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Paul Pless
02-21-2017, 11:43 AM
aboard the Ark Royal
not a particularly graceful aircraft. . .
looking rather preggars

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e1/ce/a3/e1cea3901c65deab0028af831fc43efc.jpg

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
02-21-2017, 11:47 AM
Partially folded
http://www.grida.no/photolib/thumbs/0c67cdc9-0590-459e-a428-1a1a34e811c3/medium/gannet-sula-basana-picking-nest-material-noss-nature-reserve-shetland-islands-uk_6f17.jpg

SKIP KILPATRICK
02-21-2017, 01:02 PM
In transition

http://i1.treknature.com/photos/14353/gannett_dive_series_-_small.jpg

John B
02-21-2017, 02:37 PM
Clever picture , time lapse I presume. Must be taken from land to be so steady.

I had a really cool experience at christmas. I was drift fishing in my dinghy off the gannet colony at false head , Barrier, so they were flying over and doing their funny crash landing /wash/dive thing.( not fishing)
I saw one come right down to sea level about 100 metres away and he flew straight at me . No agro or anything but he just kept coming to the point I was about to dive for the floorboards. shied away a fraction and went past about 10 ft away. Big , they're big when there's a possibility they're going to hit you. That spitfire 'f' me video sprang to mind at the time.

Breakaway
02-21-2017, 02:46 PM
Big , they're big when there's a possibility they're going to hit you.

The one's 'round here have about a five-foot wingspan. Amazing to watch when they are feeding.

Kevin

woodpile
02-21-2017, 02:48 PM
The one's 'round here have about a five-foot wingspan. Amazing to watch when they are feeding.

Kevin

More amazing when the striped bass under them are in casting range.

Breakaway
02-21-2017, 02:56 PM
More amazing when the striped bass under them are in casting range.

A-yup!

Kevin

BrianY
02-21-2017, 03:31 PM
In transition

http://i1.treknature.com/photos/14353/gannett_dive_series_-_small.jpg

Wow! How'd the photographer get five birds to line up so perfectly? Talk about precision flying!
























no, I'm not serious.

Garret
02-21-2017, 03:35 PM
I thought you were talking about USA Today & the other papers it owns (including my local).

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTrtq5N1IhNZbcefSupwx00U9SUOZfLM oHGzRK1DGWIKoTwXnLAXHYw6I7b

AnalogKid
02-21-2017, 03:44 PM
Clever picture , time lapse I presume. Must be taken from land to be so steady.

I had a really cool experience at christmas. I was drift fishing in my dinghy off the gannet colony at false head , Barrier, so they were flying over and doing their funny crash landing /wash/dive thing.( not fishing)
I saw one come right down to sea level about 100 metres away and he flew straight at me . No agro or anything but he just kept coming to the point I was about to dive for the floorboards. shied away a fraction and went past about 10 ft away. Big , they're big when there's a possibility they're going to hit you. That spitfire 'f' me video sprang to mind at the time.

I've been out in the kayak and been buzzed by shags just doing there thing - flying at about a kayaker's head height, straight and level. They always divert in plenty of time, but those beaks look sharp. I've heard an explanation that the seemingly last minute thing is because a bird's brain is more reaction / less reasoning than a humans, so what feels like a late pull-up to us is plenty of time for a bird. That also explains why the mynas stroll casually out of the way of your car, just before getting squished.

Of cause the black-backed gulls and magpies are different - they are aiming for you.

SKIP KILPATRICK
02-21-2017, 04:24 PM
More amazing when the striped bass under them are in casting range.

When I posted the picture above, I was thinking about the joy of seeing a flock of gannets hitting the water ..... that means bait ball and under that stripers!

The really do scream out of the sky like WWII dive bombers!

B_B
02-21-2017, 04:41 PM
I thought you were talking about USA Today & the other papers it owns (including my local).Me Too! When I read the thread title I assumed it was a clever way of saying Gannett, the newspaper conglomerate, had gone broke.
Turned out to be a much nicer thread.

Paul Pless
02-21-2017, 04:47 PM
Turned out to be a much nicer thread.Come on man, this is me we're talking about. . .

Garret
02-21-2017, 04:53 PM
Come on man, this is me we're talking about. . .

I beg your forgiveness, oh mighty provider of p0rn.

AnalogKid
02-21-2017, 04:57 PM
The Gannet's engine(s) is pretty cool.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c119/scooter_gurl_dannielle/Gannet/Engine1.jpg

Twinned Mamba turboprops driving the gearbox for the contra-roatating props. One engine could be shut down for fuel efficient cruising, but both propellers would continue, so no torque asymmetry. I presume they alternated which engine was shut down to keep the hours similar on each engine.

B_B
02-21-2017, 05:03 PM
Come on man, this is me we're talking about. . .
They ain't all winners...
1 (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?219768-squandered&highlight=) 2 (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?219836-alternative-quote-of-the-day&highlight=) 3 (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?219801-quot-Try-the-Meatloaf-quot&highlight=) 4 (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?219774-do-you-think&highlight=)
just from the last few days... :D

Paul Pless
02-21-2017, 05:10 PM
You hurt me bro

Gerarddm
02-21-2017, 05:15 PM
I have never figured out how naval aircraft with folding wings manage to keep them structurally sound under load. Remarkable engineering to me.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
02-22-2017, 03:26 AM
Some details
http://www.armouredcarriers.com/seafire-variants/


Hinged, or unhinged?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/V-22_Osprey_wing_rotated.jpg?1445727886365

Dave Hadfield
02-22-2017, 03:53 AM
An F4U Corsair wing-folding mechanism is based on only 3 points.

As a pilot, it kinda makes you think...

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
02-22-2017, 12:19 PM
I thought you were talking about USA Today & the other papers it owns (including my local).

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTrtq5N1IhNZbcefSupwx00U9SUOZfLM oHGzRK1DGWIKoTwXnLAXHYw6I7b


I swear, so did I.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
02-22-2017, 12:23 PM
The Gannet's engine(s) is pretty cool.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c119/scooter_gurl_dannielle/Gannet/Engine1.jpg

Twinned Mamba turboprops driving the gearbox for the contra-roatating props. One engine could be shut down for fuel efficient cruising, but both propellers would continue, so no torque asymmetry. I presume they alternated which engine was shut down to keep the hours similar on each engine.

That's hard to do. Plus, I didn't know about it. I salute you sir.