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by georgiaame
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lead time to fill a plane reservations-wise
Replies: 25
Views: 3544

Re: Lead time to fill a plane reservations-wise

Future passenger here. I/we had two cruises pulled out from under us in March, along with a flight from Atlanta to Peru to catch the first one. I'm itching to travel. We rebooked cruises in early October. I'm an optimist. I don't know if the countries will be open. I don't know if the cruises will b...

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by georgiaame
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta DC7B inbound to ATL for DL museum.
Replies: 37
Views: 9029

Re: Delta DC7B inbound to ATL for DL museum.

Well, it wasn't a DC-7 (I flew on one in 1961!), but flying out to IAH last week, there was a B-17 parked at the Delta maintenance hanger here in Atlanta. Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough to get a shot. We at war, or something?

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by georgiaame
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: November 3, 2019. After 48 years; last ever El Al 747 flight
Replies: 47
Views: 8830

Re: November 3, 2019. After 48 years; last ever El Al 747 flight

I can't begin to imagine how many lives were changed forever by that airline! I know mine was. I never got to fly on an ElAl 747, my parents did. In 1969, my first international flight, was on an ElAl 707. Non stop New York to Tel Aviv. Never understood until this posting why my return stopped in Pa...

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by georgiaame
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Class 1 Medical Test and Lumbar Disk problem
Replies: 6
Views: 7299

Re: Class 1 Medical Test and Lumbar Disk problem

If you are on chronic medications, it could be a potential problem, but degenerative disc disease is not a disqualifying condition for any of the Classes. It does need to be reported on your medical history form. While I was never a Class 1 examiner, I've had one Delta pilot with herniated neck disc...

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by georgiaame
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Continental EWR TATL routes
Replies: 39
Views: 8321

Re: Continental EWR TATL routes

I flew with them to Edinburgh, 757 as previously mentioned. Memorable flight. I got stuck on the runway in Atlanta for about 2 hours, got into EWR very late, I assumed I missed the flight, especially when I got to the boarding area, two attendants were at the gate, and there wasn't another human bei...

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by georgiaame
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners Past: National Airlines receives their 1st Boeing 747
Replies: 41
Views: 7606

Re: Airliners Past: National Airlines receives their 1st Boeing 747

"National Airlines says/You're gonna have a great time!" I date myself. Pretty livery. Never flew them.

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by georgiaame
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft
Replies: 128
Views: 25161

Re: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft

[quote="exFWAOONW"]

What was this guy thinking.

Well, that should be pretty obvious, don't you think?

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by georgiaame
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement
Replies: 94
Views: 18024

Re: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement

Have to wonder if Delta might want to pick up a few. For a song. They are 10 year old used jets, there is a precedent. Just sayin'.

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by georgiaame
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 104
Views: 9991

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

For me, hands down 739ER, although any 737 would qualify. Cramped, LOUD, claustrophobic, I go out of my way not to fly them, especially Delta's. I'd be happy to nominate the Satan's Chariot, but it is so rare that I'm stuck in one, and the flights generally are so short, the discomfort is minimal, s...

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by georgiaame
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 107
Views: 12785

Re: Delta luggage abuse

You are ALWAYS advised to hand carry valuable objects, not to check medications, etc! That said, I don't know what Delta has done in recent months and years, but their luggage checking, at least here in the US and Europe has become spectacular. Maybe it's my Medallion status, but my bags are usually...

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by georgiaame
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 24564

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

Ah, the question brings me back to the good old days of being a poor, starving medical student in Europe, in the days of transatlantic youth fares. (Think $200 rt, unrestricted ticket, other than no stopovers on the way). How did they fill those planes? Well, sometimes they didn't. Best flight was M...

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by georgiaame
Wed May 15, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian
Replies: 43
Views: 6464

Re: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian

Sounds to me like you are suffering from some serious anxiety issues that go way beyond flying on a 787 powered by Trent 1000 engines. Perhaps you should cancel your trip and consult a physician? To the best of my knowledge, only 2 aircraft have suffered complete inflight engine shutdown, and both s...

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by georgiaame
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 737MAX10 fuselage arrives for final assembly
Replies: 96
Views: 18506

Re: First 737MAX10 fuselage arrives for final assembly

"48 windows just like a 707-320!" And here I thought I was the only OCD person who counted the number of windows on an airplane. Guess there are at least two of us out there. For years, I've mused about posting on Tech Ops about how the 707 could hypothetically be updated here in the new m...

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by georgiaame
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 742901

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

This armchair expert has just read that the plane was reported to have smoke coming out of the tail and clothing and papers flying out the back moments before the crash. Sounds to me like the APU in the tail blew, and took out a chunk of the luggage compartment. Planes don't fly well with holes in t...

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by georgiaame
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B707 vs DC-8
Replies: 22
Views: 2450

Re: B707 vs DC-8

Ah, my youth! First international flight was NY/TLV, non stop on ElAl B707-300. Sat aisle behind the wing. After hearing all the nonsense about how quiet the jets were, the roar was amazing. The flight was fully booked. I wouldn't call it comfortable, but it certainly didn't feel like a cattle car. ...

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by georgiaame
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain plans to sink a B747
Replies: 50
Views: 13115

Re: Bahrain plans to sink a B747

Noshow wrote:
Some Vulcan bomber would be cool.


With or without 2 hydrogen bombs, Mr Bond?

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by georgiaame
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 15447

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Now the Boeing 727 fades away. . Interesting statement, considering that it was the Boeing 757 that pushed the 727 way. And now it's that second generation 757 that is slowly, but surely, starting to fade away. Here's to the third generation - the Boeing - if ever they actually decide to build it -...

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by georgiaame
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?
Replies: 70
Views: 12044

Re: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?

Many, many moons have passed, I once took a BA morning flight from JFK into LHR. Worst case of jet lag I've ever had. Left at a great hour, easy flight, landed in London I swear in the middle of the night, wide awake - probably around 10 or 11PM locally, couldn't sleep, wound up having to wake up at...

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by georgiaame
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest agent mocks child’s name
Replies: 147
Views: 11903

Re: Southwest agent mocks child’s name

"Mocks" the child's name? I would mock the moron mother, and I guess I would never survive with SouthWest. My reaction to the "name" would be an instantaneous "You are joking, aren't you?" That poor kid doesn't have a chance!

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by georgiaame
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 438517

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

TOTALLY off subject: Spy vs Spy (I don't remember the third in there) was written by Nick Meglin, who died recently. (Recently to my mind is anytime within the past 15 years). I went to Jr High School with his nephew. It was published in MAD Magazine. I flew in my first 777 23 years after its introd...

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by georgiaame
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?
Replies: 56
Views: 11599

Re: Why is DL the only US3 to operate flights to Africa?

I have several patients who are Delta pilots who fly the routes. Trust me, they ask the same question.

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by georgiaame
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 12371

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

And if the right people are paid off, which is how Washington works, and they mandate15.5 inches wide, then guess what happens!

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by georgiaame
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Delta Adiemus Commercial w/ JFK Worldport
Replies: 11
Views: 4961

Re: Delta Adiemus Commercial w/ JFK Worldport

Aside from removing the wavy-gravy livery, I think the worst mistake delta made was getting rid of Adiemus, which I believe they actually commissioned in the first place. I loved being on hold with them just to listen to the music, and to this day, Songs of Sanctuary will blare in my headset the mom...

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by georgiaame
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated
Replies: 129
Views: 20982

Re: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated

I'm really surprised that so few were built - had assumed over 1000! Clearly it was not a particularly successful design for Boeing. I wonder how much money they lost on the variant.

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by georgiaame
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudia suspends Canada service
Replies: 98
Views: 15759

Re: Saudia suspends Canada service

I'm sure Canada is devastated by this horrible news.

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by georgiaame
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any pics of El Al retro 70th Anniversary 787-9?
Replies: 36
Views: 12780

Re: Any pics of El Al retro 70th Anniversary 787-9?

Dull? Just look at that tail fin. Bone up on a little recent history, and that livery is anything but dull. That tail brought hope to the homeless, dreams to the decimated, a place of safety and security to hundreds of thousands of people who lived in nothing but fear all of their lives, in Europe, ...

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by georgiaame
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Russian cockpits blue green?
Replies: 17
Views: 6811

Re: Why are Russian cockpits blue green?

"After staring at Red, your eyes get tired and differentiate between different shades of red anymore especially inside the patient." That's a new one on me, but perhaps you're right. You don't "see" red blood spattered all over your deep blue gowns. It turns "black", an...

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by georgiaame
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang
Replies: 105
Views: 22566

Re: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang

Things are looking pretty good already! The chub has already discovered the joys of flying on American made equipment. Mr Kim, all these riches, and so much more are your's for the asking, just get rid of the nukes and learn to act nice with the rest of the world. Your buds the Russians and the Chin...

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by georgiaame
Sat May 26, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?
Replies: 58
Views: 8932

Re: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?

[quote="reffado"]Pretty sure any program development costs would not be offset by potential (if any) customer interest. Most - if not all - airlines who currently operate 727 aircraft do it because the frames are cheap to buy..." When it come to cheap, old airframes, never count Delta...

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by georgiaame
Fri May 25, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority
Replies: 77
Views: 8225

Re: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority

For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would want to visit a country whose citizens would willingly risk their lives and more over the lives of their children to escape from! Travel to that country is a disgrace and appalling! Thank God Delta lost money on the route and is calling it qui...

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by georgiaame
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Delta like their A350 so far?
Replies: 86
Views: 30437

Re: How does Delta like their A350 so far?

This may be apples and oranges, but I drive an 11 year old Saturn. I get about 24-25 miles per gallon with it, which is okay, but not great. Certainly when a new car could get me 40-50 miles per gallon. I spend about $20-25 per week on gas, or under $100. monthly. By buying a new car, I could be spe...

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by georgiaame
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 15344

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Kid has behavioral problems, it happens! Giving the kid a slap is not exactly helpful! I am the father of two amazing kids who have been flying since they were 2 weeks old. Domestically, internationally, economy, up front. So I respectfully disagree with you. BIG TIME! My big one mouthed off to me ...

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by georgiaame
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Recovery of Hand Luggage After Emergency Evac
Replies: 38
Views: 2748

Re: Recovery of Hand Luggage After Emergency Evac

Always cared my passport and meds ON MY PERSON. GF Brilliant advice! This from the guy who won't take his shoes off until we reach a safe altitude, lest I have to walk through burning jet fuel. My airline behavior has just changed, as of my next flight, and thank you. 45 years of flying, I've never...

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by georgiaame
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 16156

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

Pity for them they WEREN'T arrested. In America, we have this funny thing called "free speech". I know it isn't for everyone I know, but it works, and is recognized by all of our courts. They could have made a hell of a lot of money on this one, and would never have to fly Porter again in ...

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by georgiaame
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Korean Air to store first A380 due to low demand, interested in A350
Replies: 57
Views: 12967

Re: Korean Air to store first A380 due to low demand, interested in A350

Purely anecdotal, but I've flown the Korean 380 twice, ATL-ICN and JFK-ICN. On both flights, economy downstairs was packed to the gills. Business upstairs was essentially empty. These were August and September flights. JFK-ICN was about 1/2-3/4 full upstairs, but a LOT of empty seats. Just a small s...

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by georgiaame
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of DL 744 low-pass over MSP
Replies: 46
Views: 10186

Re: Video of DL 744 low-pass over MSP

WOW! It's the end of an era. Amazing aircraft, even more amazing to think that I've been flying in 747s since 1970. I've stopped wearing the sack cloth and ashes regarding the 748i, did get to fly in a Korean aircraft last year. But I guess it's time. The queen is dead. Long live the king. Thanks fo...

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by georgiaame
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic and Bio fuel, what happened?
Replies: 19
Views: 6541

Re: Virgin Atlantic and Bio fuel, what happened?

What happened? Simple. The invisible hand of Adam Smith got in the way and said "No." There is no global shortage of oil. It is much more expensive to produce biofuel than real fuel. No one except the environmental lunes want the stuff. And airlines will lose money if they were to use it. ...

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by georgiaame
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017-2018 NHL Charter Flight Numbers
Replies: 23
Views: 21596

Re: 2017-2018 NHL Charter Flight Numbers

If I were the pilot of any of those NFL charters, you can be sure I would be playing The Star Spangled Banner during the seat belt announcement. Maybe even during take off too. And landing. And turbulence.

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by georgiaame
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers "Who Just Met", Join Mile High Club, Get Arrested on DL
Replies: 59
Views: 13362

Re: Passengers "Who Just Met", Join Mile High Club, Get Arrested on DL

First, it's disgusting, if only for the mess left behind on the seats that someone has to sit on. Now, that said, I am no fan of Saudi Arabia or its national airline, but occasionally they can teach us westerners valuable lessons. One has to wonder how this would have been treated on a Saudia flight...

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by georgiaame
Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Catalan independence affects on airlines
Replies: 3
Views: 999

Re: Catalan independence affects on airlines

You are going to be looking at an economic catastrophe. And probably a shooting war. Tourists and businesses are never enamored by shooting wars. The EU was hit broadside by Brexit. This is potentially greater because of the potential for a Balkanization of large sections of Europe. Milan and Venice...

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by georgiaame
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early 747 lounges on upper deck?
Replies: 27
Views: 6355

Re: Early 747 lounges on upper deck?

I think Qantas had a pirate ship motif upstairs, and at one point PanAm had a small restaurant with dining tables available. I was on a student charter with KLM Summer, 1971, and spent a lovely 7 hours crossing the Atlantic upstairs (the film "The Aristocats" was playing in every section, ...

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by georgiaame
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Passenger claims bomb inside bag after being enraged over a $50 bag fee
Replies: 29
Views: 4038

Re: Spirit Airlines Passenger claims bomb inside bag after being enraged over a $50 bag fee

what's the fee for a carry-on bag [with/without bomb] under 35"? I'm not certain of the fee sans bomb, however, the under 35" carry-on with a bomb is around 15-20 years in Leavenworth. Plus legal fees, which do vary by location. Usually, with a deeply discounted ticket, it's best to pay t...

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by georgiaame
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Scimitar Vs 737 MAX Split tip.
Replies: 7
Views: 5939

Re: 737 Scimitar Vs 737 MAX Split tip.

There is a very good discussion on this exact topic a few threads up, started by Mauricio Chung. Even this non engineer understood it, and it's a question I've been harboring for a while. IMHO, those engineer guys are pretty smart cookies to think this stuff up and then making it practical. Enjoy yo...

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by georgiaame
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Telegraph article: "Is this the beginning of the end for the world's biggest passenger plane?" (=A380)
Replies: 61
Views: 16590

Re: The end of the A380?

Not that I wish to mix politics with airplanes, in my country we call this "Fake News". Sensational nonsense, easy to write, designed to sell newspapers and advertising, regardless how nonsensical the premise or how false the writing. That said, the handwriting is on the wall for the 380 (...

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by georgiaame
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Hartsfield Jackson EVER Get The 787?!
Replies: 22
Views: 3476

Re: Will Hartsfield Jackson EVER Get The 787?!

Actually, I've seen a Qatar 789 here in the past. Can't say that I've seen a 380. A 744 is about as exotic as it gets these days, and they tend to be cargo.

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by georgiaame
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?
Replies: 144
Views: 29099

Re: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?

Well, for what it's worth department: My parents got married in June 1946, and flew from LaGuardia to Toronto for their honeymoon (Dad was 22, decommissioned Army Air Corp, and loved anything that flew. Especially B-25s). SOMEHOW, a few years ago my brother did some homework, found the flight AND th...

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by georgiaame
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20-year old arrested in Israel for filming planes landing at Sde Dov Airport (with a drone)
Replies: 43
Views: 6076

Re: 20-year old arrested in Israel for filming planes landing at Sde Dov Airport (with a drone)

You really have to be pretty dense to mess with Israeli security. Probably a harmless action on the kid's part, but with potentially really, really bad consequences.

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by georgiaame
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did KLM Retire Their 747-300s So Young?
Replies: 37
Views: 21472

Re: Why Did KLM Retire Their 747-300s So Young?

A tad divergent, but regarding KLM's original 747-200s. I flew PH-BUC in June, 1971. It was their 3rd 747, named the Amazon, and it was about a month after it was introduced to the line. Flew it again about 2 months later on my return trip to New York. 2 transatlantic flights, 5 lower deck compartme...

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by georgiaame
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Haven't Winglets Been Retrofitted Onto the 772 Series?
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

Re: Why Haven't Winglets Been Retrofitted Onto the 772 Series?

The number of older 777s flying, and their projected remaining service life, might not justify the cost of developing and retrofitting such devices. B777's were designed primarily for long haul missions. Due which they spend quite less time in lower speed ranges. And lower speeds cause induced drag...

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by georgiaame
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines in need of a livery update?
Replies: 43
Views: 2866

Re: Airlines in need of a livery update?

11725Flyer wrote:
Delta. Keep the tail but change the fuselage.


Keep the fuselage, but change the tail! I loved the old wavy gravy. The CEO may have been an SOB, but the tail looked great, very distinctive. Aeroflot comes close, but Delta was classier.

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