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Very nice info Kaiserbill ;D - hopefully your source will tell us a lot more about this little known project.

Its more than likely that he also knows about a few other little or non-known projects we had going...
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: British AST-412 light aircraft
« Last post by hesham on Today at 05:42:51 am »
Does anyone know the other tenders in this contest ?.
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Patent Pending / Re: P. Pancani Unusual Concept
« Last post by hesham on Today at 05:22:16 am »
Thank you my dear Zeroc.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Polskie Konstrukcje Lotnicze Tom VI
« Last post by hesham on Today at 05:21:06 am »
Fantastic book,thank you my dear Boxkite.
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Military / Re: CSBA "Third Offset" paper
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 05:00:52 am »
The "SOCOM for Space" idea has been floated before, it still faces similar resistance to the "Space Corps" from the services who worry both about the budgetary impact and about their space needs/wants/desires being subjugated to a space-focused command.

Not to mention, it would mean even MORE bureaucracy.
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Military / Re: South Korean Ballistic missile (Hyunmoo 2C)
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 04:59:18 am »
I get the impression that talk and powerpoints move careers, and if you stretch a program long enough maybe you'll be able to move to the next fantasy project before you actually have to risk failure by performing.
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Early Aircraft Projects / Re: Bachem Ba 349 Natter
« Last post by lucamax on Today at 03:28:42 am »
Dear friends,
I'm looking for information about the history of the Bachem "Natter" project and I found conflicting indications about the manned flight of the few prototypes built.
In particular, according to David Myhra's book "Bachem Ba 349 Natter - X Planes of the Third Reich Series" (Schiffer publ.), just the model M-23 made on 01/03/1945 the well known and tragical manned flight, but another airplane maybe tried a second piloted test with identical bad luck.
The same author, however, in the book "Secret Aircraft Designs of the Third Reich" (Schiffer publ.) talks about three more successful manned flights in the early March of 1945: do you have more informations about that?
Thanks in advance.
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Lucamax
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In Reply 157 on Pg 11, there are those 2 pics of an Atlas Implala/MB-326 ground attack study. A couple of small tidbits have come to light from facebook from an engineer that worked on this, amongst some really fascinating info on various ECM work done indigenously, the Cheetah/Mirage F-1 re-engining programme with some great info and pictures , structural and pylon work/design, including a lengthened tailpipe for the Atlas Mk2 Impala, along similar lines to work done in Israel on the A-4 and the USA on the F-104.

This was from the time when a successor to the Impala was started to being looked at. I have wondered before in this thread about what was to follow the Impala. He says that this was studied, including looking at things like the MB -339 and 340, and would talk more about that in the future. I hope he does.

Regarding this concept though, basically, a small team was gathered at Atlas and told to come up with concepts of a more "battle resistant" ground attack aircraft that could carry more ordinance than the Impala, but utilising, as said earlier, as many Impala 2 components as possible, but with 2 of its Viper engines.
Engines, wing, cockpit, instrumentation, most of the fuel systems, and a good proportion of the flight control systems were taken from the Impala Mk 2.

Interestingly, the high winged version bearing some traits to the more recent AHRLAC is not coincidental, as one of the team who worked on that configuration ended up working on the AHRLAC, after working on the Carver project too.
Mention was also made of the fact that they had stacks of reports and documents pertaining to the US Vietnam War experience that led to the A-10, whos design was also looked at. This I guess explains the "small A-10" configuration.

These two were deemed the most promising. There were other configurations as mentioned, including one that (rough translation follows)

"had two short Impala skirts (rompe) with a short wing inbetween, almost like a P-38. I just can't find the drawings."

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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Michel Van on Today at 02:55:56 am »
And here a nice compilation of CRS 1 to 12 simultaneous

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Aerospace / Re: Boeing KC-46 Pegasus
« Last post by CJGibson on Today at 02:16:36 am »
The UK MoD looked into acquiring the 10 ex-Laker Airways DC-10s for use as tanker transports around 1982/3. Opted to bail out British Airways and buy their TriStars.

This has become a rather interesting thread, especially the posts on the MD-11 and its non use as a tanker.

Chris
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