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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 183
Views: 33955

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

Dying from the lack of oxygen is actually pretty painless as far as deaths go, with the added benefit of not having to stare at the ground rapidly approaching knowing you are about to die. If you want to kill a plane load of innocent passengers it is probably the most humane way. I hope you're righ...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 183
Views: 33955

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

Personally, I think the black boxes of MH370 will be found in our lifetime. The fact that they found AF447 and the stardust plane crash (by accident) is enough evidence for me. If we can go to the moon, land on Titan and find the Higgs I'm pretty sure someone or something will eventually find the b...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 20
Views: 1590

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

Well, sort of, but not really. The B-1A was designed for high altitude flying/missions, not nap of the earth low level penetrations as the B-1B wound up being adapted for (under Reagan). The evolution to low altitude missions only is interesting (discussion at second link). The Tomahawks ultimately...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 183
Views: 33955

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

Personally, I think the black boxes of MH370 will be found in our lifetime. The fact that they found AF447 and the stardust plane crash (by accident) is enough evidence for me. If we can go to the moon, land on Titan and find the Higgs I'm pretty sure someone or something will eventually find the bl...

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will revolution require?
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: What will revolution require?

Probably a new airplane manufacturer that's not in on it already. That's pretty much the only way I see planes departing from tubes and wing to blended wing bodies. 'Neo' versions of the a350 and 787 will probably be the last true tube and wing airliners along with nsa.

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 20
Views: 1590

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

This is just an executive/DoD plan, not what Congress is going to actually pass/do. The replacement of global hawks by E-11’s is interesting, I wouldn’t have guessed that. The B-1 fleet just needs to...retire. Is the B1 that bad? The B-1's have been abused pretty heavily in the past decade, because...

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 20
Views: 1590

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

texl1649 wrote:
This is just an executive/DoD plan, not what Congress is going to actually pass/do. The replacement of global hawks by E-11’s is interesting, I wouldn’t have guessed that. The B-1 fleet just needs to...retire.

Is the B1 that bad?

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York to London - New Subsonic Flight Time Record
Replies: 100
Views: 19485

Re: New York to London - New Subsonic Flight Time Record

Since we're talking about the SR-71 right now. Remember that any record set before 1968 by the Blackbird is more likely to held by the less known A-12 Cygnus/Oxcart. The Blackbird and/or YF-12 were simply used as a cover story due to their cosmetic similarities. Although don't get me wrong there are...

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by Raptormodeller
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for a 787NG
Replies: 87
Views: 16115

Re: Time for a 787NG

I think you've jumped the gun by about 10 years.

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by Raptormodeller
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 78856

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Truly a disappointing livery. What once was cutting edge is now tired. An omen for the X itself? Mr. Bitter...your table for one is now ready. Boeing has a handful of problems - big problems - but are you going to crap all over the 777x for the livery? The Boeing livery needs an update. I totally a...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 53
Views: 5172

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

E4B takes what? 100 people, they'll probably go for commonality with 747-8, probably the freighter or a ULR 777 or A350. A350 is unlikely because it's not American. So maybe the choice is 747-8 freighter, 777-8 or maybe a 787 on steroids. I don't see the 767 happening. Sure most of the computing po...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 132
Views: 34120

Re: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread

1000nm range? supersonic? That doesn't bode well for the UK. https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/tsr2/images/dsj_tsr2_02.jpg Although, IF TSR2 was delivered on time, on budget and on target for its weight and no more engine explosions then it would have been a BEAST of a plane. Not that that was g...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 53
Views: 5172

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

E4B takes what? 100 people, they'll probably go for commonality with 747-8, probably the freighter or a ULR 777 or A350. A350 is unlikely because it's not American. So maybe the choice is 747-8 freighter, 777-8 or maybe a 787 on steroids. I don't see the 767 happening. Sure most of the computing pow...

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RQ-180 questions
Replies: 2
Views: 919

RQ-180 questions

Probably one of the most mysterious planes and probably one of my favourite jets along with the A12.... Is there anything within aviation circles or of people 'in the know' a-la Formula one on the RQ-180? As an analogy, there were quite a few people/magazines in the aviation community that were in t...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic news?
Replies: 3
Views: 1202

Boom Supersonic news?

They seem to have gone VERY quiet. What's the latest on the rebirth of SST? Engine selected, and what about these orders, do we know who they are?

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 97
Views: 13786

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

Gotta keep the links with the colonies strong...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vox: The real reason Boeing's new plane crashed twice
Replies: 17
Views: 5697

Vox: The real reason Boeing's new plane crashed twice

Title says it all. https://youtu.be/H2tuKiiznsY Pretty stupid explanation from Vox, with even worse graphs. Although knowing them this should be expected. But yes, Boeing should face legal action for cocking up MCAS. That’s a given. But Airbus would’ve done the same in Boeing’s case to fix the stabi...

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady
Replies: 121
Views: 19845

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady

https://youtu.be/0kGBQSXX_GU
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This is stupid. The world has gone crazy. Wish more people watched this video: https://youtu.be/0kGBQSXX_GU

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany
Replies: 117
Views: 24912

Re: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany

Close enough. The passengers all got a good story to say at the pub in the future.

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Attracting New Customers?
Replies: 34
Views: 4084

Re: Boom Attracting New Customers?

I can see lufthansa jumping in and getting a few of these

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by Raptormodeller
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 884
Views: 113543

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

RJMAZ wrote:
seahawk wrote:

The F-35 is the first fighter aircraft to have significant body lift.


-F14
-F15

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France re-opens MH370 investigation amid claims of a Malaysian coverup
Replies: 131
Views: 30571

Re: France re-opens MH370 investigation amid claims of a Malaysian coverup

Personally I have more faith in the French than the other parties who have already tried, having more experience with AF447 for example. Secondly, along with having 4 frenchmen on board, the flaperon was found on a French island. They are also much more rigorous in accident investigations than other...

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about inflight death of pax
Replies: 18
Views: 3966

Re: Questions about inflight death of pax

Well... this happened to a friend of mine... don't exactly know what happened but they diverted the plane to Kuala Lumpur to deplane her body.... instead of going all the way to Perth. I once read that singapore airlines have a special locker for this sort of situation and that BA once covered the b...

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by Raptormodeller
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast US Heat Wave & Effects on ULH Flights
Replies: 18
Views: 4546

Re: Northeast US Heat Wave & Effects on ULH Flights

catiii wrote:
voxkel wrote:
In fact, there is no better high and hot aircraft than the 757.


Pretty sure the VC-10 would still hold that honour 40/50 years on.

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?
Replies: 51
Views: 7673

Re: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?

Of course this ignores the fact the North Koreans would see them coming and the plethora of AAA present would make short work of low slow firing A-10s. Low and slow, it's a tried and tested technique, mainly by the RAF, i recall that it worked quite well for them and their antiquated banana bombers...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017
Replies: 42
Views: 6916

Re: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017

Not at all surprised, we all know how the ME3 gets their money to avoid losses. Only now they're no longer pitching in to avoid the losses. XD

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by Raptormodeller
Tue May 29, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 133
Views: 25848

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

Here's my useless opinion on the T50/SU57. Is it as good as or better than the F22 or F35, who knows. Is it no more than a box of bolts made to look good? Again who knows. Why? Maskirovka. Anyone talking and claiming facts about this aircraft or any other russian aircraft/russian military 'thing' wi...

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese stealth bomber design unoficially leaked ?
Replies: 47
Views: 11640

Re: Chinese stealth bomber design unoficially leaked ?

Looks like they took the YF-23 and F-111 and let them mate. Nice result.

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by Raptormodeller
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350-900ULR Maiden Flight.
Replies: 49
Views: 13578

Re: Airbus A350-900ULR Maiden Flight.

Does anyone know how long the A359ULR flew for today, was it a routine flight or did it also stretch its ULR legs? you'd have had to Wait Another Day ( i.e. what is the ULR endurance with full tanks (165kl ) and no payload : 20++ hours?? :-) ( hmm, time for a new record: Jets: hours flown without r...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs
Replies: 94
Views: 15759

Re: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs

Aint gonna happen.

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are relatively new a340-500s& -600s being sold off cheaply ?
Replies: 58
Views: 13885

Re: Why are relatively new a340-500s& -600s being sold off cheaply ?

Right now you can buy one of the internet for 20 million USD, if there are any family minded multi millionaires... form a queue.

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 289
Views: 60973

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

If Boeing NMA plans become clear and the product gets launch a t Farnborough, I think Airbus might go for a two step approach. https://airlinerwatch.com/content/images/2018/03/2.jpg :arrow: Do a bigger A321NEO subfamily, bigger wing etc. and make it hit the market around 2023 :arrow: Around 2020/21...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.
Replies: 289
Views: 60973

Re: AIRBUS 2020-2030 development projects A360, A370 opportunities.

1.) Thes CS500 as a A319+ sized plane opimized for short-haul (2500nm) 2.) Rewing the A320neo for medium-haul (5000nm) 3.) Rewing the A321neo to give it medium range (5000nm) without tanks in the cargo-hold 4.) A A322 optimized for the Boeing MOM suitspot (270seats/4500nm range) The positioning of ...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 309
Views: 86316

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

That is one seriously large engine. The normal 744 engines look so tiny. https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/sites/default/files/styles/artikel/public/website_633x300/slider-technologie/general_electric_boeing_747_c_ge_1280.jpg Source: https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/18/technologie/gig...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight
Replies: 491
Views: 33921

Re: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight

*Slow clap* Well done UA.

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 10243

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

JANET

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 51655

Re: AN-148 with 71 people gone missing

If it wasn't a mid air collision then the pitot tubes probably iced, but if they did, why the speed fluctuations? Speed didn't fluctuate like that if we take a pitot tube related incident like AF447 iirc.

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 51655

Re: AN-148 with 71 people gone missing

1TV Rus just showed some pictures, apparently only smaller pieces were found and reports say, there have been falling burning parts in the sky. So it seems the airplane blew up mid air. I'll post a source, once I get one on the net. If the aircraft blows up mid-air you would likely find much larger...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 43593

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

ucdtim17 wrote:
What's the point of the door changes? Less weight in door, more weight in fuel?

Less weight, more pax, more $$$ for airlines.

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG
Replies: 17
Views: 3090

Re: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG

VSMUT wrote:
Raptormodeller wrote:
I know, and as I have said above, I have no problem with that, my problem is the attitude of security and their flexibility with the rules.


What flexibility? 12 kg is 12 kg, not 12.9 kg.

Read the original post.

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG
Replies: 17
Views: 3090

Re: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG

First of all, it is NOT the security staff, it is AF staff. This procedure might be new for you, but it is common practice worldwide. EUROWINGS is doing exactly the same at their hub in Cologne, but most often I have this seen in Malaysia (but I have to confess at the old LCCT). Ok then, explain wh...

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by Raptormodeller
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG
Replies: 17
Views: 3090

Re: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG

While security should generally treat you in a nice way, the 12 kg limit is a limit . You aren't supposed to go over it, even if the official policy is a 0.9 kg discrepancy. If you plan to take more, buy the ticket with a checked suitcase in the first place. Take less than 12 kg, and nobody will bo...

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by Raptormodeller
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG
Replies: 17
Views: 3090

Re: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG

B747forever wrote:
That is why I love flying with BA. They must be one of few airlines worldwide that do not care about the weight of your carry on. The limit is 23kg!

Yeah! Also why I fly AF, but I need to reconsider my options when flying from CDG. They simply don't care at all other airports.

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by Raptormodeller
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG
Replies: 17
Views: 3090

Re: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG

If hand luggage is overweight by a small margin, you can always put something from your bag in a pocket... Also, some carriers accept a separate camera bag and such. Rules ARE rules, and they’re there for a reason, but of course, agents should be polite. One thing that may make the Securitas agents...

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by Raptormodeller
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A word of warning if flying AF from CDG
Replies: 17
Views: 3090

A word of warning if flying AF from CDG

A word of warning to all passengers flying AF from CDG, (my experience is from 2F only but is probably the same in other terminals). As you probably know, following numerous terrorist attacks in France, airport security has been heightened, this can easily be seen with the employment of private secu...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia plans new "Concorde"
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

Re: Russia plans new "Concorde"

Pure dreams, however Boom has circa 70 orders... or almost 4x the amount of concorde's aver made, including the 2 prototypes and pre-productions examples. I hate to interfere with your little fantasy here but it's worth noting that Concorde's order book numbered above 100 for some time, and as of f...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 107929

Re: MAN news - 2018

T3 has increased its security lines by 3 gates ready for next summer. Previously only lanes 4/5/6/9/10/11 were in full operation. Lanes 2/7 and 8 are being brought into full use. Lane 2will be fast track only, but just awaiting a new body scanner to be put in. It’s also put in more info boards, mor...

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has Boeing ceded the 777-200 / 300 replacement to Airbus ?
Replies: 270
Views: 35206

Re: Why has Boeing ceded the 777-200 / 300 replacement to Airbus ?

Taking things a bit off subject but will Boeing do something about A350 ULR, I know it's a niche area, but it'll replace the 777-200LR pretty well I think and give even more, range is to be 9700NM according to Airbus, 777-8 will have 8700 IIRC.

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by Raptormodeller
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 107929

Re: MAN news - 2018

Good for MAN, however they should really do something about security lines and border control. More flights are great but it means if you don't plan that passing through security at MAN takes anywhere in between 15 to 45 minutes you're probably not going to be on time. Same goes for border control, ...

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by Raptormodeller
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 195927

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

A failure that big isn't a mechanical defect on all engines, otherwise other airlines would've already caught acute engine cannibalism. Either an individual defect in construction or laziness from the ground crew, who replaced used compressor shafts with surplus TSR2 ones :D

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