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  •  Love the original, with the fighter style cockpit (4+ / 0-)
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    The original design was to have the pilot and co-pilot sit fighter style, basically an upscaled B47! How fun would THAT have been to fly?

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    by Fordmandalay on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:37:56 PM PST

    •  Great for the first hour, I imagine (2+ / 0-)
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      After that, pretty miserable!

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      by Simplify on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:49:36 PM PST

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    •  Here's a 1/72 view of the XB-52 (6+ / 0-)

      'Parked' near an XB-47

      Both models are 1/72 scale (1"=72")

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      by markdd on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:08:28 PM PST

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      •  Modeler here! It's the nerdiest thing I do, but (1+ / 0-)
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        I love it.  Been doing it since I was a kid.  It's funny because I am not a detail-oreinted type, but when it comes to models, it's a different story.  Try doing some armor models if you want a different challenge.  Lots of fun weathering them to look muddy and dirty.

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        by Apost8 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:46:44 AM PST

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      •  Loving those models! (0+ / 0-)

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        by Fordmandalay on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:38:04 PM PST

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    •  The reason they changed it... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...was for crew coordination.

      Along the same lines, when the USAF was working on an all weather interceptor, they brought a bunch of all weather interceptor crews to try out a bunch of different aircraft; The F3D Skynight (Navy), the F-89 Scorpion Prototype, the XF-87 prototype and some others which I can't recall atm. Anyway they had them all rank their favorites in order.

      The F3D Skynight won handily. They liked it's performance, I'm guessing they meant it's stability for night flying, because it was horribly underpowered as most early jets were. They really liked it because the pilot and the RADAR Officer sat next to each other, which made crew coordination better and it had a big nose for a big RADAR antenna. They saw use in Korea by the Navy and Marines.

      The USAF thanked everyone for contributing then went on to choose the F-89 Scorpion as it's all weather interceptor.

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      by Alumbrados on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:49:25 PM PST

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