Wednesday, April 23, 2008

While I'm blowing my nose...

...amuse yourselves by ogling a turbojet-powered, twin-tail, agricultural biplane.

10 comments:

og said...

Of COURSE it's in the polish air museum. Where ELSE would it be. No wisecracks now.

J.R.Shirley said...

I think I like it.

Designed by the Soviets, of course.

Tam said...

For the Soviets, by the Poles.

DirtCrashr said...

Belphegor - naturally! A parfum by Dimitri Janisalwz-Colslazw.

The Soviets had their agricultural pulp-fiction romances, those dime-novels with titles like "Ivan Loves his Tractor" - this is a step into the hardcore realm...

staghounds said...

Da, Dmitrii!

Fulfill my five year plan legume production quota!

So I went on YouTube looking for film of one in action. And I found this.

Butch_S said...

Looks like they based it on the Transavia PL-12 Airtruk. Whoever decided a jet was the ideal solution for powering a crop duster should've been taken outside and shot.

Don Gwinn said...

"The Soviet side insisted on using a jet engine in a new plane, and also participated in the design process."

Not shocked. That would probably have been just prior to 1980, right? So they were on the brink of realizing True Communism. They could do anything!

Billy Beck said...

Jet powered. Bi-plane. V-max: 125 mph.

That goes down with the damndest things I ever saw. Thanx, Tam. I don't know if I would have bleeved that.

TM said...

I wonder how many birds the plane ate before someone got the idea that a jet powered crop duster was a BAD IDEA!

Will said...

Interesting location for the tanks. Lots of drag. CG looks good, but you must use both tanks simultaneously, being so far from the centerline. Hmmm, wonder if they designed it with binary chemicals in mind? Maybe that's why they wanted a jet engine, but I'll bet they didn't get the speed they were expecting.