Here’s what Halifax International Airport looked like on September 11, 2001:
I counted 39 airplanes parked on that runway. Can’t even begin to image the chaos that day.
Just as the title says I want to know what your favourite aircraft is. Be it civil or military, fixed or rotary wing, on skis, floats or regular gear. What aircraft do you like flying, touring, flying in or just driving by while it’s parked on the apron?
My favourite airliner, based solely on physical aspect, is the Boeing 747. There’s just something about it that makes it look majestic in my eyes.
My favourite plane to fly is the tricycle-geared Cessna 172. I flew the Piper Cherokee at the beginning of my training but I find the Cessna to be a better fit for my liking.
Which aircraft do you like? Leave your answers in the comments!
I had the chance to sit in a Citation Mustang at the Aviation expo a few weeks ago. The team over at AvWeb have a nice video of the airplane in action. Check it out below!
Here’s a picture of it from the outside:
And one of the cockpit (somewhat):
Since I’ve been enjoying my lessons in the 172 so much, and the Mustang allegedly flies like a Skyhawk, I wouldn’t mind giving this baby a spin.
Some time ago I wrote about whether or not an airplane would take off from a conveyor belt which moves backwards at the same speed as the airplane’s wheels would move forward. My position was that it would not take off however I have thought about it some more, reviewed ground school and other materials and I am now reversing my position. The plane would take off.
An airplane creates forward movement by pushing on the air mass with its propeller or jet engine. Technically, since the propeller is a rotating wing, it pulls the airplane forward in the same way that a wing keeps the airplane in the air. The wheels simply act as bearings to reduce the friction between the airplane and the surface it is on. Therefore, the airplane would move through the air mass when its propeller is spinning fast enough, the wings would create lift and…lift off!
Everything else I covered in the previous post relating to lift and angle of attack and such still applies. I hope this clears the air a bit. If you’ve got any questions, leave them in the comments!