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by JohnJ
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clearing customs in Anchorage
Replies: 8
Views: 1815

Re: Clearing customs in Anchorage

We get international weather diversions from JFK all the time here in Hartford/BDL, and pax don’t typically deplane. There have been a few times when crews have timed out and such where deplaning has been required, and it causes a lot of problems here since the customs/immigration staff isn’t full-t...

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by JohnJ
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NYT obituary for the last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster.
Replies: 22
Views: 3889

Re: NYT obituary for the last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster.

The Hindenburg crash site in Lakehurst, NJ is worth a visit. You have to make advance reservations, and be a U.S. citizen to visit, as it’s on an active military base. If you have base privileges, you can get there without issue. They have a small museum on site.

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by JohnJ
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 suffers nose gear collapse
Replies: 50
Views: 74338

Re: Boeing 787 suffers nose gear collapse

This plane did a transcon flight from Moses Lake to Westover, MA yesterday.

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by JohnJ
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 455217

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

In the Turkish 981 DC-10 crash in 1974, the crew had lost all control of the aircraft and it entered a 20-degree nosedive. As it neared the ground, its trajectory began to flatten out as a result of the tremendous speed the aircraft gained on the way down.

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by JohnJ
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR halts arrivals temporarily due to drone sightings
Replies: 18
Views: 4336

Re: EWR halts arrivals temporarily due to drone sightings

This Drone thing is seriously getting out of hand... Hard to believe there isn't any private corporations behind all this trying to trade and develop some sort of anti-drone-detection system to be installed at airports. Nah, makes for a good conspiracy theory but the more likely scenario is just st...

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by JohnJ
Sat May 05, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA's domestic 777 vs DC-10
Replies: 36
Views: 4918

Re: UA's domestic 777 vs DC-10

Hartford (BDL) and Colorado Springs (COS) got them, too. I thought I read the reason cities like COS, DSM and OMA got them was to get them out of overnighting in DEN - something about high overnight parking charges or something? The BDL DC-10s operated on an ORD-BDL-BOS route. You can’t fly commerci...

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by JohnJ
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did PanAm feed its network?
Replies: 100
Views: 11708

Re: How did PanAm feed its network?

In the 1980s Memphis appeared on Pan Am's timetable by virtue of Air Atlanta, which had a close partnership with Pan Am. The planes at MEM were all Air Atlanta, but I remember seeing Pan Am World Services ground equipment there.

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by JohnJ
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F
Replies: 50
Views: 9856

Re: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F

Cool. FedEx operates a similar flight MEM-DXB on a 777. It appears to be nonstop eastbound only; not sure if it's a "round the world" flight like the UPS one.

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by JohnJ
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs
Replies: 40
Views: 6371

Re: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs

The former Eaker Air Force Base in Blytheville, AR served as a peak-period hub for the USPS for a brief period in the 1990s. It has an 11,500-foot runway, so would seem a good location for some type of cargo operation. Wikipedia mentions some outfit called USA Floral taking a lease at the facility t...

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by JohnJ
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will an airport be named after Obama?
Replies: 70
Views: 11156

Re: Will an airport be named after Obama?

I don't think any side of the aisle is gonna argue that Gerald Ford was exactly a great enough historical figure to get an airport named after him, but he was from Grand Rapids so the people from Grand Rapids want to honor the most important figure to ever come from/be associated with Grand Rapids....

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by JohnJ
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff History Question - 747 Schedule April 1969
Replies: 49
Views: 5254

Re: Braniff History Question - 747 Schedule April 1969

Amazing no one thought to take a picture of that green 747 during the brief period it wore those colors. The closest I've seen is a model of it. I always wondered why all the BN 747s wore the orange livery once they started taking on more of them in the late 1970s. As the story goes, the single oran...

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by JohnJ
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff History Question - 747 Schedule April 1969
Replies: 49
Views: 5254

Re: Braniff History Question - 747 Schedule April 1969

There's a Facebook page called Braniff Flying Colors that has tons of good information, and regularly posts exhaustive studies of the airline's fleet through the years.

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by JohnJ
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff History Question - 747 Schedule April 1969
Replies: 49
Views: 5254

Re: Braniff History Question - 747 Schedule April 1969

Braniff had a single 747 for many years, and I don't think it went into revenue service until 1971. They surely never did HNL-STL as a scheduled service with 747s. They were supposed to get another (green) 747 but cancelled the order. Additional 747s and 747SPs came into the fleet post-deregulation.

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by JohnJ
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Advertisement on aircraft livery?
Replies: 43
Views: 5718

Re: Advertisement on aircfraft livery?

Skybus had an A319 carrying advertising for Nationwide Insurance.

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by JohnJ
Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: If you had a good telescope...
Replies: 4
Views: 2492

Re: if you had a go od telescope...

Sure. Planes come over my house at around 24,000 feet and I can get pretty clear shots of them with a 400mm camere lens, which is the rough equivalent of a medium-power set of binoculars.

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by JohnJ
Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx MD-10 on fire at FLL
Replies: 117
Views: 31922

Re: FedEx MD-10 on fire at FLL

In terms of the way the aircraft ended up, it looks pretty similar to the FX MD-10 crash at MEM a few years ago.

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by JohnJ
Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where did USAir send their 767-200s?
Replies: 58
Views: 9119

Re: Where did USAir send their 767-200s?

In the 1990s they used them transcon; I flew one LAX-PHL.

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by JohnJ
Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which civilian airports are also B1B stations?
Replies: 18
Views: 2957

Re: Which civilian airports are also B1B stations?

B1s are common airshow static display planes, so that would be a good route to explore. One was on display last month at the New York Airshow.

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by JohnJ
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Expensive Flight per Mile
Replies: 44
Views: 11389

Re: Most Expensive Flight per Mile

Air Canada on BDL-YYZ is routinely $2000 r/t, on a coach-only Beech 1900D. Great Circle Mapper shows that route at 373 miles.

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by JohnJ
Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening: Fence
Replies: 3
Views: 1075

Re: Pre-Screening: Fence

Thanks, guys, I won't submit, then. Appreciate the feedback.

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by JohnJ
Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening: Fence
Replies: 3
Views: 1075

Pre-Screening: Fence

I haven't uploaded in a while, but I seem to recall not too long ago some relaxation on the obstruction rule. The shot linked below has a fence obstruction, and I know in days of yore that would have constituted an immediate rejection. Is the fence a killer for this shot? Note this isn't a final edi...

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by JohnJ
Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A300 at Bradley
Replies: 15
Views: 4459

Re: American A300 at Bradley

American uses the A321 into BDL, and it's not uncommon for United to schedule a 739 in at various points during a year. Delta commonly subs 757s for smaller equipment (we've seen a number of these during the past week), and also sent in a 739 on Monday.

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by JohnJ
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Planned Routes That Never Came To Fruition
Replies: 125
Views: 18350

RE: Planned Routes That Never Came To Fruition

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/fanofjets" class="quote" target="_blank">fanofjets</a> (<a href="#50" class="quote">Reply 50</a>):<br/><i>Honorable mention goes to the Pan Amer...

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by JohnJ
Wed May 25, 2016 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Family Variants & Different Landing Gear
Replies: 36
Views: 5573

RE: Aircraft Family Variants & Different Landing Gear

767-400 and 737 MAX.

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by JohnJ
Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Which Smart Phone To Buy?
Replies: 7
Views: 4857

RE: Which Smart Phone To Buy?

That thread is useful especially for iPhone users. The catch with a mobile phone is lack of any optical zoom capability. Even a tiny amount of digital zoom hugely diminishes the quality of an image. If you can find a mobile phone with optical zoom that would be good (iPhone 6s was rumored to get thi...

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by JohnJ
Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening: Cloudy Day Blues
Replies: 6
Views: 795

RE: Pre-Screening: Cloudy Day Blues

Yep, though I want to do a re-edit using Yang's suggestion. His version does look better than mine.

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by JohnJ
Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening: Cloudy Day Blues
Replies: 6
Views: 795

RE: Pre-Screening: Cloudy Day Blues

Thanks for the input, and especially to YQZ380 for the edit. Tough call on this one - the only reason I even bothered to upload it is the newsworthy/historic angle to it, being the first airline-operated A350 into the United States. I guess I'd hoped the newsworthy angle might be enough to overcome ...

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by JohnJ
Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screening: Cloudy Day Blues
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Pre-Screening: Cloudy Day Blues

As usual, when a big aviation even comes up, in come the clouds. This is particularly problematic at airports where overhead shots are about the only thing you can get. Qatar flew one of their A350s into <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York...

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by JohnJ
Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Morgan Freeman Escapes Aircraft Incident
Replies: 27
Views: 15176

RE: Morgan Freeman Escapes Aircraft Incident

Quite the flight track on this one - glad he's OK:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N30GZ

[Edited 2015-12-06 07:43:50]

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by JohnJ
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

RE: New IPhone: Tips?

Thanks for the info, still waiting to find a suitable subject. Getting close enough to a plane here in Connecticut is a tall challenge, but I'm on the hunt!

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by JohnJ
Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:43 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

RE: New IPhone: Tips?

Cool! Can you two with posted iPhone pix detail your workflow and which camera app you used?

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by JohnJ
Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Memories: Northwest Airlines, DC-9s, And Memphis
Replies: 24
Views: 6357

RE: Memories: Northwest Airlines, DC-9s, And Memphis

I lived about 5 miles north of the approach end of <acronym title="Memphis - International (MEM / KMEM), USA - Tennessee">MEM</acronym>'s Runway 18R growing up, from 1975 until 1986. This meant I got to see firsthand the transition from Southern to Republic, though my parents moved to a different se...

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by JohnJ
Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:14 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

RE: New IPhone: Tips?

Very nice, gives me some inspiration! Finding a subject in the right position with the right light is the challenge...

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by JohnJ
Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

RE: New IPhone: Tips?

The locomotive picture linked above was taken in much better lighting conditions. Unfortunately, when I visited the closest airport yesterday the planes that were oriented better for sun were too far away for the iPhone.

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by JohnJ
Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

RE: New IPhone: Tips?

Neat, thanks for the edit. I was only maybe 20 feet from that airplane and that was the best I could do to go full-frame without zooming. That alone will probably limit the usefulness of the phone for A.net shots; I'd hoped maybe it could replace my point-and-shoot for trips where I don't want to br...

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by JohnJ
Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

RE: New IPhone: Tips?

Well, I dunno about all this. I went out today with some nice sun and practiced on an airplane and a train. My first impression is that you have to be REALLY close to your subject to avoid zooming - and the shots where I did zoom look horrible. Second, I was worried about ISO; I didn't even need to ...

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by JohnJ
Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

RE: New IPhone: Tips?

Another consideration here is zoom. Doing a Google search on "iPhone 6s optical zoom" nets me several news stories from January of this year that say iPhone 6s "may" have optical zoom. But that's all I can find, so I have to assume that feature didn't make the cut and the phone has digital zoom like...

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by JohnJ
Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:31 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

RE: New IPhone: Tips?

Thanks for the replies. I just installed Camera+ and it seems to have most of the features I need, plus only costs $3. It seems a worthwhile app to have even if you're not trying for A.net shots. The 6s has a 12mp camera, but I guess the proof will be in the quality of the sensor. If it's sunny out ...

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by JohnJ
Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New IPhone: Tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

New IPhone: Tips?

So after being an Android user for many years, and not particularly impressed with the camera feature on my Droid RazrM, I decided to go over to an iPhone 6s. I'm still getting used to the phone, and I understand the camera is supposed to be pretty good. Just in my initial fiddling around with it, t...

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by JohnJ
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: JFK Spotting: Reaching Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Replies: 6
Views: 4555

RE: JFK Spotting: Reaching Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Not sure about the stop, but just make sure Runway 31L is being used for departures before you go to all that effort. You stand a good chance that it will be, but you never know.

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by JohnJ
Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus To BDL, LAX and EWR
Replies: 67
Views: 16077

Aer Lingus To BDL, LAX and EWR

Can someone confirm or debunk my understanding of the United-Aer Lingus Star Alliance relationship? If they hope to capture business travelers out of <acronym title="Windsor Locks (Hartford / Springfield) - Bradley International (BDL / KBDL), USA - Connecticut">BDL</acronym>, Aer Lingus will need to...

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by JohnJ
Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Was TWA Like?
Replies: 60
Views: 11666

RE: What Was TWA Like?

I had some good times on TWA back in the mid 1990s. I was traveling weekly for work, and at that time if you didn't do a Saturday night stay, pretty much every airline charged full coach fare. This meant an average trip in coach was in the $1000 range. TWA had a promotion whereby if you paid full co...

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by JohnJ
Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff Was To Replace DC-8s With 767s
Replies: 65
Views: 12638

RE: Braniff Was To Replace DC-8s With 767s

There is a Facebook group called "Braniff Flying Colors" that has a wealth of information on the airline. According to them, Braniff actually announced the 767 in 1978 as the replacement for the DC-8. The 767-100 would have been used domestically as replacements for 727-200s on longer routes, and th...

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by JohnJ
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screen: Static Display - JohnJ
Replies: 11
Views: 1098

RE: Pre-Screen: Static Display - JohnJ

That last edit did the trick - thanks again for all the advice! <br/><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/photo/USA---Air/Rockwell-B-1B-Lancer/2656441/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href="/photo/USA---Air/Rockwell-B-1B-Lancer/2656441/M/" target="_bl...

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by JohnJ
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post Screening: Grainy
Replies: 5
Views: 1131

RE: Post Screening: Grainy

Sorry - wrong thread - mods please delete.

[Edited 2015-06-14 09:17:43]

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by JohnJ
Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screen: Static Display - JohnJ
Replies: 11
Views: 1098

RE: Pre-Screen: Static Display - JohnJ

Continued thanks on the feedback - I did some additional CCW. Hope it's not too far this time. This one is giving me fits for some reason, and normally I'd bag it. Unfortunately, I like B-1s too much to do that. <a href="http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/c1433371056.4074b1_102_ain_3248_4....

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by JohnJ
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screen: Static Display - JohnJ
Replies: 11
Views: 1098

RE: Pre-Screen: Static Display - JohnJ

OK, there is a shed just in front of the intake, under the B-1. I leveled off that. Any better? Seems PS7 which I have requires 3rd party plug-ins to correct distortion. <a href="http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/e1433285604.0114b1_102_ain_3248_2.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.airliners....

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by JohnJ
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screen: Static Display - JohnJ
Replies: 11
Views: 1098

RE: Pre-Screen: Static Display - JohnJ

Thanks for the feedback - I have an older version of Photoshop, so not sure if distortion correction is present. I'll do the CCW as recommended and leave a note for the screeners. We'll see how it shakes out.

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