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6 hours ago, Collimatrix said:

With a pilot in the socket, you get an appreciation for how enormous the MiG-31 is:

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Not the most immediate comparison, but it being the same length as a B-17 (74 feet and some odd inches) further drives the point home.

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Black Sea Fleet's(ChF) Naval Aviation(MA VMF) #Sukhoi-30SMs 41 & 42 Blue w/ 43 OMShAP in Novofedorivka, #Crimea(YuVO) during their 1st IFR on ~18.2.18 above Sea of Azov.

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Paul Allen's team found the wreck of USS Lexington in the Coral Sea. In addition to some ships they found seven astonishingly preserved TBD Devastators that were flown by VT-2. These are the best preserved TBDs in existence. The first aircraft is apparently one that landed a hit on Shoho during the battle. Also makes for the most successful TBDs that exist.

 

It's a pipe dream, but it would be astounding if they could pluck one of these up for restoration at Pensacola.

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On 3/6/2018 at 1:02 AM, RobotMinisterofTrueKorea said:

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Paul Allen's team found the wreck of USS Lexington in the Coral Sea. In addition to some ships they found seven astonishingly preserved TBD Devastators that were flown by VT-2. These are the best preserved TBDs in existence. The first aircraft is apparently one that landed a hit on Shoho during the battle. Also makes for the most successful TBDs that exist.

 

It's a pipe dream, but it would be astounding if they could pluck one of these up for restoration at Pensacola.

 

That would be remarkable to bring up machines that are directly responsible for winning the War in the Pacific. 

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So the Mars was a thing, and two are still around.  The videos will give you an idea how huge these beasts are, and why they are not flying anymore, at least as firebombers. The logistical tail to keep them flying and just operate them is insane.  The view count on these videos being under 1000 makes me really sad.

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For a fun tour of these MONSTER planes, check these out.  

 

 

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