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by Balerit
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More safety issues for Boeing...
Replies: 37
Views: 5482

Re: More safety issues for Boeing...

Eh, this is standard AD stuff that is getting magnified due to the Max. You have to be kidding, since when has it become okay to say AD's are normal, they are not, they are issued to rectify serious design flaws or procedures or any abnormalities that affect flight safety. Maybe you're getting conf...

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by Balerit
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More safety issues for Boeing...
Replies: 37
Views: 5482

Re: More safety issues for Boeing...

Eh, this is standard AD stuff that is getting magnified due to the Max. You have to be kidding, since when has it become okay to say AD's are normal, they are not, they are issued to rectify serious design flaws or procedures or any abnormalities that affect flight safety. Maybe you're getting conf...

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by Balerit
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6062

Re: Boeing Wing Issue?

It might be considered a “non-issue” by some but really, just put this thing out of its misery. What else is going to come out in the wash? How many more people have to be killed before this plane is grounded for good? But then what do I know. As much as I love Boeing this is atrocious. Exactly and...

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by Balerit
Tue May 28, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 767
Views: 307451

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

So it could be one of the following; sn 246, sn 251, sn 260, & sn 270. 283, 299, 320, 351, 355, 384... Fiji is apparently taking 320 and another one. Ok cool, I mistakenly thought they were arriving in August, hence me thinking of those early sn's. The rumours are that they will be here within ...

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by Balerit
Tue May 28, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 767
Views: 307451

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

So it could be two of the following; sn 246, sn 251, sn 260, & sn 270. Apparently the aircrew have already left for conversion training. Don't believe everything you read about SAA, it is still a great airline.

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by Balerit
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The world's longest-running airlines
Replies: 60
Views: 10731

Re: The world's longest-running airlines

South African Airways came into being in 1934 after the government took over an ailing Union Airways which began operating in 1929.

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by Balerit
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance
Replies: 84
Views: 8184

Re: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance

If you can, go to an airport where you can view the take-offs and landings of aircraft where you will see the most dangerous parts of a flight and I bet you won't see one incident. Now imagine that this is happening a million times a day all over the world and again there will be very few, if any, i...

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by Balerit
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot/First Officer Preflight Announcement
Replies: 24
Views: 4214

Re: Pilot/First Officer Preflight Announcement

Only announcement made by SAA pilots is for the cabin crew to cross check the doors for correct arming.

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by Balerit
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 Kenya Airways E-190 aircraft collide at JKIA.
Replies: 29
Views: 8868

Re: 2 Kenya Airways E-190 aircraft collide at JKIA.

This happened to us way back on one of our A300's. The wheels were chocked correctly and the park brake set. The problem was that the engines were pretty powerful and these modern aircraft are very light and with takeoff power on one engine and balance power on the other is enough to drag the aircra...

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by Balerit
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refuelling time question
Replies: 19
Views: 4034

Re: Refuelling time question

When SAA had to fly around the bulge of Africa we would fuel the 747-200's to max which was s about 162000 kg's and it would take about 2 hours. The dispenser would have two hoses connected and often one of the other dispensing trucks with a bit of spare time would hook up on the r/h wing for maybe ...

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by Balerit
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused
Replies: 91
Views: 14630

Re: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused

Maybe it's time for the airlines to make the passengers sign an indemnity form and if the pax don't like it, they can go by road or sea.

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft tested on shorter scheduled flights after maintenance?
Replies: 10
Views: 4236

Re: Aircraft tested on shorter scheduled flights after maintenance?

I remember back in the 1970s, I was non-revving a Braniff 747 from DFW to London. There was a problem with the #1 engine that was discovered at the gate, which required an engine change. The engine change was done at the gate, and was watched by all the waiting passengers. The process took 5 hours ...

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 cockpit windscreen issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2665

Re: B787 cockpit windscreen issues

stratclub wrote:
What "issues" are you referring to? Can you link an article or something?


Refer to this page and scroll down to see many instances of cracked windshields:

https://www.aeroinside.com/incidents/type/b788/boeing-787-8-dreamliner

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 cockpit windscreen issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2665

Re: B787 cockpit windscreen issues

Is it a case of these new plastic fuselages flexing too much? I haven't read about any windscreen issues? Since when is the fuselage plastic? The fuselage is primarily carbon fiber see link: https://www.compositesworld.com/articles/the-first-composite-fuselage-section-for-the-first-composite-commer...

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by Balerit
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 cockpit windscreen issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2665

Re: B787 cockpit windscreen issues

Is it a case of these new plastic fuselages flexing too much?

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by Balerit
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4831

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Gripen E is a 6th generation aircraft according to this article: [url] https://hushkit-net.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/hushkit.net/2018/05/12/6th-generation-swede-the-saab-gripen-e/amp/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&...

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by Balerit
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4831

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Gripen E is a 6th generation aircraft according to this article: [url] https://hushkit-net.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/hushkit.net/2018/05/12/6th-generation-swede-the-saab-gripen-e/amp/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&...

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by Balerit
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 cockpit windscreen issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2665

B787 cockpit windscreen issues

While browsing AeroInside, I noticed that the B787 has quite a few cockpit windscreen issues, has anyone got any more info on this.

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?
Replies: 236
Views: 39320

Re: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?

I can bet you one thing and that Joe soap wouldn't know a Decibel from a barbell and even a poll will be inconclusive as each person would perceive noise differently, so wind your necks in and just accept that Airbus aircraft are generally quieter than Boeing. For interest sake, has Boeing ever said...

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by Balerit
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another PW engine fails in A320 Neo aircraft
Replies: 77
Views: 18022

Re: Another PW engine fails in A320 Neo aircraft

Yup, damn those engines on all those DC-9s 737-100/200s 707s, DC-8s, 747s, 767s,757s, 727s, Mercure, all the fighter jets powered by the J-57 and variants! Something about all those radial engines like the R-2800 in the Corsair, Thunderbolt, Bearcat, hellcat, tigercat, And the R-4360 on the B-36, c...

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by Balerit
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?
Replies: 73
Views: 6329

Re: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?

@horstroad, have you read any of the so called events with respect to the Airbus aircraft? A lot of the occurrences were with Lufthansa. Some of the incidents had no relation to oil smells. Airbus concluded that incorrect maintenance was the cause of some events. Again the number of incidents versus...

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 4940

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

An excellent chapter from the revised edition of Paul Crickmore's "Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions". I believe that chapter (Chapter 13: Squaring up over the Barents Sea) was one of the sections added to the revised edition. In fact, the whole book is probably the best book ...

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?
Replies: 73
Views: 6329

Re: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?

I have the feeling that these events happen more often on A320 aircraft. There you go. We've gone from conspiracy sites and videos full of lies and misdirection to what you "feel" might be the case. Glad it's science based, because a scary feeling trumps all. Maybe rather than pushing the...

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by Balerit
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?
Replies: 73
Views: 6329

Re: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?

Then, the air usually will pass through a water separator coalescer or the sock. The sock retains the dirt and oil from the engine bleed air to keep the cabin air cleaner. The coalescer is not a proper filter. It is just a piece of cloth. Its function is to collect condensed water, not to filter th...

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by Balerit
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?
Replies: 73
Views: 6329

Re: Are toxic cabin fumes an underestimated risk, or not?

I think the op is getting confused by reports of smoke in the cabin which are mostly due to ACM failures or rarely a recirc fan burning out, nothing to do with the engines which get their bearing compartments vented overboard. These types of incident always result in an aircraft turning back and are...

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by Balerit
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots and AMTs, when do you use the a/c horn?
Replies: 37
Views: 3461

Re: Pilots and AMTs, when do you use the a/c horn?

On the 747's there is also a horn in the r/h b/gear wheel well for the APU fire alarm.

Often pilots would flash the nose gear taxi lights to get our attention, especially if the ramp is busy with aircraft coming or going.

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by Balerit
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF64 JNB-SYD returning to JNB (27/12/2018)
Replies: 12
Views: 5072

Re: QF64 JNB-SYD returning to JNB (27/12/2018)

They had a lightning strike, causing an electrical failure, Some EADI’s lost and returned on standby instruments.

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by Balerit
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swedish pilots presented with U.S. Air Medal regarding SR71 incident in 1987
Replies: 37
Views: 4940

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

Getting a kill on an SR-71 would have been a big feather in some Soviet Officer's hat would have been worth it to them, even if it was a cheap kill on a disabled aircraft. Killing the Swedes would have meant nothing to them. Killing an American plane over international waters would have been a seri...

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by Balerit
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Explosive decompression question
Replies: 22
Views: 7550

Re: Explosive decompression question

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Have look here at what a fuselage looks like showing the stringers and frames and in the Daallo case only a few stringers were damaged and none of the frames:
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by Balerit
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Explosive decompression question
Replies: 22
Views: 7550

Re: Explosive decompression question

Aircraft structure is designed to carry the load should something small pierce the pressure hull. What a bomb does is damage this redundancy causing several stringers or frames to give way. Just remember that a fuselage under pressure is like a balloon waiting to pop. Structural failure, ie metal fa...

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by Balerit
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 8325

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

There are hardly "no events" of tanks blowing up. There is this one too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Airlines_Flight_143 Jet fuel is quite a bit more dangerous to handle than gasoline or diesel. Gasoline in a closed tank at most outdoor temperatures won't burn because the gas...

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by Balerit
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop
Replies: 90
Views: 20539

Re: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop

I remember reading somewhere that Airbus wanted a different coating on the blades and RR complied. Maybe Airbus engineers didn't trust the coating on the 1000.

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by Balerit
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about aircraft maintenance engineer
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Question about aircraft maintenance engineer

I was a Maintenance controller for United from 1999-2017 and retired from Chicago, Formerly I was a Line foreman at SFO and a line mechanic before that. What we did in maintenance control was consult with pilots who had an inflight problem or at a line station where United Mechanics were not. We ma...

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by Balerit
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone flies close to A380
Replies: 70
Views: 9419

Re: Drone flies close to A380

32andBelow wrote:
A dji would not make an engine go
Boom. These engines ingest so many birds and gigantic chunks of ice on a daily basis.

If it enters the core it will cause havoc. Have you seen what an engine looks like after a bird strike, not pretty?

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by Balerit
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Back Fire In Flight
Replies: 8
Views: 2325

Re: Back Fire In Flight

We use the term "bark" for a stall :) The old JT9's would go woof with a wet start. I remember once having a squawk on a 737 with JT8's, the captain wrote that the engine starts with an explosive bang.

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by Balerit
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What makes the engine physically go faster?
Replies: 17
Views: 1759

Re: What makes the engine physically go faster?

The variable inlet guide vanes will also be scheduled to allow more air flow.

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by Balerit
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is fewer fan blades better?
Replies: 18
Views: 2689

Re: Is fewer fan blades better?

Wing aspect ratio can't be generalized to engine fan blades. The cowling interior wall acts an end plate/super winglet suppressing the tip vortex. The physical dimension of a fan blade does not reflect its operating induced drag characteristics. Aspect ratio is the ratio between the width of an obj...

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by Balerit
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is fewer fan blades better?
Replies: 18
Views: 2689

Re: Is fewer fan blades better?

I think it is just because the fan blades have gotten wider, therefor fewer blades fit into the same space. The frontal area is probably still the same. Just look at how the aspect ratio has changed.

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by Balerit
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refueling during boarding/deplaning?
Replies: 69
Views: 5019

Re: Refueling during boarding/deplaning?

So basically in the US there are no additional safety precautions when boarding while fuel is being loaded? That's insane! Especially keeping pax seatbelts fastened? No jetbridge requirement for evacuation? A lot of trust is placed in the fuelers it seems... hope they are paid well! In the USA it r...

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by Balerit
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refueling during boarding/deplaning?
Replies: 69
Views: 5019

Re: Refueling during boarding/deplaning?

Contrary to what you see in movies, jet fuel is not easy to ignite unless you vaporise it. You can drop a burning match in a pot of jet fuel and the match will go out. There have been accidents where evacuating passengers have had to escape through puddles of leaked jet fuel without incident. BA 38...

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by Balerit
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 629829

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Any idea which frame will be #200 delivered?

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by Balerit
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hail damage on parked aircraft
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Re: Hail damage on parked aircraft

SAA had an episode in the 70's and our B747's were badly damaged, especially all the fibreglass panels on top of the wings as well as flaps. The repair was so big a job that they sent out a Boeing team to repair the aircraft.

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by Balerit
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 347
Views: 21624

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

RT = Russia Today = Propaganda from the Kremlin. Enough said. RT quoted from AFP, which means Agence France-Presse, me 6 you 0 Framing is an art for RT. Look at the difference between the Nu.nl article I posted about the possible accusation from the Dutch government against Ukraine and what Russia ...

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by Balerit
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Water Injection on Modern Turbofan?
Replies: 37
Views: 4795

Re: Water Injection on Modern Turbofan?

The biggest fallacy out there is that water increases the density of the air. NO, it decreases the density of air. Water injection cools the first stage turbine allowing the FCU to input more fuel to produce more thrust overall. In other words the engine is temp limited. The water used is de-ionised...

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by Balerit
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 347
Views: 21624

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

So ultimately it was Ukraine's fault: https://www.rt.com/news/428454-dutch-fm-mh17-ukraine/ So that makes it all these parties against the ruling party :) Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke questioned the interim findings, arguing there was “no conclusive evidence” to pin the blame on Russia...

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by Balerit
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 347
Views: 21624

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

So ultimately it was Ukraine's fault: https://www.rt.com/news/428454-dutch-fm-mh17-ukraine/ So that makes it all these parties against the ruling party :) Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke questioned the interim findings, arguing there was “no conclusive evidence” to pin the blame on Russia....

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by Balerit
Mon May 28, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why were the 757 and 767 such dead-end designs?
Replies: 109
Views: 17216

Re: Why were the 757 and 767 such dead-end designs?

The Boeing 767-200 entered service in 1982, just a couple of years after the Airbus A300. I wouldn't call 8 to 10 years between the debut of both aircraft "just a couple of years". :roll: True Airbus had a few early versions of the A300. I would call those prototypes from a company launch...

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by Balerit
Mon May 28, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why were the 757 and 767 such dead-end designs?
Replies: 109
Views: 17216

Re: Why were the 757 and 767 such dead-end designs?

reidar76 wrote:
The Boeing 767-200 entered service in 1982, just a couple of years after the Airbus A300.


I wouldn't call 8 to 10 years between the debut of both aircraft "just a couple of years". :roll:

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