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17th July 2013

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xplanes:

“Boeing HLH and Russian Mil V-12 heavy lifting helicopters” (art by Wilf Hardy, circa 1972)

xplanes:

Boeing HLH and Russian Mil V-12 heavy lifting helicopters” (art by Wilf Hardy, circa 1972)

Tagged: xplaneshelicoptertransportHLHXCH-62V-12

24th June 2013

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xplanes:

sunday fantasy 407: Yukinobu Hoshino
Please allow me to wax lyrical for a bit.
This is taken from “Where Eagles Dare”, a short story in Hoshino’s speculative/fantastical WW2 manga work “The Temple of El Alamein”. The story concludes with an encounter between a Messerschmitt Me 262 and Boeing B-29 Superfortress - something that never happened during the war.
(Other chapters involve, pyramids, dinosaurs, wicker men, and why Germany never actually invaded the United Kingdom…)
Hoshino also did “The Sea of Fallen Beasts”, which has stories along similar lines - but he is best known for his character Professor Munakata (the slightly disappointing - despite featuring airships - Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure being the only work released in the west), and also his science fiction works - of which the following needs mentioning:
2001 Nights: One of my favourite works of science fiction of all time, across any medium. I cannot stress enough how much these stories - starting in the SDI era and then into mankind’s journeys to the stars - have affected me over the years. The series was published in the US in the mid-90’s, and is bottomlessly recommended. Hoshino released a sequel of sorts - 2001+5 - in 2006, but it has yet to be translated into English (legally or not)
Stardust Memories: Similar stories to the above, but overall slightly inferior due to the lack of narrative linking them. Not officially released in English, but scanlated here
Kodoku Experiment: Your standard tale of an unstoppable extraterrestrial lifeform unleashed on a spaceship, but very enjoyable. Again, Not officially released in English, but scanlated here

xplanes:

sunday fantasy 407: Yukinobu Hoshino

Please allow me to wax lyrical for a bit.

This is taken from “Where Eagles Dare”, a short story in Hoshino’s speculative/fantastical WW2 manga work “The Temple of El Alamein”. The story concludes with an encounter between a Messerschmitt Me 262 and Boeing B-29 Superfortress - something that never happened during the war.

(Other chapters involve, pyramids, dinosaurs, wicker men, and why Germany never actually invaded the United Kingdom…)

Hoshino also did “The Sea of Fallen Beasts”, which has stories along similar lines - but he is best known for his character Professor Munakata (the slightly disappointing - despite featuring airships - Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure being the only work released in the west), and also his science fiction works - of which the following needs mentioning:


2001 Nights: One of my favourite works of science fiction of all time, across any medium. I cannot stress enough how much these stories - starting in the SDI era and then into mankind’s journeys to the stars - have affected me over the years. The series was published in the US in the mid-90’s, and is bottomlessly recommended. Hoshino released a sequel of sorts - 2001+5 - in 2006, but it has yet to be translated into English (legally or not)

Stardust Memories: Similar stories to the above, but overall slightly inferior due to the lack of narrative linking them. Not officially released in English, but scanlated here

Kodoku Experiment: Your standard tale of an unstoppable extraterrestrial lifeform unleashed on a spaceship, but very enjoyable. Again, Not officially released in English, but scanlated here

Tagged: Yukinobu HoshinoThe Temple of El AlameinWhere Eagles DareWorld War 2mangaMe 262B-29xplanes

21st June 2013

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xplanes:

“In 1964 the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) designed a hypersonic aircraft capable of flight at five times the speed of sound, nicknamed MUSTARD (Multi-Unit Space Transport And Recovery Device).

The project would have created the world’s first reusable ‘space plane’, with the cost of development having been estimated as ‘20 to 30 times cheaper’ than that incurred by the expendable rocket systems in use that eventually put man on the moon in 1969.

The aircraft was formed of three separate crewed, delta-winged sections that are launched as a single unit. Two of those would act as boosters and launch the third into space, and then separate before returning to earth like normal aircraft — followed by the third, once its intended mission was complete.” (via)

Tagged: BACMUSTARDspace planespaceflightreusable spacecraftxplanes

21st June 2013

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xplanes:

“The Fighter Jet Take-Off Platform was a concept platform that would rise vertically from the ground, and allow an aircraft to take-off from its back — allowing planes to operate from small airstrips or narrow forest clearings.

English Electric developed the P17A jet to fulfill the purpose of a tactical strike and reconnaissance jet, and rather than attaching a heavy vertical take-off and landing system to the aircraft, they collaborated with Shorts, who created the P17D — a platform that would stay steady above the ground and allow the P17A to take-off from its surface.

With no less than 56 jet engines, the P17D gave the P17A the desired effect of being able to take off from tight spaces. On its own, the P17D would also have been able to fill the role of a VTOL freight transport, able to deliver equipment and supplies to less-accessible locations…” (via)

Tagged: English ElectricP17AP17DVTOLxplanes

21st March 2013

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xplanes:

wind tunnel at the ONERA site at Meudon (via)

xplanes:

wind tunnel at the ONERA site at Meudon (via)

Tagged: wind tunnelONERAxplanes

13th December 2012

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xplanes:


“Bf109E in Stalingrad, 1942” (via)

xplanes:

Bf109E in Stalingrad, 1942” (via)

Tagged: Bf 109StalingradWorld War 2barrage balloonruinswreckxplanes

7th December 2012

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xplanes:

“We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and a severe bombing of Pearl Harbor by army planes, undoubtedly Japanese. The city of Honolulu has also been attacked and considerable damage done. This battle has been going on for nearly three hours. One of the bombers dropped within 50 feet of Taunti [phonetic spelling] Tower. Its no joke. Its a real war.” (via, photo via this series from The Atlantic)

xplanes:

“We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and a severe bombing of Pearl Harbor by army planes, undoubtedly Japanese. The city of Honolulu has also been attacked and considerable damage done. This battle has been going on for nearly three hours. One of the bombers dropped within 50 feet of Taunti [phonetic spelling] Tower. Its no joke. Its a real war.” (via, photo via this series from The Atlantic)

Tagged: xplanesWorld War 2Pearl Harborattack

7th December 2012

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“An Avro Lancaster of No. 1 Group, Bomber Command, silhouetted against flares, smoke and explosions during the attack on Hamburg, Germany, by aircraft of Nos. 1, 5 and 8 Groups on the night of 30/31 January 1943” (via)

xplanes:

“An Avro Lancaster of No. 1 Group, Bomber Command, silhouetted against flares, smoke and explosions during the attack on Hamburg, Germany, by aircraft of Nos. 1, 5 and 8 Groups on the night of 30/31 January 1943” (via)

Tagged: LancasterWorld War 2bomberflakxplanes

6th December 2012

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xplanes:


“Dear Parents :

Please congratulate me. I have been given a splendid opportunity to die. This is my last day. The destiny of our homeland hinges on the decisive battle in the seas to the south where I shall fall like a blossom from a radiant cherry tree.
I shall be a shield for His Majesty and die cleanly along with my squadron leader and other friends. I wish that I could be born seven times, each time to smite the enemy…
…Thank you, my parents, for the 23 years during which you have cared for me and inspired me. I hope that my present deed will in some small way repay what you have done for me. Think well of me and know that your Isao died for our country. This is my last wish, and there is nothing else that I desire.
How glorious is the Special Attack Corps’ Giretsu Unit whose Suisei bombers will attack the enemy. Our goal is to dive against the aircraft carriers of the enemy. Movie cameramen have been i here to take our pictures. It is possible that you may see us in newsreels at the theater.
We are 16 warriors manning the bombers. May our death be as sudden and clean as the shattering of crystal.
Written at Manila on the eve of our sortie. [28th October 1944]
Isao
Soaring into the sky of the southern seas, it is our glorious mission to die as the shields of His Majesty. Cherry blossoms glisten as they open and fall.”


 Kamikaze letters: [1] [2]
(Above: Kamikaze attack on the USS Colorado, 27th November 1944 - killing 19 and wounding 72)


I know I’ve reblogged this before.  But it showed up on my dash again, and I felt it was worth reblogging again, because it’s just so haunting.

xplanes:

“Dear Parents :

Please congratulate me. I have been given a splendid opportunity to die. This is my last day. The destiny of our homeland hinges on the decisive battle in the seas to the south where I shall fall like a blossom from a radiant cherry tree.

I shall be a shield for His Majesty and die cleanly along with my squadron leader and other friends. I wish that I could be born seven times, each time to smite the enemy…

…Thank you, my parents, for the 23 years during which you have cared for me and inspired me. I hope that my present deed will in some small way repay what you have done for me. Think well of me and know that your Isao died for our country. This is my last wish, and there is nothing else that I desire.

How glorious is the Special Attack Corps’ Giretsu Unit whose Suisei bombers will attack the enemy. Our goal is to dive against the aircraft carriers of the enemy. Movie cameramen have been i here to take our pictures. It is possible that you may see us in newsreels at the theater.

We are 16 warriors manning the bombers. May our death be as sudden and clean as the shattering of crystal.

Written at Manila on the eve of our sortie. [28th October 1944]

Isao

Soaring into the sky of the southern seas, it is our glorious mission to die as the shields of His Majesty. Cherry blossoms glisten as they open and fall.”


Kamikaze letters: [1] [2]

(Above: Kamikaze attack on the USS Colorado, 27th November 1944 - killing 19 and wounding 72)

I know I’ve reblogged this before.  But it showed up on my dash again, and I felt it was worth reblogging again, because it’s just so haunting.

Tagged: xplanesWorld War 2kamikaze

6th December 2012

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”..The classic engagement of the day [21st March 1945] occurred later that day when Capt Sedvert observed an Me 262 at only 500ft flying over Ostofen. He dived on the jet just as it dropped a bomb on the town, and good strikes were seen on the fuselage, slowing its speed considerably as it crossed the Rhine River.
Sedvert then pulled up astern of his target, only to find that he was out of ammunition. He drew up alongside the jet and became furious when the German pilot thumbed his nose at him. Sedvert rolled back his canopy and emptied his 0.45 pistol in the direction of his foe with no result. He continued to follow the Me 262 all the way to Wiesental where he watched it belly in..” (via)
(image - not of the same incident - via)

xplanes:

”..The classic engagement of the day [21st March 1945] occurred later that day when Capt Sedvert observed an Me 262 at only 500ft flying over Ostofen. He dived on the jet just as it dropped a bomb on the town, and good strikes were seen on the fuselage, slowing its speed considerably as it crossed the Rhine River.

Sedvert then pulled up astern of his target, only to find that he was out of ammunition. He drew up alongside the jet and became furious when the German pilot thumbed his nose at him. Sedvert rolled back his canopy and emptied his 0.45 pistol in the direction of his foe with no result. He continued to follow the Me 262 all the way to Wiesental where he watched it belly in..” (via)

(image - not of the same incident - via)

Tagged: Me 262MesserschmittWorld War 2xplanes

4th December 2012

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xplanes:


the Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant cargo glider, being towed by a Heinkel He 111Z Zwilling (“Twin”) (via)

xplanes:

the Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant cargo glider, being towed by a Heinkel He 111Z Zwilling (“Twin”) (via)

Tagged: GigantHe 111HeinkelMe 321MesserschmittZwillingbombergliderxplanesWorld War 2Luftwaffe

30th November 2012

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nobody died! Friday #69: McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, date unknown (circa 2007?) (via)
“Basically, the nose gear wouldn’t come done. The Harrier has a backup system with a nitrogen bottle to blow the gear down in this event. Well, someone significantly outranking the pilot ordered him not to blow the gear down…he elected to gather mattresses and strap them down to support the extended nose, and you have the obvious result…This has since become a legendary event in the Harrier community (rather small community) and is laughed about often. The best part was, when they jacked the plane up in the hangar and pulled the gear handle to blow them down, all 4 came down and locked in place.” (via)

xplanes:

nobody died! Friday #69: McDonnell Douglas TAV-8B Harrier II, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, date unknown (circa 2007?) (via)

“Basically, the nose gear wouldn’t come done. The Harrier has a backup system with a nitrogen bottle to blow the gear down in this event. Well, someone significantly outranking the pilot ordered him not to blow the gear down…he elected to gather mattresses and strap them down to support the extended nose, and you have the obvious result…This has since become a legendary event in the Harrier community (rather small community) and is laughed about often. The best part was, when they jacked the plane up in the hangar and pulled the gear handle to blow them down, all 4 came down and locked in place.” (via)

Tagged: xplanesHarrierHarrier IIVTOLcrash

27th November 2012

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xplanes:

art is rarely posted on here - apart from on sundays - but here’s a painting of the Dornier 31 by the legendary Wilf Hardy (via)

xplanes:

art is rarely posted on here - apart from on sundays - but here’s a painting of the Dornier 31 by the legendary Wilf Hardy (via)

Tagged: Do 31VTOLWilf HardyxplanesDornier

22nd November 2012

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xplanes:

“The Dornier Do 31 E3 VSTOL aircraft. At the beginning of the 1960’s NATO asked for a military short take-off and landing battlefield zone aircraft, which should operate independently of runways but from fast prepared small fields” (via)

xplanes:

“The Dornier Do 31 E3 VSTOL aircraft. At the beginning of the 1960’s NATO asked for a military short take-off and landing battlefield zone aircraft, which should operate independently of runways but from fast prepared small fields” (via)

Tagged: Cold WarDo 31DornierVSTOLVTOLprototypexplanesreflection

22nd November 2012

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xplanes:

the Dornier Reglerversuchsgestell (RVG) (Control Test Frame?), circa 1963. developed to study the flight controls of the Do 31 VTOL aircraft (via)

xplanes:

the Dornier Reglerversuchsgestell (RVG) (Control Test Frame?), circa 1963. developed to study the flight controls of the Do 31 VTOL aircraft (via)

Tagged: Do 31DornierReglerversuchsgestellVTOLtestxplanes