Massively Off-topic Re: possible dec equipment
bfranchuk at jetnet.ab.ca
Sun Apr 3 19:27:53 CDT 2005
Jay West wrote:
> Tony wrote...
>> Massively off-topic, but I once worked with a technician called 'Richard
>> Head'. Of course he objected to the obvious shortening of his name...
> No kidding... one of my frat brothers was named Richard Kuntz.
> On a wildly different off-topic note... This was the first day of really
> nice weather this season, so I skipped out to the local airport (I
> haven't flown in 10 years). Some guy there had just bought a marine
> skyraider the day before and was trying it out on the ramp. Most
> impressive to see the hydraulic wings unfolding. So of course I got bit
> by the flying bug again, I'll have to look up an instructor and get
> recertified. But to tie it in to on-topic (it's a reach), I came home
> and started pondering with the wife exactly what plane I could get that
> is economical to fly but has a payload weight of about 750 pounds with a
> 6 foot by 21 inch cargo spot....... ;)
Nausicaa's Jet-powered glider from the SI-Fi movie
"Nausicaa - of the valley of the wind" seems to fit the bill.
A present-day reconstruction has a payload of only 120 lbs
as seen here: http://slashdot.org/articles/04/02/20/1537220.shtml
I am sure with all the MASSIVE amounts of computing power
you can improve the payload limit or come up with a mass reduction
program for yourself or even duplicate the far future materials used.
> Jay West
PS. I lot of anime has intersesting flying devices... too bad
safety regs and red tape limits what you can do for a HOME-BREW aircraft
since they have some nice designs.
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