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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=83973
Submitted by: Low-Tech Redneck
Comments: 4  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 01-06-2011
View Stats Category: Other Vehicle
Convair Sea Dart - An "odd bird" if ever there was one. A supersonic jet-powered SEAPLANE


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1-06-2011 @ 11:28:28 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Designed in the late 40's, when the Navy feared that the new generation of supersonic jet aircraft would be incompatible with carrier operations due to long take off runs needed to get airborne. Finally flown in 1953, It had underpowered engines that meant it couldn't go supersonic outside of a dive, suffered vibrational problems, and was soon rendered obsolete by the arrival of the modern "Super Carrier" that could launch and retrieve jet aircraft. ANd upon further review, someone flipped the source photo.....

[Edited by Low-Tech Redneck on 1-06-2011 @ 11:29:22 AM]

1-06-2011 @ 12:33:32 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#1, Someone flipped the whatnow? :P

...and, yeah, I remember this plane from a coffee table book I had years ago called "The World's Worst Aircraft"... it's amazing how many planes were considered horrible because they couldn't fit more powerful engines.

[Edited by DiRF on 1-06-2011 @ 12:34:31 PM]

1-06-2011 @ 12:38:14 PM
Posted By : Tastycakemix Reply | Edit | Del

I'd fly on top of this thing in a B-58. While its busy counting my engines, I'd drop a big, stupid bomb on it.

1-06-2011 @ 12:44:32 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#2, There was one notoriously bad BAD engine that was built in the late 40's or early 50's, I don't remember if it was a Pratt & Whitney or Westinghouse design, but, it was a famously gutless engine, and every plane fitted with it just failed to perform even close to spec.

[Edited by Low-Tech Redneck on 1-06-2011 @ 12:46:36 PM]

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