The Planes that never were

Discussion in 'transport' started by Idris2002, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    Inspired by the weird planes thread, I thought I'd start this one about planes that never made it past the prototype stage, if that.

    To start off with, here's the Avro Arrow:

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    And also the Arrow's sister in failure, the TSR2:

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  2. gosub

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  3. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    X-48B still in development

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    It kinda looks like a normal-sized plane at first but then...

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  4. ffsear

    ffsear Well-Known Member

    The Soviet BURAN orbiter. Only flew once (unmanned), before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Project abbondened in 1993

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    Only one that was built ever flew, got destroyed when the hanger it was stored in collapsed. Another one that never flew remains derelict in a hanger somewhere.
     
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  5. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    I'm sure I've seen concept drawings for a big passenger aircraft shaped like that (but much bigger, obviously).
     
  6. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

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  7. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    Spruce Goose - Although the Hughes Hercules wasn't made of Spruce... If WWII hadn't ended would there have been fleets of these?

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  8. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    XB 70 Valkerie.

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  9. ffsear

    ffsear Well-Known Member


    I think an FW 190 would of made easy work of knocking that out the sky.
     
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  10. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    Wasn't it intended for the New York - Kinshasa run, though? I can't see any FW 190s making it that far south.
     
  11. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    Almost certainly. The Germans learnt that with the 323 Giants in North Africa that were easy pickings for Spitfires and P40 Warhawks.

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  12. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    I know it's bad form to reply to your own posts, but just noticed from the shadow that the last picture was probably taken from a blimp / airship...
     
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  13. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    I bought this DVD a few years ago: Planes That Never Flew [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray

    "They could have changed the world - had they been built. FOUR full length documentaries tell the incredible stories of the pre-war jet fighter the Lockheed L133, America's SST, the Convair WS-125 'Doomsday bomber' and Britain's rocket-powered interceptor the Saunders Roe SR177.Each aircraft is recreated using advanced computer graphics, and its extraordinary story is told using rare archive footage and exclusive interviews."
     
  14. gosub

    gosub ~#

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    gosub ~#

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  16. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    They're on youtube now:







     
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  17. ffsear

    ffsear Well-Known Member

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  18. SikhWarrioR

    SikhWarrioR And the Worms ate into his brain

    Surely the Horton 229 jet powered flying wing made largely of wood must be worth a mention
     
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  19. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    Sukhoi-Gulfstream S-21, supersonic business jet.

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    Not sure whether that's the S21 or more generic 'here's our SSBJ model, please throw money at it'.
     
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    Pingu Credo

  21. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    The Saunders Roe P.192 - Or SARO Queen

    A jet flying boat commissioned by P&O, intended to replace their liners!

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  22. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Aircraft that never were but should have been are a more interesting sub-genre...

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    Mirage 4000. A 25% bigger Mirage 2000 (which was already a fantastic aircraft and very sporty ride) with 100% more power and 200% more fuel. It could hit M2.0 at FL500 from a standing start in under 4 (very exciting) minutes. The whole project went south when the Saudis opted for the F-15. The UK should have bailed from the Typhoon project when the post-unification Germans got cold feet and done this as a joint venture instead.
     
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  23. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Also from the should have been but never was file, the McDonnell-Douglas A-12 Avenger II.

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    Cancelled by Dick Cheney (who loved cancelling projects) which set back the cause of US Navy low observable carrier strike aviation by about 25 years.
     
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  24. Lancman

    Lancman Well-Known Member

    The Spruce Goose's cruising height was so low that a U-boat could have taken it down.
     
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  25. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    The reactor/engine test beds for the Convair-WS125 are currently on public display somewhere on the plains of Idhao.

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    You don't need to be in any hurry to see them as it looks like they will be sitting there for the next couple of hundred years at least - till they cool down enough to be cut-up. :eek:
     
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  26. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    Amazing. But surely (if it had been built) an airborne Titanic in the making?

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  27. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Given the provenance of other big jet-boats of the era, I have no doubt it would have been! :eek:
     
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  28. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Is pic 1 even it's final form?

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  29. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Derilect in Kazakhstan iirc

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  30. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Boeing's Sonic Cruiser. No airline was interested. Probably just as well. A lot of effort for just 15% or so faster cruise.

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