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by RetiredWeasel
Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 727 V-speed cards
Replies: 4
Views: 883

Re: 727 V-speed cards

Can't speak for other airlines, but at ours for 727s and 747-200s, the V speeds were obtained from tabulated charts in the quick reference manual (QRM) normally kept on the FE's desk. He would copy the numbers to a preprinted disposable form. FO would review it and place the form in plain view on th...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: The most 747s in a single photo
Replies: 23
Views: 5975

Re: The most 747s in a single photo

Just after the stateside arrival bank at Narita during the mid to late 90's you could easily count 30 to 40 747s. Mixture of classics and the 400 were all over the ramp (buss gates), cargo ramp and in the gates. And that was when it was single runway. Can't find a photo though that represents that d...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187311

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

The app version of FR24 showed civilian flight UA830 (30Aug) as having just flown over Afghan airspace. Apologies if clarified already but is that an error or are civilian flights still overflying? United's BOM-EWR, DEL-EWR, DEL-SFO flights all fly over the Afghan's Wakhan corridor both coming and ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Aug 20, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?

I flew the A320 for four years and I’m currently in my 737 type rating class/sims. The 737 overhead is as if someone took a box of switches and just threw them at the overhead and where they landed is where the switch went. The A320 was much easier to look at, same for the E175 which was a simpler ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Aug 20, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?

Not trying to offend anybody but hard to deny that many pilots on long haul, can find a switch on the overhead to focus on while his eyelids slowly come to the close position. ...at least in the old days.

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10692

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

Latest statement from the Air Mobility Command twitter feed says there were actually 823 Afghan citizens on board flight Reach 871. https://twitter.com/AirMobilityCmd?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1428700370025566213%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es2_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thedri...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Aug 19, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?
Replies: 17
Views: 2331

Re: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?

Not mentioned is defueling. Time consuming procedure, but I remember having it done on a 747-200 once or twice. Can't remember how they did it, but think a mechanic came up to the cockpit and used the boost pumps and the dump manifold, but not sure. Think because it was done, a fuel stop was added i...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Aug 18, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?
Replies: 17
Views: 2331

Re: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?

Ancient info here, but flying 727's into Phoenix back in the early 90's: in 90 or 91, the summer temp went over 120 degrees F. Our charts only went to 120. Couldn't takeoff. Company got on the horn to Boeing and they started faxing the needed data to dispatch then down to the crews. The first day we...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lowering flaps and gear at the same time.
Replies: 18
Views: 2745

Re: Lowering flaps and gear at the same time.

Can't speak for other aircraft but for both the 747-200 and 400, 2 miles prior to the FAF or OM (or thereabouts for visuals), standard maneuver calls for 'gear down' flaps 20 (Assuming the flaps were already at 10 for maneuvering). It's done simultaneously. I don't recall any restrictions. After ge...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lowering flaps and gear at the same time.
Replies: 18
Views: 2745

Re: Lowering flaps and gear at the same time.

Can't speak for other aircraft but for both the 747-200 and 400, 2 miles prior to the FAF or OM (or thereabouts for visuals), standard maneuver calls for 'gear down' flaps 20 (Assuming the flaps were already at 10 for maneuvering). It's done simultaneously. I don't recall any restrictions. After gea...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12604

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

During initial checkout as an FE on 747-200's we got to open the hatch and proceed down to the nose gear/EE compartment. Basically it was to show us how to drop the nose gear if the two primary emergency methods failed. It involved unscrewing a bunch of bolts to release a brace of some sort. Even th...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13159

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

With Joe Biden's recent announcement to withdraw US forces in Afghanistan what will become of the remaining bases will they become commercial airports or will they be handed over to the Afghan military? Any thoughts? US Air Bases in foreign countries are not owned by the US. They are usually leased...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 3745

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

Jumpseating on a Continental Air Micronesia 727 flight before push back, I observed the CPT opening up the side window and reaching around and applying Rain-X to his front window. I asked him how it worked, and he stated during the rain showers when landing at the airfields in the islands, it did th...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not measure acceleration instead of using derated flat throttle percentage?
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: Why not measure acceleration instead of using derated flat throttle percentage?

Funny, we used “reject” in the USAF, at least, in AMC, the command formerly known as MAC. So who actually uses "abort"? :biggrin: :?: :?: :?: Unless things have changed in the last 15 years, fighter aircraft use the term "abort" in their boldface T/O abort procedures. Abort bold...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 18510

Re: F-15X has no mission!

Especially since the goal is to replace the F-15C, and not the F-15E. You have to look farther into the future. They buy the two seat configuration. In the short term, they can remove the back seat and fly it as a C replacement. (Save weight). If and when they develope a new interceptor to phase ou...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F18 question
Replies: 7
Views: 1669

Re: F18 question

History..F-4 variants maintained the folding wing, but in later USAF models, they took out the mechanism/hydraulics to do that from the cockpit. But when hangered for maintenance, the wings were frequently manually folded to reduce space. The landing gear for Navy and land versions was similar, alth...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Red Flag exercise question
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

Re: Red Flag exercise question

My experience is very old (the 80's), but during a 2 week exercise, the middle weekend was usually a break. Gives time for the units who deployed a long way to explore the evils of Las Vegas. However I can distinctly remember a one period (morning go)on a Saturday but think that was unusual. If a da...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA 155 Island Hopper Question
Replies: 73
Views: 7132

Re: UA 155 Island Hopper Question

ytib wrote:

Guam - Koror, Palau - Manila


I actually jump seated on a Continental Air Mike 727 that had one more stop in that flight.

Manila, Koror, Yap then Guam. Interesting place Yap although I didn't get of the airplane.

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Overloading Airliners - easily possible?
Replies: 13
Views: 2550

Re: Overloading Airliners - easily possible?

During the 90's, load control made a couple of 30,000+ lb load errors on 747-200F flights that I heard about. It' was noticed when the fuel burn on an 8 hour flight is significantly greater than the flight planned fuel used and in one case caused the freighter to land at Chitose AB, Japan. I'm sure ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holding the nose wheel off
Replies: 35
Views: 4354

Re: Holding the nose wheel off

An alternative aero braking method:
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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA 155 Island Hopper Question
Replies: 73
Views: 7132

Re: UA 155 Island Hopper Question

After flying with NW for 18 years, I also never heard of a wide body CPT intentionally bidding down for an FO position on a narrowbody. It might have happened but would be rare. Retirement pay had something to do with it, as final average earnings for the past 5 years was a factor. NW also had a bas...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flew for the first time in a new joint formation called Super Delta
Replies: 6
Views: 1951

Re: Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flew for the first time in a new joint formation called Super Delta

Did they toss a coin to see who would lead (Blue Angels or Thunderbirds)? USN won out, obviously. Just an assumption, but since it was practiced and demoed at El Central (A naval base), then it seems natural the Blues would be the lead. The formation also looks good with the much larger F-18s out f...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radar coverage over Atlantic and other oceanic zones
Replies: 9
Views: 2138

Re: Radar coverage over Atlantic and other oceanic zones

My 2 cents (maybe dated): The on-line flight tracker sites use ADS-B reception to determine the aircraft's position and altitude. Over the oceans, ADS-B reception is not available. So they use dead reckoning on their computers which is based on the flight planned route, and position reports (provide...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How do fighter drag operations work?
Replies: 3
Views: 1257

Re: How do fighter drag operations work?

As GalaxyFlyer said, lots of variables. Unit deployments (6-12) fighters are more complex and could entail one flight, 10-15 hours, if it makes the logistics simpler or if they have to get their fast. Ferry flights are a little simpler but still take a lot of tanker coordination usually done by an A...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal
Replies: 16
Views: 2332

Re: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal

Fed Ex paid for customs/immigration folks to man their HUB in ANC so they didn't have to be transported to the terminal. Unfortunately, we freighter folks at NW up there didn't rate that luxury, so we parked at the north freighter terminal and taken by company folks to the pax terminal C/I and then...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal
Replies: 16
Views: 2332

Re: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal

Fed Ex paid for customs/immigration folks to man their HUB in ANC so they didn't have to be transported to the terminal. Unfortunately, we freighter folks at NW up there didn't rate that luxury, so we parked at the north freighter terminal and taken by company folks to the pax terminal C/I and then ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ligthning Strikes.
Replies: 12
Views: 2627

Re: Ligthning Strikes.

I had 3 or 4 during my flying career, two of them while still in the military in F-4s. No damage. Two with the airlines, 727 and 747-200 freighter. Both of these sounded like the sound of throwing an incandescent light bulb at a brick wall but louder,--- kinda like a very loud pop. The one in the fr...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Rafale Cuts Power Lines
Replies: 12
Views: 2567

Re: French Rafale Cuts Power Lines

I recall that there was a USAF jet that hit a cable car cable and killed a bunch of the cable car's passengers but that was quite a while ago. Per the article, the French already hit power lines in 2012 and 2014 with a Mirage 2000 and a Rafale, respectively. Both managed to land safely. It appears ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Terrafugia Transition "flying car" is dead
Replies: 13
Views: 2268

Re: Terrafugia Transition "flying car" is dead

MohawkWeekend wrote:
The only flying car that I thought made sense was the outfit in the 70's which mounted a (IIRC) a Ford Pinto to the front of a Cessna 337. I wonder what happen to that?


Death and destruction.
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/31341/flying-pinto-killed-its-inventor

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 30057

Re: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?

Understatement of the century. GF begins with a mention of colliding with an ejection seat, and ends by calling it all boring. Very interesting stories so far. I always mention it, but I keep my feet on the ground. Hasn't stopped me from getting into a few questionable situations, but nothing compa...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sunwing 737 Runway 28 Landing at SXM on video
Replies: 58
Views: 10148

Re: Sunwing 737 Runway 28 Landing at SXM on video

What is the purpose of having policies if you are allowed to violate them? The stabilized by 500 ft and on course or centerline were what was required by the airline I flew with. HOWEVER, we had exceptions and they were called 'Special Airports'. Before a CPT could fly into a special he had to have...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Feb 09, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 35 years ago merger-mania 1986
Replies: 130
Views: 17507

Re: 35 years ago merger-mania 1986

Regarding the NW and Republic Merger: .... I'd like to learn more about what made this merger such a mess. Was it just a clash of corporate cultures, or a mess with seniority integration, all of the above? I know NW always had a reputation of not really being a "nice" employer. Were NC/RC ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: “Confirm Wheels Down”
Replies: 19
Views: 2390

Re: “Confirm Wheels Down”

I'm not familiar with most gear up accidents, but would surmise many of those incidents take place away from home base at aux fields, civilian fields or fields that have no RSU. Every base I was stationed at, on normal training days, man the RSU with a pilot who's additional duty is check for gear d...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: “Confirm Wheels Down”
Replies: 19
Views: 2390

Re: “Confirm Wheels Down”

The urban legend I heard was there was a rash of gear up landings at UPT in the mid-80s and the "Check gear down" was added to the landing clearance. After a few years it migrated out of Air Training Command to the rest of the AF. No, I graduated from UPT in '75 and that call followed all...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: “Confirm Wheels Down”
Replies: 19
Views: 2390

Re: “Confirm Wheels Down”

Can't speak for the heavies, but standard procedure for USAF fighters and trainers is to call "gear down" usually on base leg or final. If you don't then the USAF controllers may ask.

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?
Replies: 38
Views: 4845

Re: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?

As far as US 121 carriers go, my experience (before I retired) was usually the junior guy in the cockpit performed the walkaround. In most cases that was the FE in a 3 pilot aircraft or the FO in a two pilot aircraft. If it was an augmented crew, then usually it was one of the guys on first break. O...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Upper Deck Boeing 747-400BCF
Replies: 36
Views: 5256

Re: Upper Deck Boeing 747-400BCF

Like someone mentioned they are supernumeraries, not passengers. The B737-800BCF has space for 4 in the small galley area just behind the flight deck. Generally people like mechanics, loadmasters, cargo specialists, or ground service reps use these seats. Or most frequently in my experience in the ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?
Replies: 28
Views: 4100

Re: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?

My info is a bit dated, but in the international widebody flights that I did in my last 10 years during the first decade of 2000, the cabin crew almost always boarded first. The cockpit crew usually were still in flight planning room doing stuff that was a little more extensive than domestic flying....

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Worst military procurement post 1950
Replies: 103
Views: 10475

Re: Worst military procurement post 1950

Of the McHamera-era boondoggles, the C-5 was far from the worst. The F-111 story was arguably worse, cancelled Navy version, marginal FB version and three versions of okay fighter-bombers that only served in combat during a 40-day war at the end of their life. The C-5 still serves pretty well. I wo...

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by RetiredWeasel
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B1 Bomber Crew?
Replies: 26
Views: 4117

Re: B1 Bomber Crew?

Why in the world would an 8700nm flight take 29 hours? The B-2s took a west routing and here's a diagram that works out to just about 12,000 nm. https://twitter.com/AircraftSpots/status/1293112683596623873/photo/1 At .80 mach, 27000 feet standard temperature, the true airspeed is about 476 kts. If ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B1 Bomber Crew?
Replies: 26
Views: 4117

Re: B1 Bomber Crew?

[twoid][/twoid] Thanks for the input. I verified that you are correct. Four crew members. Period. The B-1s have flown 20+ hour missions recently..that has to be brutal! It’s been a few years since I’ve worked the BUFF, but believe they’re able to still take extra crew. B-2s recently completed a non...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B1 Bomber Crew?
Replies: 26
Views: 4117

Re: B1 Bomber Crew?

Originally the aircraft was provisioned with a fold out IP seat and IA seat, allowing a maximum of six crew members. However after an incident, they were not allowed to be used and have not flown with more than four since then. The IP/IA seats have also been removed from the aircraft. Thanks for th...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best CAS in 1970
Replies: 20
Views: 2362

Re: Best CAS in 1970

I know your expanding beyond Vietnam, but you left out the F-100 whose mission in Vietnam was 90% CAS. USAF lost 198 of em in combat. The HUN was pretty much the napalm king in the that war.

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best dogfighter in 1970
Replies: 40
Views: 2985

Re: Best dogfighter in 1970

While nobody would really consider the F-105 a great dog fighter, it had more GUN kills (25) in Vietnam than any other fighter combined to include the F-4E or CD with a pod and the F-8. If you limit the discussion to confirmed combat kills of MIGs nothing even to this day beats the F-4 as 'The world...

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by RetiredWeasel
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 727 fuel burn / tank management
Replies: 34
Views: 5407

Re: 727 fuel burn / tank management

I can't remember if it was 10,000 feet for the switch to all center tank feed (I think it was lower), but your procedure sounds like the one we used at NW.

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't the 737-100/200 and DC-9 need a flight engineer when most airliners of the era needed one?
Replies: 36
Views: 4724

Re: Why didn't the 737-100/200 and DC-9 need a flight engineer when most airliners of the era needed one?

Others can probably provide better answers than me, but aircraft systems have simply evolved from being complex with manual operation to becoming automatic during last 50 years. Airliners of the 50's - 70's needed professional flight engineers to manage and monitor the switches, valves, etc because ...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?
Replies: 23
Views: 3424

Re: Spatial disorientation accidents, how do they happen with aircraft with (properly working) instruments?

You don't need clouds to suffer Spatial D. Moonless nights with stars and sparse ground lighting can confuse the senses as to which way is sky vs which way is ground/ocean. Not sure if the Japanese Air Force F-35 pilot was in the clouds, but that was attributed to be the cause of his death and destr...

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by RetiredWeasel
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 727 flap sequence
Replies: 26
Views: 2736

Re: Boeing 727 flap sequence

Flaps 2, then all LED extend with Flaps 5. IIRC, it’s slat panels 2,3,6,7 with 2, then all 8 with Flaps 5. Flaps 2 unlocks the outboard ailerons. Galaxy Flyer correctly commented on the sequence of the Leading Edge Devices (LEDs) and flap settings. Back in the days, many airlines entry level for pi...

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by RetiredWeasel
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian SU27 buzzes the BUFF over the Black Sea
Replies: 23
Views: 2300

Re: Russian SU27 buzzes the BUFF over the Black Sea

I've always partly suspected these intercept antics are somewhat informed by the scrambled pilot's being annoyed by the scramble/stress of a silly 'we are gonna push you to do something' type of near-overflight. No one becomes an F-15/Su-27 pilot hoping to go do boring 'intercepts' of B-52's/Tu-95'...

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by RetiredWeasel
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Departure procedures for airports located near international borders
Replies: 16
Views: 3890

Re: Departure procedures for airports located near international borders

There are approaches into RWY 4 in El Paso which overfly the Mexican border. Countries obviously have agreements.

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