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by Max Q
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?
Replies: 43
Views: 1193

Re: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?

Did the poster mean AA or all US
registered airlines ?

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turbulence for Cargo Pilots
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: Turbulence for Cargo Pilots

How so? What makes the 727 better at dealing with turbulence? High sweepback angle and a high wing loading combined with a very flexible ‘soft’ wing that soaks up turbulence, excellent stability and an oversized vertical stabilizer that minimizes disturbances in yaw If you don’t like turbulence the...

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turbulence for Cargo Pilots
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: Turbulence for Cargo Pilots

We typically flew the horses earlier in the day which avoided a lot of the convective activity and in turn, some turbulence. Usually planned around it and we always changed altitude if it got even a little bumpy. Overall the 727 handles the bumps very well and it wasn't much of an issue with the po...

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners Past: National Airlines receives their 1st Boeing 747
Replies: 32
Views: 4940

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

The two 747s spent their whole lives together, going to Northwest Orient as a couple and got scrapped side-by-side in North Carolina around the year 2000. This is a magic thread but this one post is particularly, well, moving You managed to capture the romance of flight with the majesty of the 747 ...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus launching A220LR or XLR according to Jon Ostrower
Replies: 80
Views: 16677

Re: Airbus launching A220LR or XLR according to Jon Ostrower

What are the total orders for the A220 now ?

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Airlines and their mechanical checklists
Replies: 24
Views: 1880

Re: American Airlines and their mechanical checklists

I rode in many AA jumpseats back in the day and thought that checklist idea was a pretty good one. Now, the setting of the altimeters to zero? Not so much...... Good point Barney That was a uniquely AA practice, setting QFE, I think they only did that on the standby altimeter though ? It may have b...

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by Max Q
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 96
Views: 11953

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

In other news British Airways is replacing two daily LHR-JFK flights with bi-monthly clipper ship service

Subject to winds..

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by Max Q
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United A350s?
Replies: 3
Views: 647

Re: United A350s?

I'm pretty sure a similar topic has been posted before, but I couldn't find anything recent so I decided to make this thread. A lot of people don't think this order is ever gonna materialize, and a lot of people do. I haven't heard any new information since the conversion to the 359, so unless anyo...

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by Max Q
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD90 vs B737 Max
Replies: 49
Views: 7223

Re: MD90 vs B737 Max

True, better aerodynamics for best field performance, but without the engines to counter wing bending, the structure’s is heavier than optimum which imposes fuel burn penalty. The MD-90 needed ballast forward to account for the heavier V2500, plus a bunch a aerodynamic “fixes” aft to meet stall cha...

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by Max Q
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will anyone pick up AA’s retired MD80’s ?
Replies: 50
Views: 9355

Will anyone pick up AA’s retired MD80’s ?

Looking at the pictures of these last American aircraft with their stunning beautiful livery I’m wondering if there will be any takers in the used market for what I assume are well maintained airframes

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by Max Q
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Growth in Denver
Replies: 54
Views: 7792

Re: United Growth in Denver

Great to see Denver grow like this but
Houston seems to be consistently neglected


IAH and EWR were the two Cal strongholds
and both are highly valuable to the new United


Is Houston ever going to get any love ?!

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Layover vs a layover
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Layover vs a layover

I did not say either reference was incorrect, this was merely an observation The person you're responding to was pointing out that there is actually no difference in the usage you're talking about. A layover is any period in between two booked flights, whether that's 45 minutes or 10 hours. Passeng...

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Do nuclear aircraft carriers transit the Panama Canal ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1683

Re: Do nuclear aircraft carriers transit the Panama Canal ?

Beautiful picture you have there


Hadn’t thought about the overhanging structure but that explains why they go around Cape Horn occasionally


I imagine the smaller amphibious carriers can transit the canal

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Do nuclear aircraft carriers transit the Panama Canal ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1683

Do nuclear aircraft carriers transit the Panama Canal ?

I was just looking at the maximum dimensions for the new Panama Canal They can accept a ship up to 1200’ in length, with a beam of 168’ and a maximum draft of 47’ These limits would allow passage of a Nimitz class carrier unless I’m missing something. I haven’t looked at the Ford class. However i do...

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Layover vs a layover
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: Layover vs a layover

A "layover" is defined as a period of rest in between stages of a journey. Considering a "journey" from a passenger standpoint is quite different from a "journey" from a crew standpoint, it makes sense the same word is used to describe two different events. Neither is ...

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 105
Views: 14291

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

TWA772LR wrote:
Max Q wrote:
Incidentally ‘Clipper’ was, is and always will be the coolest radio call
sign ever

Speedbird and Springbok are at least honorable mentions in this case.



Certainly agree with that

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Layover vs a layover
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Layover vs a layover

Always thought this odd


US based crew members have always described hotel stays during a trip as
‘Layovers’ yet passengers use the same term to describe an entirely different thing,
that is the connection time between flights


I wonder how this came about..

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 105
Views: 14291

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

Incidentally ‘Clipper’ was, is and always will be the coolest radio call
sign ever

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by Max Q
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 105
Views: 14291

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

I often imagine what PanAm would be like today had she survived, grown and was equal in size to one of the US3. With 748i’s, 787’s and A220’s! What would international First Class looked like? PanAm lounges. A barely changed livery. Would they cave in to the 2 class trend or be America’s Lufthansa?...

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 105
Views: 14291

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

The PAA Tristars were fine looking
aircraft, don’t really understand why they were ‘ill suited’ for its network


Seemed ideal for many of its long thin routes

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel dilemma
Replies: 17
Views: 1080

Re: Travel dilemma

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Net Jets or Vista Jet will do it, they’ll even wait for your return. If you have a cancer treatment appointment, Corporate Angel Network might help.

It’s these trips that drive bizjet operations

GF



Just a bit out of my budget, but thanks !

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Remember when MD used astronauts to ‘sell’ the DC10?
Replies: 0
Views: 294

Remember when MD used astronauts to ‘sell’ the DC10?

After numerous incidents and fatal accidents early in its operation MD used Astronauts in TV commercials to try and convince the public it was safe


I think they used celebrities as well, anyone remember this ?

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by Max Q
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel dilemma
Replies: 17
Views: 1080

Re: Travel dilemma

Thanks again for the replies, worth a try

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 105
Views: 14291

Re: Pan Am and the 747-40027

along with buying the Pan Am Pacific division United got 6 L1011-500's, 8 747-SP21's 2 747-SP 27's and 2 747-221's which got scrapped. Actually it was 10 SP21s and 1 SP27. No -221s went to UA. PA had two -221Fs that were sold to JL a couple of years before. We also had 2 DC10-30's Leased from CPAIR...

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Airlines and their mechanical checklists
Replies: 24
Views: 1880

Re: American Airlines and their mechanical checklists

Starlionblue wrote:
I'd never heard of this. Very cool.

Image



Great picture, that’s a bit more of an advanced version (looks like a 757) than
versions I’ve seen on 727 / DC10 era
types

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel dilemma
Replies: 17
Views: 1080

Re: Travel dilemma

Thanks for the replies, any other ideas (private jet not an option !)
welcome

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Airlines and their mechanical checklists
Replies: 24
Views: 1880

Re: American Airlines and their mechanical checklists

Air Canada has/had them on all Airbus aircraft, as well as the 767 and 747 and earlier. The Embraer and 787/777 do not have them. I am not sure about the 737 MAX, but the 737-200s had them. Similar to AA’s, they were on the glare shield and flipped up. Windows could be opened/closed as items were c...

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel dilemma
Replies: 17
Views: 1080

Re: Travel dilemma

The earliest non-stop flight in is on United, which arrives at 0848. If you drive up to MCO, there is a Southwest non-stop that arrives into Midway at 0820. If you're trying to avoid paying for a hotel room on the night before, you could take the UA flight to SFO that leaves the night before at 192...

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Airlines and their mechanical checklists
Replies: 24
Views: 1880

American Airlines and their mechanical checklists

Anyone remember these ? In the days before electronic checklists AA had ‘mechanical checklists’ in, I believe all their aircraft If I recall correctly this consisted of a metal box permanently mounted in the cockpit with numerous slots on its face, these slots had a printed checklist item inside the...

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to 50 states
Replies: 49
Views: 9388

United to 50 states

I remember watching a documentary on UA many years ago when it was basically a domestic carrier with a few routes to Canada and Mexico One of their claims in that era however was that they flew to all 50 states Is that true anymore, If not how long has it been since they could claim that ? Incidenta...

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel dilemma
Replies: 17
Views: 1080

Re: Travel dilemma

IPFreely wrote:
You'll need to charter a private jet for a 0500 or earlier departure.



Yes, that may be true

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 893
Views: 208688

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

There was that CI 747-400F whose nose door blew open damaging the cockpit area during a pressurization test on an in production model. https://www.seattlepi.com/business/article/747-test-blows-nose-door-in-Everett-1197536.php That’s the incident I was referring to I think that aircraft was for Chin...

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by Max Q
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel dilemma
Replies: 17
Views: 1080

Travel dilemma

I’m trying to get from Tampa to Chicago
on this Saturday the 14th of September
but need to arrive by 0800 at the latest


Can’t find a way to do that at present and I don’t want to go up the night before


Any suggestions?

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 104
Views: 7073

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

The old 737-300 and particularly the -500 were awful

Cramped, very slow (.74 cruise) with that old wing and a terrible ride in turbulence

Westbound against the jet stream in that thing was painful

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weighting passenger
Replies: 57
Views: 4060

Re: Weighting passenger

The 747 Freighter had a ‘self weighing’ system as an option, not sure how many operators used it but it’s been discussed here before and apparently it was pretty accurate

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 893
Views: 208688

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

I believe this happened to a 747 freighter where the forward cargo
door blew off the aircraft during pressure testing ?

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Not A Good Thing To See - Pilot And Flight Attendant In Physical Altercation At PHL
Replies: 45
Views: 13648

Re: Not A Good Thing To See - Pilot And Flight Attendant In Physical Altercation At PHL

Unfortunately it’s not uncommon to have tension between the cockpit and cabin crew, even downright hostility

My impression is that’s mostly an issue in the US


Not sure why, I think it’s partly due to a lack of respect for the FA profession in the states from the public

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements/Discussion Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 13292

Re: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

But do you really think they would operate more than 330 minutes from a diversion airport with just 2 engines? Would Congress fund it? They have flown over Antarctica with the current DC-8-72. Different question but a good one Eventually there won’t be a viable four engine platform for these missio...

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is a Mad Dog?
Replies: 16
Views: 965

Re: What is a Mad Dog?

We just called it the ‘80’


Or, since ours were ancient and many had leaky cockpit windows we often referred to it as the ‘whistling sh*t box’

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's up with Malaysia Airlines's A380s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2087

Re: What's up with Malaysia Airlines's A380s?

Must be a good deal to be an A380 pilot for MAS

Just enough flying to keep your hand in

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CO versus UA/WA in the 80's
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: CO versus UA/WA in the 80's

Pre Lorenzo at the beginning of the 80’s Cal was still very good

After Lorenzo and through the rest of the ‘80’s we were abysmal

When Gordon Bethune and his management team took over in ‘94 Continental went back to it’s rightful place as the US airline with the very best customer service

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is a Mad Dog?
Replies: 16
Views: 965

Re: What is a Mad Dog?

Perhaps the dumbest ‘nickname’ in aviation

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Scenario Question: Unstable Approach
Replies: 19
Views: 2062

Re: Scenario Question: Unstable Approach

Why wait for the NTSB report when we have the ‘Texas fishing forum’ Yhtbsm Hahaha, yes: I had a great laugh at "Texas Fishing Forum" source as well... Max, for someone who's been around long enough to fly the 727: You sure are up on your Millennial-style internet vocabulary! I had to goog...

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident: 777-300ER Aeroflot at Moscow (SVO)
Replies: 13
Views: 6034

Re: Incident: 777-300ER Aeroflot at Moscow (SVO)

This is a big advantage of the 767, L1011 and DC10 internal opening door design

Can’t tear off the door when it’s not there !

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by Max Q
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements/Discussion Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 13292

Re: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

I wonder at what point it will make sense to acquire an A340-300 to replace the NASA DC-8-72? At least an A340 has mostly common spares with an A330. NASA is one of the only operators of the DC-8 70 Series that actually needs 4 engines due to ETOPS restrictions on routes it flies. They’re not an ai...

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by Max Q
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements/Discussion Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 13292

Re: Active DC-8 Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

Is there an operational DC-8 simulator somewhere? KILN has an operational DC-8 flight sim. It is kept operational for NASA to support their bird. I wonder at what point it will make sense to acquire an A340-300 to replace the NASA DC-8-72? At least an A340 has mostly common spares with an A330. NAS...

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by Max Q
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Scenario Question: Unstable Approach
Replies: 19
Views: 2062

Re: Scenario Question: Unstable Approach

Why wait for the NTSB report when we have the ‘Texas fishing forum’ Yhtbsm Hahaha, yes: I had a great laugh at "Texas Fishing Forum" source as well... Max, for someone who's been around long enough to fly the 727: You sure are up on your Millennial-style internet vocabulary! I had to goog...

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA go with cloth on the MD80 seats and DL leather?
Replies: 37
Views: 6811

Re: Why did AA go with cloth on the MD80 seats and DL leather?

Never had an issue with cloth seats, always preferable in terms of comfort If it’s not clean all you have to do is ask the flight attendant for a new seat cushion, we provide them all the time Leather is stiff, uncomfortable, doesn’t breathe and you slide around all night long Truly a third world ex...

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by Max Q
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Scenario Question: Unstable Approach
Replies: 19
Views: 2062

Re: Scenario Question: Unstable Approach

its a topic here about this. and at another forums. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1416323 with leaked info like this; https://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/13123493/houston-amazon-767-crash-23-feb-19 Why wait for the NTSB report when we have the ‘Texas fishing...

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