Most Beautiful Aircraft

Themanwho

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AVPRO Exint pod, still being touted for F-35.

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It would seem a handy thing to have in the inventory for CSAR, since attack helos could be tasked instead of transports, but it requires the extractee to be mobile, uninjured and not in need of hoisting.

There was also a parachute-retarded version for deployment from non-VTOL aircraft for insertion only, reportedly adopted by the IDF.
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Similar on the p38.
 
Screw coming in for a belly up landing.
 

Themanwho

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diehard57

War Hero
I remember reading a story about Matt Braddock the RAF ace in the Victor comic back in the 1960’s where he managed to escape from the slant eyed Nips on a Pacific island by sawing the ends off the drop tanks to use as personnel panniers for his navigator George and a Yank pilot.
 
Just had to look that up, more info here The EXINT Pod if anyone is interested.

"...bought some of the initial production run, made by Hunting Engineering."

Now that was a fascinating little company that received a lot of interesting contracts. An official declassified history would be gold.

Not just aeroplanes and unusual pieces of equipment, but a large chunk of the deterrent force relied on Hunting systems.
 
Allen Airstrip is a grass airstrip in Southampton Township, NJ. Once a month the pilots get a free breakfast if they come in and do a few maneuvers for the crowd. The flight path goes through a wood which has now been opened up a bit. 10 years ago it was a smallish gap and if the pilots knew you were taking photos, some would go through the gap 90deg to the deck very low. I will try and find some photos, may take some time to find the right Hard drive.

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Nice to see a tractor with spade lugs.

CFB
 
"...bought some of the initial production run, made by Hunting Engineering."

Now that was a fascinating little company that received a lot of interesting contracts. An official declassified history would be gold.

Not just aeroplanes and unusual pieces of equipment, but a large chunk of the deterrent force relied on Hunting systems.
Weren't they involved with the runway denial systems used by GR1s in Iraq?
 
Weren't they involved with the runway denial systems used by GR1s in Iraq?
JP 233? Aye, and the BL 755 and various other stuff as alluded to earlier.
 
I remember reading a story about Matt Braddock the RAF ace in the Victor comic back in the 1960’s where he managed to escape from the slant eyed Nips on a Pacific island by sawing the ends off the drop tanks to use as personnel panniers for his navigator George and a Yank pilot.


We all know there was only one Braddock that has ever served in any real combat.......................

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Waldeck

Old-Salt
Not sure what it is but the pilot was pretty brave.

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