Tag: planes

turbofanatic:

Dragons are extraordinarily good mimics, escaping human predation by disguising themselves as common airliners, some even going so far as to sport crude copies of carrier logos. This makes them difficult to track, though most sources agree that the dragon population is critically endangered.

While there has been some success with halting large-scale dragon hunting, conservationists are still concerned about a recent spate of crashes in otherwise healthy adults.

Given that dragons communicate via radio signals and that most crashes occur near military radar stations, it is theorized that the radar may be disorienting the dragons. Investigations are still ongoing.

lil-tachyon:

The so called “biojets,” one of a variety siliconavium, or “silicon birds” found on Copernicus-51. They are the first, and so far only, silicon-based life forms discovered in our galaxy, an especially odd fact considering that all other known Copernican lifeforms are carbon-based. Their entire wingspan acts as a solar panel- its layers of subcutaneous semiconductor cells convert sunlight directly to energy. Their solar diet is lightly supplemented by nutrients from more traditional sources.

Their evolutionary origin is one of the most contentiously-disputed open questions in modern xenobiology. Theories range from the conservative to the spectacular, with the hypothesis that they are descended from the biosynthetic drone-stock of a vanished civilization gaining surprising traction in recent years. 

hydrothrax:

Character development sketches for one of my primary Maschinengeist characters, who plays an important role in my Post-Earth headworld. You’ll see more of this guy sometime later 😀

His is mainly based on the proposed English Electric “Sea Lightning” project, which never came to fruition. The variable-sweep wing is just so bad-ass on a plane that already has a really cool planform shape. Although I didn’t include the larger 2-person cockpit since I wanted the cyclops face, and I don’t like how the proposed side intakes look.

(Check out this modeller’s take on the concept, this was one of my main inspirations since it just rocks: http://www.gengriz.co.uk/sealightning2.htm )

Poster version kinda happened as a character-doodles-gone-completely-out-of-hand thing, haha – I do a lot of planview sketches when figuring out my avian machine characters since their flight silhouette is a really key thing. Ended up liking this one so much I rendered it up!

manyblinkinglights:

roachpatrol:

manyblinkinglights:

werewolves-are-real:

sadbirbs:

I love Temeraire but man, I really want to see how that world continues to develop with dragons. What happens when people start building airplanes? Do they even bother to build planes when they can just hop on a dragon? How do dragons influence the development of the American military-industrial complex? What do dragons think of the Internet? Is Temeraire still alive and posting selfies in his best jewelry please I need to know

Okay but am I the only one who has imagined dragons *in planes*. Dragons want to go over the sea too, and ships are awful and take months to get anywhere. Planes with a section in the back for one or two little courier-weights. Planes with reinforced sections for baby dragons. Giant, giant carrier-planes for larger dragons.

Dragons hate planes. It is a Fact. They whine so, so much about flying without wings.

(Dragons going through Customs, guys.)

Whoa, you’re right–the most sensible solution for all concerned would be to have shipping switch over to airmailing small dragons, who could finish many of the final hops sending people/goods to last-stop distribution centers.

what about humans in hangliders and squirrel suits? a talented hanglider guy can coast around for ages. then a small dragon could tow them higher, or a middleweight dragon could simply be landed on. the humans would have to get the hang of dealing with the turbulence from enormous flapping wings, but if they wiped out the dragon could just grab them. 

the tactical advantages in dragon combat are obvious: instead of forcing the enormous and expensive dragons into direct combat, their boarding teams would glide at each other from a distance. if they miss, they just spiral down rather than falling to their death, unless encountered by an enemy glider with a big ripping hook or swatted by the enemy dragon. the human combatants can then continue the fight on the ground, or sit tight and radio for extraction. 

i’d equip a human boarder with a pistol, sticky explosives, a compass, a map of the area, and a big sickle-bladed grappling hook on a chain, for either grabbing on to a dragon’s hide or slicing through an enemy’s glider fabric. the trick would be to make something that caught in hide but went right through a glider, since you’d want to stick to the dragon, but not a plummeting enemy. i suppose it could be detachable at the chain…. then again, if you have a pistol, you might just want to shoot your gliding enemies directly. 

the explosives could be as simple as tape and a stick of dynamite, if it’s early 19-20 stuff. glider over, hook on wherever you can, tape the dynamite down while shooting whoever you can, and dive away before it blows. later plastic explosives could be made even stickier and harder to peel off, with remote detonators, so you could just brush by, throw it down, fly off, and then blow it. 

THESE WOULD PROBABLY BE THIS AU’S FIRST “FLYING ACES,” LIKE HOW WE REALLY ROMANTICIZED THE FIRST FIGHTER PILOTS FOR A WHILE THERE?

THERE’D BE THIS PERIOD OF TIME WHERE EVERYBODY DOING THIS WOULD LIKELY BE PRETTY BAD AT IT, SO THE PEOPLE GOOD AT IT COULD JUST FUCK SHIT UP *EXTREMELY* AND GET RLY FAMOUS

hydrothrax:

Yet another one of those things I’ve been wanting to post for a while, sheesh! One of my older characters, based off of one of my absolute favorite vehicles on the planet: the Lun ekranoplan.

Anyone remember this guy? ;D

I have somewhat of a part 2 in mind for this (with a cutaway) but we’ll see how long it takes for me to actually do it. Lun is a spooky character but what is hiding inside is even spookier! 

Since Tumblr is terrible for viewing high res content, the version [here] should let you read the text.