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DownwardDog

Riding a Brompton with a power meter.
That's the "Constant Peg" Fishbed-E that was stolen from Iraq by Israel. The US and Israeli pilots liked almost everything about it but it was supposed to be nightmarishly difficult to taxi. It's now in the Israeli Air Force museum.

Now the US just buys brand new ones off the showroom floor from China.
 

gosub

~#
Cool-looking plane but too recent to be considered Cold War, unless we’re talking Cold War 2, which is where we seem to be heading to at present anyway....
Heading towards? Never really ended and what with all the GRU murders and stuff seems to be warming up a bit
 

Lancman

Well-Known Member
That monstrosity can actually get off the ground?!
Nobody could call the Nimrod a beautiful aircraft but that photograph captures for the better informed the essence of the Cold War. Taking off in winter weather the Nimrod and crew could reach the Mid-Atlantic faster than any other maritime reconnaissance aircraft in the world and then find and track a Russian submarine probably loaded with nuclear missiles targeted at a spot near you for hours on end.
I really don’t understand Idris2002’s comment, 9 hour flights were normal and after the fitting of in-flight refuelling 18 hours.
Wikipedia has a lot more information on the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod.
Handsome is as handsome does.
 

kebabking

Not a Girly Swot, but I like them....
I loved the Mighty Hunter - I think my first cadet camp was at St Mawgan - and years later I spent many very lonely hours in grim places being calmly reassured by a bloke in an R1 or MR2 that he was watching us, that help was on the way.

I know lots of blokes - and me - who's kids have got dads because of quiet, calm blokes (and blokesses) sat in the back of Nimrods. They may have had pies and tea on tap, but they took big risks for us, and the kipper fleet memorials are full of their names.
 

Idris2002

Hate Ashbury
Nobody could call the Nimrod a beautiful aircraft but that photograph captures for the better informed the essence of the Cold War. Taking off in winter weather the Nimrod and crew could reach the Mid-Atlantic faster than any other maritime reconnaissance aircraft in the world and then find and track a Russian submarine probably loaded with nuclear missiles targeted at a spot near you for hours on end.
I really don’t understand Idris2002’s comment, 9 hour flights were normal and after the fitting of in-flight refuelling 18 hours.
Wikipedia has a lot more information on the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod.
Handsome is as handsome does.
Hang on, that was a Nimrod? I thought it was a Comet. Hence my snide comment.
 
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