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by DaveFly
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 180
Views: 22137

Re: Revisiting MH370

https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/590653/
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This was published last year in the Atlantic Monthly (apologies if someone already referenced it). Very compelling argument that it was suicide.
https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/590653/

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by DaveFly
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying with a heart condition, help is here
Replies: 4
Views: 782

Re: Flying with a heart condition, help is here

I asked my electrophysicist about the Kardia and the AppleWatch. He said, if it makes you happy, buy one. But it has no diagnostic value. It has to be interpreted by a cardiologist, and if you wind up in a hospital, they have their own equipment. I don’t know your specific problem. I visit Anet ever...

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by DaveFly
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Memory of Folke Bernadotte - Opinions
Replies: 9
Views: 909

Re: Memory of Folke Bernadotte - Opinions

So whats about his idea about one federation between Jews and Palestinians? Frankly, and in my opinion, that's the ONLY solution we have for peace in Middle East. That all solutions spring from the acknowledgement that all people are created equal, and all people are endowed with the same rights an...

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by DaveFly
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Memory of Folke Bernadotte - Opinions
Replies: 9
Views: 909

Re: Memory of Folke Bernadotte - Opinions

Just to fill in some of the facts, Bernadotte saved many lives, including Jews, from the German death camps. His assassination was carried out by the extreme right-wing gangs in Israel — similar to the supremacist groups we’re dealing with in the States and worldwide. The government and majority pop...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: External Design of Cruise Ships
Replies: 51
Views: 3161

Re: External Design of Cruise Ships

In one of my former lives (the 1980s), I worked for a small cruise line (Bermuda Star), which operated the former SS Argentina and SS Brazil as the Bermuda Star and Canada Star. I had the opportunity to sail on many of the ships of that era. Interestingly, all of them would make a bee-line for New Y...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SS Rotterdam as a Tourist Attraction
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: SS Rotterdam as a Tourist Attraction

I don’t know anything about the financial arrangements. But I remember the sailing very well. She looked beautiful from every angle, was filled with tasteful woods, art, and other nautical charms. The teak decks were perfect for a calm view of the sea. There were no hairy chest contests, no Las Vega...

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by DaveFly
Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SS Rotterdam as a Tourist Attraction
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: SS Rotterdam as a Tourist Attraction

The SS Rotterdam! That was the very first ship I sailed on in 1978. A grand old ocean liner. It appeared huge then, but it would be dwarfed by today’s ugly mega-cruise ships. I’d love to see it again if I go to Holland. I visited the Queen Mary in Long Beach when I was last there.

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by DaveFly
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 217
Views: 29364

Re: Iconic Status of the Sydney Opera House

Back in the day, we subscribed to the annual supplements of the World Book Encyclopedia. There was a big section devoted to the opera house construction. It’s hard to imagine now, but it was then considered a boondoggle — way over budget, an eyesore, and probably beyond any then-known construction t...

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by DaveFly
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pastor Claims He Was Sucking Demons Out of Sexually Assaulted Men
Replies: 14
Views: 1133

Re: Pastor Claims He Was Sucking Demons Out of Sexually Assaulted Men

Another clergyman, Pastor Phil McCrackin, said he is taking a hard stance on this issue. And standing up for democracy in the process.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RIP SDV (Sde Dov, Israel)
Replies: 13
Views: 5056

Re: RIP SDV

I only flew there once, from Eilat to Sde Dov. An Israir ATR-42, formerly Continental Express. Fun flight, and Sde Dov was far far easier to use than the fortress of Ben Gurion.

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by DaveFly
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lawn mowers: Gas vs. electric
Replies: 32
Views: 2162

Re: Lawn mowers: Gas vs. electric

I’ve had two battery-operated mowers. My property is 1/3 acre (I don’t know the metric conversion). The older Black & Decker could handle one-half of the job, so I bought an extra battery. Then I bought a new EGO, whose battery lasts for the full job. I use the mulch setting, and it’s self-prope...

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by DaveFly
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Which city you prefer? San Francisco or Los Angeles?
Replies: 71
Views: 6208

Re: Which city you prefer? San Francisco or Los Angeles?

I’ve been to both cities several times for business and leisure. It reminds me that I’ve read in various travel books/blogs/columns that the only truly unique cities in the U.S. (based on culture/architecture/geography etc) are San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York. I’d probably agree with that, ...

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by DaveFly
Sat May 18, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Goodbye to my dear Mother
Replies: 30
Views: 4442

Re: Goodbye to my dear Mother

Very sorry to hear your news. I lost my father in 2010, and for awhile I wondered how I’d get past it. I still think of him everyday, but without that stabbing pain when it’s all new. My mother is 90, and doing poorly. I know it’ll be soon, and she’s had a good and full life, but I’ll miss her forev...

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by DaveFly
Thu May 09, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Jerry Nadler be Removed for miss use Of Power?
Replies: 131
Views: 4429

Re: Should Jerry Nadler be Removed for miss use Of Power?

You probably know that Senator Richard Burr, REPUBLICAN chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has subpoenaed Don Trump Junior to appear. They want him to clarify statements he previously made before the Senate that don’t jive with current knowledge. Has Republican Burr Miss Used his authori...

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by DaveFly
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Would Be The Most Useful Additional Runway At JFK/LGA/EWR?
Replies: 30
Views: 5926

Re: What Would Be The Most Useful Additional Runway At JFK/LGA/EWR?

Another 13/31 just north of 13L/31R at JFK where the northern cargo area is. Plenty of space there and all the cargo ops can be consolidated at the western side of the airport. I guess you could also add another 4/22 runway between 4R/22L and 4L/22R, but the runways would be really close together a...

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by DaveFly
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 176
Views: 22899

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

I’ve been following this fascinating thread. Obviously 747Whale has some very valid arguments, and after all, he flew the damn thing! From my armchair, I’m going to surmise that the MD-11 simply has to be flown very precisely, never out of parameters, absolutely by-the-book. That’s not a poorly-desi...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hillary 2020
Replies: 77
Views: 4548

Re: Hillary 2020

I supported Hillary, contributed money to her campaign, didn’t doubt for a moment that she would cream the Creature Known As Trump.
Having said that, her time has passed. It would be counterproductive to run again. Somebody needs to tell Bernie the same thing.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: El Al 747's Tel Aviv to Eilat??
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: El Al 747's Tel Aviv to Eilat??

I’ve flown from Eilat to Tel Aviv, specifically Sde Dov Airport, not Ben Gurion. It was on an Israir ATR-42 (former Continental), and it took about 30 minutes for the 175 mile flight. Great fun, actually.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kamala Harris Announces Candidacy for President
Replies: 46
Views: 2842

Re: Kamala Harris Announces Candidacy for President

Appealing to ‘White Progressives’ and ‘Millennials of Color,’ as touted on CNN.

Sorry, that won’t win independents and purple states.

Find someone who can actually win.

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by DaveFly
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-87 a failure?
Replies: 46
Views: 10440

Re: Was the MD-87 a failure?

The BAe 146/Avro RJ is interesting in that it got a break with a couple of airlines in the US but wasn't really long lived. ⋅ BAe 146-200 with PSA. Only retained by USAir for a few years after the merger. ⋅ BAe 146 with AirCal. Only retained by American Airlines for a few years ...

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by DaveFly
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The shaving thread (all parts)
Replies: 37
Views: 2827

Re: The shaving thread (all parts)

At my age, stubble/shadow doesn’t make me look sexy; it makes me look homeless. I tried an electric years ago, but it didn’t cut close, and badly irritated my skin. I now use a cheap Bic, cheap foam, shave both with and against the grain. I do trim the — ahem — bush to keep everything neat and well-...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 112
Views: 26026

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

I must be the odd man out because I love the United/Continental livery! If any Big Three needs a do-over, it’s the God-awful American livery. Truly dreadful. I thought I’d get used to it eventually. But nobody other than av-geeks like us could care less anyway! Re the A-300, my one and only flight w...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is SQ non-stop flying to EWR and not JFK like the other flight via FRA?
Replies: 75
Views: 16076

Re: Why is SQ non-stop flying to EWR and not JFK like the other flight via FRA?

After reading all the comments, it’s still conjecture. I quite sure Singapore didn’t flip a coin to decide which airport to serve. There are huge multinational corporations in Central & Northern Jersey, and it’s most likely that that swung Singapore’s decision, along with companies in Manhattan ...

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by DaveFly
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection time in Frankfurt
Replies: 14
Views: 1309

Re: Connection time in Frankfurt

My most recent experience at FRA was from the Middle East to Newark with a three-hour connection, all on Lufthansa. And I almost didn’t make it. -An unexpected 45-min holding pattern above FRA -No available gate, a long step down from the 340 to a bus -Somehow got out of the schengen area, so had to...

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by DaveFly
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl
Replies: 253
Views: 19067

Re: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The It Girl

This has to be one of the most bizarre threads I’ve read here. Valet attendants, Joe Lieberman, retirement at 40, everything but the kitchen sink! I grew up in Alexandra’s district in the Bronx. No special insight from me though; it was a completely different demographic then. Keep in mind that she ...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Regional ALB- PHL American eagle
Replies: 10
Views: 5323

Re: Regional ALB- PHL American eagle

Best wishes for a complete recovery. I’ve flown SWF-PHL a few times on Eagle because one of my children lives in Philly, and I loathe driving and traffic. It’s such a short flight, so the 145 was just fine with me. I also flew with my another child (they’re all in their 20s) on the 145 from Newark t...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migraines
Replies: 30
Views: 2203

Re: Migraines

I used to get incredibly debilitating migraines. They were so bad that I’d hallucinate, and they’d take 48 hours to recover from. Absolutely nothing helped, so I’d O.D. on painkillers to knock myself out, and sleep with an ice pack on my head. Then I began taking beta blockers for an unrelated cardi...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 14542

Re: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?

I can’t add much to this discussion, but I recall reading, in a book about the 747 development, that the B-52 was a completely different species than the jetliner that would become the 707. The B-52 was a heavy longeron design, the 707 was to be a skin-and-stringer design. Utterly different design c...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR pax numbers through October 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 5927

Re: EWR pax numbers through October 2018

[quote= The Port Authority always had a Jersey bias and EWR bias. Everything was always about NJ...has to do with the politics of the board and the Chair being a NJ appointee. They literally ran JFK into the ground in the 80s concentrating on EWR.[/quote] Do you really think so? I never got that imp...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR pax numbers through October 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 5927

Re: EWR pax numbers through October 2018

For a funny bit of history — when I was in college in the 1970s, PANYNJ ran ads calling Newark “New York’s Best-Kept Secret!” I used to fly out of Newark on Piedmont back then, even though I lived in NYC. I still use Newark now because I live on the west side of the Hudson, so it’s still more conven...

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by DaveFly
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s
Replies: 70
Views: 12050

Re: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s

Well, I’ve been on all El Al’s longhaul aircraft in the last decade, and I’ll miss the 747. The 747/767s were long-in-the-tooth, but they were comfortable. I’m sorry to hear that the 777 is going 3-4-3, but it was inevitable. I just flew El Al’s 787 in October. I thought it was very cramped, but tha...

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by DaveFly
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Replies: 62
Views: 5213

Re: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Too many to name! First off, I’ve lived in NYC and surrounding area for 60+ years, so all the sights are simply home to me. Bahamas (in the 1970s); everything smelled like Aramis to me. Loved it! Portugal, fascinating. Niagara Falls; don’t laugh, it’s quite spectacular. London; where to begin? Paris...

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by DaveFly
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?
Replies: 112
Views: 16830

Re: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?

Is it possible that the delays/cancellations affect Skywest more than the other Delta Connection carriers? I’m just using my own experience, and it’s always a problem. As for HPN, my house in the Hudson Valley is 1-1/4 hours from HPN. So if I can’t use SWF, I’d rather bite the bullet and drive to EWR.

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by DaveFly
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?
Replies: 112
Views: 16830

Re: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?

I am completely ignorant of the stats you guys know about CRJ economics and union contracts. I’m not in the industry. But I fly on Delta Connection (Skywest) every month from SWF. And I’m guaranteed a bad experience. The incoming flights are often canceled or late. So there goes my connection. Or if...

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by DaveFly
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mission: 747-8: Lufthansa 747-8 FRA-EWR J
Replies: 7
Views: 10176

Re: Mission: 747-8: Lufthansa 747-8 FRA-EWR J

Nice report! I’ve flown Lufthansa several times, on the 744 and 346, and always enjoyed excellent service, even in Economy! The flight attendants had a hard time avoiding a good laugh at my German language skills, but I made a good effort. I didn’t like Frankfurt Airport though. It was a mess from b...

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?
Replies: 93
Views: 5352

Re: Why doesn't the United States make both English and Spanish as official languages?

I was just talking about this issue today with an old friend. I said that most non-Americans are at least bilingual, but it’s unheard of here. I studied French, German, and Hebrew in high school (at least one additional language was a requirement in NYC in the early-1970s). I don’t know why I chose ...

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!
Replies: 32
Views: 7583

Re: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!

I’m sort of dumbfounded by many of the comments because I’ve flown on the 717 many times (AirTran, Delta, Hawaiian), the MD-90 (Delta), and countless DC-9/MD-80s. I never noticed any excessive noise from the air conditioning on any of them, nor did I hear excessive slipstream noise. We all know that...

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by DaveFly
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY Religious Woes Redux
Replies: 55
Views: 14428

Re: LY Religious Woes Redux

Oh, I’m opening a can of worms here! So I’ll try to keep the focus on aviation and away from politics. My daughter and her family live in Israel. Like the majority in Israel, they’re secular, don’t participate in organized religion, and want nothing to do with settlements and territories. But becaus...

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesnt UA level Terminal C EWR?
Replies: 109
Views: 13340

Re: Why doesnt UA level Terminal C EWR?

Like most commenters, I don’t understand the issue. I’ve flown out of EWR terminal B and C in the last two months. Everything was fine. It’s not as if I’m buying an apartment there. It’s functional, that’s all I expect.

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by DaveFly
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 21400

Re: The Future Of Hawai'ian Inter-Island Travel

https://youtu.be/R2EJfvyVpl0
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FWIW, here’s a video I shot of a Dash-8 hop from JHM West Kapalua to HNL Honolulu. Interesting takeoff procedure on the 3000-ft runway!
https://youtu.be/R2EJfvyVpl0

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by DaveFly
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 221
Views: 19986

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Script handwriting 8mm movies (I still have a projector) Kodachrome slides AAA road maps Sliderule (still have one and know how to use it) Financial tables in the back of the textbook Horn & Hardart Automat Manual Elevator with an Elevator Man Movie Theater matrons (who would kill you if you utt...

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 5493

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

I don’t know why, in spite of what has been said in the forum. NORWEGIAN caters to cheapskates willing to inconvenience themselves extremely to save a few bucks (the same cheapskates who stay in Airbnb’s and make neighborhood unaffordable for actual tenants). I live in Brooklyn. If I were to take a...

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 5493

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

https://youtu.be/Mcsg1BsqV2I
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I shot this short video of a Norwegian 787 flying out of Stewart. I don’t know if it was a substitution for a 737, or perhaps a training flight.
https://youtu.be/Mcsg1BsqV2I

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 5493

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

Seems like the most random THREAD ever. Norwegian flies the route because it’s apparently popular and profitable. It could also be the reason why JetBlue, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and Allegiant fly to SWF. Or why FedEx and DHL have operations there. Or perhaps that the Hudson Valley current...

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 104
Views: 9731

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Douglas DC-8-63

Perfect proportions. And it was my very first flight, so also a sentimental favorite.

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One year since UA has retired 747
Replies: 14
Views: 2228

Re: One year since UA has retired 747

In the last five years, I flew on 747s of Delta, Lufthansa, and El Al. True, they were all a bit dated in terms of IFE and cabin updates. But they were so comfortable! It was like putting on an old pair of worn-in shoes.

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by DaveFly
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European destinations no longer served by DL
Replies: 59
Views: 8330

Re: European destinations no longer served by DL

https://youtu.be/AO5RtbSjmrc
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Delta obviously knows what’s best for their network. I had a very pleasant flight with them from Newark to Paris a few years ago:
https://youtu.be/AO5RtbSjmrc

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by DaveFly
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR prior to UA and CO merger
Replies: 48
Views: 5442

Re: EWR prior to UA and CO merger

Amelia Earhart flew into Newark on several occasions. In the 1970s, I flew from EWR on Piedmont a few times to visit college buddies. Incredibly, the Port Authority used to run commercials that portrayed Newark as ‘New York’s best-kept secret airport!’ Who would’ve thought they’d grow into a mega hub!

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by DaveFly
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return
Replies: 29
Views: 2658

Re: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return

DL ATL-SWF. When I lived near SWF, it was much easier than dealing with going up to ALB, HPN, or BDL for a nonstop. There are a lot of people who prefer the ease of SWF and would fly out there if they had more service that wasn't geared towards vacationers. BOS-ISP, while short as the crow flies, w...

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by DaveFly
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Describe AA in 3 Words Article
Replies: 117
Views: 13791

Re: Describe AA in 3 Words Article

Hapless
Helpless
Hopeless

When AA and US merged, I thought, wow, two shitty airlines now become one shit airline.

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