I’m going to try to beat the odds and finish this contest… iPod or no iPod.
I’ll be focusing on the Albatross 2000 LGY design with the hope that I may, just possibly get to the Sprite II.
Initial concept Images to be posted tonight if time permits…they do need a fair amount of refinement.
I’d like to request a week extension …so a contest of 8 weeks that Brian sorta suggested in another post. Reason: Family Issues. An added week could very well make a big difference for me. Thanks.
Good luck all, I look forward to seeing your work and having fun trying to finish this contest.
Concept: Press Release:
Gliders Quarterly Magazine March 31, 1948
GQ magazine proudly introduces the Albatross 2000 Luxury Gliding Yacht and Sprite 2 Tug. High flying luxurious glider flights around the world.
The Albatross 2000 LGY will be tugged by the Sprite 2 to the stratosphere for high altitude gliding. The Albatross 2000 LGY comes with highly sensitive wind and temperature instruments to allow for maximum gliding efficiency. All weather instruments will exceed US’s best Weather Bureau sensors. The Aircraft will carry a high powered computer, smaller then a phone booth, to help the pilot maximize his flight plan. The weather and thermal wind data will be shown on a “color monitor”, not even the US Air Force will have one of these devices at the time of the Albatross 2000 LGY’s maiden private flight.
The Albatross 2000 LGY will be capable of carrying a max of 6 adults, along with a pilot and a cook/steward. You will enjoy the comforts of glided flight in either the 1st floor seating area by the galley or the 2nd floor lounge near the sleeping quarters. For your safety the Albatross will have two safety devices: emergency jet thrusters for instant speed increases and a triple parachute incase of structural failure.
Test flights of the Albatross 2000 LGY will be planned from US coast to coast non stop and in both directions. Future test flights across the Pacific, Atlantic, Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia will be a part of the complete flight test program. NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) is considering a derivative of the Albatross 2000 for future gliding flights on Mars!
The Albatross 2000 LGY is built for those who want to fly in the lap of luxury on slow and easy trips across the great continents and oceans of the Earth, and possibly of other Solar System worlds. You’re rich, you worked the hard life, now it’s time to see the worlds splendors and relax with the guests of your choice from the safety of the Albatross 2000 Luxury Glider Yacht.
The Sprite 2 Tug will be powered by a high altitude jet engine. Unlike the Albatross 2000 LGY, the Sprite II is one highly energetic aircraft. The 2 pilots of this aircraft will need to be highly trained veterans of the worlds Air Forces. The Sprite 2 Tug will follow the flight plan of the Albatross 2000 LGY and be available for tugging the glider back to the stratosphere when ever or where ever the flight plan requires it.
The technological advances for the Albatross 2000 LGY and Sprite II maiden flight are expected within the next 50 years.
The Next issue of Gliders Quarterly will show detailed plans of the interior layout and review what it takes to be a Glider pilot!
Till then, Take it slow and hang on to those thermal updrafts!
Buck Henry Editor, Gliders Quarterly March 31, 1948
End Press Release.