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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: 1778

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: 92
Views: 4316

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: 16
Views: 1042

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: 31
Views: 3755

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: 16
Views: 1042

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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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Feb 04, 2023 11:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SAN runway 9 departures 1/26
Replies: 16
Views: 1042

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.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Feb 04, 2023 10:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 92
Views: 4316

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

Did you get a chance to work Aspen call signs out of Beale? Yes, the reason for my username. There were a couple standard training routes for both the SR71s and the U2s (Piñon call signs) out of Beale that went through our airspace. We also had a SR specific refueling track that the IP was near the...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Feb 04, 2023 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TFR/Airspace closure at Myrtle Beach for Chinese Spy Balloon…
Replies: 31
Views: 3755

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

My only question -- why did they need to use a US$399,500.00 AIM-9X missile when a few bullets would have sufficed? Have you tried aerial gunnery at high Mach numbers above 60,000’? Twenty mm bullets only go about 2,800 fps while you’re closing on the balloon at about 1,000 fps and you don’t want t...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Feb 04, 2023 7:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

But they are in the form of Accident Board reports and frequently in the news. Here’s a recent one, https://www.afjag.af.mil/Portals/77/AIB-Reports/2020/Jan/27%20Jan%202020%20-%20ACC%20-%20Bagram%20Airfield%20-%20E-11%20-%20AIB%20Narrative.pdf Here’s many more, https://www.afjag.af.mil/AIB-Reports/ ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Feb 04, 2023 7:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: why "Turnpads" are of different shapes and sizes ?
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: why "Turnpads" are of different shapes and sizes ?

FligtReporter wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
It’s a “button” in Canada.


Hey Mr Galaxy !! I dunno if you remember me but I so very much appreciate your insights on my last thread about CAT IIIB ..Thanks again for adding to my knowledge about the "Button".


I do remember you, sir, and that’s why I added that very modest fact.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Feb 04, 2023 4:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: why "Turnpads" are of different shapes and sizes ?
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: why "Turnpads" are of different shapes and sizes ?

It’s a “button” in Canada.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Feb 04, 2023 3:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 92
Views: 4316

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

Did you get a chance to work Aspen call signs out of Beale?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Feb 04, 2023 1:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

Wise words Well said! None of this is about my feelings. "Are you going to feel better if...." Your entire argument is about your feelings: your entire argument rests upon supposition and mistrust, with no factual underpinning of any sort. You drop turds into the punch bowl by bringing up...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 11:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 92
Views: 4316

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

You can’t shoot it, the projectiles will land somewhere and small holes in a balloon this size won’t bring it down.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 10:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 89
Views: 6095

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

I know still doesn’t change the dynamic, just who’s doing the fighting—agriculture, urban dwellers, developers. All over a scarce commodity.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 8:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Does anyone know about getting rides in Aerial Refuelers?
Replies: 6
Views: 685

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

Being in the CAP isn’t the same as an “off the street” civilian. CAP is affiliated with the USAF.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airline do you currently fly most?
Replies: 25
Views: 538

Re: What airline do you currently fly most?

US-based, Delta pretty much exclusively, best service domestic, reliable, and don’t care much about fare. The fare savings are long forgotten when you get lousy service and/or missed-cancelled flights. Never,ever had a good UA experience, AA is also pretty lousy.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connecting at DEN - International to International
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: Connecting at DEN - International to International

Oh yeah. YYZ connections are so easy—NOT! I’ve missed several there.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 89
Views: 6095

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Whiskey is for drinkin’, water’s for fightin’. Been that way for 150 years in the West. See the movie Chinatown.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

TWO boards, both charged with specific missions is NOT an excessive culture of secrecy. I was in business end for 30 years, read innumerable reports, even was the subject of an SIB and AIB; been involved as a contractor. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Sorry, to be blunt, but you just don’...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 4:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

That doesn’t happen, officers are held to account regularly. The one thing process that has been key to safety improvement is taking punishment out of the process, “what happened”; not “who caused it to happen”. Punishment leads to hiring problems. That’s the reason for the “safety privilege “ and f...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ice Storm in the Southern United States as Brutal Cold Comes to New England
Replies: 12
Views: 588

Re: Ice Storm in the Southern United States as Brutal Cold Comes to New England

It’s a brief cold snap, a few days. We’ve had essentially no snow, mild winter in New England.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 Retirement
Replies: 29
Views: 3606

Re: KC-10 Retirement

They still have engineers, the upgrade such as it was, was to avionics—primitive FMS, RVSM, 8.33 comms. IIRC, the upgrades got caught up in maintaining COTS while also military req’ts and budgets. The C-5 didn’t replace the old ADI until the AMP program which is still in the jet. I’d guess in 17 ye...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The year is 1981-… Would you rather…?
Replies: 15
Views: 871

Re: The year is 1981-… Would you rather…?

Interesting responses. I should have been more clear. I chose PA and PI as theoreticals. The real question is: would you rather have taken a job at ANY declining major international carrier or with a growing, exciting domestic one? Hard to say, Piedmont was a “growing, exciting” line until it wasn’...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The year is 1981-… Would you rather…?
Replies: 15
Views: 871

Re: The year is 1981-… Would you rather…?

In 1981 it was impossible to know the future of Panam or Piedmont The former still had years to go before they went under and it was quite possible they could have been saved at that point Don’t know much about Piedmont, I think they ended up merging into USAIR ? I would have gone with PanAm if tho...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 2:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

I maybe be old fashioned, but I was taught a phrase, “none of your business””; but it seems today people think everything that passes by their view is their business. Posters ask about diverts, on-normal flight tracks, of which they have no interest beyond seeing it on Flight Aware. People believe t...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 3:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

That’s how all the services handle investigations. It’s not Operational Security, it’s about finding and fixing safety deficiencies. The system was enacted by Congress to allow the services to quickly and without fear of legal action to investigate safety problems. The system means testimony by ind...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 2:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The year is 1981-… Would you rather…?
Replies: 15
Views: 871

Re: The year is 1981-… Would you rather…?

In 1981 it was impossible to know the future of Panam or Piedmont The former still had years to go before they went under and it was quite possible they could have been saved at that point Don’t know much about Piedmont, I think they ended up merging into USAIR ? I would have gone with PanAm if tho...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 03, 2023 1:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

Note what I posted, there are TWO boards—Safety Investigation Board (SIB, aka Mishap Board) and Accident Investigation Board (AIB). The SIB is privileged and NOT released, the AIB is released and may recommend disciplinary actions. The public will NOT see the SIB report. It’s not FOIA actionable. Th...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Return of Sao Paulo - Falkland Islands air link in doubt as Argentina refuses overflight permission
Replies: 29
Views: 5192

Re: Return of Sao Paulo - Falkland Islands air link in doubt as Argentina refuses overflight permission

Overflight only means out to 12nm offshore, then the flight is in international airspace. Argentina might control traffic, but their sovereignty doesn’t extend across the FIR. The Chilean flight transits the Argentine FIR and always has.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 10:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The year is 1981-… Would you rather…?
Replies: 15
Views: 871

Re: The year is 1981-… Would you rather…?

'81 was a bad recession year here in the U.S. -- not easy to get on with the Majors. Assumption would be that in 1981 an aspiring pilot would have an easier time finding employment with a start-up such as New York Air, Midway, or Peoples Express (1982 start-up IIRC). Personally, I would have tried ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 10:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Re: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?

Well, actually cost does enter into the process. For example, you’re a USN user, say deploying a helo detachment from North Island to Sigonella, Sicily. Now, you “pay” out of your transport budget for the C-5. If your delivery schedule is open enough, fine, pay $xx,xxx to TRANSCOM and delivered. If ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 6:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Re: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?

That’s formatting altitude, which enters with in-flight gross weight, temp, altitude and gives maximum altitude with a small margin at max continuous thrust. Of course, work the graph backwards to get max gross weight for a given altitude. Engine loss on the noon and you’re falling off quickly. IIRC...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 4:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Non-combat military aircraft losses
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: Non-combat military aircraft losses

Safety Investigations (Mishap Investigation Board) are privileged investigations and not released. The Accident Investigation Board report is releasable, but not easily found. Congress gave the DOD an exemption keeping safety investigations privileged so the outcomes don’t become public allowing for...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 3:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1200
Views: 207414

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

The F-35 would be better off going in dark keeping it's receiver turned on so it can locate the opposing sources of EMF. What would the F-15 bring other than a lot of noise? That’s exactly what an EX brings, noise for F-35s to hide behind while remaining silent and getting data linked messages abou...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 2:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 Retirement
Replies: 29
Views: 3606

Re: KC-10 Retirement

The retirement of the KC10 is infuriating to me. I view the retirement in the context of the fiasco of the KC46 acquisition, where the corruption was so bad that people went to jail. To retire this asset on the basis of costs is mind boggling. "We're going to spend billions on acquisition of a...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 2:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Does anyone know about getting rides in Aerial Refuelers?
Replies: 6
Views: 685

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

Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Units do occasionally have Bosses’ Day flights for unit members to give a boss a ride as a Reserve ANG community appreciation deal. Still have to be a member. Local media, rarely when a headline event is going on. It’s gotten a lot harder over the years.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 4:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Re: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?

We had a normal Maximum Take-Off Weight and Maximum In-flight Weight. Obviously the only way to increase weight in-flight is with an air refueling. Our normal MTOW and In-Flight Weight was 769,000, Emergency War Weight was 840,000. The M model increased empty weight by about 16,000 pounds and EW bec...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Derates and top-of-climb power
Replies: 76
Views: 3828

Re: Engine Derates and top-of-climb power

https://youtu.be/qpJBvQXQC2M
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kalvado wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Flutter is a harmonic, aerodynamic vibration isn’t.

Wut?



Flutter is divergent because of the structure’s harmonics. Vibration is just the impingement of the jet exhaust in the current.

https://youtu.be/qpJBvQXQC2M

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 1:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Re: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?

I don’t know about lapse, but GE did do a HT-90 mod on the TF-39s during scheduled maintenance in the early 2000s. Made a pretty difference in cruise and climb performance. With HT-90s in all four pylons, it’d go 2,000-3,000’ higher than the book. They didn’t do any testing, so we didn’t have new ch...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 12:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Re: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?

840K was the war emergency weight, never used with rare exceptions approved by Lockheed. Take-off performance limited weights to about 800k with the TF-39s and that required SL, standard day. We sim trained a OEI case at ETAF, the only NATO airport where 800-ish was even likely and the return had to...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 02, 2023 12:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Derates and top-of-climb power
Replies: 76
Views: 3828

Re: Engine Derates and top-of-climb power

It’s probably like the C-5 during air refueling—the horizontal stab was in the engine wake efflux creating vibrations that eventually showed up in the tie box cracking. Flutter is a harmonic, aerodynamic vibration isn’t.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 01, 2023 10:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines naming aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 1224

Re: Airlines naming aircraft

WesternDC6B wrote:
I believe National Airlines named their aircraft after stewardesses, as we were still allowed to call them back then. I believe a DC-10 was called Betty Lou.



On evening departures, they all sang, “Betty Lou’s getting out tonight”.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 01, 2023 10:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 9
Views: 728

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

Might be outdated, but I doubt UK’s ranking has changed much, heck, Alabama more likely moved further ahead. I saw somewhere in the news today, the UK GDP is shrinking slightly. The UK is a long way from Downton Abbey and Alabama is long way from Reconstruction poverty, but the up image hasn’t chang...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 01, 2023 8:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Re: 747-100 JT9D-3A optimum cruise altitude?

The C-5 with TF-39s were also dogs, but the wing was lighter loaded. I’ve seen 11,000’ plus all-engine take-off runs. Initial optimum on a warm Pacific out of Honolulu would be F240 or F250, the last couple thousand feet climbing at 500fpm.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 01, 2023 5:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: TK17 Peculiar Non-Great Circle Routing
Replies: 1
Views: 468

Re: TK17 Peculiar Non-Great Circle Routing

Probably winds, check out Windy.com. Not sure if they have historical wind data

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 01, 2023 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 westbound US domestic flights requiring diversions
Replies: 37
Views: 8329

Re: A320s heading west stopping for gas

Last year over Northern Michigan I recall seeing a 757 at FL360 doing 280kts into a stiff west wind. Directly below them was a northeast bound Cape Air C402 inbound to MBL at 070 doing 260kts. I thought that was absolutely wild. Peace :box: You mean the C402 was at 7000. If it was flying 070, it wo...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 01, 2023 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 westbound US domestic flights requiring diversions
Replies: 37
Views: 8329

Re: A320 westbound US domestic flights requiring diversions

CoThG wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
What sonic boom, they’re still at M.82-ish, no where near M1.


The groundspeed on some of those flights were greater than Mach One.


Mach is NOT ground speed, Mach is only relative to the air mass, hence not supersonic, no boom.

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