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What airplane was it?

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I remember a photo in a book I saw some 20 years ago. The airplane was a passenger transport, low wing, and the engines (jet) were mounted on pods on the top side of the wing. I would guess it was in the 60-90 seat range. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
 

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I recall seeing pictures of this airplane and it seems that it was a German design. Between the Hanza Jet and this thing the Germans were pushing the imaginary envelope. roll eyes!
 

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bigbuck said:
I remember a photo in a book I saw some 20 years ago. The airplane was a passenger transport, low wing, and the engines (jet) were mounted on pods on the top side of the wing. I would guess it was in the 60-90 seat range. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
The new honda jet has engine nacelles and pylons mounted on top of the wings.

It might look gay, but so do a lot of the guys that fly jets who wear penny loafers and those half reading glasses with the chain that hangs around their necks.
 

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The German design was called the VFW614. It's engines were mounted above the wing to allow for use on unimproved runways, amoung other reasons.

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what was it

It was a VFW, did not make it into full production. I rode on one in 1966 on a demo flight from KINT-KLYH-KINT. It locked a brake on the right side on take off, but we keep on going to land in KINT with blown tires.

Was not a bad looking aircraft.

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FN FAL said:
The new honda jet has engine nacelles and pylons mounted on top of the wings.

It might look gay, but so do a lot of the guys that fly jets who wear penny loafers and those half reading glasses with the chain that hangs around their necks.
Whew! Given any thought to spending a little time on the couch with a shrink? How this subject turned into a comment on one sexual appearance is over the top. BTW I where glasses, sans the chain. I also occasionally penney loafers, without the pennies of course. As a matter of fact I am wearing both on this trip. What does that make me? Be very careful with your response.
 

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Spooky 1 said:
Whew! Given any thought to spending a little time on the couch with a shrink? How this subject turned into a comment on one sexual appearance is over the top. BTW I where glasses, sans the chain. I also occasionally penney loafers, without the pennies of course. As a matter of fact I am wearing both on this trip. What does that make me? Be very careful with your response.
What does that make you? A guy that wears glasses, sans the chain and penny loafers, sans the penny and flies planes for a living. :)
 

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I'm wearing sperry topsiders, which are pretty close to being penny loafers...and instead of a chain, I use the braided nylon keepers to secure my shades. Ususally, I like to wear some sort of police/military style nylon upper black boot, but I thought I'd see how the other half lives for a while.
 

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...but I thought I'd see how the other half lives for a while.
Hate to break it to you FN, but I think the other half is a lot more than half, in your particular case.:D
 

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k_EAT=ho_ME said:
Hate to break it to you FN, but I think the other half is a lot more than half, in your particular case.:D
Hahaha...be that as it may, it still looks a little odd to see jet engines on top of a wing. However, I don't think I would balk if they would give me one of those on top of my Caravan fuselage, ala like you saw on those cargo planes the military had back in Vietnam.

Cessna could mount one up there just for the purpose of running it to provide enough bleed air for a hot wing deice system. It would look half as gay as a Honda jet with two engines on above wing mounted pylons and since it would be for providing bleed air only, we could still log valuble single engine atp time.
 

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Actually there were 19 VFW614's produced with 13 actually entering service. I believe it was the German Air Force that still operated one as late as 1998.

There is one that is used for various tests including Airbus style fly-by-wire as seen here.

Also, one in the United States, N614GB, as seen here. According to the FAA registry, this aircraft is sn14 and owned by BAS Aviation Corp. of Wilmington DE.

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FN FAL said:
Hahaha...be that as it may, it still looks a little odd to see jet engines on top of a wing. However, I don't think I would balk if they would give me one of those on top of my Caravan fuselage, ala like you saw on those cargo planes the military had back in Vietnam.

Cessna could mount one up there just for the purpose of running it to provide enough bleed air for a hot wing deice system. It would look half as gay as a Honda jet with two engines on above wing mounted pylons and since it would be for providing bleed air only, we could still log valuble single engine atp time.
The aircraft you are thinking of was the Fairchld C82 Packet. Never flew even close to Vietnam. BTW you still need some medical attention for that gay problem you have. Better stick to somethimg you know about as it certainly is not aviation history.
 

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Hugh Johnson said:
Might have been the civilian version of the Nimrod called the Comet. It went into service but crashed alot.



http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Commercial_Aviation/PostWWII/Tran26G4.htm
"Crashed alot" is really not definitive of the Comet as a whole. There were two catastrophic accidents early after the introduction into service. Both occured down around Italy, or more specifically, Stromboli and Elba as I recall. The aircraft was grounded while the engineers went through hell to get the thing fixed and back up flying. Later versions of the Comets had a good safety record. You have to keep in mind that this was the first airliner of its type and there were a lot of unknowns to be discovered, sometimes the hard way.

I have a special interest in this aircraft having flown one once and one time only but none the less found it to be an interesting experience.
 

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Spooky 1 said:
The aircraft you are thinking of was the Fairchld C82 Packet. Never flew even close to Vietnam. BTW you still need some medical attention for that gay problem you have. Better stick to somethimg you know about as it certainly is not aviation history.
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