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So in the most recent Armchair Admiral, at 1:49:20, someone brought up a Blackburn Blackburn cult. How bad could it...

Oh good lord how did the British make this abomination fly?

 

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Good grief...

Drach has joked about it several times, but I never realized how... unique... it was until now.

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Prototype Star Wars Repulsor-Lift technology. It's so repulsive the ground pushes it away.

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Looks a bit like a Levasseur PL.10

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Part of the noble tradition of Blackburn producing absolutely terrible aircraft, with the singular later exception of the Buccaneer.

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I remember a conversation snippet from years ago regarding the P-47 wherein a person said, "The Air Force has proven that if you put enough power to a brick, you can make it fly".

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It's hardly alone.  Seems for a time in the 20's and 30's designers thought torpedo bombers should look like flying pregnant whales...

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Of course, by the 50's they'd reintroduced the idea of ugly in an updated design...

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45 minutes ago, Murotsu said:

It's hardly alone.  Seems for a time in the 20's and 30's designers thought torpedo bombers should look like flying pregnant whales...

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The Great Lakes XTBG-1

People mock the Swordfish in WWII but she is at least a pretty plane.

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On 2/27/2021 at 8:45 AM, Wolfswetpaws said:

I remember a conversation snippet from years ago regarding the P-47 wherein a person said, "The Air Force has proven that if you put enough power to a brick, you can make it fly".

Wolf,

They may have said that about the P-47, but they also said it about the F-4 Phantom.  It had the worst (non-powered) glide ratio of any jet produced for USAF service even though it was initially meant for the Navy.  Do not know if it was the same with the glide ratio for the Navy, but that is my suspicion also.

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On 2/26/2021 at 8:30 PM, The_Really_Good_Man said:

So in the most recent Armchair Admiral, at 1:49:20, someone brought up a Blackburn Blackburn cult. How bad could it...

Oh good lord how did the British make this abomination fly?

 

Blackburn Blackburn.gif

1200px-Blackburn_Blackburn_II_in_Flight.jpg

A plane like that ought to come with a free bowl of soup.

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Nothing like the Fairey Barracuda to remind you that if it looks ugly, it'll likely fly terribly, crash into the sea on torpedo runs, or simply break-up mid-dive if used as a dive bomber:

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The pilot's hump and 'oh we designed a high wing so the observer can't see so add these big viewports' plus high, draggy tail are particular low lights.

Sadly, the British idea of using a single Merlin engine (i.e. Spitfire/Hurricane or 2x/4x on Mosquito/Lancaster...) on a bomber with vastly more weight which should have died with the Fairey Battle seems to have persisted...

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6 hours ago, HamptonRoads said:

https://www.historynet.com/the-13-ugliest-airplanes.htm

You can also add this to the list of "what the. . ?"

The 11 Ugliest Aircraft Ever Built | Boldmethod

Airbus BelugaST
https://www.airbus.com/aircraft/freighter/beluga.html

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14 hours ago, Hercules_C130 said:

Wolf,

They may have said that about the P-47, but they also said it about the F-4 Phantom.  It had the worst (non-powered) glide ratio of any jet produced for USAF service even though it was initially meant for the Navy.  Do not know if it was the same with the glide ratio for the Navy, but that is my suspicion also.

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On the F-4, using wings to stay up was only a strongly advised option, lots of power was mandatory.

http://www.f4phantom.com/drupal/content/f-4-flying-wings-folded

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19 minutes ago, SgtBeltfed said:

On the F-4, using wings to stay up was only a strongly advised option, lots of power was mandatory.

http://www.f4phantom.com/drupal/content/f-4-flying-wings-folded

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