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by Spacepope
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 104
Views: 16918

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

Simply put, the idea that the A330F is ideal to replace the MD-10/11 is not true as it pertains specifically to FedEx. It would ring true more from a dedicated bulk cargo carrier viewpoint but the way FedEx containerizes (as opposed to palletizing) really makes a mess out of the translation. So if ...

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by Spacepope
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets
Replies: 83
Views: 10737

Re: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets

Anyone know how many have been converted to freighters (if at all). Interested in this as these aircraft could be great for an idea I have.... Everts operates two frames, and UsaJet has one. Not sure how many others there are, if any http://imgproc.airliners.net/photos/airliners/2/4/5/2626542.jpg?v...

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by Spacepope
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 104
Views: 16918

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

N297FE had its winglets removed by ST Aerospace in BFM flew to MEM now having the LDS cockpit installed. N298FE was completed first and is now stored in IND awaiting certification approval. EFW & ST Aerospace have a A320/321 P2F program ready to launch. They keep C checking MD10's & repaint...

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by Spacepope
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 104
Views: 16918

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

They had one aircraft that they dewingleted (if that is a word). Which one? I'm curios about this. N297FE, which was purchased secondhand from Silk Way West after just 3 years of service with that freight carrier. (The other one purchased secondhand from Silk Way West, N298FE, did not have winglets...

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by Spacepope
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wells Fargo sues AA for not returning leased planes on time
Replies: 65
Views: 10497

Re: Wells Fargo sues AA for not returning leased planes on time

Anyone know which a/c these were? Don't know specific tail numbers but 757's maybe? Those are the only Boeing aircraft that left the fleet around that timeframe. 3 Boeing 767s registration N374AA, N7375A, and N376AN All of these were at the time in line for checks and freighter conversion fo ATSG. ...

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by Spacepope
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 104
Views: 16918

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

dispatchguy wrote:
Channex757 wrote:
FX also won't be affected by the wing cracking issue on the 767W at the moment, as they don't operate wingleted 767s.


They had one aircraft that they dewingleted (if that is a word).

Which one? I'm curios about this.

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by Spacepope
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 369
Views: 51321

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

Two updates to the above list....B752 N633DL was sent to BYH on Dec 2nd https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N633DL A321 N301DV was originally delivered and entered service as N301DN until June 29th 2016. On June 30th it was re-registered as N301DV in honour of Dave Vorgias who flew N301DN on its de...

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by Spacepope
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High altitude flights by commercial airliners
Replies: 54
Views: 6412

Re: High altitude flights by commercial airliners

As the last 747 Classics ever delivered, the VC-25's were built with the same GE CF6-80 jet engines installed in the early 747-400's. The VC-25's might have been heavy for 742's, but they were lighter than 744's. I am aware of that but it makes no difference at all as the limitation is the ability ...

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by Spacepope
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 write off - retirement - scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 188
Views: 39587

Re: A330 and A340 write off - retirement - scrapping thread - 2018

Update as on 13th June 2018: Airbus A330-322 MSN 96 CS-TKW HiFly Delivery 12 June 18 AMM-MAD, EI-reg ex EI-FSP This is a really old bird, I am surprised HiFly is taking up her. Was her cockpit upgraded? Lufthansa A340-313X D-AIFA seems to be a toast too, not holding my hope high. It appears HiFly h...

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by Spacepope
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward
Replies: 43
Views: 6397

Re: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward

Converted 777Fs? Where? Show your work. viewtopic.php?t=1377987 No further info other than Bedek is working on it. Far from converted 777's "killing it tbh" I'm interested to see the amount of work the 777's will need for a P2F conversion. I believe Bedek acquired one as a prototype for c...

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by Spacepope
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 193
Views: 33915

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

Seriously, anyone saying "only minor damage" after seeing that video should probably also go through an "assessment" like the plane. I agree. The fire seems to have eaten through the fusalage, underneath the cockpit.It's pretty obvious in this video: https://www.thesun.co.uk/new...

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by Spacepope
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward
Replies: 43
Views: 6397

Re: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward

JamesCousins wrote:
aristoenigma wrote:
Or are other options existing for freight operators?


Factory & converted 777F's seem to killing it tbh in terms of big freighters. Not as good as the 747 at oversized cargo, with no front door loading, but aside from that they seem to be the pick...


Converted 777Fs? Where? Show your work.

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by Spacepope
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward
Replies: 43
Views: 6397

Re: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward

What's widely regarded as the last two conversions were completed last year for Asiana, where they converted 2 744Ms from combi to full cargo (so the least change possible on their own metal). If further converted cargo capacity is needed you will either finally see someone bite the bullet on the 77...

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by Spacepope
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service
Replies: 95
Views: 11871

Re: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service

They can't just throw away an entire airplane because there was a fatality on board. Airlines can't afford to be wasteful like that. I don't believe the general public would be outraged or upset to know the aircraft will continue to go back in service, and I'm willing to bet many people expect that...

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by Spacepope
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High altitude flights by commercial airliners
Replies: 54
Views: 6412

Re: High altitude flights by commercial airliners

Many airliners ca happily operate above 41000 feet, however part of the certification process is the ability for the airliner to descend to 10000 feet in case of a rapid decompression within 10 minutes without overspeeding the airframe. This is why the slippery 748 has a lower ceiling (43,100 feet) ...

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by Spacepope
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N772SW Heading to VCV
Replies: 37
Views: 6972

Re: N772SW Heading to VCV

VCV does many military charters, and also has paint facilities. Could be anything.

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by Spacepope
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA1897 SAT-PHX Diverted suffering hail damage
Replies: 64
Views: 8660

Re: AA1897 SAT-PHX Divert

this a five figure or six figure repair? i'm guessing not seven. You might be surprised. Lots of sheet metal damage, glass, avionics. Then composite parts like wing fences, and inspections of the engines after they ate all that hail. Replacing all slats will be spendy. If there is bulkhead and stri...

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by Spacepope
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Speed Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1558

Re: Ground Speed Question

idude wrote:
Spacepope wrote:
Moose135 wrote:
No, that only effects you if you are taking off on a treadmill.


...but what if your cargo is a load of pigeons who are flying around the cabin all at the same time?


Stop wasting bandwidth with needless jokes!

False premise. All jokes are needed!

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by Spacepope
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets: HNA Bailout
Replies: 52
Views: 6957

Re: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets

100 ARJ-21? That's like another century worth of production.

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by Spacepope
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Speed Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1558

Re: Ground Speed Question

Moose135 wrote:
idude wrote:
Does it have to do with earth's rotation?

No, that only effects you if you are taking off on a treadmill.


...but what if your cargo is a load of pigeons who are flying around the cabin all at the same time?

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by Spacepope
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?
Replies: 50
Views: 10278

Re: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?

It looks like another one has gone to the same place. N532SV was delivered from MIA to KBP as well.

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by Spacepope
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 361
Views: 41068

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

All have PWs, so there's that. So the short answer to your question is "Yes", maybe. I mean, it's not a straight-up disqualifier like having Rolls Royce powerplants. Yes most conversions lately have been CF-6 but it might be a good idea to diversify with pratts a bit if only to have anoth...

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by Spacepope
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 361
Views: 41068

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

I see that ELAL is retiring their 767-300's. Anyone think they could become cargo jets?? All have PWs, so there's that. So the short answer to your question is "Yes", maybe. I mean, it's not a straight-up disqualifier like having Rolls Royce powerplants. Yes most conversions lately have b...

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by Spacepope
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?
Replies: 50
Views: 10278

Re: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?

Delta probably let this company use their existing MD-80 pilots for this and if they intended to fly this plane to Johannesburg, the pilot can fly as passengers back to Atlanta. Edit: it’s going to Ukraine, not Africa. As mentioned by http://www.airliners.net/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&a...

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by Spacepope
Wed May 30, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?
Replies: 50
Views: 10278

Re: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?

Would this ship maybe be a cargo conversion candidate? No. The only MD-80 cargo conversion line is in the US, so sending it across the Atlantic is a sign it's not getting converted. Gotcha, I wasn’t sure if IAI or someone similar had the capability to do a conversion. Afaik only AEI does the conver...

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by Spacepope
Tue May 29, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Was the ramming tactic chosen in 9/11 the correct one?
Replies: 42
Views: 4195

Re: Was the ramming tactic chosen in 9/11 the correct one?

Nomadd wrote:
jetblueguy22 wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:

It would not work and where did you get the idea it would?

GF

Probably Top Gun



RIP Goose

Yeah, because engines work just fine when you feed them exhaust.

[[CITATION NEEDED]]

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by Spacepope
Tue May 29, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?
Replies: 50
Views: 10278

Re: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?

G500Captain wrote:
Would this ship maybe be a cargo conversion candidate?


No. The only MD-80 cargo conversion line is in the US, so sending it across the Atlantic is a sign it's not getting converted.

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by Spacepope
Mon May 28, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?
Replies: 50
Views: 10278

Re: Retired AA MD-80 , N70504, has left Roswell for a new life?

so where do the pilots come from? Well, when a mommy pilot and a daddy pilot love each other very much AND THEY'RE MARRIED... Did your parents never have "the talk" with you No need to discuss why or why not it would be good to operate in the Ukraine, dollars to donuts it's going to wind ...

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by Spacepope
Sun May 27, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why were the 757 and 767 such dead-end designs?
Replies: 109
Views: 16543

Re: Why were the 757 and 767 such dead-end designs?

Looking over old posts about why the 757-300 and 767-400 were commercial failures, it seems like the overall consensus is that these two variants came out too late and were already obsolete in 1999. Therefore, I can't help to wonder what makes these two variants different from the 737 NG or 747-8, ...

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by Spacepope
Sat May 26, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?
Replies: 58
Views: 8292

Re: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?

there was a mod with the ROLLS BR715 that UPS did on some B727-200 airplanes if I recall correctly. It was the RR Tay engine, which was a solution available only for the -100 series. That was fine because that's the only 727 version that UPS ever flew. Except for the 8 or so -200s it flew. But yes,...

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by Spacepope
Sat May 26, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?
Replies: 58
Views: 8292

Re: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?

The nasty thing about tail mounted engines is that changing the engines changes the centre of mass by a lot, as the distance from the centre of mass to the engines is long. So if you add weight on the back, you need to add weight on the front to keep the centre of mass in the same spot. Indeed, eve...

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by Spacepope
Fri May 25, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 119
Views: 16268

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

Wait till the Mad Dog retirement spree dies down (G4 replacing with used Airbus, AA replacing with used Airbus , DL replacing with.... no direct replacement.) With UA on their used Airbus buying spree and WN finished with their 73G buys, maybe we'll see some more normal retirements. Or maybe the US...

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by Spacepope
Thu May 24, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 119
Views: 16268

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

And one of several reasons why they are NOT mine. I will take LH and SIA's dispatch and OT reliability, clean toilets and 4 engines on younger aircraft over the drink light years before I even think of Delta. But, hey, everybody is entitled to their choice and I don't mock anyone for feeling differ...

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by Spacepope
Tue May 22, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scrapping very old models
Replies: 14
Views: 2884

Re: Scrapping very old models

B764er wrote:
Hope the dc8's do go somewhere far away to work hauling cargo. How many old UPS dc8's have made it? Anybody knows?

Iirc, exactly zero UPS 8s made it out.

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by Spacepope
Tue May 22, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scrapping very old models
Replies: 14
Views: 2884

Re: Scrapping very old models

Planes can be very valuable when they get scrapped, especially planes that are still used around the world like 737s, 747s. The guys over at the yard will usually recycle the avionics, engines, or anything that can be reused for another plane. The rest of it is turned to scrap and is sold as metal....

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by Spacepope
Thu May 17, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect of Kilauea eruption on Hawaii Aviation
Replies: 16
Views: 2654

Re: Kīlauea erupts to FL 300:

it's not new magma, but pulverized old rock that isn't as damaging to fan blades--but nothing you want to fly through. Discrete explosion that lasted a few minutes. The govt scientists state that there could be more, maybe bigger eruptions, but nothing like Eyjafjallajökull in terms of a high-traff...

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by Spacepope
Thu May 17, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect of Kilauea eruption on Hawaii Aviation
Replies: 16
Views: 2654

Re: Kīlauea erupts to FL 300:

it's not new magma, but pulverized old rock that isn't as damaging to fan blades--but nothing you want to fly through. Discrete explosion that lasted a few minutes. The govt scientists state that there could be more, maybe bigger eruptions, but nothing like Eyjafjallajökull in terms of a high-traff...

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by Spacepope
Wed May 16, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg Article on Second Lives of 747s
Replies: 11
Views: 2996

Re: Bloomberg Article on Second Lives of 747s

I think he is referring to factory-built freighters in the article. I haven't seen any evidence that there is a demand to perform P2F on the pax versions. The article also says towards the end that Boeing no longer performs a 747-400 passenger to cargo conversion. :( Indeed. Bedek did the last 2 la...

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by Spacepope
Tue May 15, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hail Damages Southwest Planes in DEN
Replies: 34
Views: 8834

Re: Hail Damages Southwest Planes in DEN

These storms usually happen a little later in the summer after the monsoon sets up, with big pop up storms in the afternoon that only last a short while. We get all kinds of interesting diversions down here in COS (when we're not getting pummeled too). How many aircraft are still grounded and what k...

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by Spacepope
Mon May 14, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)
Replies: 165
Views: 23454

Re: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2018)

audidudi wrote:
So can I assume that this is/was not one of the birds that UAL is getting from HA?

Correct. UAL is getting 767-300ERs from HA. The frame in question here is a straight -300

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by Spacepope
Sun May 13, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics
Replies: 94
Views: 13930

Re: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics

Is the JT8D engine still in production? I thought that Boom supersonic aircraft will use a variant of it? No, but there are lots of them coming off of retiring MD-80's. ...that are all used up, need an overhaul, and are of the -200 series that's pretty much a completely different engine than the on...

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by Spacepope
Sun May 13, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST
Replies: 111
Views: 23305

Re: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST

ikramerica wrote:
Speed Tape!


Slightly more involved of a fix. It'll need some bondo too.

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by Spacepope
Sun May 13, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Southwest’s Flights always so bumpy?
Replies: 92
Views: 13585

Re: Why are Southwest’s Flights always so bumpy?

I thought that it was surely, after seeing the average mass of a WN passenger, that they were weight limited and therefore incapable of climbing above weather.

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by Spacepope
Sat May 12, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 187
Views: 22530

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

787 MLG are currently maxed out at current MTOW. I think there is still room with the wing. I agree with both assessments. I believe the tires are also maxed out too. It is non-trivial to upgrade at this point. I'm thinking it might not be worth the effort. Lightsaber Actually the landing gear is r...

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by Spacepope
Thu May 10, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F/A-18 Hornet variant conversions
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: F/A-18 Hornet variant conversions

That's a different question, since we're talking about the air force serials changing on this Finnish Hornet. We don't know which MSN they used for the Frankenhornet (They've done this with a USMC F-5 E and F amalgam as well). A DC-9 was rebuilt one time using the fuselage of one, and the wings from...

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by Spacepope
Thu May 10, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F/A-18 Hornet variant conversions
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: F/A-18 Hornet variant conversions

Thanks guys for the responses. So theoretically speaking, if the US Navy or Marines had decided to convert an F/A-18C to D (or vice versa) for whatever reason, would the construction number of the aircraft also change? Don't know, but with the Finish example the "serial" number did change...

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by Spacepope
Wed May 09, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will WN begin to retire the 73G?
Replies: 46
Views: 4581

Re: When will WN begin to retire the 73G?

I'll ask again, what is the hours/cycles of WNs most used 73Gs? That determines when they are retired. A refresh of cabin product is expensive, but not nearly as expensive as replacement. And Boeing would be happy to collect the fee to extend 737NG LOVs: It was only 2016 when the final 737-500s wer...

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by Spacepope
Tue May 08, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will WN begin to retire the 73G?
Replies: 46
Views: 4581

Re: When will WN begin to retire the 73G?

lightsaber wrote:

737NGs are good for 110,000 cycles and 125,000 hours. There isn't any close, yet.



The SDR site has been down for 5 days now, but some of WNs oldest 73Gs must be pushing 75,000 hours by now. When does the really expensive forward bulkhead replacement come into play?

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by Spacepope
Tue May 08, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines Retires The Sole Boeing 767-300 (non ER version)
Replies: 44
Views: 11691

Re: Hawaiian Airlines Retires The Sole Boeing 767-300 (non ER version)

There is a specific difference between ETOPS operations and -ER configured aircraft. An -ER aircraft is not necessarily required for ETOPS operations. Also, an -ER aircraft may not necessarily be configured for ETOPS. The suffix designator -ER only refers to additional fuel tanks which extend the f...

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by Spacepope
Mon May 07, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will WN begin to retire the 73G?
Replies: 46
Views: 4581

Re: When will WN begin to retire the 73G?

Tired as in CFM-56 pieces flying all over the place and WN finally running out of luck...come on its pretty obvious this has been going on for some time now, time to put those old birds to rest, the sooner the better VH-OQA - the QF A380 with uncontained engine failure was 2 years old at the time o...

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