Name that Bird!

Sylvester

Vice Admiral
panther said:
That'll be the Northrop Cobra isn't it?

Ok - any details on the F29?
Half Right

The YF-17 was develped by Northrop for the navy. At this stage it didn't have a name. When McDonnel Douglas took over the project, they redesignated the plane the F/A-18 Hornet

The F-29 or X-29 is a forward swept wing aircraft developed by Grumman for Nasa and the Air Force in the mid eieghties to look into a plane with extreme manuverability and speed. The project was cancelled in 1992 due to budget constrictions.
 

CptHobbes

Spaceman
Dominator's right. S-37 and Su-47 are the same plane, both named the "Berkut". They're a supermaneuverable next-generation fighter with forward-swept wings.

The Su-37 "Terminator" is another member of the Su-27 family, but it's *much* more sophisticated (and deadly) aircraft when you compare it with the previous versions (Su-35, etc.). The Su-37's performance at the Farnborough air show a few years ago is widely considered to be one of the most incredible demonstrations of aircraft agility anyone's ever seen.

The Su-37 is somewhat confusing too because it's occasionally called the "Super Flanker", which is also the name of the Su-35. I think that's why the Su-37 "Terminator" name is becoming more commonplace.

Anyways... how about the B-1?
 

CptHobbes

Spaceman
YF-23 "Black Widow II". It should have won, IMO... it was *such* a cool-looking plane. Unconventional designs are great - I'd love to see a dogfight between the Su-47 Berkut and the YF-23.

How about the L-39?
 

CptHobbes

Spaceman
Actually, it's the Tu-160 "Blackjack" strategic bomber.

The Russian supersonic airliner is the Tu-144 (NATO codename "Charger") and it's actually still in service as a flying laboratory. There were never any technical problems with the plane.

The reason it was retired was because of the bad press after the Paris air show. A French Mirage fighter was covertly filming the plane from above and moved too close to the Tu-144's flight line. The Tu-144 pilots, uninformed about the Mirage, only noticed the aircraft after it was too late, and entered a high-G collision avoidance maneuver that would have been impossible for any airliner to perform without breaking up.
 

Scarpachio

Spaceman
Sylvester said:
An 225 (History and claim to fame)
The An-225 Cossack holds the current world record for the largest aircraft in the world, yet has never gone into full production and probably never will. The An-225 is a six-engine development of the An-124 designed to carry the Soviet 'Buran' space shuttle on its back. A new central wing section with two more engines was inserted, twin tail fins were fitted, the landing gear was reinforced and dorsal attachment points were added. The Buran program was abandoned, and the An-225 has been grounded. The first An-225 prototype flew on 21 December 1988.
 

Sylvester

Vice Admiral
Scarpachio said:
The An-225 Cossack holds the current world record for the largest aircraft in the world, yet has never gone into full production and probably never will. The An-225 is a six-engine development of the An-124 designed to carry the Soviet 'Buran' space shuttle on its back. A new central wing section with two more engines was inserted, twin tail fins were fitted, the landing gear was reinforced and dorsal attachment points were added. The Buran program was abandoned, and the An-225 has been grounded. The first An-225 prototype flew on 21 December 1988.
Actually, they have started to use the An-225, which is the "Mirya" which means dream in Russian to haul oversize loads such as the fully assembeld fuselage of a Junkers Ju-52 3/m3 in its fusalage to Farnborough airshow in 2000.
 
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