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by ECFlyer
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hamburg Airport 707 to be scrapped
Replies: 71
Views: 15922

Re: Hamburg Airport 707 to be scrapped

Wow...and it has Conways no less. Very different look from the Pratt turbofans most of the survivors are wearing.

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by ECFlyer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B17 Crash at BDL October 2nd, 2019
Replies: 165
Views: 43743

Re: B17 Crash at BDL October 2nd, 2019

My son and I saw this plane fly over us in Killington, Vermont in September. We were headed up East Mtn Road. He spotted it first—I then stopped the car and we watched it through the sunroof. I mentioned to him then that the fuels that allowed big 1940s radial engines to run at full power aren’t ava...

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by ECFlyer
Thu May 04, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: More Westover observations
Replies: 0
Views: 738

More Westover observations

The little bit I post these days surrounds military goings-on up and down the Connecticut River Valley. I often observe KC-135 training runs in the upper valley over east-central Vermont, and lots of C-5B traffic directly over my office in Amherst Mass. First, being outside often, it is very clear n...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Nuclear Modernization
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: Nuclear Modernization

I had read about the RFP for the new missile, hence my interest. As a former congressional intern (a long time ago), I suspected that the program would be delayed indefinitely, or cancelled outright, had the election gone as predicted. There have been several well-placed editorials disclaiming the n...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Nuclear Modernization
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Re: Nuclear Modernization

Sorry, the point of some of my original post wasn't that clear. The comments about SpaceX were just to ask whether there were any terribly difficult technical hurdles to fielding a new ICBM for the U.S. I used SpaceX exactly because they were able to stand on the shoulders of massive earlier work, g...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Nuclear Modernization
Replies: 12
Views: 2486

Nuclear Modernization

With the election results, what are thoughts on nuclear modernization? Particularly a new U.S. land-based ICBM? I had expected such a program to face steep hurdles had HRC prevailed. Given Republican's lining of the executive and legislative branches, I expect a modern ICBM to have materially better...

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by ECFlyer
Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Of C-5 At Westover
Replies: 32
Views: 19632

RE: Future Of C-5 At Westover

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/thegman" class="quote" target="_blank">thegman</a> (<a href="#29" class="quote">Reply 29</a>):<br/><i>I would bet you live under AR631, maybe AR...

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by ECFlyer
Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Of C-5 At Westover
Replies: 32
Views: 19632

RE: Future Of C-5 At Westover

Thanks all for the info on transient C-5Ms at Westover. Interestingly, we have some property 110 miles north up the Connecticut River in Vermont, and will often see C-5s and C-17s getting refuled in flight (usually heading south- or southeast-bound) right over our land. With Westover so close, I wou...

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by ECFlyer
Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Of C-5 At Westover
Replies: 32
Views: 19632

RE: Future Of C-5 At Westover

I'll reply to my own (somewhat) old thread:

Any news if a C-5M has arrived yet at Westover? I had a particularly sharp-looking Galaxy fly directly overhead of me today, low altitude, and it was very, very quiet. Nothing like the usual TF-39 whine.

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by ECFlyer
Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Mobile Built A321 Rolls Out
Replies: 128
Views: 35207

RE: First Mobile Built A321 Rolls Out

Airbus joins the ranks of the European and Japanese automakers. Save labor costs on the FAL and insulate part of their economics from currency fluctuation. Tariffs seems to be a much smaller worry now than with Japanese autos in the 1980s (when those in political power in the U.S. had vivid memories...

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by ECFlyer
Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 Abandoned 747s In KUL?
Replies: 39
Views: 25405

RE: 3 Abandoned 747s In KUL?

"Dude, where's my Jumbo?"

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by ECFlyer
Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus To BDL, LAX and EWR
Replies: 67
Views: 16198

Aer Lingus To BDL, LAX and EWR

Great news! I work for a college in the "Five Colleges" area north of Springfield, <acronym title="Malev (Hungary)">MA</acronym>. Getting to Boston is misery on the roads these days, and <acronym title="Windsor Locks (Hartford / Springfield) - Bradley International (BDL / KBDL), USA - Connecticut">B...

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by ECFlyer
Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would MD11 Be Popular If 777 Wasnt Built?
Replies: 150
Views: 36916

RE: Would MD11 Be Popular If 777 Wasnt Built?

I was on one of the very first 772 TPAC flights (in J, on promotional tickets my company received to highlight the service). Although we forget about it now, the whole cabin was abuzz that we were crossing the Pacific on only TWO engines. I can imagine that the three/four engine standard might have ...

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by ECFlyer
Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2015 - Boeing Orders
Replies: 108
Views: 54606

RE: Paris Air Show 2015 - Boeing Orders

I think the C-17 purchases are white tails? I saw recent pictures of Long Beach assembly being taken apart and specialized jigs/tools readied for auction...

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by ECFlyer
Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why So Many DL CRJ's At Kingman,AZ
Replies: 14
Views: 2993

RE: Why So Many DL CRJ's At Kingman,AZ

Do the 200s make any sense as private planes? Or does it make more economic sense to part-out & scrap?

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by ECFlyer
Mon May 11, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Girl With Autism Causes Diversion Of UA1535
Replies: 133
Views: 18029

RE: Girl With Autism Causes Diversion Of UA1535

You really never know what the future holds. After many years of frequent travel I became a father ten years ago. I was not particularly tolerant of loud kids and anybody creating an externality up to that point. The old saw that their are only two kinds of people in the world: parents and children....

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by ECFlyer
Fri May 01, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Force Numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 9635

RE: B-52 Force Numbers

With the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, I came across an old article about Linebacker <acronym title="Business Air (United Kingdom)">II</acronym>. It would be hard, with the small force of Hs remaining today, to sustain the losses that the Ds and Gs did in 1972 (15 B-52s shot down, 9 other ...

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by ECFlyer
Fri May 01, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Of C-5 At Westover
Replies: 32
Views: 19632

RE: Future Of C-5 At Westover

Interesting. Besides living near Westover, I spend time 110 miles north in the UPPER Valley, not far from White River <acronym title="Air Tahiti (French Polynesia)">VT</acronym>. Up there, I will quite often see transport aircraft overhead hooked up to <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungar...

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by ECFlyer
Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Force Numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 9635

RE: B-52 Force Numbers

Thanks rwessel for the link to that study/census.

The ability, even on paper, to scramble 700 BUFFs is remarkable.

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by ECFlyer
Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Force Numbers
Replies: 16
Views: 9635

B-52 Force Numbers

When I got interested in this stuff in the '80s, I used to buy a World Almanac every year. The Almanac (poor man's paper Wikipedia, pre-commercial internet) used to list interesting tidbits such as numbers of specific ICBMs still in service (Titan <acronym title="Business Air (United Kingdom)">II</a...

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by ECFlyer
Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gorgeous Usaf 707 At ABQ - 2/18
Replies: 21
Views: 14475

RE: Gorgeous Usaf 707 At ABQ - 2/18

So prior to the TF-33s, -135s were powered by J-57s, right? Were any Dash-80 or 707 derivatives in US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> inventory ever powered for the J-75 (i.e. JT4As)? As a boy scout headed to Philmont Scout Ranch in the 1980s we overnighted at several <acronym title="Sacrame...

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by ECFlyer
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future Of C-5 At Westover
Replies: 32
Views: 19632

Future Of C-5 At Westover

I live along the Connecticut River and work in a local <acronym title="Malev (Hungary)">MA</acronym> college town. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays we see Galaxies lumbering over the community, on training runs out of Westover. Often they go directly over my office, something I like but most probably do ...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germanwings A320 Crashed Enroute BCN-DUS - Part 9
Replies: 222
Views: 48096

RE: Germanwings A320 Crashed Enroute BCN-DUS - Part 9

Ironic that the homicidal/suicidal pilot's picture is taken with the Golden Gate Bridge in background...

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by ECFlyer
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So You Thought AF Planes Are Dirty ...
Replies: 51
Views: 31405

RE: So You Thought AF Planes Are Dirty ...

Well, I just took a TGV last week that appeared to have been used as a tunnel-borer. Very clean interior, but outside was fabulously dirty. I rode from Karlsruhe to Paris--very clean trains on the German side of the border and pretty grimy on the French side. Off topic--I had a German-plated rental ...

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by ECFlyer
Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 'built To Sell,' Not For Safety - Al Jazeera
Replies: 104
Views: 39988

787 'built To Sell,' Not For Safety - Al Jazeera

Any news agency with a budget and basic journalistic competence will turn out better stuff than the legacy <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym>/cable networks. Most viewers aren't interested unfortunately. I live in a state where population is flat and the demographics are skewing ...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Discontinuing STR
Replies: 77
Views: 17585

RE: UA Discontinuing STR

I work at a private New England college and live up here. Politicians in my state increasingly forget that the U.S. is the original free trade zone. They pass increasingly noncompetitive policies and act stunned when yet another firm leaves--not for the Far East--but for the Southeast. This has been...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Discontinuing STR
Replies: 77
Views: 17585

RE: UA Discontinuing STR

Well, I tried to purchase four Y tickets on <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym>-<acronym title="Stuttgart (- Echterdingen) (STR / EDDS), Germany">STR</acronym> return this past winter and the prices were out of sight. The cabin was fairly empt...

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by ECFlyer
Thu May 01, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A332 Flying Ahead Of AF1
Replies: 31
Views: 18264

RE: DL A332 Flying Ahead Of AF1

All that stuff for one--albeit important and important to secure--man...

Didn't Nixon fly commercial once as a bit of a surprise? Or maybe it was more of a stunt?

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by ECFlyer
Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 31
Replies: 272
Views: 67714

RE: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 31

I think somebody wanted possession of a big jetliner. And I am just not terribly convinced that the radar in the northern arc is all that formidable when factoring for human error and during the "graveyard shift". I think they flew on--on a very particular routing--because they had a very particular...

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by ECFlyer
Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 23
Replies: 286
Views: 77208

RE: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 23

There is very little around the Shibpur Airstrip in the Andamans. Looks to be a scant 3500'. BUT..... From <a href="http://activedefence.blogspot.com/2012/07/another-naval-air-station-shibpur-after.html" target="_blank">http://activedefence.blogspot.com/20...val-air-station-shibpur-after.html</a> "T...

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by ECFlyer
Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 23
Replies: 286
Views: 77208

RE: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 23

Whatever lookdown/shootdown assets we still have (speaking USA here) might want to be positioned up over both coasts for awhile. Good drill at the worst. If you successfully landed a stolen 777, when you took off again to do your "bad stuff" could you spoof the transponder of another a/c? I.e. get c...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 20
Replies: 267
Views: 71716

RE: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 20

Reply 62 is awesome. "If you get stuck between the Moon and New York City...."

[Edited 2014-03-13 14:21:35]

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by ECFlyer
Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 20
Replies: 267
Views: 71716

RE: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 20

On 9/11/2001 I was working in 2 World Financial Center. Got to work about 7:45am. When AA11 struck 1 WTC, most of my colleagues were convinced it was an accident. My boss in particular was vehement that it was not an intentional act. Some people just really don't want to believe in bad intentions. I...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 19
Replies: 256
Views: 78905

RE: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 19

Could the subject aircraft land on a hard-packed, unpaved surface?

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by ECFlyer
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 19
Replies: 256
Views: 78905

RE: MH370 Malaysia Airlines B772 Missing Enroute KUL-PEK Part 19

Trying to fit possibilities into what could work with what is known (thanks Don Rumsfeld): For argument's sake: Bad guy is at controls, understands 777 enough to shut off transponder, and change course. Pax are mostly asleep, course change goes unnoticed. Maybe they kill the IFE (cabin route map?) w...

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by ECFlyer
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5's Location In U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 18167

RE: C-5's Location In U.S.

JohnM, I don't disagree. As a teen in the '80s, I drove across the U.S. on the way to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. On both legs of the drive (4 days each way?) we stayed at US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> bases. Little did I know I was seeing the tail end of a massive Cold War flee...

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by ECFlyer
Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5's Location In U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 18167

RE: C-5's Location In U.S.

Thanks Galaxy5007 for the clarification on the prospective transfer of frames away from Westover. For selfish reasons, I hope the maximum number stay. Did not realize Westover was getting/would be getting "M"s. That's nice. FWIW, today is the first really warm and sunny day here in central Mass. For...

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by ECFlyer
Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5's Location In U.S.
Replies: 63
Views: 18167

RE: C-5's Location In U.S.

I work in Amherst <acronym title="Malev (Hungary)">MA</acronym> and see the Westover C-5Bs going low-and-slow over town all the time. Usually northbound. I live further north up the Connecticut River Valley in <acronym title="Air Tahiti (French Polynesia)">VT</acronym> and often see them (and or -17...

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by ECFlyer
Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LH Great Service
Replies: 11
Views: 3102

LH Great Service

Due to weather in <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym> we flew <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym>-<acronym title="CURRENT: Munich (- Fra...

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by ECFlyer
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China On The Moon
Replies: 51
Views: 7897

RE: China On The Moon

Meanwhile, our federal budget will be focused on delivering the world's most expensive healthcare to the wealthiest generation of retirees in human history! And it's not just America, look at youth unemployment in most of Europe. The future is not looking as good as the past unless you are a Boomer ...

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by ECFlyer
Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A One Size Fits All Aircraft...Is It Possible?
Replies: 23
Views: 8132

RE: A One Size Fits All Aircraft...Is It Possible?

Has anybody ever studied a four-holer that could shut down two engines in flight? Sort of like cylinder deactivation? Maybe with a fairing of some sort so the dead engines don't windmill? Do that, plus use <acronym title="Great Falls - International (GTF / KGTF), USA - Montana">GTF</acronym> technol...

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by ECFlyer
Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 12 Years Later. 9/11 Thread.
Replies: 77
Views: 15428

RE: 12 Years Later. 9/11 Thread.

I was in 2WFC about 200 to 300 feet from the south tower. I was eating breakfast on the 20th floor when my colleagues all went to the windows to see printer paper streaming down. Looking up from the east face of our building one could see a massive hole towards the top of 1WTC and a fire breaking ou...

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by ECFlyer
Wed May 01, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Who Refuels In Northern New England?
Replies: 11
Views: 6358

RE: Who Refuels In Northern New England?

NBSkyGod, thanks for the input (and others as well). At about 11:10 this a.m. (EDT) I heard the engines again and came out of the garage. Another bluebird day here, 10 out of 10 weather-wise, and RIGHT above the house, no more than FL20 I'd say, was a 135 offloading--southbound on AR631 I guess. Gra...

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by ECFlyer
Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Landing Gear Believed To Be From 9/11 Plane Found
Replies: 49
Views: 33106

RE: Landing Gear Believed To Be From 9/11 Plane Found

Well said Cargolex. I spent a lot of my early adulthood in that neighborhood and have always been fascinated by the finds there, like wooden ships turning up in basement excavations near the colonial shoreline. On a more sober note, I heard and felt the impact of UA175 while in 2WFC (across the stre...

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by ECFlyer
Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Who Refuels In Northern New England?
Replies: 11
Views: 6358

RE: Who Refuels In Northern New England?

Thanks for the info TopBoom, and very interesting. I had neglected to mention they were headed just about due south. Looking at the planform size difference and given the noise, I think I got lucky and saw a Galaxy. How many miles are covered in an typical fueling of the bigger transports? I lived i...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Who Refuels In Northern New England?
Replies: 11
Views: 6358

RE: Who Refuels In Northern New England?

Thank you both for the replies. I knew Bangor had lost their E models, but wasn't sure they had gotten Rs. I had also heard that Pease would probably get the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-46, but didn't realize they were still active with the 135. And Plattsburgh ha...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Who Refuels In Northern New England?
Replies: 11
Views: 6358

Who Refuels In Northern New England?

I was home at midday today (4/24) in the Upper Valley of Vermont, just north of the village of Woodstock. Most air traffic overhead is mainline commercial aircraft at full cruising altitude, or small single engine stuff. Occasionally I will see an F-16 from the <acronym title="Air Tahiti (French Pol...

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by ECFlyer
Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All-Economy Widebodies
Replies: 45
Views: 13837

RE: All-Economy Widebodies

I flew an all-Y L1011 <acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / KBOS), USA - Massachusetts">BOS</acronym>-<acronym title="Cancun - International (CUN / MMUN), Mexico">CUN</acronym> (with fuel stop in Florida...<acronym title="Miami - International (Wilcox Field / 36...

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by ECFlyer
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces Boston To Houston Hobby
Replies: 28
Views: 8264

RE: JetBlue Announces Boston To Houston Hobby

Finally some competition. I've spent years paying whatever they wanted to charge on <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> <acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / KBOS), USA - Massachusetts">BOS</acronym>-<acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - Intern...

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by ECFlyer
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA/IB - A Marriage Made In Hell.
Replies: 119
Views: 22267

RE: BA/IB - A Marriage Made In Hell.

I spent a week in Barcelona in 2008 or 2009 and I honestly could not understand where the prosperity was coming from. Much of it, it turned out, was debt. At the time the bars were all full and the luxury retailers were chock full of shoppers...and the shoppers were Catalans, not Asians. Much differ...

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