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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 08, 2023 3:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 161
Views: 10119

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

AIM-9X uses light contrast and IR, so it doesn’t need a heat source and the balloon provided nice contrast. It can also take datalink target information from either the F-22 or the F-15 with their targeting pods. The F-22 could be a launch vehicle for a F-15 targeted missile. Lots of options, most d...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 08, 2023 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH
Replies: 55
Views: 9366

Re: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH

It’s easy or deadly, if distracted, confused by a turn that plunges you from lighted terrain with lots of cues to pitch black nothingness. Look at the track above, left turn into black. It takes the ability to disregard your sensory mental inputs and concentrate on the the picture on the PFD. And, ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 08, 2023 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH
Replies: 55
Views: 9366

Re: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH

Was there recently and we took a QR 789 doing this DOH-DXB turn. Which is a quick 200nm trip across the Persian Gulf. About the same as LGA-DCA. Surprised to hear the trip would be challenging to fly. I’ve done that leg several times. not challenging, but driving an F1 car wasn’t challenging to Sch...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 08, 2023 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH
Replies: 55
Views: 9366

Re: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH

It’s easy or deadly, if distracted, confused by a turn that plunges you from lighted terrain with lots of cues to pitch black nothingness. Look at the track above, left turn into black. It takes the ability to disregard your sensory mental inputs and concentrate on the the picture on the PFD. And, o...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH
Replies: 55
Views: 9366

Re: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH

This reminds me of US Air 1016 and the somatogravic illusion. Acceleration and without visual cues your brain interprets it as rapidly pitching up. Perhaps the FO trusted their senses and assumed the PFD and/or FD to be wrong. Possible reason, which is why pilots should have lots of hand flying tim...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH
Replies: 55
Views: 9366

Re: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH

Wouldn’t they be following a SID? Wouldn’t the SIDS be in the FMS database? Why would the crew be changing waypoints in their flight plan at this early stage of the flight? Also, 1000 feet in 24 seconds is actually 2500 feet fpm. The 3000 fpm must have occurred for a very short period of those 24 s...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH
Replies: 55
Views: 9366

Re: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH

Seven years ago, a similar LOC-I mishap at Cleveland with a PPL flying a Citation. Disoriented pilot, night departure equals disaster. You depart surrounded by lots of lights, clear skies, no orientation challenges. Lift off, turn toward the Gulf, instant transition to instruments. It’s challenging,...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH
Replies: 55
Views: 9366

Re: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH

Blue is the color of the sky and on the PFD even in the dark of night or thick clouds—keep the blue side UP and the plane pointed in the right place. There’s more to flying than paper tests.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 8:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 Retirement
Replies: 49
Views: 4971

Re: KC-10 Retirement

As always, opinions from outsiders are devoid of any experience or knowledge. As an old commander used to say, “nothing’s impossible to the man who doesn’t have to do it”. My base was activated a number of times, with as many 2,000 members called up. Requests for everything from SPs to chaplains wou...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 389
Views: 20330

Re: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread

Is there any chance USAF leadership will ever relent on the archaic 4 engine requirement?. Not archaic, military sometimes needs to continue even with an engine shutdown. Nuclear war on the horizon, E-4 mission flown on a B777, engines fails; you’re not putting the NCA on the ground in East Podunk,...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH
Replies: 55
Views: 9366

Re: QR B788 loses altitude quickly departing DOH

I’m not sure I’d call it “loss of situational awareness” as much as lacking in basic instrument flying skills.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS
Replies: 155
Views: 22291

Re: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS

A made a trip by a FedEx ramp the other day. All of the 767s parked there had FLIR on the nose, something I've never seen on a passenger 767. I know next to nothing about that system so I'm wondering if it could it have given the FedEx pilots the ability to "see" the 737 on the runway? Do...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS
Replies: 155
Views: 22291

Re: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS

And it’s gotten more extensive and, my bet, is there’s future possibilities.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS
Replies: 155
Views: 22291

Re: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS

Three miles at 150 knots ground speed is 1 minute, 12 seconds., not 2.5 minutes, so your plan doesn’t work. If you need more time on the runway, it’s on the crew to request it.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 07, 2023 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS
Replies: 155
Views: 22291

Re: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS

Hold on, I'm in no way saying it wasn't an error. I'm simply saying that having an airplane cleared to land on a runway that is occupied by another aircraft is not in and of itself a safety issue. It's completely dependent upon where the arrival is. In this case, the arrival was obviously far too c...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 389
Views: 20330

Re: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread

The SR-71 simulator got an upgrade contract from Singer-Link almost a year before cancellation. It was delivered to NASA because USAF ops had already shut down. Plenty of brand new BX’s and commissary’s at closed bases all over the globe, too. Never say never. Mere bagatelle, Clinton-Sherman AFB wa...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 9:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 161
Views: 10119

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

M1.0 at 58,000’ is 193 KIAS which is about 560 knots true airspeed. So, the balloon is stationary, moving as it does with the same wind as the attacker, so the F-22 is coming at the target with 560 knots of closure. In reality, to maintain enough energy to maneuver the plane more like 230 KIAS or a...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 9:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 161
Views: 10119

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

Just remembered, not often used, but I should referencing EAS, not IAS, so we’re looking at M1.2 with an EAS of about 220 knots for a TAS of 690 knots. So, the F-22 is approaching the balloon at about 1160 feet per second, has to start firing at about 2,000’ range and make a safe escape.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 8:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 161
Views: 10119

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

M1.0 at 58,000’ is 193 KIAS which is about 560 knots true airspeed. So, the balloon is stationary, moving as it does with the same wind as the attacker, so the F-22 is coming at the target with 560 knots of closure. In reality, to maintain enough energy to maneuver the plane more like 230 KIAS or ab...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 6:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

Why not just book them a room under their name, no financial incentive. We do just that in USAF Reserves and my corporate department for early departures (show at or prior to 6am) and late night arrivals with a commute home after 11pm. No us carrier, to my knowledge, has that in their contracts. My...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 5:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

An extra $10,000 could easily be the difference b Knowing human nature, they’d, like most, would have pocketed to money and still slept in the crew room. I’ve seen well paid legacy captains do it. Why not just book them a room under their name, no financial incentive. We do just that in USAF Reserv...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 4:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

I do, too. But one needs to be responsible and live within their means or fix their means to their needs. A pilot, like any employee, is required to be at work rested and ready to perform their tasks. If the only way to work is commuting across the country to sleep in a lounge chair, perhaps another...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS
Replies: 155
Views: 22291

Re: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS

birdup wrote:
Something that isn’t clear to me as a non-pilot: was the FedEx 767 able to see the WN 737 on their computer screens, or would those displays not show another aircraft on the runway?


On TCAS as a target, but no RA issued that low. Likely on the EVS, too but dependent on the fog.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS
Replies: 155
Views: 22291

Re: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS

stratosphere wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Does FDX have EFVS in the 767 fleet?


Yes


My thought is FDX realized how close it was going to be in the EVS view, which might have impaired in thick fog. The FDX crew said “Southwest abort” realizing they had to go-around and both planes would be very close.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS
Replies: 155
Views: 22291

Re: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS

Does FDX have EFVS in the 767 fleet?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 3:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

The point is Ryanair don’t have pilots, they have crews. It does not matter if you are low experienced , you will always be with another crew member. During training I would not be surprised if they fly with a 3rd crew member. In my personal view that crash did not happen due to inexperienced crew,...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 3:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

Please explain how just adding money makes a safer pilot? My point resonated from regional pilots having to live away from rostered base (often due to the cost of living) and having to resort to jumpseats and sleeping in crew rooms to fly their rosters. It iwas an industry wide issue at the regiona...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 2:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

Again and again, it’s NOT a 1500 hour rule, it’s an ATP rule. See Part 61.158 and 61.159.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 2:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

Ryanair have FOs with 185h total time and have a perfect safety record. A friend of mine who’s a senior training captain there says the low time pilots are great — their knowledge is recent, they’re young so their energy levels and reflexes are super sharp, and they’re brimming with enthusiasm. The...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 3:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Does anyone know about getting rides in Aerial Refuelers?
Replies: 12
Views: 1197

Re: Does anyone know about getting rides in Aerial Refuelers?

I hope they experienced the real flavor of a C-5 breaking by cracking open shopette beers next to the entry ladder or on the crew bus next to the “no drinking on bus” sign. Can’t say, but sounds right. I hope they saw the usual crew “bomb burst” at the shopette where an engineer gets off for the be...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 06, 2023 12:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Does anyone know about getting rides in Aerial Refuelers?
Replies: 12
Views: 1197

Re: Does anyone know about getting rides in Aerial Refuelers?

One of the neater missions we did was take new C-5 pilots upgrading to AC to Scott. They got a full-on tour including the morning balcony brief while the crew took enlisted TACC (dead giveaway how long ago this was) out to see the plane and watch refueling. Half rode the Scott tanker, half in the C-...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 161
Views: 10119

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

They knew that before, none of this secret. Ceiling isn’t the same has loaded.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 161
Views: 10119

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

The AIM 9X uses IR, light not heat to guide. He sees the target, not just the heat source. Second, the balloon was well above the operational ceiling of an F-15. An F-22 flies higher than the Eagle. Another factor is shooting it down within the 12nm territorial waters of the US to ensure recovery. S...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

Totally confused by these requirements. Ryanair have FOs with 185h total time and have a perfect safety record. A friend of mine who’s a senior training captain there says the low time pilots are great — their knowledge is recent, they’re young so their energy levels and reflexes are super sharp, a...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Passenger Unable to Stow Bag in Overhead Bin - Gets Offloaded
Replies: 187
Views: 16048

Re: AA Passenger Unable to Stow Bag in Overhead Bin - Gets Offloaded

Duty time and pay time are two contractual items. See what the contract says, most start duty and pay 45-60 minutes prior to scheduled push.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

Not many ex-military pilots with less than 1,000 hours of turbine time.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Passenger Unable to Stow Bag in Overhead Bin - Gets Offloaded
Replies: 187
Views: 16048

Re: AA Passenger Unable to Stow Bag in Overhead Bin - Gets Offloaded

They do have checked baggage at AA, even in DEL. Do you check-in a carry-on bag that contains essential items that may be required during a flight? I have a 22” carry-on bag I always check and a small companion bag—essentials, iPad, chargers, one or two days of emergency clothes. Fits in an overhea...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Passenger Unable to Stow Bag in Overhead Bin - Gets Offloaded
Replies: 187
Views: 16048

Re: AA Passenger Unable to Stow Bag in Overhead Bin - Gets Offloaded

They do have checked baggage at AA, even in DEL.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 5:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots
Replies: 31
Views: 2254

Re: Southwest to Halve Flying Time Needed for Prospective Pilots

The ATP requirement (not a 1500 hour rule) still applies, they just reduced their turbine time standard.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS
Replies: 155
Views: 22291

Re: Fedex & Southwest Near Collision at AUS

Assuming this was not just a very thin ground fog, but a full low vis layer: 3 miles is outrageous in low CAT II (18L mins - 10/6/3 RVR) conditions. Does Austin Tower use ASDE-X / ASSC (I dont see it on the list) or some other kind of ground surveillance? They must- without it, there is no way this...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 46
Views: 2078

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

Apart from that, big business doesn't pay as much tax as everybody else does. One big reason for the industrial action to happen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QZ-M6kNLXM “Big business” will just pass any tax on to consumers in prices, to workers as reduced wages and investors as lowered return...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777 diverts to LNK
Replies: 56
Views: 9021

Re: UA 777 diverts to LNK

If one I’d overhead LNK, lose an engine, is LNK from a spiraling descent thd “nearest suitable airport” or is OMA out of a normal descent and approach? OMA looks better to me, very normal procedure, time to accomplish the procedures. No, I doubt the POI would criticize anyone for that decision. Bas...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777 diverts to LNK
Replies: 56
Views: 9021

Re: UA 777 diverts to LNK

If one I’d overhead LNK, lose an engine, is LNK from a spiraling descent thd “nearest suitable airport” or is OMA out of a normal descent and approach? OMA looks better to me, very normal procedure, time to accomplish the procedures. No, I doubt the POI would criticize anyone for that decision.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 2:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 161
Views: 10119

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

Not to mention, for 20mmm the Pilot would have to close to about 2,500’ of the balloon. As you “aim” the gun by aiming the plane, you are on a collision path with it. Try that at M1.0 or greater. M1.0 at 58,000’ is only 192KIAS. Must have been a very special kind of balloon if you needed to go supe...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 3:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1960

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

There’s a lot coming out of that mishap. It makes SteelChair’s idea for more openness moot.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 2:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 161
Views: 10119

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

Not to mention, for 20mmm the Pilot would have to close to about 2,500’ of the balloon. As you “aim” the gun by aiming the plane, you are on a collision path with it. Try that at M1.0 or greater. M1.0 at 58,000’ is only 192KIAS.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 2:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SAN runway 9 departures 1/26
Replies: 18
Views: 1281

Re: SAN runway 9 departures 1/26

Oops!

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TFR/Airspace closure at Myrtle Beach for Chinese Spy Balloon…
Replies: 32
Views: 5207

Re: TFR/Airspace closure at Myrtle Beach for Chinese Spy Balloon…

USAF confirmed they used FRANK as a call sign to honor Lt Luke

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Feb 05, 2023 1:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SAN runway 9 departures 1/26
Replies: 18
Views: 1281

Re: SAN runway 9 departures 1/26

I flew the LOC/DME-x to North Island off the ILS 27 on rainy night with a heavy C-5. The controller had to work us in sequence. Often wondered what the noise level in the terminal was like at 400’. I hated flying in/out of KNZY. No ILS to 27. I think you mean the LOC/DME-A off the LOC to 27. Still ...

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