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Photo series #10

YAY! We’ve reached the tenth photo series and to comemorate this mark, i’ve searched for photos of my 10 favorite aircraft, the pics are in no particular order, i just uploaded them as i searched.

So, here is the list of aircraft in this photo series:

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter in Luftwaffe paint scheme (West Germany)

McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle

Grumman F-14D Super Tomcat

McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II

Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II (Yes, the F-35 is one of my favorite aircraft and i know it has problems and a Everest size over budget but i like it and you can judge me because of it lol.)

Boeing 747-8i in Boeing paint scheme

Fairchild Republic A-10C Warthog

Sukhoi Su-24M2 Fencer-D and the Antonov An-225 shuttle carrier with the Buran space shuttle

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor

All pictures are in high resolution, so you can use it as wallpapers.

And that’s it for this 10th photo series and stay on alert because there are many more of them to come!

As always, if you have any suggestions or want to send pics for the photo series, don’t be shy, send them to me.

There is a new photo series every sunday and wednesday.

Have a awesome day folks!

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The only manned space shuttles ever build: NASA’s Space Transportation System (STS), and Soviet Union’s Buran (Snowstorm/Blizzard). 

The main difference between both craft is that Buran doesn’t have rocket boosters of her own, and instead completely relies on the “Energia” non-reusable rocket for propulsion.

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Buran: The Space Shuttle That Almost Was

Did you know the Soviet Union had its own Space Shuttle? Learn all about the Buran, what happened to it, and what innovations set it apart from its NASA counterpart. 

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The soviet/Ukrainian Antonov An-225 Мрія (Dream), NATO reporting name Cossack, the biggest, heaviest, most powerful aircraft ever built. 

Only one ever got made, originally for use in the soviet Buran space shuttle program, a second unit was left unfinished after the fall of the Soviet Union, with multiple plans to finish her shot down by lack of funds.

The current unit is in service with Antonov Airlines as an unique freighter specializing in moving ultra-heavy cargo no other aircraft could ever hope to carry.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 6
  • Length: 84 m (275 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 88.4 m (290 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 18.1 m (59 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 905 m2 (9,740 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 8.6
  • Empty weight: 285,000 kg (628,317 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 640,000 kg (1,410,958 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 300,000 kg
  • Cargo hold – volume 1,300m3, length 43.35m, width 6.4m, height 4.4m
  • Powerplant: 6 × ZMKB Progress D-18 turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 850 km/h (528 mph; 459 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 800 km/h (497 mph; 432 kn)
  • Range: 15,400 km (9,569 mi; 8,315 nmi) with maximum fuel; range with 200 tonnes payload: 4,000 km (2,500 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,089 ft)
  • Wing loading: 662.9 kg/m2 (135.8 lb/sq ft)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.234