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by Nomadd
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C141 Starlifter
Replies: 33
Views: 2435

Re: The C141 Starlifter

The last 141 I was on at McCord aborted takeoff three times for three different reasons. We finally got off when an engine started burning. I was fortunate enough to be a driver most of the times I flew, so I'd just get out of those interrogation devices they called seats and sit in the Jeep.

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by Nomadd
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why didn’t the Marines buy the AH64 ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1461

Re: Why didn’t the Marines buy the AH64 ?

There are a lot of great excuses for keeping the Cobra, but it comes down to the fact that the upgraded ones they're getting now cost about the same as buying Apaches would have. In other words, they're paying the same price for half the capability. Technical reasons aren't what made the decision.

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by Nomadd
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 Aircraft design
Replies: 57
Views: 7839

Re: Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 Aircraft design

According to globaleconomy.com stats here is the following: "Jet fuel consumption, thousand barrels per day, 2019 - Country rankings: The average for 2019 based on 36 countries was 113.23 thousand barrels per day.The highest value was in the USA: 1739.93 thousand barrels per day and the lowest...

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by Nomadd
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Erebus wrote:
SN5 150m hop test right now. Live stream here.

Maybe tomorrow.

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by Nomadd
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

NASA is still saying "Go" for the undocking and return of the Demo-2 mission capsule, despite approaching Hurricane Isaias. CONTINUOUS coverage tomorrow (saturday) beginning at 17:15 EDT all the way through splashdown on sunday at 14:42! 21 1/2 hours of live space happenings; nice to see ...

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by Nomadd
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18483

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

It is a fascinating and slightly concerning insight that “make sure the spacecraft actually works” somehow wasn’t on the preflight checklist. I'm sure Boeing will get it right, and I certainly hope they do...but if I was one of those crews I'd certainly feel much better going up on spacex equipment...

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by Nomadd
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Does anyone know what they're going to do with those fins? I see they dragged them around all week and gave them a bath. Fancy building awning? They seem to have an amusingly irreverential way of recycling their used prototypes, like turning Starhopper into a radar/camera tower... That building beh...

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by Nomadd
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlnEUnweEF0

That was from my porch roof. I also supplied the Guinness.
The fate of the fins from MK1 was more entertaining today.
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flyingturtle wrote:
Starship SN5 is doing a tank test now. No discombobulations yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlnEUnweEF0

That was from my porch roof. I also supplied the Guinness.
The fate of the fins from MK1 was more entertaining today.
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by Nomadd
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C130 short or long fuselage ?
Replies: 3
Views: 702

Re: C130 short or long fuselage ?

If you're going to handle mostly high density loads and don't need the extra volume, why would you want to haul around all that extra structure?

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by Nomadd
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

A record booster turn-around time, a landing that looks like it was within a foot of target and both fairing halves were caught after the South Korean Anasis-II launch. And Starship SN5 didn't blow up during testing today.
Looks like SpaceX is starting to hit it's stride.

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by Nomadd
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18483

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Independent review of Boeing's Starliner complete, with a total of 80 recommendations: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-and-boeing-complete-orbital-flight-test-reviews/ 21 of these recommendations pertain to improving testing and ground simulations, including the notable addition of an end-to-end ...

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by Nomadd
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2395

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I'm not sure when self transfer turns into just buying lots of one way tickets, but following cheap fares and inserting delays of several days between legs is a great way to travel the world. Since prices can change from hour to hour, you can't really plan that far ahead and wind up going lots of pl...

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by Nomadd
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatari 747-8i BBJ flying mansion hits the market
Replies: 66
Views: 19332

Re: Qatari 747-8i BBJ flying mansion hits the market

johns624 wrote:
It must have lost its new plane smell so they didn't want it anymore.

You can get that back by spritzing a little formaldehyde into the cabin.

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by Nomadd
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Slat problem on a UA 787 caused the same aircraft to conduct three emergency landing in two days.
Replies: 16
Views: 7988

Re: Slat problem on a UA 787 caused the same aircraft to conduct three emergency landing in two days.

I'm not familiar with the slat sensor, but I'd think a circuit fault would be identified as such and about the only way to get a false reading would be the sensor itself. Is it a simple on off?

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by Nomadd
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI A330 loses 3 computer systems during landing
Replies: 15
Views: 8598

Re: CI A330 loses 3 computer systems during landing

I saw something like this happen on a ship once because in spite of almost completely separate, redundant systems, they amazingly connected all the sensors to a single return which came loose.

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by Nomadd
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK government seeking to repurpose OneWeb satellites for SatNav
Replies: 12
Views: 997

Re: UK government seeking to repurpose OneWeb satellites for SatNav

There's a lot of "spherical cow" figuring going on in here, that tends to ignore real world issues. Oneweb sats have no potential for any kind of real location service. You can build an entirely new satellite and put a "Oneweb" sticker on it and claim it's a modification, but tha...

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by Nomadd
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Planeflyer wrote:
Does spacex replace the landing legs each time ?

No. Sometimes they replace the aluminum crush cores after hard landings. How much refurbishment they get is still a mystery to outsiders.

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by Nomadd
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The company said its “team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy.” What does that meet? A pre flight test wasn’t performed correctly and need redone? Some abnormally came up but still “healthy”? It means they're trying to launch 4 rockets a mon...

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by Nomadd
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding News and Reference Thread 2020

Another whistleblower steps forward with additional accusations against Boeing and allegations of flaws in 737MAX design. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-whistleblower-alleges-systemic-problems-with-737-max/ Try reading the articles you cite. That guy stepped forward a...

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by Nomadd
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 1180

Re: Virgin Orbit News & Discussion

Saintor wrote:
Why does it come from UK? I can't believe that the NASA never worked on such a concept (?).

You mean the rocket built in the US, launched by a US airplane in the US?
And, you might want to look up Pegasus.

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by Nomadd
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Looks like the crew that went up in the SpaceX Crew Dragon will be coming back about Aug 2 https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-dragon-aces-space-station-tests.html Interesting, that month the 2nd one is due to go up with 4 crew on board. Obviously with the 4 on board on the station tests going OK. Th...

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by Nomadd
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s
Replies: 22
Views: 6770

Re: More 'Active' DC-8s than A380s

I wonder how many DC-3s are still in service.

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by Nomadd
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 264
Views: 32724

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

par13del wrote:
So is it about time that Boeing brings in the police and call this sabotage?

Trouble is, the ones who would have to report the crime are the same ones who sabotaged the project.

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by Nomadd
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Testing a spacecraft to the point of failure with a crew aboard is a really bad idea. The odds of LOC/LOV are already what? 1 in 200? One fatality and it’s all over the news, “agile development” goes out the window, and we may well just lose CCP altogether. It’s not the ‘50s where we lost a test pi...

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by Nomadd
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 91185

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

Reading oil blogs, a lot of business reporting on line, and automotive blogs I see no basis for a dramatic sustained increase in oil prices. The US capacity and willingness to produce puts a ceiling on what the rest of the world can sell and price. Prices over $40 a barrel make US production profit...

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by Nomadd
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

I'm not sure why so many people are saying production is dead when it clearly is not. The article even said “ We are continuing to build 747-8s to meet the backlog of orders for the airplane and will continue to make the right decisions to keep the production line healthy ". Furthermore, just ...

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by Nomadd
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF C130 overrun at Taji Airbase
Replies: 2
Views: 1012

Re: USAF C130 overrun at Taji Airbase

Hard to believe those things would ever overrun. I've seen them make some way shorter than spec landings. I think some of them thought they were Harriers.

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by Nomadd
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Pan Am disappear?
Replies: 76
Views: 9746

Re: Why did Pan Am dissapeared?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
EA was killed off by one man—Franco Lorenzo. It wasn’t downsized post-1986, the assets were stolen by his CO airline at a fraction of their value.

Frank and Frank.
Frank Borman didn't help. He still owes me money.

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by Nomadd
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Musk on fighter jets vs. drones
Replies: 18
Views: 2357

Re: Musk on fighter jets vs. drones

You can cherry pick aspects of this situation and come up with whatever conclusion you want, but the fact is, with a high speed, low latency link, (One area that isn't assured by any means) you can potentially have all the advantages of an in cockpit pilot with none of the limitations. Apart from th...

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by Nomadd
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpaceX Starlink Satellites / Internet during flights
Replies: 16
Views: 2701

Re: SpaceX Starlink Satellites / Internet during flights

No knowledge directly on the tech but the 3-sat ViaSat3 Ka band constellation is still scheduled for the next couple of years. Can't imagine this would still be going ahead if Musk's fleet was a game changer for aircraft. Possibly very different matter for remote properties You need to work on your...

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by Nomadd
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpaceX Starlink Satellites / Internet during flights
Replies: 16
Views: 2701

Re: SpaceX Starlink Satellites / Internet during flights

Hi guys, It seems that SpaceX is increasing the launch of Starlink satellites and apparently the Starlink internet system will be available for US & Canada by the end 2020. As starlink is using hundreds of low altitude satellites, would this new internet provider could change the game of the in...

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by Nomadd
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I read somewhere, I think at ARS, maybe up thread I don’t know, that the thrust to weight ratio of F9 with Dragon is something like 1.2:1. That matches my eyes where the rocket just groans off the pad. I suppose that’s optimal for human flight as the impulse of going from 1G to 2G in an instant wou...

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by Nomadd
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The major problem with space is the amount of cubic dollars required. Even all the money SpaceX and Boeing have spent in the past 10+ years on manned flight is just pennies in a huge bucket compared to the total amounts needed. A manned space station with a moderate - say 50 person capacity - is go...

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by Nomadd
Sun May 31, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

flyingturtle wrote:
Nomadd wrote:
I found a pretty good size piece 1200 feet from the pad.


If you have patience enough, you could build a starhopper from the things you find.

I asked the SpaceX crew cleaning up the debris to leave it every time one blew up so I could do that. They said Fish and Wildlfe wouldn't let them.

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by Nomadd
Sun May 31, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

It was a pretty good launch yesterday too. I found a pretty good size piece 1200 feet from the pad. A new Starship record.
You could see one of the 9M dishes at Boca Chica tracking Dragon today.

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by Nomadd
Fri May 29, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Aw crap: A fourth prototype of SpaceX’s next generation Starship rocket exploded right after a test at the company’s south Texas test site on Friday. Shortly after SpaceX ignited the engine on the test rocket, a massive fireball engulfed the vehicle in flames, leaving very little hardware still sta...

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by Nomadd
Fri May 29, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amazing trips you’ve had to cancel
Replies: 24
Views: 1912

Re: Amazing trips you’ve had to cancel

Grace Jones in Melbourne.

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by Nomadd
Fri May 29, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

https://youtu.be/HObrdch95yY
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Maybe no DM2 yesterday, but the gas flare added some unexpected entertainment at the latest Starship static fire.
Just a security cam with no audio because I'm gettin kind of lazy.
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https://youtu.be/HObrdch95yY

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by Nomadd
Thu May 28, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

While it may seem negligible, the whole rocket is under a considerable amount of stress during ascent and excessive winds causing it to have to work harder to maintain course will only make those loads higher and reduce margins, leading to reduced safety for the whole trip up. They know what they a...

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by Nomadd
Mon May 25, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61295

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

About the only value left in these planes is what the metal recycler will pay. Very little value in parts with so many airlines ceasing operations Whoever is left operating a smaller fleet (possibly just EK, QF, maybe SQ, CZ) will probably part out their own spares Will recyclers pay anything for G...

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by Nomadd
Tue May 19, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Possible Test fire of Starship mockup in a few minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T8qfm5sv9I Went well. That was streamed over my cracked Galaxy S7. What did you make of the persistent flame at the bottom of the thrust skirt? No stream had a particularly good view of it because of the distan...

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by Nomadd
Tue May 19, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T8qfm5sv9I

Went well.
That was streamed over my cracked Galaxy S7.
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casinterest wrote:
Possible Test fire of Starship mockup in a few minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T8qfm5sv9I

Went well.
That was streamed over my cracked Galaxy S7.

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by Nomadd
Mon May 18, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is the B-52 still a worthy bomber for our fleet
Replies: 32
Views: 5637

Re: Is the B-52 still a worthy bomber for our fleet

1st, I'm in no way a hater of the B-52 I'm typically fascinated with most of our military aircraft now and in the past. Even though I appreciate its roles in all of the conflicts we've been starting with Vietnam war. At this point I fail to see its relevance. I'm really not arguing for a scrap, if ...

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by Nomadd
Mon May 18, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18483

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

I have to wonder if Tim Dodd is human. I've seen him talk for two hours without taking a breath.

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by Nomadd
Sun May 17, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14271

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

Always one of my favorites. Avoiding the ones with 2 inches of legroom isn't that hard.
Too bad half the posts on the thread are from feeding one troll.

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by Nomadd
Fri May 15, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 246
Views: 27126

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Some amusing comments by Trump on the F-35 with some actual program history and facts at the end of the article. Trump has questions about the F-35′s supply chain. Here are some answers. During a Thursday morning cable news appearance, U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the F-35’s global supply ch...

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by Nomadd
Fri May 15, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Drone flew dangerously close to Blue Angels at Detroit flyover
Replies: 1
Views: 665

Re: Drone flew dangerously close to Blue Angels at Detroit flyover

https://youtu.be/kGY8VGRLMJs
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Rule 1 for drones is 400 feet. It looked quite a bit higher than that. Could have been over a tall building I guess.
https://youtu.be/kGY8VGRLMJs

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by Nomadd
Wed May 13, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Crazy and bizarre military aviation stories
Replies: 21
Views: 11899

Re: Crazy and bizarre military aviation stories

NE Iraq towards the end of 2012, had a tanker flying a standard refueling track, a glowing orange cigar shape object had passed within 500ft over their starboard wing and paced ahead of the aircraft before finally shooting up into the sky. Secure comms were unusable until it left the area, initiall...

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by Nomadd
Wed May 13, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

One little tidbit for people who think SpaceX is all hype. NASA just signed a $1.8 billion contract for 18 RS-25 engines. That's apart from the billions spent developing the disposable version that was suppose to be cheaper than the original. That's $100 million per engine. SpaceX is putting out an ...

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by Nomadd
Tue May 12, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29654

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

After SN1 blew in Texas, it was about one week before they had a test tank cobbled together out of SN2 parts and tested it to prove the problem was solved. How long would the "right" way of handling that incident have taken? (I was there about 20 minutes after that test) https://youtu.be/...

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