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by ssteve
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1507
Views: 102222

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

As the article noted, Boeing Commercial generates almost three times as much revenue as Defense, Space and Security and more than four times what Global Services does. Richard Aboulafia noted that if Boeing is going to focus resources somewhere, it will be in Commercial programs (MAX, 787, 777X). H...

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by ssteve
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas proposes amenities in the cargo hold for ultra long flights
Replies: 76
Views: 12458

Re: Alan Joyce floats the idea of "Cargo class"

WassbiKhalifa wrote:
L-1011's had a downstairs galley with two elevators to move the carts up and down. It was pretty cool.


PSA L-1011s had a lounge forward of the galley, accessible from interior stairs and with a door+airstairs for exterior access.

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by ssteve
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 110
Views: 28245

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

B737900ER wrote:
na wrote:

No way I´d fly on a Twin over the open Pacific.

Your options are extremely limited if that’s truly the case.


Nah, just charter one of the last few DC-8s. That's safer than a twin, right?

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 9290

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

My perspective is different: I've been a customer since 1996 and I've been wondering why it's taking so long for some people to catch on. I was a customer since half.com days where I sold my textbooks. So, I guess I’ve seen, and used it for 21 years Half.com was acquired by eBay, though yeah, it wa...

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by ssteve
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians
Replies: 107
Views: 17145

Re: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians

But at the end of the day, quarter, year, decade, and half century, Boeing's results speak for themselves -- their management has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to successfully run a company. They've lost market share. In that light, increasing earnings just means they're extracting value f...

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by ssteve
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Freighter Conversion Up in 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 2176

Re: Freighter Conversion Up in 2017

http://www.aeronautical-engineers.com/p ... let-md-80/

MD-80s might be more readily available if you don't need a 737.
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kitplane01 wrote:
I'm surprised anyone is converting MD-80s. I would think that a 737 would be able to do more at the same running cost.


http://www.aeronautical-engineers.com/p ... let-md-80/

MD-80s might be more readily available if you don't need a 737.

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by ssteve
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Fighter jet costs per hour are quite variable...
Replies: 23
Views: 1456

Re: Fighter jet costs per hour are quite variable...

If you need to maintain a force to get "air superiority" then it's a bit of an opportunity cost to then insist that force be parked and not utilized so that the "cheap" assets can take over. To a huge extent first world nations are buying these planes and keeping forces at the re...

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by ssteve
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crazy landing today during high winds (110 km/h) at Düsseldorf Airport
Replies: 44
Views: 10318

Re: Crazy landing today during high winds (110 km/h) at Düsseldorf Airport

I would have felt much safer in a jet than the small Q400...... Turboprops spool up much faster than jets. You’re better off in a turboprop in these conditions. Watch the go-arounds in the Cargospotter videos, for instance. As soon as they go-around, they rocket into the sky. Harder to get them dow...

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by ssteve
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA keeps 747SP fit for life beyond 2030
Replies: 36
Views: 4215

Re: NASA keeps 747SP fit for life beyond 2030

AviationAddict wrote:
I'm pretty sure this aircraft and the program it flies for is a 50/50 (or close to) joint venture between NASA and the Germans.


80/20, but the German flag on the airframe is a good indicator of that...

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by ssteve
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 188
Views: 36817

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread

Is the floor load so low that even pallets of parcels are way too heavy? If you think about it, the cardboard containers on the bottom of the pile are bearing the weight of the packages above. That is to say, cardboard is bearing that weight, not aluminum... I still have trouble believing that a 77E...

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by ssteve
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL JFK-SEA makes unplanned stop due to bathrooms
Replies: 33
Views: 8183

Re: DL JFK-SEA makes unplanned stop due to bathrooms

A passenger put 2 diapers down the toilet, and they ended up becoming frozen in the lav system. Contracted maintenance was able to get one of them out. The 757's have more bathroom issues than other aircraft with vacuum lavs. They are investigating which passenger... but they have nothing to go on....

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by ssteve
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Danish JSF plans in trouble
Replies: 64
Views: 5735

Re: Danish JSF plans in trouble

They're still coming to Vermont after all the noise NIMBY fights here, and the EIS admits that F-35s are just plain louder than F-16s. The 18 VTANG F-35s are planned for 300 "operations" each per year, so yeah, perhaps less than 300 flight hours. I can hear the F-16s flying and they tend t...

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by ssteve
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet
Replies: 71
Views: 23573

Re: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

I commute to work in an F1 race car, so this would be equally utilitarian for my flying needs. Where do I send the check?

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by ssteve
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?
Replies: 41
Views: 5055

Re: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?

One thing to bear in mind is that while the B-52 has huge wings, it's fuselage is basically 757-sized. When you have a payload, it's very dense... it's bombs or fuel. So you kinda want the 777-8 wings grafted onto the 767-2 for your off-the shelf replacement of the B-52. Not that that's possible. In...

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by ssteve
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10450

Re: Should AS look at an East Coast hub

PIT would be interesting. I lived in SEA 2011-2016 and never flew Alaska. They certainly have all the business routes within the US well covered. But I was either flying home (ALB/SYR/BTV) or a couple times to Hawaii. I suppose if I went to Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco I migh've flown em. Anyways, ju...

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by ssteve
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight
Replies: 42
Views: 10681

Re: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight

How do you get -4G from that flight profile? Maybe when it begins to return to controlled flight from falling inverted?

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by ssteve
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight
Replies: 42
Views: 10681

Re: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight

luzardofilho wrote:
Airplane recovered on the back in an inverted looping half.


Is recovery from a deep stall more likely inverted? Do you get more control authority? (Was Denzel Washington flying?)

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New SQ A380 suites revealed
Replies: 58
Views: 14756

Re: New SQ A380 suites revealed

AA747123 wrote:
That airvent in the ceiling is really ugly. I have never seen an airplane with something like that ever.


Other than that, though, the gridded suspended ceiling tiles are opulent.

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by ssteve
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 162980

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

If there is so much demand for the pax version, why did Boeing not sell them years earlier? Because Scott Kirby was not CEO of United years earlier? He seems to be the one pushing through UA's fleet replacement and modernization. He spearheaded the A350-900 order conversion and expansion to handle ...

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight
Replies: 42
Views: 10681

Re: Incident envolving Embraer KC-390 during a test flight

I wonder if the plot is groundspeed. Takes a big dip during the dive because they were falling straight down.

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 94496

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Read it again. You are going to have to explain. I'll try, even though someone deleted the original post. A few quoters rescued the other part. I said something along the lines of "Boeing even managed to dick over machinists in Quebec in favor of non-union machinists in Alabama even with no sk...

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early 747 lounges on upper deck?
Replies: 27
Views: 5252

Re: Early 747 lounges on upper deck?

Continental appears to have had a 1st class lounge up there, along with a "Polynesian Pub" (as gorgeous as you'd expect) accessible to economy on the main deck. And don't assume these sorts of things immediately disappeared. I'm 95% sure I flew a CO DC-10 in 1987 that had a Polynesian Pub ...

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 177572

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

For now Airbus does not have a huge incentive to invest in the CS500 (Boeing's real concern) since it would eat into A320neo sales. Even if it would be a superior aircraft on paper, the capex needed to get CS500 production on par with the well oiled machine that is A320 production would be very ver...

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex Air NZ DC8 Recovery Operation from The Amazon
Replies: 17
Views: 5559

Re: Ex Air NZ DC8 Recovery Operation from The Amazon

OP mentions a DC-10 stored in Cuba.

Such clement climates for storage!

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silk Way to add additional 747-8 freighters
Replies: 8
Views: 4136

Re: Silk Way to add additional 747-8 freighters

The question of a 772/77E-conversion was raised numerous times. I learned there is a structural problem, namely the floor making it economically unwise to convert these older 777s. I guess the same is true for all pax-777s. The floorbeams are composite and not aluminum, and so the floor cannot bear...

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by ssteve
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airBaltic grounds CSeries fleet
Replies: 37
Views: 13128

Re: airBaltic grounds CSeries fleet

Bombardier's asking price just went a lot lower. No, let's use Commerce Dept logic. If this is something that costs BBD a billion dollars to fix, BBD is required to charge Delta $13.3 million *more* for each of the 75 frames on order, because every dollar of program cost has to be apportioned into ...

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by ssteve
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 221
Views: 25188

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

40 years for these birds ? That's very optimistic. I bet that in less than 20 the president would want to be flying something else, a spaceplane maybe ? I see the Shuttle has been mentioned in the thread already... The 747-8 based Air Force One replacement is scheduled to go into service around 202...

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 192 fire on a Container Loader in Hong Kong
Replies: 78
Views: 21909

Re: American Airlines 192 fire in cargo hold in Hong Kong

Unless it is just the angle, I don't see any visible damage to the aircraft? Interestingly enough, I'm not even seeing black marks from the smoke on the fuselage? The underside of the cargo door was exposed to the flames for quite a while, but it's not visible in that picture. You can see soot mark...

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 684
Views: 186061

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41515516 "Air France engine debris found in Greenland" 95mi SE of Paamiut... lucky. They were over the Atlantic much more than they were over Greenland.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41515516 "Air France engine debris found in Greenland" 95mi SE of Paamiut... lucky. They were over the Atlantic much more than they were over Greenland.

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by ssteve
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 94496

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

The CSeries will never have access to the US market as long as it's Canadian owned. Even if we win at an appeal panel, at NAFTA, or at the WTO; the US will find a way to keep the CSeries out - by changing the rules, or have Boeing to lodge a slightly different complaint. All that while abusive duti...

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by ssteve
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BVT/HVN) - 2017
Replies: 174
Views: 16534

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BVT/HVN)

'Former Loring base preparing for new aviation repair firm' http://thecounty.me/2017/06/22/news/former-loring-base-preparing-for-new-aviation-repair-firm/ Wow, that's WAY up there. Could TATL flights pass customs there? It's 3 hours from the CBP guys at Bangor, but it's near the border. I wonder if...

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1422
Views: 133570

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The far side isn't always dark, of course, but is very isolated from terrestrial radio sources. As far as more practical, only if the base is already there... and you still have to land things on the moon, which costs a lot of lander mass. So there serviceability/simplicity has to outweigh simply la...

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 684
Views: 186061

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

I'm not sure I buy that guesstimate. In UA323 / Sioux City the entire fan disk took off, and yeah, it doesn't spray shrapnel, it just takes off in however many directions there are pieces, but if there's something in it's way, it's bad news.

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by ssteve
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 34695

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

If you build a better mousetrap, the world will NOT beat a path to your door, absent a worldwide MRO network and low acquisition costs.

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 34695

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

why are people using the word 'protectionism'? Boeing if anything, is practicing sound business ethics. Something we all should have learned growing up. If BBD could deliver a truckload of cash to the commerce department and get this ruling reversed, you'd consider that "ethics?" "Bu...

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by ssteve
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16905

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

My Point is that a previous poster said KLM had an excellent safety record. Its not exactly excellent if one of your flight crews took off with out permission and were then involved in aviations worst accidents! How many decades must pass before that's irrelevant? Because it's basically irrelevant,...

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F
Replies: 26
Views: 6826

Re: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F

Modified earlier post with strikethrough. Clean as mud to me!

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F
Replies: 26
Views: 6826

Re: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F

It's also interesting that they operate a mix of 777F and 748F. This order eventually gets them to 16 777F and 4 748F. ???

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16905

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

My Point is that a previous poster said KLM had an excellent safety record. Its not exactly excellent if one of your flight crews took off with out permission and were then involved in aviations worst accidents! How many decades must pass before that's irrelevant? Because it's basically irrelevant,...

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car
Replies: 56
Views: 16905

Re: KLM 777 wing panel falls off and hits driving car

I guess if someone calls a plane flaky, you can take them literally.

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by ssteve
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1507
Views: 102222

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

The KC-46A has been designed and built in what was expected to be a more streamlined process than the KC-767 and KC-135 / KC-10 programs leveraging Boeing Commercial assets rather than the traditional process of building a passenger 767 and then flying it to a separate facility and gutting it to re...

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by ssteve
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 737-700BDSF being delivered
Replies: 36
Views: 8887

Re: First 737-700BDSF being delivered

Huh, I didn't know the older NGs had eyebrow windows.

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?
Replies: 39
Views: 8123

Re: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?

Arion640 wrote:
Losing rudders half way over the Atlantic...


Google says Tasman Sea. ;)

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 Galaxy re-engine?
Replies: 13
Views: 2525

Re: C-5 Galaxy re-engine?

flyingclrs727 wrote:
I found the sound of the TF-39 quite grating. It sounded as if someone left some loose screws in them. It was a wonder to me that an engine in proper working order could make such sounds.


Proper working order may be setting the bar too high.

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread Pt.1
Replies: 8
Views: 2093

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread Pt.1

We could just change the Pt.1 to Pt.212 for clarity... not that there's any reason to close threads these days.

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 66
Views: 15080

Re: United not looking at C Series

Skywatcher wrote:
I suspect that the Boeing unfair trade allegations against Bombardier are having the intended effect in the U.S.


I dunno, UA saying they're sooo disinterested that they're not even thinking about the C-Series is a great way to get Bombardier to revise any outstanding price quotes lower. ;)

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Avro Arrow model found in Lake Ontario
Replies: 7
Views: 1356

Re: Avro Arrow model found in Lake Ontario

Flipping zebra mussels

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't civil air cargo use planes like the Boeing C-17?
Replies: 17
Views: 3722

Re: Why doesn't civil air cargo use planes like the Boeing C-17?

Fuel efficiency is a lower design priority than ruggedness, short field performance, and roll-on-roll-off type features. Range is typically lower. All that to say: the military planes are gas hogs. There are civil operators of types like the L-100... but those are for rare operators that want the fe...

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