Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Windy City (no, not Chicago)

This is the view outside of my hotel window yesterday morning. The sun was just coming up, and I was keeping an eye out for good weather conditions to go running by the river. However, the American Flag was my weather vane, and it was straight out due to winds. This would be a great tail wind going, but a 20 kt headwind returning! I ended up running on a cheap little treadmill. Bummer.

This is a picture I took at this same airport earlier in the year (when it was warmer!). Pretty neat view out of the window of my ride.

What aircraft is it? Hint: it's faster than my airplane.

Some specs:

General characteristics
Crew: 1
Length: 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)
Wingspan: 57 ft 6 in (17.53 m)
Height: 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m)
Wing area: 506 ft² (47.0 m²)
Airfoil: NACA 6716 root, NACA 6713 tip
Empty weight: 24,959 lb (11,321 kg)
Loaded weight:
Standard: 30,384 lb (13,782 kg)
On CAS mission: 47,094 lb (21,361 kg)
On anti-armor mission: 42,071 lb (19,083 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 50,000 lb (23,000 kg)
Powerplant: 2× General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans, 9,065 lbf (40.32 kN) each

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    1 crew member, 2 huge engines, full armour, gotta be the A-10 Tank Killer!