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If Your Car Were An Airplane, What Would It Be?

Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:22 am

Hi guys! I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic today, bored out of my mind, and then this random thought pops into my head; what kind of airplane would your car be?

For example, my ATS reminds me of a 73G or A319, my friend's Yukon XL reminds me of an A380, etc.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:53 am

Quoting a321luke (Thread starter):
Hi guys! I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic today, bored out of my mind, and then this random thought pops into my head; what kind of airplane would your car be?

My S2000 would not be a plane would be better compared to a Tomahawk with a pint size engine and ground hugging performance.

There are a lot of other easier comparisons though:
SR-71 - Bugatti Veyron
SR-72 (If it exists) - Koenigsegg Agera
737 - Porsche 911 (Use it for pretty much everything and comes in dozens of flavors)
MiG-21 - Mazda Miata (Cheap performance)
G650 - Pagani Huayra
C-130 - Toyota Hilux
PC-12 - Range Rover

I could probably think of more if I tried. The 911 could also be compared to the King Air, partially because that would make the Starship like the 928.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:58 am

Fun question.

Thinking about it I need something rugged, can go anywhere any time but also fits in on the streets of South Beach. I drive a 2002 G500. So something with a classic design as well. I want to say a PC-12.

If we want to go with airliners a 757-200.

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 3:19 am

I dunno, maybe a Cessna TR182 (for my Mazda 3 S)? A bit more powerful than most compact sedans, but nothing terribly out of the ordinary.

Or maybe an A340-300 - looks sleeker/faster than it is.  

But the real question is, if your car were any Powerpuff girl, which........oh never mind.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:03 am

My 02 De Villle needs new shocks so I'd compare it to a DC-3 right now.
 
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:07 am

My '07 GX470 is flexible and capable of numerous types of "missions" if you will, yet a bit older and gets not-so-great fuel economy so I'd call its civil aviation equivalent a B757-200.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:14 am

My Prius is a 787. Over-computerized, hyper-efficient, cute LED effects.

My Prius's dispatch reliability is a lot better than a 787, though.     
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:22 am

Let's see...my 2001 Grand Prix is 14 years old, has been paid off for a while, is still pretty reliable, and is cheap to maintain. Oh, and it's bright red, so......Northwest DC-9, of course  
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:54 am

06 F150? Have to be a 767 or A330, boringly reliable workhorse
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:15 am

My gas guzzling 71 Chevy pickup is probably a DC-10! Not logical at all, but serves a purpose, and does it well!
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:16 am

My 2014 Corolla would probably be a C172 with a G500 system. Reliable, small engine, but has a little go when it needs it.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:48 pm

I drive an Explorer 4wd, so I'd say something akin to the C-130. Goes anywhere I need, takes anything I need to when I go there, and isn't that great on gas.
 
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:24 pm

I owned a 99 Golf, so probably an A320: European, everywhere & reliable.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:28 pm

1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car
747-100.
Large, spacious, luxurious, has 4 turbine aluminum wheels, ample amounts of power and a great way to arrive in style.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 6):
My Prius is a 787.

Excellent analogy. I never understood why Boeing didn't nickname the 787 the Greenliner. Essentially, that's what it is.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 3:06 pm

Tiguan - Shorts 360 (when I get the thing chipped next year, it will transform into a BAE 146)
CC- A320
Phaeton- A private 330

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:26 pm

A Cessna 150, both got a 4 cylinder boxer engine upfront. Subaru Impreza

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:59 pm

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:57 pm

Since I intend on buying a tesla in the future, i think my airplane would be a 788   
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:29 pm

Since I have a station wagon (and not the awesome old American ones- a new-ish VW Passat), it'd have to be the most crushingly boring, functional plane around. Large, effective, useful, but utterly devoid of character. The 777F seems the obvious choice here.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:53 pm

I still keep my 05 H2 Hummer around for a Spare/Sunday driver I relegate it an A-10 Warthog.

Since we have had several weeks of ice and snow it has seen primary service lately.
Saves wear, tear and salt damage to the newer vehicles.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:09 pm

I'll say an MU-2 for my 15 year old Galant.

It's old but it keeps running and the design has held up well, it still looks good.

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:56 pm

I guess my '11 Toyota Avensis could be a 737NG, basic, very reliable car that does it's job well. It doesn't have any of the modern, useless fancy technology (like USB support, cruise control, electric rear windows, parking cam...) in it, just like the 737NG lacks fancy fly by wire stuff that 777/787/A3xx have.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:10 pm

My new (and old) Jetta would be like an A32x ... comfortable, efficient, workhorse, reliable, simple yet refined and a (for the most part) logical way of design with a luggage compartment big enough to fit a container as opposed to playing suitcase Tetris, yet it still has some quirks that make you wonder "what were they thinking" ... just waiting for it to "bark" 

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:27 pm

I would have two planes. One that is hopelessly over-engineered, has a dozen of computers that steadily cross-check each others, are aware of itself, and are aware of everything related to flight...

...and one is extremely rugged, can be repaired in the field using the simplest tools, and always requires sharp thinking on the side of the pilot.

These two aircraft probably don't exist, so I'm out of that game. 


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Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:47 pm

Since my car is a Toyota Camry, I guess a B-73x or A-32x series would be appropriate. Immensely popular and good for all sorts of trips. Short haul to the corner grocery, daily for commutes to/from work, and the occasional cross country trek to grandma's.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:01 pm

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Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:52 am

My 2010 Chevy HHR is like a 727QC. I can carry people in it or I can quickly configure it to haul cargo.
 
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:12 am

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 23):
I would have two planes. One that is hopelessly over-engineered, has a dozen of computers that steadily cross-check each others, are aware of itself, and are aware of everything related to flight...

...and one is extremely rugged, can be repaired in the field using the simplest tools, and always requires sharp thinking on the side of the pilot.

These two aircraft probably don't exist, so I'm out of that game.

Sounds like the IL-96M would be your aircraft.
The car that would fit that description would be the Toyota Crown Athlete.
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:57 am

2011 Volvo S80: 767ER. Not going to blow you away with any performance metric. But it's exceedingly comfortable and competent.
 
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:17 am

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Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:38 am

2003 Dodge Dakota. It's not too big or too small. Sturdy and dependable with a few quirks, and I'm not the only one who'd love to see it back in production.
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:29 pm

My 2001 Volkswagen Passat-Airbus A320. European, modern, efficient, and reliable, but the maintenance is a little pricy.

Parents' cars:
2010 Mercury Mariner-Boeing 767-300ER w/winglets. American, more modern than it's predecessors, and a bigger vehicle, but still fuel-efficient.

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Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:42 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 27):

Sounds like the IL-96M would be your aircraft.
The car that would fit that description would be the Toyota Crown Athlete.

I don't own any car. But if I had the bucks, it would be...

- a fully computerized Lotus Esprit S2 with hybrid engine, joystick instead of a steering wheel, an inertial reference system (to detect and prevent skidding), at least ten boxes running Linux and doing some calculations...

- a German Wehrmacht Kübelsitzwagen. Extremely rugged, can't be killed, with a flat bottom so you can actually use the car as a sled when driving downhil in deep snow.

But in reality, I would buy a Renault Twingo - the old version version with lots of space, not the newer and dumbed-down version. Or the older Mercedes A class. In airplane terms, both would be something like a all-business class A319.


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Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:00 am

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 32):
I would buy a Renault Twingo - the old version version with lots of space, not the newer and dumbed-down version. Or the older Mercedes A class. In airplane terms, both would be something like a all-business class A319.

I would say that both of those are more akin to ATRs. Meant for short hops, and designed to get in and out of small spots.
 
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:55 am

My car is a 2003 Honda Accord. Its kinda old (for car years), not a small cabin but not big neither, decent on gas, and reliable. I'd say a 737-400.

My moms car is a 2013 Mazda 3 and its like my carer but with more bells and whistles, better mileage, newer, and can drive from Houston to Dallas round trip on one tank of gas. Its definitely a 737-700.

My dads 1997 Dodge Ram is old, reliable, and can haul, but horrible on mileage. Its defimately a C130.
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:46 am

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Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:24 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
My S2000 would not be a plane would be better compared to a Tomahawk with a pint size engine and ground hugging performance.

And the big I don't give a crap about the environment and it's my right to drive whatever I want dude, drivers a economy friendly girls roadster with decidely poor handling.
 
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:24 am

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Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:58 pm

I used to have a Honda Jazz (Honda Fit in the U.S.) with a manual. I would say it is probably a Cirrus SR-22 with a choked engine - surprisingly roomy and fun to drive for its size, but slow.

Don't have a car right now, but my girlfriend has a beat up 2000 VW Jetta with 200,000 miles on it, no equipment whatsoever (even the front windows are wind-down) and a trunk that won't open. Not sure what that would equate to.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 36):
a economy friendly girls roadster with decidely poor handling.

The Honda S2000 is a great little car on its way to becoming a classic, I would buy one if I had a place to park it, and if I could find a second-hand one that had not been "modified" (i.e.., destroyed) by a previous owner who no doubt wore his baseball cap backwards. The only reason it could be considered economy friendly is because it is a Honda (and thus bullet-proof), because if you drive it the way it is meant to be driven it drinks gas like it is going out of style. Not sure where you got poor handling - razor-sharp for sure, but that somewhat contradicts your assertion on a "girls roadster" (don't think I ever saw any girl driving one, btw).
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:13 pm

The lines of our 2014 Mazda 6 would definitely make it a 787. I think a Harrier would be more useful though, especially with parking and if equipped with traffic busting weaponry, though the need to carry passengers might make a Mi-24 Hind more of a requirement.
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:32 pm

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 38):
Not sure where you got poor handling - razor-sharp for sure, but that somewhat contradicts your assertion on a "girls roadster" (don't think I ever saw any girl driving one, btw).

Yes the initial model AP1 had nasty handling, snap oversteer and were very difficult to drive in the wet, the AP2 ungrade fixed a lot of theis with 17 inch wheels, revised suspension settings and was generally a much better car to drive, still a ladies car, like a faster MX-5.

Most of the people I've seen in these have either been women or spotty oinks (BMI?) with backwards facing caps.
 
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:43 pm

I have a 06 Saab 93, so it already is.... kinda... not really. I did put A320 safety cards in the seat pockets but id say its more of an A319. It can carry a good load comfortably, easy on fuel, and has plenty of power when needed.
 
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:24 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 36):
And the big I don't give a crap about the environment and it's my right to drive whatever I want dude, drivers a economy friendly girls roadster with decidely poor handling.

It's not a Viper, but anyone who buys an S2000 for fuel economy is going to be very disappointed. And in my experience S2000 drivers tend to be either middle aged/old guys who have it as a toy or trust fund punks. The biggest downside of the car is the ricer image, but ultimately I don't give a rat's ass about what anyone thinks. The second biggest downside is having to hit the brakes at the end of on ramps.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 38):
and if I could find a second-hand one that had not been "modified" (i.e.., destroyed) by a previous owner

I was able to find one that is almost completely stock. The only mod I'm considering is dropping the seat to free up a bit more leg space and improve visibility at stoplights.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 38):
The only reason it could be considered economy friendly is because it is a Honda (and thus bullet-proof), because if you drive it the way it is meant to be driven it drinks gas like it is going out of style.

All cars of that type have pretty similar mileage. It ended up being a total non-factor in my buying decision. Insurance was pretty much the same deal.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 40):
Yes the initial model AP1 had nasty handling, snap oversteer and were very difficult to drive in the wet

Mine is an AP1, but I don't think the oversteer is that bad if you're paying attention, and there is some warning. Not a ton, but enough. Plus it would suck if the car were neutered by idiotproofing the handling.

Driving in rain and snow isn't terrible either, you just have to be a bit gentle and respect the limits.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:57 am

Citroen 2CV - Junkers Ju-52 of course.

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Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:09 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 42):

Mine is an AP1, but I don't think the oversteer is that bad if you're paying attention, and there is some warning. Not a ton, but enough. Plus it would suck if the car were neutered by idiotproofing the handling.

They were almost as nasty as the first gen SW20 MR2, I had one of those, lightly tuned 300hp at the wheels, went like a cut cat but if you didn't know what your were doing........

I gotta admit I don't think young people should be allowed to drive performance vehicles, it should be a sliding scale for length of license held to hp of a vehicle, I know this wouldn't work for everyone but it would keep a lot of young stupid people out of vehicles they have no business driving.
 
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:18 pm

Mine's a Citroen C6.

That would make it a Concorde. As rare, no longer in production, French in origin, 16 laws per wheel, and just a pretty!
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:18 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 45):
I gotta admit I don't think young people should be allowed to drive performance vehicles, it should be a sliding scale for length of license held to hp of a vehicle, I know this wouldn't work for everyone but it would keep a lot of young stupid people out of vehicles they have no business driving.

I disagree. I used to drive an Avalon which was a sensory deprivation chamber that had the same feel as the escalator at Macy's. You really had to push it to get anything resembling driving dynamics.

New drivers would be much better off in something that has real feel and dynamics. It's much nicer and a better instructional experience to drive a car like the S2000 where you can feel everything that is going on underneath you. With all of the electronic nannies and such these days, who other than Luddites or dedicated enthusiasts would really learn to drive anyway?

Furthermore, the S2000 (and I suspect similar cars as well) negates many of the factors that kill young drivers. It has one woefully (for America) undersized cupholder and eating anything but a candy bar would be very hard. Sending a text would be a challenge for a passenger, let alone a driver. And it's a two seater, so all of those silly and entirely ignored laws regarding passenger numbers are out of play.

And a sliding scale based on horsepower would be the worst possible way to enact legislation with that intent. Those Corvairs that Ralph Nader (America's village idiot) trashed had all of 80 horsepower. Let the insurance companies deal with it. Any such law would be is just corporate welfare where the government legislates risk out of the insurance industry.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:32 pm

In France a young driver can insure a powerful car, only with access to unlimited money. Insuring the slowest toad there is, the Peugeot 206 1.1l of JRadier for example (sorry), will already cost a young driver more than 1000€/year, that's 1 month minimum wage.

However one good thing is that getting a speeding ticket (or other similar offense) will not have any influence on insurance, only accidents matter. Of course a young driver only gets 6 points on the license, so it's easy to lose it.
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Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:05 am

I've got a Fiat Punto Evo. I'd compare it with a 737NG.

The advantages: it looks quite nice, has decent fuel ecenomy, is reliable and cheap in maintenance (in spite of Fiat's reputation). Handling is descent, could be a bit firmer for my liking.

The disadvantages: one major and a several minor facelifts (with new engines as well) can't hide the fact that it is an old model. Passenger legroom in the back is quite poor and the "cargo hold" ain't impressive either. The auto pilot is fairly basic, just basic cruise control.
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