[jhb_airlines] Re: Mystery Jumbo

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 20:23:01 -0000

I think that is one reason FlyBe are dumping them. If you get up really
close to the aircraft you will also see a series of fences on the underside
of the wing to smoothen out the airflow. These are on the underside near to
the aileron and they all come to a point. They are just the right height to
take someone's eyeball out if you walk under the wing. On most aircraft they
have been painted bright red so I guess somebody has already been impaled on


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 21 November 2006 09:48
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Mystery Jumbo

My reaction was the same as your own; how was it going to achieve
stabillity in either pitch or yaw? I too was looking for signs that the
ducted fan was moveable but couldn't see any.
I'd assumed it might be French because something like that couldn't, I
assume, even be tested under CAA despotism.
Next reaction is the very good quality of finish on what I assume is a
GRP aircraft. With that gull wing too.

I'd be interested to hear anything you can ferret out.

BTW, SWMBO wasn't impressed by yesterday's BA Connect aircraft, from
Madrid to Manchester. It was an ERJ145. We've gone into past ecstacies
over its integrated panel etc but I've never thought about the interior.
She said it was more cramped than the J41, with one seat one side and
two the other. Chuck onto that a couple of AAI reports that I've read,
where the crew have had narrow escapes after auto elevator trim running
away, and it doesn't seem it would be my first choice as a passenger
 From the outside I still think it looks great!

Gerry Winskill

Bones wrote:

>Ah.. That thing..
>Weird innit. No tail surfaces at all. Forget it's name (Puffin maybe?)
>but it was built locally - up north somewhere. I don't think it ever
>flew and have never worked out how it was controlled in pitch. Maybe
>there were vanes in the shrouded rear prop but that would have been
>very close to the C/G and very sensitive.
>I'll try and get some details.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
>Sent: 20 November 2006 20:51
>To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [jhb_airlines] Mystery Jumbo
>To our almost Ronaldsway spotter.
>Having returned from collecting SWMBO from Ronaldsway, I've remembered,
>this time, to ask a question.
>What's the micro, microlight, suspended over the arrivals corridor? It
>looks small enough to be of French origin.  Looks like a BMW Issetta,
>with a hair dryer fastened to the back.
>Gerry Winskill

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