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  • Location Rogers Dry Lake
  • Interests When I work with my hands and think about things: Airfoil drafting, Basic fuselage construction techniques, Welding.
    When I'm having fun: American prototype and advanced designs for early generation jet aircraft (in KSP), sketching, Designing Aircraft.

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  1. Here's the complete roster:
  2. Looks good--- I see how you did the intakes. As for carriers, why not search for them on or in the WIP thread? the last time I had one was when structural panels floated...
  3. Yes, I derped
  4. September 1945: Northrop XP-79 The heavy bombers of World War II were an extremely effective tool in air-combat; well-armed, capable of destroying ground targets, and completely reusable after all is said and done. However, the Zeppelin company of Germany and the Northrop Company of the U.S. sought to create an unorthodox answer to the question of how do we down a heavy bomber? by creating flying rams. In theory, these lightly-armed, super fast ‘fighter’ aircraft would fly through a section of an enemy bomber and do massive damage, then return home unscathed. To accomplish this incredibly ambitious feat, designs of Northrop’s XP-79 consisted of a welded magnesium monocoque frame, two rocket engines, and a bubble canopy that the pilot would lie forward in to fit in the aircraft. While the XP-79B was never fitted with rocket engines, the MX-324, a program predecessor, was. It took to the air towed behind a P-38, making it the first U.S. rocket-powered aircraft to fly. Fortunately, the idea of a flying ram was abandoned by the end of the war. The XP-79B program itself, though, ended on the sour note of the death of test pilot Harry Crosby. This recreation, ironically, is completely stable, has good maneuverability, and can reach a top speed of 185 m/s with only two Junos. Download Link: Tomorrows' Craft: @Munbro Kerman's Bell X-1
  5. X-Plane of the Day The collaboration series is back, and this time, it's a nearly 12-week issue of virtually every American X-plane from the Wright 1903 Flyer to the X-37 reusable orbiter, with extras! If you are unfamiliar with ___-of-the-Day type series, @Servo's Jet-of-the-Day is the origin of this format Specifically, this thread showcases the KSP replicas of contributors who signed up here: Temporary: There are still a few open slots---If you want to take on an Aircraft/Spacecraft, keep your thread traffic in the OPEN SIGN-UP thread. ABOUT THE ARTICLES: if you would like to write an article for your craft, you can. If you go this route, (1)Send it to me (PM's), or (2) tell me (in whatever way is most convenient) that you would like to make the post; I don't wanna steal 'likes,' per se. Articles should follow a loose formula: include basic info and a data table of the actual craft, everything else is creator's discretion. Current Contributors: @dundun92 @KenjiKrafts, @MiffedStarfish, @Munbro Kerman, @NotAnAimbot, @NorthAmericanAviation, @qzgy, @Servo, @swjr-swis, @TheEpicSquared, @Triop, @Yukon0009 To start things off, we begin with the first flying heavier-than-air machine From @swjr-swis November 1903: Wright Model 1903 Flyer Using knowledge of Otto Lilienthal's studies in lift and Samuel Pierpont Langley's studies in thrust production, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright began experiments with a biplane kite in 1901 on the dunes of Kill Devil Hills and Kittyhawk, North Carolina to devise a method of controlling an aircraft, soon to be known as wing-warping. All three major points of flight---control, lift, and thrust---would come together on December 17th, 1903 to produce a 120 foot long (36m), 12 second duration flight of a heavier-than-air machine, the first the world would ever see. It would spawn unbelievably rapid development---almost 50 years later, mach 2 would be surpassed. The only conventionally controlled surfaces were those affecting yaw and pitch; roll authority was given by putting torsional stress on the wings, also known as "wing warping" swjr-swis' craft description: " EVA the pilots and walk onto the top wing above the command seats, they’ll be in range to board them. Stage to eject the separators that hold the prop rotors. Focus on each of the props and add full roll trim. Enable flaps (gear AG), set SAS stability, and stage to release clamp. She will lift off around 40m/s without inputs. (Optional: wait to clear the runway and stage to release the wheelbase). Flight is easy and stable (even without SAS, ~5% pitch down trim at cruising speed) but be aware that like the original, pitching too hard can cause her to flip over very easily. Happy first flight(s)." " The Kerman sisters, owners of a machinery factory near the KSC, inspired by some old faded blueprints of an ancient flight mobile found in a cave nearby the KSC, decided to test its airworthiness." Download Link: Tomorrow's Craft: Bell XP-83 "Airacomet"
  6. roger that, you've been added to the list
  7. Yeah, I left grey area because at the time I was unsure as to how much work it would be to write a page of text for each aircraft. Some people sent articles to me, though. I guess what I meant was that I'd feel bad taking all the 'like' points for other's work, despite giving credit. In jet-of-the-day, we posted and wrote only for the craft we created (2 exceptions), as in I posted and wrote about my craft, @Servo did the same, and no overlap. The Official starting post of X-plane-of-the-Day, what this has been working towards, will clarify. Everybody involved will be tagged.
  8. It has been 8 days now, and I believe it is time to name a start-date for the official X-Plane-of-the-Day Thread. The craft backlog has grown a fair deal, but it is important to keep the ball rolling now, so I intend to officially start the thread on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. If you object to that date or have any other request, act on that by Saturday, May 20th, 2017.
  9. If an Israeli F-15 that landed with one wing is any indicator, I agree. Speaking of things with very little wing area... The Douglas X-3 proves that reasonably sized wings are for sissies...
  10. Yeah. put up a spoiler tag or just PM me the pics Yes, you can have the XFV-12. will add your name in the slot Thank you for the electro-props! and to the Wright flyer, yes, i think that would be a great way to kick this thing off! if you want the X-34, go for it! I'll change the OP again to keep it up to date with all this new content
  11. Good deal! I don't blame you for being weary of stock bearings, I forget how comfortable I've become with them. Also got a little excited, admittedly. Ex: Definitely a point to watch, yes. Idea: There should be a 1-week threshold between the time a craft is done and the time it will appear on X-Plane of the Day. Therefore, once that line is crossed, it will be assumed that there are no entrants. If one does come up, it will be accepted, but may be accompanied by the build meant to fill the once empty slot. Will most likely implement this.
  12. If you still want Solar impulse, electric stock props are easy! It's Swiss, but you can still do it. Ex-Post-Facto we'll stick to U.S. origin stuff. Squiddy, on YouTube, has made a wonderful tutorial for two sizes of E-engines, which I discovered while making my NASA Pathfinders: (not embedding since it's not my content)
  13. Unless the Concorde has an early experimental prototype I'm unaware of, it doesn't really classify as an "X-Plane" As for Solar Impulse, if you can do it with stock parts, that's fine despite it breaking the trend of U.S. craft. One-time thing---A complete worldwide list of experimental aircraft would be far too much to manage (for me, anyways).
  14. Perfect, Going with that and changing OP Will also include download links
  15. We have two options: (1) Let everybody present an article, (2) or only let the best one present. I'd like option 1, but i have to figure out how to do record-keeping so i know who presents on what day. Stay tuned. Also, feel free to add any craft not currently on the list, I'm going to add a few I have seen in books. The list started out including everything, but we whittled it down to things that actually flew -scram-jets. They'll probably be back soon.