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by ClipperYankee
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ANC-HNL non-stop? (c 1984)
Replies: 34
Views: 4493

Re: United ANC-HNL non-stop? (c 1984)

I spent some six months on and off in Anchorage over the years and the AS HNL flights were well advertised locally. And I think at the beginning of service the "Chester" figure on the tail wore a Hawaiian lei on some of their aircraft, though that may have been for Hawaii service from lowe...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A330 involved in a shooting
Replies: 29
Views: 16231

Re: Air France A330 involved in a shooting

I was there once, taken away at gunpoint to arrange payments to services rendered—lights, VOR, ILS, landing, parking, ground handling, etc. Delivered to the tower, it was explained to me SNPC wasn’t trusted to pay, so I’d have guarantee payment through my company. They dictated each charge, the amo...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4891

Re: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions

I've read that for the 8/2/70 Pan Am 299 hijacking Fidel came out to the airport to see the then new 747 as I think it was the type's first visit to Cuba. Can't remember if he got to tour it or not but who was going to deny him if he wanted to see it on his own soil? Apols if it had been mentioned a...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest capacity passenger plane in 1967
Replies: 44
Views: 9731

Re: Largest capacity passanger plane in 1967

I do remember being puzzled at the time as to the claim that the DC-8-61 was longer than the 63 and could carry a few more pax. Is that correct?
BTW, I was living in Venezuela at the time they came out and Viasa widely advertised the stretch 8s as the "Super Coloso" (Super Colossus).

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov AN 225 Flies Again
Replies: 51
Views: 11890

Re: Antonov AN 225 Flies Again

It flew over my boat while fishing on a lake in Ontario, Canada, a few years ago. Very impressive. Something that large seems to move through the sky very slowly and takes a long time to fade from view.

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 12170

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

My only brand new plane flight was on a New York Air 737, a -400, I think? Definitely a cool smell. Somewhat similar to that new car scent but not quite the same. And I too enjoy a whiff of Jet-A in the air. Fun topic. Anyone remember the "Flying Nosh" on New York Air? You got a bagel and ...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15201

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

"You do realize that on most flights, even those taking place during daylight hours, flight attendants will insist that the window shades stay closed for almost the entire trip so people can sleep and watch the seatback entertainment. So. In a way we're already flying in dark windowless tubes.&...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia
Replies: 98
Views: 12239

Re: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia

Fernandes was publicly toying with buying 787s. Will be interesting if the allegations pan out and if they did factor into the decision. Of course, it could have all been posturing to pressure a better deal from Airbus. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airasia-expansion-idUSKBN1FM0JS Timing for th...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia
Replies: 98
Views: 12239

Re: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airas ... SKBN1FM0JS
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Fernandes was publicly toying with buying 787s. Will be interesting if the allegations pan out and if they did factor into the decision. Of course, it could have all been posturing to pressure a better deal from Airbus.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airas ... SKBN1FM0JS

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bare metal or silver belly on 747-400
Replies: 20
Views: 3773

Re: Bare metal or silver belly on 747-400

I dunno if Boeing hated the term or not but they did not come up with it. IIRC it was bestowed on the 747 by the media.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA new A350 damaged at Tel Aviv
Replies: 36
Views: 20273

Re: BA new A350 damaged at Tel Aviv

I'm having deja vu. Didn't another aircraft (not sure of the type) recently have a ceiling panel come down on landing? I want to say I remember it being a Latam bird? Maybe I'm way off.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 21-01-1970 Historic day — 50 Years of the 747
Replies: 27
Views: 3113

Re: 21-01-1970 Historic day — 50 Years of the 747

So the first commercial flight for a 747 also was the first 747 to be hijacked and was destroyed in the worst air disaster of all time. IIRC there was a similar parallel with the first in service 707. Also for Pan Am, that aircraft crashed in Elkton, Maryland, after being hit by lightning. Weird, eh?

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 21-01-1970 Historic day — 50 Years of the 747
Replies: 27
Views: 3113

Re: 21-01-1970 Historic day — 50 Years of the 747

Was N736PA the air frame that was substituted for another that was supposed to fly the first flight and wasn't able to due to an engine issue? And was N736PA also the aircraft involved in the Tenerife accident or do I have my recollections wrong?

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297602

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Take notes of what? The U.S. may never had apologized for the Iran Air shoot down but they did admit it the next day.

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?
Replies: 22
Views: 6303

Re: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?

I used to work at a Beechcraft parts dealer and shipped many a kit for strengthening V-tail Bonanzas back in they day when the model was in crisis. We used to joke with the Beech people in Kansas about marketing a V-tail King Air and our parts rep there would get a good chuckle out of it. Since a fe...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In flight maps ?
Replies: 29
Views: 10087

Re: In flight maps ?

I was on a flight to PHX, from PHL, I think, and was using my GPS on my tray table to follow the flight's progress (yes, I think the airline allowed it at the time, maybe still does) and as we flew over Olathe, Kansas the name "Garmin" came up in little letters on the screen. I thought it ...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767
Replies: 617
Views: 149433

Re: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767

Apols if this has already been added, here's a story quoting a Boeing exec saying this is not a substitute for NMA: http://www.airlineratings.com/news/modified-767-not-seen-as-a-replacement-for-the-nma-boeing-exec/ or https://www.airlineratings.com/news/modified-767-not-seen-as-a-replacement-for-the...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska
Replies: 65
Views: 17873

Re: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska

Once upon a time AS (maybe someone else) ran a 727-combi there. Hard to believe what that must have been like with that short runway, crosswinds and mountainous landscape. Might have been Reeve? Also, I think AS did have 737 service for a while and I believe I read it diverted often due to weather ...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was Spirit Like Before Becoming a ULCC?
Replies: 42
Views: 8457

Re: What Was Spirit Like Before Becoming a ULCC?

Flew them once in the MD-80 days, DCA-DTW (might have been IAD, can't quite remember) and the flight was pretty standard stuff but the one thing that stuck in my mind was how dreary and lousy the terminal they used in DTW was. Overcrowded and dingy.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: XL Airways in judicial liquidation
Replies: 60
Views: 18312

Re: XL Airways France stops selling tickets

I flew them in July, 2018, JFK-CDG roundtrip, and the flights and crew were fine but whatever seats they had on the A333 were just awful. And I know they usually are so-so in most airlines' economy sections but these were terribly uncomfortable. Pity that they had to shutdown, I would have flown the...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to 50 states
Replies: 49
Views: 10907

Re: United to 50 states

I taxied in a C-172 in Wilmington as a UA 737 passed by, circa 1985. Was cool to see but even then I didn't think the route would last long.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 104
Views: 18114

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

I will have to find my negatives but Pan Am certainly had numerous 747s at the end. Right after the company shut down I parked (illegally) on a highway ramp on Le Jeune Blvd. right next to MIA and took a bunch of pictures of the idled fleet, one of which was a 727 in which a company van had been dri...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 257786

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

I don't know much about this website and if there is anything to it but here is their story on Boeing's offer: http://www.airlineratings.com/news/boeing-offer-qantas-special-777x-9s-project-sunrise/ if that doesn't work then copy and paste this link: https://www.airlineratings.com/news/boeing-offer-...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 84
Views: 12343

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

I was thinking about that after reading the Tower thread. I nominate Capitol Air as I spent many an hour waiting for their always delayed DC-8s on the JFK-SJU route. No other airline screwed up my travel as much as they did.

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka
Replies: 87
Views: 16486

Re: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka

Nice additions for SWISS. Did SR fly to Washington DC (IAD) at one point in the past? I can't remember. Swissair (SR) operated 747-300 services from Washington/Dulles (IAD) to Zurich (ZRH) via Philadelphia (PHL) many years ago. Wasn't the SR service to PHL via BOS, not IAD? I took the SR IAD-ZRH fl...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss
Replies: 83
Views: 21181

Re: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss

OK, I'll bite. Despite being bilingual I have no idea what "CDTMYLPQTRMP" means and I couldn't find anything in a search. Can someone reveal?

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 287
Views: 96045

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

Always sad to see derelict aircraft, especially so against such a magnificent background. I drove past Mojave's boneyard once and for an airliner enthusiast it was heartbreaking.

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uruguay's only airline reduces operations & lays off staff
Replies: 13
Views: 3347

Re: Uruguay's only airline reduces operations & lays off staff

When I visited a few years ago and arrived via EZE on a United flight there were exactly three aircraft at MVD. Our 767, one from American and I think a local DHC-8. There might have been one or two small general aviation aircraft but at a peak time there were only three passenger aircraft at the co...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual airline sightings
Replies: 80
Views: 9907

Re: Unusual airline sightings

Pan Am 732 at JFK. Far as I know they were mostly used on the Internal German Service and it was a nice surprise to see one in lieu of all the 727s and 747s the airline had at the time. Only time I ever saw one in person.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: XL Airways is adjusting its S19 Paris-New York service.
Replies: 17
Views: 4007

Re: XL Airways is adjusting its S19 Paris-New York service.

Deviating a tad from the topic does anyone know which seats XL uses in Y on the 333? Truly horrid. Most coach airline seats are not very comfortable but what they use is in another league of bad.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former JFK international terminal and tower
Replies: 27
Views: 5196

Re: Former JFK international terminal and tower

I recall the IAB having an usual set up where from above you could see the passengers for a few brief moments just as they cleared customs. I think also remember a decent sized observation window near that area where you could see out to the apron? Might have been a snack bar there too, it's been to...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former JFK international terminal and tower
Replies: 27
Views: 5196

Re: Former JFK international terminal and tower

I used to go pickup friends and family at the International Arrivals Building (IAB) often and there was a footbridge leading into the terminal that people rarely seemed to use. So I'd avoid the craziness of people trying to park as close as possible to the terminal, leave my car by where the bridge ...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 143309

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

I don't think either deal would pass regulatory muster on either side of the Atlantic. Remember that P&W and Boeing were basically the same company once (along with United and Hamilton Standard) and the U.S. feds forced it to be broken up. Why would that be? Engine making and Airframe making ar...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 143309

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

I don't think either deal would pass regulatory muster on either side of the Atlantic. Remember that P&W and Boeing were basically the same company once (along with United and Hamilton Standard) and the U.S. feds forced it to be broken up.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Venezuela get a new, better flag carrier if order is restored?
Replies: 31
Views: 3335

Re: Will Venezuela get a new, better flag carrier if order is restored?

There's numerous expats in Miami with plenty of money. If things stabilize I could easily see one of them jumping into the business. Could be Viasa again, I used to live in Caracas and flew them all the time. Always on the Diesel 8s, never managed to get on a DC-10 nor one of the Convairs.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 143309

Re: Emirates is exploring switching the Airbus A380 to A350

I'd say not till 2050 because the A350, 777, 787 will continue to undergo efficiency improvements and any future models from A and B will only be even more frugal. The 380 would soldier on as is and the cost difference between operating it versus one of the twins will only widen. So till 2035ish sou...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions for pilots and FA's-
Replies: 55
Views: 6693

Re: Questions for pilots and FA's-

Wow! Very poignant. Thank you for that. I love reading stuff like in the above replies.
Did any of you read Len Morgan's writings, before he retired? His was my favorite column in Flying magazine.

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alternate Pan Am story
Replies: 16
Views: 2939

Re: Alternate Pan Am story

In my opinion, no aircraft looked more majestic than a Pan Am 747-100, with the simple blue cheatline and timeless globe on the tail. Even the font was fabulous yet understated. Not trying hijack the thread but: While I am a huge 747 fan for me the set a standard, most elegant airliners, were Pan A...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 20370

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

First 747-200 flight was LH JFK to FRA, 1974.
First 747-300 flight was SR IAD to ZRH, 1993.
First 747-400 flight was UA SFO to SYD, 2000

All very memorable though as a child I remember not liking the food on LH at the time.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft
Replies: 38
Views: 5465

Re: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft

As to the cockpit side of it is there any difference to the pilots when switching from, say a Rolls powered 757 to a Pratt model? Yes. Rollers use EPR and N1, while Pratts and GEs use N1 only*. So, for example when initially increasing thrust on take-off on a Roller you'd use an EPR reference, whil...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft
Replies: 38
Views: 5465

Re: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft

As to the cockpit side of it is there any difference to the pilots when switching from, say a Rolls powered 757 to a Pratt model?

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tokyo Narita lays out plan to nearly double slot capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3430

Re: Tokyo Narita lays out plan to nearly double slot capacity

Is that farm(s) still on the field or did that get resolved? I seem to remember a bunch of extra fences also in my two visits to the airport?

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of the road for Swiss Super Constellation HB-RSC?
Replies: 19
Views: 6107

Re: End of the road for Swiss Super Constellation HB-RSC?

That is lousy news. I hope they can figure something and get it all checked out. Too few pistonliners left still flying out there, especially ones with four engines.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Earthquake in Anchorage (PANC)
Replies: 40
Views: 10998

Re: Earthquake in Anchorage (PANC)

I'm here to tell you, it was a doozy. The worst I've ever experienced here. But so far, no loss of life, and that's the most important thing. The airport had a water line break above the main land-side lobby, so there was water shooting down from the 50 foot ceiling. But it sounds like things are a...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Story Behind the Famous Photo of the Concorde in it's Final Flight
Replies: 15
Views: 7383

Re: Great Story Behind the Famous Photo of the Concorde in it's Final Flight

Had not seen it either and it's a cracker, as some would say.
Concorde would always make me look up while letting down into JFK as it flew over my house when I lived on Long Island's north shore. You knew by the noise, of course, but what a beauty!

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will be the impact of a 3rd runway on LHR slots?
Replies: 25
Views: 4927

Re: What will be the impact of a 3rd runway on LHR slots?

Would a third runway result in the opportunity, hard to pass up, to shut down one of the others one at a time for refurbishing, since it's so difficult to do it now? Once the two are freshly done THEN you truly have the three runways? I mention it because I read JFK shuts down runways for months at ...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ranking US airport terminals by aesthetic
Replies: 26
Views: 3247

Re: Ranking US airport terminals by aesthetic

IAD's design, though expanded on from the original, is quite nice. Always a pleasure to see it when driving up to the upper level to drop someone off, especially at night. As an aside, I remember going there before it got popular and you could almost hear crickets inside.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5856

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

Not arguing the negatives of the shuttles at all, but when were at the media center watching a launch (I got to cover six launches and one return) it was a truly amazing thing. Very glad I got to do it.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5856

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

[quote="Flow2706"]I think the Space Shuttle had some sort of ejection capability during the first flights, which was removed after a while, but was reintroduced after either the Challenger or Columbia disaster (I think it were not actual ejection seats but rather the astronauts had to slid...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Tire Brand Options
Replies: 24
Views: 3018

Re: Aircraft Tire Brand Options

As well as an aviation enthusiast, I'm also an automotive enthusiast. And I have special interest in tires. Do aircraft manufacturers, especially the large ones like Airbus and Boeing, give options to their customers on what brand of tires they want to use on the aircraft they order? Hi: Yes, they ...

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