What strikes me as odd is the fact the fuselage was pressurized to much more than standard. Just from a layman’s perspective, is it possible that was done to stiffen the fuselage? Could an engineer chime in with the net effects of the extra pressure on the test? Why would extra pressure represent a ...Jump to post
There is late word that the Starbopper has blown over in the wind on to its side. Maybe a little bailing wire is in order. Stand by for a citation...
Supposedly first flight to be attempted Monday. I hope all goes well!
From another source.... BAe146: Viscount 900 Smurfjet with 5 APU's The Gas Chamber Bumble-et Baby JumboBring Another Engine 1-4-Sick Submarine- low slow and out of sight Airborne Auschwitz Tonka Toy 4 oil leaks connected by an electrical fault, The Quadra-Puff Lead Sled Mini Galaxy Sky Dozer Fisher ...Jump to post
Are there any other links that detail yesterday’s taxi tests? It seems possible there might be some directional control issues based on at least one report. The gear configuration has always looked a little unusual to me based on four things. 1) There is a short couple between the nose gear and the ...Jump to post
With respect to possible missions for ROC, beyond the acknowledged Pegasus missions, carrying large cargo has been discussed. Would ROC be large enough to transport BFR or BFS? Transporting either rapidly, and being able to return them to the manufacturing site for refurbishment might be useful. SLC...Jump to post
If and when it does fly, I can’t help but wonder if there’s a yoke/stick (?) disconnect feature. Some traditional airliners have some form of disconnect where each control input can control respective elevator halves. I wonder if there is any provision for each input independently controlling each f...Jump to post
The 175E1 is the superior product in its category in the USA in my opinion. Given the non-scope compliance of the 175E2 as such, is there a possibility of a compromise that will fit scope? Would either the geared fan on the old wing or the “old” engines on the new wing be an option as a 175E1.5? The...Jump to post
GA is not relatively dangerous. Get real. Well, as a Part 121 pilot AND an avid GA pilot/enthusiast/instructor I’d have to argue a little bit here. Statistics can be very dangerous to play with, but it is my understanding general aviation, as a whole, is roughly 10 times more risky than boarding an...Jump to post
If I was one of the F-16 pilots I would have made an attempt to descend through one of the horizontal stabs at a level attitude. This would have given me a fighting chance at ejecting afterwards and would have certainly made the 757 unflyable. With the 757 unaware they were being intercepted, it is ...Jump to post
There is one aspect of the B-21 Raider that still leaves me perplexed. Has anyone seen definitive evidence of the aircraft having 2 or 4 engines? While 2 engines certainly seem reasonable in terms of what’s available for a practical thrust/weight ratio, any displacement from the centerline will most...Jump to post
That cost really seems a bit much for what it is. I’d have to think Scaled could do it for quite a bit less.Jump to post
Contrary to earlier reports, the aircraft does not appear to be found yet. Given the total lack of information, and thus the possibility of survivors, I hope the search and RESCUE efforts are intensified. Trying to avoid politics here, but I would hope modern ELTs were not on any embargo or sanction...Jump to post
My guess? How about a small transport for special forces derived from a Bird of Prey shape? It’s fun with a teaser like this and no further data, knowing that the answer will be revealed shortly. Cheers! Ps. If it is electric, I’d expect it to have a hybrid power system, with a small turbine for cha...Jump to post
VSMUT, Thanks for finding that! I actually searched for a while to find those images, unsuccessfully! It’s hard to believe that widening the fuselage was actually considered. The 747 is already a compromise with the flat Section 41 areas. Back to the C-series... in terms of cost and performance, the...Jump to post
That being said, there was a plan at one point for Boeing to offer the 747-500, -600, -700. It is my recollection that the -700 was a stretched version that was also WIDENED! That seems hard to believe, and would have also implied 3 aisles. I can’t begin to imagine the certification issues. I would ...Jump to post
They are whisper quiet on takeoff, but tend to make a lot of aerodynamic noise when they reach cruise speed, yes. Ahhh! The WSCoD !! The D is really undeserved in all fairness. It has a very good safety record. The WSC may be closer, but those that fly it say it does well. It sure does rattle a who...Jump to post
There have been some assertions that George Welch was actually the first to successfully fly at supersonic speeds. There’s even a book about it. The XF-86 was capable of supersonic flight before the X-1 flew its famous mission. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Welch_(pilot) https://en.m.wikipe...Jump to post
I understand that those who are not on the ground in Houston have a different perspective than those there. From abroad it seems hard to imagine the Houston economy and air travel resembling what it has been traditionally in the past given the widespread devestation. It seems clear the infrastructur...Jump to post
Agreed, I am riding out the storm now, and there is a pause in the rain in the area where I live in. Harvey is not even close to even being as bad as Katrina, sure Houston is being flooded and soaked with rain, but dealing with catastrophic economic damage because of this? Not a chance in hell. Hou...Jump to post
For verification on the euro run comment earlier. There's a sentence that wasn't especially clear. It is very likely that the storm will return to the Gulf of Mexico, restrengthen, and make a direct landfall near Houston. This is not a 100% guarantee but it's likely enough that it should NOT be take...Jump to post
The Wiki link is hilarious! It shows a "fleet" that includes 20 Eclipse 500s. It also shows 9 passengers beside that aircraft type. I'd almost pay money to see 9 people get in an Eclipse 500, let alone fly in it! Maybe it's total number of passengers carried so far ;) ! Cheers! Ps. In retr...Jump to post
The chances of a relatively untrained person landing an aircraft are relatively slim in my opinion, but not unprecedented... http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/04/eighty-year-old-woman-lands-plane-after-husband-dies-mid-flight/ I often wondered if I could have landed Flight 93 on 9/11 had I made it in...Jump to post
G'day The following photo is even better: With all those wrinkles I assume that thing is made of cotton or polyester fabric? Heavierthanair gets it right imho. I'll bet these are fiberglass mock ups on a non-flying aircraft just to excite the Paris crowd. Certified hardware may be quite a bit down ...Jump to post
http://secure.rewardforyou.online/swp/us/mtp/q/gt/amz_nanv.html?brand=Apple&volid=aps478&src=b2o&model=iPhone&os=IOS&xyz=28402-G1heHyn_zit_9dKdYplm&ckk=n&ld=US&ip=184.108.40.206&browser=Mobile%20Safari&city=Dallas&isp=Service%20Provider%20Corporation&c...Jump to post
For me the re-directs are making the site almost unusable. I hope this gets fixed soon.
JetBuddy, Thank you very much for providing definitive proof of what the yellow fixtures do! It took time to find the picture and post it! Bikerthai, Thank you for the further explanations. And a follow-up question since you're both so good! What are the two large blisters on the onboard side of bot...Jump to post
From another forum I frequent. Nobody really has a good answer so far! I challenge Anet to come up with the real purpose! Cheers! SLCPilot "For the life of me I can't figure out what the four large yellow fairings are attached to the side of the fuselages under the wings. The fittings to mount ...Jump to post
Back in 1986, when the Voyager flew around the world, I had similar questions. I wondered if fuel replaced all payload on any existing aircraft, if an around the world flight was possible. If it was, then the flight was not a technical challenge, just an economic one to make it happen. With the stat...Jump to post
There is a thread here with some comments by the son of the pilot. I knew the actual pilot back in my Houston days, but have not been in touch for years. SLCPilot I'll try to find the Anet thread....in the meantime.. https://m.facebook.com/ClassicAirlinerFilms/photos/a.799113523475991.1073741827.799...Jump to post
It is my suspicion that the primary reason for the phone ban dates to the period when cells phones were analog and had much higher broadcast power. I chuckle at my mother, who has for years innocently put her ringer on mute....thinking that was "airplane" mode...that being the mode that wo...Jump to post
For me, personally, the fact the plane navigated the FIR border suggests it was not an "emergency", or technical fault. It also suggests to me that it was done by someone with significant aviation knowledge. My wager would be with very great odds the Captain did it.
It's fun to learn stuff new every day! I may well have read this back in the day, but forgot! Let's get in a time machine!
And in action here....just past 2:00!
This is PURE speculation on my part, but I think the cost of aircraft disposal in the future may exceed the cost of building them! As crazy as that might seem, imagine the cost of removing the Sears tower or some other large structure built 40 or so years ago. I believe the cost of complying with en...Jump to post
It seems a little bit odd to me that the instructor position is biased towards the left side of the sim. Pretty much every sim I can recall being in has had the position biased towards the right. To me, the right side seems a little easier write or use the mouse (if you're right handed). The cockpit...Jump to post
I question the wisdom of conducting initial flight testing out of Centennial Airport in Denver. To me, trailering the aircraft and flying it out of Front Range would seem like a much better game plan. The intake system on the demonstrator is pretty unique, with two inlets feeding three power plants....Jump to post
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... or-431503/
Somebody better than I can post photos in the thread!
I have a few special memories.... My parents were very frugal, and wouldn't buy the tubes for the inflight movie. My sister and I would turn up the volume full blast, and hold our ear to the upturned armrest and watch the movie out of the corner of our eye with one ear pgged to the end of an arm res...Jump to post
How long did it take to build the IAD terminal?Jump to post
Panzerpowner, 2175301 will know why it is relevant. More specifically, landing in a politically unstable airport could fall into one of two categories: either the flight crew knows, or they don't. If the crew doesn't know, the question is moot. If they do know, it is a choice made by the captain bas...Jump to post
Charles Bronson it sadly not doing so well either...
Many years I rode JFK(or STL)-CDG-STR on an L-1011 with TWA. I suspect it was in the early 90s. There were 39 folks on the CDG-STR leg as pax.
I have some ancient 8mm footage of the flight some people in internetland would enjoy seeing on YouTube. Someday.
If there is/was/will be such a button, a public forum is not the place to discuss it. That being said, the location and aircraft type reminded me of a book written by a friend. Anet would tear apart the technical details, but the general public will enjoy it. https://www.amazon.com/Last-Flight-Cydn ...Jump to post
Comparisons to SpaceX aren't apples to apples in my opinion. A failure to land a first stage may still have happy and satisfied customer if the satellite makes it to orbit. Even a complete failure of a single mission will not doom the entire program. Man, I didn't really want to predict a SpaceX ro...Jump to post
In my opinion, Stratolaunch is a VERY high risk endevor, with marginal returns at best. Any number of small technical failures could put the entire program at risk. Even something as small as gear extension problem could damage the aircraft and make it all for not, customized rocket and all. Compari...Jump to post