Huge apologies to one and all, in my first version of this answer I mistyped 184 as 84, and then proceeded to do all my calculations based on that. This is the corrected version.
Also, huge thanks for all the up-votes and comments. I'm so glad it's not just me that is enjoying this question immensely.
The radius of the ball in the image is 21 pixels....
It's the McDonnell 220, registration N4AZ.
The McDonnell 119/220 was an attempt at making a business jet by McDonnell Aircraft in the late-1950s. It had a configuration that was unique by bizjet standards, with four jet engines mounted in individual pods underneath a low wing; it could accommodate ten passengers in a luxury executive ...
The aircraft is a Fairey Gannet ECM.6, c/n F9311, stored at White Waltham Airfield in the county of Berkshire in England. This place is incidentally where Fairey built and test-flew the Gannet. An aerial picture from Google Maps:
Source: Google Maps
Fairey Gannet ECM.6
Fairey Aviation, which is well known for the famous Swordfish which bombed the Bismarck,...
Using the location you gave, I tracked back aircraft in that area at that time, and found a scenario that fits with your photo:
So, judging by that, the jet in question is actually a Learjet 31, as said by John K.
Here are some blueprints, and the dimensions are similar:
It looks like the nose skin panel with the gun ports that some T-33s had. So I'd be willing to put serious money down on "yes".
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star ‘69330 / TR-330’ (N651)
Alan Wilson from Stilton, Peterborough, Cambs, UK
Took a fair bit of trial and error on the very vague registration on the port wing :)
F-PDHV (D-Plane 1)
The Verhees D-Plane 1 is a Belgian homebuilt flying wing,
designed by Verhees Engineering and supplied as plans for amateur
Picture from below:
David Osborne/ Aeroprints Source
The aircraft in the painting (I’m not sure it is a painting?) is a North American P-51C Mustang in the Tuskegee Airmen colors of the U.S. Air Force in WW II.
I cropped the image above and then used TinEye Reverse Image Search to find the photo.
My search has expired on that website, but you can copy the “fuzzy” photo and try it yourself on the same site.
This appears to be a McDonnell 119/220, a 1950s vintage business jet attempt (from before McDonnell merged with Douglas). The four engine layout with engines under the wings, coupled with the size, is very distinctive.
The one at El Paso is apparently a genuine rarity — there was only a single unit (the prototype) ever constructed.
I am pretty sure it is an aircraft.
When aircraft fly straight towards you they can appear like rockets. The contrail is distorted by winds in the upper airspace. Yesterday there were a lot of cirrus fibratus and cirrus uncinus in the upper atmosphere (at least above Frankfurt, and we are in the same weather system at the moment), and when aircraft fly ...
Special mention for Raúl Pateras Pescara de Castelluccio (good article) who was fond of lots and lots of rotor blades, settling on sixteen for most of his designs, although his Model 3 had twenty.
Pescara's helicopters may look a little comical (and dangerous!) but they are an important part of early helicopter evolution, pioneers in the first fully ...
Looks like a Mil Mi-6 with the rotor removed (like the adjacent two to the right). Here is the 3-view drawing overlaid:
(Google Earth @ 55°40'04.61" N 37°56'07.62" E)
The tail boom appears to be thicker than it is due to the angle, it'll make sense by taking the satellite's perspective. Note the fatter bottom:
Google Maps measurement; actual aircraft ...
In the background, a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 can be seen. Therefore, I assume the airport is a Lufthansa destination. Since the 727 is not exactly a long range aircraft, but the 747 is, my first thought would be that the airport is in Germany.
I couldn't really see what livery the 737-200 in front of the LH 747 was, but soon in the ...
This is a B-1B Lancer.
It is a 4 engine (afterburning engines mind you, very rare for a bomber) variable sweep wing bomber, designed during the Cold War to use its terrain-following radar to stay low and fast, weaving between the mountains of Russia to stay below radar to deliver nuclear warheads.
It carries more bombs than the B-52 as well.
There is a big clue right underneath the "Sea-Tac Airport" decal - it says
It can be seen a little better on this image
source: wikimedia commons
It is a rig used for fire and evacuation training.
A unique tool the department uses is an aircraft mock-up designed for aircraft approach, entry and tactics training on the airfield. The smoke ...
If I am not horribly mistaken, it seems to be an Antonov 72 or 74, that were produced together, hence the similarity.
Another image (not included for copyright reasons) can be found here.
The wikipedia article classifies it as a "transport aircraft". It mentions a VIP transport variant and a maritime patrol one for the An72, several more variants are ...
I'd say it's a corporate jet. Corporate jets normally play between 40-55000 ft, above the bulk of the airline traffic down in the 30s, so this is a perfectly normal sight.
Based on the wing planform with straight trailing edge and swept leading edge, and what looks like a T tail and ventral fins, I'm going with Lear 45 or a similar Lear variant (Service ...
Of course the photo is absolutely real. I know a guy who knows a guy who says he met the guy in front!
3) Assume the wrecking ball is solid mild steel with a density of 7.85 g/cm3.
That's where you went wrong. The angle of the line and the drag equation allow us to determine the ball's mass, given a known velocity. The ball presents a frontal area of 11....
It is the Polish PZL M-15, as you can read in the image if you zoom in. From Wikipedia:
The aircraft was designed in Poland in response to a Soviet
requirement for a new agricultural plane.
Agricultural airplanes fly slow and having a shorter span increases the number of (air)fields you can land on. That's probably why they decided using a biplane ...
What you have there is I believe a Boeing Model 80A-1:
You can read more about it on Wikipedia: Boeing Model 80
The Model 80 air transport aircraft was built in the mid 1920's. It is notable as being the aircraft used for the first flight to feature a flight attendant, which were registered nurses at the time.
In the far corner of Tegel Airport, to the southwest (here a satellite image), lonely a plane with a special story rots: The Boeing 707 was a gift from the manufacturer to the Lufthansa and landed in 1986 by tricky preparations as the first Lufthansa aircraft in West -Berlin. Otherwise only Allied aircraft could fly through the east corridor. Lufthansa ...
It's a Boeing 314 flying boat. From the late 30s (look at the two rectangular windows behind the cockpit).
The last dedicated navigators on long range flights had started to disappear by the late 60s in the airline business.
It's a Fedex 777F N894FD in (probably) pre-delivery aerial photography/test flight accompanied by one of Boeing's chase aircraft.
After some maneuvers (shown below), the plane headed to MEM, Fedex's "SuperHub".
The flight on flightradar24: https://www.flightradar24.com/2019-07-24/03:16/12x/FDX9032/2168b4b1 and flightaware: https://flightaware.com/...
is there perhaps a similar looking one in reality?
Not really, however the fictional five-deck flying boat depicted is clearly an extrapolation of flying boats of the first half of the 20th century.
Visually, the Short Empire class is the most similar:
domed cockpit at front of hull
four radial engines mounted in-wing with three-blade ...
The most blades I've seen are 8 on the Mi-26.
But the highest theoretical lifting efficiency is achieved with the fewest blades and experiments have been done with single blade rotors (with a counterweight - there were vibration problems that couldn't be resolved).
So in practical terms, the most lift for the least power is achieved with a 2 blade ...