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    Mystery photos

    Not much mystery in this one! This is on display at Tinker AFB in OKC.



    But this one...


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    Re: Mystery photos

    Looks like a B52?

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    Re: Mystery photos

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    Looks like a B52?
    No, although there is one nearby. JDM will know, as will Jim Rose.

    The second one Rob should know.

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    Re: Mystery photos

    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Looks like a B52?
    No, although there is one nearby. JDM will know, as will Jim Rose.

    The second one Rob should know.
    And it was powered by six J-47s - some had Jato to get off the ground.

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    Re: Mystery photos

    Toyota Tacoma

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    Re: Mystery photos

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Toyota Tacoma
    Ah, the hazards of taking a photo from a moving vehicle.

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    Re: Mystery photos

    Second one looks like brake parts from a locomotive
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    Re: Mystery photos

    The B-47 is quite apparent - the second pic looks like traction motors from a streetcar or mine loco.


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    The first is, indeed, a B47. I guess the most impressive thing they did was appear in the movie "Strategic Air Command," starring General Jimmy Stewart.

    The second one is a bunch of electric locomotive motors. Interesting that they travel by truck, no?

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    Re: Mystery photos

    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche


    The second one is a bunch of electric locomotive motors. Interesting that they travel by truck, no?
    Is that a Guitar Center store in the background?

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    Sure looks like it. There's one about where I took that photo, on Central Expressway in Dallas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche
    The first is, indeed, a B47. I guess the most impressive thing they did was appear in the movie "Strategic Air Command," starring General Jimmy Stewart.
    I thought Strategic Air was all about the B-36 but memory fades. The B-47 was famous for creating the term 'coffin corner,' a situation in which the bird would stall if it went any slower and would reach 'compressibility' if it went any faster, compressibility being that fraction of Mach 1 (itself a fraction or a variable) at which a subsonic airplane comes unglued.

    When I wuz a lad, we'd make practice runs on streams of B-47s; after a few midairs SAC said, 'no closer than a mile (or whatever),' the midairs continued and SAC said the we had to stay out of their air space. In training we also made runs on B-29s which were assigned that duty; one night when I was not flying I was looking at the sky for no good reason and saw a great fireworks display when a room mate did a midair with one of those. There's nothing like a good midair to screw up yer whole day.

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    Mike,

    That top photos ought to be published in Time.

    Seriously.

    Send it to the editors there. They are God Bless Them always navel-gazing. It would fit into any debate about US defence and national priorities.

    Brilliant photo.

    Congratulations. Pic repeated here/
    This pic has the ubiquitous ute, the parking lot, and the defence...

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    Re: Mystery photos

    Did you know of tests of these aircraft to their limits?


    Forget the second pic. Rail is not about various ways to do things. It's to do with practical solutions. And art. The latter being a curious thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    Did you know of tests of these aircraft to their limits?
    I know several people who flew the things. I'm sure that there were practical/experimental tests but anyone who has flown at, say, 40 grand is well aware of them. The neat thing about an airplane that will do supersonic, no matter how little, is that there is one less worry.

    It's essentially a matter of airframe, air density and ambient temperature.

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    No, it's political.

    Putting nuke-armed planes around the clock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrblanche
    The first is, indeed, a B47. I guess the most impressive thing they did was appear in the movie "Strategic Air Command," starring General Jimmy Stewart.
    I remember seeing that flick.

    The second one is a bunch of electric locomotive motors.
    I was in, several times, to an AiResearch plant where they built motors like those. Surprised me as I had no idea they were in that business.

    Interesting that they travel by truck, no?
    As interesting as the old photos of ox wagons hauling ties for the railroad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by D_E_Davis
    As interesting as the old photos of ox wagons hauling ties for the railroad.



    Now tell me how to get the hand-cut trees to the ship...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    I thought Strategic Air was all about the B-36 but memory fades.
    My memory is equally poor, but I think that B-47s made an appearance towards the end although most of the action centred around the B-36.

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    Re: Mystery photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand
    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    I thought Strategic Air was all about the B-36 but memory fades.
    My memory is equally poor, but I think that B-47s made an appearance towards the end although most of the action centred around the B-36.
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