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Guys, this would never NEED to land. it gets supplies delivered to IT.
And when the thing needs overhauled? It has got to land sometime if only for periodic maintenance.
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post #102 of 250
by the time it would be built we would be able to keep it in the air and do maintenance on it without it having to land.
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Here's my question. Can I be it's pilot?
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And when the thing needs overhauled? It has got to land sometime if only for periodic maintenance.
im sure they will do all of that in the air.
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by the time it would be built we would be able to keep it in the air and do maintenance on it without it having to land.
Keep on dreaming. I have a bridge to sell you.

You're going to do maintenance and repair of the airframe structure, while it is in the air going a few hundred miles an hour. Are you nuts? An aircraft that big and heavy will be much more prone to metal fatigue than anything we have now. And when members start showing stress cracks, the thing will *have* to land.

Even our fancy carbon composite B2 and F22 are grounded, due to fatigue problems.
Edited by Skripka - 10/25/11 at 12:46pm
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Have you tried the "hot pocket hot pocket? It's a hot pocket filled with a hot pocket, tastes just like a hot pocket" lmao that's what I thought of when I read this
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Wouldnt the sheer size and wright makes this almost impossible to build and keep it im the sky?
some call nick fury and tell em I found his helijet lol
 
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age of gundam is upon us! where do I sign up?!?! xD
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Meh, so many assumptions. Lots of things are *possible*. Let's work out the minor details--like getting a power plant to actually work first--and then considering what sort of colossal machines we can stick it in.

Could a plane like that, with that much mass, really generate enough lift at slow enough speeds (to allow planes to land safely on it) to remain buoyant?
    
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Meh, so many assumptions. Lots of things are *possible*. Let's work out the minor details--like getting a power plant to actually work first--and then considering what sort of colossal machines we can stick it in.

Could a plane like that, with that much mass, really generate enough lift at slow enough speeds (to allow planes to land safely on it) to remain buoyant?
It wouldn't have to go that slow, would it? Aircraft only need to land at just above stall speed due to the fact they are travelling far faster than the Earth's rotation, right? If your Super-Plane is going 200mph ground speed) your airliner to land would only need to be travelling marginally faster (to overtake) and would come to a "stop" on the Super-Plane at 200mph ground speed. I think. I could need more coffee.

But yea, powerplant/engines are the elephant in the room.
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