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by LyleLanley
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force 1 at DEN
Replies: 8
Views: 1654

Re: Air Force 1 at DEN

Hello! Today, President Biden visited Colorado and Air Force One landed at DIA. Does anyone know why DIA was chosen despite the fact that there are closer military bases such as Buckley AFB in Aurora? It seems in my opinion that landing at a base would not only be more secure but would logistically...

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by LyleLanley
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 2929

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

bikerthai wrote:
BestIntellect wrote:
There is no mention of any 737-based airframe being cleared to tank from KC-46.


Flight test with the P-8A was done last year... Or was that just a photo op?

bt


Flight test does not equal AAR clearance: there are NO 737 variants cleared to refuel off the KC-46.

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by LyleLanley
Sat Aug 21, 2021 4:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 gear retraction side doors
Replies: 17
Views: 3021

Re: C-17 gear retraction side doors

Considering the design requirements required of it, I think the C-17 MLG was designed to operate pretty ingeniously. Any more sponson and the acft drag/fuel-burn raises precipitously, but any less and weird mechanical difficulties result. There are a lot of faults to be bestowed onto McD designers/e...

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by LyleLanley
Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Military plane lading at LGA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1728

Re: Military plane lading at LGA?

It’s got a ramp 8-)

It probably came down to tail availability: the Keesler unit could support it. Maybe the USN C-130 units couldn’t.

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by LyleLanley
Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did the DC-8 and DC-10 have the largest passenger windows of all commercial jetliners?
Replies: 5
Views: 2090

Re: Did the DC-8 and DC-10 have the largest passenger windows of all commercial jetliners?

The laws of physics are pretty tough to overcome when a fan blade separates due to flight crew error, small window or not. The bigger problem than the window (no pun intended) is the pressure differential. Seat belt or not, they’re not going to stay in.

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by LyleLanley
Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Military plane lading at LGA?
Replies: 7
Views: 1728

Re: Military plane lading at LGA?

The “good part” about COVID, at least from a military aviation standpoint, was that leadership and ATC were much more accepting of our aircraft doing pattern work at fields that would otherwise laugh at our requests to drop in for an approach or two. We’ve done touch-and-go’s at Oakland and SFO in t...

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by LyleLanley
Tue Aug 17, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10563

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

Please try to think before you post. As someone who has worked on a C-17 or two, I suggest you do the same. You having turned a wrench or dumped jet-a into a Barney doesn’t make you a digital forensic investigator or empower you to start a conspiracy theory based solely on not thinking critically w...

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by LyleLanley
Tue Aug 17, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: At what point do JT8D engines need to be spooled up before landing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1518

Re: At what point do JT8D engines need to be spooled up before landing?

So gorgeous, she is. I was never lucky enough to fly on her, but I was lucky enough to tour an RAF example at Ascension Island ~ 2001. What an absolutely stunning jet! After 7,000 hours on the DC(KC)-10, I love the shit out of the McD product, but I'd trade a lot to snag a few flight hours on the L-...

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by LyleLanley
Tue Aug 17, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: At what point do JT8D engines need to be spooled up before landing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1518

Re: At what point do JT8D engines need to be spooled up before landing?

Convair, I think I understand what you're asking. Please correct me if I'm reading you wrong, but this might help: Lots of flaps = lots of drag and a little bit more lift, meaning your engines have to stay at a relatively high power setting to maintain your desired speed. Flaps 40 (and flaps 50 in t...

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by LyleLanley
Mon Aug 16, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10563

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

I'm sure if the crew had stopped, shut down engines, and then explained the situation from the top egress chute (because I'm sure they speak the local language) this whole situation would've been avoided... :roll: C-17 taxiing video is very suspicious. No wheels turning. No copilot. No fan blades vi...

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by LyleLanley
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10563

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

^^ Most likely a combination of availability, tactical capes, and MOG issues. Especially with the MRT the C-5 would probably need. :lol: On the real, as much as aircrew joke about C-17s landing at the wrong airport (repeatedly) or forgetting their landing gear, this crew just showed what it’s all ab...

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by LyleLanley
Sun Aug 15, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13027

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

As much as I hope the Afghan government can prevail, I'm often reminded of the old article about the NMAA "Multiplying by Zero" when i think of why the Afghans will never, ever, become capable of defending themselves. There are solid dudes in the Afghan military who can put up a legit figh...

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by LyleLanley
Sun Aug 15, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF personnel hanging out of aircraft.
Replies: 8
Views: 2195

Re: USAF personnel hanging out of aircraft.

The above two posts are why I spend as much time in these threads as I do. Love these stories, even if I don't understand all of them fully. Thanks cjg! It's appreciated. Definitely a different life, but fun in the moment. Speaking of stories: circa 2012, headed back to California after two months ...

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by LyleLanley
Thu Aug 12, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF personnel hanging out of aircraft.
Replies: 8
Views: 2195

Re: USAF personnel hanging out of aircraft.

Short story is because ground maneuvering accidents (hitting a light pole, going off a taxiway during a difficult turn, etc.) are the easiest ways for a crew to get their squadron/group/wing commanders fired. Or at least the easiest that don’t involve sex with the wrong person or driving drunk. Sinc...

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by LyleLanley
Thu Aug 12, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14244

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

No RJMAZ, LanLanley, it seems you are the ones that only read what you want to read and believe what confirms your pre occupations. :worried: Praise from Caesar. In any case, it’s too bad the Swiss apparently can’t read, if I’m following your logic train along its tracks. If so, they apparently wou...

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by LyleLanley
Wed Aug 11, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14244

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.statis ... -aircraft/


Thanks for the laugh. I needed that
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keesje wrote:
RJMAZ, the mods want us to provide sources, not opinions, preferences posted as facts.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.statis ... -aircraft/


Thanks for the laugh. I needed that

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by LyleLanley
Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13027

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

Mohawk, I think I understand what you’re proposing, but I don’t think it can work in Afghanistan. The Israelis can do their thing on one tank of gas and from their own territory; American jets can’t. They need tankers, basing rights, and overflight rights. They also have to be ok with, essentially, ...

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by LyleLanley
Sat Aug 07, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14244

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Ah, yes. I remember well all the defense spending meant to catch up to Russian equipment reliability metrics over the decades. A little less hubris would be appropriate. Underestimation of foreign equipment and training has repeatedly bitten US forces and their allies in the ass. I agree, but I thi...

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by LyleLanley
Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 14244

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Often we see Russian aircraft being dismissed, as a habit. Until funding is needed for local new programs. Then an urgent re$pon$e is required to face this serious threat. Always works. Ah, yes. I remember well all the defense spending meant to catch up to Russian equipment reliability metrics over...

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by LyleLanley
Fri Aug 06, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13027

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

Wow, it's a good thing we're retiring all these KC-10s now. They seem to be pretty useful for this sort of fight. Yep! And it doesn't take a modern-day Napoleon to figure out they'd also be invaluable in a Pacific party, too. Considering the distances involved, the KC-10 is pretty much tailor-made ...

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by LyleLanley
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Planespotter Alerts Base To F-15 Problem @ Lakenheath
Replies: 13
Views: 2632

Re: Planespotter Alerts Base To F-15 Problem @ Lakenheath

What is it about drama and military pilots? 100% credit for "saving his life," yet doesn't even know what was wrong with the airplane, what was found in the ground. He's lucky it was a dark grey: at least he got a timely thank you and some acknowledgment afterwards. A light grey pilot wou...

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by LyleLanley
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13027

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

More airstrikes over the weekend. Does anyone know what packages are being used for these airstrikes and where they may be from? https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/41709/what-it-takes-for-u-s-jets-to-keep-fighting-in-afghanistan-from-over-the-horizon Happy reading Sigh. Not bad for a Drive artic...

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by LyleLanley
Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5435

Re: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?

Yikes! wrote:
Seems to me the original question was nothing more than bait.

Anyone that has done a single hour of flight training knows the answer to the original question.


Alas, there is no “have you flown at least one hour of flight training?” discriminator when signing up for a.net. Thanks Obama.

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by LyleLanley
Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1546

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

JustAnFO wrote:
But as I noted above, that photo seems to be of a KC-10, not a NWA DC-10-40.


It's definitely not a KC-10. If I had to guess, it's either the Omega DC-10-40 or the Dutch KDC-10 before they updated their cockpit to glass-ish.

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by LyleLanley
Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13027

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

As soon as I wrote that I thought of the poster from WWII - Loose Lips sink Ships. It certainly was a tactical blunder by the Tailban. It’s all good. I don’t believe it’s secret or anything, but it does fall under OPSEC. That being said, with a little sleuthing on google maps in the usual gulf coas...

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by LyleLanley
Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13027

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

MohawkWeekend wrote:
More airstrikes over the weekend. Does anyone know what packages are being used for these airstrikes and where they may be from?


Yes.

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by LyleLanley
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: E-3/E-8 Engines
Replies: 4
Views: 1174

Re: E-3/E-8 Engines

"New engineering" includes figuring out how to prevent the JSTARS radar being blocked by the larger nacelles of the CFM-56. The phrase here, which every military member has heard ad nauseam to explain various ills including why we have brand new plasma screens in the squadron at the end of...

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by LyleLanley
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13027

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

How we expected to turn a landlocked "country" already in utter ruins, with one or two barely functioning cities encompassed by a wild west whose population has no education and whose loyalties lie not to country but only to clan, surrounded by hostile or not-openly-hostile nations into so...

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by LyleLanley
Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

rlwynn wrote:
-g breakaways?


Happens all the time. 135 autopilots have a habit of being overridden resulting in the 135 diving into the receiver. Really fun at night.

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by LyleLanley
Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Fascinating insight, thank you for the replies. KC10 absolutely looks like a better way to ride. It almost looks comfortable. KC46 setup almost has me wondering, at what point does the boom operators station and screens even have to be in the aircraft? At some point surely it must make things easie...

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by LyleLanley
Thu Jul 08, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

bikerthai wrote:
LyleLanley wrote:
The 10 is far more civilized:


Have you seen how the Italian KC-767 is set UP?

bt


Not in person, but their refueling screens are tiny! I’m gonna guess they have an espresso maker and pizza oven, though. Now THAT is civilized and is solid priority. The 46’s oven is really incredible, though.

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by LyleLanley
Thu Jul 08, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Not at all FGITD, it’s not exactly a setup that would be common knowledge if you’ve never been on one. On the 135 you walk along their cargo compartment and in the very back there are two slit trenches, separated on either side by the jet’s oxygen bottles (not kidding). You step into either slit tre...

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by LyleLanley
Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

As a former receiver, why is the visual, cockpit positioned boomer so necessary? It seems to me, the old seated at the rear would be cheaper, simpler. Supposedly it's a lot cheaper and easier than cutting a hole in the pressure vessel and installing an ARO station in the back. On the KC-30, they pr...

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by LyleLanley
Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Keesje, do you know what MOG means? Isn't MOG a half man, half dog sidekick from Spaceballs? Barf? He was his own best friend. Break, break RJMAZ, you're never gonna change their minds, no matter what you say. They view being nearly 100,000 pounds heavier as trivial and can't comprehend how the USA...

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by LyleLanley
Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Honestly, as much as I'm a fan of the -10, I think that more -46s is the better answer than re-creating an effective if nearly immediately orphaned fleet. Yeah, we all wish that AMC and AFMC hadn't pooched the development of the -46, but here we are. You’re probably right, but we’ll see what mother...

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by LyleLanley
Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

USAF not pleased about a boom they don't operate? It seems most types were qualified on MRTT yrs ago. Unlike on the KC46. Not pleased about a boom they operate from. There's a difference. And apart from being in the wrong position on the A330, there are airflow problems with the Airbus boom you're ...

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by LyleLanley
Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Yes, it is a little more capable, but how much chance did Boeing really have to sell to countries that had Airbus interests? The list is a bit to long to suggest they all had Airbus interests. Apart from that, over the years the KC46 development probably didn't really make an impression on selectio...

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by LyleLanley
Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20585

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

i think the KC-46B based on the 764F would be a great upgrade. Have a freighter the 764 size and one the length of the KC-46. It would extend the life of the 767 line with both freighters and tankers. What isn't there to like. Apart from a complete and total do-over of the KC-46A flight test and AR...

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by LyleLanley
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Revisiting Super Hornet versus F14
Replies: 32
Views: 5397

Re: Revisiting Super Hornet versus F14

Cheney was Secdef when F14D/re-engineering was canceled~ 1991

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by LyleLanley
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15004

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

IAHObserver wrote:
At some point its time for a thread to die, I think we are there


I couldn’t agree more!

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by LyleLanley
Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will GE’s XA100 adaptive combat engine transform the F35 ?
Replies: 46
Views: 4278

Re: Will GE’s XA100 adaptive combat engine transform the F35 ?

meecrob wrote:
The Navy and their F-8's and A-7's would like a word....


They need to get in line behind literally every carrier aircraft before the Tigercat... And the A-1, T-45, and the mighty war Scooter!!!

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by LyleLanley
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15004

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

That's a pretty good list with one exception, the P-8. I saw one shooting touch and goes at SDF a few weeks ago. They must have plenty of airplanes for them to be flying around the central USA......those Russian subs in the Ohio River are a real threat..... Would love to see more 130J's. Hard to be...

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by LyleLanley
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15004

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

STT757 wrote:
Cogent and reasonable words


But the 748F has a nose cargo door! Surely, you overlooked that tidbit when you listed some (not all) of the DoD’s priority programs, just now

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by LyleLanley
Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15004

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

UA857 wrote:
If the USAF could convince Lockheed to restart C-5 production they could convince Boeing to restart 747 production.


You got it all wrong, dude: Lockheed convinced the USAF. And Boeing couldn’t sell ice cubes to Bedouins, at the moment

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by LyleLanley
Mon Jun 07, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15004

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

UA857 wrote:
Couldn't Boeing convince Triumph to restart production if that was a case for an order of 50 748Fs from the USAF similar to how Lockheed restarted the C-5 production line.


Only if Boeing promised to be Triumph’s friend. And even then, only maybe.

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by LyleLanley
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15004

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

FGITD wrote:
...I stay because the USAF needs 250+ 748Fs but don’t know it yet, but slowly we’ll convince Congress.


Haha! That’s the spirit!

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by LyleLanley
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-15X has no mission!
Replies: 173
Views: 18499

Re: F-15X has no mission!

kitplane01 wrote:
This is a really easy question. The J-20s survive, the F-15s do not.


Well, I’m convinced.

Am I right to presume you’re a Weapons School grad or have some equivalency? Or even just a private pilot?

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by LyleLanley
Sat May 29, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15004

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Words of wisdom


Pfft. I don’t think you understand that a wet-leased 748F with a nose cargo door and new engines would have a way better cost per ton/mile than a C-5. :roll:

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by LyleLanley
Sat May 29, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 76
Views: 17966

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Not bad for the drive. Dumb example: say a KC-46 is gonna refuel 2 4-ships of F-15s: the boomer selects ‘F-15’ on his/her mission screen so the BCU knows its limits (21 degrees right, 15 left, 25 up and 40 down). Only problem is the AF testers say the actual limits are something like 17R, 12L, 27U, ...

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