Undertoad Monday Sep 20 12:40 PM
9/20/2004: New stealthy fighter prototype [er, movie set]
I've reduced the image size for these, but you can click on them to see the original larger-size images. (Yeah, I wish I had the time to do that every time for IotD.)
glatt Monday Sep 20 12:56 PM
Amazing. It's got a very unusual shape. It looks like the wings can change position like the B1. They seem to be swept back for speed in the top picture, and pushed forward for maneuverability in the bottom picture. Hard to tell though, with the camera angle.
shadow1961 Monday Sep 20 12:59 PM
Wow...it looks too cool to be true, like almost maybe kinda like a movie?
glatt Monday Sep 20 01:04 PM
Ha! Too funny. That pilot does look a hell of a lot like Jessica Biel. Maybe because it is her.
lookout123 Monday Sep 20 01:23 PM
wow that is pretty cool looking but the military has generally conceded that swing wings are not the best way to go.
neuf Monday Sep 20 01:34 PM
That's funny - I didn't even see the film crew in the photos until I read the comments about it being a film set.
Undertoad Monday Sep 20 02:12 PM
Uryoces Monday Sep 20 04:10 PM
Chasing down AI-controlled rogue FA-37's? Shit 'Toad, send in Firefox. It's over a Edward's being tested, poked, and prodded. Just remember to think in Russian.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Sep 20 05:21 PM
Hoo Boy. I should have checked that but he's never let me down before, so I got lax. Sorry UT!
Uryoces Monday Sep 20 06:53 PM
'Toad, I don't care if it is faked, it's still a cool IOTD.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Sep 20 09:55 PM
From Break the Chain; Often, in cases where photos from a movie set are leaked to the public, the pics were either taken by a member of the film's crew and shared with movie buffs via e-mail or blog or the filmmaker intentionally released the photos and the bit of back story to build buzz for their picture (anybody remember a little phenomenon called The Blair Witch Project?). However, in this case, the Navy is the source. The photos were taken by U.S. Navy Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements on board the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and released by the Navy's PR department. The Navy is not, however, the source of the misleading back story most often accompanying the photos.
Bitman Tuesday Sep 21 05:15 PM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 21 09:01 PM
nm= nautical miles, which is common on Navy aircraft ratings. :p
tw Tuesday Sep 21 10:03 PM
Actually it is a very badly designed fighter. Pilots learned even in Nam that a cockpit without fully round visibility is not a very good fighter. This fighter is the classic example of a bad fighter design. OK for a bomber. Bad as a fighter.