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Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:29 am

Does anyone have any information, details or pictures of aircraft with odd specifications?

The second window on right side of this Global 5000 isn't a window it is a decal. A frame prevented installation of a window at this position and the owner preferred to have visual symmetry.

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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:48 am




Quoting FlyMatt2Bermud (Thread starter):
Does anyone have any information, details or pictures of aircraft with odd specifications?

....Well, there's the Falcon 20 missile-based TCAS STC:


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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:05 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 1):
approach, that traffic's no longer a factor

I guess you would not have to worry about the spacing with one or two of those ornaments!! Great pic!
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Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:14 am



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...And if you like those, there are some even stranger things in my photo album titled "Interesting Aircraft", accessible from my profile.




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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:30 am

Looks like that jet commander was a very bad boy? Does anybody know what is that contraption on it's nose? Looks like it ate a GE CF34 fanjet engine. I remember when the (slow) Citation 500's entered service the joke around the field was that Cessna had installed screens on the tailpipe to prevent birds from flying into them during flight.
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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:37 am




Quoting FlyMatt2Bermud (Reply 4):
Does anybody know what is that contraption on it's nose?

I believe it's a radar testbed, presumably for MiG-21 radar systems. I welcome any corrections, though.




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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:00 pm

The Total In Flight Simulator (TIFS), built by Tex Johnson Aerospace in 1969.
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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:16 pm




Quoting 474218 (Reply 6):
The Total In Flight Simulator (TIFS), built by Tex Johnson Aerospace in 1969.

Here's a shot of it from the database:


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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:18 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 5):
I believe it's a radar testbed, presumably for MiG-21 radar systems. I welcome any corrections, though.

Nope, I think you hit it one the head.

Israel had/has a big program upgrading Mig-21's for various countries.
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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:13 pm



I love this thread. For every odd and/or unusual detail out there, there's an interesting story behind it.

How about the Wren conversion of the 182?



Check out those strakes on top of the wing!


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Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:21 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
Here's a shot of it from the database:

I searched the data base for this aircraft for a year and could not find it, but I was looking a CV580, not a C-131. There is TIFS that was converted from a C-131 but it has a different nose. I worked for six months on the aircraft when I was just out of the USAF in February 1969.
 
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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:37 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
How about the Wren conversion of the 182?

Do you or anyone know how much the Wren conversion added in terms of performance or range? Those are some interesting mods.
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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:40 am

Quoting Flymatt2bermud (Reply 11):
Do you or anyone know how much the Wren conversion added in terms of performance or range? Those are some interesting mods

It wasn't for range, it was intended to get the airplane out of short strips. I don't have the numbers off the top of my head but we are talking in the range of sub-150 foot ground rolls.

Those vanes on the top of the wing actually pivot with the ailerons to provide roll control at slow speeds.
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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:56 am

150 foot ground rolls!! Now that is impressive. Back in the 70's a coal company operated a Helio Courier into Eastern Kentucky. Some area's they needed to get into did not have a landing strip nearby so they would pay the local High School to use their football field on occassion. I think I might have a picture or two in my archives and will place it here if I can find one.
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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:25 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):

"The Convair has a 707 nose attached for experimental purposes"

The experiment being to see what would happen if you attached a 707 nose to a Convair prop.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
For every odd and/or unusual detail out there, there's an interesting story behind it.

And you always seem to find them.  Smile
 
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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:04 am

There's a great book about weird planes in my bookshelf:

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Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:05 am




Quoting 474218 (Reply 10):
I worked for six months on the aircraft when I was just out of the USAF in February 1969.

Wow...you must have some interesting stories about that....

Quoting Flymatt2bermud (Reply 11):
Do you or anyone know how much the Wren conversion added in terms of performance or range?

I couldn't find any info on the 460, but here are some numbers for the 260E:



...From http://www.260se.com/performance.html:

The 260SE takes off and lands short and displays the same safe flat attitude after liftoff.

With only idle power, the 260SE will loiter at slow speeds in a safe flat attitude with outstanding stall resistance and fantastic over the nose visibility. The loiter speed is only 50 knots.

The 260SE has outstanding maneuverability after takeoff. Steep turns may be made either direction immediately after take off.


Here's more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterson_260SE

Quoting L-188 (Reply 12):
Those vanes on the top of the wing actually pivot with the ailerons to provide roll control at slow speeds.

Bloody hell. Can you imagine the complexity involved in installing and rigging them? Definitely not an airplane to be certified for known icing...  Smile

Quoting FlyMatt2Bermud (Reply 13):
Helio Courier

Here's one:



....And, since we're on the topic of odd aircraft details:



...And, of course, we musn't forget the TWIN Courer:





Quoting David L (Reply 14):

The experiment being to see what would happen if you attached a 707 nose to a Convair prop.

Actually, I believe the experiment was to determine whether a fixed-wing aircraft could achieve flight in the manner helicopters do so....that is, to be so ugly that the Earth repels it. It succeeded:


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And you always seem to find them.

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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:09 am

We're talking about weird aircraft and no one has mentioned any Soviet aircraft?

Behold! The Antonov A-40 Winged Tank!

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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:16 am




Quoting 777236ER (Reply 17):
Behold! The Antonov A-40 Winged Tank!

That's excellent, and I would love to log some time in one, but "wierd aircraft" would constitute an entirely seperate thread...this one is mainly about strange mods or details on (relatively) normal aircraft.

As for tank treads, the B-36 tried some:




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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 8:49 am

Quoting David L (Reply 14):
The Convair has a 707 nose attached for experimental purposes"

The experiment being to see what would happen if you attached a 707 nose to a Convair prop.

Actually there were computers onboard that could make the CV580 handle just like the B707. The side force surfaces on the wing could simulate engine out situations, cross wind landing and takeoffs. There were fast action flaps which could simulate turbulence. It was a real state of the art aircraft for its day. Cornell University in New York was a partner on the project and programmed the computers.

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Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:02 am




Quoting 474218 (Reply 19):
It was programmed to simulate several different aircraft types.

Interesting. Do you happen to know of some examples off the top of your head?




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Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:06 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 16):
Bloody hell. Can you imagine the complexity involved in installing and rigging them? Definitely not an airplane to be certified for known icing...

Not to mention that all that stuff added to the airplane weighs a lot, which is probably why I have only seen two up here.

A lot of of bush pilots prefer the mechanical simplicity of keeping the aircraft as light as possible. For example the late great Don Sheldon who was the first person to really make a living flying moutian climbers on Denali. Only had one coat of paint over the silver coat on his Super Cubs, and he ordered his 180's without paint.
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Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:03 am




Quoting L-188 (Reply 21):
A lot of of bush pilots prefer the mechanical simplicity of keeping the aircraft as light as possible.

Makes sense. I imagine mechanical simplicity is a rather nice feature to have when flying into and out of desolate locations, as well.




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Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:52 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 20):
Interesting. Do you happen to know of some examples off the top of your head?

2H4,

Checkout the following web site, the list of aircraft programs the USAF/NASA Total In Flight Simulator has been involved with is quite impressive.

http://www.afrlhorizons.com/Briefs/Oct05/VAH0504.html
 
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Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:36 pm



...From that link:

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Performing extensive modification, AFRL transformed the airplane into TIFS, a one-of-a-kind simulator that engineers can program to simulate virtually any type of air vehicle
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I'd be surprised if it could accurately simulate the C-5, though. I mean, really...how could you possibly fit all the inop placards into that little cockpit?  duck 


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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Sun Jun 18, 2006 8:49 pm

What about Rutans Boomering? I think he designed this simply because he could... and it's not the first either, there was a Blohm und Voss rece aircraft with similar configuration.

Or Snoopy, the DERA research aeroplane certainly had the weird factor about it... I couldn't tell you exactly what it was supposed to do though.

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Sun Jun 18, 2006 8:57 pm

Another "ugly duckling"!


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Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:32 pm




Quoting Irish251 (Reply 26):
Another "ugly duckling"!

...And another:


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Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:57 pm

The Dash-8 radar trainer above is casually referred to as "Gonzo". The RCAF also operated two Dakotas equipped for radar training during the Starfighter era, named "Pinocchio" & "Dolly's Folly". They were also claimed to be the fastest Dakotas in NATO.
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Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:20 am

Quoting MissedApproach (Reply 28):
They were also claimed to be the fastest Dakotas in NATO.

What Makes them the Fastest.
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Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:28 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 29):
What Makes them the Fastest.

A bit of a joke really, but supposedly the streamlined nose gave them another 2 or 3 knots of airspeed.
Another good one is Pratt & Whitney Canada's test plane.


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Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:38 am

They were also claimed to be the fastest Dakotas in NATO.

What Makes them the Fastest.


All the hotshot Starfighter pilots in the back. You don't think they'd admit to flying at 120 kts, do you?
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Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:59 am

Forgive me for saying so myself but this is one fun thread!
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Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:13 am

Quoting 320tech (Reply 31):
All the hotshot Starfighter pilots in the back. You don't think they'd admit to flying at 120 kts, do you?

Flying at 120 kts.. hell the Germans even tried to get them flying at 0 kts!

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Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:44 am

This aircraft that used to be with squadron

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This AA 707,

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Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:49 am



Someone apparently felt the Super Cub wasn't equipped with enough wings in stock form:






...And, for some reason, people seem to think Cessna equipped the Skymaster with too many engines:



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Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:11 pm

Here's one I've always been fascinated with. Saw this when I was a kid at the Reading, (Pa.) air show. The Mid Atlantic Air Museum had it on static display, and from the looks of their site, they haven't done much with it in the 15 years since I saw it.

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Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:10 pm




Quoting HangarRat (Reply 36):
Custer Channel Wing

Heh-heh....can you imagine having to preflight that thing after a heavy snowfall?

Here are some interesting Cessnas:












Here's a P-38 on skis:






Here's an Ercoupe on floats:





Here's a tri-gear conversion of a Lockheed Electra:





Here's a (the) Twin Mooney:

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Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:31 pm

Jetjack74, as a Tintin fan all I can say to this one is "Mr Papadopoulos!"


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Thu Jun 22, 2006 2:12 am

How about a CC115 Buffalo on an Air Cushion Landing System

a joint Bell and Boeing venture

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RE: Odd Aircraft Details (w/pics)

Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:37 am

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 39):
How about a CC115 Buffalo on an Air Cushion Landing System

Was this Air Cushion Landing System designed for emergency, snow covered landing sites or what?
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Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:21 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 16):

Hey amigo, do you happen to know the tail number on that Army U-10, the one with the nonstandard paint scheme? I might have flown it.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 35):

That first Cessna mixmaster, the one with the Garrett turboprop on the nose mount. I've seen that one in the flesh. It was at an aviation trade show for Latin American air forces held at Albrook AFB in the canal zone in about 1969. I think the comment I heard most often was that they had doubled the cost and lost the twin engine safety.

Quoting HangarRat (Reply 36):

Custer Channel Wing Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

I was going to look for a picture of this when I saw what direction this thread was headed. It was an interesting concept because those channels are half-venturi's. (Call it Bernoulli's Revenge) I saw one prototype in the Silver Hill restoration shops a couple of years ago. Stock certificates for this company pop up on eBay from time to time.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 37):

The 'Cessna 407' which is obviously a T-37 variant actually strikes me as a good idea provided you could get rid of the dog whistles and install modern quiet fanjets. I think I'd like to have a smoked canopy more along the lines of the original Tweet but lose the ejection seats and install four nice recaros and a good air conditioner and stereo.
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Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:40 am




Quoting SlamClick (Reply 41):
Hey amigo, do you happen to know the tail number on that Army U-10, the one with the nonstandard paint scheme? I might have flown it.

N444PB, serial #056.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 41):
I think the comment I heard most often was that they had doubled the cost and lost the twin engine safety.

Funny, I've seen the other one in the flesh.  Smile

Have you seen the Cessna 340 that was being converted to a single-engine turboprop, a la PC-12? There used to be a website out there, documenting the progress of the conversion, but I can't seem to find it. Like the single-engine mixmaster, it strikes me as a solution looking for a problem.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 41):
The 'Cessna 407' which is obviously a T-37 variant actually strikes me as a good idea provided you could get rid of the dog whistles and install modern quiet fanjets. I think I'd like to have a smoked canopy more along the lines of the original Tweet but lose the ejection seats and install four nice recaros and a good air conditioner and stereo.

I've imagined the same sort of thing in reference to modernizing the Morane-Saulnier Paris Jet. Given the upcoming fleets of VLJs from Cessna, Adam Aircraft, Eclipse, Grob, Diamond, et al, it seems the 407 and Paris Jet were ahead of their time.




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Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:03 am

Quoting FlyMatt2Bermud (Reply 40):
Was this Air Cushion Landing System designed for emergency, snow covered landing sites or what?

I believe it was to make the Buffalo an 'all terain capable A/C', consider the north of Canada, open tundra or high arctic, you could in theory land any where. BTW that particular A/C is still flying in the CAF as CC115451 (minus the ALCS of course).

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Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:22 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 42):
N444PB, serial #056.

So it was a civilian "warbird" and not an actual Army aircraft?
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Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:29 am




Quoting SlamClick (Reply 44):
So it was a civilian "warbird" and not an actual Army aircraft?

Well, it reportedly has under 300 TT since new, so I believe that is indeed the case:

http://www.aso.com/aircraft/87896




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Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:38 pm

This commander has me intrigued:

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Any ideas what this was about?
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Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:45 pm




Quoting RG828 (Reply 46):
This commander has me intrigued:

Looks to be a testbed of some kind. Reminds me of G-FANS:


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Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:46 pm

Quoting RG828 (Reply 46):
....Have I mentioned how much I love this thread?

Wow! I really enjoy this thread as well!

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 43):
I believe it was to make the Buffalo an 'all terain capable A/C', consider the north of Canada, open tundra or high arctic, you could in theory land any where.


Can you imagine inflating a mattress to enable you to land on almost any cleared surface. This is like Buck Rogers stuff!!
 
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Tue Jul 04, 2006 5:06 pm

I discovered a very OLD and VERY strange aircraft the other day, but of course I didn't have my camera. I found it sitting at NLA on Sunday.

The aircraft description:
DC-3 with a "needle" type addition at the front and at the back of the aircraft. They were about 2 meters long on each end. The "needle" off the tail was bent up, just a bit. I assume to keep it from hitting the ground. Lastly, there was something hanging from underneath the aircraft between the main landing gear. Couldn't tell what it was. Oh yeah, the plane was blue.

Any ideas? I will be heading back to the airport today, hopefully it is still there and I will get a picture of it.

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