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Posted: 5/31/2010 2:10:15 PM EDT
We always seem to have beauty contests on here, how about something different?  



I'll start with the transavia airtruck:





Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:14:34 PM EDT
Aerodynamics suck, too...





Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:15:44 PM EDT





Only the brits could make one this hideous...
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:17:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ridge_Runner_5:
Aerodynamics suck, too...

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2892/cattingaford.jpg


Isn't that the car that Harry Potter and Ron Weasley were flying in The Chamber of Secrets?

Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:17:48 PM EDT
Probably a Shorts Skyvan.  I remember seeing one for the first time and wondering why they had done that because it just seemed wrong.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:18:58 PM EDT



Originally Posted By trwoprod:


Probably a Shorts Skyvan.  I remember seeing one for the first time and wondering why they had done that because it just seemed wrong.


I jumped out the back of one a few times, looked great to me as I was leaving it.  




 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:19:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:
We always seem to have beauty contests on here, how about something different?  

I'll start with the transavia airtruck:

http://aerovideos.com/images/photosPage/transavia.jpg


So that is what they call the plane in mad max.... ugly fucker!
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:20:11 PM EDT
Super Guppy


Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:21:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:22:47 PM EDT



Originally Posted By LoadedDrum:



Originally Posted By Ridge_Runner_5:

Aerodynamics suck, too...



http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2892/cattingaford.jpg




Isn't that the car that Harry Potter and Ron Weasley were flying in The Chamber of Secrets?





I think it's the car that Richard Hammond drove across Botswana....



 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:23:54 PM EDT



Originally Posted By fosters:


Super Guppy

http://ad.hq.nasa.gov/images/aircraft/jsc/super-guppy.jpg


I don't know which is worse:





Then there's Boeing's newest beauty:








 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:26:45 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Chairborne:





Originally Posted By fosters:

Super Guppy

http://ad.hq.nasa.gov/images/aircraft/jsc/super-guppy.jpg


I don't know which is worse:



http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/A300-600ST_1_New_Colour.JPG
Then there's Boeing's newest beauty:



http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/350752730_9507184445_o.jpg

 


The Oscar Mayer truck is just icing on the cake.



 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:30:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:30:36 PM EDT
If it can take off and land safely, and if the crew can manage to get me to my destination on time and with my baggage intact....frankly, I dont care much what it looks like on the outside

Function over form in this case.

Now, for a personal, private airplane....hey...get one with a Ferrari hood ornament for all I care.

Serious question....regarding paint jobs on aircraft.
I dont see a lot of variation.
Military planes are generally grey.
Almost all commercial aircraft are mainly white, with some artwork here and there.
Southwest seems to be the lone standout with their red and blue scheme.
American used to go with the shiny polished metal look (I think several others did back in the day as well)

The question....is the reason for the lack of imaginative paint jobs a function of cost, function, or something else?
Given the pricetag for a plane, I dont see the overhead of a fancy color skin being a major issue.
Why are there no fire engine red planes?
An all black one would be cool...like gloss black, with some chrome accents.
Why not that paint that changes color as the light hits it from varying angles?
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:30:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:
We always seem to have beauty contests on here, how about something different?  

I'll start with the transavia airtruck:

http://aerovideos.com/images/photosPage/transavia.jpg


I think you won it right there.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:40:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/31/2010 2:41:12 PM EDT by -Duke-Nukem-]
Originally Posted By Chairborne:


Only the brits could make one this hideous...


Don't forget the AEW3 version with scorpion stingers attached to both ends.  Holy trim buttons Batman!

Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:42:56 PM EDT


C-23 Sherpa.  We had most of the USAF fleet of them at the base I grew up on, in W. Germany, Zweibrücken AB.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:44:32 PM EDT



Originally Posted By shade_1313:


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/C-23A-7.jpg/800px-C-23A-7.jpg



C-23 Sherpa.  We had most of the USAF fleet of them at the base I grew up on, in W. Germany, Zweibrücken AB.


I like the look of that plane.

 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:46:22 PM EDT
While form follows function, the plane that lost to the F-35 was hideous.

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Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:47:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/31/2010 2:51:44 PM EDT by SkyCatII]
I'm not sure which plane I'd pick, but in all probability it would either be British or Russian.

Some top British contenders would be the Fairey Gannet, Handley Page Victor and the Avro Shackleton (which I think is a pretty spiffy plane).

The Russian contenders are too numerous to be named.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:48:41 PM EDT



Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:52:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/31/2010 2:57:32 PM EDT by CWatson]


DH 5.  One German ace thought they were Sopwith Camels or SE5a's flying upside down the first time he saw them in combat.


The Spad 2 sa because being the gunner was scary.
CW
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:53:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By capnrob97:

Originally Posted By shade_1313:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/C-23A-7.jpg/800px-C-23A-7.jpg

C-23 Sherpa.  We had most of the USAF fleet of them at the base I grew up on, in W. Germany, Zweibrücken AB.

I like the look of that plane.  


I always thought it looked like a milk carton with wings.  
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 2:54:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/31/2010 2:55:11 PM EDT by Chairborne]
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:06:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/31/2010 3:07:16 PM EDT by Afterwork_Ninja]
Most folks think these are ugly, but I have grown to like them.  I have over 150 hours in type.



Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:07:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/31/2010 3:07:36 PM EDT by Ridge_Runner_5]





Originally Posted By Afterwork_Ninja:



Most folks think these are ugly, but I have grown to like them.  I have over 150 hours in type.





http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/RepublicRC-3SeabeeC-GHOU05.jpg



I like the smaller version....not so sure about that one...





 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:08:09 PM EDT


May I present the XF85 Goblin....
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:08:33 PM EDT
Convair Seadart:



or

Vought Cutlass:



or

Vought XF5U:



or

Convair XFY-1:



or

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin:



Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:08:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Afterwork_Ninja:
Most folks think these are ugly, but I have grown to like them.  I have over 150 hours in type.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/RepublicRC-3SeabeeC-GHOU05.jpg

http://www.flyingboats.ca/PurchasingAFlyingBoat/Republic-Seabee-beaching-a.jpg


I've seen pictures of one painted in a really nice WWII-era paint scheme.  I thought it looked like a rather nice plane.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:10:26 PM EDT


Here's another great candidate from Primorski-land...
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:12:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:

Originally Posted By fosters:
Super Guppy
http://ad.hq.nasa.gov/images/aircraft/jsc/super-guppy.jpg

I don't know which is worse:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/A300-600ST_1_New_Colour.JPG



Then there's Boeing's newest beauty:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/350752730_9507184445_o.jpg
 


Are these just passenger planes, or whats the story on them?
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:13:50 PM EDT
The weiner-mobile towing that is a nice touch.




How about that plane from mad max?




Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:14:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/31/2010 3:15:37 PM EDT by Shung]
an Ekranoplan is not an airplane ;)

I hated the british bucaneer myself––-
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:15:11 PM EDT
The Caproni-Stipa.



/thread.











http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stipa-Caproni
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:15:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AbleArcher:
Originally Posted By Chairborne:

Originally Posted By fosters:
Super Guppy
http://ad.hq.nasa.gov/images/aircraft/jsc/super-guppy.jpg

I don't know which is worse:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/A300-600ST_1_New_Colour.JPG



Then there's Boeing's newest beauty:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/350752730_9507184445_o.jpg
 


Are these just passenger planes, or whats the story on them?


They haul aircraft components to the factory for assembly.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:16:36 PM EDT



Originally Posted By AbleArcher:



Originally Posted By Chairborne:




Originally Posted By fosters:

Super Guppy

http://ad.hq.nasa.gov/images/aircraft/jsc/super-guppy.jpg


I don't know which is worse:



http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/A300-600ST_1_New_Colour.JPG
Then there's Boeing's newest beauty:



http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/350752730_9507184445_o.jpg

 




Are these just passenger planes, or whats the story on them?


They all three fly large aircraft parts (and in the case of the super guppy, spacecraft parts) from place to place.  Airbus originally used a super guppy themselves, before they built the beluga.  



The LCF has a hinged tail for loading:








The beluga has a nose that opens upward for loading:





 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:17:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:18:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:
http://www.dutchsubmarines.com/specials/images/plane_raf_nimrod_r1.jpg

Only the brits could make one this hideous...


I don't think it's that bad, there are aircraft in the best looking plane thread that make it look like a beauty queen.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:18:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:

Then there's Boeing's newest beauty:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/350752730_9507184445_o.jpg
 


We have Dreamlifters coming in here all the time (CHS).  It's a heck of a machine - lot's of locks around that opening.

Construction on the 787 final assembly plant is really moving along.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:19:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:

Originally Posted By AbleArcher:
Originally Posted By Chairborne:

Originally Posted By fosters:
Super Guppy
http://ad.hq.nasa.gov/images/aircraft/jsc/super-guppy.jpg

I don't know which is worse:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/A300-600ST_1_New_Colour.JPG



Then there's Boeing's newest beauty:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/350752730_9507184445_o.jpg
 


Are these just passenger planes, or whats the story on them?

They all three fly large aircraft parts (and in the case of the super guppy, spacecraft parts) from place to place.  Airbus originally used a super guppy themselves, before they built the beluga.  

The LCF has a hinged tail for loading:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/00/747_400LCF_DREAM_LIFTER.jpg

The beluga has a nose that opens upward for loading:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2zKUNZth5Y



 


Cool, thanks!
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:19:53 PM EDT





That's a neat little piece of aviation history, had never heard of it before.  








 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:20:00 PM EDT
Brewster Buffalo


Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:20:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By shade_1313:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/C-23A-7.jpg/800px-C-23A-7.jpg

C-23 Sherpa.  We had most of the USAF fleet of them at the base I grew up on, in W. Germany, Zweibrücken AB.


It's like a refrigerator carton with wings.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:23:32 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Stryfe:



Originally Posted By Chairborne:

http://www.dutchsubmarines.com/specials/images/plane_raf_nimrod_r1.jpg



Only the brits could make one this hideous...




I don't think it's that bad, there are aircraft in the best looking plane thread that make it look like a beauty queen.


I guess beauty is truly in the eye of the beerholder!  Post some examples if you would.  





 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:42:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By shade_1313:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5d/C-23A-7.jpg/800px-C-23A-7.jpg

C-23 Sherpa.  We had most of the USAF fleet of them at the base I grew up on, in W. Germany, Zweibrücken AB.


I was there from 88-91...I left when I was 6.  I remember most of my dad's friends flew them.  My dad flew RF-4s there.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:48:23 PM EDT



Originally Posted By birdbarian:


Brewster Buffalo



http://www.helmo.gr/gallery2/d/38262-1/f2a-3_brewster_buffalo_8-42.jpg



Predecessor to the F4F...



 
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:53:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 3:55:50 PM EDT
Was gonna say the Vought Cutlass but somebody else already did.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 4:13:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RichinCM:
http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/aerodynamics/ground-effect/lun01.jpg

Here's another great candidate from Primorski-land...


While a hideous beast, the engineering concept was quite novel.  It was basically a cross between a hovercraft and an XB70 Valkyrie.  The wings provided little aerodynamic lift, but instead compressed the air under them against the water.  It only really makes sense where you have great big inland lakes, but it could be awesome where applicable.  Picture being able to go from Chicago to the UP at over 200 knots.
Link Posted: 5/31/2010 4:20:01 PM EDT

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