When the islands first rose from the planet's surface, we were terrified. Some called it the end of times. Others sought to arm themselves against some invisible threat. Years have passed since that amazing time, and we have grown accustomed to these floating giants above our heads; many of us have even made our homes upon their soil. But time is always changing that which we take for granted. The world is picking up speed again, and changes are once again coming to our small world. Skykick is a full 3d strategy game, with players maneuvering small numbers of aircraft via intuitive flight path controls, with the aim of course being to shoot down their opponent. Ships range in scale from small, single person fighters, to multi-hundred foot long cruisers and battleships.

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MountainHermit Sep 18 2011 says:

Hmmm very nice. Although when Im looking at the wing It seems you have put the **** pit on the opposite side of the front of the wing. Interesting, Reminds me of an anime movie I saw once although I can't recall the name.

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that1guy! Sep 18 2011 replied:

I see what you mean, but a little tidbit. Recently engineers have found that the wing shape this has can help with stability. The SU-47 is a real world example if you're interested.

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InvertedVantage Sep 26 2011 replied:

It actually makes an aircraft more unstable (more maneuverable). :)

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CMDKeen Sep 27 2011 replied:

And it increases lift, so the author of this image did it right. A massive plane like this would have lot's of stability coming from the body and tail lift (especially when the tail is doubled).

BTW: Do I see a gunner at the tail?

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InvertedVantage Oct 1 2011 replied:

I haven't actually heard of a forward swept wing increasing lift - where'd you see that? Reading Wikipedia, it looks like the effect of the fuselage as a wing fence during low speed maneuvering might be construed as increasing lift by preventing the vortices from spilling over the edge and creating drag (such as in the case with a rearward swept or straight wing, where the airflow moves from the root out, which is reversed in a forward swept wing). I guess you could make the argument that they increase lift as well because, since most of the air is being pushed towards the larger wing roots, the aircraft's total lift is increased at low speed when compared with a nominally configured aircraft.

How do you figure the plane would have increased stability from the body and tail lift? I guess it really depends on where that lift is centered.

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lukaluka94 Sep 18 2011 says:

TheHXS always does a fantastic job on these drawings.

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TheUnabridgedGamer Sep 23 2011 says:

Looks like something to assault an enemy's base with.

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snowball585 Nov 6 2011 says:

Behold the Mother ship

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The XC-247 is a cargo aircraft designed for STOL capability and high cruise speed

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