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by BeechStarship
Wed Jan 08, 2003 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could 3-6-3 Seating Be Possible/Legal On The A380?
Replies: 9
Views: 6150

RE: Could 3-6-3 Seating Be Possible/Legal On The A380?

MattNZ, the 747 was supposed to usher in a new generation of comfort too, which it was at first with 2-4-3 seating and lounges even in coach. But as usual economics dictates and most 747s were reconfigured as cattlecars after a short time. So don't buy any of Aibus' "Next Generation" marketing tacti...

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by BeechStarship
Tue Jan 07, 2003 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could 3-6-3 Seating Be Possible/Legal On The A380?
Replies: 9
Views: 6150

RE: Could 3-6-3 Seating Be Possible/Legal On The A380?

EGGD, 4-4-4 would violate the "two seats away from an aisle" rule mentioned above. As far as emergency doors go, Airbus could add more. Wonder what the seating capacity would be on a 3-6-3 A380? Is it indeed only a foot wider than a 747? If that's true I doubt 3-6-3 would be possilble. Even 3-5-3 so...

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by BeechStarship
Tue Jan 07, 2003 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Russian/Soviet Pax Plane
Replies: 41
Views: 3097

RE: Best Russian/Soviet Pax Plane

I must apologize for not giving the Yak-42 some credit. I checked the reg list and in fact Cubana's Yaks are flying again. They grounded them for some time when one crashed a few years back...I thought permanently but I guess not. Also while checking the regs I found out that the remaining white tai...

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by BeechStarship
Tue Jan 07, 2003 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could 3-6-3 Seating Be Possible/Legal On The A380?
Replies: 9
Views: 6150

Could 3-6-3 Seating Be Possible/Legal On The A380?

Wondering what charter or domestic Asian operators might do with a juicy A380 on their hands. If they can squeeze 3-4-3 on a DC-10, L1011, or 777, and 3-5-3 on a 747, and even 4-3 on the old Trident, surely the mammoth A380 could handle 3-6-3! Wow...what a cattlecar! Is the A380 wide enough to suppo...

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by BeechStarship
Mon Jan 06, 2003 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode
Replies: 41
Views: 6644

RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

The show just ended out here in California. Gotta love the Simpsons! Epcot IS very lame and out of date, and the Simpsons give it a good roast. I love it...Lisa says "ooohhh...the future dome! It's what people in the 60s thought life would be like in 1987!" The Eastern Airlines ride was hilarious wi...

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by BeechStarship
Mon Jan 06, 2003 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Russian/Soviet Pax Plane
Replies: 41
Views: 3097

RE: Best Russian/Soviet Pax Plane

Why hasn't anyone mentioned the Yak-42?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> What a lousy plane...even Cubana retired theirs. I heard that the factory can't sell several of it's last Yak-42s and they've sat there for over five years gathering dust. My vote is for the IL-62.

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by BeechStarship
Fri Jan 03, 2003 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will The Stored F-100s Fly Again Or Be Broken Up?
Replies: 30
Views: 4362

RE: Will The Stored F-100s Fly Again Or Be Broken Up?

Where is this Rekkof website you speak of? Are these folks serious about restarting Fokker production? Seems hard to justify with so many of them sitting around waiting to be sold. About the Tay 620...wouldn't the newly manufactured engines already have the required fixes in place? This wouldn't be ...

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by BeechStarship
Tue Dec 31, 2002 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will The Stored F-100s Fly Again Or Be Broken Up?
Replies: 30
Views: 4362

Will The Stored F-100s Fly Again Or Be Broken Up?

In the recent thread on American's soon-to-be-retired F-100s, the general opinion is that the huge number (~114 craft) of American and USAir F-100s won't ever fly again. I find it hard to believe that regional jets as young as five years old will be parked permanently. As I recall, American got some...

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by BeechStarship
Sat Dec 28, 2002 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caravelle
Replies: 7
Views: 1339

RE: Caravelle

That is an amazing picture at the link Sccutler gave us. The nose on that plane is incredibly sleek and the triangular widows very unique. Did anyone find out who is flying the former Gabon Express Caravelle?

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by BeechStarship
Sat Dec 21, 2002 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Tarom Still Fly Their BAC 1-11s?
Replies: 11
Views: 4150

RE: Does Tarom Still Fly Their BAC 1-11s?

How far east do the European noise regulations go? Are former Eastern Bloc countries like Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland under these same noise regs? Is it a European Union collaboration or something? I'm surprised these countries would have such strict rules, considering Russia still ...

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by BeechStarship
Fri Dec 20, 2002 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Tarom Still Fly Their BAC 1-11s?
Replies: 11
Views: 4150

RE: Does Tarom Still Fly Their BAC 1-11s?

They retired them already? Those planes weren't that old! Was there something wrong with them, or did the European noise regs do them in?

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by BeechStarship
Fri Dec 20, 2002 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Tarom Still Fly Their BAC 1-11s?
Replies: 11
Views: 4150

Does Tarom Still Fly Their BAC 1-11s?

I will be flying to Hungary and Romania this summer, my father's and mother's birthplace, respectively. I haven't been to these countries and look forward to experiencing them. I'm planning my flights and would love a chance to fly on a BAC 1-11 which I have never flown on. I believe the ones that T...

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by BeechStarship
Thu Dec 19, 2002 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO 777s
Replies: 27
Views: 1914

RE: CO 777s

Sure are much more comfortable than those ancient DC10s they replaced. I love DC10s, but Continental's were really showing their age and in sad shape. They still had those awful air tube headsets. On one Houston-HNL flight the movie system was shot, my seat wouldn't recline (broken), and the reading...

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by BeechStarship
Wed Dec 18, 2002 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Holland @ Nauru And Kabul
Replies: 8
Views: 2484

RE: Air Holland @ Nauru And Kabul

Australia has chartered L1011s to Nauru for this same purpose before. I think their airfield is pretty long. Anyone know the specs? Still no sign of Air Nauru...I used to fly them regularly when I lived in Pohnpei, FSM. Any word on them resuming services? Their single 737-400 is spotted from time to...

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by BeechStarship
Wed Dec 18, 2002 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ariana Buy Another Ex-American 727
Replies: 6
Views: 1984

RE: Ariana Buy Another Ex-American 727

Nice to see these 3 holers getting a new lease on life with Ariana. Did they actually purchase these aircraft? Last I heard, Ameican DONATED them. Best of luck to Ariana as they expand.

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by BeechStarship
Tue Dec 17, 2002 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Ponders New Stretch Lockheed L-1011 NG
Replies: 30
Views: 4227

RE: Northwest Ponders New Stretch Lockheed L-1011 NG

My favorite is the Virgin Atlantic one at the bottom, what a great color scheme! This guy should design liveries for a living, if he doesn't already.

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by BeechStarship
Mon Dec 16, 2002 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Been To Maxton NC Airliner Scrapyard?
Replies: 16
Views: 9089

RE: Anyone Been To Maxton NC Airliner Scrapyard?

United_Fan...I am jealous! All the times I was there taking picture I NEVER had that kind of good fortune! I went to the office once to ask if I could go in and they said no. Of course I was a teenager at the time, so I'm sure they thought I would cause trouble. Anyone else get inside?

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by BeechStarship
Sat Dec 14, 2002 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legend Airlines
Replies: 22
Views: 2127

RE: Legend Airlines

What happened to their DC9s? They'd make excellent charter jets for sports teams. If I had a pro sports team I'd snap one up in a second! If they're being scrapped, I hope the interiors and PTVs aren't going to waste. I'd like to get my hands on one of those seats for my living room. I am a redneck ...

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by BeechStarship
Sat Dec 14, 2002 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Been To Maxton NC Airliner Scrapyard?
Replies: 16
Views: 9089

RE: Anyone Been To Maxton NC Airliner Scrapyard?

This is the Illuyshin Il-62 referred to above, and it's still there of course. Supposedly is WAS for a museum that never got off the ground, no pun intended. I've never been able to find out just how in ended up in Maxton. Of course, they ruined the plane for any future museum. They decided to use i...

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by BeechStarship
Sat Dec 14, 2002 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BWIA's Fleet Update
Replies: 16
Views: 2495

RE: BWIA's Fleet Update

How many of their L1011-500s do they still fly, or are they all retired at this point?

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by BeechStarship
Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Type Of L1011s Delta Used On ATL-HNL Nonstop
Replies: 13
Views: 3709

RE: Type Of L1011s Delta Used On ATL-HNL Nonstop

A crew needs to sleep on an 8 hour flight? First class seats not comfy enough for a break? Gotta love the unions...don't get me started.  Smile

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by BeechStarship
Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Been To Maxton NC Airliner Scrapyard?
Replies: 16
Views: 9089

RE: Anyone Been To Maxton NC Airliner Scrapyard?

I know there's a mailing list that talks about arrival, departures, etc. at Maxton. Do a search for it. As far as getting in...there's a road around the perimeter where you can see most of the airliners, but getting inside the fence officially is difficult from what I hear. There are sometimes holes...

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by BeechStarship
Fri Dec 13, 2002 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Been To Maxton NC Airliner Scrapyard?
Replies: 16
Views: 9089

Anyone Been To Maxton NC Airliner Scrapyard?

Wondering if any of you have "experienced" the airliner scrapyard in Maxton, NC or have any comments about the place. I grew up in Charlotte, and every time we went to Myrtle Beach my dad would drive by Maxton and we'd gawk at the stored/scrapped airliners there. Now I live near LA (toward Mojave......

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by BeechStarship
Wed Dec 11, 2002 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did MDD Compensate Airlines For MD11 Shortcomings?
Replies: 7
Views: 1581

RE: Did MDD Compensate Airlines For MD11 Shortcomings?

Thanks, Garuda, for the info...that answers all my questions. So did the ER version meet all the specs the original MD11 was supposed to?

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by BeechStarship
Tue Dec 10, 2002 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did MDD Compensate Airlines For MD11 Shortcomings?
Replies: 7
Views: 1581

RE: Did MDD Compensate Airlines For MD11 Shortcomings?

What station is "Discovery Wings" on...the Discovery Channel? Man...I need to get cable.  Smile

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by BeechStarship
Tue Dec 10, 2002 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did MDD Compensate Airlines For MD11 Shortcomings?
Replies: 7
Views: 1581

Did MDD Compensate Airlines For MD11 Shortcomings?

I was reading the archives about why MD11s were sold off so quickly by their pax operators. Supposedly, this was because they didn't meet the range/performance/pax capacity that was promised when the orders were placed. Just wondering how aircraft purchase agreements are made before a craft is in pr...

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by BeechStarship
Tue Dec 10, 2002 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANZ 767 Engine Failure
Replies: 24
Views: 5259

RE: ANZ 767 Engine Failure

Sheez! With the plane that close to retirement, will they fix it? Seems like some pretty major damage to the wing and fuselage.

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by BeechStarship
Sat Dec 07, 2002 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest A Jetliner Stored Then Returnd To Service?
Replies: 5
Views: 2082

Longest A Jetliner Stored Then Returnd To Service?

I was reviewing a history of the Mojave Airliner storage/scrap facility since going there recently, and found pictures of USAir RJs sitting there, evidently for up to seven years, then sold to various British airlines and put back into service! Were these RJs the longest time a jetliner was stored a...

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by BeechStarship
Wed Dec 04, 2002 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking Onboard
Replies: 41
Views: 3300

RE: Smoking Onboard

In the 70s wasn't there an in-flight fire with a lot of fatalities that was caused by a burning cigarette tossed in a lavatory trash can? Another reason to ban smoking. I think it was in a DC8 or 707 or similar size aircraft. And I believe it was Air France! When will they learn...

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by BeechStarship
Wed Dec 04, 2002 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking Onboard
Replies: 41
Views: 3300

RE: Smoking Onboard

>>our last 3 rows or so were smoking in the Business class section and i >>remember walking around that section while others smoked and there really >>wasnt any smell or smoke because of the effecient ventilation system >This was obviously written by a smoker whose sense of smell is shot. Amen! Even...

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by BeechStarship
Wed Dec 04, 2002 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Were 707s Retired Way Before DC8s?
Replies: 28
Views: 3051

RE: Why Were 707s Retired Way Before DC8s?

Wow, that DC9 has quite a history! I wonder what maintenance is like for jets from the 60s vs. ones made in the 80s. Parts would be dirt cheap due to the abundance of scrapped airliners, but labor must make these old birds quite expensive to keep up. Still less than the payments on a new craft of co...

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by BeechStarship
Tue Dec 03, 2002 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Were 707s Retired Way Before DC8s?
Replies: 28
Views: 3051

Why Were 707s Retired Way Before DC8s?

Just curious as to why mainline pax carriers used the DC-8 far longer than the 707. The last mainline pax 707 was retired in the early 80s (if I remember correctly), but United flew the DC8 until the early 90's. This is curious because 707 production continued way past that of the DC8. Was the DC8 d...

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by BeechStarship
Fri Nov 15, 2002 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW: DC9-10 Still Here But MD80 Long GONE, Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 3350

RE: NW: DC9-10 Still Here But MD80 Long GONE, Why?

Sorry, was I thinking of the DC9-40 or 50? I forgot which was the longest DC9 before the MD80 came out.

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by BeechStarship
Fri Nov 15, 2002 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW: DC9-10 Still Here But MD80 Long GONE, Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 3350

RE: NW: DC9-10 Still Here But MD80 Long GONE, Why?

OK, I did a little more research (airlinerlist.com), and its true that Republic owned the birds, but soon after NW sold them to a leasing company and leased them back (as is common), and when the lease ran out in 1999 the leasing company was stuck with them. Why lease old MD80s when you have FREE ol...

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by BeechStarship
Thu Nov 14, 2002 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Airline Ever Sold Food In Flight? Why Not?
Replies: 15
Views: 3828

RE: Any Airline Ever Sold Food In Flight? Why Not?

The "meal" on my 4.5 hour Delta flight is a sandwich snack. That just doesn't cut it. Also, on occasions that I fly with a stopover, sometimes I arrive late and have to rush to my next gate without any time to grab food. I've gone 7 hours without a meal this way before! I had to ask for an extra sna...

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by BeechStarship
Thu Nov 14, 2002 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Airline Ever Sold Food In Flight? Why Not?
Replies: 15
Views: 3828

Any Airline Ever Sold Food In Flight? Why Not?

I flew ONT-BNA recently on Southwest, and because I was running a bit late to the airport didn't have time eat lunch or stock up on food. So I basically starved on the nearly four hour flight! I understand the concept of a no-frills airline, but even on my 4.5 hour ONT-ATL flight this Christmas on D...

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by BeechStarship
Thu Nov 14, 2002 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do Continental Micronesia Still Fly Guam-Cairns?
Replies: 10
Views: 4046

RE: Do Continental Micronesia Still Fly Guam-Cairns?

Wow, I'm surprised they don't fly anything bigger than a 767 from HNL-GUM. How much smaller capacity is the 764 than the old DC10-30 they used to use? That flight was packed whenever I flew it...I can't imagine them using smaller planes unless they have more frequency.

Jay

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by BeechStarship
Thu Nov 14, 2002 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW: DC9-10 Still Here But MD80 Long GONE, Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 3350

RE: NW: DC9-10 Still Here But MD80 Long GONE, Why?

Simple: NW owns the DC9s outright and its easy to get cheap parts to maintain them. The MD80s were leased and thus cost more to operate. I think it's pretty smart on their part. I drive a 15 year old car even though I could afford a new one. Sure, I have to repair it more often, but parts are cheap ...

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by BeechStarship
Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Fly CO Micronesia "island Hopper" HNL-GUA?
Replies: 13
Views: 4552

RE: Anyone Fly CO Micronesia "island Hopper" HNL-GUA?

The aircraft is there for around 30 mins on each stop. Enough time to visit the airport and wander around a bit, but not much else. They don't care if you leave the airport, but the only place worth wandering out into town from the airport is TKK (Chuuk). You can plan gaps in the schedule if you wis...

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by BeechStarship
Wed Nov 13, 2002 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do Continental Micronesia Still Fly Guam-Cairns?
Replies: 10
Views: 4046

RE: Do Continental Micronesia Still Fly Guam-Cairns?

Sorry About the code for CS. I made a similar mistake in my last new post listing GUA for Guam instead of GUM. Doh!

CS also operates a 777 between HNL and GUM if I remember correctly. At least that's what I've heard replaced the ancient DC-10-30s that I flew on last time I flew that route.

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by BeechStarship
Wed Nov 13, 2002 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anybody Want To Live In A 727?
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

RE: Anybody Want To Live In A 727?

I love it...make mine a 747SP! I bet this sucker would violate a few building codes here in California. Big grin I would REALLY like to see if this could be done...looks like he's serious. Is this guy crazy or what?

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by BeechStarship
Wed Nov 13, 2002 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do Continental Micronesia Still Fly Guam-Cairns?
Replies: 10
Views: 4046

RE: Do Continental Micronesia Still Fly Guam-Cairns?

Yes they do, but good luck finding listings ANY of CM's flights that aren't daily! CO's website does NOTHING to promote their Micronesian routes. Its really a shame CO doesn't have a separate website for CM.

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by BeechStarship
Wed Nov 13, 2002 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Good News For Bali
Replies: 7
Views: 2485

RE: More Good News For Bali

Yes, great news! I've been to Bali and the people there are wonderful, hardworking, and enterprising. I am so saddened when an extremist few ruin the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people. No doubt all the businesspeople in Bali are hurting...I wish success upon the new airline.

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by BeechStarship
Tue Nov 12, 2002 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Fly CO Micronesia "island Hopper" HNL-GUA?
Replies: 13
Views: 4552

RE: Anyone Fly CO Micronesia "island Hopper" HNL-GUA?

>My total trip was: ZRH-KUL-TPE-LAX-HNL-MAJ-KWJ-KSA-PNI-TKK-GUM-YAP-ROR-MNL-BKI-SDK-KUD-BKI-KUL-ZRH in 12 days Sheeze!!! That's quite a trip! I still have not been to Yap...the most traditional of all the islands...someday soon I hope. These islands are mostly gorgeous, undiscovered and refreshingly...

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by BeechStarship
Mon Nov 11, 2002 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Fly CO Micronesia "island Hopper" HNL-GUA?
Replies: 13
Views: 4552

Anyone Fly CO Micronesia "island Hopper" HNL-GUA?

Just wondering if anybody has flown or has info on the island hopper route, which flys from Hawaii to Guam and back. Itinerary: HNL-MAJ-KWJ-KSA-PNI-TKK-GUM . I've done it several times because of church missions on those islands that I visit occasionally. I also spent a year in PNI (Pohnpei) as a mi...

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by BeechStarship
Sat Nov 09, 2002 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tu144 Would You Fly On One?
Replies: 42
Views: 6569

RE: Tu144 Would You Fly On One?

I would fly on the Boeing/NASA massaged one, but the others? Forget it. Old Soviet airliners are risky enough much less one that never really proved its airworthiness. Too bad they are leaving that beautiful bird outside to rot...it should be in a hangar or a museum somewhere! What a waste...but the...

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by BeechStarship
Sat Nov 09, 2002 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Almost No Pax DC10s Built From '83-90?
Replies: 6
Views: 1793

RE: Why Almost No Pax DC10s Built From '83-90?

I agree that the DC10/L1011 didn't compete with the 767/A310 class...I don't think Boeing really had a competitive airliner in this class until the 777. I still maintain that MDD should have developed a twin engined high-bypass version of the DC10 instead of the MD11. The MD11 was not exactly a fail...

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by BeechStarship
Fri Nov 08, 2002 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Almost No Pax DC10s Built From '83-90?
Replies: 6
Views: 1793

Why Almost No Pax DC10s Built From '83-90?

I was looking through the reg lists for DC10s because of curiousity in the rare DC10-30ER (Only 3 made!), and noticed that orders for the pax version of the DC10 dried up completely from '83-'87 and even in '87 and '88 only seven were built...4 -30s and 3 -ERs. And NO DC10s at all from late '88 unti...

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by BeechStarship
Fri Nov 08, 2002 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Isnt Delta A Great Airline?
Replies: 79
Views: 4474

RE: Isnt Delta A Great Airline?

The reason I said 4 hours is because that's what my Grandmother said after her flight. Of course, she could be exaggerating.  Smile I've never flown the route before...sorry. Wonder what the longest RJ route is?

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by BeechStarship
Fri Nov 08, 2002 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA/American Still Flying Chinese Made MD-83s?
Replies: 29
Views: 4631

RE: TWA/American Still Flying Chinese Made MD-83s?

Sorry, my bad. I got too excited and jumped ahead without reading.  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> I searched for pictures of them and nothing came up except for B-2103, which someone attributed to China Eastern MD-83...and it supposedly crashed! Mistaken reg on his par...

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