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by sovietjet
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MiG 25 Foxbat operators
Replies: 14
Views: 3456

Re: MiG 25 Foxbat operators

Thanks for telling me that. Do you know what there even used if they don't fly? I believe they use a Su-27UB or one of the prototype Su-30 aircraft as a chase plane now. Russian are in storage/reserve from what I know, but not used. Plenty of MiG31, plus modernised MiG31's in service. I think the G...

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by sovietjet
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MiG 25 Foxbat operators
Replies: 14
Views: 3456

Re: MiG 25 Foxbat operators

I've done my research and that appears to be true. A very specialised MiG 25PU trainer. I've also found out that the Sukhoi KnAAPO facility still fly 2 ex Soviet Sukhoi SU-17 Fitters and the MiGremont aircraft repair plant in Ukraine still fly at least 1 SU-17UM3 "77 Yellow" in Ukrainian ...

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by sovietjet
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MiG 25 Foxbat operators
Replies: 14
Views: 3456

Re: MiG 25 Foxbat operators

Russian are in storage/reserve from what I know, but not used. Plenty of MiG31, plus modernised MiG31's in service. I think the Gromov Research Institute has a specially configured aircraft testbed in service. I've done my research and that appears to be true. A very specialised MiG 25PU trainer. I...

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by sovietjet
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 319
Views: 40420

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

How about a curious question which I guess doesn't warrant a whole separate thread. When it comes to building and servicing the F-35...are the fasteners metric system or Imperial? Would the aircraft technicians around the world all need to purchase inch-sized tools? I have a similar question for the...

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by sovietjet
Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MiG 25 Foxbat operators
Replies: 14
Views: 3456

Re: MiG 25 Foxbat operators

Only Algeria still uses some. Russian ones stopped flying in 2013. Syria/Libya both stopped before the wars. Azeri and Armenian probably at least 10+ years ago. North Korea never had MiG-25s.

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by sovietjet
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 319
Views: 40420

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Interesting. In general though I wonder why it is such a struggle for the F-35 to fly fast. You would think the combination of one of the most powerful jet fighter engines, along with a very clean aerodynamic layout would easily enable it to reach M2, and supercruise for prolonged periods. What am I...

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by sovietjet
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 319
Views: 40420

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

I wonder what it is on the F-35B and F-35C that limits the supersonic flight? And not on the F-35A..

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by sovietjet
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 338577

Coronavirus relief flights

I know there is a thread already about the impact to aviation due to COVID-19, but this thread is about the relief flights ONLY. Examples are the Samaritan's purse DC-8 flights to Italy or Russia sending Il-76s with supplies to Italy, and etc. What other relief flights have there been to Italy and E...

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by sovietjet
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 280
Views: 42344

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

Given that KC-767s already exist and are doing good work, I still don't completely understand how Boeing managed to screw it up so badly by trying to fix something that wasn't broken. They could have just taken the KC-767 and mass produced it.

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by sovietjet
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 319
Views: 40420

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Seems like quite a waste of money to custom fit a helmet to the head of a pilot, and then if he chooses to switch squadrons, careers, or decides to retire that is half a million dollars down the drain. Unless there is a way to re-fit the helmet for the next pilot...

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by sovietjet
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 319
Views: 40420

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Pretty impressive to pass 1000 flight hours although if you’re assigned to deliver new aircraft from the factory to the respective units you probably clock up a lot of time, especially given 134 aircraft were built last year. Wonder if he just flies commercial back to Fort Worth or has to wait for ...

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by sovietjet
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297514

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752

Why does the CCTV footage have a date of 2019-10-17??

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by sovietjet
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 34
Views: 5222

Re: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2

Let's not make this political. Whoever the crew is, were following orders during their service in the military. The problem with fog is not that the helicopter doesn't have electronics to get back to base. From what I understand, it's the terrain obstacles. Imagine flying low and not knowing where ...

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by sovietjet
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 34
Views: 5222

Re: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2

Let's not make this political. Whoever the crew is, were following orders during their service in the military. The problem with fog is not that the helicopter doesn't have electronics to get back to base. From what I understand, it's the terrain obstacles. Imagine flying low and not knowing where e...

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by sovietjet
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mig-29M-2. Different types?
Replies: 14
Views: 1663

Re: Mig-29M-2. Different types?

The aircraft in the first photo I posted in my opening post is MiG-35D? Converted from a MiG-29KUB. Here is a picture of the same aircraft I believe with Mig-35 painted on the side. And later that Mig-35 written on the side was removed and 747 painted on the side of the engine. First photo in openi...

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by sovietjet
Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mig-29M-2. Different types?
Replies: 14
Views: 1663

Re: Mig-29M-2. Different types?

Here is the best explanation I can give, however I will have to introduce a new nomenclature. In Russia, aircraft are often given an internal designation index, or "izdeliye". For the MiG-29, the classic versions we all know that were mass produced in the 80s and until the mid 90s were the...

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by sovietjet
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 206780

Re: F-35 news thread

So the end answer to your question is that URF is the cost you see being trumped. Since approx. Lot 8 the URFs includes the engine. If you compare this to other airframes the cost almost always given is the URF for both the F-35 and competitors. A quick look at export deals for other aircraft shows...

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by sovietjet
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 206780

Re: F-35 news thread

I'm sure this has been discussed before, but what exactly does this price of $82.4mil for Lot 12 F-35A really mean? Is this the cost it takes to produce the aircraft, i.e. what Lockheed spends out of its pocket to produce one copy? Is this the cost the USAF pays Lockheed for one F-35A? Is this what,...

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by sovietjet
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Soviet Airliner manufacturers?
Replies: 47
Views: 9516

Re: What happened to the Soviet Airliner manufacturers?

So please tell us about the continued success of Sukhoi SSJ I didn't mention anywhere that the SSJ is a success. The economic situation in Russia, although vastly improved from the 1990s, still has an effect on the development of the SSJ. Regardless, it was an improvement and a stepping stone towar...

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by sovietjet
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Soviet Airliner manufacturers?
Replies: 47
Views: 9516

Re: What happened to the Soviet Airliner manufacturers?

Soviet aircraft in general did not have a worse safety record. The people saying this here really need to open up and actually READ the statistics. The reason these manufacturers more or less disappeared is the economic crisis in the 1990s and 2000s. Their designs from before 1991 were not optimized...

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by sovietjet
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Last P-3C for the USN is now retired.
Replies: 14
Views: 7167

Re: Last P-3C for the USN is now retired.

Thanks for the information. Not counting the 12 EP-3E which may still be serving for a while, and the test squadron which would still be needed to support the -3E's, would you say not more than 10 frames in the reserve squadron? There are rumors that Congress may be interested to fund additional P-...

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by sovietjet
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Last P-3C for the USN is now retired.
Replies: 14
Views: 7167

Re: Last P-3C for the USN is now retired.

Misleading title. As the link says it is the last active duty P-3C, and not the last USN P-3C. Three squadrons stopped flying the P-3 in 2019. VP-46 returned from deployment in early 2019 and began transition to the P-8. VP-40 just returned as well and is retiring the P-3. VPU-2 apparently was also ...

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by sovietjet
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-135T
Replies: 5
Views: 5214

Re: KC-135T

Well, all I know is that several years ago I flew on a KC-135T for some air-to-air photos and immediately noticed that I had less viewing area for my camera than my usual KC-135 flights. The crew said it was a T model and that's why it had that extra equipment... The view from the boomer window on t...

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by sovietjet
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-135T
Replies: 5
Views: 5214

Re: KC-135T

The view from the boomer window on the "T" is also slightly more restricted as there is some extra equipment on the upper right side covering up a part of the window.

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by sovietjet
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway 28L closure - How Bad?
Replies: 144
Views: 28407

Re: SFO Runway 28L closure - How Bad?

Would the runway closures affect arrivals at all? I'm on a flight from ORD on Sep. 14th but would that get delayed at ORD because of the closures? Absolutely. With one arrival runway gone, expect SFO’s arrival rate to be cut roughly in half. Current arrival rate is 54 aircraft per hour in good weat...

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by sovietjet
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway 28L closure - How Bad?
Replies: 144
Views: 28407

Re: SFO Runway 28L closure - How Bad?

Would the runway closures affect arrivals at all? I'm on a flight from ORD on Sep. 14th but would that get delayed at ORD because of the closures?

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by sovietjet
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 135
Views: 28206

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

Just my $ .02 - in general I'm a little surprised to hear this given the still-recent news that the SU-57 would continue only as a limited / testing project till further notice. You make some good points. As for my username, let's just say I made it as a half joke a long time ago in a galaxy far fa...

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by sovietjet
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of western fighter production lines
Replies: 105
Views: 36671

Re: Future of western fighter production lines

Perhaps everyone here has missed the fact that Bulgaria is close to buying F-16s as well.

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by sovietjet
Wed May 29, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 135
Views: 28206

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

I don't believe they apply the RAM for all training missions as it is time consuming and without it, enemies cannot accurately predict it's combat RCS. Have any of you seen any LO aircraft in combat config, as opposed to Air show config? I can believe that, but these were F-22s from Elmendorf, so t...

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by sovietjet
Tue May 28, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 135
Views: 28206

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

Let's take a look at the finer details in this picture and then tell me what tolerances and finish are required again... I see plenty of random colored panels, rivets, gaps, and etc http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA-Air-Force/Lockheed-Martin-F-22A-Raptor/4947083/L?qsp=eJwtjUEOwjAMBL%2BCfIYDReLQG3wA...

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by sovietjet
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?
Replies: 126
Views: 9920

Re: Is it time for Cockpit Video to aid in crash investigation?

CVR and FDR are fine enough, but the real problem is that they aren't transmitted in real time. While every passenger in the back is casually surfing wifi, facebook and streaming video for $5, you mean to tell me it's impossible for simple CVR/FDR data to be transmitted back using the same method? I...

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by sovietjet
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?
Replies: 12
Views: 1064

Re: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?

Have you already booked the VY ticket? Looking at google flights right now that flight comes out at about $176. If you buy a new one way BCN-ORD ticket you can get it for $298 with Norwegian via LGW. Might be worth paying the extra $122 and just fly with Norwegian. Yes, but my main concern was the ...

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by sovietjet
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?
Replies: 12
Views: 1064

Re: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?

What if I still travel through MUC, but without a checked bag? Maybe I'll be able to consolidate into a carry-on. Just a question, why are you so focussed on that United flight out of Munich? It's because I'm flying for work to Germany the week before and I'm kind of tied down into using that fligh...

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by sovietjet
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?
Replies: 12
Views: 1064

Re: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?

To answer the previous question, the flights are on Sunday April 28. In that case the best option would be Norwegian through Gatwick. If you select LowFare+ (includes meal on board, seat reservation, 1 checked bag) this would cost you € 374,50. You have 4 hours transfer time in Gatwick, which shoul...

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by sovietjet
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?
Replies: 12
Views: 1064

Re: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?

To answer the previous question, the flights are on Sunday April 28.

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by sovietjet
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?
Replies: 12
Views: 1064

Transferring flights at MUC, enough time?

I have a question about transferring flights at MUC. I am flying Barcelona BCN to Chicago ORD via MUC. Currently I have a flight coming in from Barcelona to MUC with Vueling arriving at 09:10. My flight to Chicago is with United departing at 11:40. Will I have enough time for the transfer? The reaso...

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by sovietjet
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remaining 737-200s in service
Replies: 32
Views: 6192

Re: Remaining 737-200s in service

Why does NT-43A have such few photos? Thanks for this comprehensive list! United States (10) Air Force: 1 I wasn’t aware that the USAF is still flying a single aircraft. To which tail number do you refer? The Planespotters database which they said the list was sourced from, says that 73-1155 NT-43A...

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by sovietjet
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-135R vs KC-135T
Replies: 10
Views: 6962

Re: KC-135R vs KC-135T

Interesting question. I'm intrigued :-)

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by sovietjet
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone who've been to MAKS airshow?
Replies: 1
Views: 2584

Re: Anyone who've been to MAKS airshow?

I've gone 3 times (2007, 2011, 2012). Yes, if you stay inside you shoot directly into the sun. There is a road that goes around to the other side, and a small grass clearing behind the tower (outside the fence) is usually full of photographers. You can hire a taxi, or use public transportation to ge...

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by sovietjet
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tu-160 in Venezuela 11/12/18
Replies: 2
Views: 1508

Re: Tu-160 in Venezuela 11/12/18

One An-124 and one Il-62M

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by sovietjet
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 162083

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

To me the stupidest decision was to remove the boomer's pod. You don't really save any weight or maintenance. It's just a window for crying out loud. And they are having all sorts of problems with the camera system. Sometimes, the simple things work best. The decision to go camera was unnecessary, s...

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by sovietjet
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 135
Views: 28206

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

It seems overenthusiastic Western sources have wrongly quoted the Russian MoD. Nowhere have the Russians said the program is coming to an end. They simply said they will build 12 production/preproduction aircraft and they will not rush to build it in huge numbers. That will take time, given what we ...

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by sovietjet
Tue May 22, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: God bless all .... sorry you got shot and killed and I can't do anything to help or stop it
Replies: 310
Views: 8476

Re: God bless all .... sorry you got shot and killed and I can't do anything to help or stop it

And just to add to my above comment. Look what happened when alcohol was banned in the 20s, mass bootlegging and consumption. I predict a gun ban will result in the same black market. Once people have had a taste, they will not let go of it.

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by sovietjet
Tue May 22, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: God bless all .... sorry you got shot and killed and I can't do anything to help or stop it
Replies: 310
Views: 8476

Re: God bless all .... sorry you got shot and killed and I can't do anything to help or stop it

Gun regulations and control and etc is all great and I'm all for it, but it won't help. Let's consider an extreme scenario, let's say tomorrow the 2nd amendment is repealed. No more guns of any kind can be bought. How do you propose we get rid of the hundreds of millions of existing guns? Will the k...

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by sovietjet
Tue May 22, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Picasa photo editing software
Replies: 3
Views: 1747

Re: Picasa photo editing software

I still use Picasa, and still have an install file somewhere on my computer. Hopefully I don't forget, and will post it here soon, after I'm back home :-)

I get what you're saying, I love the program strictly for organizing my photos. The "star" feature to mark photos is great.

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by sovietjet
Thu May 17, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 135
Views: 28206

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

The Russians have not shown good quality control on the Su-57, nor have paid attention to the fine details. Look at every other stealth aircraft out there; do you see large gaping gaps? Misaligned panels? Exposed rivets? How about that IRST that's sticking out on the nose, that isn't properly shape...

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by sovietjet
Tue May 08, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-130 Crash Near SAV
Replies: 60
Views: 13698

Re: C-130 Crash Near SAV

So losing one engine on a Herc leads to a crash? I thought it can fly on 3?

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by sovietjet
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Elmendorf Air Force Base F-22 mishap @ NAS Fallon, gear-up landing after engine failure.
Replies: 21
Views: 3705

Re: Elmendorf Air Force Base F-22 mishap @ NAS Fallon, gear-up landing after engine failure.

In fact, a 6 AIM-54 missile load on the F-14 was considered to be an overload condition; it cannot return to the carrier with all 6 AIM-54's; you need to drop 2 of them into the ocean before you could attempt a landing. A more typical load out would load only 2 AIM-54's, plus a number of AIM-7's an...

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by sovietjet
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jetliners that have been fully withdrawn from operation
Replies: 31
Views: 4376

Re: Jetliners that have been fully withdrawn from operation

trijetsonly wrote:
IL-86


Russian air force still uses a few

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