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    Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    Back to the roots !
    Where did the inspiration came from ?
    I wanted to start a topic to show pictures of the real ships that have inspired the SW starships made into AF toys.


    First : The Alpha series Droïd fighter.
    Inspiration :
    USAF 1955 secret prototype "Avrocar". Note the double bubble cockpit and the turbine.
    Two prototypes have survived. One of them will be restored and be exposed in the SmithSonian museum.
    Link : http://www.avroarrow.org/Avrocar/Avrocar.html
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    Re: Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    Now the Amidala Queen 327-J Nubian Starship from Episode 1.

    Lokheed SR-71 "BlackBird".
    Spy plane of the early seventies.
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    Re: Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    The Episode 2 Naboo senator's flying wing (Cordé's ship).

    The Northrop YB-49.
    It was the jet-propelled variant of the company's XB-35 bomber.
    The program was canceled by the Air Force in 1949.
    Link :
    http://www.yourzagi.com/history.htm
    http://northrop.host.sk/northrop_yrb49.htm
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    Re: Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    The Alpha series Naboo fighter.

    The Chance Vought XF5U-1 prototype called "Flying Pancake".
    In fact, the Pancake was the pilot after the flight...
    Project cancelled.
    Pictures : Vought Heritage.
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    Re: Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    The Episode 2 Republic Gunship.

    The Russian Assault helicopter MIL-24 : NATO nickname - "HIND"
    Link : http://www.flygplan.info/heliryss.htm


    Any other ideas ?
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    Re: Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    I'm glad you spotted the lineage of Corde's ship as the YB-49.

    I've seen sources that list the inspiration as the B-2 stealth bomber. While the B-2 is similar, it is obvious that the YB-49 is a much closer match.

    Thanks
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    Re: Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    Nice to see Doug Chiang & crew were so creative.


    BTW, the Avrocar had some panels that extended for stabilization, just like the Series Alpha Droid Starfighter has!
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    Re: Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    Great thread Sicqnus, thanks for the pics and your thoughts.

    What do we think of this, the inspiration for the Jedi Starfighter, perhaps?

    jeddah
    Edit: A-hem, maybe it would be more sensible if I included the aircraft's designaiton/name. Martin X24/B (from Lockheed before the merger, I presume)
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    Re: Action Fleet ships Inspiration.

    Cool find Jeddah, it's very close to the movie prop !
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