However it took the re-discovery of powered flight to finally traverse the Kiln. Able to fly high enough to avoid the searing heat, early pressurised aircraft began hazardous day crossings to re-map the expanse. With little chance of rescue, the aircrews had to accept significant risk while also making their aircraft far more reliable. Indeed, it is largely due to the engineering necessities faced by these pioneers that later Birrin aircraft were so reliable.
Pictured here is one of the first dedicated Kiln runners, able to fly non-stop between airfields in the North and South to deliver people and cargo in a regular fashion. The three fuselages enabled heavy loads to be carried, the outer two being unpressurised and only suitable for cargo.
The two flight engines, mounted on the front of the cargo fuselages, are powerful in-line units each driving a contra-rotating propeller. Due to the lethal nature of the Kiln and to aid lifting off from short desert runways a supplementary engine is mounted on the rear passenger cabin: This engine, with its single folding airscrew, is used to assist takeoff and, perhaps more importantly, to supplement the main engines should one of them break down during flight.
Below this aircraft the desert is baking at an average temperature of eighty degrees Celsius, yet evidence that this was not always so abounds: A faint tracery of ancient roadways and industrial ruins dots the landscape and awaits re-discovery by future generations of Birrin.
Right guy: were turning right?
Left guy: no do not...
Right guy: OK, right it is.
1. no vertical tailwing to lean it and force nose on course.
2. Wings are too small (not by the sweep but by the length along body) - you need to keep your engines on full throttle all the time to compensate for small lift. Also because of that - when you try doing battle turn (lean 90 degrees, pull up) it constantly results in stall.
3. With only fuelbody being in front of pilot - center of lift matches center of mass, which is terrible because craft gonna be flipped all the time - prolonging that towards the nose partially negates the problem, BUT, still not enough distance between the two.
Here are flight screenshots.
Love the image and the story.
Those turbo-prop engines are awesome, especially sound from them!
Clearly one of my favorites!
Great back story!
I can imagine what it would be like 80 degree dry air of Klin, in addition to radiant heat from the sun.
And as always, great work Alex!
Actually I would rather like to make an RC version, to see if it would work
There are stories at work, could take a few years
Not that you have to be totally original in everything you do... but I'm a cainotophile, so I like to see new things from time to time... almost constantly, really
Now, having hope that life can go on after a really bad climatological apocalypse is good... It'd be a pretty boring story if you went post-apocalyptic and everything had died. Although you could write a bit of flash fiction about how the wind blows ceaselessly, and maybe something about and endless stream of sunrises and sunsets over the increasingly weathered ruins. There's mounting evidence that the current (most probably) sterile state of Mars is due to runaway climate change that resulted in an unsurvivable apocalypse... I just hope no-one was living there at the time.
Anyway, I'm sure you'll write what you like, and I'll be sure to read it!
Cosmological accidents is another good one, with guys like Stephen Baxter and Greg Bear writing whole series of novels based on all the ways the universe might destroy us purely by accident, and then you have the stories where a human-initiated cosmic accident is the cause, because we do so love to meddle in things which we truly do not understand.
I have to admit, that an apocalypse initiated by a non-native source would be almost impossible to survive. If we're going to get through this with any kind of breeding-population/society even reasonably intact, it's probably going to be something we did to ourselves.
An excellent case in point: The Black Death in Eurasia VS Smallpox in America.
The outbreak of Black Death in 14th century Europe is regularly pointed out as the most deadly/destructive plague to ever hit mankind (it's not even close). It killed between 1/3 and 1/2 of the European population, and set off a long string of societal changes that culminated in the Renaissance and the formation of the modern nation-state (not to mention modern society as a whole). Despite the terrible toll it took at the time (estimates vary between 75 and 200 million people), the end results of the Black Death actually make it one of the best things that ever happened to the human race.
The (purely accidental) introduction of Smallpox into the native American population in the 16th century makes the Black Death look like an upset tummy at a country picnic. Smallpox killed nineteen out of every twenty people in South America, and somewhere between nine out of ten up to nineteen out of twenty people in Central and North America, depending mostly on family(tribal) genetics. Where the Black Plague left society and technology intact, and spurred forward the development of both, Smallpox destroyed any semblance of society or technology by wiping out such a large percentage of the population that no-one was left to have a society or use technology.
Due to the fast growth of tropical flora, the modern world didn't even know that the South American civilizations even existed at all until discoveries in the last two decades proved conclusively that somewhere between 180 and 250 million people had lived in South America until Smallpox wiped them out, almost to the last individual. The few who survived were so devastated that their descendants live a hunter-gatherer lifestyle today, with only the barest rudiments of society or technology. Central and South America fared better, due to higher levels of immunity, but even there the true extent of their population and technology is still being discovered, with population estimates and technology levels being driven ever-upward by each new find. The death-toll for Smallpox starts at 200 million, and only goes up from there, while the impact it had on the native societies is incalculable.