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Northrop 'Gryphon' (Special Ops SST) by Bispro Northrop 'Gryphon' (Special Ops SST) by Bispro
Hi folks! My first new aircraft image in MONTHS! Reworked from the unmanned Northrop "Snark" of the 1950s.
Any comments will be appreciated...


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© Stéphane Beaumort / AviaDesign 2013. This image depicts an imaginary model.
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:icongiusti115:
Giusti115 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
"hey, remember that missle that that we made that epically failed?" -- "yeah..." -- "lets make it into an airplane"
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
ROTFL!
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:iconteslashark:
teslashark Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love that XB-51/XA-45 head!
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Glad you like it! :-)
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:iconlexxii:
lexxii Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done:)***Submitted to :iconcutieshots: For Your Approval***INVITE To Join On Your Front Page:)
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I have nothing against a "Cutie Shots" group... but honestly, what does my aviation work have to do with it?!
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aero3-5 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The "Snark" had a zero length launch with rocket boosters. I like this design, ever thought about doing this to an X-10?
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I'd love to try that! I need to find a quality photo of the X-10 that could lend itself to the modification... Thank for suggesting it.
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aero3-5 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe that may be some photos in Jay Miller's book "X-Planes". I found a photo of the X-10 landing in a book entitled "U.S. Bombers 1928-1980s" by Lloyd S. Jones. The photo is on page 214, I hope that this helps. 
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I have already started working on that beast... It will be on the tarmac... ;)
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:iconaero3-5:
aero3-5 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can hardly wait! I know it will be fantastic.
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
It's here! Hope you like it. I might be doing another piece about the same aircraft soon (possibly a three-view arrangement).
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Roberdigiorge Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Great Work!
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Thanks!! :)
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Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Actually... Landing her would be... interesting.... Depending on how far back the wheels are given the under slung intake like that....

As for the why of building her? Because those employees working on all those sekrit government black projects have to get picked up and flown from all over the country. ;)

Awesome work as always. :)

Much cheers to you and yours.
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Why build her? Because they could! LOL
I haven't done the three-view arrangement for the Gryphon, but if/when I do I'll have to think of the landing gear carefully, and see how similar or how different it can be from the original Northrop Snark. Thanks for the comments!
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:iconpeebo-thuhlu:
Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
:D

Awesome/amazing creations. :)

Wishing you and yours all the very best. 
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Thank you so much! Haven't been much on dA lately, sorry for the delayed reply...
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:iconpeebo-thuhlu:
Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
DA is more a kind of 'Hobby' site, no?

I always look forwards to what ever those I'm enjoying the art of. I completely understand the pressures of Real Life over every thing else.

:hug:

much cheers to you and yours.
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Thanks! ;)
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:iconpeebo-thuhlu:
Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
For some reason.. I always feel like I should be saying that to the artists. :hug:

:)

Very much cheers to you and yours.
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Dr-Whom Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
If it is single engined, that must be one hell of an engine.
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SaltyCowdawg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I immediately recognized the origins for this aircraft.  There was a Snark on display somewhere (?) in Massachusetts where I grew up.  Can't remember where, but I remember seeing it. I always wondered if you couldn't convert it to be manned when I was in my "single digit years." 
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Cool... So there you have it! ;)
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CerebralError Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist
It looks cool, but I don't see where they could fit the landing gear...or how it could land without ripping the engine off. Still, rule of cool applies.
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:iconperttime:
perttime Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Launches from a dolly and lands on an inflatable air cushion?

:D
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Looks like something S.H.I.E.L.D. agents would be flying around in!
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:iconbispro:
Bispro Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
You bet! ;-)
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks nice!  I seem to remember that there was talk of civilian models of both the B-58 Hustler and B-70 Valkyrie (not to mention the Avro Atlantic version of the Avro Vulcan, or similar variants of the Handley-Page Victor and Vickers Valiant)

I do wonder what the range of this design could have been, though - there's hardly any space for fuel in its wings or fuselage...
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