Introducing the Arselander

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S O
S O
July 7, 2014 5:02 pm

It’ s normal shape for otherwise too large radius single pressurized containers:

http://www.navalofficer.com.au/kwd/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/I-400sketch.jpg

Kent
Kent
July 7, 2014 5:33 pm

@S O – Well done! Japanese aircraft carrier submarine! Imagine how much fun the QEC would have been if someone had added a submersible capability! At least you wouldn’t have had to have a catapult for it!

The Other Chris
July 7, 2014 5:51 pm

Floatplane version of the F-35 with fold-back wings? At least there’s a legitimate reason for adding a D variant!

I’m hopeful that HAV can make a success of the aircraft. If it can be proven in a set of environments the plus sides could be very useful.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
July 7, 2014 7:14 pm

Didn’t I read that one of our SoS for Defence visited Cardington recently to see these?

Any danger of an order? I recall in the 90’s MOD was playing around with an airship at Middle Wallop.

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
July 7, 2014 7:53 pm

As some will know, I love all things airship or aerostat. Sadly, a technology still waiting for the killer app, but there are niche requirements out there that could exploit the cheapness and/or persistence. Sadly the late Roger Munk never saw his vision realised at Cardington. I hope that one day it is.

However, on a lighter note, is it just me, or can everyone else see both the #cleavageinthesky AND #arselander tags? I once worked in a small company in which the HR manager was short but buxom, and the Finance Director was not just unreasonably tall for a lady, but unreasonably tall for a human of any description, and often turned her back on spending any money at all. The picture adequately represents my sight line of my (entirely professional) interactions with both.

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
July 7, 2014 8:02 pm

….and just for shits and giggles, who wouldn’t want to paint a giant lacy thong onto that airship?

I’ll bet Richard Branson would. He already has rather nice artwork on his Virgin jets. I always used to like sitting in 3A on Paula on the hop to San Fran. ;)

James Bolivar DiGriz
James Bolivar DiGriz
July 7, 2014 8:04 pm

@RT Just idle curiosity. About the FD, do you really mean “unreasonably tall for a human of any description”? How tall was she?

The tallest woman I have known is 5’13”, which made her very tall for a woman but I know several men taller than that.

mr.fred
mr.fred
July 7, 2014 8:07 pm

Might I ask the Stainless Steel Rat what is wrong with 6′ 1″?

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
July 7, 2014 8:14 pm

JBdG,

I don’t have an exact height, but I’m 5’11 and if I looked straight ahead, I was looking at her upper chest. She could just about walk through a normal door, but she came into my office once with her reading specs pushed up on top of her head and the glasses got knocked off by the door frame.

The other one was a sweetie, and once leaned across my desk to pick up a document. Her chest tented the front of her dress so much that when leaning over I could see straight down to her knickers. Honestly, I was glad to leave that company, as I was constantly about one unwise look away from being on the wrong end of some HR nightmare.

The Other Chris
July 7, 2014 8:16 pm

Think the Government has already invested £2m in HAV but will have to look up the source to be sure.

Kent
Kent
July 7, 2014 8:49 pm

@RT – If you don’t think the short, buxom, sweet, HR lady knew exactly what she was doing,…the second word in HR is relations. Sounds like she was jonesing for your Johnson, hopin’ for some pokin’, wanting to go pole vaulting, etc.

The Other Chris
July 7, 2014 8:52 pm

£2m raised publicly, £2.5m invested by the UK and MOD trials in 2015:

http://www.janes.com/article/34754/hybrid-air-vehicles-expects-uk-mod-trials-in-2015

The Other Chris
July 7, 2014 8:59 pm

*privately

S O
S O
July 7, 2014 9:19 pm

“@S O – Well done! Japanese aircraft carrier submarine! Imagine how much fun the QEC would have been if someone had added a submersible capability!”

One author (I think British, maybe American) once wrote a book “Racing to the Swift” or so, in which several pages were devoted to an obsession about the threat of Soviet submersible aircraft carriers invading Britain or so.

This kind of nonsense happens when people neglect the role of resources scarcity…

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
July 7, 2014 9:33 pm

Kent,

In the UK, the second word is “Resources”, and it is pretty accurate. HR are a management tool to keep the salary bill within in-year budgeting. Not anything to do with actually looking after a company’s best assets, and certainly no-one in HR has the same sort of compact with the staff that I had with my boys when I had a Squadron, which was basically that we all looked after each other because it’s a life or death thing on a battlefield, I provided them with interesting opportunities to have fun when we were not doing dangerous stuff (most of the time), and they didn’t make me look like a total cunt in front of the Colonel. And we all hated the Gunners.

As for the HR lady, I suspect she did. But she didn’t have a patch on Mrs RT. So you look, but fail to react.

Swimming Trunks
Swimming Trunks
July 7, 2014 9:37 pm
wf
wf
July 7, 2014 9:40 pm

I’ve got Race to the Swift somewhere. Fairly sure there’s no mention of carrier subs, although you hear a lot about air mechanization :-)

Kent
Kent
July 7, 2014 10:01 pm

@RT – Sorry. Of course the second word is “Resources” here, too. Don’t ever get old, you’ll make stupid mistakes like that.

My missus is how I managed to resist a certain young, blond, female (goes without saying) Signal Corps captain that was unnecessarily using “mentors” to get ahead in her military career. I had come up from the enlisted and noncommissioned officer ranks to my captaincy and had been married fifteen years to my college sweetheart. The young captain could have been a model, but she ended up a lieutenant colonel successfully commanding a signal battalion in Iraq during the insurgency so she didn’t need “mentors.” I’ve seen pictures, and she still looked damn’ good. Me? I don’t look like tempered steel and sex appeal anymore and don’t regret a thing.

James Bolivar DiGriz
James Bolivar DiGriz
July 8, 2014 4:52 pm

@mr.fred Nothing wrong with 6’1″ as a length or even a height in general. I believe the convention (albeit one that is not needed that often) that women are not 6′ tall, hence 5′ 13″.

I have always thought that the reason was that teenage girls (possibly still growing) who reached 6′ would feel awkward enough about being so much taller then their peers, that pointing out that they had reached the next unit was something that could easily be avoided.

@RT That probably makes her c. 6’6″. A quick google says that being over 6′ puts her well into the top 1%, so at 6’6″ she would be be in the top 0.1% at least.

Alex
Alex
July 10, 2014 2:41 pm

The Wikipedia on Richard Simkin is fantastic for the bibliography. It mixes his works on Soviet operational art, the invention of ATGM/light vehicle/heli tactics, and submarine carriers with charming advice about boating gently around the Norfolk Broads. Exactly the kind of man foreigners laugh at us for…until they invent the Mulberry harbour or cook a German general or something.