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by zanl188
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Fire at KCHS
Replies: 9
Views: 1529

Re: C-17 Fire at KCHS

That will keep Boeing AOG folks busy.

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by zanl188
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 68
Views: 9572

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

Full duration run complete....

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by zanl188
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 68
Views: 9572

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

Green Run V2 coming up in about 7 minutes.....

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2460

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

A much cheaper alternative would be a retired USAF C-5A/B from the Boneyard. NASA could have as many as they want, but I don't think they would need more than 3 or 4. These C-5A/Bs could be brought up to the C-5AMP and C-5M configuration, then sent to have the fuselage widened and taller while reta...

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2460

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

kc135topboom wrote:
If NASA wanted a B-747-LCF, the FAA would not stand in the way.



Sure it would.

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 26085

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

.... and SpaceX launches, and lands, a Falcon 9 for a record ninth time. We live in exciting times.....

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by zanl188
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Return to Service Thread 2021
Replies: 67
Views: 23310

Re: Boeing 737MAX Return to Service Thread 2021

Do we have any nuts and bolts details of the modifications required to return these aircraft to service?

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by zanl188
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?
Replies: 23
Views: 2460

Re: NASA Super Guppy Replacement?

LightningZ71 wrote:
I guess Boeing could always comission another Dreamlifter, 747-400 LCF


IIRC, 747 type certificate restricts Dreamlifter to Boeing use only.

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by zanl188
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 26085

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Doesn't the proximity of the launch and landing facilities risk damage to the neighbouring pads, and to vehicles waiting for launch there, in case of an explosion? If that's not an issue, why did NASA build their stuff so far apart at KSC in the first place? Complex 39 was designed for LOX/Hydrogen...

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by zanl188
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 26085

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Appeared to be a good flight. Still need to work on landing however....

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by zanl188
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Refueling wide bodies
Replies: 31
Views: 4768

Re: Refueling wide bodies

Along the same lines, do airlines strategically shop around for fuel at airports/states/countries with lower prices? Not only that, they buy large amounts of fuel futures in order to decrease exposure to price fluctuations. Delta went so far as to buy a refinery. I am unsure if they are still in th...

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by zanl188
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 26085

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Can't help but wonder how metaphorically close to the sun spacex is flying. Sooner or later one of those high use boosters will fail. Sush now, there are fans of the “test, explode, fix, test again” design philosophy that don’t want to hear that. On the other hand, payloads flying on high cycle boo...

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by zanl188
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 68
Views: 9572

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

Core stage just fired up. Appears to me they had unplanned shutdown at about t+60 secs.

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by zanl188
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 68
Views: 9572

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

It’s on the NASA YouTube channel now.

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by zanl188
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 26085

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Slug71 wrote:
Armodeen wrote:
Anyone know what the objectives are for SN9? Are they pushing for orbit?!


Highly unlikely since it has no heat tiles. It'll probably be similar to SN8, possibly a bit higher.


Needs a first stage for orbit...

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by zanl188
Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?
Replies: 31
Views: 4810

Re: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?

I meant exactly flying military personnel in and out, not wounded. The CRAF aircraft I assume were not made to have some markings distinguishing say this particular TW741 carrying personnel from another TW741 carrying fare paying pax? Something similar to the Lusitania technically being a legal tar...

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by zanl188
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Stitch wrote:
Was a successful landing one of the possible goals? It did not look like it had any landing struts.


Landing legs are inside the bottom of the cylinder. They were visible in the engine shots. I didn’t see them deploy.

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by zanl188
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Given the Spacex philosophy, I’ll call that a successful test! Woo hoo!

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by zanl188
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airframe scrapping question .. rectangular cutouts?
Replies: 4
Views: 1358

Re: Airframe scrapping question .. rectangular cutouts?

That’s a lot of window belt repairs!

I understand the doors & frames are cut out to make door trainers, true?

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by zanl188
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Just a few hours ago - the first successful static fire of Snate SN8. The first time around, the rokkit blew off a piece of martyte - the ceramic-filled epoxy resin that protects the launchpad (as well as the landing pads). That piece tore through a Raptor engine. I saw Martyte, or something simila...

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by zanl188
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US no longer a member of Military Open Skies treaty
Replies: 60
Views: 8974

Re: US no longer a member of Military Open Skies treaty

Open Skies has always been problematic since neither Russia or the US actually needs the imagery collected by these aircraft. Rather the imagery is really intended for allied countries that lack the technical means to collect this imagery themselves. Benefit to Russia/US was stability and confidence...

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by zanl188
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will the US and other Nations Military’s be used to distribute CV19 vaccines?
Replies: 33
Views: 2537

Re: Will the US and other Nations Military’s be used to distribute CV19 vaccines?

Dry ice is a problem for any pressurized aircraft. As the CO2 sublimes it displaces O2. How much dry ice an aircraft can carry depends on number of pax aboard, cabin air refresh rate, and type of aircraft. If I recall my military airlift experience correctly flying unpressurized was also an option f...

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by zanl188
Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Swing-wing aircraft - why the swing away?
Replies: 23
Views: 3056

Re: Swing-wing aircraft - why the swing away?

As far as the US Navy is concerned I believe the move to light weight fighters (F-18) had something to do with it. Both the F-8 and F-14 needed variable geometry to get aboard a carrier.

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by zanl188
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do NFL teams charter large wide body planes?
Replies: 9
Views: 2212

Re: Why do NFL teams charter large wide body planes?

Lots of variables with this question.... Pre-season game, regular game, post-season, Super Bowl? Type of market team is resident in? Etc

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by zanl188
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35B & KC-130 Mid Air
Replies: 28
Views: 5549

Re: F-35B & KC-130 Mid Air

Well the KC-130 can refuel from the KC-46, and nearly every plane that can refuel using H & D can do it on either. Can the KC-130 refuel off the boom? I don’t believe it can. HC-130J can do it though. Air Force units flying the HC-130 have the low speed drogue. This limits them to refueling hel...

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by zanl188
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One cargo deck air stairs
Replies: 4
Views: 2765

Re: Air Force One cargo deck air stairs

Yes the president uses those stairs, often at Andrew’s and during lower profile trips. Here is an article from last month with a picture showing Trump about to use them back in February: https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/local-news/air-force-one-comes-to-west-texas-here-are-some-facts/ When go...

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by zanl188
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is this a standard C-130H? (Wyoming ANG)
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Re: Is this a standard C-130H? (Wyoming ANG)

Appears to be a plain jane C-130 that has been modified to support LAIRCM, an anti IR missile system.

I don’t see the laser turret though. I’d suggest to you that LAIRCM has been removed while aircraft is in its fire fighting role. The portions that are removable anyway.

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by zanl188
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 112
Views: 20407

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

ThePointblank wrote:
It just has a lower melting temperature compared to steel.


Which would appear to have negative consequences in regards to combat survivability.

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by zanl188
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire
Replies: 112
Views: 20407

Re: USS Bonhomme Richard (Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) is on fire

More pictures of some of the damage to Richard: https://twitter.com/mercoglianos/status/1292127890918780929 This one is really striking: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ee6PdhLX0AAMMxe?format=jpg&name=medium The guy is looking up 4 decks of nothing through the island superstructure. The fire melted...

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by zanl188
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C141 Starlifter
Replies: 33
Views: 3175

Re: The C141 Starlifter

Max Q wrote:
Iirc one airframe in the overall fleet was not stretched and was retained by NASA operationally for some time after the AF ended their use


IIRC there were 4 that never got stretched: 12775, 12776, 12777, and the commercial demonstrator that went to NASA.

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Hypergolic fumes now in limits. Purge continuing however for safety sake.

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Trouble with hypergolic fumes out of limits. Purge of service section in progress.

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Lots of video from Control Center in Hawthorne. Hopefully we get something from the ship of splashdown.

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by zanl188
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Anyone have any knowledge of how Dragons guidance and navigation system will guide today’s reentry? Is it an IMU? GPS assist? MLS? Who makes it?... I know it has a star tracker.

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by zanl188
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: First KC-10 formally retired
Replies: 9
Views: 1324

Re: First KC-10 formally retired

I had understood that aircraft headed for DM needed to be turned in there in as delivered condition - not missing parts. Must have received dispensation for the boom.

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by zanl188
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Was the C-135 ever used in the Vietnam War?
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

Re: Was the C-135 ever used in the Vietnam War?

Newark727 wrote:
That's an interesting photo - did it already have turbofans at that point?


C-135Bs came from the factory with turbofans. Most didn’t stay transports very long though - aside from Speckled Trout.

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by zanl188
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Evergreen B747-200s disappearance from Pinal Airpark?
Replies: 5
Views: 2191

Re: Evergreen B747-200s disappearance from Pinal Airpark?

https://youtu.be/OXIcaOzFVeQ
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Anyone who's seen the DieHard movies know's what happened to N471EV - Bruce Willis had a fight on the wing and set it on fire. Or was that N474EV? :-)

https://youtu.be/OXIcaOzFVeQ

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by zanl188
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: An-225 pitch trim
Replies: 4
Views: 2024

Re: An-225 pitch trim

If I’m not mistaken both AN124 and AN225 use a fly by wire flight control system. That would certainly provide an opportunity to use elevators for pitch trim.

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by zanl188
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

And there are reports that it’s doing better than expected on orbit. http://www.google.com/amp/s/futurism.com/nasa-spacex-crew-dragon-generating-more-power/ What?!? Things aren’t going as expected? Who would have guessed? :-) At least it’s in a positive direction.... Hopefully the gamble pays off....

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by zanl188
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

To Zanl harrumphing about the need to prove safety before human flight and national security launches: duh, obviously you prove rockets are reasonably safe prior to those things. The purpose of these test to failure tests is to determine what reasonably safe even is. Welcome to Agile development. J...

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by zanl188
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

For many decades failure was basically not allowed for "space" projects, and any rocket failure was seen as the worst defeat, especially if seen by the public! You absolutely could NOT have that. It needed to work and work perfectly or it wasn't good enough. Who cares about delaying the p...

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by zanl188
Sat May 30, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Bob and Doug in orbit! Falcon 9 on the ASDS! Good launch!

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by zanl188
Sun May 10, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Steps for short-term airliner storage?
Replies: 2
Views: 924

Re: Steps for short-term airliner storage?

https://youtu.be/L2MLLUic_NM
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Check out GE Aviation on YouTube. They’ve done a series of videos on engine preservation since pandemic started.

Here’s latest one: https://youtu.be/L2MLLUic_NM

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by zanl188
Sun May 10, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

After SN1 blew in Texas, it was about one week before they had a test tank cobbled together out of SN2 parts and tested it to prove the problem was solved. How long would the "right" way of handling that incident have taken? (I was there about 20 minutes after that test) https://youtu.be/...

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