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Mutant aircraft.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Blazer, Apr 23, 2009.


  1. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Okay then, it's no surprise that new technology is constantly evolving and none more than in aviation. It's also no surprise that to save costs of building aircraft to accommodate the latest of the latest, companies resolve to customizing older aircraft to try the new stuff out, saving themselves and the government millions.

    But it does make for some very unusual looking aircraft, some of them even looking mutated. With bulges and blisters on their otherwise smooth metal fuselages and wings.

    The British Aerospace Nimrod Maritime patrol aircraft was based on the famous De Havilland DH-106 Comet Airliner, so when the airborne warning version of the Nimrod was being developed, the people at British Aerospace aviation deemed that it made perfect sense to use a surplus Comet Airframe to test out the elaborate radar equipment on.
    [​IMG]


    This North American "Sabreliner" private Jet was used to test out F16 avionics and they were stored in an actual F16 nose.
    [​IMG]

    This Douglas DC3 Dakota of the Canadian Airforce was used to test out avionics meant for the Canadian built version of the Lockheed F104 Starfighter, again, they just bolted a nose from a Starfighter to the aircraft.
    [​IMG]
    I guess the name on the fuselage says enough.

    But by far the strangest was this modified Convair C 131 cargo plane that was used to test out flight simulator technology IN FLIGHT. (Go figure) and so they just jammed the entire cockpit section into the nose of that plane.
    0064984.
     
  2. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    OH/WV
    The second one looks shopped, but the last one is really cool.

    Too bad I own one.
     
  3. Jerose

    Jerose

    Nov 28, 2005
    Syracuse, NY
    [​IMG]

    Raiders are kind of mutant, right? Half organic, half machine? :D
     
  4. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    interesting threads..
     
  5. Those are crazy looking planes.
     
  6. The 2nd one looks like the nose cone of a F16
     
  7. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    yeah they all looked very photochopped.
     
  8. They're not. When they graft aircraft parts together, it looks shooped.
     
  9. That's because it is.

    Edit: For a truly odd bird, google Blohm & Voss BV-141.
     
  10. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    They are not.
    http://www.geocities.com/Lucktam/awacs/nimwacs.htm

    0784373.
    Here's the big nose Comet in flight.

    And here's the early warning version of the Nimrod which was developed from that strange looking Comet.
    0999455.
     
  11. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    OH/WV
    Heehee, nimrod.
     
  12. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    I've seen a bunch of these sorts of pics before and they ended up being 'shopped stuff. Not sure if these are or not, but it wouldn't surprise me.
     
  13. [​IMG]

    An asymetrical Aircraft used fo observation near the end of WWII. Developed by insane german aircraft scientists.


    The Germans had an incredible Top Secret aircraft program.
     
  14. JPrinos

    JPrinos

    May 16, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    Remember Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome?

    There was an aircraft that looked really weird called the Airtruk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transavia_Airtruck). This was an Australian agricultural aircraft that proved that an airplane doesn't have to be beautiful to fly.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Anyone have a good picture of Project B?

    EDIT: Or any rendering of Project A, B, or C?
     
  16. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007

    How do you think the US & Soviets started their rocket programs?

    From the German scientists & development they acquired after the war. The Germans during WWII were so far ahead in aeronautics, that they set the ground work & concepts that are still be developed today from canards to the flying wings.
     
  17. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
  18. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    Istanbul
  19. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Meet the Airbus "Beluga"
    [​IMG]

    Not too difficult to see why it's called that way.
    beluga.
     
  20. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    OH/WV
    Whats the story behind the Beluga plane?

    Its interesting.
     

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