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by zanl188
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021
Replies: 28
Views: 2737

Re: James Webb Space Telescope has a launch date: Dec 18 2021

744SPX wrote:
Further slippage would be in keeping with the program as a whole.


Better a launch delay if it reduces the risk of the spacecraft not functioning as intended. No in flight repairs or second chances with this spacecraft.

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by zanl188
Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde droop nose design question
Replies: 14
Views: 2015

Re: Concorde droop nose design question

https://youtu.be/Usx0Fhl2KFc
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X-59 supersonic demonstrator to have synthetic forward vision.

https://youtu.be/Usx0Fhl2KFc

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by zanl188
Mon Nov 15, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-52 wing design question
Replies: 10
Views: 1185

Re: B-52 wing design question

Re: aerodynamic changes. B-52G got a revised wing root leading edge late in life. IIRC this allowed satellites to identify them as cruise missile carriers. Fuel burn improvement was a secondary objective.

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by zanl188
Fri Nov 12, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Peter Jackson’s WW1 aircraft collection
Replies: 0
Views: 190

Peter Jackson’s WW1 aircraft collection

https://youtu.be/7gmZ9X9Aplk

Am I in the right forum? A lot of Jacksons aircraft are replicas and he’s also got a company making kits - this is covered in the video.
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British Forces TV documentary on Peter Jackson’s WW1 aircraft collection…

https://youtu.be/7gmZ9X9Aplk

Am I in the right forum? A lot of Jacksons aircraft are replicas and he’s also got a company making kits - this is covered in the video.

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by zanl188
Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Starting collection - 1:200 or 1:400?
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: Starting collection - 1:200 or 1:400?

Scale: 1/200. 1/400 has a toyish quality to it that I don’t care for.
Brand: the one that makes the model you want.

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by zanl188
Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cruise Missiles
Replies: 52
Views: 3089

Re: Cruise Missiles

Does OTH-B radar still exist in the U.S.? In any form?

I suspect a sub could penetrate inside OTH-B coverage and launch cruise missiles from there.

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by zanl188
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who would de-ice Air Force One?
Replies: 18
Views: 3196

Re: Who would de-ice Air Force One?

INFINITI329 wrote:
zanl188 wrote:
DEN2021 wrote:


During the Bush administration, during an Africa tour, the U.S. did not trust the fuel from the places they were visiting. So they took fuel trucks with them to support the aircraft in the tour to include AF1.


There are exceptions. This is one.

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by zanl188
Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who would de-ice Air Force One?
Replies: 18
Views: 3196

Re: Who would de-ice Air Force One?

If Air Force One were to be at a commercial airport and need to be deiced, how would this be handled? Would the President be onboard during, and if so would the crew doing the deice need any sort of clearances? Would a normal airline deice contractor do it, or would the Air Force bring along people...

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by zanl188
Tue Nov 02, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who would de-ice Air Force One?
Replies: 18
Views: 3196

Re: Who would de-ice Air Force One?

Either the Air Force flight engineer or a local with Secret Service/Air Force cop near by. Same arrangement as fuel truck operator.

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by zanl188
Sat Oct 23, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 93
Views: 15801

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

SRB time from stacking to launch will have to be waivered.

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by zanl188
Thu Oct 21, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 93
Views: 15801

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

https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis/2021/10/ ... pacecraft/
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Orion stacked yesterday.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis/2021/10/ ... pacecraft/

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by zanl188
Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 93
Views: 15801

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

bajs11 wrote:
Has the first flight of Artemis I been delayed and is now scheduled to be launched in January 2022?
I guess it's still better than Boeing's "Starliner"... and way more complex


No date set yet. First quarter of ‘22 seems likely.

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by zanl188
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astra tests, launches and developments
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

Re: Astra tests, launches and developments

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/10 ... stigation/
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Little problem with propellants leaking and taking out an electrical connector.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/10 ... stigation/

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by zanl188
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening
Replies: 44
Views: 5183

Re: It Looks Like A C-130 Seaplane Is Finally Happening

better if the fuselage of a C-130 was equipped with an inflatable skirt and turbine power diverted through a power take off unit to inflate the skirt by a few inches for hovercraft/lcac style water ops? You are trading weight for complexity. Might be worth it, but someone will have to go through th...

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by zanl188
Fri Oct 08, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-130 production Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2205

Re: C-130 production Question

https://youtu.be/gG2z8FrSCN8
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GalaxyFlyer wrote:

On what do you base that supposition? Everything but airdrop missions, which are mostly trainers, would be pressurized.


Many 130s fly non airdrop missions that don’t require doors to be closed, let alone pressurization.

https://youtu.be/gG2z8FrSCN8

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by zanl188
Thu Sep 30, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 93
Views: 15801

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

https://youtu.be/oeuU_ffBlGI

Let’s find all those hydrogen leaks now please…
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SLS umbilical release and retract test:

https://youtu.be/oeuU_ffBlGI

Let’s find all those hydrogen leaks now please…

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by zanl188
Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cruise Missiles and Cargo Planes
Replies: 23
Views: 2177

Re: Cruise Missiles and Cargo Planes

Think the first night of ODS. Load up a dozen or so C-17s and have them drop a wall of ALCMs. We are talking of hundreds of cruise missiles launched without having to tie up any strike aircraft with their delivery. A slightly more complicated version of what could be done with a GLCM, but without a...

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by zanl188
Sat Sep 25, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 310
Views: 65629

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

Is 61-0009 going to be the test bed for the reengine?

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by zanl188
Sat Sep 25, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: RR Will Provide Jet Engines For The B-52 Re-engine
Replies: 310
Views: 65629

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

vnauta wrote:
BTW what will the designation be for the re-engined B52?


B-52J or better. DoD won't allow and I or an O in an MDS designation.

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by zanl188
Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cruise Missiles and Cargo Planes
Replies: 23
Views: 2177

Re: Cruise Missiles and Cargo Planes

Parachutes, and associated equipment, are heavy. Why not just launch off the 130s ramp and jettison dispenser?

Of course if you’re using a 130 for this the situation is already desperate.

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by zanl188
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 455
Views: 61930

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

The four people are on the way down. I've watched a tiny bit of the live stream - which is on right now. And one of the astronauts is watching "Spaceballs" on his iPad. :biggrin: Musk kicked in $50M towards the funding goal for St Judes. Earlier this evening it sounded to me like they wer...

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by zanl188
Mon Sep 06, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1582

Re: Firefly Alpha News and Discussion Thread

https://youtu.be/qFjoPw0CfAU
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Engine failed about 15 sec into flight. New video from Firefly:

https://youtu.be/qFjoPw0CfAU

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 29, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 455
Views: 61930

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

CRS-23 launch with first stage landing on A Shortfall Of Gravitas… https://youtu.be/x-KiDqxAMU0 I was hoping first stage landing video would be better with the new drone ship. They may have some more tweaking to do. Space flight related item: there is a shortage of LOX across the southern US. Appare...

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 29, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astra tests, launches and developments
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

Re: Astra tests, launches and developments

https://youtu.be/x2jU5W4ehPE
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Scott Manley video regarding this launch….

https://youtu.be/x2jU5W4ehPE

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 29, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astra tests, launches and developments
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

Re: Astra tests, launches and developments

Thanks for starting an Astra thread. One of five first stage engines failed at lift off. This made the thrust to weight ratio 1 to 1. It hovered off of the pad. Didn’t start to climb until it burned off some propellant. Tumble was due to intentional flight termination.. The initial “lean and hover” ...

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by zanl188
Tue Aug 17, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10970

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

LyleLanley wrote:
Please try to think before you post.


As someone who has worked on a C-17 or two, I suggest you do the same.

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by zanl188
Mon Aug 16, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10970

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

People reported falling from the sky while departing . Media report people was hanging outside the C-17 on takeoff. Oh my god. Indeed. Oh my God. C-17 rolling, with people on the landing gear fairing: https://twitter.com/TOLOnews/status/1427204278695997442 Blurry video of two people falling from a ...

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by zanl188
Sat Aug 07, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 455
Views: 61930

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://youtu.be/SA8ZBJWo73E
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Part 2 of Everyday Astronauts interview with Musk.

https://youtu.be/SA8ZBJWo73E

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by zanl188
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 455
Views: 61930

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://youtu.be/t705r8ICkRw

If you lack the time….. “Don’t optimize stupid requirements”
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If you’ve got an hour, part 1 of Everyday Astronauts tour of Starbase with Musk is worth a listen….

https://youtu.be/t705r8ICkRw

If you lack the time….. “Don’t optimize stupid requirements”

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort
Replies: 19
Views: 3750

Re: Flight Deck Temperature Comfort

The C-5 flight deck, cockpit doesn’t really describe it fully, had a major failing—it wasn’t sealed up under the pilots’ feet. Normally, not a problem until unloading out the front on a cold day. The cold and wind would blow up they the unsealed areas behind the panel and freeze your feet. I mentio...

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by zanl188
Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 455
Views: 61930

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

BN3 successfully completed 3 engine static fire about 30 minutes ago.

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by zanl188
Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 213
Views: 35406

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

https://youtu.be/OgvJ1bGTZPw
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Starliner rolls out for 2nd test flight

https://youtu.be/OgvJ1bGTZPw

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by zanl188
Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2945

Re: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... new-images
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Hubble back to science operations…

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... new-images

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by zanl188
Sat Jul 17, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2945

Re: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... telescope/
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Successful switch to backup computer.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... telescope/

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by zanl188
Sun Jul 11, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 75
Views: 29995

Re: Virgin Galactic News and Discussion Thread

Not a mention of Rutan on the VG webcast. Whole concept was his brainchild.

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by zanl188
Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 391
Views: 95032

Re: 737 Cargo in water at HNL

01:40 USGC informed of the pending crash (aircraft at about 600 ft at this time) 01:45 last ADS-B contact at 50’ 02:51 first pilot picked up by HFD boat 02:57 second pilot picked up by USCG helicopter / Given statement of Coast Guard helo crew this timeline appears implausible at worst or misinterp...

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by zanl188
Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 391
Views: 95032

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Every reference I’ve seen regarding “an hour for USCG helo to arrive” has measured that hour from time of 737 takeoff, not time of ditching. What was Coast Guards planned response time? (Time from notification to airborne) The USCG have said in numerous reports they were notified around 01:40, wher...

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by zanl188
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 391
Views: 95032

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

Every reference I’ve seen regarding “an hour for USCG helo to arrive” has measured that hour from time of 737 takeoff, not time of ditching.

What was Coast Guards planned response time? (Time from notification to airborne)

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by zanl188
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2945

Re: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

I suspect only option for repair on orbit is SpaceX & Starship. Starship isn’t anywhere near ready.

Maybe backup computer will work.

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by zanl188
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hubble - Payload Computer Problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2945

Hubble - Payload Computer Problem

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... -telescope
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Computer suffered a problem a week ago. Backup computer is available but, as of 18 Jun, had not yet been tried.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... -telescope

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by zanl188
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 93
Views: 15801

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

https://youtu.be/5n8AY-k-Su4
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SLS core stage was stacked today.

Amazing how the VAB can make even the largest pieces of hardware seem small.

https://youtu.be/5n8AY-k-Su4

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by zanl188
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6465

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

I believe so.

I’m pretty sure I heard that the $28M would be donated to charity. Likely a tax write off.

Lot of cash for a short ride.

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by zanl188
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6465

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

3rd seat just went for $28M.

For a suborbital flight.

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by zanl188
Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Retro-jet maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 2697

Re: Retro-jet maintenance

Looked amazing when brand new then I don’t think they polished them again, they looked terrible, like they had a skin disease Oxidation on NWs bare metal surfaces always looked like crap. Especially around the doors where jetway rubber rubbed against the metal. Every time I heard the NW gong on the...

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by zanl188
Sat May 22, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15449

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

No flippable rollers on 747F. C-5 has them so flush floor can be driven on. This is also one of the reasons for subfloor requirement on KC-10. I’m not sure if this still true, but when KC-10 was new the Booms wouldn’t even let folks walk on the floor. Either had to walk on the seat pallets or the ca...

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by zanl188
Sat May 22, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15449

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

An entire study about all (tanker/cargo) possibilities of 747's in military service is available here : http://www.ausairpower.net/APAA/APA-2005-02.pdf This study was performed for the Australian tanker selection, but also a lot of info about the 747 military pallet cargo loads / loading possibilit...

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