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Druine D.31 Turbulent

Druine D.31 Turbulent
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Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-24
Categories: Transportation, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Tiffen 77mm UV Protector
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anything to do with aviation [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-20 12:02
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photographed in natural light at the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian, an interesting place where you can also visit and climb aboard Concorde.

This is the diminutive Druine D.31 Turbulent, a French single-seat ultralight homebuilt aircraft designed by Roger Druine.

The D.31 Turbulent was designed to be amateur-built and is a single-seat ultra-light aircraft with cantilever low-wing and fixed tailwheel landing gear and designed to be powered by a 30hp (1200cc) Volkswagen Beetle or similar engine. Rollason Aircraft & Engines Limited produced 29 factory-built D.31 aircraft in the United Kingdom and three D.31A models with strengthened wing spar to allow aerobatics.

General characteristics:

Crew: 1
Length: 17 ft 4 in (5.30 m)
Wingspan: 21 ft 5 in (6.53 m)
Empty weight: 349 lb (158 kg)
Gross weight: 620 lb (281 kg)
Powerplant: 1 Volkswagen, 30 hp (22 kW)


Maximum speed: 93 mph (150 km/h).

This particular example was built by John Sharp, an Airdrie man, in the upstairs bedrooms of his house in the 1960's from plans obtained from the Popular Flying Association.

It is interesting to note that, although these machines might be great fun (and I'd love to have one!), if you search for Druine Turbulent in "Google", you are greeted with a long list of reports from the Air Accidents Investigation Board: perhaps that speaks for itself.

This picture was shot in RAW in one of the hangars at the museum. There were lots of other aircraft and equipment about, so during processing in PSE6, I added some radial blur to the background which I also darkened a little.

All comments/critiques/advice welcome!

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To graffer: Fun - or a coffin with a propellor?tyro 1 09-22 12:35
To lrw1966: Thank you, Larry!tyro 1 09-22 12:23
To KBE: Thank you, Jahanzeib!tyro 1 09-20 15:27
To trampas: Dangerous?????tyro 1 09-20 15:22
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I really like planes of all kinds. This is a nice view of the small plane. You did a nice job of the background with the post processing. I like the blurr.

I would much prefer to fly in a manufactured plane rather than home built! (I've got a call in today for my Waco flight... just waiting to hear back for the scheduled time... yipee) Lisa

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2008-09-20 13:07]
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Hi John
thats a nice PP work here, i like the blur background and sharp color of the plane :)

hi john.
surely this is a kids toy?
my ashes would refuse to fly in that let alone my dead body!!!!!!!!!!!!

nice and colourful with a good blurred effect.
excellent notes as per usual.

Hello John,

I've been away for the last few days on grandparent duty, so I've got some catching up to do.

As an avid builder of model planes in my youth, of the balsa wood variety, with doped tissue covered wings and fuselage, and powered by wound up rubber bands, I was very interested in this.

At first I thought this was a model plane trying to look like a full-sized one, but I now see that it's the other way around.

Anyway, this is a fine sharp colourful image of the machine, and you have done a good job of isolating the background.

An excellent frame and titling, and as ever you have researched the details well.

You might be interested in this biplane, built by the man who has been doing a lot of carpentry and decorating in my youngest son's house. He is amazingly skilled, and even built a scale model first. I haven't actually seen the plane, but greatly admire his abilities.

Kind regards,


John Hi:
Marvelous compositons, splendid details and tack sharp clarity
Wonderfully educational note, as always
Congratulations, very nicely composed and impressively presented

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