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by JohnM
Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Status Of C-141 Question
Replies: 5
Views: 6895

RE: Status Of C-141 Question

There might be some interest in C-5hell.com however....

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by JohnM
Thu May 14, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C5 At BWI
Replies: 5
Views: 3931

RE: C5 At BWI

If Andrews has a ramp space issue, just going to Dover would make the most sense. Maybe the per diem rate is better @ Baltimore. I'm sure the crews are tired of Dover, so <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - International (Friendship) (BWI / KBWI), USA - Maryland">BWI</acronym> would be more fun...

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by JohnM
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FRANCE/IRAK Sign A Contract For Helicopters
Replies: 21
Views: 6577

RE: FRANCE/IRAK Sign A Contract For Helicopters

I know that they have some Super Huey (Huey <acronym title="Business Air (United Kingdom)">II</acronym>) birds now. I hope they don't screw them up, they are very nice machines. They would be much easier to maintain and fly, and still get the job done very nicely. I looked at a few, and I was impres...

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by JohnM
Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Gets 15 More C-17s
Replies: 47
Views: 8708

RE: Air Force Gets 15 More C-17s

The problem with 15 additional airplanes is who is going to maintain them? There isn't money out there for more people and parts. My understanding is that current C-17 bases were asked if they wanted any of the 15 "freebie" 17's. No extra people or funding is included. NO. These guys are busy enough...

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by JohnM
Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Galaxy?
Replies: 6
Views: 3975

RE: USN Galaxy?

Thank goodness the USN had the good sense to leave that one alone. They'd be bankrupt by now.

I did see artwork of a tanker version, boom out the aft doors, many years ago. Another dandy idea best left to artists.

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by JohnM
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Refueling The C 5
Replies: 11
Views: 9461

RE: Refueling The C 5

Besides the old paint scheme being ugly, it made the plane hotter than hell in the summer. I recall some troop compartment trim getting soft and drooping. It felt a good 30 degrees warmer inside, it really sucked.

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by JohnM
Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Helicopter Down On Texas A&M Campus
Replies: 16
Views: 8227

RE: Helicopter Down On Texas A&M Campus

CTR, In the UH-60, when no hydraulic pressure is applied, directional pedal application results in zero movement. Same for the other flight controls except for the stabilator, which is electrical linear actuator. The UH-60 A/L that I was exposed to had basic flight data recorders. 2 ea <acronym titl...

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by JohnM
Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Helicopter Down On Texas A&M Campus
Replies: 16
Views: 8227

RE: Helicopter Down On Texas A&M Campus

A very sad thing to see... A tail rotor drive shaft failure could have been up towards the oil cooler or main module, that might not be apparent in a pre crash picture. I think the pilots did a good job keeping the wheels down and landing in a level attitude, so the struts and seats had a chance to ...

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by JohnM
Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: GAO: New C-5 Cost Estimates
Replies: 56
Views: 12870

RE: GAO: New C-5 Cost Estimates

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by JohnM
Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: GAO: New C-5 Cost Estimates
Replies: 56
Views: 12870

RE: GAO: New C-5 Cost Estimates

2000 hours per year? I disagree 5007. There isn't a B model out there that is doing 2000 hrs a year, let alone a fleet average. When you throw in very little flying now, Iso, HSC, AMP mod, PDM, and the planes pretty much hating to fly, the average is no where near that. Travis always seems to have m...

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by JohnM
Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: GAO: New C-5 Cost Estimates
Replies: 56
Views: 12870

RE: GAO: New C-5 Cost Estimates

All you guys have mentioned the problem. The <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> has lots of people who think they are management. You manage Walmart and how many pallets go where and when. People in the US military are supposed to be led by LEADERS. The problem is that the US<acronym title="Ai...

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by JohnM
Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-17C As C-5 Galaxy Replacement?
Replies: 145
Views: 35257

RE: Boeing C-17C As C-5 Galaxy Replacement?

It will be a long, long time before anyone else will get any M models. Only 3 M aircraft exist at this time, and the next batch to be modded has not even started yet. AMP mod aircraft aren't even being delivered at the rate of an aircraft per month, and that is a minor mod compared to RERP. I would ...

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by JohnM
Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Return Of Strategic Air Command?
Replies: 23
Views: 8830

RE: The Return Of Strategic Air Command?

UH60, As the norm, you are just about right on target. I did the blue to green thing long before that term was invented, and yes, lots of stuff in the <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> is a soup sandwich. We won't see any leaders like LeMay anymore, anybody like that won't go above O-5 in tod...

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by JohnM
Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-17C As C-5 Galaxy Replacement?
Replies: 145
Views: 35257

RE: Boeing C-17C As C-5 Galaxy Replacement?

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by JohnM
Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-17C As C-5 Galaxy Replacement?
Replies: 145
Views: 35257

RE: Boeing C-17C As C-5 Galaxy Replacement?

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by JohnM
Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Pentagon Cancels Boeing/Textron ARH Program
Replies: 40
Views: 11556

RE: Pentagon Cancels Boeing/Textron ARH Program

AirRyan, I think this shows the Army has the balls to throw the bullshit flag. I'm pretty proud they did what they had to do. I think Bell is the problem, ARH and H-1 Y/Z didn't go well, and Bell is the common denominator. Shame it will delay replacement birds showing up on the flightline, but it is...

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by JohnM
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-17C As C-5 Galaxy Replacement?
Replies: 145
Views: 35257

RE: Boeing C-17C As C-5 Galaxy Replacement?

The flight station pic above is of an AMP modded plane, not RERP (M model). It has the original throttles, they are replaced with new whiz bang TBW jobs on the M.

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by JohnM
Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Dover AFB 2008 Open House
Replies: 11
Views: 8036

RE: Dover AFB 2008 Open House

There are some other issues that are not hardware related that are still behind schedule with more not even validated yet. Lots of stuff needs validated besides engine issues.

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by JohnM
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Dover AFB 2008 Open House
Replies: 11
Views: 8036

RE: Dover AFB 2008 Open House

Sure there is going to be an airshow that weekend! Watch all the NASCAR teams fly into Dover and Cheswold. Seriously, an airshow would never be scheduled during a race weekend at Dover. Don't hold your breath about any M models showing up in Feb. That is the scheduled time, but things don't always w...

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by JohnM
Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sikorsky Management Get A Suprize Visit
Replies: 11
Views: 3599

RE: Sikorsky Management Get A Suprize Visit

The picture says it all. V-22 for show, the real workhorse is flying in the background.

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by JohnM
Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Gen Mosely And Sec Air Force Asked To Resign
Replies: 50
Views: 10727

RE: Usaf Gen Mosely And Sec Air Force Asked To Resign

Venus6971, you are correct. The big worry now is LEAN, AFSO21, and 6S. All business <acronym title="British International Helicopters">BS</acronym> that some knot head is trying to adapt to the military. It helped Toyota put windshields in cars. But as we know, the <acronym title="Air France">AF</ac...

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by JohnM
Tue May 06, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Just Got Accepted For Loadmaster, Now What?
Replies: 13
Views: 38109

RE: Just Got Accepted For Loadmaster, Now What?

Congrats. Can't give any decent advice, other than a smart ass comment, and I just can't hold back.

I hear the TV dinner cooking block is a tough one. And stick to the motto, "Gear up, feet up!"

A very good job, nice move,

John

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by JohnM
Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Where Did The C-5 Galaxies Go? Kchs
Replies: 11
Views: 4545

RE: Where Did The C-5 Galaxies Go? Kchs

If you look under the nose fwd of the nose landing gear, the antenna is different. A legacy (old) aircraft's VHF antenna is swept back, like a shark fin. The antenna is a V/<acronym title="Upper Heyford (UHF / EGUA) (closed), United Kingdom">UHF</acronym> combo on an AMP jet, it it straight and has ...

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by JohnM
Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: Aging Usaf Wants Big Bucks Fix
Replies: 31
Views: 4383

RE: Report: Aging Usaf Wants Big Bucks Fix

As far as the <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> goes, something has to give. The long delays from spec of a new system to production add to cost. The military industrial complex is smaller, just as the military is, and they don't have lots of capacity to quickly ramp up as in past decades. Fo...

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by JohnM
Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf Cancels C-5 Re-Engine, More C-17s Coming?
Replies: 55
Views: 9348

RE: Usaf Cancels C-5 Re-Engine, More C-17s Coming?

The thread is a bit misleading. The C-<acronym title="Alpine Aviation (USA)">5A</acronym> models won't get the engine upgrades. The 49 B's and the 2ea C models will. I'm not sure of the fate of the 1 ea A model that has already been modded to a M model. I think it's flying now, but has been the M mo...

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by JohnM
Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Helicopters In Iraq
Replies: 26
Views: 5294

RE: Helicopters In Iraq

I found that only a few items had accelerated wear and/or required extra maintenance in Iraq. Main rotor blade tip caps did did require replacement frequently, due to hitting airborne debris. Windshields due to MANY bird strikes ( Yes I know that sounds strange in Iraq), and windshield damage from s...

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by JohnM
Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Bother With The ARH-70
Replies: 20
Views: 4525

RE: Why Bother With The ARH-70

My hope is the Bell people who are/were involved in the H-1 Y/Z don't somehow end up in the ARH-70 program. There's enough drama there already. If the ARH-70 getts that messed up, it's over.

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by JohnM
Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 Traffic At LAX
Replies: 5
Views: 2918

RE: C-5 Traffic At LAX

LA's high per deim rate would make the AFCS perform an uncommanded nose down within 100nm.....

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by JohnM
Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Bother With The ARH-70
Replies: 20
Views: 4525

RE: Why Bother With The ARH-70

Interesting question. I was thinking that getting the ARH-70 developed and fielded would be pretty quick, off the shelf type operation. Of course even with a known airframe, it is complicated to get a civilian aircraft into a MILSPEC machine. I might have been guilty of thinking it was a fairly easy...

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by JohnM
Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sikorsky Wins Huge Helo Deal
Replies: 35
Views: 4332

RE: Sikorsky Wins Huge Helo Deal

Don't forget the fine UH-1 can be a single pilot aircraft. I know it's not deployable, but it's still out there. It's the only way I ever got some left seat time as a <acronym title="Nationwide Airlines (South Africa)">CE</acronym>. I have heard of UH-60s being operated by one rated pilot with a wai...

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by JohnM
Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Military Exectutive Transport Fleet?
Replies: 8
Views: 4653

RE: US Military Exectutive Transport Fleet?

UH-60, I think you made a good choice. I did LOTS of VIP stuff in Iraq. I got used to most of the dog and pony show events, but sometimes those aides can be a pain. The big guys were pretty decent 98% of the time. Regular line guys fly more, and being cooked alive while fully suited up waiting for s...

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by JohnM
Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-5 Circuit Breaker...Reset?
Replies: 4
Views: 1834

RE: F-5 Circuit Breaker...Reset?

Not to be cruel to the stick wigglers of the planet, but some things on the aircraft are best left alone. At least until maint takes a look at it on the ground.

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by JohnM
Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program In Trouble.
Replies: 365
Views: 36371

RE: VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program In Trouble.

Did I see somewhere that this thing has a lav and galley? Do these guys have AF1 envy? A helicopter like this, even with increased range, is still a short haul airlifter. Since this bird can haul more stuff, somebody is trying real hard to cram it full of systems. Is Uncle trying to re invent the wh...

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by JohnM
Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 1st Squadron Of V-22s Quietly Deployed To Iraq
Replies: 47
Views: 6593

RE: 1st Squadron Of V-22s Quietly Deployed To Iraq

Going into combat without nothing but an aft firing gun. Talk about setting them up for failure. Maybe if they're kept out of the bad boy neighborhoods, things will work out. But the intell guessers can only be so good.....I know when I had a gun failure and had to fly the rest of the day with a sin...

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by JohnM
Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cost Overuns May Doom C-5 Upgrade
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

RE: Cost Overuns May Doom C-5 Upgrade

I think if the V-22 / UH-1/ <acronym title="Air Algérie (Algeria)">AH</acronym>-1 go or no go decision was made today, they might not survived. The budget issues are for real now, and I don't think too much is going to squeak by if it has serious questions. The <acronym title="Air France">AF</acrony...

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by JohnM
Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cost Overuns May Doom C-5 Upgrade
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

RE: Cost Overuns May Doom C-5 Upgrade

If the same guys who did AMP are on the RERP project, the airplane is doomed. The cost over runs are not a surprise to me.

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by JohnM
Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Ballast Weight.
Replies: 10
Views: 5416

RE: C-17 Ballast Weight.

Don't know about C-17s using pet rocks, but maybe the person is thinking of C-5s. Years ago pet rocks ( concrete ballast loaded on a pallet) were used for local flights on the C-5, maybe just for air refuel training, I'm not really sure. They were always forward next to the batteries on the <acronym...

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by JohnM
Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Helicopter Throttles
Replies: 14
Views: 11631

RE: Helicopter Throttles

A factor that makes aircraft such as the UH-60 a two pilot aircraft is the ceiling mounted PCLs. It's a bit of a problem to grab a handful of PCL (throttles) above the windshield while trying to manage a failure of tail rotor thrust, engine over/ underspeed, etc, and actually fly the sick bird at th...

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by JohnM
Sat Jun 30, 2007 11:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Marine Corps, AH-1 Vs AH-64,
Replies: 7
Views: 8864

RE: Marine Corps, AH-1 Vs AH-64,

In my experience the <acronym title="Air Algérie (Algeria)">AH</acronym>-64s flew pretty hard in my deployment to Iraq. We flew mostly daytime (UH-60s), but the -64s flew all night long with lots of ships. I'm damn sure of that, every Apache in country made a point to overfly my hooch <acronym title...

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by JohnM
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 773 Bulb Burn Out After Only 3 Days?!?
Replies: 30
Views: 5456

RE: 773 Bulb Burn Out After Only 3 Days?!?

The bulbs have a short life due to overheating also. If they are left on a bit too long without airflow, they get very hot, and no air to carry the heat away. I haven't worked this type of airplane, but on "my" plane, the crew misses a step, or chit chats while the taxi and/or landing lights are on,...

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by JohnM
Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C5 Crashes At Dover AFB
Replies: 150
Views: 34523

RE: C5 Crashes At Dover AFB

Jhooper,

You hit the nail on the head, you are 100% correct.

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by JohnM
Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf SAR Helo Selection
Replies: 115
Views: 14802

RE: Usaf SAR Helo Selection

Hey AirRyan, I think the -53K will be a great aircraft. Maybe they wanted something in production now, when does the -53K fly? A few years from now? Maybe that was a consideration. I recall in sling load inspector school that the 53 was (of course) classified aa a heavy lift, while the -47 was a med...

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by JohnM
Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: GAU-19
Replies: 5
Views: 3409

RE: GAU-19

The GAU-19 is a very capable kick ass weapon. However in the case of the UH-60 some problems come to mind. 1) Lots of stress to the airframe, the beaded panel just aft of the <acronym title="Nationwide Airlines (South Africa)">CE</acronym> has it's fair share of cracks as it is. That's a very critic...

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by JohnM
Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why So Many People In The USAF Dislike C-5?
Replies: 78
Views: 34814

RE: Why So Many People In The Usaf Dislike C-5?

What does Travis have for AMP airplanes? Maybe 3 or 4? Can't be many as Dover was getting amp mod jets done @ Travis. That's how we got 6011 back, 5004, 5008, etc. They aren't at the point of using an amp jet or nothing, Dover only has 2 legacy jets left, and I think they are going to somebody else....

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by JohnM
Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why So Many People In The USAF Dislike C-5?
Replies: 78
Views: 34814

RE: Why So Many People In The Usaf Dislike C-5?

Dover is AMPed up, so Travis will be playing AMP games 101 very soon, if not already. Somebody mentioned 47 B models left. There are 49 remaining out of 50 built, only 1 has been lost. The 2 C models are ex A models. Dover has plenty on thier plate. ISO, AMP mods, and before too long the RERP airpla...

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by JohnM
Sun Feb 11, 2007 3:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Marines Temporarily Ground MV-22 Fleet
Replies: 14
Views: 4296

RE: Marines Temporarily Ground MV-22 Fleet

The rotary wing fleets in Iraq are VERY successful. The amount of flights that operate 24/7 would put any air carrier to shame. The accident rate and the very low amout of aircraft that are successfully engaged point out the excellent crew skills and good hardware we have operating there. The <acron...

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by JohnM
Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: MV-22 Osprey Dual Flameout Emergency Procedures
Replies: 14
Views: 9910

RE: MV-22 Osprey Dual Flameout Emergency Procedures

Ask the crew chief to come up front, get out of the seat and let him replace you. Then proceed aft, find a chute, and jump. The crew chief could log some time for a short while.

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by JohnM
Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf SAR Helo Selection
Replies: 115
Views: 14802

RE: Usaf SAR Helo Selection

Army UH-60As and Ls have held up pretty well structure wise. I have seen some cracked beaded panels in the cabin near the <acronym title="Nationwide Airlines (South Africa)">CE</acronym> windows however. I thought the Navy birds (and L models) have IDGB, which is a change from the A models. So the s...

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by JohnM
Sun Nov 12, 2006 5:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S.A.F AC-130
Replies: 35
Views: 12903

RE: U.S.A.F AC-130

What saves the low flying guys is staying low, much lower than 1000 ft. The AC-130 would be of little use below 100 feet, but rotary wing aircraft can operate there quite nicely.

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by JohnM
Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf SAR Helo Selection
Replies: 115
Views: 14802

RE: Usaf SAR Helo Selection

The <acronym title="Bemidji Airlines (USA)">CH</acronym>-47 is a great machine. It's got good speed, a huge cabin, and can haul lots of weight, even @ high altitudes. I say go with a known good performer, don't re invent the wheel. So loading them down with avionics, lots of guns and ammo, will stil...

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