Aircraft Design

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Baywing, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. Baywing

    Baywing

    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    For those who ever wondered where some of the design ideas for jet aircraft come from, I think I've found one. This humpback whale tail reminds me of the tail of the DC9-MD80 series of jet airlines:
    [​IMG]
     
  2. DAVE VAN

    DAVE VAN

    663
    Feb 22, 2005
    New Jersey
    I think we are looking at the same whale! here is a tail shot that I took on the 24th of June.
    original.
     
  3. Baywing

    Baywing

    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    Different ones, yours is Sedge, mine is Pinball. The biggest difference is in the underside, where the markings are as individual as our fingerprints.
     
  4. DAVE VAN

    DAVE VAN

    663
    Feb 22, 2005
    New Jersey
    Thanks for the info. :)
     
  5. twig

    twig

    745
    May 23, 2005
    "Sedge" and "Pinball" - you know the names of these whales?
     
  6. Baywing

    Baywing

    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    Hi Twig,
    Yes, and several dozen more. The patterns on the underside of the tail flukes are as individual to a humpback as fingerprints to a human, and much more recognizable. There are about 1200 identified humpbacks in the Gulf of Maine area, I've seen several dozen, maybe 50-70 individuals. Many of them have very easy fluke patterns to remember, others I have to look up.
     
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