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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3851

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

In relation to operating the plane—it’s peanuts. In relation to my home phone—it’s probably high to outrageous.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of L-1011 or MD-11 NextGen?
Replies: 38
Views: 5571

Re: Possibility of L-1011 or MD-11 NextGen?

Not remotely possible. Either of those airframes are too out-of-date to be made into an efficient competitor to anything today.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)
Replies: 31
Views: 3950

Re: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)

There’s a link to the IFALPA document in post #9

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3851

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

You would be surprised at how things work for the uber rich. Had guy who would email via SATCOM the Captian on his yacht. Keep in mind that the Capts quarters were less than 50' from the owners computer. The monthly bill for this service was more the the cost of the home that the accountant lived i...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3851

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

No joke, compared to the $7,000 to $10,000 per hour a phone call was trivia. I’ve planned the next leg on the phone, but Ka band Internet ended that. Still pretty expensive. They understood an occasional call home for schedule change, emergency, etc. Brokerage calls would be for the passengers, of c...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4629

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

Ham fist the roll on the C-5 and you could get some exciting roll angles on the runway.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3851

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

In corporates, not very much for ATC, but handy to make pax arrangements, call the limo, call the office followed by call the home, get the Wall Street numbers.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4629

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

Funny you mention that, bu5 somewhere in my dim last, I was taught that anhedral is the correct term. I looked it up just and, sure enough, anhedral is correct. I sit, and stand, corrected, Sir. C-5 tires were good for 125 landings, as there were 24 mains, we averaged a tire change every 5 landings,...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)
Replies: 31
Views: 3950

Re: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)

The altimeters, in the corporate jets I’ve flown there and I believe in civil airliners, have a switch that can enable showing both Imperial (feet) and meters in the displays. It’s part of routine training, not very difficult. Now, when China established RVSM (at and above F290), the military requir...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why so few high wing airliners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4629

Re: Why so few high wing airliners?

Swept wings have strong dihedral effects; high wings have stronger dihedral effects than low wings. As you can see, all swept, high wing planes have negative dihedral designs to manage the dihedral effects. Low wings allow for landing gear to be wider; to not take up space in the fuselage and allow ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)
Replies: 31
Views: 3950

Re: ICAO metric push for flight level (e.g. FL10650 ?!? instead of FL350)

Knots because a minute of latitude is one nautical mile by definition, simple. Works great on charts. One thousand foot separation was designed around three-pointer altimeter, one sweep of the hundreds needle equaled 1,000’ and moved the thousand pointer to the next numeral. The Chinese spacing at l...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets
Replies: 85
Views: 12952

Re: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets

It’s an antique contraption, hence the good riddance comment Just pointing out the similarities with another nutball project born in 1986, Lindsey Lohan. (1) Both started out cute, but got stretched (2) Both smoke (3) Both make noise when they really should be quiet (4) Both have legal restrictions ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Next important technology?
Replies: 47
Views: 3445

Re: Next important technology?

This would require extensive infrastructure support from airports and significant tech improvements, but.... At present, engines entirely propel an airplane through the takeoff roll, and are the biggest bottleneck to thrust level requirements for aircraft (engine sized for takeoff). Jet engines, al...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Becoming a Commercial Pilot
Replies: 10
Views: 708

Re: Becoming a Commercial Pilot

What country are located in? Informed begin there.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3004

Re: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?

In my latest life, I had to do an hour by hour fuel burn comparison on a large, long-range business jet for a potential deal. The first two hours had the highest burns, naturally as a greater percentage of the time was spent at high power climbing. Pretty linearly, average hourly burns went down to ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Only Pilots-In-Command Are To Be Trained For Ground Taxi"
Replies: 15
Views: 2368

Re: "Only Pilots-In-Command Are To Be Trained For Ground Taxi"

It’s not all that often, besides the pilot taxiing the plane presumably was trained for the task and likely experienced. Everyone can make a mistake, but mistakes don’t indicate the task is difficult or untrainable.

I’ve taught lieutenants with less than 500 hours to safely taxi a C-5.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ramjets and Aircraft Catapults
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Re: Ramjets and Aircraft Catapults

You’re kidding, right? The certification problem would be immense. What if there’s a failure during the launch? How do they abort at M.5 which is about 320 knots at S.L.? What if the ramjet fails after liftoff? How does it land?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Only Pilots-In-Command Are To Be Trained For Ground Taxi"
Replies: 15
Views: 2368

Re: "Only Pilots-In-Command Are To Be Trained For Ground Taxi"

How hard is it to taxi, really? Even the C-5, tiller on left side only, wasn’t that big a challenge. I taught dozens to taxi.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Altitude Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1581

Re: 737 Altitude Question

A few years, I was following another 605, CLT-SDL. Different operators due to m6 specific “mission”; but we took off next departure after them, not 3 minutes in trail. I landed at SDL a mite surprised I hadn’t heard them on the descent. There plane was being towed across the runway as we taxied to t...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3004

Re: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?

They’re all 11,000-ish nautical miles, can’t think of a current airliner that can reliably do that leg. EWR-SIN is about the longest regular route at 8300 nm (15,350km). DFW-SYD is about 250 nm farther. If you go near the 180 * 60 nm antipodes distance chances are you can select the direction that ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AED's on PAX aircraft?
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: AED's on PAX aircraft?

Did a full day refresher every year. Initial was two days.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3004

Re: How soon will we see civil aircrafts conquer the planet's ultimate distance by flying antipodes city pairs?

They’re all 11,000-ish nautical miles, can’t think of a current airliner that can reliably do that leg. EWR-SIN is about the longest regular route at 8300 nm (15,350km). DFW-SYD is about 250 nm farther. Your routes are about 6.5 hours longer than anything today—huge leap. Nearly 24 hours, block to b...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AED's on PAX aircraft?
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: AED's on PAX aircraft?

Standard on nearly all business jets. Then again, the owners probably are good candidates for benefiting from one. ;)

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA930 March 7, 2018 canceled due to employee disagreement
Replies: 21
Views: 5146

Re: AA930 March 7, 2018 canceled due to employee disagreement

There’s also the bad judgement of picking a fight in a foreign country, worse, Brazil. Bail? Probably, no. Speedy trial, nope. Prisons in Brazil, not good. I’ve spent a week waiting to export a plane from their clutches.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement
Replies: 40
Views: 8117

Re: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement

I always found it interesting that the Beluga, the Dreamlifter and, I believe, the AN-124 were not pressurized or minimally pressurized. An unpressurized flight on the C-5 required Lockheed approval, a reason for it (not repairable in place) and counted as several cycles. The fuselage gained strengt...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Test pilot & production pilot
Replies: 13
Views: 1449

Re: Test pilot & production pilot

BBD is rather decentralized—Engineering Test in YMX and ICT; Production Test in YMX, YUL, YZD and ICT. There’s also pilots associated with the business jet completion centers in YUL; plus a business jet sales and support department that does demo, customer support and EIS support. At one time, the t...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?
Replies: 27
Views: 4162

Re: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?

Chapter 11 is NOT a subsidy; it’s bankruptcy law. No money came from the government in the airline bankruptcies. The bankrupt estate could not exist with the existing debt and pension obligations. A court approved discharge of those obligations was worked out. The other option was liquidation and ev...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?
Replies: 27
Views: 4162

Re: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?

Please translate post 11 into something understandable.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?
Replies: 27
Views: 4162

Re: If the US3 envy Gulf subsidies, why don't they just get their own?

Its not that they no longer “desire” to pay, it’s that they cannot pay and remain a viable business. Now, you could argue they just dissolve the business, but American bankruptcy law is designed to give the business a new start, not to subsidize it. The car companies received large subsidizes by the...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Does Buffalo get that much snow? NYAG LC-130 tour
Replies: 5
Views: 1129

Re: Does Buffalo get that much snow? NYAG LC-130 tour

And, considering the planes were designed to support the Greenland DEW Line, NY was a good location. Now, they support the NSF in Antarctica, it’s a long positioning flights. Yes, new-build H-models. Strangely, I once shared the ramp at Pago Pago with one of the ski-birds. Both crews being from the ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LH A380 lower than usual pass over the Golden Gate Bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 2200

Re: LH A380 lower than usual pass over the Golden Gate Bridge

Just climb a bit slower than optimum will work. And, if you don’t go too low, no one will care.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How far away are transatlantic flights with electric powered planes?
Replies: 13
Views: 1377

Re: How far away are transatlantic flights with electric powered planes?

The very idea there will be a date certain in the future presupposes a breakthrough that may not be possible. It’s not inevitable. A hundred years from now, we might be converted to electrics on ground transportation and still use petroleum for flight.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 118
Views: 28229

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

The rule required an ATP certificate to crew an airliner, not a 1,500 hour rule. If you’re flying a commercial airliner as a passenger, is it too much to expect the crew to be AIRLINE TRANSPORT pilots?


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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dassault Falcon 50
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Dassault Falcon 50

I've been trying to figure out all the buttons on the Captain's yoke that I've seen in cockpit pictures like the below. On the yoke's left side handle the split pitch trim rocker switches are obvious, and below that there are buttons for TCS (Touch Control Steering) and a mic button (for cabin comm...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do KE/CA fly around Himalayas to India?
Replies: 8
Views: 1584

Re: Why do KE/CA fly around Himalayas to India?

Just a guess, either they an issue with overflight permits requiring certain entry/exit points for China or Nepal or the high terrain is a flight planning problem. Not uncommon for China to have routings off the GC due to military airspace, too.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dassault Falcon 50
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Dassault Falcon 50

I’m at friends tomorrow who is current on the 50; what’s your questions?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?
Replies: 62
Views: 7988

Re: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?

an MD-80 body, with a 787 cockpit, and smaller 787 engines. Who knows. We all know that Boeing does get creative sometimes.


No, please I cannot imagine.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points
Replies: 39
Views: 3150

Re: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points

ETOPS 180; there’s a advisory wire for Ops and Mx to work off of. It’s getting beyond 180 for 135 that drives an OpsSpec and maintenance plan. There really aren’t that many heavily used routes that need more than 180 minutes for business users. It’s mostly an issue of awareness and planning to avoid...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points
Replies: 39
Views: 3150

Re: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points

The “galaxy” in question is Lockheed’s version-C-5. I used those planning engines at my last employer. Bizjets, under 135, are basically ETOPS 180; 240 is possible but very difficult. Lots of buyers were required to operate under 180 rules, either by choice or authority. So, I had lots of questions....

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points
Replies: 39
Views: 3150

Re: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points

Well, it’s 6,800nm, PER-EZE. The midpoint is 3,400nm without an airport anywhere close. The GCM default ETOPS TAS is 410 knots or 2255nm for ETOPS 330. Yes, various proprietary planning engines might extend the 2255 nm a bit, but they won’t make up over 1,000 nm. I’ve used ARINC and Lockheed-Jeppese...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPS question
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: GPS question

Timing is everything, laser INUs were not far in the future when this set was introduced. Gulfstreams and early Challengers had Delco Carousels installed within 4 years and, if course the B767 was introduced two years later with the first lasers. Interesting use in determining ground speed for anti-...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points
Replies: 39
Views: 3150

Re: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points

I’ve run plans and no questions on most routes, but trans-Antarctic routes are going to challenging for diversions. There are requirements for them to shelter the people, provision for rescue, etc beyond just 330 of ETOPS time. PER-EZE or PER-USH won’t work, beyond 330 for considerable distance and ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPS question
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: GPS question

Interesting but whose?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPS question
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: GPS question

Doppler has been gone as a navigation tool for 40 years. The 707/DC-8 were the last Doppler planes.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPS question
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: GPS question

Well, nuclear war would put an end to Civil traffic, see 9/11-9/14/2001. Once traffic started up, ground-based navaids and inertial nav would be used, assuming no EMP damage.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points
Replies: 39
Views: 3150

Re: LAN - Remote South Polar flights (on Twins) + diversion points

Where are the divert airports on Antarctica? If the grey area represents ETOPS 330; they’ll need a divert that can safely shelter those on board.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?
Replies: 62
Views: 7988

Re: Possibility of the 797 having a T-Tail?

Not to mention de-icing the damned thing.

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