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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: 6962

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: 112
Views: 27367

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: 112
Views: 27367

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: 4005

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: 4005

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: 16905

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: 2122

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: 2122

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: 453
Views: 43076

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: 9119

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: 9119

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: 2791

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: 4251

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: 94
Views: 10319

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: 3392

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: 990

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: 1331

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: 46991

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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by DrPaul
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Opportunity of A380 charter?
Replies: 15
Views: 1521

Re: Opportunity of A380 charter?

I think that an earlier version of the 737 or an A-320 would be the most likely substitute for the 737 Max whilst they are being banned from various countries' airspace.

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by DrPaul
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The fashionable '8' in aircraft designations
Replies: 36
Views: 5392

Re: The fashionable '8' in aircraft designations

And then, when starting with 8 or 800, what happens when there's a third variant? We get 10 or 1000, which messes up the ICAO numbering system with the B78X and A35K. Hopefully, this silly fad will pass. I recall reading that when the Nazi party was formed in 1930's Germany, the membership cards sta...

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by DrPaul
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement
Replies: 123
Views: 23648

Re: Icelandair negotiating with Boeing and Airbus for a 757 replacement

I'm a little surprised that nobody has -- at least not yet -- suggested that Boeing resurrect the 757 production line so that Icelandair can have some nice new ones.

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by DrPaul
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13557

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

While the A380 program may have been a mistake financially, the A380 put Airbus on the map. The decision to end it it is an even bigger mistake than the decision to start it. Surely Airbus was well on the map prior to the A380, and I don't think that it needed this plane, however prestigious it is,...

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by DrPaul
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13557

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

Had CPT and JFK T7 been A380-capable I'm sure BA would have got 4 or 5 more. I don't think that this would have sufficed to 'Save the Whale' (to use an old slogan). Many more sales were needed for that. I guess the main question now is how long the Whale is going to stay in service. If there is sti...

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by DrPaul
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13557

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

Further to what other posters have said about keeping the A380 jigs in moth-balls, that the cost of maintaining idle factories and underemployed manufacturing staff is high, would not the jigs themselves need to be regularly updated to keep up with general technological changes that would have to be...

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by DrPaul
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133136

Re: Rumor: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Just to confound things, I strongly disliked Mrs Thatcher and her politics back then and I still dislike them today, but I did not like the BA World Tails; I thought that they looked messy and detracted from the idea of a recognisable livery. I doubt if BA would repaint a 747, seeing that they're go...

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by DrPaul
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A220 - Baby 757?
Replies: 9
Views: 1773

Re: A220 - Baby 757?

I rather see the A220-200 as an Airbus A319 on a diet, and the A220-300 as a skinny A320. As it happens, the other week I saw what I thought was a Boeing 757 coming out of Heathrow, climbing rather high; when I returned home and looked at Global Radar, I discovered that it was an Embraer 190 at a mo...

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by DrPaul
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A citizens’ group fed up with the noise from flights in and out of YUL are stepping up their legal battle
Replies: 54
Views: 5579

Re: A citizens’ group fed up with the noise from flights in and out of YUL are stepping up their legal battle

I must admit that I don't have much sympathy for people complaining about aeroplane noise when the airport in question has been there for years and -- I think it's safe to assume -- those making the complaints have moved there since its opening. I was born under the approach to Heathrow, and now liv...

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by DrPaul
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 707 crashes in Iran
Replies: 75
Views: 18271

Re: Boeing 707 crashes in Iran

Not meaning to critisize anyone here, this is a genuine question, but how exactly can you confuse two airports, especially when one is tiny? A Pan-American Boeing 707 in 1960 managed to land at Northolt, whose main runway is roughly parallel to the main ones at Heathrow but six or so miles to the n...

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by DrPaul
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52428

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Can any of you experts see a future where Boeing drops the 777 and Airbus drops the 330 and 380, leaving Boeing with the 737(NSA)/787/797 (probably), and Airbus with the 220/320/350? Reading some of the comments above and in other threads about trends in airliner size away from very large planes, t...

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by DrPaul
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Biggin Hill airport
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: London Biggin Hill airport

The problem with Biggin Hill is its transport links. It's on a fairly minor road and is quite some way from railway stations with a good service to Central London, such as Bromley South or Orpington.

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by DrPaul
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 13935

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

Seeing that the de Havilland Comet, the Boeing 737 and the Lockheed Electra have all been used as a basis for maritime patrol planes, does anyone know if any modifications were made to the airframe -- such as strengthening -- to ensure that they were suitable for their military role?

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by DrPaul
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 13935

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

mikejepp wrote:
I personally think the passenger variant of the B-36, the C-99, was pretty neat. Too bad it never amounted to anything....

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A sort of A-380 avant la lettre perhaps?

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by DrPaul
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 13935

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

There was a planned passenger liner derived from the Victor V bomber around Handley Page HP.111 http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/victor/images/hp111-drawing.jpg . Looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handley_Page_Victor , there were several projected transport/airliner developments of th...

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by DrPaul
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 18708

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

Without the large KC-135 order from the USAF, Boeing would probably not have been able to establish itself as an important manufacturer of civil aircraft. The KC-135 helped Boeing to develop itself into a leading aircraft maker with its 707 programme. That's something I've mulled over for some time...

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by DrPaul
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 70215

Re: Gatwick drone closures

One would think cameras at airports would point in both directions, not to mention the ever-present plane spotters. Early one morning London Control, asked, MAC xxxx, forward your tail number, please? I was surprised at the odd request, replied with the tail number and asked why the request. “A pla...

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by DrPaul
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure
Replies: 211
Views: 37839

Re: Brussels Airlines A330 Suffers Dual Engine Failure

I couldn't help noticing this: 'A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-223, performing flight SN358 from Kinshasa to Brussels... As the aircraft reached its cruising altitude of 40,000ft over Algerian airspace...' Kinshasa is in the Congo, and it took until Algeria to reach its cruising height. And I thoug...

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by DrPaul
Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Propeller driven DC-9?
Replies: 9
Views: 3345

Re: Propeller driven DC-9?

I remember that too. This was an experiment with the prop-fan engine, which at one point was tipped by some to be the next big thing in civil aviation propulsion. There's some information at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propfan , including this about the DC9: 'McDonnell Douglas developed a proof-of...

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by DrPaul
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 70215

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

I suspect that this business is an isolated figure 'having a laugh' privately for himself by causing as much disruption as possible. Some people enjoy doing this. A political campaign opposing airport expansion would have released a press statement by now, and there's been nothing to that effect so ...

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by DrPaul
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 18708

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

A question I have following on from this discussion is this: what were the salient points that encouraged airlines to buy 707s rather than DC-8s, or DC-8s rather than 707s, when they were both fully in production? I've only recently discovered that two stretched versions of the 707 were envisaged, ...

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by DrPaul
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia’s Ilyushin aircraft company offers Il-96 jet to Argentina
Replies: 29
Views: 6073

Re: Russia’s Ilyushin aircraft company offers Il-96 jet to Argentina

This thread made me remember that a few years back, when I was doing some researching on reactions in Britain to Khrushchev's 'Secret Speech' of 1956 and changes in Soviet policies, I noticed that one daily newspaper was worried about the possibility that the Soviet Union would start marketing its p...

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by DrPaul
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia’s Ilyushin aircraft company offers Il-96 jet to Argentina
Replies: 29
Views: 6073

Re: Russia’s Ilyushin aircraft company offers Il-96 jet to Argentina

Even if they were sold very cheaply to Argentina, what would be the advantages over buying Boeing or Airbus equivalents, if one brings in such matters as maintenance?

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by DrPaul
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-130 as a commercial freighter
Replies: 53
Views: 10049

Re: C-130 as a commercial freighter :-(

You also see a bunch of An-12s plying the freight-routes. The same applies to them in terms of operating costs, but these operators offset it with cheap maintenance, acquisition costs and hiring really cheap Russian and Ukrainian crews. This and other threads have explained to me something about wh...

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by DrPaul
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Bae 146 Nickname
Replies: 15
Views: 2083

Re: Bae 146 Nickname

The Mini-Galaxy is probably the most accurate out of all of them. I've heard them referred to as 'Mini-Lifters', after the C-141 Starlifter. As it is, two recent RAF display flights over London (and over my house) had a C-17 followed very closely by a 746, with the latter looking very much like a '...

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by DrPaul
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 with two GE90’s.
Replies: 84
Views: 20310

Re: A340 with two GE90’s.

All in all, Airbus would have been better of NOT launching the second generation of the 340, but rather start working on a project similar to the A350 back in the late 1990s. This does perhaps show a rather unimaginative view on Airbus' part. And it was definitely shown when the A350 was first moot...

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by DrPaul
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 18708

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

A question I have following on from this discussion is this: what were the salient points that encouraged airlines to buy 707s rather than DC-8s, or DC-8s rather than 707s, when they were both fully in production? I've only recently discovered that two stretched versions of the 707 were envisaged, w...

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by DrPaul
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR
Replies: 101
Views: 19451

Re: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR

I used to work in a place that was notorious for heavy boozing, some of the staff were former Fleet Street types, on Fridays especially three-hour lunches down the boozer were fairly common, people in a state of intoxication from merry through to totally olivered (as we say in London) through the af...

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by DrPaul
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor
Replies: 59
Views: 12239

Re: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor

We had a case at one place where I worked of a bloke caught having a jodrell at his desk, not even covering the operation with a blanket. Although the member of staff who saw it was rather shocked, it was decided that the best way to deal with this awkward situation was merely to broadcast the story...

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by DrPaul
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 104
Views: 9017

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

It's all very subjective, but, keeping it to jet airliners, my favourites tend to be four-engine oldies, in particular the Vickers VC-10, Convair 990, Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC-8. They managed to get them just right aesthetically. Nothing since has come up to them in appearance. There are few wi...

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by DrPaul
Wed May 30, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating
Replies: 50
Views: 10212

Re: Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating

I wonder how successful this venture will be, seeing that Boeing and Airbus have things pretty much tied up between themselves, and this plane will have to be markedly better and/or cheaper to compete successfully with their comparable planes. Seeing that Russia's aviation industry has been in the d...

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by DrPaul
Thu May 24, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade
Replies: 347
Views: 21684

Re: MH17: The missile belonged to a Russian brigade

There are several things that are still have to be determined. 1. Who in the Russian military authorised the passage of the missile launchers and missiles into Ukraine? 2. Was this a 'private' job, that is, on the initiative of local military commanders, or was it authorised from general staff level...

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