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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 14004

Re: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?

It would have been possible, with a modified fuselage, probably more than slightly. It might have been viable, if there were no resources to develop a proper passenger aircraft, no development in engines and other technology and no competition. Given all these were untrue, it would have had no chan...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/AY/BA/IB apply to have EI fully included in Atlantic JBA ATI
Replies: 40
Views: 5998

Re: AA/AY/BA/IB apply to have EI fully included in Atlantic JBA ATI

It also points to the fact that Aer Lingus codeshare with UA out of two of the Aer Lingus US destinations and with JetBlue out of one. A total of three out of 12 Aer Lingus US destinations. It shows the map where AA will allow EI to codeshare on them out of all 12 destinations, with some out of Dub...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 58
Views: 9769

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

Very true. However the 707, 720, 727 and 737 all share a common fuselage cross section and many of the structural elements of all three are identical. The 737-10 MAX can carry more Passengers than a 707-320 at more than 100k less METO although the MAX does not have the range of a 707. The 757 was m...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 58
Views: 9769

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

Omnibus Delete installations go back to the 707. I suspect they were used so as to offer customers a fair amount of customization options to the basic airframe. What O/D did was took parts out of a tabbed installation and installed other parts per the customers/engineering requirements. It made nav...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Exit row on very empty flights
Replies: 12
Views: 4831

Re: Exit row on very empty flights

Since the thread has evolved to weight and balance, I have two stories. First. Was traveling from Wichita to N. Ireland then on to Scotland with my wife. She was not comfortable with flying then (she has gotten better), so I thought it best not to discuss the Belfast to Glasgow flight before we left...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Viet Nam to U.S.A.
Replies: 49
Views: 8166

Re: Viet Nam to U.S.A.

This post led to me learning that the official name of the country is 2 words. Had no idea. At one time, it was. That isn't the case today though. The 2-word use is all over the web pages of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the United States of America . You might want to let the...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What changes were made after AA965's crash into a mountain?
Replies: 32
Views: 7560

Re: What changes were made after AA965's crash into a mountain?

Didn't that accident hasten the introduction of EGPWS, with the terrain data base? It did However the 757 /67 were not modified to retract speed brakes in flight with application of full power OTOH they will retract on the ground I was not trying to tie EGPWS to spoiler control. I was just identify...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What changes were made after AA965's crash into a mountain?
Replies: 32
Views: 7560

Re: What changes were made after AA965's crash into a mountain?

Didn't that accident hasten the introduction of EGPWS, with the terrain data base?

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 58
Views: 9769

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

I saw a lot of the monolithic machined parts on the 787. Very little waste I'm sure. They just take all the chips and melt them down and re-use them. The next step I think will be 3D printing. No chips to have to recycle. They just have to learn how to get the process materials right. Do you rememb...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are non-stop flights between LPB and Europe technically possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 4303

Re: Are non-stop flights between LPB and Europe technically possible?

Any 787 pilots that might be able to run a runway analysis and range estimate out of LPB? It’s 5,000 nautical and about 10.6 hours great circle, so it might just be doable. Also, LPB normally has an above standard barometer, reducing its pressure altitude. GF The 787 Airport planning document has s...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 58
Views: 9769

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

The 737NG had a completely new wingbox. If Boeing could have created a significant financial advantage by redesigning the gear to be fully enclosed, it would have done so for the NG. Instead, it consciously retained the old arrangement. Boeing did create, and then redesigned for the NG, plastic whe...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jet2 B737 with Airbridge written on the nose
Replies: 18
Views: 3995

Re: Jet2 B737 with Airbridge written on the nose

Flying 101 (Finally figured out how to embed a photo)

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by FrmrKSEngr
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Clear Prop!
Replies: 32
Views: 3132

Re: Clear Prop!

The openable windows on the DC-8 & MD11, and presumably the DC-10, are called clearview windows . A quick look at the AOM indicates that they may be opened in flight (unpressurized) as part of the SMOKE/FUMES REMOVAL checklist. I remember reading the emergency smoke evac procedure for the E-4B....

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by FrmrKSEngr
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do you need to have an engine logbook when you have aircraft logbook already?
Replies: 14
Views: 2247

Re: Why do you need to have an engine logbook when you have aircraft logbook already?

Two different pieces of equipment—the engine has it own set of limits, different certification and production certificates. The engine can be removed, replaced or have an AD against. GF Like many other parts which have their own set of limits, different certification and production certificates. Ar...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Economy TATL options
Replies: 15
Views: 1629

Re: Economy TATL options

Based on my experience in Y on a BA744 AUS-LHR, if it is BA744 - avoid it like the plague. I had the last triple row, middle seat (I thought row 52, but seat guru only shows triples back to 50). My seat was narrower than the seat in front of me (the outboard arm rests were not aligned, but the inboa...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type

While the E-4Bs have relatively few flight cycles, they are used a lot sitting ground alert. And parts for old airframes get harder and harder to get, and more expensive How many 747-200s are still flying today? And here is something to think about, while the E-6 is based on the 707, they were all d...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Different legroom in middle and side sections
Replies: 2
Views: 1181

Re: Different legroom in middle and side sections

Yes. seats can be adjusted in one inch increments, as can passenger service units.

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will supersede the Boeing 717
Replies: 78
Views: 11792

Re: What will supersede the Boeing 717

For HA, Boeing could restart the 737-600 with BR71x engines. Cal it a 737-2Max. Maybe add a gravel kit for northern Canada. :D

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why don't museums let you in the cockpits of the planes they have?
Replies: 22
Views: 2657

Re: Why don't museums let you in the cockpits of the planes they have?

The museum in Windsor locks CT. used to (maybe still do) run open cockpit days, where you could sit in the seats of some of the planes. But that was supervised with volunteers watching you in the planes. .

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 materials selection
Replies: 23
Views: 2636

Re: A350 materials selection

Talking about cost effective, I was doing some interior work on a contract we had with NMB miniature bearing's DC10-30F at TIJ and one day the hanger boss had must of been 30 or more of their local "mechanics" polishing the Leading edges by hand. This was IIRC 8 months into a "D"...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers
Replies: 11
Views: 2008

Re: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers

The OEM cannot prevent someone from getting an STC, they can just make it very difficult by not providing data. The STC applicant is free to reverse engineer a solution with out OEM support, they will just have a very uphill effort to get the data approved by the regulatory agency. For IAI, they pro...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?
Replies: 35
Views: 3685

Re: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?

The DC-3 is still a supported airframe with a valid TCDS, if you look at something’s like the BAC 1-11 the TCDS has been handed back to the regulator. https://www.easa.europa.eu/documents/type-certificates/aircraft-cs-25-cs-22-cs-23-cs-vla-cs-lsa/easaa188 Without continuing airworthiness support fr...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 149
Views: 37946

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

It's incredible that one day after the accident there is almost no background info in the media, no word about how many passengers were on board (only how many passengers the Ju-52 can carry). I can only explain this with the character of the Swiss people who never panic but stay perfectly calm no ...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 materials selection
Replies: 23
Views: 2636

Re: A350 materials selection

Boeing does not use this stuff https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alclad on the 787 anymore for unpainted aluminum surfaces? What does Boeing recommend for maintenance/repair on unpainted Aluminum surfaces on the 787? Do you have AMM, SRM or general references for your statement? AMM References, No. I h...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 materials selection
Replies: 23
Views: 2636

Re: A350 materials selection

That would be my guess. The leading edges of the horizontal and vertical stabilizers on Boeing aircraft are aluminum and they are not heated. I think that polished clad aluminum just might be a better material for critical aerodynamic areas than composite because it is less likely to degrade from a...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who make Airbus and Boeing cockpits?
Replies: 11
Views: 3225

Re: Who make Airbus and Boeing cockpits?

txjim wrote:
FrmrKSEngr wrote:
Big players are Rockwell Collins (Now UTC Aerospace Systems - UTAS), General Electric (formerly Smiths) and Honeywell.

Not quite UTC yet!


Sale hasn't gone through yet, or the re-branding has not yet occurred?

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramp Rash on 787 and A350
Replies: 18
Views: 5595

Re: Ramp Rash on 787 and A350

So am I right in thinking this relates to the shear vs. Tension/compression strength per unit of aluminum vs. CFRP? does anyone have the figures for the various moduli? Google has lots of information for the raw fiber, and pre-pregs. Here is a site that came up: https://www.build-on-prince.com/carb...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who make Airbus and Boeing cockpits?
Replies: 11
Views: 3225

Re: Who make Airbus and Boeing cockpits?

Big players are Rockwell Collins (Now UTC Aerospace Systems - UTAS), General Electric (formerly Smiths) and Honeywell.

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Intl’ Economy Meal Trial
Replies: 54
Views: 10471

Re: Delta Intl’ Economy Meal Trial

Reminds me of TWA Coach Ambassador service from the mid-late 70s. Much better than my BA AUS-LHR flight in April. Thank you Delta.

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by FrmrKSEngr
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Trump proposes new livery for AF1
Replies: 90
Views: 10769

Re: Trump proposes new livery for AF1

kanban wrote:
FrmrKSEngr wrote:
How about something based on the Thunderbirds.

The British animated series????

No, The USAF Air Demonstration Sqdn. Red white and blue party favors.

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Black Box Replacement
Replies: 29
Views: 2387

Re: Black Box Replacement

Add to Stationblue ensuring the data link is maintained. Not just satellite coverage but also system integrity and antenna pointing. As long at paramaters are being sampled, and the plane is intact, the black box is recording. It a plane gets into unusual attitudes, the high band width SATCOM system...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Locations of ex-NW planes not yet parted out
Replies: 35
Views: 4799

Re: Locations of ex-NW planes not yet parted out

Alphazone: I would think calling an airport to get that info may be sketchy...they may not want to attract lookers...the other resource is Google Maps satellite view, which can be 3-4 years old, but go to street view and the actual photo date is shown on the lower right toolbar, sometimes much more...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C47 Crash in Texas
Replies: 32
Views: 7625

Re: C47 Crash in Texas

That'll buff out. But seriously, glad to hear everyone ok. In my untrained opinion it looks like that plane may actually be fixable (for lack of a better word). The post crash photo looks like the fuselage bruned out and only the wings appeared to be intact. This link has video of the post crash fi...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C47 Crash in Texas
Replies: 32
Views: 7625

Re: C47 Crash in Texas

To me it looks like the pilot could not keep the tail up, and when the tail settled back down the plane unintentionally got airborne with out enough airspeed to sustain flight. The pilot appears not have directional control once the wheels left the ground.

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 21733

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

How about this. Get Paul Allen involved. He has experience getting old jets restored. Fully rebuild the B-52s. The only part you need keep to call an aircraft a restoration as opposed to a replica is the ident plate. That should get it all past congress. Restored planes are not new planes. ;)

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by FrmrKSEngr
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Trump proposes new livery for AF1
Replies: 90
Views: 10769

Re: Trump proposes new livery for AF1

How about something based on the Thunderbirds.

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair FR7312 lost cabin pressure and diverted to HHN
Replies: 35
Views: 6366

Re: Ryanair FR7312 lost cabin pressure and diverted to HHN

Frustrating hearing the US news reporting "The Ryanair plane plunged thousands of feet and suffered loss of cabin pressure". Not quite the right cause and effect pairing - Loss of cabin pressure then rapid decent - SOP. Then passengers complaining that they were not being told what to do d...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should OAK be renamed for Amelia Earhart?
Replies: 39
Views: 3821

Re: Naming OAK after Amelia Earhart

chunhimlai wrote:
Why not EWR after Donald Trump?
Or LHR (after 3rd runway constructed) after Boris Johnson?


Travelling to "London's Johnson" - I don't think so

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Trump proposes new livery for AF1
Replies: 90
Views: 10769

Re: Trump proposes new livery for AF1

It really needs to represent what our government has become.

Sell space to sponsors. Southwest did Shamoo, the Simpsons were flying around for awhile, and ANA had Star Wars. Why not "Air Force One, sponsored by Koch Industries, Las Vegas Sands and Hobby Lobby".

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 757's Parked at RIC
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Re: 757's Parked at RIC

80001, 80002, 90003 and 90004 - New build C-32As 90015, 90016 and 90017 - Ex-Airliners. Per Joe Baugher's USAF Serial Number site they were aquired in 2009: 09-0015/0017 Boeing C-32A Boeing 757 airliner to USAF 0015 (MSN 25044) B757-2Q8 with 1AS/89Wg at Andrews AFB. Ex N440AN, N341LF, CC-CYG. 0016 (...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 757's Parked at RIC
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Re: 757's Parked at RIC

The military emblem is on the lower rear fuselage and there is not a flag on the tail. Also pics of it show a number on the tail as well as U.S. Air Force on the fwd fuselage. It's a C32B and no there is not just one thats government owned. There are quite a few. Including the VP's 2 C32B's that ar...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Packing in IPC
Replies: 7
Views: 1119

Re: Packing in IPC

Found it in the CMM, Turns out it was the same O-Ring used on all the other transmissions, why wasn't it illustrated in the IPC only Boeing knows... That is why it is not in the IPC, because it is in the CMM. It probably an assembled item from a vendor, and the vendor controls the design and mainte...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Vertically opening doors, L1011 / DC10 / B767
Replies: 25
Views: 3588

Re: Vertically opening doors, L1011 / DC10 / B767

B767 does not have a bottle. It uses a spring. The B757 has an air bottle (the pineapple) for emergency opening. Why different mechanisms for two aircraft designed at the same time and share lots of systems in common? Not as much room in the overhead of the 757 as the 767 to accommodate the upward ...

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by FrmrKSEngr
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot TU-104 next to UA DC-7: where?
Replies: 10
Views: 3211

Re: Aeroflot TU-104 next to UA DC-7: where?

Looking a little closer, there is a USAF C-131 next to the DC-7, so it probably is Andrew's AFB when Khrushchev came to the US, The topography looks about right (flat with some low rolling hills on the left side of the picture, no mountains the background).

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by FrmrKSEngr
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot TU-104 next to UA DC-7: where?
Replies: 10
Views: 3211

Re: Aeroflot TU-104 next to UA DC-7: where?

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Per this article, a TU-104 accompanied Khrushchev on his 1959 trip to the US. But from what I can tell, the United logo is post 1959. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarch ... 9/sizes/o/

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by FrmrKSEngr
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the MD-80 climb better than pretty much every other aircraft?
Replies: 55
Views: 13920

Re: How does the MD-80 climb better than pretty much every other aircraft?

That's embarrasing... :oops: :oops: :oops: Full Concorde specs including MTOW can be found here: http://www.concordesst.com/techspec.html We all make mistakes. Thanks for the link. I have multiple references on the book shelves, but was too lazy to get out of the recliner and open one.

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