1. Post #41
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    December 2006
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    People tried to do something similar back in the 60's/70's with the BD-5J Microjet.



    Strictly speaking, it worked fine. But as it turns out, trying to sell the equivalent of a multi-million dollar sports car to the average citizen does not fly.
    Actually, it was a total failure. My dad bought a kit when they came out but they stopped making the engines for them, due to a design flaw and never designed another.

    Thats right ladies and gentleman, that jet came in a kit. The few that made it off the ground were made in people's garages. There are many stories of them crashing due to structural failures related to the tail section.
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  2. Post #42
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    Problem with surplus mig 21s are the maintanance as well, some nightmare-ish number like 8-10 hours of work per one hour of flight are easily common for jets like a-10.
    Though, mig 21 may be less complicated, so not sure.

  3. Post #43
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    Problem with surplus mig 21s are the maintanance as well, some nightmare-ish number like 8-10 hours of work per one hour of flight are easily common for jets like a-10.
    Though, mig 21 may be less complicated, so not sure.
    Rich people hire people to keep their stuff from blowing up.

  4. Post #44
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    Problem with surplus mig 21s are the maintanance as well, some nightmare-ish number like 8-10 hours of work per one hour of flight are easily common for jets like a-10.
    Though, mig 21 may be less complicated, so not sure.
    The MIG-21 uses a turbojet engine, while the A-10 uses a turbofan. A turbojet, especially with an afterburner, is a significant;y more complex engine

  5. Post #45
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    The SR-71 is a brick, it doesn't so much have lift as it has so much thrust it just stays in the air
    Also doesnt it leak fuel like hell when it's on the ground.

  6. Post #46
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    Dennab
    February 2005
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    I'd rather have a Supermarine Spiteful or an F2G Corsair. If I'm going to spend endless amounts of cash, it's going to be on a piston engined aircraft.

    Also doesnt it leak fuel like hell when it's on the ground.
    Yeah because the joints between the metal skin plates have so much space between them. They had to have huge spacing between the plates because at cruise speed, the friction generated by the air causes the metal to heat up to the point of nearly glowing. At that point, it's expanded probably half an inch or more.

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    Also doesnt it leak fuel like hell when it's on the ground.
    That's because they had to build everything with a lot of slack, so that when the hull heats up due to friction, and thus expands, it doesn't break apart. It doesn't leak fuel once it's in the air.

  8. Post #48
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    B2 bomber pls
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  9. Post #49
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    All those sports cars lining the garages of Saudi oil kings were getting old anyways

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    That's a good way to get shot down.
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  11. Post #51
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    Honestly I would prefer something like a De havilland tiger moth.

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  12. Post #52
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    Actually, it was a total failure. My dad bought a kit when they came out but they stopped making the engines for them, due to a design flaw and never designed another.

    Thats right ladies and gentleman, that jet came in a kit. The few that made it off the ground were made in people's garages. There are many stories of them crashing due to structural failures related to the tail section.
    Yeah, a few years back a guy here was supposed to do an air show routine in his, but he crashed during practice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Manning

  13. Post #53
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    Oh, wow, it's almost an exact copy of the BD-10. Let's hope this one doesn't have that little "mid-air disintegration" problem the BD-10 had.