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Welcome!,

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kagemusha said:
Hi everyone,

I'm from Italy and I've been interested in military aviation since I was a teenager.

After a long time of lurking, I decided to start posting.

Ciao,

Kagemusha
Oh! Kagemusha(影武者 : act as the double of a general ). Good name.
 

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Hello everyone, my name is Paul and I am from Australia. A long time lurker I thought it would be good to join and participate in some of the many incredibly interesting topics you have running here.
Thanks for letting me join.
 

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Hi everybody,
The names Manicdee,
I'm from the Provence of Leinster in Ireland and live on it's east coast.
I have a strong affinity for aircraft and Naval vessels circa 1935-1948.
With a fondness towards hull shape and design. As an example I love the shape and form of
the Short S.25 Sunderland "flying Boat" or the lines of the US Gato submarine.
Finescale Model building is also a hobby I enjoy as well as Astronomy.
I look forward to making new friends and adding to this forum.
cheers.
 

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Welcome Manicdee,

good to know, that a specialist for hulls, may it be aircraft or ships
has arrived here. Hope you enjoy your visits !

Greetings

Jens
 

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Hi, my name is Guy Inchbald. I live in Worcestershire, England. For the last year or so I have been researching and writing a historical novel about aircraft. Took me a while to realise the quality of the posts here, this is a really great forum. I joined just a few weeks ago and have been slowly finding my way round, to this thread for example. Working a good few secret projects into my storyline, some more real than others - and some that I hope will have my readers guessing. I promise to only post here the outcome of my historical researches and not of my imagination.
 

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Hello all,

An old-time lurker, I thought that I should register and participate. Interested in everything, especially naval projects. I've learnt a ton browsing this forum and I know that I shall learn heaps more going forward.

About me: I spend a lot of my time researching long-lost sneak craft though government archives, interviews and desk research. My interviewees are mostly naval special forces (frogmen, SEALs, SBS,...), submariners and submarine designers. Very humbling talking to these guys, t's a real privilege. I have a particular focus on documenting the Cold War submersibles and canoes which are 'secret projects' in the sense that very little information is readily available to the public. In fact, most of the British SDV developments after WW2 are essentially unknown.

I have gathered a lot of information and am working on a book called 'Covert Shores' which will be a world history of these things. The book should be out next year and will included masses of information about SDVs and midget submarines which have effectively been kept secret.

I don't want to give too much away before I publish as I owe it to everyone who has helped me to get it into print. But I intend to share lots through my blog and on here all the same.

My website is www.hisutton.com


Glad to be aboard. ;D
 

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Hi there,


Jan, Belgian, 36, ex-military, now part-time employee.


Fascinated by everything flying since my childhood, I'm an eternal curious, mostly interested in jets from '70 to now, be it their operational history, their stories or the people around them. I have no particular expertise, I just quite enjoy researching all sorts of details and collecting docs.


All the best.
 

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Industrial Designer, born in France, lived in Blighty, Spain and now Belgium.
Currently studying to become an "Unlimited Engineering Watch Officer" (Big boat diesel spanner).
Been into aviation since a kid; my main inspiration the was my gramps who worked on the Concorde and Aerospaciale Helicopters.

I have a tendency to do speculative doodling based on what I read here...
Be gentle...
 

wingz

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Hi guys, some great topics here, I am into planes, and will try to share some interesting pics and vids.
 

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To Paul and other members,

:) After two years I'll introduce myself. Rick Koehnen, age 68 living in Minnesota. Just returned from a year- dog and house sitting for deployed daughter in Anchorage. Everyday I walked her Great Pyrennese along the road bordering the main E/W runway at Ellmendorf AFB and got to watch the F22's come and go four to five days a week. Usually in two or fours, the most airborne at one time was 16. Now I'm going through total F119-PW-100 afterburner withdrawal. What a sensation.........

Call sign was mine from Vietnam flying UH-1's with 1st Cav. Retired from FedEx (courier) in '01, from Minnesota Army NG as state aviation maintenance officer in '09, then flew EVAC for Mayo Clinic.

Aviation nut since a kid, neighbor was an Annapolis grad flying FJ3/4 and first F8U's. Model buff since 8 when I got TWO Aurora F86D's at a birthday party. In eighth grade I gave a two and half lecture based on the fourteen volumn's of Radm Samuel Morrisons History of the USN in WWII.

Produced and sold models in the 80's and 90's under the Twelve Squared label. Contributed regularly to Wings/Airpower in the 70's-80's, and two titles for Ginters' Fighter.

Putting together several books, one after forty years of research and interviews on Allisons T38/T40 engines and their aircraft. As well as a book on the first 15 years of the Navy's quest for a VTOL fighter. Anxious to hear from anyone with little secrets or tidbits on either subject, especially anything concerning “Project Hummingbird”

Glad to be aboard and have enjoyed the site for two years, just didn't explore every corner...... :D Great job Paul
 

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masher47 said:
To Paul and other members,

:) After two years I'll introduce myself. Rick Koehnen, age 68 living in Minnesota. Just returned from a year- dog and house sitting for deployed daughter in Anchorage. Everyday I walked her Great Pyrennese along the road bordering the main E/W runway at Ellmendorf AFB and got to watch the F22's come and go four to five days a week. Usually in two or fours, the most airborne at one time was 16. Now I'm going through total F119-PW-100 afterburner withdrawal. What a sensation.........

Call sign was mine from Vietnam flying UH-1's with 1st Cav. Retired from FedEx (courier) in '01, from Minnesota Army NG as state aviation maintenance officer in '09, then flew EVAC for Mayo Clinic.

Aviation nut since a kid, neighbor was an Annapolis grad flying FJ3/4 and first F8U's. Model buff since 8 when I got TWO Aurora F86D's at a birthday party. In eighth grade I gave a two and half lecture based on the fourteen volumn's of Radm Samuel Morrisons History of the USN in WWII.

Produced and sold models in the 80's and 90's under the Twelve Squared label. Contributed regularly to Wings/Airpower in the 70's-80's, and two titles for Ginters' Fighter.

Putting together several books, one after forty years of research and interviews on Allisons T38/T40 engines and their aircraft. As well as a book on the first 15 years of the Navy's quest for a VTOL fighter. Anxious to hear from anyone with little secrets or tidbits on either subject, especially anything concerning “Project Hummingbird”

Glad to be aboard and have enjoyed the site for two years, just didn't explore every corner...... :D Great job Paul
So, you were Twelve Squared! Good stuff. If memory serves, I worked with you briefly on that little Goblin a while back.

David
 

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masher47 said:
To Paul and other members,

:) After two years I'll introduce myself. Rick Koehnen, age 68 living in Minnesota. Just returned from a year- dog and house sitting for deployed daughter in Anchorage. Everyday I walked her Great Pyrennese along the road bordering the main E/W runway at Ellmendorf AFB and got to watch the F22's come and go four to five days a week. Usually in two or fours, the most airborne at one time was 16. Now I'm going through total F119-PW-100 afterburner withdrawal. What a sensation.........

Call sign was mine from Vietnam flying UH-1's with 1st Cav. Retired from FedEx (courier) in '01, from Minnesota Army NG as state aviation maintenance officer in '09, then flew EVAC for Mayo Clinic.

Aviation nut since a kid, neighbor was an Annapolis grad flying FJ3/4 and first F8U's. Model buff since 8 when I got TWO Aurora F86D's at a birthday party. In eighth grade I gave a two and half lecture based on the fourteen volumn's of Radm Samuel Morrisons History of the USN in WWII.

Produced and sold models in the 80's and 90's under the Twelve Squared label. Contributed regularly to Wings/Airpower in the 70's-80's, and two titles for Ginters' Fighter.

Putting together several books, one after forty years of research and interviews on Allisons T38/T40 engines and their aircraft. As well as a book on the first 15 years of the Navy's quest for a VTOL fighter. Anxious to hear from anyone with little secrets or tidbits on either subject, especially anything concerning “Project Hummingbird”

Glad to be aboard and have enjoyed the site for two years, just didn't explore every corner...... :D Great job Paul

Glad to have you onboard :)
Some cool models there: http://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/models/12squared.htm
 

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Hello, I am a modeler who mainly works with Legos. I joined this site to find concept art or pictures for proposed aircraft as inspiration for my models and to expand my knowledge of aviation history. I mainly build models of fiction near-future aircraft.

You can see my models here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119891277@N06/

So far I have found out a lot and I have enjoyed the site thoroughly!


Tyler
 

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I was wondering about your avatar. Now I understand :)
 

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Hi everyone,

Looks like I'm one of the younger guys here. I'm Steven Ni, 22, and I'm the current Project Manager of UCLA's Design/Build/Fly team. My team and I are always looking at various aircraft for inspiration, and some of the unbuilt aircraft are also some of the most fascinating. Some very neat schematics, such as the F-23A DWGs, were uncovered on this forum. My hobbies include modern military aviation, particularly tactical aviation, as well as flight simulators and casual RC. Seems like there are many knowledgeable people in the aerospace industry here, so I look forward to learning what I can.

- Steven
 

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Hello,
I enjoy reading the discussions but I don't get much chance to contribute. I will try to post more but only if I think it adds value.

Keep up the good work.

Regards,
Jeff
 

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Hi Folks:

I am Curtis Scholl,

By day I am a mild mannered project planning and management person for an auto building company IT department with a BA in Management and MCSE Certifications.

By night and weekend I am a:

Model/High Power/Amateur Rocketry enthusiast
Aerospaceplane enthusiast of the X-30 NASP, X-24B, FDL5,6,7, and McD Model 176 and other highly secretive and unbuilt projects.
Amateur Radio Operator Advanced class
Private Pilot Single Engine Land (grounded....)
Married, Father of 4, Grandfather of 10 (still counting, ya never know),

And a Deacon in the Diocese of Lansing with a BA and MA in Theological Studies. (Hope that does not scare anyone off...LOL)

Thanks to the site creator for allowing me to lurk....I love this stuff...

Dcn Curtis S.
 

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Yo. My name is Sigbjörn Hellström and i live in Sweden. My family are old time Stockholmers but i have grown up in the small city of Vaxholm. Im a gamer and technical air history specialist on Swedish planes even though i still discover new stuff every time i go to the archive.
 

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I am a former United States Air Force Aircraft Guidance & Control Systems Technician. I maintained the navigation, autopilot, instruments and radio systems of the SR-71 Blackbird from May 5 1984 through its Air Force retirement in 1990. I maintained the systems of the U-2 through February 1994.

Is the administrator/moderator still active on this site? It would seem I still have no access. I would appreciate hearing from them.

I would also like to have Dark Eagle contact me, if he/she is still on this site. We have a similar background and it sounds as though we have some health issues in common, perhaps due to our career with the airframes.
 

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Hi,
I`m Eugen from Munich (Bavaria). I`m interested in all about aircraft. Also I am spotting aircraft at my job on the Munich airport.
And I am modelling aircraft in any scales from 1:100 to 1:32.
I hope my English is good enough for you :)
 

litzj

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Hello, I am Jae-San Yoon, 31 years old from South Korea.

I have known this site for several years, but it is first time to introduce myself.


I have majored Aerospace Engineering as Ph.D and former Aeronautical Engineer for KF-X project.

Once upon a time, I dreamed aerospace engineer in US, but I returned to amateur status because I realized I could not be.

Still, I am a big fan of Aerospace stuff and enjoy it.

I always glad to see you guys in here.


After I returned to amateur status; I opened blog and write about what I want to study or concern

http://jaesan-aero.blogspot.kr/
 

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'been there since 2006 and never seen that thread.

I'm a translator, archivist, and logistic clerk (in that order) aged 36, from France, and an aerospace nerd since the craddle.

I've been long fascinated by the way Dassault reads the tea leaves and gets prototypes and aircrafts build out the mess that are Armée de l'air operational requirements. The Mirage III, Mirage F-1 and Mirage 2000 were not what the AdA wanted in the first place, yet they build nearly 3000 of them.

I build a fleet of 200 1/72 scale aircraft, then stopped. Currently writting alternate history of the space age.

I have a (questionable) interest for Dragon Ball Z http://www.dragonball-multiverse.com/en/accueil.html

...and a deep hatred of Margaret Thatcher (which got me banned from AH.com and some other places in the past. God bless your soul, Maggie)

I'm helping with the France Fights On project since 2007. http://1940lafrancecontinue.org/forum/

Father of a four-year-old kid who blows my mind every day. He learns things faster than Skynet. Such a small head, such a big memory, for the best and also for the worse.
 

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Need To Re-Introduce Myself

On August 12, 2014 I'd registered here, sadly didn't follow-up with more postings so am back.

My primary aircraft interest is Regia Aeronautica Italia (RAI) & Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana (ANR) 1935 to 1945 though have built model subjects dating from the late 1920s.

I build 1/72 scale, 187 RAI & ANR aircraft housed in 53 specially made dust-proof display cases currently, photos of them all are on the STORMO! Magazine website (won't post link not yet having read the forum rules here). I have a few "What If" FROG Models RAI Aeronautica Macchi C.202 builds I'd like to post on this website, will check whether that's possible.
 

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Hello Everyone,
Longtime forum lurker/reader. Marcus, 35, Sunny Florida. I look forward to partaking in future discussions. Cheers.
 

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Hello, my name is George. For security's (Or more like paranoia's) sake I don't provide my last name on the Internet. I can say I live in the USA though. I'm taking CAD tech classes in college, partially inspired by the crazy aircraft projects floating around these days. Sometimes I wonder if that's a good reason, but I don't want to second-guess my progress!

My interest basically boils down to flying wings, lifting bodies, and other unconventional means to counter known limits of flight (Also includes tandem wings, for example). My favorite fighter of WWII was the F5U Flying Pancake, and my favorite bomber today is the B-2 Spirit. As you can see, though, I don't really rate things on their combat history...

Also, I'm perfectly aware that flying wings are not just a Horten and Northrop thing. Boeing, Convair, Handley-Page, Vickers, Messerschmitt, and Lockheed all come to mind, and there are probably others I can't recall at the moment. If someone wrote a book on the entire history of flying wings I would gobble it up. The biggest source of my information regarding obscure projects is Hitechweb, though I've thought about getting some things from Aerospace Projects Review (My dad says he thinks it's a scam though). I recently bought two books on Convair aerospace projects and intend to get Flying Wings and Radical Things when I have the chance.

I also like to draw random aircraft for...random things. Realistically, all of it is bad. My drawing skills are bad. The designs are bad. The projects I intend to implement them in are bad. This is evidenced by the fact I attempt to "revise" all three on an almost consistent schedule, to the extent not only do people find it weird, they simply can't track it in the first place. I need something to vent my autism however, so if that's what it needs to do so be it.

I used to be more interested in "artistic" aircraft such as Macross Valkyries and things from shoot-em-ups, but that interest is quickly waning now that I know there are things arguably more interesting in real life (Or at least on the drawing boards for professional engineers).

I've probably said enough by now...my friend says I'll never work for a defense contractor because I can't keep my mouth shut, and they're probably right...
 

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Hi GWrecks and welcome.

You should find plenty to keep you happy here, be it the pioneer of the tailless swept wing J W Dunne, rotor aeroplanes, the outboard tail of Blomh & Voss, supersonic projects such as the BAe P.1216 or more modern weirdos such as the FanWing. Good hunting.
 

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Greetings. I'm a half century old general aviation nut and scale modeler. And now I'll be lurking because I see I have a LOT of reading to do. :)
 

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dukeallen said:
Greetings. I'm a half century old general aviation nut and scale modeler. And now I'll be lurking because I see I have a LOT of reading to do. :)
Lurk away but don't be afraid to post too :)
 

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Me I am quarter of a century from a soixante neuf :p and fly the R44 Raven (hence my name)

Mad on helos since I was a kid, got the flying bug by regular trips to HK to see family and got the helo bug by seeing RAF Westland Wessex and AAC Scouts flying around the New Territories plus the odd Royal Hong Kong Auxillary Air Force/Government Flying ServiceSikorsky S-76A.

Graduate Aerospace / Mech engineer degree in 4 years

Year out in industry during those 4 years - Airline Industry and Helicopter Offshore worked at LGW and ABZ various points in the year

Got old job back at company after graduation ...did everything from fleet analysis of various types (SA330/AS332/AS365/AS355/AS350/BO105/S76/S61) (making coffee and tea for bosses), (answering phones)
Got into aircraft and parts brokering, found and brought over then Eurocopter EC155B1 in 2004, wrote Approved Maintenance Schedule and Approved Maintenance Program /Schedule to certify the 155 on the CAA register.

Got into the composite side of the company and did work with Boeing Phantom Works on Blended Winged Body, yep built tooling airframes for the drop test scaled models albeit with Cranfield University. Built shipped to the states and test flown from NASA Armstrong and deliberately crashed to determine their crashworthiness.

Also helped in transition for the comapny to get their EASA Part21G (production) and J (design)

Thereafter ended up in the airline industry as an airline maint tech research officer providing maintenance info to Top 100 Airlines and to the Top 100 MROs. Did that for four years and a bit.

For the last decade been running my own aviation consultancy in support of the helo industry based mainly on the Austro-German border.

Cheers
 

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I am in my late fifties and worked on Seaslug in the 1980s; I set up a website on Seaslug in '99 as I wanted to preserve the information on it and make it accessible. I am now expanding the site to cover other obsolete British missiles.
 

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Greetings All -

Well, I must say I never came across this thread before! Nice to know a bit more about many of you who post and who I have admired all these years.

I joined SPF June of 2007 - doesn't feel that long ago! I am 62, married and live in St. Louis, MO. I am a professional Civil Engineer and responsible for the City's water distribution system. I grew up in an aviation environment - my Father was a fighter pilot in the Navy when I was born, flying the Douglas F4D Skyray. He went onto fly for United Airlines (Caravelle, 737-200, DC-10 and 737-300/400/500) before retiring.

I flew control line and free flight models, along with model rockets, up thru high school and I have been flying R/C models (sailplanes and electric powered models) since the early '80s. I got involved with the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum in 2007 which simply reinforced my Aerospace History treasure hunting. For years, I would go to the Vought Archives in Grand Prairie (my Father late in his Navy career flew F-8s and was a drone controller for Regulus I cruise missiles converted to target drones, hence my interest in Vought) and spend the week helping inventory/catalog items, help fill requests and spend time hunting thru the collection for material to scan or copy for my personal interests. I also am an avid amateur photographer focusing on aviation and also railroading which my son Jack lead me into. Jack is now a Freshman in High School and together we have done a lot of road trips over Spring Breaks and summer months visiting Museums, airports and other interesting locales.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Mark Nankivil said:
. . . my Father was a fighter pilot in the Navy when I was born, flying the Douglas F4D Skyway . . .
Mark, there's a picture of your dad and his F4D at NAS North Island in Mark Frankel's "Killer Rays". :)
 

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That's one of the joys of SPF; you can always find something new, even on quiet days. :)
 

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George, the author Mark Frankel is a very good friend of mine and was able to interview my Father, something I was never able to do. I have most if not all of my Father's slides and prints and Mark used those to good effect. Mark sent a copy of the book to my Father and he called me shortly afterwards. He wasn't much for showing his emotions but you could hear the wonder on his voice. When I told him the book cover was one of his photos taken on the '57/'58 cruise, he was at a total loss for words. That for me meant more than I can put in words.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 
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