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by texl1649
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Reports $632 Million Loss
Replies: 78
Views: 15295

Re: Qatar Airways Reports $632 Million Loss

Didn't i read on another thread that QR is investing in TAAG? Like others have said above, what is their investment strategy? It seems to be investing in airlines that can't be turned around. That sounds like Etihad. Qatar and Etihad alike have a lot of ‘oil money’ royalty involved in their busines...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 294
Views: 50745

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Come on, zeke, it’s not an unsafe aircraft as your question basically implies (the 767 has a pretty solid 30+ year history, can we agree on that? Outside of terrorism and incompetence I think only the Amazon 767 crash outside Houston was a loss related to the elderly aircraft). FOD and some sort of ...

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by texl1649
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk
Replies: 26
Views: 1412

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

F/A was a Navy conjecture. Zero chance it’s applied by the USAF. It would be even less likely than the US Navy adopting any of the various Harrier designators from the Royal Navy.

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by texl1649
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk
Replies: 26
Views: 1412

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

This could also conceivably be the next Thunderbirds jet I would imagine. I realize traditionally they don’t fly trainers but really it would be a waste to utilize F-35’s for that role.

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by texl1649
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Improvements to the Boeing 787-8
Replies: 64
Views: 17817

Re: Improvements to the Boeing 787-8

A revised re-engined 788 would make sense when the family gets re-engined; after 2025. That is tough to conceive right now but keep in mind the A330 line will probably be closing around then (especially from a sales perspective). Boeing is likely to have a composite winged/fuse NMA and NSA alike on ...

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by texl1649
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Airbus standarize A321NEO/LR/XLR into a single version.
Replies: 56
Views: 7592

Re: Should Airbus standarize A321NEO/LR/XLR into a single version.

Airbus is pretty nifty in it's optional upgrades/options, here as on the A330 for instance for many years. Lot's of different MTOW's were offered there, and we don't know how the actual real world pricing for those worked out, but I suspect it's roughly analogous to how top trims on cars are massive...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115439

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Hey something I just thought of yesterday evening...at 36yrs., doesn't that make the MD-80 the longest-serving type in AA's entire history? I can't think of any other type that flew for them so long; I think the DC-10 and 727 each exceeded ~30yrs., but were each less than the Mad Dog's 36. Anybody ...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft
Replies: 119
Views: 19534

Re: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft

I think that there could be more to this story. About every aircraft mechanic on Earth would know that obstructing the connectors to an air data computer woud cause warnings. How do we know that this guy wasn't framed? It's easy to rush to judgement, especially with an Arabic name like that. One of...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft
Replies: 119
Views: 19534

Re: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft

Sabotage with a goal of delayed/cancelled flights has been happening all summer. AA needs desperately to figure out a way to just outsource a lot more maintenance. This relationship cannot be repaired.

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by texl1649
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115439

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

There were a lot more MD80’s @ AA at their peak than 757’s or 767’s, and a whole factor more flights, total, as well. The (greater DC-9) type was much more significant to Douglas/AA than the 767/757 or perhaps even the 747 in mainline US service. The nostalgia is just that, not a surprise event but ...

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by texl1649
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements/Discussion Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 13316

Re: DC-8s still in service

I don’t think there where any DC-8 flight in the past year or so? It just doesn’t make sense to operate these planes anymore, they cost a lot of money to maintain, a lot of money to refuel and there are so many other options available. Even if you look just at the capital cost it doesn’t make sense...

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by texl1649
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements/Discussion Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 13316

Re: DC-8s still in service

The congolese AF one was just put back in the air/refurbished this year, somehow.

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by texl1649
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 901
Views: 211505

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Any update on the reworked engines being delivered? I understood they were transported back to Peebles, OH via AN-124 in an effort to be as fast/require as little disassembly as possible for the 4 'compliance' engines. With the potential of 8+ birds sitting engineless shortly it would seem like GE i...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 158
Views: 30773

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

With the election pending in November there, is this expected to finally be re-decided after that?

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Boeing’s overall commercial game plan?
Replies: 131
Views: 14155

Re: What is Boeing’s overall commercial game plan?

Saab also has a history of delivering on contractual commitments on time, even for smaller production runs/lots. It's a bit of an unusual partnership, but both are working hard to remain tactical air prime vendors, and the collaboration probably makes a lot of sense as such. Boeing gambled pretty ag...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CN3 order 105 ARJ21s from COMAC
Replies: 34
Views: 5464

Re: CN3 order 105 ARJ21s from COMAC

Long live the T-tails/DC-9 legacy/almost-a-derivative!

They have lots of resources, no doubt, but I do question how much they spend on the welfare/healthcare of their citizens.

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another wide-body firefighting supertanker?
Replies: 66
Views: 9541

Re: Another wide-body firefighting supertanker?

There is no excess C-17 fleet anywhere to dedicate to firefighting. The C-130 also sits too low for any external fairing, and dumping out the back ramp is unlikely. The KC-10 fleet retirement may in fact open up some doors (haha) for further water bombers. There are a lot of 767's that will become a...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Boeing’s overall commercial game plan?
Replies: 131
Views: 14155

Re: What is Boeing’s overall commercial game plan?

Too big to fail are things like HSBC, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Industrial and Commercial bank of China, PNB, etc (see what they have in common?)

Boeing today would have to endure massive losses for over a decade before solvency really became an issue, though.

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 190
Views: 37619

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

Thx. I didn’t realize they basically had just/are just now replacing their whole C-130 fleet. Given that data, I agree it’s unlikely the USCG is the first branch to bring the 390 into US DoD service. I do doubt more C-27J’s will be brought on (as new orders) but maybe.

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Boeing’s overall commercial game plan?
Replies: 131
Views: 14155

Re: What is Boeing’s overall commercial game plan?

One poster has suggested that a revamped 787-8 could both be a very long range passenger and successor freighter to the 767. It would not be that much larger than a 767 which has been amazingly right sized for freighter operations. The main problem with that theory is the wing span of 787 (or A330)...

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by texl1649
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 190
Views: 37619

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

A massive redefinition of surveillance/SAR for the USCG to incorporate a drone fleet to replace the CN235’s/C27J’s isn’t likely in a single generation. It’s not exactly a SOCOM type of forward thinking/rapid change organization.

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 190
Views: 37619

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

I do realize it’s a ways off, but the CN235’s are in particular not going to make it much past 2030. Realistically, or not, the 390 offers a lot of capability as a bit of both worlds; efficient twinjet that can cover tons of ground in surveillance mode, could be refueled (plausibly by a drone tanker...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 prospects
Replies: 190
Views: 37619

Re: Embraer KC-390 prospects

The coast guard hodgepodge fleet of CN235’s and second hand C-27J’s is bound to need to be replaced at some point in the next 10 years. They are worked pretty hard too and with border security only growing as a high profile issue I could see a domestic assembly point being offered for the KC-390 as ...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 320
Views: 47761

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

MTOW increase on the 777-9? Not necessarily, additional fuel tanks and reduced payload can work with the current MTOW A 352t MTOW and 181t OEW 777-9 takes 414pax on 7525nm with 129t of fuel (352-181-41=129). London Sydney is what >9300nm, you will need 129*9300/7525=160t of fuel for the same 352t T...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 320
Views: 47761

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Boeing to offer 777-9x’ with palletized extra fuel tanks as stopgap until 778? https://www.airlineratings.com/news/boeing-offer-qantas-special-777x-9s-project-sunrise/ “Apparently the Boeing strategy of offering the larger 777X-9 will also enable Qantas to operate the flights a little earlier than t...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

Thx KC-top boom. Wish you’d post more again! Good feedback. Agree on bases in Oz. Disagree on some of the other stuff, but not enough to nitpick.

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

The US really is energy independent at this point, and as such needs to pull out of the Middle East, let Europe fend for itself now (prop up Britain vs. Germany/Russia/Turkey), and focus on more of an alliance with Australia, Japan, Philippines (long term), and yes S. Korea. It will take sustained d...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 31813

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

IF Airbus gets costs on the A220 down to near A320 levels (doubtful, maybe plus 25 percent), they still only get something like half the profit. I don’t see it happening (the A220-500).

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan
Replies: 15
Views: 1798

Re: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan

The F-15X, as the AAM bus that it is to be, would have/could be much more disruptive.

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 31813

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

If WN is considering another model, the only real other contender would be the Airbus A220 . The Boeing 737-800 and MAX 8 will have a place in the WN fleet---and possibly the MAX 9 as well (but not the MAX 10, as that would be a 5 FA plane). But WN will need an adequate plane in the sub-150-seat cl...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.
Replies: 62
Views: 11647

Re: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.

Involvement of the type cert. holder, in Germany, makes more sense. This time it really could happen.

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

Over the centuries, land/shore based artillery (and fortifications) has always wound up a critical year to ten years behind naval (mobile) firepower, and the same would almost certainly happen again. The prospect of pre-positioned Army supplies (think food/ammo) or Jet-A in low earth orbit is absolu...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

C-17 line is dead and buried as mentioned (as is Pratt's ability to make new engines for it). The funeral is over, and the annual grave site visits are attended by fewer each time. A putative New Tanker Transport program will/would be interesting, but IOC is realistically 2035 or later (probably 204...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One
Replies: 34
Views: 4523

Re: New Air Force One

What's interesting is that it has never even been used, but cost over a billion dollars to add/certify last time, and if it were ever used, then POTUS wouldn't be onboard. Several posts up there is a snide remark about "the art of the deal" but I would note adding this, a la US-101 specs, ...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

It could, but loading army gear through a side door two flights up is a bit trickier than commercial carriers, palletized is probably only about 60 percent of it. I’d love to see a breakdown, by aircraft/type, as to how AMC loads are split between tracked vehicles, wheeled, or palletized cargo.

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

You could strengthen the fleet with a some 747-8Fs. The palletized cargo they work fine. Why own those though? Probably more economical to contract that capability when required and if necessary the US Government can enact the Civil Reserve Air Fleet Program to handle rapid mobilization as they did...

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One
Replies: 34
Views: 4523

Re: New Air Force One

They’re including hangars and other items now. Also, it’s unlikely Trump ever flies on the new ones, they might get delivered just prior to the end of his second term though.

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by texl1649
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

My suspicion is that any F/T-X will need substantial upgrades, coming closer to 40MM than the present forecast cost of the trainer (including upgraded engine, avionics, and probably a larger wing). At a certain point, it would seem inevitable some sort of “F-21” (F-16) would be proffered by Lockheed...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

I don’t disagree mmo. Much of the cost of the C-17 was it’s extremely capable floor. A cheapened, re-engined model with a lighter floor loading capacity might have been interesting, especially as a somewhat new-altogether twin but it was not to be.

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

I don't think a re-engine program for the C-17 is real likely, at least not this decade. For reference, the KC-135 (CFM56), and C-5 programs took several decades longer to bear fruit than the present Pratt C-17 engines have hung under the wings, and of course the B-52 has been waiting for the bette...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

I don't think a re-engine program for the C-17 is real likely, at least not this decade. For reference, the KC-135 (CFM56), and C-5 programs took several decades longer to bear fruit than the present Pratt C-17 engines have hung under the wings, and of course the B-52 has been waiting for the better...

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by texl1649
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Latest on the CH53K
Replies: 9
Views: 2035

Re: Latest on the CH53K

Absolutely correct, Ozair. Also, Lockheed did brief/update @ PAS slightly/somewhat. I really, really don't think the USMC would walk away from this program very willingly/easily at all, and the Sikorsky folks don't seem real worried, after getting the recent billion dollar contract in May for it. ht...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 55
Views: 3962

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

It really is pretty fascinating to read those summary recommendations. I'd be curious if the next cargo aircraft specs can be blended in (BWB style?) to a next gen tanker, but the USAF seems obsessed with seeking large stealth tankers. The T/FX option I have also not seen advocated yet, officially. ...

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by texl1649
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Latest on the CH53K
Replies: 9
Views: 2035

Re: Latest on the CH53K

That's based on a May update essentially, I think, that Boeing is trying something to upgrade a legacy Chinook to an engine just a tad more modern than the T55 (which would have made sense a decade or two ago as well). https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-to-test-ch-47-chinook-with-two-...

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 830
Views: 80198

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Thanks again Ozzie for the information and perspectives you share on this forum. Hopefully this thread gets cleaned up. I agree it’s an interesting idea to phase the EX aircraft into active units and roll the older Strike Eagles to ANG ones.

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by texl1649
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 354
Views: 69357

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

A solid rudder (or canted tail planes) with some reinforcement between two aft mounted engines (ducted or not, but at least between the high pressure sections) would again afford great savings in noise/other factors (and likely could be more protective vs. an uncontained failure than the back end of...

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by texl1649
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 354
Views: 69357

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

The 727 and DC9 seemed to be able to be certificated as such.

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AA DFW
Replies: 9
Views: 2453

Re: AA DFW

I’ve already been advised by one aa mechanic here to travel DL when I had the audacity to note the delays the past few months (one multiple hours due to mechanic slowness to respond) but as I live in DFW area and fly weekly it’s not a real option. No other AA hub seems as inefficient at getting to o...

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AA DFW
Replies: 9
Views: 2453

AA DFW

Why does AA still even today not have an ability to have a gate open and ready for a domestic flight two hours late to have a gate open when a flight arrives (after taxiing 15 minutes to terminal c)? Isn’t this a pathetic level of coordination for the industry today or is it just more labor sabotage?

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