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galgot

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Better late than never.

I’m Gaël, one monkey standing on his two back legs (when sober).
Been doing lots of computer aided doodling (it’s cleaner) for a living.
have a lot of interest for things metallic with wings. And old Mac laptops.
This place is beautiful.
 

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Better late than never.

I’m Gaël, one monkey standing on his two back legs (when sober).
Been doing lots of computer aided doodling (it’s cleaner) for a living.
have a lot of interest for things metallic with wings. And old Mac laptops.
This place is beautiful.
Also the guy who made the awesome render used as the forum header.
 

thjakits

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Hi all,

My name is Thomas Jakits, I am from Austria and I am living in Panama for the last 27 years. I have a beautiful family with 2 kids and now 2 dogs!
I have a Mechanical Engineering background, but for the last 25 years I make a living flying helicopters....
I came to SECRET ("INTERESTING") projects, via a Facebook post...
A chance encounter with Horten Wings got me started in "non-traditional/classic/conformist" aircraft designs and things "got worse" from there on!! :)

Frankly - I find "stock" boring - I am always looking to "improve/modify/simplify" something and anything.....

Nowadays I am also interested in Aquaponics (I believe the future food supply will eventually depend in one way or the other on Aquaponics or similar system ...), Alternative/Renewable Energy, anything that moves (Cars, Trucks, bikes, boats - I find the progress in sailing technology in the last few years absolutely fantastic!), I like the idea to build a SKOOLIE! (Google it up! Warning - this stuff is addictive!)

I am following general politics and of course have my own opinions.....


Okay - now getting started in sifting through all the secrets on this forum!! :)

Cheers,
Thomas
 
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Jemiba

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Welcome thjakits !
Good to have people with real flying experience here in the forum !
Enjoy sifting through here, but take care, that really could cost a lot of time ! ;)

All the best

Jens
 

Desertfox

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I should introduce myself, long time lurker, only been posting regularly in the last month or so. I'm a 30yo aerospace engineer from Arizona, now working for Lockheed in California. Currently working on missile defense related project after a stint as a ballistic missile analyst. Love everything aviation, space, sea, and history related, especially when it relates to unbuilt projects and alternate history. Hoping to get involved in exotic/nuclear space propulsion once we get serious again about space exploration. Once upon a time I used to fly gliders (Schweitzer 2-33s) hoping to get back into flying again.
 

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Hello,

I'm a 15 year old American with a Ukranian and German heritage. I love and document Soviet/Russian aviation, military, and technology tremendously and have actually read from outside the forum for roughly 3 years before joining. I enjoy flight simulators like War Thunder and Simple Planes.

I am religious, though I will keep that to myself as part of the forum rules.
 
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SafinumNerf

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Hi,

my name is Mario Santi. I'm 70 y.o. and live in Rome, Italy. I am a retired air force officer, and I'm interested in aircraft technology, especially of the period 1930-1970.
 

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Hi,

my name is Mario Santi. I'm 70 y.o. and live in Rome, Italy. I am a retired air force officer, and I'm interested in aircraft technology, especially of the period 1930-1970.
Welcome, Mario.
 

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Hello there, I've been lurking on the forum for quite a while. Glad to have finally joined.
 

MKelly

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Hello, Mike Kelly here. I"m a retired USAF aero/astro test engineer and program manager. Been an aviation buff since watching F-100s and OV-1s fly the pattern over the local Army base in the early 1970s. I'm a stick-and-tissue free-flight scale modeler active with the Flying Aces Club, and am always looking for ideas and inspiration for the next build. Pictured is a Megow Grumman Skyrocket, done up as a "what-if" inline-engined version as drawn in the August 1940 Model Airplane News.0227 Finished Skyrocket with MAN Drawing Small.JPG
 

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Hello All,

I'm in my mid forties living in the United States. I'm a degreed Engineer and I've worked in aerospace development my entire adult life. I'm particularly interested in aircraft propellers, and propeller aircraft development. I've got a decent archive of propeller information gleaned from personal connections, years of watching E-bay, and visiting various archives.
 

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Hello,

Mechanical engineer from the US, researching the 733-290 project my dad worked on in the 1960's.
 

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Hello,

Mechanical engineer from the US, researching the 733-290 project my dad worked on in the 1960's.
nice, 733-290 was part of the design evolution of the Boeing 2707 SST. The forum logo!
 

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Hi everyone! My name is Michael, I live in Vancouver CA, and I’m a multiple stroke survivor. I’m here mostly to learn and use Neuroplasticity to rebuild my brain. I won’t post in forums much unless I have a specific question. Thanks in advance to all of you for your posts.
 

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Hi everybody!

My name is José Paulo, I'm located in Portugal and my interests are centered around the WW2 period.
I got more involved on knowing about the secret projects since the late 90's.

Being an old school modeller who will soon restart the bench with the unavoidable 1/72 scale, my aim is to share knowledge about the projects, previewed options and details, etc.
Warm greetings from the Algarve,

José Paulo
 
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Hello,
I am a Hungarian at the end of my forties, with a master degree on aerospace engineering at hand. However I spent only a few months in the industry, and now I have a totally different job for a living for two decades.
Regards, Ekarp
 

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Hello to all,
I am a 63yo Belgian living in Brussels. Unsuccessful pupil pilot with the then Belgian Air Force, I have kept an interest in aviation since my childhood. A dozen years ago, I discovered (and got addicted!) a pleasant PS2 game. Pleasant but nevertheless frustrating to a certain degree. A friend of mine suggesting we might design our own game, I took in charge the historical research part rather the IT part which is not my trade at all. The game being about aircraft, these and their armament are the subject of my research. This involves justification for fantasy iterations of both, including quick illustrations. Recently re-discovering an image I created among your discussions, and it being a fantasy, I thought appropriate to lift any doubt about its nature. Mind you, the image itself contains a note intended to avoid any wondering but perhaps that added note wasn't conspicuous enough - blame me ! (Re : https:www.secretprojects.co.uk/threads/french-matra-jk200-weapon-drop-tank-system.25988/ )
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I won't be more precise about our own website - very much against your friendly rules ! Anyone wishing to get in touch is welcome and thanks for sharing materials as SecretProjects is among my sources for my work. Best regards, pierre.deveaux@laposte.net
 

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Greetings from the desert outside of Las Vegas Nevada. I am pushing 50 and hold a lifelong fascination with aerospace tech. My grandfather and cousin worked in the industry for many years. They both added to my enthusiasm for this field and contributed some cool stuff to my ever growing collection. I enjoy looking at the images and will be scrolling through the archives here checking it all out. Thank you all for your contributions.
 

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Saludos

Pablo



Gracias por recibirme, mi nombre es Javier Galoppo Ingeniero Civil Amante de la Aviación de la Segunda Guerra, mi país Chile.

Thank you for receiving me, my name is Javier Galoppo Civil Engineer Aviation Lover of the Second War, my country Chile.
 
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Calum Douglas

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Hi everyone,
I`m an engineer writing a book about WW2 fighter aircraft piston engine development - in fact to be published by
a fellow member on the forum Dan Sharp early next year.

I`m interested in engine applications, which of course applies to lots of drawing-board only aircraft which never flew.

If you want to know something about WW2 piston aero engine development there is a pretty good
chance I can help, sadly as I`m not a pilot I can`t consider myself any sort of expert on flight
or flight characteristics, so I am always interested in learning more on that aspect.

Looking forward to being able to contribute, and will try to keep shameless self publicity of my book
to sensible levels.

I sometimes make YouTube vids on aero engine theory, and recently re-drew the Mukulin AM35/38 supercharger swirl
throttle from wartime drawings, and 3D printed it (the ring-gear which actually moves is hidden in this shot)

swirl.jpg


All the best
 

Kazansky22

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Hello, I live in the USA, professionally I've worked in aviation for almost 15 years and have a great interest in combat aviation.
 

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Hi to all members. I´m Alejandro from Argentina. iread the forum many times, as an outisder.
I descuber many intereasting info and phtos, so I decided to regrister
 

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Hi, I'm Fabian Mario Vera from Argentina (50 years old) and I´m a plastic modeller especially interested in military aviation.
 

PierreDeveaux

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Hi everyone,
I`m an engineer writing a book about WW2 fighter aircraft piston engine development - in fact to be published by
a fellow member on the forum Dan Sharp early next year.

I`m interested in engine applications, which of course applies to lots of drawing-board only aircraft which never flew.

If you want to know something about WW2 piston aero engine development there is a pretty good
chance I can help, sadly as I`m not a pilot I can`t consider myself any sort of expert on flight
or flight characteristics, so I am always interested in learning more on that aspect.

Looking forward to being able to contribute, and will try to keep shameless self publicity of my book
to sensible levels.

I sometimes make YouTube vids on aero engine theory, and recently re-drew the Mukulin AM35/38 supercharger swirl
throttle from wartime drawings, and 3D printed it (the ring-gear which actually moves is hidden in this shot)

View attachment 619008


All the best
Hello Mr Douglas,
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High performance piston engines are a fascinating subject indeed. Slowly working (after a 2-year interruption, work should resume early next year) on background data to support a "1963-1967 WWIII air combat game" I have been more than interested by the latest iterations of these engines, either those having reached operational life or the various attempts to go one step further. Some of these attempts were probably ill fated from the beginning (eg: Wright R-2160 Tornado) while others just came in too late as the gas turbines supplanted them (eg: P&W R4360 VDT). Then there were the engines developped in the "wrong" countries (re: various late WWII German and Japanese developments) - these were understandably swallowed by an unforgiving history.
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I would personally (and selfishly!) be interested in the feasible development of V12 engines (Packard V1650.9, Allison V1710.117, Rolls.Royce Grifon.85, Hispano Suiza 12Z, Daimler's DB605DC, DB603S1, Klimov VK107A, Mikulin AM42) both in terms of output at sea level or at altitude, and in terms of specific fuel consumption. This interest should not overshadow similar developments studied to further improve big radials, like the above mentioned R4360, or R3350 to only mention of couple of American iconic ones, nor what either Lycoming (R7755) BMW (801F, 801Q, 803) , Nakajima (Ha219RU, Ha-505), Shvetsov (Ash-73TK turbo compound), Bristol (Centaurus 373), or Junkers (Jumo 224) could have achieved with their respective endevour. I confess I can't forget the Canadians choosing the R3350 against gas turbines on the ground of fuel efficiency for their Argus ASW patrol craft in the late fifties.
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One might only guess what a CAC CA-15 Kangaroo could have been capable of if powered by something even more pushy than the already respectful Griffon.61, and the same reflexion applies to either the Fiat G55/56, the Yakovlev Yak-9, the Norh American F-51 Mustang, the Republic F-47 Thunderbolt, the Vought F2G-2/AU1 Corsair or the Supermarine Seafang, to only mention a few proven types (or evolution thereof) and extends to interesting but ill-fated designs like the Vought F5U Flapjack, the Mansyu Ki98 or the similarly looking SCNASO SO.8000 Narval. This subjective selection is intentionally restrictive and excludes multi-engined aircraft, whichever their intended purpose (heavy fighter, light or heavy bombers, cargo transports, or airliners).
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At this stage of my preliminary work I only applied such fictional powerplants on a couple of fantasy designs - and I will save you the whys and hows - but a couple more could be added to please amateurs of such fantasies. Then the question is : how far one may go while keeping these fantasies within the realm of reason ? Imagining a R4370VDT or a TK11 turbocharged DB603S was easy and not too far fetched. Production Bristol Centaurus.373 or Napier Sabre.V/E122 would be quick picks while post-war production of Ha-505s (licensed) or Lycoming R7755 an unnecessary stretch of imagination. But how far one might venture about the V12s, the R-2000-7M2, and the R3350 (4000 hp?) without being ridiculed ?
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You asked who would be interested by what in the matter of piston engines - well, here you got it ! Best regards,
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Pierre Deveaux
Rue Saxe Cobourg 23
B-1210 BRUSSELS Belgium
Tel: +32.22.21.99.58 - Home
Tel: +32.485.336300 - Mobile
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