Saturday, December 6, 2008

Happiness is...

As Jeremy Clarkson would say... "Result."



I say: Good start! Well done. Only a few thousand to go.

13 comments:

Doug said...

Hahaha

Cody said...

Good one!

Anonymous said...

As much as I hate airliners, that one actually had a design, not like the fat BULKY 757.

Cody said...

Anonymous does make a good point.

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

True, some orcs are prettier than others, but they're still orcs. :)

TopDollar said...

It's still a tube with wings. Engines are in the wrong place too.

Anonymous said...

What do you think of the Concorde lotus, though the engines are in the wrong place still :P.

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

I actually really like the Concorde. It was daring and ahead of its time. If all airliners were Concordes I wouldn't have as much of a problem with them, purely from a technological standpoint.

People who flew on Concorde generally had a better understanding and awe of the experience of aviation I think, rather than just seeing it as quick way of getting from A to B. I think only people who truly love flight for its own sake deserve to be in the sky. The rest can take the damned bus and get out of the way.

Airliners are the things that brought rules and regulations to the sky though, and I can never forgive them for that.

Anonymous said...

Thats true, living near JFK, makes flying a Cessna around a hassle sometimes. All of the restrictions XD.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous calls the 757 "fat and bulky" ? It may be no fun to fly in Flight Simulator, but it is a beautiful design - very sleek, nearly over powered, great supercritical wing, sits tall on it's gear and has a quiet and comfortable cockpit. After all these years it is still the most efficient jetliner in the sky on a seat mile basis. With winglets and the RB211's it just has beautiful lines and apparently the air likes it too - the thing just glides on forever and drag (speedbrakes and flaps) are required to bring it down.

Fat and bulky? How about an A319.

Can't wait for the L39 to be released.

Anonymous said...

Oh and another comment about whacking the front off a Trident.

It was the first Cat3B Autoland capable aircraft. When you think about the auto throttles, flare, crosswind correction and runway alignment issues as the autopilot took the side slip out and added top rudder ... pretty amazing the British got this to work reliably with the analog electronics of that era.

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Anonymous vs Anonymous.... FIGHT! :)

As I said before, the airplane may well have represented some technological firsts, and a 'design', although that second bit is questionable since it's still a tube, just with the fins in different places. All of this is moot though because it's an airliner.

Cat3 autoland? I would describe that as the "antipilot". Any device that removes the need for some portion of a pilot's skill set or takes the place of his own stick and rudder skills outright has no place in the cockpit thank you very much.

"1/4 mile visibility, 30 kt crosswind? Wow, how did you land in that?"

"Well I just flipped this switch here."

Sigh.

Btw, number of autopilots in the L-39... ZERO! :)

cool guy said...

cant wait for that damn l39. hope it lives up to the promises: ) i wouldnt call the 757 bulky. in the 'TUBE' category..... its close to perfect.