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by fr8mech
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Research questions about airline maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 1165

Re: Research questions about airline maintenance

1) Do the larger airlines typically own their own hangars at major airpors (I'm calling them hangars, but maybe that's not the right term... buildings they bring planes into for maintenance) or are they sort of a shared use facility? It is the right term, and you’re actually spelling correctly. :sm...

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by fr8mech
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do we need Communism in US?
Replies: 141
Views: 9247

Re: Do we need Communism in US?

Most people don't know what's good for them nor for the greater good. Hence why we have Brexit, Trump, etc. And corporate America exploits that unfortunate fact. The government should mandate that retailers be closed on all major holidays as they are in Europe. And, that's it right there. You are a...

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by fr8mech
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do we need Communism in US?
Replies: 141
Views: 9247

Re: Do we need Communism in US?

I actually was a history major in college (doubled with political science). History is taught with a bias in AmeriKKKa, always demonizing anything that isn't capitalist nor imperialist. So you chose to get a degree in a field where you knew the instructors would lie to you. Most airlines aren't an ...

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by fr8mech
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Metal rod through windshield
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

Re: Metal rod through windshield

Would have been nice to see a picture of it after it was removed from the windshield, but it doesn’t look aircraft related. At least not air transport.

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by fr8mech
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do we need Communism in US?
Replies: 141
Views: 9247

Re: Do we need Communism in US?

continental004 wrote:
I would rather live under communism than in our twisted capitalist society of the United States of AmeriKKKa.


Have you lived in a communist country? Or, are you just blathering about from ignorance? Please, read a history book.

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by fr8mech
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Research questions about airline maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 1165

Re: Research questions about airline maintenance

Just some general questions, more research for my writing project. Assumptions: You are an airline mechanic/technician supervisor for an airline large enough to have its own in house maintenance. The era is late 1980s, if it matters. I worked for 3 airlines in the 80’s. Pan Am, Delta & Evergree...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax law judgement time
Replies: 50
Views: 6408

Re: Tax law judgement time

Due to calendar issues, I decided to file a little early.

My effective rate:

2018: 14.49%
2017: 16.23%
2016: 16.71%
2015: 17.04%

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Post maitenance test flight
Replies: 17
Views: 2350

Re: Post maitenance test flight

Replacing both engines would require an ETDO verification flight, but not a test flight. There are 2 specific conditions in our GMM that require a test flight: -Engine removals involving more than 50% of the aircraft's engines at a single time. -Post long-term storage. The "at-the-discretion-o...

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by fr8mech
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Running mixed types
Replies: 3
Views: 1323

Re: Running mixed types

Bringing a new aircraft type online is a big deal, at least from a maintenance point-of-view. Your folks have to be trained. The training and maintenance program validated. Adequate spares need to be alloted. You have to run simulated flights with simulated faults (table-top exercises). You have to ...

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by fr8mech
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Post maitenance test flight
Replies: 17
Views: 2350

Re: Post maitenance test flight

The maintenance task that necessitate a test flight a limited in nature. I don’t have access to our book at the moment, but the only thing I remember that’s common across all our fleet types is replacing more than 50% of the engines. Of course, we’ll test fly to validate the repair of chronic proble...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal
Replies: 79
Views: 6289

Re: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal

I believe that when a person is unethical in their personal lives (as in this case), that kind of behavior crosses into their professional lives as well. There isn't a line that separates the two because ethics are innate to a person. And, we'll disagree here. There may be some that skirted the eth...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal
Replies: 79
Views: 6289

Re: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal

I am going down harsh on the parents because of all things that they have done to damage their children. Here are some ways the kids can be hurt: *They can be prosecuted. The indictment said some of the kids were aware of the scheme. *They could get expelled from college. If they are already in the...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max
Replies: 33
Views: 4352

Re: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max

pikachu wrote:
EICAS? In a 737? Why does anybody waste time here looking for answers from children in high school?


So, instead of being a dick, why don't you just tell us what the system is called on the aircraft.

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal
Replies: 79
Views: 6289

Re: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal

I think ethics is innate to a person; it's not something that you can easily change. If these parents loved their kids so much...they would not be committing criminals acts that would put the kids in a terrible position. The kids are going to be full of guilt seeing how their parents committed crim...

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about stab trim systems
Replies: 12
Views: 2162

Re: Question about stab trim systems

stratclub wrote:
? SWA maintenance really screwed the pooch on flight 381.


Not to sidetrack this thread, but a search for info just brings up schedules. What's the deal with this flight?

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal
Replies: 79
Views: 6289

Re: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal

max999 wrote:
So I suspect, these people likely cheated their way to the top throughout their lives.


That's not a fair characterization. People change when they have kids. They would do things for their kids that they'd never do for themselves.

You can't make that stretch without additional evidence.

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max
Replies: 33
Views: 4352

Re: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max

I don't know if the clack, but they're definitely still there. Yeah, I found a few images, but you know the internet doesn't always tell the truth. I like eyeball confirmation when I'm trying to figure things out. I think I can see the stick shakers in the pic. Do they use the same AOA input as MCA...

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max
Replies: 33
Views: 4352

Re: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max

That's the problem. MCAS. Even if the pilot could over ride the auto feature of MCAS it will start trimming nose down again if the AOA input to it senses a stall. That is why I suggested a Master Caution and EICAS message when MCAS is auto trimming. Pilot awareness to something the aircraft is auto...

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max
Replies: 33
Views: 4352

Re: Auto Stall Prevention System on 737 Max

What I haven’t seen before is a system that uses the horizontal stabilizer to input a nose down force if approaching a stall In the past stick pushers provided a nose down input to the elevators, why Boeing designed it this way makes me wonder if their flight test results showed that the elevators ...

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal
Replies: 79
Views: 6289

Re: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal

To me serious Federal regulations as to college admissions need to be put in. Schools need double blind admissions processing, be able to thoroughly review all application records, end loopholes used in this scam of 'academic' scholarships and find ways to get donations without deals to make sure t...

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal
Replies: 79
Views: 6289

Re: Felicity Huffman in custody over college admissions scandal

Isn't this just what wealthy people do? I thought we were OK with the fact that wealthy people do things like this. Tugg No, it's what unscrupulous people do. These folks having money just made their "job" easier. Cheating to get into schools goes on all over the world. Remember this: htt...

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about stab trim systems
Replies: 12
Views: 2162

Re: Question about stab trim systems

OK, without getting into the weeds of the various MSM's (Maintenance Specification Manual) (because they make my head hurt), on the B767-300, the Horizontal Stabilizer Trim Actuator Attachment Gimbals and the Ballscrew Ballnut are inspected and lubricated every 2000 FH or 12 months, whichever comes ...

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by fr8mech
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Philadelphia bans cashless stores
Replies: 45
Views: 2088

Re: Philadelphia bans cashless stores

The law isn't to protect businesses from credit card fees - the law doesn't mandate that they have to accept only cash, but that they have to accept cash as well as credit/debit cards. A "cashless" store would keep out those who don't have a bank account, credit card, or smart phone. Many...

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by fr8mech
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will you wear green this St. Patrick's Day?
Replies: 14
Views: 787

Re: Will you wear green this St. Patrick's Day?

If the clothing that happens to pop into my hand when I reach in to grab it is green, then yes, otherwise I doubt it. Come to think of it, I don't think I have any green shirts...maybe a light green button-down, but that's on my "good clothes" side, not my "I'll wear what I damn well ...

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by fr8mech
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft

strfyr51 wrote:
[In my 35+ years in commercial aviation? I've seen more damage from Hail than any turbulence inspection.


Agreed. 32+ years here, and I don't recall any significant findings on a severe turbulence inspection. A lot of incidental finds, but nothing directly related to the turbulence.

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by fr8mech
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft

Took a look at our A300 AMM and found the check is only required if the turbulence report is supported by the data from the aircraft. Further the doesn't seem to be as in-depth, though all the accessible areas are inspected. Unless, the flight crew reports excessive lateral loads, that is confirmed ...

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by fr8mech
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft

Ok, I guess a quick definition (from the B767 AMM): When the conditional inspection tells you to "examine" a component, look for these conditions (replace or repair the components, if necessary): (a) Cracks (b) Creases or cracks in the skin or web (c) Skin wrinkling that crosses a line of ...

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by fr8mech
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft

What happens during a severe turbulence inspection? Doc, it’s just a visual inspection to look for damage. Some manufacturers break it into phases. “If you find ‘x’ then look at this”. Others just give the aircraft a look over. Basically, you look for popped rivets, cracked sealant/paint, witness m...

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by fr8mech
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Inspection for turbulence effect on a commercial aircraft

To expand a bit. When we get a moderate or severe turbulence write-up, the first thing we do is pull the data from the aircraft and see what the aircraft actually “felt”. That data is then compared to the the AMM limits to determine which, if any, inspection is to be performed. The flight crew’s rep...

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by fr8mech
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Did you give anything up for Lent?
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Did you give anything up for Lent?

I gave up Caffeinated beverages. No regular coffee for me until lent is over, so I am not sure how I will survive. See, that makes no sense. You're not just supposed to give up something you like, you're to give up something you do in order to make penance for past transgressions. This is supposed ...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Post-snowdrift car disorder
Replies: 38
Views: 2067

Re: Post-snowdrift car disorder

Hey, Airstud, does your car have a road-stability control type option? I know when my wheel start skidding or sliding on the ice/slush/gravel, the wheels stop spinning, and the engine starts revving until I let off the gas. I suspect that if I were in a full blown skid and I applied the gas, the eng...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Post-snowdrift car disorder
Replies: 38
Views: 2067

Re: Post-snowdrift car disorder

I'm thinking something in the suspension is loose. Engine mount is a possibility, but I think you would see, hear and feel that through-out acceleration. It would smooth out a bit when you ease off the accelerator. You shouldn't need another person to check it, you can manipulate the throttle yourse...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Imperial System
Replies: 230
Views: 9050

Re: Imperial System

Measure your 1/2" wrench, I'm sure it is 12.7mm. Sure, there is no 12.7mm wrench in a european toolbox, they will be 12mm, 13mm and so on. But that is only the one standard, just like the 1/2" wrench is from the other standard. Correct. But your 12mm wrench will be too small for my 12.7mm...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Did you give anything up for Lent?
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Did you give anything up for Lent?

In solidarity with my wife and children, who are Catholic (I am not), I have chosen to abstain from coffee not made at home. Yes, no Starbucks coffee or Dunkin' Donuts coffee or McDonald's coffee or Thornton's coffee. Just stuff brewed at home and work. Understand, that this is a big deal. The best ...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Imperial System
Replies: 230
Views: 9050

Re: Imperial System

How can hardware be imperial? Hardware has certain dimensions, but they can be measured and expressed in any system. The only point is that their dimensions might be named with imperial units. But that is no different with my TV screen (it may be named 30", but is measures 75cm) or with all th...

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by fr8mech
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Imperial System
Replies: 230
Views: 9050

Re: Imperial System

Now, I see the utility of using standard cups and spoons for baking - I mean, who wants to weigh flour and salt when you're baking? But when it's to determine nutritional details, it's seriously not accurate. I you want to be truly accurate and consistent in your baking, you would certainly use wei...

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hobbies?
Replies: 29
Views: 3638

Re: Hobbies?

I forgot cooking (and eating). I guess I don’t really consider it a hobby, since I do it just about everyday.

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by fr8mech
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hobbies?
Replies: 29
Views: 3638

Re: Hobbies?

Running, reading & shooting.

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by fr8mech
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 maintenance access
Replies: 20
Views: 2925

Re: 787 maintenance access

I can’t speak specifically about the B787, but I can’t imagine the type of aircraft actually matters. What matters is operator’s procedures and airport procedures. When we do any runs above idle, we have to taxi the aircraft to a spot designated by the airport. Our airport does not have a formal run...

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by fr8mech
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off
Replies: 42
Views: 4929

Re: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off

For the most part this is is industry standard. Below 80 knots stop. Above 80 knots we only stop for: Fire Failure (engine) Loss of directional control Unable or unsafe to fly After v1 we continue. Without knowing how much drag a slide exerts, still, I think a slide blowing satisfies the criteria t...

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by fr8mech
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance
Replies: 84
Views: 8270

Re: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance

Actually, they do have standards and regulation. A friend is an inspector for carnival and amusement rides. He's also a 40 year A&P/IA. But those rides make me nervous and sick all the same. The problem isn't the standards and regulations, but the people maintaining them. Near as I can tell, th...

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by fr8mech
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance
Replies: 84
Views: 8270

Re: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance

CARST wrote:
With other words: if you are a little bit cautious, there is NOTHING that can happen to you in turbulences, because they are >>> FREE ROLLERCOASTER RIDES !


I freaking hate roller coasters. Calling turbulence a free roller coaster ride would not be the way to help me over a fear of flying.

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by fr8mech
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance
Replies: 84
Views: 8270

Re: Fear of flying, working on getting better but still scared about maintenance

What about the age of the airplane. Icelandair has an old fleet and the 757s I'll be flying with are in their 20s some into the late 20s. I have not heard of any incidents with old planes from Icelandair so I'm guessing most of the parts in the aircrafts are new and maintained. You're overthinking,...

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by fr8mech
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coolest college experiences
Replies: 20
Views: 2315

Re: Coolest college experiences

I went to a technical college for my associate's degree. The coolest thing I did was go on a test hop of an Eastern A300 when one of our instructors took a few guys out on a tour of the EAL facility on JFK. The 80's were a much simpler time in aviation. I got my bachelor's and graduate degree as an ...

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by fr8mech
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When did Steven Segal films become SO bad ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1615

Re: When did Steven Segal films become SO bad ?

When I got out of my teens.

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by fr8mech
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dating age gap
Replies: 42
Views: 4263

Re: Dating age gap

Half your age plus 7 is the minimum age. Minus 7 from your age then double it for the maximum. Someone who is 30 has a minimum dating age of 22 and a maximum of 46. Someone who is 20 has a minimum of 17 and a maximum of 26. You’ll note that the equation breaks down below 14.... The instance you des...

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by fr8mech
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 vs. 747-8 undercarriage
Replies: 11
Views: 2469

Re: 747-400 vs. 747-8 undercarriage

Could you explain that please? Do you mean the same P/N wheels with different P/N tires for the nose and mains? Yeah, I think I managed to confuse myself with that post. The -100 had the same part number, back and front. The -200 had the same part number, back and front, but different from the -100...

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by fr8mech
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mars Mission
Replies: 24
Views: 1454

Re: Mars Mission

The Apollo 1 tragedy setback the Apollo program quite a bit Yeah, but did it seriously endanger the program? The delays the accident caused were more a result of a "safety stand-down" than a serious deliberation of canceling the program. I could be wrong, I wasn't around then, but that's ...

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by fr8mech
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 vs. 747-8 undercarriage
Replies: 11
Views: 2469

Re: 747-400 vs. 747-8 undercarriage

fr8mech wrote:
As I recall, the -100/200 used the same wheel assemblies between nose and main. Our -400's do use the same part number, our -8F's do not.


Just to be clear, the -100 & -200 used different wheel assemblies between the models, but the same wheel assemblies on the aircraft.

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