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by EBJ68
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 143382

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

I second the 787-10 in BOAC colors! That would be awesome!

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by EBJ68
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why didn't LY order 748s
Replies: 42
Views: 6095

Re: why didn't LY order 748s

As I rcall, 748 had a price tag of some 300 million and I'm reasonably sure that alone was a show stopper for a lot of airlines. If my memory is correct, the first production 747s, way back when, went for some 26 million and the airlines gasped! To make an airplane like the 748 or the A380 work, you...

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by EBJ68
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 101957

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

It certainly appears the focus is now on the launch vehicle rather than producing vehicles to be launched. That seems to be the way the article pointed. If that's the case and the first example proves dependable and flexible in terms of the kinds of vehicles that can be launched, it "might"...

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by EBJ68
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 209992

Re: F-35 news thread

According to the article, it's too expensive to build airframes at such low volume. Lockheed Martin can sell them to Japan for much less and likely deliver them faster.

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by EBJ68
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NSA+NMA: Could Boeing do them both together (again)?
Replies: 133
Views: 17595

Re: NSA+NMA: Could Boeing do them both together (again)?

As I recall, Boeing invested $15 million in the 377-80 (707 prototype) and that was a huge investment in the early 50's. $15 billion for a single aircraft type today is staggering. It makes perfect sense they probably can't and indeed shouln't develop two brand new airliners at the same time. As has...

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by EBJ68
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's latest prank advertising
Replies: 21
Views: 5417

Re: Air Transat's latest prank advertising

Just out of curiosity, what kind of corporate plane do you fly?

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by EBJ68
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead
Replies: 28
Views: 5396

Re: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead

I'm thinking the cruise vacation, in the air, might be a good place to start. Cruise ships appear to be popular still and this is a novel approach to a cruise vacation. It appears the builders see this craft as something like a modern day Graf Zeppelin, though how long it can stay up isn't clear. I ...

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by EBJ68
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design
Replies: 140
Views: 28451

Re: Boeing unveils new version of radical wing design

I don't see what Wall Street would have to do with it. In its time, Boeing's concepts for an SST would have been seen as radical, in the context of then current airliners, but Boeing went ahead with the intent to develop, test and produce.

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by EBJ68
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fear of the upcoming flight
Replies: 22
Views: 2054

Re: Fear of the upcoming flight

A company's good reputation hinges on sound maintenance that allows the planes to be available to make the scheduled flights. From what you tell us, the company has a good reputation which means it consistently provides good service to its customers. I'm confident you will have good flights.

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by EBJ68
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 951
Views: 252010

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

That is one very pretty airplane!

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by EBJ68
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 951
Views: 252010

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Line #886 is projected to go to Saudi Arabian Airlines. That's the only one I see on that listing though.

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by EBJ68
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 951
Views: 252010

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Looking forward to more good news about the 787 program

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by EBJ68
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Nuclear warhead-free ICBMs
Replies: 34
Views: 3718

Re: Nuclear warhead-free ICBMs

Reading the aforementioned article, it appears the conventionally armed ICBM would be used in other than the classic strategic role, i.e. against third world terrorist organizations, for example. I'm not a military strategist by any means, but this seems to be overkill in my estimation.

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by EBJ68
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dancing Ramp Worker
Replies: 3
Views: 828

Re: Dancing Ramp Worker

Watching him do his thing made some passengers happy. Can't knock that. Hope he doesn't lose his good spirits.

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by EBJ68
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a B-52 passenger variant have been possible?
Replies: 95
Views: 15014

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

I don't believe the TU-114 had supersonic propellers. From what I've read about those, the noise and vibrations were so intense as to cause significant physical discomfort to ground personnel.

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by EBJ68
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 with the same fuselage width as 787
Replies: 26
Views: 5427

Re: A350 with the same fuselage width as 787

Airbus designed the A350 to have a wider than normal fuselage to provide a better flying experience for passengers. If Airbus were to make changes to the A350 to make it more competitive with the 787, I'm certain they'd take a more traditional approach to weight savings than narrowing the fuselage. ...

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by EBJ68
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Green Africa Airways to order 100 B737 MAX8
Replies: 78
Views: 14666

Re: Green Africa Airways to order 100 B737 MAX8

I'm curius to know what the justification is for ordering brand new airplanes in those numbers. Would it be an embarrassment to the government or to the new company to utilize pre-owned aircraft? It may well be cheaper to obtain, finance, and operate the brand-new aircraft. Used aircraft deals can'...

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by EBJ68
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Green Africa Airways to order 100 B737 MAX8
Replies: 78
Views: 14666

Re: Green Africa Airways to order 100 B737 MAX8

I'm curius to know what the justification is for ordering brand new airplanes in those numbers. Would it be an embarrassment to the government or to the new company to utilize pre-owned aircraft?

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by EBJ68
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s
Replies: 70
Views: 12357

Re: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s

Given that El Al is downsizing from the 747, or so it seems, the A380 wouldn't get a glance from them, I suspect.

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by EBJ68
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-58 Hustler Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 16108

Re: B-58 Hustler Thread

That TB-58A at the Grissom Air Museum is wonderful. One of the better maintained examples of the remaining B-58s.

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by EBJ68
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-58 Hustler Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 16108

Re: B-58 Hustler Thread

Would have been one very expensive interceptor. Also the complexity of the airplane would have worked against its being available to the extent an interceptor would need to be. The Hustler was a labor intensive airplane. Finally, there didn't appear to be a need for an interceptor that could carry m...

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by EBJ68
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-47 Crew Chief?
Replies: 6
Views: 1999

Re: B-47 Crew Chief?

Contacted me friend and was told that he sat where there were two steps, below and to the left of the co-pilot's station, in line with the rudder pedals. Said he flew as often as he could, had to get his 4 hours flight time per month in order to draw flight pay. Apparently crew chiefs accompanied th...

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by EBJ68
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-47 Crew Chief?
Replies: 6
Views: 1999

Re: B-47 Crew Chief?

A friend of mine was a B-47 crew chief and I recall him telling me he occassionally flew with the airplane. Didn't say where he sat, but he did fly.

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by EBJ68
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 787-9 for WestJet rolls out of paintshop
Replies: 54
Views: 13807

Re: First 787-9 for WestJet rolls out of paintshop

I like the Korean Air colors as well but this new Westjet scheme looks very good on the 789.

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by EBJ68
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Iran airlines need 500 planes, official mulls Sukhoi SSJ 100
Replies: 52
Views: 11289

Re: Iran planning to buy 500 Sukhoi Superjet 100

Where is the money going to come from to make that large a purchase in what appears to be a short time (next two to five years?)?

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by EBJ68
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 247
Views: 34097

Re: First Lufthansa A380 in New Livery Rolled Out

Interestingly, Etihad went from what I thought was a very attractive scheme to something that was elaborate and, from what I gather from this thread, had to have been very expensive too. Totally contrary to what appears to be the most accepted practice now.

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by EBJ68
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 247
Views: 34097

Re: First Lufthansa A380 in New Livery Rolled Out

I understand the idea that a basic scheme makes it easier to swap airplanes between airlines associated with a specific airline group. But is swapping that common, such that this practice is not only practical, but necessary?

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by EBJ68
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Bolsonaro Approved Boeing/Embraer Commercial Aircraft Takeover
Replies: 79
Views: 22130

Re: Unconfirmed: Boeing and Embraer announce merger

Could the judge be taking this action on his own initiative? I suspect not. I have to wonder what's going on behind the scenes relative to the inbound government. Things may not be as rosey as was once thought.

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by EBJ68
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 309
Views: 88262

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

Type certification issues aside, how difficult would it have been to "slap" a 787 nose/cockpit onto the 777X for a more modern look? For appearance sake, I like the idea. However, the airplane then wouldn't look like a 777. Perhaps the FAA wouldn't certify it as a 777. Passengers can rela...

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by EBJ68
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: 1/100 kits, H0 kits
Replies: 1
Views: 2850

Re: 1/100 kits, H0 kits

Your best best would be to go to ebay and do a search for Doyusha kits. It's amazing what you can find there. On the flip side, be prepared to pay a price!

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by EBJ68
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Creating templates for masking complex shapes on model airliners
Replies: 1
Views: 2450

Re: Creating templates for masking complex shapes on model airliners

Moderators you can delete this post if you like. There doesn't appear to be any interest in it.

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by EBJ68
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Conformal tanks on fighters
Replies: 20
Views: 2996

Re: Conformal tanks on fighters

For clarification, a set of CFTs on an F-16 weighs 900 lbs, making the individual weight 450 lbs.

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by EBJ68
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 309
Views: 88262

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

I remember what it is now. Deliveries are made "Just In Time"

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by EBJ68
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 309
Views: 88262

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

I believe engines are delivered shortly before installation is to be done. There's a name for the process of deliveries that prevents the company from having to store engines while waiting for the airframe to be ready for it, but I can't remember what it is.

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by EBJ68
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders
Replies: 46
Views: 5568

Re: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders

Somehow I can't fathom fee-for-service being cheaper, in the longrun, than buying and maintaing the tankers within the Air Force. The contractor has to make enough money to buy the planes, train flight and ground crews, set up off station locations where maintenance can be done as needed, maintain t...

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by EBJ68
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1177
Views: 317732

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

Nice to see the 787-10s starting coming through. Not so nice to see it’s not picking up orders the way it’s smaller brother is though. It's still early in the game. As information filters down regarding how well the airplane is performing in terms of passenger satisfaction, range and effciency spec...

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by EBJ68
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mexico's Presidential 787 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 9770

Re: Mexico's presidential 787 being put into storage pending sale

I'm curious to know what their asking price is. That will determine whether it sits or sells rather quickly. If he's serious about austerity and is looking for a means to bring in money that can be better used elsewhere, he "might" let it go for an appealing price. Somebody's new corporate...

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by EBJ68
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet's 2018 Christmas miracle video is out
Replies: 11
Views: 1731

Re: WestJet's 2018 Christmas miracle video is out

I thought they were both pretty awesome. Nice work Westjet.

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by EBJ68
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 641456

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

The A350 production list is showing MSN 317 as going to LH and will be registered D-AIXO

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by EBJ68
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are airlines ready for the next economic downturn?
Replies: 20
Views: 4134

Re: Are airlines ready for the next economic downturn?

I suspect most businesses, airlines included, don't give much thought to an economic turndown until it's almost staring them in the face. While some businesses have long term plans and sound contingencies for what might be coming down the pike, I suspect most are most concerned about today and near ...

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by EBJ68
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How much would you pay to stop spam phone calls
Replies: 25
Views: 1436

Re: How much would you pay to stop spam phone calls

We have something similar in the United States but my experience has been that it doesn't work well. What I don't appreciate about these calls is that they call and if they don't get a pickup, they just hang up; no message left or anything. I'm old fashioned so to me that's just plain rude and not a...

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by EBJ68
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: An Aviation Enthusiast’s Perfect Christmas?
Replies: 11
Views: 3447

Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

Mikebucky you saved the day! I was at a loss to remember which air museums are near London. I'd love to go there myself. I live in the United States.

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by EBJ68
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: 2018 Props, Jets & Rotors Model Display
Replies: 3
Views: 4282

Re: 2018 Props, Jets & Rotors Model Display

I really enjoyed the pictures. Nice looking models. P-47s must be really popular there. Wish I could have been there to see the model and their builders up close and personal.

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by EBJ68
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: An Aviation Enthusiast’s Perfect Christmas?
Replies: 11
Views: 3447

Re: An Aviation Enthusiat’s Perfect Christmas?

I don't know where you folks live or what his favorite airplanes are, but a trip to a first rate air museum might fill the bill. The Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio or the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Florida, for starters. Both are first class. The Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona is quite...

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by EBJ68
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 142
Views: 12161

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

The closest Concorde came to flying freight operations was a proposal made to Fed Ex to modify two existing passenger models. However, passenger tickets sales increased to the point where the proposal never bore fruit.The planes that were to have been converted to freighters served as passenger carr...

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by EBJ68
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spectacular AF 787 Air-to-air video
Replies: 39
Views: 8901

Re: Spectacular AF 787 Air-to-air video

Would love to see a similar video from KLM. Their 787-9 is gorgeous.

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by EBJ68
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What aircraft is a good start?
Replies: 17
Views: 2332

Re: What aircraft is a good start?

If he's thinking commuter routes my thought would be to go with the Embraer type commuter aircraft. I suspect even the A220 might be too large for what the gentleman has in mind. A market analysis would provide a basis upon which to do further planning. For what it's worth, incredible dreams have re...

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by EBJ68
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 142
Views: 12161

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

Given that the A330's wing span is an issue, so far as freight carriers go, why wouldn't the freighter model of the 787 also be a problem for freight operators, given the difference between their wing spans is a mere 1 foot? As has been said here on a.net many times over, the airline and airfreight ...

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