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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commecial aircraft cruise altitude 'no fly' zones
Replies: 16
Views: 3570

Re: Commecial aircraft cruise altitude 'no fly' zones

Tacking on to GalaxyFlyer's thoughts: Digging deep into my memory, I vaguely recall that at the Red Flag indoc briefings, it was emphasized that the 'box' was a serious no fly zone. However, in case of an emergency, Groom Lake could be used although Tonapah test airfield was the preferred runway. My...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Klax and surrounding airfields in regards to earthquakes.
Replies: 28
Views: 3913

Re: Klax and surrounding airfields in regards to earthquakes.

rbavfan wrote:
canyonblue17 wrote:
About how far is this from Victorville Airport?


155 miles south

VCV is about 75 miles from Ridgcrest.

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: IAF Jaguar Aircraft Jettisoned Fuel Tanks upon Bird Strike on Take Off
Replies: 17
Views: 1538

Re: IAF Jaguar Aircraft Jettisoned Fuel Tanks upon Bird Strike on Take Off

Makes you question the decision to build a city right up to the fences of a military airfield. Imagine if this had been a single-engine jet, e. g. an F-16. You might look up the history of Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, AZ. It was an early F-4 base until one crashed into the city. Out of politics, ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest 727 routes by type
Replies: 27
Views: 3439

Re: Longest 727 routes by type

NW GUM to SEL (2000sm) daily flights in 727-200M during the mid 90's. Never had to make a tech stop to my knowledge. 2 or 3 of the five 727s they operated out of GUM had the aux tanks in the cargo hold.

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Silly question
Replies: 9
Views: 1831

Re: Silly question

As Starlionblue stated, your fantasy would have to assume the landing gear was raised, or it would never attain anything close to supersonic..or the gear/doors would rip off. Certainly not a commercial plane, but a turbo powered vehicle: ThrustSSC supersonic car which set the record in 1997. ("...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Chicago TRACON controlled airspace dimensions
Replies: 6
Views: 2076

Re: Chicago TRACON controlled airspace dimensions

I don't think anybody is going to give you definitive answers. You'd best be served by examining the charts, sectionals, hi and low and determining the airspace class and sectors. SkyVector.com is a good site with charts. Ultimately, if flying on an IFR flight plan, ATC will tell you when to change ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airspace Question
Replies: 3
Views: 821

Re: Airspace Question

Hello, I am trying to determine the airspace around a particular area. GPS is 43.689915, -79.280727. I think it's Class C and E. Is this correct ? Play with this online assistant: http://www3.telus.net/cschwab/viewer/canadian_airspace.html Coordinates look to be barely outside a Class C SFC to 2500...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta 747-200Bs
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Re: Delta 747-200Bs

I'll answer based on my memory, but can't say I'm 100 percent accurate. -The last scheduled pax flight for a 200 was on Sept 12, 2007. -Delta never operated the 200s as scheduled pax service. After the merger, The two you referred to were used as charters almost all military charters. -No, they were...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 3588

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

NOTE. Afterburner is an 'old fashioned' term for a single-stage [off-on-off], short-term, engine thrust augmentation. New engines have multistage thrust augmentation... allowing a range of thrust increase for 'the most efficient use of fuel-flow'. The F100-100 [Typical of F-15C/D models] has a 5 au...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft tilting back on ground due to weight imbalance
Replies: 25
Views: 3787

Re: Aircraft tilting back on ground due to weight imbalance

As I recall several airport cargo bays had nosewheel tethers to prevent tipping due to mistakes in loading sequence on freighters. My many walkarounds on 747 freighters with NW, I observed these or the tail stands installed. Often there was neither, but the loaders were still loading pallets throug...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 38
Views: 4929

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

At my last employer NW on the DC-9 at least you would almost always see the crew refuse the airplane for an autopilot inop. Auto-pressurization inop is another one the crews would refuse.. Pilots don't arbitrarily say they won't fly the aircraft if the auto pilot is inop. They refer to the MEL and ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 38
Views: 4929

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

At my last employer NW on the DC-9 at least you would almost always see the crew refuse the airplane for an autopilot inop. Auto-pressurization inop is another one the crews would refuse.. Pilots don't arbitrarily say they won't fly the aircraft if the auto pilot is inop. They refer to the MEL and ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 15734

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

There wouldn't be any at DL, because their -100s were retired about 40 years ago. There are probably a fair number at UAL, because their last classics were only retired after 9/11. No conversion from the -100 to -200 is necessary (probably only a very short "differences" course for the SP...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft tilting back on ground due to weight imbalance
Replies: 25
Views: 3787

Re: Aircraft tilting back on ground due to weight imbalance

As I recall several airport cargo bays had nosewheel tethers to prevent tipping due to mistakes in loading sequence on freighters. My many walkarounds on 747 freighters with NW, I observed these or the tail stands installed. Often there was neither, but the loaders were still loading pallets through...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu May 30, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 15734

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

There wouldn't be any at DL, because their -100s were retired about 40 years ago. There are probably a fair number at UAL, because their last classics were only retired after 9/11. No conversion from the -100 to -200 is necessary (probably only a very short "differences" course for the SP...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri May 24, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NW vs UA Who was stronger in TPAC network?
Replies: 43
Views: 4051

Re: NW vs UA Who was stronger in TPAC network?

I'm not 100% sure on this (I'm sure someone else can confirm or deny it), but I think they might have been NRT-based crews. The aircraft were certainly NRT-based, so there weren't regular rotations to bring them back to the mainland. The pilots for the 757 intra asia flights with NW and later the A...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed May 22, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NW vs UA Who was stronger in TPAC network?
Replies: 43
Views: 4051

Re: NW vs UA Who was stronger in TPAC network?

From '93 to '96 NW operated a B-727 operation using GUM as the hub in competition with Air Mike. Destinations included at various times: NGO, FUK, SPN, TPE, SEL, MNL and OKA. When air travel got back on it's feet in the States in '96, they brought the 727s back and that was the end of that.

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed May 15, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine failure question
Replies: 46
Views: 4139

Re: Engine failure question

The BA incident has been discussed in nausea on this board during the past 15 years. While I make no judgments, I can tell you that the 747 CPTs in the US airlines wouldn't have continued the route had an engine failed shortly after starting the leg. In fact the Captains I was flying with at the tim...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed May 08, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program
Replies: 117
Views: 21798

Re: Boeing Beats Lockheed for $9.2 Billion Air Force Trainer Program

No surprise that the Navy and Marines are looking at the T-X but they are in no hurry nor should they be. It makes sense to use the same aircraft where possible and it is looking increasingly likely that the T-X will have an aggressor role. Be interesting to see what modifications they may make to ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed May 08, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 12929

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

DL159 flew right through the middle of NK. Care to provide a reference for that? To the best of my knowledge, DL159 DTW-ICN never flies over NK nor do any of it's other flights. They fly through China then on the very west side of NK into ICN. Yeah, watch it tomorrow on FL24. It followed Air Canada...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue May 07, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 12929

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

rlwynn wrote:
DL159 flew right through the middle of NK.


Care to provide a reference for that? To the best of my knowledge, DL159 DTW-ICN never flies over NK nor do any of it's other flights. They fly through China then on the very west side of NK into ICN.

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon May 06, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 3588

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

Yes. Not accurate. F-15s and F-16s make frequent non-AB takeoffs. It all depends on the aircraft's weight, runway length and environmental conditions. Don't know for sure about F-18s, but heard they always do AB takeoffs regardless. F-22,35??? The north RW at FLL is 9000 ft long which is long enoug...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sun May 05, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F18s at Centennial (APA)
Replies: 8
Views: 1331

Re: F18s at Centennial (APA)

I fly out of BJC and we get a lot of military in. Don't know for sure but I think our restaurant is better than the Mess at Buckley. I wasn't talking about the dining facilities on the airport. The X-country flights I referenced usually had a fairly long RON (over the weekends). Per-diem was normal...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri May 03, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F18s at Centennial (APA)
Replies: 8
Views: 1331

Re: F18s at Centennial (APA)

As far as I know, fighter wings and Navy Air Squadrons still authorize cross-country flights for instrument training and moral. Buckly was a favorite spot to go due to the nightlife and good restuarants when I was still in. Others include Mesa-Gateway, just outside of PHX (formerly Williams AFB), St...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4652

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

Since this is just an exercise in fantasy, here's my additional 2 cents: After my first post, I remembered my initial 2 day major airline interview process. Having no transport experience whatsoever, hundreds of us fighter pilots during the 80s were were put into a simulator (mine was a 747-2) and o...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers
Replies: 54
Views: 9195

Re: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers

Back when I was flying, there was the legend of a major airline captain who when building his new house, used the complimentary feminine napkins from flights, to insulate his walls. It was always a good laugh and heard it several times. I don't know if it is true or just an embellished story. Not su...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4652

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

As one who had never flown anything larger than an F-4, I had very little trouble in my first landing a B-727 from the right seat in a simulator when upgrading from the FE position after 2 years. Of course I had the benefit of knowing the airspeeds, flap operation, gear ops etc before actually putti...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: U.S. Airline F/A Bases
Replies: 24
Views: 4240

Re: U.S. Airline F/A Bases

NRT and MNL based flight attendants for DL used to be all citizens of their associated country. There were no US residents based there...but somebody can correct me if that has changed.

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself
Replies: 7
Views: 1924

Re: Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself

Running into your own bullets after they have depleted their energy is extremely rare and was mentioned above. Ricochet (broaching) TP bullets has damaged several fighters when practicing strafing on a ground range. That's why strafe training on ground targets have minimum dive angles and foul lines...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engineers, miss it or glad those days are gone.
Replies: 28
Views: 4802

Re: Engineers, miss it or glad those days are gone.

tb727 wrote:
The worst part about having an FE though is that it was one more person that couldn't make a decision on where we were going to go eat.


In a 3 man cockpit, you could always deny, deny on the question "who farted". That fell apart with the 2 man cockpit.

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engineers, miss it or glad those days are gone.
Replies: 28
Views: 4802

Re: Engineers, miss it or glad those days are gone.

Once airliners were built and certified to fly with a 2 man crew and not a FE position, then training reflected that and it was no harder to fly the 2 pilot aircraft or no easier as far as that goes. The major changes I remember was now the FO did the walkarounds, augmented crews came about (2 pilot...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could a quad use different combinations of engines?
Replies: 35
Views: 2156

Re: Could a quad use different combinations of engines?

It’s dead crazy, even the military hasn’t used it for decades. I believe the 109th Airlift Wing (NY) were still using JATO takeoffs on their C-130s on ski takeoffs on soft snow up until about two years ago. Then they received the 8 bladed prop conversion and don't need them anymore. On another note...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric nose wheels
Replies: 49
Views: 2872

Re: Electric nose wheels

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EGTS
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I remember reading about them a decade ago; however I don't believe there was much interest or rage to speak of. Honeywell did install one on an A-320 for testing, but couldn't interest anybody. Most from this blurb:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EGTS

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines KMSP hub 747-400 destinations
Replies: 32
Views: 5140

Re: Northwest Airlines KMSP hub 747-400 destinations

Since there are some NW knowlegeble people out here can any of you shed some light on the following. During the 90s with the NW/KL partnership in full swing KLM had a handfull of NW first or second officer's flying the 747-400 with them. I remember being on a flight from AMS to DPS where the FO was...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: sterile cockpit - high altitude airports question
Replies: 24
Views: 3158

Re: sterile cockpit - high altitude airports question

The low altitude MSL record is debatable. According to squadron gossip, F-105s out of George AFB did fly at 50ft AGL over Death Valley in the early 70's before Ranger Rick started enforcing the 3000 ft military restriction. Seeing a negative number (needle) on the altimeter was a notch in their acc...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: sterile cockpit - high altitude airports question
Replies: 24
Views: 3158

Re: sterile cockpit - high altitude airports question

747Whale wrote:
You missed the point.

The low altitude record is very much tied, and they're all dead.

Do you understand?

If you're referring to my post, of course I understand. You're being a little sarcastic (no problem with that) but you're talking AGL. I'm talking MSL.

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by RetiredWeasel
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: sterile cockpit - high altitude airports question
Replies: 24
Views: 3158

Re: sterile cockpit - high altitude airports question

I believe his comment was one of humor and irony. The low altitude record is tied. The low altitude MSL record is debatable. According to squadron gossip, F-105s out of George AFB did fly at 50ft AGL over Death Valley in the early 70's before Ranger Rick started enforcing the 3000 ft military restr...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Out of Curiosity: Two Different Engines on Same Airframe Safer?
Replies: 24
Views: 3219

Re: Out of Curiosity: Two Different Engines on Same Airframe Safer?

Back in the days of flying the 747-200 we frequently flew intermixes of the JT9D engines with the mixes being -7R, -7Q , -7Fs and/or -7Js. All mixes were approved and certified by the FAA. Different EPRs for TO and climb were set for the appropriate engines. The Flight Engineer had the Reference Man...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 731
Views: 68795

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

.” http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/26305/f-15x-will-come-in-two-variants-and-no-it-wont-cost-100m-per-copy You really need to stop giving that site views let alone keep using it for evidence and the basis of topics like this. He has zero authority, training or military experience whatsoever. H...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tokyo NRT to extend runway hours for 1st time since opening in 1978
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: Tokyo NRT to extend runway hours for 1st time since opening in 1978

While this is a welcomed schedule change, allowing T/O s after 2300 has happened in my recollection at least twice. The most memorable one was caused by a fast moving snow storm that dumped 3-4 inches of snow around 1500. The very, very limited deicing trucks available could hardly make a dent in cl...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "Generations" of fighter jets/naming conventions
Replies: 25
Views: 2185

Re: "Generations" of fighter jets/naming conventions

SheikhDjibouti wrote:

.... I shall now confuse everyone by mentioning that the last USAF piston engined fighter to enter service was the F-82 (made up of two P-51 Mustangs......
....


After WWII, all the P-51's were renamed to F-51's. My dad had over 900 hours in the F-51 with the Spokane ANG.

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?
Replies: 41
Views: 6422

Re: Why did the F117 have a relatively short servive life ?

RJMAZ reply sounds reasonable. I do take a little issue with your times though. The Phantom went operational with the navy in 1960. USAF retired it's last combat F-4 in 1997. That's only 37 years. Yes it flew as a drone and target for several more years, but wasn't combat coded. The F-117 lasted 25 ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Conformal tanks on fighters
Replies: 20
Views: 2701

Re: Conformal tanks on fighters

MaxQ: There are other reasons to immediately jettison 4-6000 lbs of fuel if the external tanks are full besides trying to improve performance in air-to-air engagements. Having an engine performance degradation shortly after takeoff calls for immediately reducing weight and the fastest way is to hit ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 4942

Re: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987

Every SR-71 pilot and commander including the Wing Commander at Beale AFB during the 80s that has given interviews and answered the question if they flew over Soviet Union airspace or Chinese mainland airspace will say no it was never authorized or tasked. The main reason is that no president since ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Smoke in the cabin
Replies: 16
Views: 2804

Re: Smoke in the cabin

After accomplishing everything StarlionBlue said to include slowing to 200 KIAS or less and opening both outflow valves to max, there was a procedure in our 747-200s and 747-400s that as last resort open one of the cabin doors (which one depended on where smoke was coming from). By opening, the book...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi out on one engine?
Replies: 65
Views: 6490

Re: Taxi out on one engine?

FYI... 'off-to-the-side' contribution to single engine OPs in a twin-Jet... ...... Interesting NOTE. Even though the practice of shutting-down an engine was SOP during war, in later [non-war] years of service [~1980s], younger pilots were more reluctant to shut-down an engine 'just because the proc...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 2040, the year when pilotless airliners go into service ?
Replies: 32
Views: 2176

Re: 2040, the year when pilotless airliners go into service ?

I hope not. A question for anyone - would you rather have a 1-man cockpit or a no-man cockpit? I don't like either one, but which one would be less 'evil'. Back in the day as a 747 SO (flt engineer), I occasionaly saw both front seaters doze off. It was not intentional but just the nature of pure b...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When was ETOPS approved for transpacific flights?
Replies: 28
Views: 3325

Re: When was ETOPS approved for transpacific flights?

As far as Pacific/US ops go: In January 1989, American Airlines flew a 767-300ER aircraft on a validation flight from Dallas to Hawaii under the 180-minute By April 1989, both the 767-300ER and GE CF6-80C2 engines received type certification for 180-minute ETOPS, and American Airlines received the f...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35B crashes in Beaufort County,SC
Replies: 16
Views: 4143

Re: F-35B crashes in Beaufort County,SC

......Go have a look at the aircraft loss rates between the F-16 and F-18. It should be eye-opening for anyone who thinks two engines makes a difference. The difference is very minimal and among certain user populations actually favours the F-16. We lose more aircraft to human error or technical er...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 86
Views: 15336

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

If a twin was not allowed across oceans but a quad was too much engine => tri-jets. Yes. Which is why the manufactures of the DC-10 and L-1011 thought and rightly so, that those tri-jets would be /more profitable than a quad on certain over the water flights Otherwise the airlines would have just s...

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