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by cmb56
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines are currently operating A340-500/600?
Replies: 7
Views: 1873

Which airlines are currently operating A340-500/600?

Not arguing about the economics here I am just curious who is currently operating the A340-500/600. I loved the re-engined DC-8 with the CFM engines and did a lot of work on those old birds; the 340 with the Trent engines to me is one of the most beautiful aircraft out there. Probably 15 years ago n...

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by cmb56
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax and Pilots are complaining about lavatories in AA B737-MAX
Replies: 215
Views: 40177

Re: Pax and Pilots hate AA B737-Max

I refer you to the "square pigs" as seen in an old SciFi movie titled Space Truckers.
That is where this is all headed.
Next up: No seats at all, you have a 9g body harness and stand up the whole flight.
LOL

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by cmb56
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada may cancel F18 deal
Replies: 242
Views: 46882

Re: Canada may cancel F18 deal

Perhaps this is dredging up ancient history but Canada should tell LM that they would gladly accept a fleet of F35s as compensation for the backstabbing they took from the US of A over the Arrow. The Arrow was probably the finest long range interceptor of the day, it was CNX's by Washington not by t...

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by cmb56
Wed May 24, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brake Chutes
Replies: 15
Views: 3210

Re: Brake Chutes

Most military combat aircraft do not have thrust reverse. I am not aware of any US fighter types that have TRs. The Tornado does, one reason it always has a dirty back end. The drag chute takes the place of TRs and helps slow down on short runways.

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by cmb56
Wed May 24, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brake Chutes
Replies: 15
Views: 3210

Re: Brake Chutes

Most military combat aircraft do not have thrust reverse. I am not aware of any US fighter types that have TRs. The Tornado does, one reason it always has a dirty back end. The drag chute takes the place of TRs and helps slow down on short runways.

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by cmb56
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would cause poor reception of the transponder?
Replies: 7
Views: 818

Re: What would cause poor reception of the transponder?

ADS is too simple a term, ADS-C is a data link communications with ATC usually over water or remote areas, runs through ACARS and either SATCOM or HFDL. ADS-B is continuously transmitted position and other aircraft data through the transponder. In either case radar plays no part.

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by cmb56
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Dassault Mirage IVA joins Yorkshire Air Museum
Replies: 3
Views: 1198

Re: Dassault Mirage IVA joins Yorkshire Air Museum

An interesting aircraft with an interesting history. Glad to see they will not simply go the way of so many others and disappear.

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by cmb56
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Possible 300 light attack fighters for USAF?
Replies: 43
Views: 7893

Re: Possible 300 light attack fighters for USAF?

Just my two cents worth of opinion. 1. I cannot under any circumstances conceive of the USAF buying a prop driven combat aircraft, they will not do it. 2. If stand off weapons instead of gun armament are to be the primary striking power what difference does the platform make. A Cessna Caravan can ca...

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by cmb56
Sat May 21, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is/was The B757 Ever Considered "heavy" To ATC?
Replies: 12
Views: 6024

RE: Is/was The B757 Ever Considered "heavy" To ATC?

The required aircraft category for <acronym title="Dallas - Addison (ADS), USA - Texas">ADS</acronym>-B is <acronym title="Southern Winds (Argentina)">A4</acronym> = high vortex for the 757, the only aircraft in that category. Anything larger is A5 = heavy. A320 / 737 are <acronym title="Aegean Avia...

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by cmb56
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf Seeks Disposabe Engine For UAS
Replies: 19
Views: 6778

RE: Usaf Seeks Disposabe Engine For UAS

Let me rephrase this just a bit. Lets look at the potential for a one time use airframe (any vintage) paired with modern electronics and one time use. Picture if you will, a 1/3 scale version of the old V1 but with modern electronics for a payload. One time use and costs more to shoot down that it c...

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by cmb56
Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf Seeks Disposabe Engine For UAS
Replies: 19
Views: 6778

Usaf Seeks Disposabe Engine For UAS

My suggestion is either an updated modernized pulse jet or a pulse detonation engine. Just about a close to throw away as you can get and capable of 400+ Kts speed. I know the fuel burn is high but they can burn almost anything. If you made them out of stainless steel or something durable they would...

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by cmb56
Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: F-35 Pummeled By F-16
Replies: 83
Views: 20555

RE: Report: F-35 Pummeled By F-16

Beyond visual range combat will only be available as long as the political rules of engagement allow it. Remember Vietnam? The F4 Phantom and Sparrow missile were supposed to chew up any enemy fighters without ever having to see them. That was until the rules of engagement required visual identifica...

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by cmb56
Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf To 'Re-Energize' Debate On Future Of CAS
Replies: 1
Views: 7852

Usaf To 'Re-Energize' Debate On Future Of CAS

From Aviation Week: US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> To 'Re-Energize' Debate On Future Of <acronym title="Casablanca - Anfa (CAS / GMMC) (closed), Morocco">CAS</acronym> A-10 boosters fear the <acronym title="Casablanca - Anfa (CAS / GMMC) (closed), Morocco">CAS</acronym> mission will be l...

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by cmb56
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Re-engine Proposal Botched
Replies: 85
Views: 19105

RE: B-52 Re-engine Proposal Botched

The solution is relatively simple. Lease the engines and pay by the hour. The <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> would have to pay for the new pylons and installation etc but you have a fixed per hour cost for the engines with a massive reduction in fuel burn. Since the new engines would be FA...

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by cmb56
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Re-engine Proposal Botched
Replies: 85
Views: 19105

B-52 Re-engine Proposal Botched

Aviation week has an article out concerning how proposals going back many years into the 1980 to re-engine the B-52 were botched. Big surprise there another government/military project that actually made economic sense is hoses up once again. Perhaps the old BUFF would look good with 4 <acronym titl...

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by cmb56
Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MIG17 Vs MIG15
Replies: 7
Views: 11829

RE: MIG17 Vs MIG15

The early jets were all pretty short range due to the fuel hungry engines. The Mig-15 was most likely intended to shoot down US B-29s not necessarily fight the F-86. When the Mig first met the B-29 over Korea they did just that shot so many down the B-29 missions were changed to avoid the Migs. The ...

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by cmb56
Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M Lifter
Replies: 100
Views: 24119

RE: Airbus A400M Lifter

If we compare the number of US military aircraft programs that have gone grossly over budget and behind schedule with the number of Airbus military projects that have likewise gone over budget and behind schedule the US wins by maybe 100 to 1. We live in a glass house and have no business throwing s...

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by cmb56
Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kind Of Maintenance Is Needed When A/C Are Stored?
Replies: 7
Views: 4741

RE: Kind Of Maintenance Is Needed When A/C Are Stored?

The program depends on the intent for the aircraft. Short term storage implies the aircraft will fly again and therefore needs to be kept in flyable condition. Long term storage implies the aircraft will be scrapped but may be salvaged along the way. It must remain "serviceable" so that any parts re...

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by cmb56
Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 757 No Longer A 'Heavy?'
Replies: 26
Views: 11262

RE: 757 No Longer A 'Heavy?'

The formal encoding of the aircraft weight class for <acronym title="Dallas - Addison (ADS), USA - Texas">ADS</acronym>-B transmission by the aircraft transponder is A5 = over 300,000. For the 757 it is classified as <acronym title="Southern Winds (Argentina)">A4</acronym> ( high vortex) as far as I...

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by cmb56
Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Kfir Made New Again
Replies: 11
Views: 6217

The Kfir Made New Again

I ran across an interesting video on You Tube a few days ago, it was put out by IAI about the Block 60 upgrade to the Kfir fighter. This upgrade basically zero times the airframe and completely rewires the aircraft with all new avionics and generation 4 firecontrol etc. Several South American nation...

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by cmb56
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What's The Single-engine Speed Record?
Replies: 11
Views: 5386

RE: What's The Single-engine Speed Record?

The post didn't define single engine jet. I believe the single engine prop record is held by "Rare Bear" a highly modified F8F Bearcat.
The ultimate single engine speed record would have to go to the X-15. Now for the jets I have no idea but is probably one of the hot century series.

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by cmb56
Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Future Of Remanufacturing
Replies: 0
Views: 3371

The Future Of Remanufacturing

I ran across an interesting video on You Tube a few days ago, it was put out by IAI about the Block 60 upgrade to the Kfir fighter. This upgrade basically zero times the airframe and completely rewires the aircraft with all new avionics and generation 4 firecontrol etc. Several South American nation...

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by cmb56
Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Fighter Statistics
Replies: 3
Views: 3105

Fighter Statistics

I have been doing some reading in the last few days related to the F35 and it's critics. I won't mention my opinion here. There are a lot of statistics thrown around concerning how well various fighters have done in combat. For example the F-15 is often quoted as having a proven record of 100+ to 0 ...

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by cmb56
Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Poor Tactics Of VMF 221 At Midway
Replies: 2
Views: 5592

RE: Poor Tactics Of VMF 221 At Midway

At the time of Midway the tactics to best deal with the Zero were not widely know or accepted. Those lessons came at a high price including the losses from VMF221. Later even the Hellcat and Mustang as good as they were did not turn with a Zero if they wanted to live long.

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by cmb56
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 200 A-10s For The Marine Corps?
Replies: 85
Views: 10707

200 A-10s For The Marine Corps?

Well this is the biggest / longest response I have ever had to a topic here. Since the Marine Corp is not prohibited from operating fixed wing combat aircraft and could therefore operate A-10s, would they even want them? If the AirForce did start the process of retiring all the remaining A-10s, woul...

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by cmb56
Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 200 A-10s For The Marine Corps?
Replies: 85
Views: 10707

200 A-10s For The Marine Corps?

Aviation Week today had an opinion article that should draw some interesting comments from both Marine Aviators and Air Force pilots. Opinion: Navy Struggles Over UAS Stealth Level: ..."That logic motivates people in the Navy, and elsewhere in the Pentagon, who want a high-end Uclass. Their hand has...

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by cmb56
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israel Considers KC-46 Acquisition
Replies: 30
Views: 8200

RE: Israel Considers KC-46 Acquisition

After the embargo that France slapped on Israel, long time ago that it was, I will be surprised if they every make a major defense buy from the EU.

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by cmb56
Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israel Considers KC-46 Acquisition
Replies: 30
Views: 8200

RE: Israel Considers KC-46 Acquisition

Are there any R model -135s in mothballs or that could be released for sale/lease to the IAF? From previous threads my understanding is the US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> need to keep everything they have active going until the -46s start to come on line. No argument that <acronym title=...

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by cmb56
Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Scorpion New Light-attack Jetplane To Fly In 2013
Replies: 10
Views: 9855

RE: Scorpion New Light-attack Jetplane To Fly In 2013

An aircraft like this has zero chance in the US or other "advanced" countries. Maybe as an export it can find a market. Why two seats? If it is a combat aircraft you give up that much payload for what, an extra set of eyes? Do you use it as a trainer? Close air support has changed a lot given how go...

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by cmb56
Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israel Considers KC-46 Acquisition
Replies: 30
Views: 8200

RE: Israel Considers KC-46 Acquisition

With the do it yourself ability that IAI has why would they buy or lease new when they can build their own from converted airframes. Granted these would not be new but Bedeck already does 767-PF conversions and the 707s they have were converted in house. If the IAF put hours on their tankers at the ...

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by cmb56
Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Matte Paint On Tankers And Transport Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 11582

RE: Matte Paint On Tankers And Transport Aircraft

Lets go back to the start of the thread. It is about flat finishes on tankers and transports. When you don't have to pay for the gas and turn a profit why would you care about the fuel economy. That why military planes, all of them, are flat finished. If you need to hide or absorb/radiate heat that ...

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by cmb56
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Matte Paint On Tankers And Transport Aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 11582

Matte Paint On Tankers And Transport Aircraft

During the Korean war a small number of F-86s were painted flat olive drab for evaluation. They burned so much more fuel the entire four ship flight they went with had to turn back early from patrols in Mig alley. The old Euro 1 dark green camo from the early 70s made sense to me on the A-10 where y...

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by cmb56
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Upgrades In The Works
Replies: 73
Views: 25279

RE: B-52 Upgrades In The Works

I believe the last proposal for new engines was 4 each CFM-56 similar to the DC-8 / <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-135 upgrade. <acronym title="Syrian Arab Airlines">RB</acronym>-211s or V2500s would work as well. Four of these would provide a total of 160,000 thrust...

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by cmb56
Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS A300 Crash In Birmingham, AL. - BHM Part 2
Replies: 292
Views: 77971

RE: UPS A300 Crash In Birmingham, AL. - BHM Part 2

If there was a published LPV approach into 18 at Birmingham and UPS had LPV capability on its aircraft we would not be having this discussion and two people would still be alive.

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by cmb56
Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tentor: A400M No Competitors For The Next 10 Years
Replies: 99
Views: 29629

RE: Tentor: A400M No Competitors For The Next 10 Years

Well the market for the high end C-17 could be running out of steam while the C-130 just doesn't get there for those same shoppers. Sort of like a choice between a 8 ton truck or a 3 ton truck when what you really need is a 5 tonner. You may want the 8 ton version but can't justify it and the 3 ton ...

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by cmb56
Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Awesome Pics Of Grizzly!
Replies: 12
Views: 8013

RE: Awesome Pics Of Grizzly!

Let me stir the pot here a bit. Ten years ago when the A400 was still just an idea the EU faced a choice of spending their tax dollars either in the US to buy C-17s and C-130s or in Russia to buy the <acronym title="Ansett Australia">AN</acronym>-70. Neither was as appealing as spending the money at...

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by cmb56
Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 14 Victories In 13 Days; Story Of Joe Foss
Replies: 5
Views: 5659

RE: 14 Victories In 13 Days; Story Of Joe Foss

As I recall the story Dick Bong was flying an early P-80 which had a tendancy to fail the primary fuel pump on the engine. There was a secondary pump that needed to be <acronym title="Air Nauru">ON</acronym> as well. Dick apparently did not have the secondary pump on and the primary failed shortly a...

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by cmb56
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 14 Victories In 13 Days; Story Of Joe Foss
Replies: 5
Views: 5659

RE: 14 Victories In 13 Days; Story Of Joe Foss

Joe Foss and others who served during the early days of WWII fought the toughest of battles. They in many cases were out numbered and faced an enemy flying higher performance aircraft. They succeeded by skill and also by using tactics that favored the strengths they could control. In the case of Joe...

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by cmb56
Fri May 24, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: National Air Cargo B744 Down In Bagram Part 2
Replies: 220
Views: 58974

RE: National Air Cargo B744 Down In Bagram Part 2

The recorders on the 747 are located on a shelf forward of the aft pressure bulkhead on the left side. They are about 7 feet off the floor, just a little out of reach if you don't have a short ladder. Pallets typically could not impact this shelf since the side rails etc would prevent that. A loose ...

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by cmb56
Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did Fed Ex Not Order The 764F's?
Replies: 61
Views: 12637

RE: Why Did Fed Ex Not Order The 764F's?

The most likely answer is that FedEx has a timeline to meet for when they want the aircraft in service and at what rate they want them delivered. A 767-400F would have to be developed at great cost and time which <acronym title="Federal Express (USA)">FX</acronym> probably doesn't have and Boeing do...

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by cmb56
Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Focke-Wulf 190 Restored In Norway
Replies: 14
Views: 7598

RE: Focke-Wulf 190 Restored In Norway

The term plastic with regard to WWII aircraft is not what we think of as plastic today. The RAF Mosqito was technically a plastic aircraft. A composite of balsa, plywood, and resins. So the Germans began to have parts of their aircraft made from wood composites also. The last models of the 109 did h...

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by cmb56
Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Built Airplanes Still Actively Flying?
Replies: 42
Views: 12549

RE: First Built Airplanes Still Actively Flying?

I believe the first 747-400F is flying with UPS as N580UP, ex CLX, ex Air France.

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by cmb56
Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Focke-Wulf 190 Restored In Norway
Replies: 14
Views: 7598

RE: Focke-Wulf 190 Restored In Norway

Agreed the Me-109 was the most produced fighter of the war. The <acronym title="Istanbul Airlines (Turkey)">IL</acronym>-2 was probably the most produced combat aircraft overall. In general terms Germany wasted resourses on high quality weapons like the Tiger and Panther tanks the Me-262 jet fighter...

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by cmb56
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Focke-Wulf 190 Restored In Norway
Replies: 14
Views: 7598

RE: Focke-Wulf 190 Restored In Norway

The <acronym title="Canarias Regional Air (Spain)">FW</acronym> was a more flexible aircraft, more multi-role capability than the 109. By the end of the war the 109 had been stretched about as far as it could go. a newer Me design should have gone into production 42-43. The <acronym title="Brit Air ...

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by cmb56
Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Vs Japanese/Italian 762 Tankers And SIN.
Replies: 21
Views: 16829

RE: KC-46 Vs Japanese/Italian 762 Tankers And SIN.

The 767-300 is about 20 feet longer than the -200. In the commercial freighters this allows four more main deck container positions. A two meter streatch would have no effect on commercial capacity but it may allow the boomers control position or other crew position to be added without loosing any o...

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by cmb56
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Vs Japanese/Italian 762 Tankers And SIN.
Replies: 21
Views: 16829

RE: KC-46 Vs Japanese/Italian 762 Tankers And SIN.

If the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-46 can carry 40K+ more fuel than the -200 based tanker I presume the additional is carried in tanks installed in the lower cargo compartments. As I recall the -200 and -300 have the same wing with the same internal tank capacity ...

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by cmb56
Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Stealth Fighter
Replies: 23
Views: 24275

RE: New Chinese Stealth Fighter

The American military should not make the same mistakes they have in the past when evaluating Soviet aircraft. The Russians designed their aircraft to do what they wanted not what Americans thought the Russians wanted it to do. For example the Mig 15 was designed to shoot down B-29s not dog fight F-...

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by cmb56
Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1,035th 767 & 777 - On The Line Together
Replies: 18
Views: 14253

1,035th 767 & 777 - On The Line Together

N353UP will deliver to UPS in late August, I don't know if that is 1035 or not. Next UPS delivery is in 2013.

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by cmb56
Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Will Be A Sitting Duck At Farnborough
Replies: 53
Views: 13434

RE: A400M Will Be A Sitting Duck At Farnborough

Politics aside, my intent was to point out how difficult product development in aerospace has become. There certainly were other choices available like the Antonov or a combination of C-130/C-17. The EU partners decided to spend their people's money at home even if it ended up costing more in the en...

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by cmb56
Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Will Be A Sitting Duck At Farnborough
Replies: 53
Views: 13434

RE: A400M Will Be A Sitting Duck At Farnborough

Lets see now. During WWII the B-29 was designed, brought into production, and went into combat in less than 3 years. How many crews were lost because of unreliable engines, including Boeing's chief test pilot. Granted that was war and a different time. But the complexity of the R3350 in that day has...

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