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Fraser
2017-Jul-13, 12:50 PM
In a classic swords to plowshares move, two converted WB-57 aircraft flown by NASA's Airborne Science Program and scientists from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado will greet the shadow of the Moon as it rushes across the contiguous United States on Monday, August 21st on a daring mission of science.
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mkline55
2017-Jul-13, 03:20 PM
Any chance that may spoil some observers' otherwise clear view with blinking aviation lights and exhaust plumes?

Noisy Rhysling
2017-Jul-13, 03:27 PM
Any chance that may spoil some observers' otherwise clear view with blinking aviation lights and exhaust plumes?

The blinking lights will be going several hundred miles an hour. And be a few miles overhead, to thin out the gases we have around us at ground level.

Contrails might be a problem, but the spraying schedule has to be met regardless. /tinfoil.

schlaugh
2017-Jul-13, 03:43 PM
The planes will fly at 50,000 feet so even a contrail will likely be fairly small at that altitude. Not much water vapor to condense. That's almost twice as high as commercial jets.


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Solfe
2017-Jul-14, 02:27 AM
Canberras, sweet! I love that plane. It has such classic 1950's lines. Cool looking.

Noisy Rhysling
2017-Jul-14, 11:21 AM
Canberras, sweet! I love that plane. It has such classic 1950's lines. Cool looking.

Looks like a U-2's big brother.

grapes
2017-Jul-14, 06:24 PM
Looks like a U-2's big brother.
I think it's just the perspective in those photos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_B-57_Canberra#/media/File:928_Desktop.jpg

Noisy Rhysling
2017-Jul-14, 06:58 PM
I think it's just the perspective in those photos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_B-57_Canberra#/media/File:928_Desktop.jpg

"Looks vaguely like a U-2's big brother."

publiusr
2017-Jul-14, 07:26 PM
The big-wing Canberras
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin/General_Dynamics_RB-57F_Canberra

"NASA 927 now holds the distinction of being the aircraft held the longest time (41 years) in extended storage before being returned to flight status"

publiusr
2017-Aug-21, 07:52 PM
I wonder how that's working out.

swampyankee
2017-Aug-22, 08:56 AM
I wonder how that's working out.

Storage after proper preservation? No problem! Aircraft gave been restored to flight status after being abandoned, in the jungle, for decades: see http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/28/world/restored-japanese-zero-fighter-plane-flies-over-japan/index.html