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by Erebus
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Success! The grain silo has finally taken flight and is back on the ground safely!

https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1290800150194073610?s=20

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by Erebus
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Tugger wrote:
Scrubbed, or at least detanked...

Tugg


They're really taking a very cautious approach to this round of testing.

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by Erebus
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Bit of an emotional speech from Elon Musk. He looked like he was at a loss for words in the moment.

https://youtu.be/2z3J-muBiVQ

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by Erebus
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

SN5 static fire test completed. No kaboom yet again. Looking good for flight test in the coming days.

https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-prototype-sn5-static-fire.html

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by Erebus
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Does anyone know what they're going to do with those fins? I see they dragged them around all week and gave them a bath. I think those fins will go on SN5 to do the hop test. Here's a picture of MK1 with such fins attached. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EFIF8ADW4AEwX9j?format=jpg&name=medium http...

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by Erebus
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Nomadd wrote:
And Starship SN5 didn't blow up during testing today.


Lol. Where's the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering KABOOM!

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by Erebus
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

SN5 passes cryogenic proof testing. Well that wasn't exciting at all! No failure, no collapse, no boom! What fun is that? :spin: Starship development is where the most fun is at right now! :smile: Falcon ops have become so routine that it isn't cause for a lot of excitement at the moment. But still...

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by Erebus
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

SN5 passes cryogenic proof testing. Starship test campaign back on track after SN4 went boom last month damaging the pad. SN5 will attempt the 150m hop if all goes well sometime down the road. Another prototype, SN7 was tested to higher pressures recently to the point of failure. It used new welding...

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by Erebus
Sun May 31, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Congrats to SpaceX for successfully getting America back into crewed spaceflight. This was a very exciting moment for me. I wasn't around to see the first flight of the Shuttle but this for sure felt like it for me. Watched the whole welcome ceremony with Bob and Doug alongside the ISS crew. I'm as ...

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by Erebus
Wed May 06, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Dm-2 extended. But for how long? https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-crew-dragon-astronaut-launch-debut-nasa-upgrade/ My opinion is DM-2 should be a 2 week mission. There’s value in a post flight examination of the spacecraft before flying the next mission. Short mission buys more time to make any nee...

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by Erebus
Sat May 02, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Artemis Selection Announced
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: NASA Artemis Selection Announced

Orion is designed for deep space, including some radiation protection, basic storm shelter if a solar flare occurs during a mission (Apollo lacked the latter). Whereas Dragon is designed to do well what it is intended for, as a short duration ferry flight to/from LEO. It's heatshield is designed to...

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by Erebus
Sat May 02, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Artemis Selection Announced
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: NASA Artemis Selection Announced

Of the 2 bidders that were not chosen, one of them is known to been Boeing, which had partnered with Intuitive Machines. No details on what they proposed. Some details of their proposal here, which was submitted in November 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_Lunar_Lander Is Orion the only s...

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by Erebus
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Would anyone be able to tell me why these tests are performed in the dark of the night?

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by Erebus
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - 30 Years On
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Hubble - 30 Years On

JWST will probably last a while. Projected lifespans don't really mean much. It will have one actively cooled instrument that could run out of Helium some day, but the rest are passively cooled. Besides the helium coolant, JWST's position in space is not completely stable and it needs to expend som...

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by Erebus
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - 30 Years On
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Hubble - 30 Years On

Not really, Erebus, the direct replacement is the James Webb. Still, adaptive optics have sort of eliminated the need for large space based mirrors. https://www.businessinsider.in/nasa-hubble-telescope-replacement-james-webb-space-telescope-assembled-after-12-years/articleshow/70886209.cms https://...

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by Erebus
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - 30 Years On
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Hubble - 30 Years On

30 years! Amazing machine. I hope they can keep it going for even longer so as to not miss any important astronomical phenomena. Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer were a formidable trio of space based observatories. Spitzer's gone, but the 6.5 m JWST and the 2.4 m WFIRST will be coming online over the ne...

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by Erebus
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm starting to doubt they'll ever get it right, at this pace. At least not without a major rethink and redesign. Uncharacteristically for SpaceX, the whole Starship program is starting to look like amateur hour at Boca Chica. It is a very ambitious leap in rocket technology. Gonna take many tries ...

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by Erebus
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should US impose Sanctions on countries who have "Wet Shops"?
Replies: 32
Views: 1558

Re: Should US impose Sanctions on countries who have "Wet Shops"?

I don't know what exactly is the definition of "wet shops".

But I would support meaningful sanctions against those countries and businesses that do not do enough to crack down on illegal wildlife trade, whether endangered, disease vectors or invasive to the local environment.

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by Erebus
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 5930

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

I got something that can only be described as a punishment in hell. Driving on a busy stretch of the highway when you get a random itch in your right foot that doesn't seem to go away. :biting:

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by Erebus
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Earthquake in Salt Lake City
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Re: Earthquake in Salt Lake City

How common are earthquakes around Utah? Could it mean Yellowstone next door is waking up? 2020 has given me so much anxiety already... :cry2:

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by Erebus
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162993

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

It's things like this that confuse and concern me: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/17/us/kentucky-refused-quarantine-coronavirus-trnd/index.html A Kentucky novel coronavirus patient checked himself out of the hospital against medical advice. So to prevent him from spreading the virus, officials are sur...

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by Erebus
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Large Is The Universe?
Replies: 19
Views: 796

Re: How Large Is The Universe?

Under some circumstances we can find out some stuff about the outside from the CMB. Best regards Thomas A bit maybe, but not from prior to the big bang. the CMB is still 300,000 years post big bang. Small clarification: The CMB as last surface of scatering is from 300ka ish after the big bang, but ...

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by Erebus
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Things to do while social distancing
Replies: 90
Views: 3262

Re: Things to do while social distancing

Review your personal finances, budget if you have one. Rough times ahead for the economy.

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by Erebus
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NEED - Northern European Enclosure Dam
Replies: 31
Views: 1175

Re: NEED - Northern European Enclosure Dam

Sorry, I cannot see this as doing more good than harm. You want to save 25 million people and billions and billions of property value by spending billions and billions to build it. But what concerns me most is the scale of the project, enclosing an entire body of water and its effect on its ecosyste...

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by Erebus
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29511

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Been a few days but no mention here. SN2 Tank test a success. https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-sn2-prototype-pressure-test.html https://youtu.be/QlDBjHa0NkU Next up: "Static fire & short flights with SN3, longer flights with SN4, but spooling up the whole Starship/Raptor production lin...

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by Erebus
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Financial Discussion 2020
Replies: 432
Views: 60094

Re: Boeing in Crisis

I think MOL ought to have waited a little bit more before submitting an "offer" for new MAXes.

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by Erebus
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22129

Re: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

amdiesen wrote:
Well done Airbus


Done what exactly?

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by Erebus
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite Sci-fi/fantasy vessel
Replies: 34
Views: 1478

Re: Favorite Sci-fi/fantasy vessel

There was a big poster of all the different vehicles floating around a few years ago that showed scale. It was awesome. Oh I found it. https://hips.hearstapps.com/pop.h-cdn.co/assets/cm/15/05/640x853/54ca60747780b_-_sci-fi-ships-de.jpeg?resize=480:* Lovely. I see my namesake ship in there. The larg...

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by Erebus
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC
Replies: 17
Views: 1106

Re: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC

In Canada, the 5 major banks (in no particular order) offer...

Scotiabank - VISA, MC, Amex
RBC - VISA, MC
CIBC - VISA, MC
BMO - MC
TD - VISA

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by Erebus
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 2 Syrian su24s shot down by Turkey's f16s
Replies: 36
Views: 3086

Re: 2 Syrian su24s shot down by Turkey's f16s

Action is certainly increasing when aircraft are falling from the sky. It is going to get more intense in the coming months. Erdogon and his Ego have put him into a real bind. The Guardian article linked gives a decent background to Turkey getting here. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/202...

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by Erebus
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22129

Re: Cargo facts: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

Sources closes to the well informed Cargo Facts say Airbus will be moving forward with a A350 freighter. In the past, CX expressed a lot of interest in an A359 based freighter and prodded Airbus to go ahead with its development. But, given the current situation at CX, I don't think they are in a po...

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by Erebus
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 5930

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

FTMCPIUS wrote:
And those who drive slowly in the left lane...


In some parts of the world, that is perfectly good road etiquette! :old:

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by Erebus
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162993

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8051083/Pope-cancels-visit-Rome-priests-slight-illness.htm I hope the Pope doesn't get it. Indeed, this moronic Pope doesn't get many things. Taking basic hygienic precautions in times of epidemic is one of them. His "solidarity" antics are simply ...

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by Erebus
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22129

Re: Cargo facts: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

Sources closes to the well informed Cargo Facts say Airbus will be moving forward with a A350 freighter. Cargo Facts is aware of at least one Asia-based carrier that was pitched the A350F and declined to make a purchase commitment. In the past, CX expressed a lot of interest in an A359 based freigh...

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by Erebus
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: DARPA requests $13 million to build a flying machine gun
Replies: 10
Views: 1378

Re: DARPA requests $13 million to build a flying machine gun

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Sounds more a drone carrying a gun.


A swarm of machine gun drones could be very effective support in close range combat ops.

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by Erebus
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 5930

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

Drivers not respecting cyclist's space on the road. Not too small a thing considering how many cyclists are killed because of dickhead drivers, people behind the wheel really need to start looking at cyclists as humans, mothers, fathers, brothers, etc..... And if you're going to reply with, ''but c...

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by Erebus
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia kills 13 Turkish soldiers in Idlib airstrike
Replies: 13
Views: 834

Re: Russia kills 13 Turkish soldiers in Idlib airstrike

So Russians are training the Turkish armed forces which might be used against them in Syria? Why haven't the Turkish just closed the airspace for Russian military craft? Just because they have different views on Syria doesn't mean they can't be friends. So, the Russian and Turkish leaders are suppo...

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by Erebus
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Betelgeuse to go Supernova in Days or Decades?
Replies: 48
Views: 2769

Re: Betelgeuse to go Supernova in Days or Decades?

Betelgeuse is brightening again. Sorry. No supernova boom any time soon. Likely convection cell/s turning over causing brightness changes.

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by Erebus
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 36941

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Whoever masterminded that, did a perfect job. And I don’t think it was the captain. The captain could have played a part but what? Korean 007 comes to mind. There are some similarities and also there are differences. Let’s say that the Russians were behind, it was their turn. And no, it will never ...

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by Erebus
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?
Replies: 41
Views: 3291

Re: Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?

Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?

FTFY

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by Erebus
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo
Replies: 71
Views: 9396

Re: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo

I'd believe it if GE is looking to make an offer for a prospective A350neo which would have a much bigger market footprint than the A330neo. Indeed, a future A350neo would make more sense. IIRC RR only have exclusivity on the A350-1000, yet A350-900 is where the sales are now and going forward. A33...

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by Erebus
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo
Replies: 71
Views: 9396

Re: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo

I'd believe it if GE is looking to make an offer for a prospective A350neo which would have a much bigger market footprint than the A330neo.

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by Erebus
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why wouldn't the Trent 1000-TEN problems also show up in the Trent XWB?
Replies: 46
Views: 6680

Re: Why wouldn't the Trent 1000-TEN problems also show up in the Trent XWB?

The best way it’s been described in layman’s term’s to me. RR employee. The T1000-ten is akin to a Ferrari V12 F1 engine. The XWB is more like a Camaro V8 road engine. I have had the privilege of sitting through some lunch and learn presentations on the T1000 component issues, the work that’s gone ...

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by Erebus
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919
Replies: 88
Views: 17355

Re: US Gov May Stop Engine, Avionics Deliveries to C919

And you believe securing European industry is getting into bed with China? Good luck with that. And if your own due diligence isn't showing you why using Huawei for your infrastructure is a bad idea, you should start all over again. I was shocked to see the UK pick Huawei to build out their 5G. Tal...

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by Erebus
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162993

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

New name coined for this virus by WHO is Covid-2019. Or is it Covid-19? The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-2019. "We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told repor...

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by Erebus
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Of the US3, who's most likely to order the 777-8/9 (one day?)
Replies: 9
Views: 713

Re: Of the US3, who's most likely to order the 777-8/9 (one day?)

At this time, I think that boat has sailed. But if by "one day" you mean when it is time for them to replace the 77W, it might be a toss up between the 778/9 and a next generation line up of A350neos.

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by Erebus
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York to London - New Subsonic Flight Time Record
Replies: 100
Views: 19763

Re: New York to London - New Subsonic Flight Time Record

Concorde holds the record for the fastest airliner to cross NY to London.

But for the time that we live in, wouldn't it be interesting to find out which flight performed the most fuel economical (per pax) crossing?

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by Erebus
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China isolation impact on the rest of the world
Replies: 22
Views: 936

Re: China isolation impact on the rest of the world

The goods China has a real stranglehold on are electronics using rare earth elements (China is the world's largest producer of REEs by a long shot, and electronics manufacturers relocated there to avoid supply disruptions due to export quotas etc.). Electronics at least are not essential items. The...

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