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    Could Thunderbird 2 become a reality ?

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    Could Thunderbird 2 become a reality ?

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 17 May 2016, 11:45 am

    Hovering drones are getting bigger.

    Lockheed Martin's K-Max is a full size, unmanned helicopter, capable of both autonomous and remote-controlled operations.

    Previously deployed in combat zones, it is now increasingly being used for civilian applications, from fire fighting, to heavy lifting and oil drilling.

    And the firm's Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (Ares) aircraft features rotating engines that allow it to take off and land vertically like a helicopter, but also fly fast like a conventional aeroplane.






    I love anything futuristic, and I was delighted to see a drone that is now just about as large and useful as Thunderbird 2 was in the cartoon. feature.

    Any comments.



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    Re: Could Thunderbird 2 become a reality ?

    Post by zathrus on Thu 19 May 2016, 11:55 am

    That's funny, that is.

    Actually there have been heavy-lifting helicopters around for a very long time.

    The Sikorski Sky-crane is one of them:


    The Russians have an even heavier helicopter: The Mi 26.
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    Re: Could Thunderbird 2 become a reality ?

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 20 May 2016, 12:13 pm

    Trust the Russians to go bigger is better as they do have a history of that.

    The Russian Antonov 225 is still the biggest six engined jet in history.


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    Re: Could Thunderbird 2 become a reality ?

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 21 May 2016, 12:19 pm

    What a great idea. Producing a plane like Thunderbird 2 to carry out rescue missions.

    Mind you, real life, as seen by the posts above, is often much more magnificent than the cartoons.

    Nice piccies guys.

    I wonder what drives the Russians to always have bigger ones than everybody else ? Twisted Evil
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    Re: Could Thunderbird 2 become a reality ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 22 May 2016, 12:24 pm

    It is true that the bigger and the slower these things are the easier they are to blow out of the SKY with, surface-to-air ( SAM ) or anti-aircraft missiles.

    This is the Russian BUK anti-aircraft missile:


    The fastest to deploy SAM missile is arguably the famous American Patriot - fire-and-forget - missile:


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