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post #151 of 250
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Shield!
Glad im not the only one who thought of this.
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There are so many things to respond to.

One, there is no FAA regulation regarding winds for aircraft operations. You could legally take off in a 100kt wind, although in attempting to do so you would most likely flip the aircraft trying to get to the runway. Everything else wind related is all dictated in the operating books for the individual aircraft, which is required to be followed.

Two, you cannot land an aircraft at 700kt. It would tear the landing gear off and do serious structural damage. Keep in mind that 700kt is greater than the speed of sound. I do believe the high speed gear can be extended is around 200kt on any modern airliner. Also, if you set down and powered back the engines, it would still be generating lift, and therefore most likely slide backwards. If there was something blocking the airflow, as soon as you got behind that, the aircraft would stall, considering you didn't lose control in the huge amounts of turbulence created by it.

And third, two words: Wake Turbulence.
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If this thing crash we got another Chernobly...
Built thing thing is a bad idea while shoot it down even more bad idea.
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The united states will have one first im sure, you know if we need to invade another country.. we just flew in one air craft.. well sure there were 20 smaller crafts onboard that bombed your country, but we only get in trouble for crossing air space lines with one aircraft.

That way nato wont come after us you know..

if you cant tell this is just totally just BS, a lot like the idea of a giant flying craft.. unless its a zeppelin.
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This would be cool if the smaller aircraft could dock internally, it would be like a Protos Carrier!!
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While a TON of questions and concerns come to my mind...

I can't stop thinking about this thing taking off or landing. And how big would it'd runway have to be??
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Perhaps they could design it to take off/land vertically?
It's still quite hard. Consider this:
In an aircraft carrier, you can have people next to the runway watching. On this, you can't for obvious reasons.
   
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I think they will have to build it in-flight bit by bit. Cos it'll be too big to take off.
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What I'm saying is that when these things are in the air, you are going to constantly need to burn fuel in order to keep them in flight. We aren't dealing with a vacuum where a small amount of fuel is needed to maintain very high velocities.

The atmosphere itself is the reaction mass. Propellers work the same way wings do. You don't need rockets pointing down to keep a plane in the air, because the atmosphere does it for you. You just need to make the wings/propellers move through the atmosphere, for example by connecting the propellers to an electric engine that gets charge from an on-board nuclear power plant.
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i love how no1 can think outside of the box on this one. lol
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