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by Max Q
Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Welding in the main gear well ?
Replies: 10
Views: 716

Re: Welding in the main gear well ?

Yes, I’m really not sure what I saw, didn’t think welding would ever be done inside a gear well or indeed what would require such work What was odd was the nature of the light I could see and it’s flickering, it looked like the kind of light that’s created with welding Anyway, thanks for the informa...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 34
Views: 5412

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

UA444 wrote:
They’ve always been Air Walmart to me.



Agree,

Actually I think Spirit is more like the dollar store

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air shows in the US are boring
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Air shows in the US are boring

Just saw a few minutes of Oshkosh and skimmed through the rest Only so many light aircraft aerobatic maneuvers I can watch before zzzzz, and the same old format, you can count on way too many T6 displays, loud, obnoxious music, aircraft parked that would be more interesting in a flying display and v...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Public Flying Demo Tomorrow at EAA Airventure Oshkosh
Replies: 56
Views: 6771

Re: Cessna SkyCourier Public Flying Demo Tomorrow at EAA Airventure Oshkosh

Cannot figure out how to post cell photos, I have several of the Slycourier today If you have Instagram and/or Twitter you can post them up there and then share the links on a post here. This is a very impressive looking aircraft. Soon, FedEx Feeder should have themselves a workhorse in the Skycour...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maximum gross weight step climb question
Replies: 13
Views: 846

Re: Maximum gross weight step climb question

So no jetliner is capable of climbing to its final cruise altitude in an uninterrupted climb if it takes off at its maximum gross weight? Maybe I am asking my question incorrectly. I think I am using terms incorrectly. Lets say aircraft x has 25,000 feet as its best cruise altitude for the conditio...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most and least comfortable pilot seats
Replies: 16
Views: 624

Re: Most and least comfortable pilot seats

The pilot seats on the SF340 were truly awful, incredibly uncomfortable, could barely move after a long day in those things The 727 pilot seats were very comfortable The older Pilot seats in our MD80’s were pretty crummy, they were the same as the DC9 and the backrest was really badly designed, I fo...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Welding in the main gear well ?
Replies: 10
Views: 716

Welding in the main gear well ?

Dropped off a friend at the airport in TPA recently and did some sightseeing from the top floor of the parking garage before leaving It was almost dark but I could make out some equipment next to the right main landing gear of a Frontier A320, looked to me like they were changing a tyre but then I n...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maximum gross weight step climb question
Replies: 13
Views: 846

Re: Maximum gross weight step climb question

By ‘final cruising altitude’ I think you mean maximum certificated ceiling, the former is your maximum for the particular flight and rarely the same as the latter


And I don’t know of any transport category aircraft that can climb to its maximum ceiling after a maximum take off weight departure

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by Max Q
Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?
Replies: 23
Views: 3623

Re: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?

The 757 has a nasty characteristic of the nosewheel slamming down very abruptly if you don’t watch for it, in the past this has caused significant aircraft damage and even caused airframe write offs You need to pay extra attention and take extra care to deliberately and smoothly lower the nosewheel...

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by Max Q
Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?
Replies: 23
Views: 3623

Re: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?

The 757 has a nasty characteristic of the nosewheel slamming down very abruptly if you don’t watch for it, in the past this has caused significant aircraft damage and even caused airframe write offs You need to pay extra attention and take extra care to deliberately and smoothly lower the nosewheel ...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sinking feeling when leveling off on B757
Replies: 9
Views: 1389

Re: Sinking feeling when leveling off on B757

Still, correct pilot technique with good anticipation should minimize this sensation no matter the level of performance, whether it’s a reduction in pitch at power reduction after take off or a level off

There is a way to do it smoothly

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did TWA start putting those big black stripe ice detectors on their aircraft wings?
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: When did TWA start putting those big black stripe ice detectors on their aircraft wings?

The best of all were the embedded wing heaters that protected the entire area of vulnerability but not all airlines wanted to pay for this and either maintenance or flight crews had to inspect for ice before every flight in most weather conditions In fact unless it was over 90 degrees we always had...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?
Replies: 22
Views: 2366

Re: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?

I can imagine you’d have your share of ice up there, last time I landed in BUF was in a 727 though Had some bad ice nights in the Baron between OKC and DAL, that aircraft could carry an enormous accumulation and keep going even without boots Beechcraft are truly the Boeing’s of light aviation Best w...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did TWA start putting those big black stripe ice detectors on their aircraft wings?
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: When did TWA start putting those big black stripe ice detectors on their aircraft wings?

No, the DC9 did not have that issue, MD crammed as much fuel as they could into the slightly modified -80 wing and didn’t leave enough space between the top of the fuel tank and the upper surface of the wing Fuel would become cold soaked in cruise flight and condensation would form on this upper win...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sinking feeling when leveling off on B757
Replies: 9
Views: 1389

Re: Sinking feeling when leveling off on B757

It’s also pilot technique, if you don’t anticipate your level off adequately you may have to apply more down elevator to avoid overshooting your assigned altitude and more abruptly than what is comfortable producing negative G If you do anticipate the level off properly you’ll have a nice smooth lev...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?
Replies: 22
Views: 2366

Re: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?

It’s usually a good thing when the boss is a pilot, if they’re competent, fly regularly and don’t ask the line pilots to do things they won’t do themselves We used to talk to each other on the radio, it was helpful If someone had recently penetrated an area and found a ‘soft spot’ but there usually ...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did TWA start putting those big black stripe ice detectors on their aircraft wings?
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: When did TWA start putting those big black stripe ice detectors on their aircraft wings?

The wing icing issue was one of many issues on the MD80, it was a really compromised design, basically a warmed up DC 9 that should have had a complete do over

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?
Replies: 22
Views: 2366

Re: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?

I flew checks for two years, single pilot mostly at night, initially in a Bonanza then an ancient Baron This was in all weather with no excuses for not going (they could always find another pilot) most of this flying was in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana and in the summer time you were dea...

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 Tire Replacement
Replies: 18
Views: 5886

Re: A321 Tire Replacement

If the aircraft rolled at speed and passenger weight with one tire flat, then it will also need the other tire on that axle replaced, due to over-stress. So now you're counting on the outstation having TWO wheel-tire assemblies, of the correct part number, available for use by your airline. Perhaps...

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did TWA start putting those big black stripe ice detectors on their aircraft wings?
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: When did TWA start putting those big black stripe ice detectors on their aircraft wings?

At Continental we had a very low tech ice detection system, the FO hauled out a ladder to the front of the wing and dragged what looked like a long pool cue across the susceptible area of the wing to make sure there was no ice


A major PITA, I know because I did it many times!

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What was it like piloting the MD-90?
Replies: 6
Views: 787

Re: What was it like piloting the MD-90?

Boeing has a page on Airport compatibility of various airliners. Under the subheading of the MD-90 it has a chart on aircraft takeoff performance for various gross weights and altitude. . One chart is for MD-90 performance on a standard day at various gross weights. The other chart is for a standar...

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?
Replies: 22
Views: 2366

Re: Which Airline Pilots In North America Have The Most Challenging Weather?

I flew checks for two years, single pilot mostly at night, initially in a Bonanza then an ancient Baron This was in all weather with no excuses for not going (they could always find another pilot) most of this flying was in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana and in the summer time you were deal...

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 34
Views: 5412

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

I must be unlucky. Almost every trip lately on WN I’ve taken features the gawd awful corny jokes and banter and cheery over the top nonsense. . All in they were actually the cheapest. What am I doing wrong? I had one of WN's clowns stop me at the door and press something firmly on my upper left arm...

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by Max Q
Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 34
Views: 5412

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

Personally I can do without singing / wannabe comedian or otherwise attention seeking ‘quirky’ flight attendants, I think they forget their primary function is passenger safety and these antics distract from that Never liked that about Southwest and that’s not what the job is, a calm, professional b...

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by Max Q
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you feel safer in jetliners with more engines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1869

Re: Do you feel safer in jetliners with more engines?

‘More to go wrong’ with four engines is a twisted logic though

There’s also more to go right !

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by Max Q
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS fleet
Replies: 169
Views: 46666

Re: UPS fleet

I noticed that on our 767-224 and -424’s, the GE engine was ‘buzzy’ in certain power settings significantly more than others The RR engine on our 757’s was much much smoother Noticed that as a passenger riding on BA’s 777, a lot more vibration with the GE 90 whereas the RR aircraft are extremely smo...

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BA 747-100 engines
Replies: 9
Views: 1145

Re: BA 747-100 engines

Don’t think the CF6 was an option in the -100

BA did operate several CF6 powered Classics that were inherited from BCal

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1302

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

Did McDac actually call the system "dial-a-flap" as well, or is that pilot slang? No, it was referred to in our flight manual as ‘Dial a flap’ that was the official term You ‘dialed’ in a pre-planned flap setting for take off. We rarely used it, the only airport I remember using it from w...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1302

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

It's been a while since I flew a DC-10 but I don't remember it being a big deal. It was only for T/O flaps and the after T/O chk list had you zero out the dial. If you forgot you would be surprised when you selected LDG flaps. I guess I should have clarified I was talking about the dial a flap but ...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1302

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

On the DC-10, the flap and slat handles are mechanically linked. For takeoff, a dial-a-flap setting is calculated and preselected. Preparing for takeoff, the handles are moved to lock into the Dial-A-Flap detent and this extends both the slats and trailing edge flaps. During climbout, the flaps are...

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by Max Q
Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1302

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

If the DC10 flap / slat lever was the same as the MD80 it took a bit of getting used to Flap selections were made with the lever but to retract the slats you needed to reach underneath the handle and release a separate ‘ trigger’ It took a separate and deliberate action which was easy once you’d got...

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by Max Q
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New livery for American Airlines?
Replies: 98
Views: 21570

Re: New livery for American Airlines?

The current livery is awful, one of the worst in the industry, AA used to have an iconic and unique livery, don’t know what they were thinking



Bring back the silver fleet !

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do FedEx pilots fly the MD10 and MD11 ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1625

Do FedEx pilots fly the MD10 and MD11 ?

Curious to know if they are dual qualified to fly both types ?

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by Max Q
Sat Jul 17, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone else miss the Boeing 727?
Replies: 26
Views: 1763

Re: Does anyone else miss the Boeing 727?

Yes

The 727 was a wonderful aircraft, it was the first jet I ever flew and I was fortunate enough to do so for six years

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: As a passenger, DC-10 or L-1011?
Replies: 9
Views: 1162

Re: As a passenger, DC-10 or L-1011?

Definitely preferred the L1011

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you feel safer in jetliners with more engines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1869

Re: Do you feel safer in jetliners with more engines?

My answer is yes, despite all the statistics I prefer to be on a three or four engine aircraft


It just gives you more redundancy and more options, if economics were not an issue I’d like all my air travel to be in a 747, the finest passenger aircraft ever built

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you feel safer in jetliners with more engines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1869

Re: Do you feel safer in jetliners with more engines?

Does anyone know if any four-engined jetliner ever crashed after sustaining bird strikes in all four engines? I don't know why, but I always felt safer flying over the Rocky Mountains in the USA in three and four-engined jetliners instead of twins. I guess modern twin aircraft can sustain a single ...

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by Max Q
Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort
Replies: 12
Views: 2235

Re: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort

On the older aircraft we found that pre-cooling the cabin before landing as much as possible was a big help for it to remain cool on the ground

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by Max Q
Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort
Replies: 12
Views: 2235

Re: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort

The 727 packs couldn’t really cope on the summer, it would get very hot in the cockpit, it did at least have reasonably good airflow however Conversely, at night, especially in the winter it was difficult to keep the two front seats warm enough after an hour or so in the cruise. I remember wearing a...

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by Max Q
Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final S-3 Viking Flight
Replies: 24
Views: 2614

Re: Final S-3 Viking Flight

Count me in as a big aficionado of the S-3 Viking. Back when flight decks and airports hosted a far greater variety of flying machines, the purposeful, modern (!) design and evident flexibility of the Viking struck a chord. Its wings' thickness is impressive, especially when seen from a fully front...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Biz-jet thrust reversers activated whilst taxiing.
Replies: 24
Views: 2456

Re: Biz-jet thrust reversers activated whilst taxiing.

Reminds me of doing a delayed engine start on the 727 with an inoperative APU one day when I was a very new FE Captain decides to do this while taxiing, I turn the packs off, he increases thrust on #1 to get the required duct pressure but this increases our taxi speed so he puts #2 into reverse to a...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)
Replies: 21
Views: 4682

Re: Boeing 747 over wing exit's deactivated (1980's)

Interesting

Always seemed to go against normal practice to eliminate an exit then add seats

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final S-3 Viking Flight
Replies: 24
Views: 2614

Re: Final S-3 Viking Flight

It seemed to be a uniquely capable aircraft, with long endurance, able to rapidly go out as far as needed from the carrier and hunt for submarines and carry a large weapons load to defend the carrier from these threats if necessary

I don’t see how a helicopter can do the same job

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 11, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Final S-3 Viking Flight
Replies: 24
Views: 2614

Re: Final S-3 Viking Flight

Big fan of the S3 myself, always thought it was a cool aircraft and found the navy’s decision to retire them quite bizarre

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 11, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Bump on Boeing 737-200 engine
Replies: 9
Views: 1583

Re: Bump on Boeing 737-200 engine

And what is it’s purpose ?!

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Singers / songs with most indecipherable lyrics
Replies: 57
Views: 2547

Re: Singers / songs with most indecipherable lyrics

ER757 wrote:
DIRECTFLT wrote:
albums 1 - HOTH or PG.

When I first heard Heart's Mistral Wind, I thought she was singing about her period. :eyebrow:

:rotfl: - yeah, that crossed my mind too.



This takes the award for funniest interpretation so far !

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Singers / songs with most indecipherable lyrics
Replies: 57
Views: 2547

Re: Singers / songs with most indecipherable lyrics

wingman wrote:
My ongoing befuddlement is being blinded by the light and wrecking out like doosher in the middle of the night. I know I've read the intended lyrics but that's what the man is saying.



That song has the dubious distinction of being indecipherable and extremely annoying !

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 09, 2021 4:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Singers / songs with most indecipherable lyrics
Replies: 57
Views: 2547

Singers / songs with most indecipherable lyrics

The excellent ‘most overdone songs’ thread had me pondering many songs over the years whose lyrics cannot be understood, many amusing examples of misunderstood lyrics are out there In the ‘70’s Elton John was at the top of his game, an extremely talented artist but I often had no idea what he was go...

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 09, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changi Airport 40 years old: Rare images from the planning and early years
Replies: 38
Views: 9790

Re: Changi Airport 40 years old: Rare images from the planning and early years

Enjoyed the old video

Nice to see the Changi name associated with a peaceful endeavor that brings people together


Unlike in WW2 when the Japanese operated Changi prison was the site of much suffering and brutality

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