Saturday, May 11, 2013

They said I was mad... MAD!

From the Department of Don't You Tell Me What I Can't Do:


Alrighty, then...

(via email.)

16 comments:

Brigid said...

Having flown several airplanes that had the glide ratio of a Browning gun safe, I can relate.

Pretty impressive actually.

Anonymous said...

The American Society of Civil Engineers has been sponsoring the student concrete canoe competition for decades, so seeing a concrete airplane is just the next logical step. Although I don't think that Boeing or Airbus are especially interested in the results...


Now when they make a lead zeppelin that flies, I'll be impressed.

AuricTech said...

I'd be more impressed by reports of a successful flight and landing by an abstract plane.

bluesun said...

I visited SDSoM when I was looking at colleges. They have a pretty awesome Mechanical Engineering program--including a 3D printer that DOES print with metal.

Anonymous said...

They made a lead zeppelin that flies on Mythbusters a season or two ago.

The Great and Powerful Oz said...

I'm curious as to how Brigid actually knows the glide ratio of a Browning gun safe. It sounds like a fascinating story.

Bubblehead Les. said...

So how long will it take to Ban Concrete Planes due to "POSSIBLE ITAR regs Violations?"

Noah D said...

One of my favorite poems:

I made an airplane out of stone.
I always did like staying home.

mikee said...

"They don't so much fly as plunge."

Monty Python skit on flying sheep.

Sometimes I wonder if there is any situation, any at all, to which a Monty Python reference cannot be made in a somewhat appropriate manner.

Billll said...

The F-4 was proof that with enough engine you can fly a cinder block.

They laughed when I proposed my concrete dirigible. Fools! I'll destroy them all!!! Bwahahaha!

Aesop said...

Aw, dang.

Now I know how the guys in the original "Flight of the Phoenix" felt when they found out Hardy Kruger only designed toy models.

I was hoping for a concrete something-the-size-of-a-Kitfox, or something.

>sigh<

Maybe next year, Orville.

Anonymous said...

The plane idea, denounced as demented,
stiffened my resolve to fly it cemented.

Antibubba

Gewehr98 said...

IIRC, the WWII Luftwaffe had a flying bomb that scooted towards its target via concrete wings.

It's not the construction materials, it's the technique, right?

"There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. Its knack lies in learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that provides the difficulties."

Joseph said...

Next step: A plane made out of sheetrock.

J.R.Shirley said...

As Anonymous said... http://jrshirley.blogspot.com/2011/06/concrete-canoes.html?m=1

Kristophr said...

Anon: Back in the dark days of the pre google internet, I do remember seeing a pic of a small hot-air balloon some ad execs made out of lead foil and a can of sterno as a stunt.

It did fly for a few minutes before the wind blew it into a fence.