Tue, Nov 11, 2003
Everyone has probably heard of the nesting habits of the cuckoo
bird; it lays its single egg in another species's nest, and the
unwitting foster parents raise the cukoo in place of their own
hatchlings. Every time I see a plane that is a little …
different from its hangar mates, I'm reminded of the cuckoo.
Now, look at these aircraft. Does one of these look just a bit
- Space-age technology - check.
- Advanced aerodynamics - check.
- Bubble canopy - check.
- Control stick - check.
- 21st Century panel - check.
- Snazzy paint job - check.
- Constant-speed propeller -wait a minute here!
Oh, OK, this one isn't a Thunderbirds F-16... it's a Diamond
DA-40 sharing the T-birds' hangar. This picture was snapped by an
Aero-News news-spy who must remain nameless ("or they'll all want
to know how I got into the hangar"). The 'Birds were at DAB getting
ready for Wings and Waves this past weekend; the DA-40 is one of
Riddle's CAPT program trainers. To catch either of these
hard-working machines at rest is a bit of a photographic coup; to
capture both of them in one shot, well, that's exceptional. That's
what we aim for around here!
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