Name That Plane

Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:55 am

Ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated by military aircraft so I thought it may bve fun to start a thread where you can post pics of aircraft. I must have built thousands of plastic models of them! (any age, any country) & have people guess what they are. (model #, name, mfr, whatever you know)

I'll start with 2 pics
Anyone wanna play?
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:16 am

I'm NOT good at military aircraft, but I think the top photo is an f-100 the 'thud' from the vietnam era.?? and I even close? :lol: .. the bottom one I really don't know, but I'll guess a surveilance aircraft of some type.. early on in the spy-in-the-sky days.

I saw a very strange airplane in Connecticut about 25 years ago.. It was [I pretty sure] a military prototype or one-off for High-altitude photography... It was a big powered glider...typical glider layout,, huge long wings, had the single center landing gear, with 'coaster wheels' at the wing tips, a large military type canopy . It had a camera rack with a glass floor, and an ejection seat framework. The plane was powered by a geared Lycoming TGIO 540, with a huge propeller, the prop looked like it should be on a Convair 580. the prop blades were about 8" wide at the tips, and obviously were meant to spin very slow.

The exhaust from the engine was ducted down the side of the fuselage, in a double walled duct, with air vents in and out, and the exhaust pointed sideways, and exited the ductwork quite a ways back, after it would have had lots of time to cool, and give off a minimal infra-red heat signature..

I really wish I had had a camera with me, but I didn't and don't have any photos at all.. I wonder if the plane is still at that little airfield in central CT...

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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: acesover On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:18 am

F-104
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:20 am

Nope...You're both wrong. Not sure how long to wait b4 I give answers but I will.
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:25 am

I was gonna guess Lockheed U-2 until you mentioned a prop.....Have no idea???

Here's the Thud (F105 Thunderchief by Republic) which was the workhorse over North Vietnam & got it's "Thud" nickname because so many were shot down, "Thud" was the sound of it crashing into the ground!
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:31 am

I was gonna guess Lockheed U-2 until you mentioned a prop.....Have no idea???


That's what I was thinking for second image you posted but that has to be too easy. :?

Edit: Ohh wait, just noticed the props... U-1? :D
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:38 am

acesover wrote:F-104



Here's the Lockheed F104 Starfighter (designed by Kelly Johnson of Skunkworks fame & very dangerous to fly...The U-2 is really this plane with huge wings)
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:42 am

OK...Times up!

First pic is the F101 Voodo (McDonell)

Second pic is the RB69 Neptune (Lockheed)
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:55 am

My favorite plane of all time: (this one should be easy!)
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:04 am

Sabre :)
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:08 am

Richard S. wrote:Sabre :)


Right but more info please
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:40 am

The 'spy plane' I saw was identical to a U-2 layout, but had the piston engine in the front,, and it wasn't a modification afterwards, it was built this way... Yes a U-1 would be close :lol: :D

Voodoo, yep now it rings a bell, now what was the use of the second, black aircraft??? what 'job did it do?

The last, an F86 sabre,,, NorthAmerican Rockwell,, with spring loaded leading edge wing slats... I flew the same system in the NA265, the Sabreliner corporate Jet... a T-39 executive transport in the military,, it became the Sabre-40, a bare-bones corporate jet, with obvious military signatures all over it..

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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:01 pm

LsFarm wrote:The 'spy plane' I saw was identical to a U-2 layout, but had the piston engine in the front,, and it wasn't a modification afterwards, it was built this way... Yes a U-1 would be close :lol: :D

Voodoo, yep now it rings a bell, now what was the use of the second, black aircraft??? what 'job did it do?

The last, an F86 sabre,,, NorthAmerican Rockwell,, with spring loaded leading edge wing slats... I flew the same system in the NA265, the Sabreliner corporate Jet... a T-39 executive transport in the military,, it became the Sabre-40, a bare-bones corporate jet, with obvious military signatures all over it..

Greg..


Right on with the F86. (prettiest, cleanest lines of any aircraft ever!) Just watched a show last night about when those leading edge slats were replaced & the "Flying Tail" added for high speed control. (Thanks to Chuck Yeager in the Bell X1)
As were all jet fighters of that era, it was based on German WWII designs like the ME262 Swallow with swept wings for greater speed.
The second plane was the RB69 Neptune (lockheed) It was a naval Reconasance Bomber of the early 1950's & later versions had 2 piston & 2 jet engines on the wings.
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:09 pm

[quote="LsFarm"]The 'spy plane' I saw was identical to a U-2 layout, but had the piston engine in the front,, and it wasn't a modification afterwards, it was built this way... Yes a U-1 would be close :lol: :D

Here's the Lockheed U-2 which was really a converted F104, lightened & with huge wings to get it up to very high altitudes. (It was so secret in the 1950's that when it was shipped to Edwards AFB for flight tests it may have been fitted with a phony propeller just as Lockheed had done with the F80 Shooting Star....Not sure.) If so, perhaps that is what you saw.
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Re: Name That Plane

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:14 pm

Here's another (obviously not U.S.)
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