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by WKTaylor
Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight
Replies: 29
Views: 21111

Re: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight

Kapton = Crapton … according to an old mechanic friend of mine...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: This F-16 picture got my attention
Replies: 13
Views: 3010

Re: This F-16 picture got my attention

Ref the photo I added [#7]… looks like a travel-pod mounted under the Rt wing/center station.

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight
Replies: 29
Views: 21111

Re: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight

Trivia... The F-14 prototype was lost after just a few flying hours due to total hydraulic failure. The loss of pressure was caused by failure of one or more titanium hydraulic tube assys that cracked. The hard lesson learned was that titanium tubing had to be stress-relieved after fabrication. This...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: This F-16 picture got my attention
Replies: 13
Views: 3010

Re: This F-16 picture got my attention

In the noted photo, there is ALSO a 'tannish' colored fabric bag or jacket [etc] casually stuffed right-side/behind/above the pilot [left in photo] in an area that might interfere with the 'movement-envelop' of the Ejection seat. Bad news. NOTE... During the Same AAR...???... Here is a photo of anot...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What would a modern heavy bomber look like?
Replies: 78
Views: 6235

Re: What would a modern heavy bomber look like?

P-8 Poseidon could be modified-to USAF purposes to be a interim medium bomber with a wide array of ordnance

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by WKTaylor
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civilian freighters as military freighter
Replies: 22
Views: 2211

Re: Civilian freighters as military freighter

You may be thinking of the CRAF... Civil Reserve Air Fleet… https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1455125 Under certain circumstances, certain designated/wide-body/long-range aircraft have been modified at DoD expense to a 'combi' configuration... large cargo door, special floorin...

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by WKTaylor
Thu May 28, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ejection seat guide rail
Replies: 4
Views: 1444

Re: Ejection seat guide rail

Ejection is a complex/dangerous process... as the parachute packer's motto indicates... they are the last to let you down' [in an emergency]. However ejection from a disabled aircraft is a marvel of engineering and timing/opportunity. Seat Guide-rails are usually heavy duty aluminum extrusions. The ...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15 crash and split afterburner use
Replies: 19
Views: 3255

Re: F-15 crash and split afterburner use

F-15J 52-8088~LH Engn Agmntr Inop~Plus Other details.jpg
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F-15J 52-8088~LH Engn Agmntr Inop~Plus Other details.jpg

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by WKTaylor
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15 crash and split afterburner use
Replies: 19
Views: 3255

Re: F-15 crash and split afterburner use

F-15J 52-8088~LH Engn Agmntr Inop~Plus Other details.jpg
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As an F-15 FSE [1988-to-1998] this photo makes the hairs on my neck stiffen-up... all reasons cited...

F-15J 52-8088~LH Engn Agmntr Inop~Plus Other details.jpg

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma
Replies: 10
Views: 1799

Re: SAAF C130bz veers off runway in Goma

Hmmmmm… Anyone else notice that most of the props were close-to/fully feathered with no apparent [or very minor] rotation damage?

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by WKTaylor
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 Off Center Aerial Refueling
Replies: 18
Views: 2525

Re: C-5 Off Center Aerial Refueling

As I understand it, the bow-wake from the wide body aircraft [C-5, C-17, KC-10, etc] moving into position behind the tanker has a noticeable stability effect on the tanker when the flying-boom and probe system is coming in/out of contact. To a degree, this is why hose/drogue/prove system is popular ...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Questions about the C-5 Galaxy
Replies: 21
Views: 4282

Re: Questions about the C-5 Galaxy

NOTES. All original production C-5As are retired due to age/time. Most second production run C-5Bs [upgraded to E's?] are current active fleet. I heard that a CMsgt was killed when he stood at the crew entry door and opened the door before FULL depressurization. There was only a ~1/10th-PSI [or so] ...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: DC-130H Information Needed
Replies: 3
Views: 1191

Re: DC-130H Information Needed

what is a DC-130H?

Flight manuals for military Acft in active inventory are usually 'restricted access'.

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by WKTaylor
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chilean Air Force C-130 disappears on its way to Antarctica
Replies: 24
Views: 5370

Re: Chilean Air Force C-130 disappears on its way to Antarctica

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chile-plan ... 019-12-12/
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CBS News... Chile air force plane found off tip of South America along with human remains
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chile-plan ... 019-12-12/

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by WKTaylor
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Abort Test
Replies: 30
Views: 2522

Re: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Abort Test

https://sma.nasa.gov/SignificantInciden ... ailure.pdf
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RE Apollo 15 parachute failure... mishap report: https://sma.nasa.gov/SignificantInciden ... ailure.pdf

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by WKTaylor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Abort Test
Replies: 30
Views: 2522

Re: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Abort Test

My 2cents... The long-duration dinitrogen tetroxide propellant 'plume' from the crashed service module was very unnerving. Assuming this was not a wholesale pad abort... and that booster failure occurred later-in-flight, at higher altitude over water, this should not be a problem/issue... Oddly.. th...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14679

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

A few articles from relatively creditable news and Defense sources are now emerging on this subject.. Did U.S. Missile Defenses Fail During Saudi Oil Attack? https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/did-us-missile-defenses-fail-during-saudi-oil-attack-81171 How drone attacks reveal fixable flaws with ...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14679

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

What is astonishing and maddening is that Saudi surveillance and air defenses appear to have been 'asleep at the wheel'. I cannot understand why such a high value facility was not protected from 'drone strikes'. The Saudi Air Force and Army, with super-sophisticated surveillance radars/sensors and a...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Unexplained Russian Explosion
Replies: 75
Views: 10094

Re: Unexplained Russian Explosion

7000-mph at any altitude, with exception of very short duration, within the atmosphere will result in catastrophic aero-friction heating. Nike Sprint ABM Missile accelerated at ~100G and attained such a high velocity [less than 7000-mph] at low altitude that the intercept vehicle became 'white-hot' ...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hawk 102 undercarriage extension delay during flight
Replies: 1
Views: 823

Re: Hawk 102 undercarriage extension delay during flight

Care to elaborate?
Phase of flight?
Video?

You deserve to get what You ask for... if You don't ask for very much, don't expect to get much. ASK CAEFULLY [in detail].

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by WKTaylor
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 16
Views: 4021

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

Tugger... IF inspecting and/or recycling, then let the 1st stage parachute into the ocean and pop-open flotation bags for water-recovery. Speculation... Adding light-weight grid-fins [and/or] controllable speed-brakes [petals] [and/or] hypersonic 'ballute(s)' to the upper end of the stage would prov...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 16
Views: 4021

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

I thought that their business concept was to build the 1st stages [and any boosters] cheap-enough that recovery and refurbishment was not 'value added' or 'value saved'.

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by WKTaylor
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 16
Views: 4021

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

I thought that their business concept was to build the 1st stages [and any boosters] cheap-enough that recovery and refurbishment was not 'value added' or 'value saved'.

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by WKTaylor
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden says he's coming for assault weapons
Replies: 99
Views: 8739

Re: Biden says he's coming for assault weapons

A few quotes/thoughts on this subject... In a 'fair fight' the odds suck...never fight fair. Semi/full-auto weapons with high capacity magazines, change the odds in-in-fight overwhelmingly in-favor-of the aggressor. See quote 1. 'Bad guys' always have the advantage of time-place-surprise-weaponry-ta...

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by WKTaylor
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?
Replies: 39
Views: 12660

Re: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?

https://www.airforce-technology.com/pro ... h-fighter/
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Turkish Aerospace Industries is starting development on an indigenously designed/manufactured stealth fighter... I guess this will light-the-fire' under development to 'git-er-done'.

https://www.airforce-technology.com/pro ... h-fighter/

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by WKTaylor
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 151
Views: 8335

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

One element of climate change not well understood is the changes in relative humidity [RH]. In the US western tiers of states, lower year-round rainfall is desiccating vegetation that becomes 'tinder' for wild-fires. Not to mention that many places will be far-less habitable with lower rainfall/humi...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 31635

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

Saudi Crown Prince, Pompeo Send a Message to Iran: End Hostility or Pay the Price.. https://inhomelandsecurity.com/saudi-crown-prince-pompeo-send-a-message-to-iran-end-hostility-or-pay-the-price/?utm_source=IHS&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_content=https:inhomelandsecurity.comsaudi-crown-prince-...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 4716

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

NOTE. Afterburner is an 'old fashioned' term for a single-stage [off-on-off], short-term, engine thrust augmentation. New engines have multistage thrust augmentation... allowing a range of thrust increase for 'the most efficient use of fuel-flow'. The F100-100 [Typical of F-15C/D models] has a 5 aug...

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by WKTaylor
Thu May 23, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb
Replies: 21
Views: 4322

Re: AGM-114R9X Hellfire Ninja Bomb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjPyBD7BXmc
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Reminds me of the decapitation arrow-head...
Proper Tuning Steps for GIANT DECAPITATING TURKEY BROADHEADS| Bowmar Bowhunting | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjPyBD7BXmc

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by WKTaylor
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane
Replies: 66
Views: 9929

Re: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane

OH yeah... but there was a 'sorta famous' ghost story about Anderson AFB on Guam. During the Vietnam war, a fully loaded B-52 crashed on takeoff killing all aboard. It was said that the 'parking pad' occupied by that particular jet just prior to the crash was haunted by the crew. Any unoccupied jets...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane
Replies: 66
Views: 9929

Re: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane

I was stationed at Kadena AB in the 1990s. Due to the horrific invasion casualties ghost stories abounded. The building I worked in/from was partially above/below ground. During working hours there was never any issue. After Hours, [night weekends] the building and my office corridor made many odd a...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Combat/Tactical Landings Training
Replies: 3
Views: 1774

Re: Combat/Tactical Landings Training

There are usually designated off-air base runways [prepared or unprepared surface] dedicated to this specialized training. Routine air traffic and non-routine tactical landings and take-offs are deliberately 'non-standard' to ensure aircraft are hard to target/hit.

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by WKTaylor
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC
Replies: 9
Views: 3750

Re: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC

Tinker AFB is located within S.E. OKC city limits... and there is LOT of local commercial, GA and helo traffic crossing everywhere.

A fast-mover jet [NOT climbing to altitude] that is very low visibility, scooting around airspace like OKC would be a pretty sketchy proposition.

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by WKTaylor
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bereshit space ship crashed during landing
Replies: 12
Views: 3281

Re: Bereshit space ship crashed during landing

SpaceIL... a group who had never built even a flight-test spacecraft... the results were remarkable I suspect that IF they had built a test vehicle and subjected it for an extensive orbital duration in the Van Allen radiation belt.. and done propulsion and command systems reliability testing in spac...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC
Replies: 9
Views: 3750

Re: Mysterious Military Jet Over OKC

Your description has a couple of faults/omissions.

300-MPH is way-to fast for low-altitude operations in [what amounts to] commercial airspace.
Also, 'how big' do you estimate the aircraft was?

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by WKTaylor
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: First Black Hole Images Result from International Effort
Replies: 34
Views: 2838

Re: First Black Hole Images Result from International Effort

https://xkcd.com/2135/
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How big is this 'shadow of the black hole'??? Here is an XKCD cartoon that gives perspective based on NSF consult...

https://xkcd.com/2135/

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by WKTaylor
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civilian accidental ejection from Rafale B
Replies: 5
Views: 3064

Re: Civilian accidental ejection from Rafale B

As a USAF civilian aero-engineer I was allowed to Fly in an OV-10A in the early 1980s to diagnose a left landing gear retraction-extension issue that ONLY occurred in-flight. This issue was CND during every imaginable ground-check. Prior to my first flight [in the rear ejection seat], the pilot brie...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sikorsky, Boeing provide first look at SB>1 Defiant
Replies: 23
Views: 5357

Re: Sikorsky, Boeing provide first look at SB>1 Defiant

I am concerned with the pusher-prop configuration, for a few 'real-world/practical' reasons. The prop-arc is technically protected by the inverted vertical stabilizer with 'tail wheel'... but on 'improvised LZs', with debris is everywhere, and/or on sloping/uneven terrain... this seem like a FOD/str...

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by WKTaylor
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 47751

Re: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread

SWAG on my part... The white-ish zone between lobes may turn-out to be mineral-laden-ice. The heat of a very SLOW [walking-speed] collision between similar bodies may have caused the ice to melt on each impact face... allowing the two bodies to fuse solidly together as the water-ice re-solidified in...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did Boeing rename the original 717 to the KC-135?
Replies: 22
Views: 3919

Re: Why did Boeing rename the original 717 to the KC-135?

prebennorholm... DANG... Good history lesson!

The 'JT3' led me assume fan engine... Never realized JT3C was a TJE that evolved to the JT3D TFE.

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why did Boeing rename the original 717 to the KC-135?
Replies: 22
Views: 3919

Re: Why did Boeing rename the original 717 to the KC-135?

Heritage/configuration-wise the KC-135 [717] and the B720 are as close as they come. Primary difference is obvious interior configuration, mission and engines [-135 started life with J-57s turbojet engines and the 720 went straight to the early JT3D fan engine]. NOTE. The 767 tanker adopted by early...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 6570

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

One thing I have noted about the Chinese space program is that it releases enough 'press' that it's scientific activities are publicized and found notable/laudable... but the 'hard science data' [especially raw data] and 'technology data/specifications' are rarely if-ever release in public/world for...

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by WKTaylor
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 6570

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

With the 'value added' from a long-list of unmanned/manned lunar landers and orbiters... and assuming the lunar activities of other nations will continue expanding knowledge of the moon...the USA has opted to expanded the knowledge of the solar system and universe by expending funds/energy/ambition ...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.
Replies: 52
Views: 6570

Re: China Lands On Moon's Far Side.

georgiabill... RE USA Lunar exploration... 'been-there, done-that'.

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by WKTaylor
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cessna 172 Wings
Replies: 33
Views: 7610

Re: Cessna 172 Wings

This is a 'no Sh*t' factory experience. I was a liaison engineer for a 6-place [small] cabin class aircraft [won't mention the company]. The ground crew and the test pilots swore something was 'off' with the aircraft... seemed to be twisted in one direction making the same 'wing-low' both on the gro...

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by WKTaylor
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-130J at London City
Replies: 15
Views: 6623

Re: C-130J at London City

When I mentioned this 'down-town fly-by' to an Aussie friend, her quick reply was 'special' ...

"Well Wil, that's pretty darned impressive.
Bet it brightened the lives of those unaware it was going to happen.
Love, L"

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by WKTaylor
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-130J at London City
Replies: 15
Views: 6623

Re: C-130J at London City

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABuUGQW9Uk

Not exactly Kosher flying for a ~$200M transport acft...
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RAAF C-17A Globemaster fly-past at eye-level in Brisbane Sept 29 2018... real world 'down town' training... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABuUGQW9Uk

Not exactly Kosher flying for a ~$200M transport acft...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi out on one engine?
Replies: 65
Views: 7929

Re: Taxi out on one engine?

FYI... 'off-to-the-side' contribution to single engine OPs in a twin-Jet... SOP for A-37Bs during combat patrols/over-watch [Vietnam war] was to climb to between 18K to 22K altitude... then shut down one of the J-85 engines to conserve fuel while loiter-orbiting for a 'strike call'. Usually added up...

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by WKTaylor
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Explosive decompression question
Replies: 22
Views: 8356

Re: Explosive decompression question

No much 'out-there', RE sudden aircraft decompression: design philosophy/info/etc.

Interesting engineering perspective in 'SAE AIR5661 Compartment Decompression Analysis'

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