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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Gramaisc, Apr 17, 2012.
I know this is not a video, but someone sent me this picture of HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands campaign and getting a flyby from a Victor Bomber and some Harriers. It looks like a scan from a newspaper, but what I find interesting is the Victor Bomber. I've mentioned this plane in previous posts. It looks wholly predatorial, from any angle. Strangely beautiful in an 'Oh F***!' sort of way.
By that stage, Victors had largely given up any ideas of actually bombing anybody. Refuelling was the main activity.
Fantastic pic of the fly by, but most probably a K.2 Tanker from its duties at Ascension.
Completely agree with you, the lines and shape of the Victor is menacing from any angle...
They've booked one to speed up the M6 works...
Reminds of a writer from decades ago called Gavin Lyall. ex RAF pilot who often featured aviation in his novels. In one book, 'Shooting Script' he took down a Vampire flying a de Havilland Dove with some flying tricks. Might sound like a bit of hokum but he wrote some good yarns.
This interesting one just popped up - it even sounds like an Argosy...
The Pelicans were a startlingly tight operation. The lad who sat next to me at school's father was a member, until he died some days after a bad crash - you can still see the deviation where the stone wall was repaired.
We got to watch them five days a week - and the early Red Arrows set-up.
A long one but interesting!
Bet you say that to all the girls...
Interesting angle of attack on the wings as it takes off
It was up for a decent time, so it won't have been ridiculously light, but there's often also a tendency to run up to a higher speed for initial take-offs, until you have some history to fall back on.
There's a few other planes that often just 'lift' - Tu 95 usually has no significant rotation.
And this Il-76 puts the nose down first...
There have been aircraft with variable incidence wings, notably the old Crusader, intended to reduce fuselage rotation at take-off and landing.
It's more beneficial when landing, giving a better view of the tiny thing you're trying to gently crash on, and the blunt face is an extra brake, too, to some extent.
It does help on take-off a little, giving a good bit of extra incidence during the short catapult run.
It lets you have shorter undercarriage structures, as well.