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by zanl188
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Where do you find airline airplanes for sale?
Replies: 10
Views: 1275

Re: Where do you find airline airplanes for sale?

At least in the US, for private, non-commercial use, you can paint your plane in whatever livery you want without permission. As long as you don't do something that can damage the brand like putting a racial slur on the plane in addition to the livery. Save A Connie was unable to use the TWA brand ...

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by zanl188
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One
Replies: 24
Views: 2244

Re: New Air Force One

Tugger wrote:

In-flight refueling is for short range aircraft, to allow them to be ferried or get to and back from their intended assignments. AF1 has no actual need for it.

Tugg


I know plenty of C-5, KC-10, and B-52 crew that would disagree.

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by zanl188
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2585

Re: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?

Maybe physics majors could answer this, but what if you just slowed down the return speed BIG TIME and allowed them two or so weeks on return? Is there any way to re-enter an orbit around the earth? Not enough hydrogen & O2 aboard to keep fuel cells running that long. Some shuttles had the capa...

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by zanl188
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2585

Re: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?

Thermal protection system not designed for lunar return reentries. It would burn up. Fuel required to brake into low earth orbit would be prohibitive from a weight standpoint. That makes a lot more sense, re-entry velocity from a moon return would be much higher than earth orbit Which raises your s...

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by zanl188
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Star hopper test successful, apparently. Brush fire at the pad. The brush fire burned for about a mile and a half and stopped 200 feet short of the village. I spent all night on the roof with a bottle of Glenlivet, watching it come. Did firefighters respond or did they keep their distance due to.ha...

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by zanl188
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2585

Re: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?

Thermal protection system not designed for lunar return reentries. It would burn up. Fuel required to brake into low earth orbit would be prohibitive from a weight standpoint.

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by zanl188
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Star hopper test successful, apparently. Brush fire at the pad.

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by zanl188
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hot towel service logistics
Replies: 17
Views: 2690

Re: Hot towel service logistics

Chemtrails system contains a heat exchanger to heat towel water. Heat exchanger also adds a perfume and knock out drops, makes everyone go nighty nite smelling good.

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by zanl188
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

casinterest wrote:
Why did they not try to parachute the capsule in at all? Seems like a waste of money to just let it be destroyed.


Capsule was a mockup and had no further use.

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by zanl188
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrq71ocWMcg Pretty impressive footage. Quite funny to see the stubby Orion assembly just lifting off seemingly on its own. They actually used a refurbished ballistic missile booster for the test. The capsule was just a boilerplate which got discard...

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by zanl188
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

I didn’t see an SLS / Orion mega thread... good time to start one I think. Ascent abort test 2 took place this morning. Apparently successful. Capsule was not recoverable, therefore equipped with ejectable recorders. NASA asked the public to return recorders if found. Lots of “Florida Man” jokes abo...

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by zanl188
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10665

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

kc135topboom wrote:

Tugg, the white top scheme was only for the VC-137Bs. The VC-137Cs had the blue tops.


VC-137Cs got the white top scheme when VC-25s replaced them on AF1 duty.

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by zanl188
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10665

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

Upper deck windows on current VC-25 are plugged due to equipment installed on the upper deck. Couldn’t see out of them anyway, might as well plug them.

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by zanl188
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex United 744 - (N119UA) LAX to HKG today?
Replies: 28
Views: 7747

Re: Ex United 744 - (N119UA) LAX to HKG today?

Question about flights like this. I assume they are flown under Part 91 or similar? If that is the case can people other than crew fly on these flights just for fun? For example one of the crew members wanted to bring some friends or family along (provided that there are seats still installed) and ...

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by zanl188
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why retract flaps on the ground?
Replies: 51
Views: 6974

Re: Why retract flaps on the ground?

Flaps up recommended after landing on some aircraft to kill lift and add weight to wheels - enhances braking. Ummm, no. That would be spoilers. Ummm, yes. Not all aircraft have spoilers Folks say what you want, this is a technique that was taught to many pilots in flight school. May not apply to yo...

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by zanl188
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why retract flaps on the ground?
Replies: 51
Views: 6974

Re: Why retract flaps on the ground?

Flaps up recommended after landing on some aircraft to kill lift and add weight to wheels - enhances braking.

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by zanl188
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2133

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

I made the switch. Won't go back to PC. I see a lot of people say this. I have used Windows based, Chrome based, and Apple based devices. The only difference I can find is the price of accessories is higher for Apple products. I will probably need a PC in the near future too but I will be getting e...

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by zanl188
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2133

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

I made the switch. Won't go back to PC.

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by zanl188
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Stratolaunch shutting down. Fate of Stratolauncher unclear.
Replies: 13
Views: 3246

Re: Rumor: Stratolaunch shutting down. Fate of Stratolauncher unclear.

I had a thought, which I am certain is wrong, but it does have me curious. The design of it always looked almost unbelievable to me that structurally it would hold up. The spar/wing between the two fuselages seemed to be a weak point to me. Like in heavy turbulence would it snap? It just seems like...

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by zanl188
Sun May 26, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: D-Day plane returns to Europe for 75th anniversary
Replies: 7
Views: 2145

Re: D-Day plane returns to Europe for 75th anniversary

That’s All Brother was due to be stretched and re-engined when it was discovered to be a D-Day vet. It would not have been scrapped. There are a number of D-Day vet C-47s flying in Normandy for the 75th anniversary. https://www.daksovernormandy.com http://ddaysquadron.org And a couple that would lik...

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by zanl188
Tue May 14, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 636
Views: 164888

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Does Boeing build a new fatigue test rig for every new aircraft? Or is it reconfigured and reused?

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by zanl188
Tue May 14, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

flyingturtle wrote:
In the very early hours of May 16th (GMT time), SpaceX will launch sixty Starlink communication satellites at once.

Whew.


A little pucker factor for the dispenser design team I think. I hope they pull it off.

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by zanl188
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Eyebrow windows
Replies: 56
Views: 5798

Re: Eyebrow windows

Max Q wrote:


Later models just used blanking plates to cover the windows so I imagine it wouldn’t be hard to accommodate an operator, civil or military that wanted them ‘reincorporated’


Blanking plates only used on aircraft that had the eyebrows removed.

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by zanl188
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Video is unofficial and appears to be a cell phone video of a display screen. Take it for what it’s worth.

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by zanl188
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Nomadd wrote:
The main hope is that it was a test stand failure.


Yeah a test hardware failure or a problem with test configuration would be the easiest to recover from.

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by zanl188
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

There’s video on the net. Appears to me that the crew dragon was destroyed. Ripley had a bad day.

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by zanl188
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387211

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

AirlineCritic wrote:
I'm surprised that there are no news in this thread. When is the next release scheduled to come from NTSB?


I’m surprised at the lack of news as well. I suspect NTSB is crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s prior to next press conference.

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by zanl188
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:
Should've just topped it up with fuel and flown it back. :P


Sounds to me as though the crew was never able to board the ASDS to secure the stage. Refueling would have been impossible as well.

Need to get the octagrabber working for FH cores.

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by zanl188
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 67663

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

Congrats!

Hopefully it will fly a complete test program and then move to something useful.

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by zanl188
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Starhopper did a test firing a few minutes ago....

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by zanl188
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many aircraft are out of service at one time in a major airline ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2126

Re: How many aircraft are out of service at one time in a major airline ?

Lots of variables in a question like that. What time of year is it? Is a portion of the fleet grounded for a certification issue? Etc

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387211

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Since all of his posts are incredibly vague yet push the reader to a specific direction, I can only assume that wjcandee is part of the investigation team with access to all data. Or he's pushing a political agenda and has been making up b******* for 34 thread pages. A great way to lose “party to t...

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387211

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

As those of us who who follow NTSB investigations know, NTSB conducts 3 press conferences at the site before they leave to go back to DC. They've conducted the initial press conference but not the second. I expect the second to be a whopper.

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by zanl188
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387211

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

49 degree pitch down as plausible? With the exception of military fighter or aerobatic pilots, 99% of pilots have never been 49 degrees nose down even stall recovery training while as students. Don't think they just inadvertently over controlled! Many pilots have had spin and/or unusual attitude re...

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://youtu.be/aPaxAy4uKro
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Dragon 2 welcome ceremony:

https://youtu.be/aPaxAy4uKro

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Interesting tidbits, but watching Musk speak publicly is as painful and cringe-worthy as ever (although it was very late in a long day for him). As much as I respect the guy and admire what he's achieved, I wish they delegated Gwynne or someone else for press conferences. I suppose he is the face o...

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by zanl188
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387211

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

https://youtu.be/fU9D-1Ij40Q
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CVR data module appears fairly intact....

https://youtu.be/fU9D-1Ij40Q

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by zanl188
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Post launch press conference with Jim Bridenstine (NASA Administrator) and Elon Musk: https://youtu.be/HuXPLtJXd14 Couple of items I found noteworthy: - NASA abandoned its standard, left to right, press conference format. Bridenstine & Musk front and center. And at o'dark thirty in the morning. ...

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by zanl188
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Great launch! Big day for SpaceX!

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by zanl188
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Tugger wrote:

Looks like they might have "Starman 2.0" on board! :scratchchin:

Tugg


Starman 2.0 = a Starwoman named “Ripley”. No word if she has a cat or any other “pets”.

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by zanl188
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-9 Dreamliner, built from the ground up or converted into?
Replies: 31
Views: 7325

Re: B787-9 Dreamliner, built from the ground up or converted into?

[quote="ocy9”] Not just no 787, no commercial airliner EVER. Apart from the TU204 that were made shorter and the 747 stretched upper deck retrofit, there has never been such a major modification. I won't include things like the LCF 747 as that is not a commercial frame.[/quote] Ok, I think that...

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by zanl188
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1992
Views: 230076

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

rfields5421 wrote:

What surprised me was how the rocket is fueled in the SpaceX Press Kit time line.


SpaceX chills the fuel and oxidizer to load more of each in the tank. This precludes early fuel loading.

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by zanl188
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 255
Views: 43536

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

A Boom Pod with a window is a much simplier arrangement and more reliable than being in a electronic closet. A window relies on the old Mk.-1 eyeball to work properly, an electronic closet filled with computers, sensors, and video game type controls can break down. Yes, I know these systems will ha...

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by zanl188
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corendon 747 (ex KLM PH-BFB) transport tonight
Replies: 29
Views: 6684

Re: Corendon 747(ex KLM PH-BFB) transport tonight

Miquel787 wrote:
And no there is no way to make it easier.


Remove wings plus vertical and horizontal stabs. It’s been done before and makes move much simpler. Apparently not required in this case.

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