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by DrPaul
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seats had to be removed to get plane out?
Replies: 57
Views: 10032

Re: Anyone have the story of a jumbo landing emergency and seats had to be removed to get plane out?

Pan Am 707 landed at RAF Northolt instead of London Heathrow. Believe that had its seats removed to be positioned to LHR. Wes I believe the seats being removed part is false folklore, it just departed with minimum fuel https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1001607/ Looking at the photograph, I reckon t...

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by DrPaul
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline orders that never were.
Replies: 62
Views: 4074

Re: Airline orders that never were.

Iran Air had its eyes on a Concorde or two, but it came to nothing. Oddly enough, a few years ago the Iran Air shop in Piccadilly in London had -- and maybe still has, I've not been past it lately -- a nice model of a Concorde in Iran Air livery in the window.

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by DrPaul
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Boeing use the "Max" name again?
Replies: 43
Views: 4425

Re: Will Boeing use the "Max" name again?

Boeing should take a leaf from the British government's book on how to deal with embarrassments: just find the 737 MAX a new name, and blithely carry on. When there were serious problems at the Windscale nuclear power station, it was renamed Sellafield; when Long Kesh jail for paramilitary prisoners...

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by DrPaul
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19396

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

Interesting to see the number of MD-11's flying at night in comparison to the A340. Yes, I live near Heathrow, and there are still a few MD-11s going over, either towards Stansted or en route USA / mainland Europe, whilst A-340s of all types are an endangered species. Freight work has given this re...

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by DrPaul
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane flies under Mackinac Bridge
Replies: 58
Views: 13030

Re: Plane flies under Mackinac Bridge

According to this story https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2017/04/michigan_air_force_pilot_flew.html, someone flew a B-47 under the same bridge.

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by DrPaul
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 7507

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

People having a laugh at the Short 330 or 360 should see the original Skyvan, a real box with wings.

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by DrPaul
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 7507

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

I prefer Boeing 747s with short upper deck, not the stretched ones. 747-8F is beautiful, -8I not so. I also like the SP. It's short, stubby. But it's cute. I agree: the long upper deck, especially with the 8i, makes it look front-heavy. The 8F is the best proportioned 747 of the lot, and proper win...

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by DrPaul
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings
Replies: 28
Views: 1361

Re: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings

My first 747 was in 1970, one of the first that flew into Heathrow, Pan American. It was a cloudy day, and the plane cut a wide gap through the cloud. The 747 was an impressive sight, much bigger than anything else flying into Heathrow at that time. It wasn't the first 747 into Heathrow; that was a ...

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by DrPaul
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 59414

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Have there been any ideas about producing a freighter version of the Boeing 777-9? Might that not be a suitable replacement for the 747-8F?

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by DrPaul
Thu May 21, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020
Replies: 90
Views: 19536

Re: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020

skipness1E wrote:
LGW gets no capital investment in new aircraft. Since the based B732 fleet in the 1980s, they have taken on delivery one single new build Dan Air ordered B734 in 1993 (G-BUHK)...


Dan Air ordered a new aeroplane? I find that hard to believe!

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by DrPaul
Tue May 19, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1542
Views: 22565

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

Is there any possibility of cutting a freight door only into the main deck of an A380 using it all for freight, and using only the A380 upper deck for passengers? I really doubt it, as the freighter market is going to have tons of planes to choose from, but wanted to at least allow for the possibil...

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by DrPaul
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 261
Views: 30991

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

I saw the A380 when it did its first flight across London. It was at lunchtime, so I went down to the riverside to see it. It flew well to the south of central London, so it was not that close to me -- I'd expected a fairly low pass, maybe 1000', over the centre of the city -- and I thought it looke...

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by DrPaul
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99942

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020

According to this report https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/16/small-planes-and-no-business-class-will-flying-ever-be-the-same-again-covid-19 , aviation consultant Andrew Charlton reckons that the Corona Crisis will lead to the demise of most airlines' A380s and the Boeing 747 as a whole,...

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by DrPaul
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Douglas/McDD rollouts, why Bagpipes?
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: Douglas/McDD rollouts, why Bagpipes?

To keep the general public away from the event?

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by DrPaul
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777-9 has no red beacon light on top of fuselage.
Replies: 72
Views: 11564

Re: 777-9 has no red beacon light on top of fuselage.

I believe the 787 beacon (along with other types) has a failure mode which forces the beacon to remain a steady red. Although sometimes it remains a steady red but also brighten as per the normal cycle as seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ipI5HqaKfY I've not seen a 787 where that happens, ...

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by DrPaul
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777-9 has no red beacon light on top of fuselage.
Replies: 72
Views: 11564

Re: 777-9 has no red beacon light on top of fuselage.

Having seen many 787s go into and out of Heathrow, I've noticed that several have not had the ventral red beacon flashing (as I am looking up at them I can't tell if the dorsal light is flashing), whilst others have not had the white tail lights (one on either side) flashing. Although I've noticed v...

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by DrPaul
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 7507

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

I never liked the A300 and A310 -- too short and therefore looked too fat. (Rather like the C-17, if we wish to stray into military planes: compare it with the much more graceful C-141.) The original A340 looked daft with its tiny motors, but that aspect was put right with the 500 and 600 series. Th...

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by DrPaul
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will the modern day planes get the same send off
Replies: 9
Views: 952

Re: Will the modern day planes get the same send off

There are very occasional 747-8s, freighter and passenger. Who flies the 747-8i to LHR? I had a look at the schedules of the three I know of (CA, KE and LH) and don't see anything scheduled in the immediate future. I've seen Korean 747-8s going into Heathrow fairly regularly; according to one repor...

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by DrPaul
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will the modern day planes get the same send off
Replies: 9
Views: 952

Re: Will the modern day planes get the same send off

I grew up in the 1960s under the eastern approach to Heathrow, so I saw lots of different planes, from the last Avro Yorks, Vickers Viking and Douglas DC-3s (I missed the Stratocruisers), through piston-engine airliners such as Airspeed Ambassadors, DC-4s, DC-6s, DC-7s and Constellations that were q...

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by DrPaul
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16946

Re: What is the status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?

My two cents, they should move the 'main runway' further across south, far enough to comply and be used for normal operations. The North Runway can be used during this time as it does now when maintenance is being applied to the main runway. Once built Gatwick will have two fully functioning runway...

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by DrPaul
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A330 and A340 — Optical Illusion?
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Airbus A330 and A340 — Optical Illusion?

Living near Heathrow, I have long seen Airbus A330s and A340s going in and climbing out, albeit the latter in rapidly-declining numbers. One thing that has long puzzled me is that the A330-300 is exactly the same size in fuselage length and wing-span as the A340-300, yet the latter has always appear...

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by DrPaul
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future aircraft for LCY
Replies: 75
Views: 12804

Re: Future aircraft for LCY

Where to exactly? LCY’s footprint can’t really be expanded. The runway has water at either end and then a bridge. Plus it requires a steep approach as it is because of the buildings near the airport. The City Airport was proposed at the same time as the Docklands redevelopment scheme, and I've ofte...

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by DrPaul
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Soviet Airliner manufacturers?
Replies: 47
Views: 9517

Re: What happened to the Soviet Airliner manufacturers?

Before Nene, MiG-15s had stolen BMW back engineered engines. However Russians did terrible job with reverse engineering, that they had to steal RR engine and back engineering it. The Rolls Royce Nene engines were not 'stolen', they were actually sold by Britain to the Soviet Union. The Soviet autho...

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by DrPaul
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 221522

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

As I write there is a Malaysian Airlines A380, 9M-MNF, northbound over the Midlands on a Palma da Mallorca to Manchester flight. Presumably this is a Thomas Cook emergency return trip.

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by DrPaul
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 77W vs A35K capacity
Replies: 27
Views: 6768

Re: 77W vs A35K capacity

So much for the A350 being an “Extra Wide Body” Yes, I've always thought that the 'extra-wide body' slogan is, well, not exactly honest. The A350 is a bit wider than the A330 and than what Airbus had originally proposed (namely, the same width as the A330), but it's still not as wide as the 777. Pe...

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by DrPaul
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37338

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

CitizenJustin wrote:
Realistically, I can’t see how MH370 could translate onto the screen successfully.


Since when have Hollywood (or any other film-maker) ever let facts -- or the lack of them -- get in the way of making a film?

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by DrPaul
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 77W vs A35K capacity
Replies: 27
Views: 6768

Re: 77W vs A35K capacity

So much for the A350 being an “Extra Wide Body” Yes, I've always thought that the 'extra-wide body' slogan is, well, not exactly honest. The A350 is a bit wider than the A330 and than what Airbus had originally proposed (namely, the same width as the A330), but it's still not as wide as the 777. Pe...

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by DrPaul
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Winglets and Raked Wingtips — A Couple of Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 4728

Winglets and Raked Wingtips — A Couple of Questions

Most airliners these days have either winglets or raked wingtips. I have a couple of questions. Why are they a relatively recent innovation, and why were the benefits of fitting them not realised earlier on, when jet airliners were first introduced in the 1950s?

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by DrPaul
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Retro liveries better than today’s
Replies: 15
Views: 2550

Re: Retro liveries better than today’s

I think it a shame that British Airways didn't repaint one of their A380s with the classic livery with a blue tail with a golden speedbird emblem. The Boeing 747 looked good in this livery, and I reckon a Whale would have looked even better.

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by DrPaul
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any airlines still ordering A318s?
Replies: 19
Views: 4439

Re: Are there any airlines still ordering A318s?

blacksoviet wrote:
Where does Tarom fly the A318?


One comes into and leaves Heathrow each day. With an east wind, it flies over my house on its way out of Heathrow. I think it's the only A318 going into Heathrow these days, although I stand to be corrected.

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by DrPaul
Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man climbs on to wing of plane as it is about to take off
Replies: 31
Views: 7499

Re: Man climbs on to wing of plane as it is about to take off

admanager wrote:
Apparently 'Die Hard 2" was recently on TV and he was trying the Bruce Willis move on the wing.


Or maybe he'd seen Flying Down to Rio and thought he'd do a song and dance routine on the Piglet's wing.

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by DrPaul
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 113
Views: 30213

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

n729pa wrote:
I wonder what registration BA were using 100 years ago in 1919?


From 1919 to 1928, British aeroplanes were registered under a series starting G-EAAA.

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by DrPaul
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 113
Views: 30213

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

Who decides on the registration? The first BA A350 XWB getting G-XWBA - seems like more than coincidence to me. The BA Whales are G-XLEA and so on, XL presumably being related to the size of the plane, 'extra large'. Starting from 1928 British aeroplanes used to be registered in sequence, starting ...

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by DrPaul
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-36 Question
Replies: 27
Views: 5323

Re: B-36 Question

Thanks for that!

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by DrPaul
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-36 Question
Replies: 27
Views: 5323

B-36 Question

Something that has long puzzled me is why Convair designed the B-36 with pusher engines. Considering the disadvantages of pusher engines, which were soon apparent when the B-36 entered service, designing it in this way seems rather odd. Does anyone know what Convair's rationale was, and why the USAF...

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by DrPaul
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement
Replies: 94
Views: 18218

Re: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement

Have to wonder if Delta might want to pick up a few. For a song. They are 10 year old used jets, there is a precedent. Just sayin'. It's a shame that Dan Air aren't still going. With their predilection for flying planes decades after everyone else had sold them off, they'd be flying Whales into the...

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by DrPaul
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: But what do we THINK about the 777x
Replies: 19
Views: 2397

Re: But what do we THINK about the 777x

I think the a350 is beautiful but it does have kind of a stubby and pointy nose, and the a330 has a pointy nose... Could it be that you don't care for pointy noses? That's right. The A350's nose is for me one of the aesthetic improvements over the A330. Also, the A350's winglets are better looking;...

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by DrPaul
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: But what do we THINK about the 777x
Replies: 19
Views: 2397

Re: But what do we THINK about the 777x

Aesthetically, the 777 is for me the best-proportioned wide-bodied aeroplane, especially those ones with raked wingtips. Hopefully the 8 and 9 versions will keep this up; I can't tell from the photographs so far. I agree that the 777's nose doesn't look that great, and it's a shame that the new vers...

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by DrPaul
Sun May 26, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 564
Views: 57558

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

The A380 is the biggest and worst failure in all of commercial aviation. I readily admit that the A380 hasn't sold anything as much as Airbus had envisaged, but does the 235 sold so far with another 50 or so ordered merit such a damning description? There have been in my lifetime several airliner m...

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by DrPaul
Wed May 15, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 78
Views: 11512

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

DrPaul wrote:
The Vickers VC10, the De Havilland (later Hawker Siddeley) 125 and the BAC 111 are three of the exceptions which never received names.


I've just remembered that the Royal Air Force did name their DH 125s, they were called Dominies.

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by DrPaul
Wed May 15, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 78
Views: 11512

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

I have yet to meet someone referring to the Caravelle as SE210 or the Comet as DH106. Aeroplanes in Britain have tended to have been known officially and popularly by names and not numbers, even though most had a manufacturer's number, such as the quoted DH 106 for the Comet. The Vickers VC10, the ...

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by DrPaul
Sun May 12, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A340-500/600
Replies: 16
Views: 3060

Re: A340-500/600

For A346 - too bad IB no longer fly that between MAD and LHR. That's a nice ride on a 2.5hr flight. I think that an Iberia A340-600 still makes the occasional appearance at Heathrow. There's still one or two Virgin ones coming in as well. Sadly, I fear that in another couple of years, the A340 will...

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by DrPaul
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest life of passenger airplane
Replies: 42
Views: 4542

Re: Shortest life of passenger airplane

Some piston-engined airliners didn't fare too well after the arrival of jet airliners. The Boeing Stratocruiser seems to have been out of use as an airliner by 1961, just 12 years after its introduction. (On the other hand, it had a long time in USAF use as the C-97, and some had a long second life ...

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by DrPaul
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your advice to Boeing for the upcoming Paris Air Show ?
Replies: 95
Views: 11074

Re: Your advice to Boeing for the upcoming Paris Air Show ?

I would seriously rebrand the MAX's as the B737-8, B737-9 etc. Get away from the MAX name completely. That's the classic British government solution. Trouble at Windscale nuclear power station? Rename it Sellafield. Trouble at Long Kesh prison camp in Northern Ireland? Rename it The Maze. It didn't...

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by DrPaul
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How well would a swept forward wing airliner work theoretically?
Replies: 19
Views: 3564

Re: How well would a swept forward wing airliner work theoretically?

Is there any advantage in having swept-forward wings on an aeroplane?

I used to see the occasional Hansajet flying into Heathrow at the end of the 1960s; its unusual design would attract attention from people who would normally take little notice of planes.

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by DrPaul
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will the 2010s be looked back upon as the most "bland" time for aviation?
Replies: 3
Views: 1187

Re: Will the 2010s be looked back upon as the most "bland" time for aviation?

Growing up in the 1960s under the Heathrow approach kind of colours one's perceptions of today's conditions -- imagine seeing practically everything from Avro Yorks and Bristol Freighters via Constellations and DC-7s to Boeing 707s and Vickers VC-10s -- but I think that the 2020s will be even more b...

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by DrPaul
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airliner Types Where Old Versions Outlast Newer Ones
Replies: 7
Views: 1459

Airliner Types Where Old Versions Outlast Newer Ones

As the Airbus A340 becomes an increasingly rare sight, one thing has struck me: it seems possible that a few of the original 300 series will outlast in service the later 500 and 600 series. I wonder whether this has happened before. I have a feeling that the DC-7 disappeared from the skies at a time...

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by DrPaul
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 roll out delayed (originally planned for 13 Mar)
Replies: 207
Views: 49033

Re: Boeing 777-9 roll out delayed (originally planned for 13 Mar)

Does anyone know if the wingtip and tail white strobe lights and the dorsal and ventral fuselage red lights on the 777X will be the same as the earlier 777s or will be like those on the 787? I've noticed that the wingtip strobes on the 747-8 and 737Max are similar to those on the 787, but the dorsal...

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