Big 'uns in this case refers to large aircraft. Specifically the large aircraft I encountered earlier this month at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
There were some Yuuuge! aircraft on display. At least one of which is larger than Donald Trumps ego, (but not as large as the puddle of corruption surrounding one of the other Presidential candidates in this election).
But, I digress...
One of the first aircraft in this collection was on display as an RB-47H Stratojet.
|RB-47H (Sort of,, the nose section is from an EB-47E from the Navy. Who knew? I thought all Navy aircraft had to have hooks!)|
Walking around the aircraft took quite a while as it's wingspan sheltered several other exhibits. It qualifies as a Big 'un.
|Trying to provide some size perspective. There are two separate exhibits between the left inboard engine and the wingtip|
Another large aircraft in the Museum that I wouldn't have minded flying (and I'm sure was "one of the models I made as a kid" for a great number of the readership) was this one.
Powered by 4 J-79 engines (the same engine that powered the F-4), it was capable of Mach 2 at high altitude. The large pod under the fuselage was a combination fuel tank and bombbay. The thing that looks like a baby seat to the right of the fuselage, was actually an ejection pod, designed to protect the crew in the event of a high speed ejection.
There was also a B-52 at the museum, but for some reason, I didn't take any pictures of it. The BUFF was in the Vietnam section and had been badly damaged in the Linebacker II campaign. Badly shot up it made it back to base, but was Class-26'd at that point.
Also, in the above shot is another aircraft, the B-36. Huge does not suffice in describing this aircraft. In the above shot, you've got a father and his son looking at the Hustler. The guy was about 6'1" or so. He obviously could walk under the fuselage without much difficulty.
|B-36 Tail section.. The horizontal slab actually goes over the top of the Hustler fuselage.|
It's so big that it dominates the whole exhibit. I couldn't get far enough away to get a picture that encompasses it.
|It was built to carry this weapon. That's the aircraft in the background. Huge weapon required huge aircraft.|
|Screen Shot from the Museum's Virtual Tour Cold War 6/17 is the position. That's the RB-47 wing above. The B-36 wing still has a jet engine to the left of the screen. Monster Aircraft!|
|So big, I had to climb up on the Space Shuttle to get it all in one shot.|
Three aircraft were ordered, two were delivered and one crashed in a publicity photo shoot. The program was canceled at that point.