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by aumaverick
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New
Replies: 17
Views: 1212

Re: Light Twin Prop Multi Role Aircraft Old & New

Single engine, but if going twin boom I still think the Bronco II, especially if it were unmanned/optionally manned, is a fascinating/great concept. The palletization capabilities (transportable via C-130) add greatly to the appeal/flexibility. https://www.thedrive.com/content-b/message-editor%2F15...

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by aumaverick
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 138
Views: 19915

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

That's good news for the airframe development but then what about the systems and equipment's of the said airframe? It's usually them (and sometimes the engine) that are ever delaying the entry into service of new fighter jets. Problems with system integration is different than airframe integration...

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by aumaverick
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 138
Views: 19915

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

The ability to do full digital prototyping in a virtual wind tunnel and then quickly turn around and build a working, full scale prototype with production quality parts produced from 3D printers of various sizes and types (including ones designed to work with unusual materials) is making a major im...

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by aumaverick
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines pilot saw someone with a jetpack on approach into LAX
Replies: 51
Views: 8477

Re: American Airlines pilot saw someone with a jetpack on approach into LAX

n901wa wrote:
Rocketeer to the rescue!!! Welcome to LAX..


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by aumaverick
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What airports does JANET fly to?
Replies: 16
Views: 1544

Re: What airports does JANET fly to?

Don't forget Shangri-La, Atlantis, Camelot, El Dorado, Heaven, Hell, Olympus, Xanadu, and Branson.

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by aumaverick
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C141 Starlifter
Replies: 33
Views: 2996

Re: The C141 Starlifter

Max Q wrote:
Understood now

The C17 seems like a pretty good aircraft but the C141 had quite a bit more range didn’t it ?


A bit irrelevant given the AAR capabilities of both. Un-refueled distance was 500 mi +/- in favor of the Starlifter, but with a smaller payload.

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by aumaverick
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F18, why not a side stick ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1532

Re: F18, why not a side stick ?

Fighters of its vintage and since have nearly all used sidestick controllers What other fighters of this vintage have a sidestick? As I understand it, the F-16 was a testbed for new generation ergonomics, such as the seat reclined 30* for improved pilot ability to handle G s, and of course the side...

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by aumaverick
Thu May 28, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 4255

Re: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement

When pilots flies fighters to another base for training, where do they put their gear? I mean if you put your duffle in a bay not designed for a duffle, how do you strap it down? bt Baggage pods. https://www.cobhammissionsystems.com/auxiliary-mission-equipment/military-aircraft-special-purpose-pods...

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by aumaverick
Tue May 26, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 4255

Re: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement

It is not so much a rivalry as different goals. In the past USAF has seen the weight and structural components necessary to sustain FCLP and carrier operations as 'wasted' on an Air Force aircraft. I doubt (and dont think anyone was suggesting) USN mods would be ported over to the AF frames. Doesn'...

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by aumaverick
Wed May 20, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 109
Views: 18393

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread

CX47 mentioned potential interest from SOCOM. Just spitballing and wondering, but has anyone ever airdropped an LD3?

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by aumaverick
Wed May 06, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 19671

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

I get that it doesn't make sense to go past mach 1.2 if that's the trainer requirement, but if the T-7 is going to be built in an attack/fighter variant, then it makes a lot of sense to have a top speed competitive with aircraft such as the KAI T-50. and I have a hard time believing that increasing...

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by aumaverick
Wed May 06, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons
Replies: 376
Views: 55621

Re: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons

Living here in ATL, we're used to really high numbers of passengers being reported. I tried to relay to a neighbor just how low the number of passengers flying was at the time. When I noted it was 100,000 for the day, they took it as 100,000 through ATL, not through the entire system. They simply co...

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by aumaverick
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 141
Views: 28818

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

744SPX wrote:
The CF-34 is a 50 year old design


The B-52 took its first flight 68 years ago.

Does their age make either one of them irrelevant in the context of this discussion?

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by aumaverick
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 274
Views: 37727

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

It looks like a complete redesign, removal, and replacement of the RVS are in store down the line per the latest report. The first phase allows Boeing to continue providing incremental improvements to software and hardware that will fine-tune the imagery seen by the boom operator, the source said. T...

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by aumaverick
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How intensive is the g force training is required for a cargo pilot?
Replies: 27
Views: 2266

Re: How intensive is the g force training is required for a cargo pilot?

Two points: 1) If your "sensitive back" is a medical diagnosis, you're going to have a hard time getting a waiver. If its not a real medical diagnosis, I'd keep that one to yourself. 2) If you want to fly heavies, look for a NG or Reserve unit and see if they have a pilot slot available. Y...

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by aumaverick
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 128
Views: 42407

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

texl1649 wrote:
Dyess would be my preference, just because I live in Texas. I also believe there are a lot more B-1’s there vs. Ellsworth today, but could be mistaken.


Dyess is home to the B-1 school house, which is another reason for it to remain focused on the Bone while Ellsworth spools up the Raiders first.

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by aumaverick
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 128
Views: 42407

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

The USAF is close to selecting a first base for the B-21, both of the options being existing B-1 bases which makes sense given the B-21 will replace the B-1 initially before then replacing the B-2. Anyone have a preference? Ellsworth is less populated so perhaps a better location for an initial bed...

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by aumaverick
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FARA US Army Proposals Thread
Replies: 70
Views: 17847

Re: FARA US Army Proposals Thread

Now that the Boeing FARA proposal has been revealed, I gotta say, I like their chances. Of the proposals currently on the table, in terms of pure eye test (and this is just my opinion) I see them as follows ranked as best to least likely to be chosen: 1. Bell 360 Invictus https://www.bellflight.com/...

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by aumaverick
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA uniform launches today
Replies: 54
Views: 8502

Re: New AA uniform launches today

prchan wrote:
https://twitter.com/americanair/status/1234472860971937792?s=21

This is the Twitter link for AA's video on the new uniforms


Ooof, the cheese of the pose at the end of this video is awful :? :covereyes:

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by aumaverick
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cheapest AEW
Replies: 20
Views: 2470

Re: Cheapest AEW

This isn’t an easy question to answer. Realistically you will solicit bidding, see how seriously contractors take you and weigh procurement cost with budget and baseline capability. To get a thorough answer, you’ll need to somehow join an actual government or military organization making this decis...

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by aumaverick
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 12078

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

The interior of military aircraft, particularly heavies (C-130/17/5/141, B-52, etc.) have a very unique but different aroma as well. Some have described it as a mix of hydraulic fluid, jet fuel, sweat, 50 year old Snickers, Old Spice, and coffee.

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by aumaverick
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Fly-By...Goodyear Blimp Airborne
Replies: 12
Views: 2034

Re: Air Force One Fly-By...Goodyear Blimp Airborne

Its the Goodyear blimp. Its a relatively slow moving object with a vetted crew which poses almost zero threat, both in the air and on the ground.

Not exactly the Hindenburg, now is it?

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by aumaverick
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 26
Views: 2559

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

Is the B1 that bad? The B-1's have been abused pretty heavily in the past decade, because it has an valuable niche as a fast, long-range bomber with a very heavy payload capacity. As such, the fleet is incredibly worn out from heavy usage. So maintenance costs have gone through the roof and the USA...

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by aumaverick
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 128
Views: 42407

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

Exactly, a mini B-2. Single truck MLG’s, this looks more akin to an FB-111 size delivery platform than a B-1, let alone a B-52. Presumably it is to be vastly more easily maintained than the B-2 parent design, or B-1’s shown in the background. A larger frame is probably not needed in today's battlef...

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by aumaverick
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 128
Views: 42407

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

New renderings have been released by NG and the USAF. https://theaviationist.com/2020/01/31/lets-have-a-look-at-the-new-b-21-raider-stealth-bomber-renderings-the-air-force-has-just-released/ https://i1.wp.com/theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/B-21-rendering-Dyess-AFB.jpeg?ssl=1 https://i...

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by aumaverick
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 96
Views: 23656

Re: V-280 Valor News and Discussion Thread

When I posted the last article on the V-280 and autonomous flight they expected to start tests in the next few months but actually conducted the tests the day before the article went to press… Sounds like all is moving well and progressing, would be a shame for the V-280 to now not go anywhere. Bel...

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by aumaverick
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80855

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

:grumpy: Unlock S foils from attack position...

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by aumaverick
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80855

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

For those wondering what the smoke is, its probably Mukilteo's Speedway Cafe or the Mexican restuarant next door.

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by aumaverick
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80855

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

2+ hrs and holding. The F/As had better distribute food and water. At 3 hours they have to return to the gate to let the engineers off.

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by aumaverick
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80855

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Lock S foils into attack position!

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by aumaverick
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 152836

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

Checklist787 wrote:
Please stop telling me you're an engineer.

Come rather refuted what I wrote above.

Thank you


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by aumaverick
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1642
Views: 155898

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

The one thing which is certain is: during the last 12-13 years, Boeing has been very risk adverse when it comes to new airliner designs. I am not sure if this lack of innovation was a result of of the McDonnell Douglas Merger, or something else externally in terms of America and Boeing’s struggles ...

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by aumaverick
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1642
Views: 155898

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

The 787-8 is slightly smaller than the A330-800. Is Boeing going to work on improving this model to compete for the upper end of the former NMA market. Boeing strategy circa 2005: replace 767, replace 737 (757 market dead, no replacement planed) Boeing decides on 787 to replace 767 with NSA to foll...

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by aumaverick
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1642
Views: 155898

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

The 787-8 is slightly smaller than the A330-800. Is Boeing going to work on improving this model to compete for the upper end of the former NMA market. Boeing strategy circa 2005: replace 767, replace 737 (757 market dead, no replacement planed) Boeing decides on 787 to replace 767 with NSA to foll...

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by aumaverick
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A clean-sheet 50-90 pax Turboprop by Boeing Brasil Commercial-Embraer. Disruptive technologies needed ?
Replies: 120
Views: 15038

Re: A clean-sheet 50-90 pax Turboprop by Boeing Brasil Commercial-Embraer. Disruptive technologies needed ?

Something missed in the previous posts was noted by Slattery in the AIN interview below. Embraer is looking at building a new turboprop with the same look and feel of the E2 series. This would put the low-end at 80 seats. Could it quite possibly be as simple as an E2 with longer gear and a new wing ...

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by aumaverick
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Leonardo TH-119 wins US Navy Trainer Helo competition
Replies: 10
Views: 2387

Re: Leonardo TH-119 wins US Navy Trainer Helo competition

Leonardo was going after hard for both this trainer copter program and the $2.38 billion ballistic missile security helicopter contract with the US Air Force to deliver 84 MH-139As, aircraft based on Leonardo’s medium, twin-engined civil helicopter AW139 that was awarded in Sept 2018. Well, they wo...

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by aumaverick
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anchorage & the A321XLR
Replies: 29
Views: 3761

Re: Anchorage & the A321XLR

flyby519 wrote:
I can’t imagine any of these routes being a success without significant belly cargo capabilities, which the XLR lacks.


Hmm...A321XLRC where the C is for combi? :lol:

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by aumaverick
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Il-96-400 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 19669

Re: IL-96-400M Update

No clue. But guessing the Russian Aerospace Forces are the only customer? And what is the difference with the IL96-400? Already a couple of those converted from the Polyot IL96-400T freighters. Flying for the government agencies. The other thread has the whole explanation. The IL-96 naming is a nig...

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by aumaverick
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Il-96-400 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 19669

IL-96-400M Update

I have not seen an updated post, but yesterday, it was posted on AIN that the first IL-96-400M completed wing-fuselage joining, making a significant step in development and build of the first "new" type. United Aircraft Corporation’s Transport Aircraft division has mated fuselage and outer...

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by aumaverick
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Space Force
Replies: 8
Views: 1239

Re: The Space Force

Not a flight path error but an issue with the clock on board, which reverted to the incorrect Mission Clock causing a fault in the burn.

The Starliner returned to White Sands in New Mexico yesterday (Sunday 12/22).

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by aumaverick
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 451187

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

https://fapa.aero/understanding-pria.asp
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AirlineCritic wrote:
Does your training record travel with you when you change companies?


Yes, its called PRIA, and provided you're truthful in your work history, it follows you.

https://fapa.aero/understanding-pria.asp

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by aumaverick
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 153
Views: 21591

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

I hope the next flight is crewed so we can get back to some old school astronaut flying. I really liked Bridenstine's response noting every Shuttle mission was crewed, even the first docking mission with the ISS. Automate all you want, but its time to get back to putting suits in ships. Is the miss...

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by aumaverick
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 153
Views: 21591

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Listening to the press conference was interesting CYA NASA administrator Brindenstine mentioned four times "a lot of things went right" :lol: Too much propellant was burned due to an error in tracking elapsed time :shock: When it was noticed the spacecraft was in between comm relay satell...

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by aumaverick
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 11680

Re: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread

It's official per the AFGSC twitter machine: MH-139A Grey Wolf https://twitter.com/AFGlobalStrike It's an interesting name choice. First, the "English" spelling, and second, what happened to the tradition of naming helicopters after Indian (sorry, Native American) tribes? Is that just an ...

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by aumaverick
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 11680

Re: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread

It's official per the AFGSC twitter machine: MH-139A Grey Wolf

https://twitter.com/AFGlobalStrike

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by aumaverick
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA to allow non-travelers airside again
Replies: 51
Views: 8622

Re: SEA to allow non-travelers airside again

It's all a matter of perspective. At PIT, this isn't so much of an issue because the airport is laid out in such a way many of the ancillary services (TSA, Check-in, etc) are built away from the main areas of embarkation. MCO and ATL are another prime example. However, with airports like SEA, LAX, S...

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by aumaverick
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun: Maverick
Replies: 28
Views: 4259

Re: Top Gun: Maverick

slider wrote:
This movie is going to full of plot holes, inaccuracies, and overall will probably be pretty stupid. It may be borderline awful but I’m going to utterly love it.

I’ll see it in theaters at least three times, I’m guessing.

;)


...you stink. 8-)

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by aumaverick
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun: Maverick
Replies: 28
Views: 4259

Re: Top Gun: Maverick

Here me out here, but what if this ends up being the official reveal of the SR-72? The military worked closely with the filmmakers on both films, and this would certainly be a helluva reveal! CGI could be nothing but pixels or a C152 for positioning purposes and generated from that. I am guessing s...

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