Most Beautiful Aircraft

tiv

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Sticking the Mwari's one engine in what was the cargo bay would certainly reduce the payload or dropping parachutists,

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Guess that applies to most of the cheaper COIN aircraft, and depends on the area in which deployed.

In a number of African areas of contention it will not only be very suitable...but also an ‘African’ product.







(Even if one from the white tribe of Africa)
 

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LE
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Certainly far from beautiful...but interesting. Born in Africa. (SA of course) The Bronco II, or Mwari is described as an Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft.

With a high slightly swept forward wing and tandem booms it has a single turbine engine P&W PT6, multi blade propellor and high visibility tandem ‘stadium seating’ cockpit. Cruise speed of 218 knots, VNE of 272 knots, and V/stall of 62 knots, the aircraft is capable of flying slowly and loitering over an area for a protracted period of time. with payload of 500 pounds can operate out to a range of 150nm and then stay for up to four hours before RTB.

It's STOL capability and big tyres allow operations from short rough strips. With a MTOW distance of about 1,800ft it will sustain up to +8g and -4g loads, operate up to 31,000ft and maximum mission/ferry range of the aircraft will be 1,150 nm/2,000 nm.

With a possible mix of various weapons, small precision-guided munitions, guided and unguided rockets, and gun pods on six underwing stations, it can also carry sensors or other equipment in a modular bay underneath and behind the cockpit. It also also has an integral chin sensor turret, capable being fitted with cameras, FLIR, or lasers designators.

A modular bay behind the pilots has 53 square feet of space, can take weights up to 1,764 pounds and can take quick change payload modules. The Bronco II can be quickly reconfigured in the field for various specialised missions, including SIGINT collection, cargo or light air-drop missions.

Cheap to buy cheap to fly.


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Life imitates art. From the Amtrack Wars. 1990s.
 

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Life imitates art. From the Amtrack Wars. 1990s.
Someone at Denel has a hard on for that particular configuration, and come hell or high water it was the design pushed through. There are earlier piston versions that were seen bimbling about in the late '80s and '90s and none of them were spectacular performers.

I'd put money on the fact the OV-10D is a better performer and a far more suitable platform than this wet dream.

In fact, to put it in simple terms, if I were mooching around a battlefield low and slow, that extra engine to get me away from the target I've just been engaging (and pissing off those defending it) would seem to be a very good idea.
 
Certainly far from beautiful...but interesting. Born in Africa. (SA of course) The Bronco II, or Mwari is described as an Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft.

With a high slightly swept forward wing and tandem booms it has a single turbine engine P&W PT6, multi blade propellor and high visibility tandem ‘stadium seating’ cockpit. Cruise speed of 218 knots, VNE of 272 knots, and V/stall of 62 knots, the aircraft is capable of flying slowly and loitering over an area for a protracted period of time. with payload of 500 pounds can operate out to a range of 150nm and then stay for up to four hours before RTB.

It's STOL capability and big tyres allow operations from short rough strips. With a MTOW distance of about 1,800ft it will sustain up to +8g and -4g loads, operate up to 31,000ft and maximum mission/ferry range of the aircraft will be 1,150 nm/2,000 nm.

With a possible mix of various weapons, small precision-guided munitions, guided and unguided rockets, and gun pods on six underwing stations, it can also carry sensors or other equipment in a modular bay underneath and behind the cockpit. It also also has an integral chin sensor turret, capable being fitted with cameras, FLIR, or lasers designators.

A modular bay behind the pilots has 53 square feet of space, can take weights up to 1,764 pounds and can take quick change payload modules. The Bronco II can be quickly reconfigured in the field for various specialised missions, including SIGINT collection, cargo or light air-drop missions.

Cheap to buy cheap to fly.


(Commentary pretty crap.)
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Corkey Fornof Walt

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http://www.corkeyfornof.com/bd-5j-1.html

The landing and filling station gag in Octopussy was based on a real incident:

"Fornof touched down gently, crested a hill and rolled down the other side to an off-ramp. At the bottom of the exit was a mini-mall and a Sunoco gas station, so Fornof used the last of the Bede’s momentum to roll up to the pump island, activating the little rubber ding-ding hose in the process. "
 
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I'm reasonably open about my love of all things SR-71, and this always makes me chuckle with joy.


I think Brian Shul's books deserve a re-read.
 
Perhaps, but a target bimbling about low and slow on one engine is not going to survive in any conflict scenario. People don't remain untrained/inexperienced for long when the real thing is happening around them.

Single engine soft platform is better suited to a drone.
 
I appreciate it’s a paltry concern compared to the carnage of Covid. But I do miss the weekend flyovers by the Lancaster and the Canadian heritage flight on nice weekends.
 

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