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by VMCA787
Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-2 Crash at Whiteman AFB
Replies: 7
Views: 1893

B-2 Crash at Whiteman AFB

https://www.thedrive.com/
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Apparently, last evening a B-2 crashed during an “emergency landing”. No injuries reported and damage to the aircraft is unknown.

https://www.thedrive.com/

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by VMCA787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 213
Views: 51173

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

[quote="texl1649] You’d be the expert then, not me, but I read that Boeing did replace the upper wing skins on the H models in particular in the 70’s; https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/05/22/stop-calling-the-us-air-forces-b-52-bomber-old-its-more-youthful-than-a-b-2-stealth-bomber/?sh=...

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by VMCA787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 213
Views: 51173

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

If I recall correctly some of the upper wing skin surfaces were replaced in the 70’s, already, but yes sheet metal under compression/flexing doesn’t tend to hold up forever. I wouldn’t think it would cost all that much to put new aluminum wing skins on them, we’re not talking about stealth coatings...

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by VMCA787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 213
Views: 51173

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

I guess if the wing skin will be replaced, then that is where you get your life extension. bt In reality, the upper wing skin will have to be replaced. They, USAF, aren't going to re-engine the BUFF and then park it. So, my guess is when the winner is finally decided and the cowl redesigned, that's...

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by VMCA787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 213
Views: 51173

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

I suspect there were some loading conditions considered that made it stout. Shock waves of a blast would seriously affect a plane. I recall KC Top Boom bringing up that new wing skins need to occur as well as the number of other improvements that are under contract. Correct. Given the current flyin...

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by VMCA787
Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Freighter VS Passenger variants.
Replies: 8
Views: 1603

Re: Freighter VS Passenger variants.

Trying to remember when I worked for SQ, but if I am correct, the 744F had an empty weight of 160 Tons. The 744 Pax were around 180 Tons. But both aircraft had the same MTOW.

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by VMCA787
Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about cockpit audio warning
Replies: 8
Views: 1083

Re: Question about cockpit audio warning

There is also the takeoff config warning and many more. To be honest, I don't think it would help at all, in fact, it is very distracting.

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by VMCA787
Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?
Replies: 11
Views: 1904

Re: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?

[quote="T54A"]The B727-200 with the JT8D-17 was ok. Those powered by the -15 were a bit lazy getting airborne.[/quote

Obviously, you have never flown in a 200 with-7 engines!!!

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by VMCA787
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10581

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

https://www.govexec.com/defense/2021/08 ... an/184573/
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Looks as if the crew was a little off on their estimate of 800 pax. The confirmed total was 640.

https://www.govexec.com/defense/2021/08 ... an/184573/

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by VMCA787
Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights
Replies: 45
Views: 6797

Re: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights

Granted there were quite a few VFR travellers, but the amount of belly cargo loaded certainly made up the lower fares. Curious: how would you know that? SQ regarded that route as a money maker. I am not surprised at all it was reinstated. Then why would it take them 13yrs? Well, I worked for SQ for...

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by VMCA787
Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights
Replies: 45
Views: 6797

Re: SQ restarts 5th Freedom SIN-TPE-LAX flights

Before SQ got rid of the 744s, I operated the SIN-TPE-LAX flights several times. The loads both ways were just about 100%. Granted there were quite a few VFR travellers, but the amount of belly cargo loaded certainly made up the lower fares. SQ regarded that route as a money maker. I am not surprise...

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by VMCA787
Tue Aug 10, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?
Replies: 48
Views: 6045

Re: United 787-8 Darkening.Windows.- Uh, Hello?

I can’t believe this thread is still going. Ashy do people have this mentality of “I purchased that seat”. NO you did not! You purchased a space to go from A to B. Nothing more. Check the “ Contact of Carriage”. What you purchased and the obligations of both parties are clearly spelled out. Don’t li...

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by VMCA787
Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: long distance at low altitude
Replies: 14
Views: 2099

Re: long distance at low altitude

If it was damaged, there would be a ferry permit issued by the aircraft manufacturer, in this case Boeing. The 9000 ft limit could be a restriction imposed by Boeing.

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by VMCA787
Thu Aug 05, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the greatest airport in the world?
Replies: 46
Views: 3379

Re: What is the greatest airport in the world?

From a pilot’s perspective, SIN is the winner. It’s a no-brainer.

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by VMCA787
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maximum gross weight step climb question
Replies: 20
Views: 1917

Re: Maximum gross weight step climb question

Maybe I am asking my question incorrectly. I think I am using terms incorrectly. Lets say aircraft x has 25,000 feet as its best cruise altitude for the conditions and it takes off very heavy. Does it need to climb in steps? You have really answered your own question. A 744 or 777ER if they take of...

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by VMCA787
Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Stabilizer Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1509

Re: B-52 Stabilizer Question

crownvic wrote:

OK thanks....Those are some rather abstract wing walk paths and they are not symmetrical between the left and right side. Just seems rather bizarre.


As Aaron747 wrote, the below the wing structure is not symmetrical. There are various structures that make the walkways non-symmetrical.

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by VMCA787
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 Stabilizer Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1509

Re: B-52 Stabilizer Question

IIRC, the lines on the stab and the wings are walkways. All models should have had the same markings.

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by VMCA787
Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: History of the Northwest/NW 747, did NW ever fly the B747-100?
Replies: 15
Views: 3042

Re: History of the Northwest/NW 747, did NW ever fly the B747-100?

N620 and 621 were commonly referred to as "Laverne and Shirly".

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by VMCA787
Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:33 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

The DC-10 pic you have is of a DC10-40 which would have been a NW aircraft. That is a very different set up than all the other operators.

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by VMCA787
Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:22 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

NW, in the name of standardization, didn't have the dial a flap system on their 40s. It was a Rube Goldberg system that was a real pain. TBH, I was on the 747 by the time the -30s arrived so I don't know if that was changed. I would assume it was.

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by VMCA787
Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: KL589 AMS-ACC diverted to PMI 10 July 21
Replies: 8
Views: 2412

Re: KL589 AMC-ACC diverted to PMI 10 July 21

Aircraft had a warning that there was a temperature rise in one of the cargo hold and subsequently diverted Just to clarify things, there is no temp rise indicator in the cargo holds. The "cargo fire" warnings are triggered by a detector that acts as a particulate. The logic is where ther...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort
Replies: 19
Views: 3643

Re: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort

I flew the DC-10 for about a year and then went to the 747. The DC-10 was the best aircraft I have flown when it comes to cockpit comfort. IIRC, the #1 pack was dedicated to the cockpit only. You could sit there with OAT of 40+ and high humidity and you would be very comfortable. The 747 on the othe...

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Space debris removing mission
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: Space debris removing mission

I'd like to mention Rosalind Franklin Mars rover space mission . This mission will attempt to search for life on Mars. The launch is scheduled for 2022. Interesting fact, that this is the first Mars mission by British aerospace companies. And this has what to do with “Space Junk”? Suggest you ask t...

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 29, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much does a typical airline pilot know about his/her aircraft?
Replies: 22
Views: 4081

Re: How much does a typical airline pilot know about his/her aircraft?

My first commercial aircraft that I checked out in the left seat was a 727. The oral part of my type rating lasted 5 hours. I had the typical questions of tracing a molecule of air through the pneumatic system with all the protection in the bleed system include anything bleed air was used for. As th...

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by VMCA787
Sat Jun 26, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20614

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

Just a couple of things from a disinterested party. We can safely state this was not Boeing’s finest hour. However, the debacle is not entirely their fault. In May of this year, there was an IG (Inspector General) report issued on the problems with the KC-46 program. Clearly there is enough blame fo...

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 56
Views: 5033

Re: Stealth is very important

I doubt the USAF, USMC RAF and USN are running with full stealth capability in Syria. The F-22, as far as I know, used their Luneberg lenses in Syria and I can't see the F-35 not using them. All this talk about the SAM environment and stealth in Syria is irrelevant. The US would not take the risk of...

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by VMCA787
Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 20614

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

Of course, you realize the forum and data you are quoting was from a 2009 posting. If you read the RFP, the implication is a 767 sized aircraft. In addition, this is for the KC-Y, which is an interim tanker. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/06/16/another-boeing-airbus-tanker-war-is-coming-soon/

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 139
Views: 30062

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

Apparently, the T-7A (or more precisely eT-7A) full-rate production decision has been delayed a year due to supply line problems and instability in the roll axis at high angles of attack. Not good news, but not insurmountable problems to fix. https://www.airforcemag.com/technical-problems-t-7a-produ...

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by VMCA787
Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to split from IAG ?
Replies: 40
Views: 11138

Re: BA to split from IAG ?

Then it would be easy to provide a link to the source......

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by VMCA787
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European airlines want EU to scrap EU261 compensation rules
Replies: 8
Views: 2572

Re: European airlines want EU to scrap EU261 compensation rules

It's moot to us in the UK but I hope the commission and more to the point the EU parliament tell them to take a hike. Super profitable Ryanair has always gone out of its way to make it as difficult as possible and other airlines whilst not as bad have rarely made it easy. I was under the impression...

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by VMCA787
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPA for the Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 1659

Re: GPA for the Airlines

Many years ago, I was involved in pilot hiring at a certain airline that flew with red tails. There were several line pilots who were involved in the process. An applicant's GPA never came up in an interview or discussion afterwards at the daily screening meeting. The only thing that mattered was if...

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Thank you for your opinion. We agree to disagree. My guess is the majority of your time if not all is in an Airbus.

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

What's to understand? Boeing takes a very different approach to Normal Law limits. On the Airbus, if you go to 45 degrees of bank, it automatically returns to 33.5 degrees, IIRC. On the Boeing, if you go to 45 it stays there. The pilot has asked for that for a reason, so the FCC commands that. I hav...

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Completely different flight control limits when in normal law. To DH106, not sure you are talking about the same thing. The CLmax or max energy line on the PFD is just what it says. The aircraft does not go from there into a stall. The stall is progressive as you slide down the backside of the lift ...

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by VMCA787
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM B787 Dreamliner Suffers Gear Damage In Santiago International Airport
Replies: 9
Views: 8115

Re: LATAM B787 Dreamliner Suffers Gear Damage In Santiago International Airport

Of course, you do realize the tire standing on its own is a replacement? So, take that out of the picture and I wouldn't say there was damage at all, certainly not "mangled"!

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

2) On an Airbus, you pull the sidestick all the way back. I agree. However, you are not Max Performing the wing. You are coming close but you're not there. On the Boeings, you are right at the stick shaker. It is not difficult to pull right to the max energy line on the PFD. If you can fly an ILS o...

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trouble for Trump
Replies: 68
Views: 8667

Re: Trouble for Trump

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... ons-courts
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Here is a fairly well written piece from "The Guardian" on the multiple criminal and civil cases Trump is facing.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... ons-courts

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by VMCA787
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

[ For one, you can't max perform the wing in the event you want everything out of it. On a Boeing, you can. Just remember, max performance on a swept wing is half the wing in a stalled condition and the wing, unlike a straight wing, stalls from the tip inwards. Swept wings are generally designed so...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jun 07, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Genuinely curious about how to reach (and maintain) this condition with a Boeing? How would you accomplish a windshear recovery or a CFIT recovery? On the Airbus, you will move the sidestick all the way aft and let the computer determine the max AOA that can be obtained. On the Boeing, you have on ...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

... but it was obvious the design philosophy was to take options away from the pilot. Interesting, what options does it take away from a pilot? To stall? To fly inverted? To botch a CFIT escape perhaps? For one, you can't max perform the wing in the event you want everything out of it. On a Boeing,...

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by VMCA787
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

If you go into it with a build the plane Boeing mentality, you are gonna struggle. Hate to burst your bubble, but that philosophy is not the "Boeing mentality"! It is more the 727 mentality. Having flown the A320, 727, B757, B747, B744, B777 and B787 I can assure you the 727 checkout was ...

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by VMCA787
Sun May 30, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trouble for Trump
Replies: 68
Views: 8667

Re: Trouble for Trump

It's not only the Feds but in GA he is under investigation for voter fraud, a State charge. In NY, the NY Attorney General is investigating Trump for Bank and Insurance Fraud and of course the SDNY, Feds are are after him. So, I am just waiting to see how long it is before he starts throwing his fam...

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by VMCA787
Sun May 30, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 3337

Re: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.

Generally, if contract maintenance is done, there is a test flight performed before the airline accepts the aircraft back. I have done several checks at HAECO in HKG after a check was performed. My experience has been the aircraft will normally have a few write-ups the maintenance provider has to re...

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by VMCA787
Fri May 28, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 213
Views: 51173

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

Interesting numbers in the proposed DOD budget for 2022. The B-52 sees funding increase from $483 million to $716 million. The interesting tidbit is the remarks about keeping the B-52 flying through 2050. Fairly deep cuts proposed for the C-130, KC-135R/T receiver capable tankers, A-10, F-15C/D, F-1...

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by VMCA787
Tue May 25, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9683

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

No, that's a KC-46 with the boom not installed, yet. The boom fairing and CDL are still there but it's missing the thing that actually makes the KC-46 worth a $hit; i.e. the boom. You're also still thinking the DoD has an imaginary air freight shortage, rather than their very real boom shortage, so...

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by VMCA787
Tue May 25, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet
Replies: 149
Views: 33438

Re: Garuda Plans Major Restructuring That May Halve Its Fleet

The real problem they have is cutting the staffing and overhead with the fleet reduction. Sadly, there aren't too many airlines who have shrunk their way to profit.

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by VMCA787
Tue May 25, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute
Replies: 328
Views: 50892

Re: Ryanair Wants to Close deal for 100+ MAX10s by Year-end

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... tire-a320s
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Looks like we now know what MOL thinks of the 320 family.

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... tire-a320s

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by VMCA787
Tue May 25, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14800

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Nothing beats dozing for dollars!! My longest in a 400F was ORD-NKG. Slept like a log!!

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