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by ssteve
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1078

Re: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?

In the early 80's the original production C-2's were being considered for replacement, I recall what seemed an unlikely proposal, here it is; https://www.airlinereporter.com/2014/05/airliners-landing-aircraft-carrier-oh-yes/ Oh, that's cool. Amazing that they were considering passenger jets like th...

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by ssteve
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1078

Re: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?

Wow, I didn't realize there was a CMV-22B. My first thought is of course 'where are the going to put it?' ... the answer is.. they have to unload and reload before using the deck for anything else, so they don't really put it anywhere? I guess it folds to its fuselage dimensions, but maybe they're s...

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by ssteve
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 213
Views: 12983

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Have non-US regulatory authorities advocated for cameras?

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by ssteve
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 219
Views: 22719

Re: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread

Another outsourcing success for Boeing.

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by ssteve
Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5M vs C-5A range performance?
Replies: 22
Views: 3324

Re: C-5M vs C-5A range performance?

Yeah, M (SCM) ... I wonder if it's NASA or the NRO that pays to keep 'em around.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada To Allow KC-46 Into Tanker Competition
Replies: 9
Views: 1237

Re: Canada To Allow KC-46 Into Tanker Competition

Knowing Canada:
- Are insisting on final assembly in Canada
- Are also considering taking KC-10 from desert

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5889

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Oh yeah, duh. Or QYZ or whatever with two seats. I was too busy being surprised about the F-35 and F-22 being all single seat.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5889

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Huh, F-15 and T-7 are the only production 2-seaters (not counting F-18 and others not in USAF inventory). I didn't know. Does make you wonder about jack-of-all-trades missions.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5M vs C-5A range performance?
Replies: 22
Views: 3324

Re: C-5M vs C-5A range performance?

Wikipedia says both C5-Cs got the M mods, so what are they called now?

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by ssteve
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 104
Views: 5889

Re: F-15X has no mission!

3) It keeps the F-15 production line open and gives Boeing money. Tone is hard on the internet. Sarcasm or an actual argument? But if it is an actual argument, spend the money on other Boeing products like the Apache or KC-46 or P-8 or MQ-25 or F/A-18Gs or Chinooks or T-7As or .... There's an argum...

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by ssteve
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Pilot Goes on Anti-Bay Area Rant
Replies: 135
Views: 11407

Re: WN Pilot Goes on Anti-Bay Area Rant

I have to laugh at the call for 'sensitivity training' in a post that's basically calling 'Southwest pilots' as a group troglodytes. The sensitivity training would no doubt have some time spent talking towards understanding your implicit biases towards groups and not applying them to individuals... ...

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by ssteve
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-8 survivors thread 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 5405

Re: DC-8 survivors thread 2021

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasas-dc- ... -to-flight
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NASA appears to have invested in heavy maintenance for their 1969 example:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasas-dc- ... -to-flight

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by ssteve
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"
Replies: 52
Views: 7650

Re: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"

DIJKKIJK wrote:
Continental indeed operated the DC-10.


Featuring the Polynesian Pub...

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by ssteve
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculative Rumor: Boeing to start 777BCF line at Everett
Replies: 26
Views: 4761

Re: Speculative Rumor: Boeing to start 777BCF line at Evertt

wjcandee wrote:
I also should reiterate Boeing's own statement that it can't make money doing BCF conversions in the United States.


Past Boeing has done a poor job anticipating what they'll actually make money on. No reason not to reexamine this business case, too.

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by ssteve
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Little aircraft Boeing?
Replies: 21
Views: 4207

Re: Little aircraft Boeing?

N292UX wrote:
I think Boeing realizes their main focus should be on the 150+ seat market


If this century has been focus, I'd hate to see what "afterthought" looks like.

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by ssteve
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Little aircraft Boeing?
Replies: 21
Views: 4207

Re: Little aircraft Boeing?

The biggest opportunity for the 717 was the -300 variant requested by AirTran who wanted U.S. transcontinental range with 130 seats. Well, Boeing already sold that airplane in the form of the 737-700. So what would be the point? AirTran bought the 73G and saved Boeing from developing a bespoke orph...

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production Woes - 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 3987

Re: Boeing 787 Production Woes - 2021

The question then becomes; Where does Boeing get the $15-20 billion needed to launch either the NMA or 737 replacement, or any other aircraft, for that matter? Put it on the credit card, too? When rates are being held low, the federal reserve is hoping the answer to this is "yes" and woul...

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production Woes - 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 3987

Re: Boeing 787 Production Woes - 2021

The beancounters get maligned because it's hard to put line items down for how much place, geographical separation, etc will affect things. Cynical "this won't go well" foresight... it's also easy to say that and hard to put numbers on it. It's almost like the C suite needs better devil's ...

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another B777 engine trouble
Replies: 15
Views: 4171

Re: Another B777 engine trouble

There would be some benefit to incumbent airframe manufacturers to simply change branding every few decades. At least when there were MD problems, the media didn't feel obliged to report on every DC-3 going tech.

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA warns operators of 737 NG and MAX rapid decompression risk
Replies: 31
Views: 9181

Re: FAA warns of 737 NG and MAX rapid decompression

I think a lot of the concern here is that Boeing has never been very forthcoming about problems. I keep pointing back to the 737 rudder issues in the early 1980's, with the United 737-200 accident in Colorado Springs, and the US Air 737-300 at Pittsburg, followed by the Eastwind 737-300(?) over Tre...

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last 737 Classic Built 21 years ago.
Replies: 39
Views: 5316

Re: Last 737 Classic Built 21 years ago.

Is the actual passenger experience in flying on a 707, 727, and all 737 variants from the -100 to the MAX that much different? Not really. I've flown on the 727, 737, 757, and DC-8. On the inside the cabins are very similar. Getting too quiet... can hear that guy eating chips 2 rows back when you'r...

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last 737 Classic Built 21 years ago.
Replies: 39
Views: 5316

Re: Last 737 Classic Built 21 years ago.

I still remember seeing a classic for the first time as a kid and finding the odd shaped engines fascinating. You mean the smooshed cowling, of course. However, as a kid, *I* remember sitting inside a Jurassic well after Classics were in service, and marveling at the *crazy* long cowling... that wa...

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by ssteve
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 19377

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

Hopefully Longview did not pay much for the acquisition and can recover their investment in product support and parts. Longview owns Viking as well. They likely know how to avoid losing money on this sort of deal. However the fact they they spun up 'Dehavilland Canada' does indicate that they see e...

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by ssteve
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 19377

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

I always wondered why BBD at the time didn't update the Q200 and Q300 so that they could all be built on the same production line as the Q400. Or even simply have upgraded the avionics to the all glass like the Q400. Me too, and being an "enthusiast" of course it would be cool if Longview...

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Possible successor for F-16 to be built?
Replies: 21
Views: 3486

Re: Possible successor for F-16 to be built?

Best "realistic" option would be the F-16XL with an updated F119 engine. Faster (supercruise), better range, better weapons load, and more maneuverable. My first thought was that they're making noise along these lines to work towards an armed T-7 purchase... but I cannot for the life of m...

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by ssteve
Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT
Replies: 74
Views: 15400

Re: DL 717 slides off taxiway @ PIT

Is there really a financial difference between "write off" and "don't repair" when the asset is almost fully depreciated? Whether you call it a writeoff or not, this one's not flying passengers again...

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by ssteve
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why are aerial refueling aircraft build new?
Replies: 47
Views: 3353

Re: Why are aerial refueling aircraft build new?

Thomas -- You're right, I'm surprised the number is so low for the 77L. There are maybe a few with factory-installed aux tanks in the hold... but all sorts of practicality issues would kill it as a project unless you found some customer wanting several basically ginormous tankers.

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by ssteve
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why are aerial refueling aircraft build new?
Replies: 47
Views: 3353

Re: Why are aerial refueling aircraft build new?

All the 77L's of the world would be great tanker stock. Lot of engineering would have to go into it, but if IAI can one-off a 767 MRTT...

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by ssteve
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Cat's Tale: A cat got locked in El Al's 739, probably since the plane's last flight on January 24th 2021.
Replies: 39
Views: 6741

Re: A Cat's Tale: A cat got locked in El Al's 739, probably since the plane's last flight on January 24th 2021.

paullam wrote:
I’m surprised that no one’s asked the question so far:

Is it a write-off?


Yes, the cat has been sacked.

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by ssteve
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 51
Views: 14790

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

the number of 747's is dwindling and are expensive to convert (and operate at 4 engines). Quick question on the converted freighter market here: I thought that, even with the Covid increase in demand for pure freighters, that there were parked converted 744s in the desert? So, no demand for new con...

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by ssteve
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?
Replies: 61
Views: 3284

Re: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?

I'm shocked that there was no-one in your high school who was out. Not sure the age range for high school, but I'm presuming it's pre-university, so you're talking about late '90s here. That's extraordinary. 94-98. There was young man who would have graduated in '00 who was out. He had a lot of not...

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by ssteve
Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Capital Corporation MD-90s
Replies: 29
Views: 8173

Re: Boeing Capital Corporation MD-90s

Do you all think the T-tail is going to be required if they stick some scale models of this on a testbed? Because the catfish was a 757. Maybe the length and the T-tail will help...

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by ssteve
Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?
Replies: 61
Views: 3284

Re: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?

Any large group of people sharing one characteristic, are going to vary greatly in their individual characteristics. There will be geniuses and morons, atheists and devout. So, if you're criticizing the "LGBTQ community" ... tell me what that's supposed to mean? I suppose I'm talking more...

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by ssteve
Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?
Replies: 61
Views: 3284

Re: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?

You can't deny that people constantly trumpet their identity. I am surprised the people who do this would find the term "identity politics" in any way disagreeable. Aren't they tremendously proud of involving identity in their politics? I fear you aren't celebrating it. My boomer mother h...

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by ssteve
Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?
Replies: 61
Views: 3284

Re: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?

There is not really a word for it other than "phobic" for people who do not understand and also go on their ignorant rants. For sure, but the term phobic is thrown around like confetti. It's used to attack any sort of criticism of the LGBTQ community, whether it's deserved or not. Any lar...

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by ssteve
Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Honolulu woman sentenced after intentionally severing FAA communication lines
Replies: 24
Views: 5227

Re: Honolulu woman sentenced after intentionally severing FAA communication lines

Motive? There are court filings on Pacer, but it's not free. And, they might not speculate.

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by ssteve
Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 48062

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Simple stretch of new 787 vs. a neo-stretch of old 777... well, -10 is the last simple stretch. I think that's what everyone is getting at here. You act like the -11 and/or -12 would be simple stretches. Not many people seem to think that.

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by ssteve
Thu Jan 28, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 48062

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

By 2019 they should be able to crank out a lot of 787's from there 3 FAL's, convert the 777 line once production ends and you could have close to single aisle output. What am I missing? Wouldn't this be cheaper to develop than what they are envisioning?" Are you saying it would have made sense...

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by ssteve
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?
Replies: 61
Views: 3284

Re: Identity politics - How many "Identities" are there?

Anne Richards, 1988's George-was-born-with-a-silver-foot-in-his-mouth speech: This Republican Administration treats us as if we were pieces of a puzzle that can't fit together. They've tried to put us into compartments and separate us from each other. Their political theory is "divide and conqu...

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by ssteve
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US no longer a member of Military Open Skies treaty
Replies: 60
Views: 8974

Re: US no longer a member of Military Open Skies treaty

The backwards-looking sniping is amusing (say, for instance that China annexed Tibet at least in the 20th Century vs. US annexing Hawaii). Fundamentally the world's not going to be unipolar, and there's some discomfort whether 'Europe' can be a thing that surpasses the US in having a steady hand on ...

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by ssteve
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 26085

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Getting to see weaknesses of designs by recovering the booster over and over again might do wonders for reliability. That, after all, is how safety improvements in aviation work on the design reliability side. That was the line before Challenger... turns out you also have to pay attention to what y...

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by ssteve
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Presidential Age Limit in the USA
Replies: 57
Views: 3293

Re: Presidential Age Limit

I think there needs to be term limits on Congress. Some act as if it’s a lifetime appointment and then they forget why they were elected in the first place. I think that both members of the House and Senate should be allowed to serve 12 years maximum in each chamber (six terms in the House and two ...

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by ssteve
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 219
Views: 22719

Re: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread

25A and the interior fittings may very well not be as ornate as the Trump Administration had desired. The long lead requirements for these two-of-a-kind interiors will dictate that the design is done and contract already sent to sub tiers. The cost is already sunk and any changes to the interiors w...

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by ssteve
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 219
Views: 22719

Re: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread

Any news if the new livery is staying or not? I wouldn't expect it to be a focus any time soon. What inevitably will happen is that during debate over the next few defense appropriations bills, it will be argued that Biden is building himself a palace of an airplane at taxpayer expense, blahblahbla...

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by ssteve
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 19377

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

Aside from the type certificates, what all did Longview buy from BBD? What is DHC without the Q? Parts and services? The tooling and the workforce, not the facility, is what I gather. And I'd also *assume* that this workforce is all in Ontario and Quebec and not on the other side of the continent i...

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by ssteve
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain
Replies: 122
Views: 19377

Re: De Havilland to "Pause" Q400 production, future uncertain

I am surprised they didn't stop sooner. The only big order, SpiceJet, is very problematic to get paid for. There are also about 100 Q400s available on the market, the whole fleets of FlyBe, Austrian, Eurowings, Air Baltic are or will soon be parked by their operators. That can't help much. So, what...

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by ssteve
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Impeachment of Donald J. Trump 1/13/2020
Replies: 104
Views: 5722

Re: 2nd Impeachment of Donald J. Trump 1/13/2020

Well, he clearly deserves credit for the way he handled 9-11. But indeed his reputation was overstated by the event. Heck, maybe that’s what got to his head. Can't help but think that he was always a nasty piece of work. It's just took a long time for him to show it, Getting old seems to be removin...

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by ssteve
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Impeachment of Donald J. Trump 1/13/2020
Replies: 104
Views: 5722

Re: 2nd Impeachment of Donald J. Trump 1/13/2020

The electorate is easy to figure out. If you add up the moderates in both party they hugely outnumber the fringe voters. The media wants you to believe they speak for the majority but they don't. Elections are also a choice and not identity politics. To beat someone you have to put forth a good can...

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by ssteve
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Purchases Four Boeing 747-8 Freighters
Replies: 135
Views: 18349

Re: Atlas 747-8i orders more 747-8F

I don’t think this is the last order for the 747 is my gut feeling. With the fuselage production shut down and tooling disassembled, I’d be fascinated to hear your future order predictions. Talk about being condescending. It's not an unreasonable thing to say, with cargo increasing massively. How w...

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by ssteve
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Purchases Four Boeing 747-8 Freighters
Replies: 135
Views: 18349

Re: Atlas 747-8i orders more 747-8F

VSMUT wrote:
"Found"...

Nobody "finds" enough components to build 3 more aircraft.


There go my An-225 plans. Sigh.

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