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by Desmidus
Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 727 That Was Stolen In Angola Back In 2003?
Replies: 5
Views: 5810

The 727 That Was Stolen In Angola Back In 2003?

Have any of you heard anything new about the whereabouts of this plane or what happened to it and the American flight engineer who disappeared with it? The last thing I read was about this was an article in late 2004 which basically restated the fact that nobody knows what happened to the plane: <a ...

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by Desmidus
Tue Jan 29, 2002 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sleeping On Planes
Replies: 17
Views: 1674

RE: Sleeping On Planes

I dont mean to brag, but I can put my seatbelt on, and pass out until 5 minutes before landing, no mater how long the flight

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by Desmidus
Mon Jan 28, 2002 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Xray Machines
Replies: 4
Views: 1499

Xray Machines

Ive been paranoid about this for some time. Can anyone tell me from experience what the effects of xray machines are on film, manual cameras and digital ones? They always look at me all wierd when I take my camera stuff out and walk it through...

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by Desmidus
Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "The WTC Highlights The Background":great+sad Pic
Replies: 13
Views: 1245

RE: "The WTC Highlights The Background":great+sad Pic

One man's freedom fighters are another's terrorists. Such is the truth.

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by Desmidus
Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Major Airline Is Your Fav?
Replies: 30
Views: 2203

RE: Which Major Airline Is Your Fav?

From the list: BA
Off the list: CX

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by Desmidus
Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

The Joint Standoff Weapon is supposedly able to glide in from 40nm away from the target area, and deliver 145 BLU-97/B bomblets, each capable of targetting and taking out an armored vehicle. Other versions of the weapon are designed for taking out larger fortified targets, and other targets. It cert...

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by Desmidus
Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why I Love JFK
Replies: 34
Views: 3514

RE: Why I Love JFK

Whenever I flew to JFK, it was always my final destination for the day, and I never really enjoyed going out through the crowds of people waiting for others to arrive, then driving through New York. I suppose that has left a bitter taste in my mouth. However, recently I was flying through JFK on jet...

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by Desmidus
Tue Jun 26, 2001 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Do You Think Of These Unusual Photos?
Replies: 32
Views: 5429

RE: What Do You Think Of These Unusual Photos?

It is still sitting in Anchorage I believe, along with the winglet  Smile

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by Desmidus
Tue Jun 26, 2001 10:53 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Horizontal Aircraft Position In Frame?
Replies: 9
Views: 2343

RE: Horizontal Aircraft Position In Frame?

It depends on whether you are going for a more aesthetic shot, or if it's a run-of-the-mill slide shot, the kind Mike is talking about. Aesthetically, putting the airplane a third of frame from the top or 2/3s from the top works best, I think. If you have an interesting sky, skyline, I would make it...

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by Desmidus
Tue Jun 26, 2001 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Do You Think Of These Unusual Photos?
Replies: 32
Views: 5429

RE: What Do You Think Of These Unusual Photos?

Indeed, that 747 with the blown out fuselage is extremely well done.

Also, the Air France pilot that took out the fence in the first picture ended up doing it AGAIN on another flight. Air France fired that captain the second time around.

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by Desmidus
Tue Jun 26, 2001 5:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

Perhaps the reason why the JSF is able to "replace" the A-10 to some degree is the new Joint Standoff Weapon.

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by Desmidus
Mon Jun 25, 2001 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 And A340 Fuel Economy
Replies: 16
Views: 5149

RE: 777 And A340 Fuel Economy

I don't like where this is going. B747-437B, I asked for numbers. Hamlet gave me numbers. They were good numbers. I'm grateful that he took the time to do so, just as I am ungrateful for your 'addition' to the topic. Perhaps less moderation would be needed, as your profile displays, if people did no...

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by Desmidus
Mon Jun 25, 2001 8:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

Aerotech, I agree completely. Again, compromising has, in essence, theoretically removed the A-10 from the future battlefield. I remember an A-10 pilot who said, regarding the near retirement of the A-10, that it was an irreplacable airplane with second to none ground attack capabilities, and that f...

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by Desmidus
Mon Jun 25, 2001 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 And A340 Fuel Economy
Replies: 16
Views: 5149

777 And A340 Fuel Economy

I implore you, I beseech you, do not turn this into anything but a number-backed discussion. I am curious about the fuel economy numbers concerning the 777 and A340. Much is said about which plane is better, which plane is worse, but I've heard little in the way of which one is more economical of th...

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by Desmidus
Mon Jun 25, 2001 6:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

Interesting points that you bring up, AC183. Like I have said, JSF has many things going for it, and I certainly intend to at least see the production model before making a final judgement. The cockpit thing, among others, is an example of just how many compromises must be made in order for the same...

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by Desmidus
Mon Jun 25, 2001 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Stop HKG-JFK Non-stop!
Replies: 37
Views: 4122

Trans-polar Flight Radiation Article

Actually F.pier is right, radiation doses that pilots and passengers get while flying the trans-polar route are significantly higher than regular routes, so much so that pilots insist on flying this route at lower altitutes, or not fly it at all. There was an excellent article on this done in the In...

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by Desmidus
Mon Jun 25, 2001 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights In/out Of HKG Between 0:00 And 4:00 (AM)?
Replies: 4
Views: 3328

RE: Flights In/out Of HKG Between 0:00 And 4:00 (AM)?

I did before I posted this, but their flight information app wasn't working.

Does now, thanks.

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by Desmidus
Mon Jun 25, 2001 5:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Embarking On 26th - SEA - LHR - WAW - HEL - PEK
Replies: 4
Views: 2777

Embarking On 26th - SEA - LHR - WAW - HEL - PEK

Hello. I'm leaving on what will end up to be a very long flying trip. Are there any comments or suggestions about the locations, trips, anything? First leg is British Airways 747-200 from Seattle to London. I've flown this one a few times, and I end up being stuck at Heathrow for a good 5 hours betw...

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by Desmidus
Sun Jun 24, 2001 6:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

I guess the anticipation is that USAF planes will keep running into Mig 21s / Mig 29s / Su 27s. If the S-37 has actual stealth characteristics, and a confrontation occurs between it and next-generation US fighters, things will get very interesting. Personally I hope it happens, I'm saddened to see a...

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by Desmidus
Sun Jun 24, 2001 1:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

Well, I disagree with you. With AWACS and the new advanced radars and data sharing, we won't be seeing much dogfighting anymore. BVR and emphasis on survivability of the airplane after the missile exchange seems to be the way things are heading, and all the major companies are designing their airpla...

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by Desmidus
Sun Jun 24, 2001 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights In/out Of HKG Between 0:00 And 4:00 (AM)?
Replies: 4
Views: 3328

Flights In/out Of HKG Between 0:00 And 4:00 (AM)?

Could somebody in HKG or with this knowledge tell me what flights come in and out of HKG in the early morning hours, please? Preferably long hauls.

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by Desmidus
Sun Jun 24, 2001 4:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

Oh, and I forgot, the new cockpits (blending into the fuselage in the rear) are actually more aerodynamically-friendly than the full bubble canopies, and I'm told they provide more stealth characteristics as well.

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 8:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

I remember reading that the Lockheed engineers are excited because even though supercruise isn't a requirement, the X-35 may still be able to do it. Not really a big deal, but nice. The JSF will use external stores only on missions without a stealth requirement, obviously. It's a compromise, smaller...

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 2:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?
Replies: 21
Views: 2718

RE: Why Did The JSF Take A Backstep?

The requirement is for a strike fighter, not an all-around light fighter like the F-16, so they aren't placing much weight on the air to air aspects of the plane. Apparently they're sticking to the belief that the stealth will protect them, and when it won't, big brother F-22 will be around to save ...

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights Over The N/S Pole
Replies: 15
Views: 3517

RE: Flights Over The N/S Pole

I could've sworn now that I saw an Airbus A340 ad somewhere that said something about it being the only airliner that had a route over Antarctica, but I'm probably mistaken.

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 11:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Here's A Plane That Took An Ugly Pill...
Replies: 40
Views: 5713

RE: Here's A Plane That Took An Ugly Pill...

FOD problems, yes. On the flipside, perhaps it is an "undocumented feature" which allows the X-32 to swallow enemy aircraft?

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU Slams Boeing Over Sonic Cruiser
Replies: 141
Views: 5009

RE: EU Slams Boeing Over Sonic Cruiser

Well they have to look out for their own...if I were the EU, I'd be doing the same thing, especially since it is a somewhat valid, if not unbiased, point that they make.

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-HVX Retired Next Week
Replies: 5
Views: 1658

RE: B-HVX Retired Next Week

Indeed, I was in HK a short while ago and all the freighters were grounded! I thought it may have been a mechanical grounding or something...

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Airliner/Migs Over Alberta?
Replies: 10
Views: 1482

RE: Russian Airliner/Migs Over Alberta?

A RAF VC-10 Tanker maybe, giving fuel?

It's incredibly unlikely that you saw anything Russian.

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU Slams Boeing Over Sonic Cruiser
Replies: 141
Views: 5009

RE: EU Slams Boeing Over Sonic Cruiser

I think Rich Branson only wants 3 as novelty items too.

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: After The Le Bourget Air Show...
Replies: 4
Views: 1581

RE: After The Le Bourget Air Show...

Did you see the Boeing SC scale model?

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 10:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?
Replies: 17
Views: 23374

RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

This is simply a run of the mill C-130 with #3 removed. The wing is exactly as long as it should be from the perspective the picture was taken at. Take a look at these pictures, similar perspective, to get the idea of how long the wing should be in comparison, and where #3 ought to be located. http:...

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 8:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Here's A Plane That Took An Ugly Pill...
Replies: 40
Views: 5713

RE: Here's A Plane That Took An Ugly Pill...

Well it's pretty much a proven fact that you can judge a book by it's cover-most of the time. Your P-39 is debatable. I thought it was ugly  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> But the F-16...Su-27...B777...A330/340...P-51 Now, this thing? What the hell is this thing? Sudden...

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An F/A's Pet Hates.........
Replies: 77
Views: 3513

RE: An F/A's Pet Hates.........

LMML, everything you mentioned is good and fine, but it's less of a travel thing and more of a person thing. Airlines have their idiot customers just as any place else that caters to common folk does. I think dealing with it is part of what you're paid for, after all, taking care of a class full of ...

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT Should Not Be Privatized.
Replies: 6
Views: 1494

RE: LOT Should Not Be Privatized.

Yeah, really, where do you think the money comes from to run LOT? Apparently you're under the impression that governments can just print the extra money they need.

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 3:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Here's A Plane That Took An Ugly Pill...
Replies: 40
Views: 5713

RE: Here's A Plane That Took An Ugly Pill...

The looks are probably part of the new "cease and desist" strategy. If your planes are so ugly the enemy can't bear to look at them, they probably won't be able to shoot them down either.

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 23, 2001 2:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FB-111 & F111C ( Aussie )
Replies: 16
Views: 2732

RE: FB-111 & F111C ( Aussie )

But who would in the first place? That terrain following radar can make the bugger fly like...a car on the ground.

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 22, 2001 2:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon Pilot Height Restrictions
Replies: 1
Views: 6949

Eurofighter Typhoon Pilot Height Restrictions

Does anyone have this information?

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 22, 2001 9:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: McChord AFB Air Show
Replies: 4
Views: 3409

RE: McChord AFB Air Show

Next year I'm going to Farnborough  Smile

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 22, 2001 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonic Cruiser To Use 35% More Fuel, Boeing Admits
Replies: 65
Views: 3469

RE: Sonic Cruiser To Use 35% More Fuel, Boeing Admits

Lowfareair, that's debatable of course, but economically you're right. Still, I would argue that it's much easier to make a less-popular model of a very successful plane (ie 747SP and A342) than it is to make a bad plane, from scratch. I'm certain Boeing would not persue the SC if they knew or even ...

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 22, 2001 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonic Cruiser To Use 35% More Fuel, Boeing Admits
Replies: 65
Views: 3469

RE: Sonic Cruiser To Use 35% More Fuel, Boeing Admits

Of course, everybody here knows better, has done all the research, and has all the experience to pass judgement on this plane. You'd -think- that the people at Boeing, who are actually paid to look at all of this, and spend their waking hours analyzing, would know what they're doing, wouldn't you? W...

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 22, 2001 5:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: McChord AFB Air Show
Replies: 4
Views: 3409

RE: McChord AFB Air Show

I was out of town > Sad Really wanted to see it. I did watch the thunderbirds practicing on Thursday and Friday though.

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by Desmidus
Thu Jun 21, 2001 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Adds 30 Planes To High-flying Expension
Replies: 15
Views: 2176

RE: JetBlue Adds 30 Planes To High-flying Expension

I don't see them migrating from the A320, it's perfectly sized for their operation, versatile, very economical, and they need the commonality. I doubt they'll go international anytime soon, but who knows...

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by Desmidus
Sat Jun 16, 2001 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ID This Mystery Cockpit.....Weekend #4
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

RE: ID This Mystery Cockpit.....Weekend #4

Ooo, ooo, I know this one actually.

F-16

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 15, 2001 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Misfit Airliners
Replies: 24
Views: 1194

RE: Misfit Airliners

Cathay Pacific and the A342 "What do we do with this thing?"

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 15, 2001 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Disc. Concorde Service 2 Times Sq.
Replies: 13
Views: 3214

RE: British Airways Disc. Concorde Service 2 Times Sq.

Ooh, sorry JFK. Back when I used to go through JFK a lot and spend the night at a friend's house (right under the usual climbout area for JFK), Concorde would always send me out on the deck. The thing is loud.

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 15, 2001 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: To All You Spotters In Waw!
Replies: 13
Views: 2122

RE: To All You Spotters In Waw!

Hey wow, I just realized that my brother flew in there this morning, I should've asked him when I called.

Doh.

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 15, 2001 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Sonic Cruiser A Smoke Screen
Replies: 48
Views: 3325

RE: Boeing Sonic Cruiser A Smoke Screen

Exactly. It's interesting how people can actually think a big, reputable company like boeing can simply go out and say "we've got this plane that goes very fast and it actually works" and not be truthful. It doesn't work that way.

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 15, 2001 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers Parachuting
Replies: 10
Views: 910

RE: Passengers Parachuting

It's basically what 767 said. Most accidents never allow for a nice calm evacuation and jump at altitude  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> 747 cruising calmly at fl31 Dun dee dun dun Cockpit mic: "Bloody hell, 1, 2, 3, and 4 are down, restarts failed. And we've had a fuel...

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by Desmidus
Fri Jun 15, 2001 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Sonic Cruiser A Smoke Screen
Replies: 48
Views: 3325

RE: Boeing Sonic Cruiser A Smoke Screen

They both fill a niche. The most congested airports are the largest ones, and operators will easily be able to fill A380s to the top for destinations like JFK, HKG, etc. Given the very limited slots, it's perfect. Medium sized or less-frequented airports that aren't worth a jumbo or 380 will be grea...

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