

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)
Concorde
Mig-29
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?
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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Tue Jan 28, 2003 8:57 am

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

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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Tue Jan 28, 2003 9:22 am

Women love the Blue Angels "sneak pass" where they blow over your head. I think it sets more than the chest wall vibrating.  Smile
 
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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Tue Jan 28, 2003 1:56 pm

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.


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RE: Does This Mean What I Think It Means?

Thu Jan 30, 2003 3:03 am

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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