Yes, it's just that, a civil C-17. High civil certification costs may be a barrier to sales, but Boeing and the USAF are pressing the DoD to buy 10 as a reserve transport fleet, but US freight carriers which would operate them have yet to show any interest.
Has to be the ticket and leather pouch carrying a superb-quality A4 booklet from a Concorde flight from Washington to London in 1993. Sadly, about 18 months ago they changed the format of the book to a cheap looking, poorly-designed, uninformative product. I'm also rather pleased with the Eastern Ai...Jump to post
Thanks Sk902hvy, they don't tell us anything here! But I don't exactly study the company newspaper too hard so could have missed something about it.
Any half-decent book on Concorde will list the 74-80 options airlines had on Concorde prior to 1973. I've read slight variations to the numbers quoted for some of the airlines listed by B747-437B, it's totally academic and both were probably accurate at various times. They were only ever options for...Jump to post
Question - Is the Concorde model in NY displaying the old colour-scheme? If yes, then it might be replaced by one in the current livery. If no, it might just need a clean, the one at LHR certainly does.Jump to post
Never liked her, though she looked better in 1997. She's naturally a curvy, slightly plumpish girl, so she looks a bit weird now. It's not news that she's, as we say in England, 'mutton dressed up as lamb'. Then there's her towering lack of talent, everything that comes out of this bimbo's mouth is ...Jump to post
The chances of the relatively small Japanese Aerospace industry solving the seemingly insurmountable problems of building a 2nd generation SST are remote. They are spending yen on research, but that will be to ensure that they could grab a slice of any multinational SST programme, should one appear ...Jump to post
Don't write off the Moon, one of the reasons that the long-promised breakthrough in the much safer, and clean, fission power has never happened is that you really need Helium-3. Very rare and difficult to make on Earth. The Lunar surface is covered with it, as there is no atmosphere to stop the part...Jump to post
If the original post-Apollo plans for uprating the Saturn V and other projects had gone ahead, NASA could have had men on Mars in 1986. Instead, the Space Shuttle was the only project approved, which while a lot better than nothing, was exploration-wise a dead-end. The 'Mars Direct' plan devised Rob...Jump to post
It becomes Europe's business when some of their citizens become entangled in the US penal system's death row. There is one case of a Asian British citizen who has been death row in Florida for many years, despite poor evidence for his supposed crime. A US commentator recently pointed out the BBC tha...Jump to post
Most major carriers will buy it, if Boeing can make the technology and economics work. Excellent article on the SC in this week's Flight International, with by far the best 3-view drawing on the planned aircraft I've yet seen. Boeing might be better waiting until 2008, rather than push for 2006, to ...Jump to post
About 3 years ago, some new staff came to the hangar to look at a Concorde, in the flight-deck, which had many live systems on, one girl asked me, 'is this a real aircraft?' A week later, another group of non-staff visitors were on board, I described the heating at supersonic speeds which causes the...Jump to post
The fleet have been maintained throughout, to keep them in a near operational condition. This involves inspections as well as engine-runs, hydraulic, air system, flight-controls and other functions. Two a/c (OAA and OAB), are stored as they will be the last to be modified, and were due routine heavy...Jump to post
All the dates quoted are highly speculative. The cabin refit will comprise of new seats, carpets and other decor. The new toilets are for next year, along with the other more involved parts of the refit. To be honest, until a fully-modified aircraft has been test-flown, other tests completed success...Jump to post
No, Capt. Walpole made his 'error' three years later on a JFK-LHR charter.
Ground tests on the effects of the liners on the unuseable fuel, plus of course the results of test flights, should tell us if we are OK for BGI.
Most people seem optimistic on this subject.
Depending on the usual weight and other factors, with max passengers and baggage - 3,500 NM, (4,030 SM). On the LHR-SIA routes a considerable part of the leg to Bahrain was overland at M0.95, so fuel burn was a lot higher, Bahrain was the best place for the refuelling stop. On the flight from Bahrai...Jump to post
Have any of you airline employees out there ever seen other employees be really awkward or stupid when using their concessional travel? Ever seen or heard anything as stupid as this? It happened about two years ago; Normal evening shift, we were in the maintenance hangar control office monitoring th...Jump to post
A 'KC-747' refuelling tanker was proposed for the USAF, tests were carried out with the first 747 with a dummy flying boom fitted, the USAF went for the KC-10 instead. The Iranian Air Force brought a bunch of second-hand 747's in the mid-1970's for conversion into tanker/cargo aircraft. One was lost...Jump to post
Portillo admitted to homosexual relationships in his teens, there had been rumours on the grapevine for years. He's married now, no kids. Petty stuff, but the blue-rinse demented old bats who make up so much of the Tory party membership won't forgive him, once favourite son of the ultimate demented ...Jump to post
Always good to try a new aircraft, or airline, but all modern airliners don't have significant differences. Saying that, I hear the cabin on a 777 is very roomy. Although I've flown it before, I intend doing a few more Concorde flights if the service resumes. I missed out on the first generation jet...Jump to post
I suppose the strangest flights were my first two, test-flights on BA B747's, more details in my post in the 'Your first flight' thread on this page. Back in October 1993, there was just the four of us on a US-Air B737-400 on a night-flight from Las Vegas to LAX. We were seated in first, no food was...Jump to post
The BNP have been stirring up trouble in Oldham for months, culminating in the trouble recently, then they got the political benefits. In every other seat they stood in, they averaged out 0.08% of the vote, as opposed to 16% in the two Oldham seats. Whenever they go 'campaining' there is always a ri...Jump to post
The RAF E-3D AWACS have a refuelling probe next to the original boom receptacle. The C-17s are officially only on lease, but if the A400M does not happen, and the RAF increases the C-17 to 12, then they'll want to look at a similar mod to the E-3D's.
Gordonroxburgh, the charter operation you described is similar to what BA used to do. Cancellations were rare as we usually had a standby for the scheduled services, but it did happen. The charter middlemen were often companies set up by ex-BA employees. The most profitable ones were the bi-annual r...Jump to post
1) Story/Writing is the most important, which is why most films and many TV shows are garbage. 2) Suspense level, in the required films-most 'thrillers' are not. 3) Theme, most sequels/remakes are rubbish, so originality comes in here too. 4) Cast, but biggest/most famous/most expensive is not alway...Jump to post
Glad the Tories got thrashed, so up their own backside that they cannot see how they are making the same mistakes that Labour made in the 1980's. Harder for them too, as they think that they have a god-given right to govern. Distressing to see the BNP do well in Oldham, but it's a flash in the pan. ...Jump to post
BA charters were always full, the trouble was that the lower end of the charter market ended-up costing BA more to operate it than they got back, after the charter operater took their cut. The most common were 2 hour supersonic joy-rides off the UK and French coasts, prices started at around £600 (a...Jump to post
Hard to say with AF, for many years there's always been reports that AF were going to wind-up their Concorde operation, but it kept going. Probably goverment pressure causing AF to try to restart now. BA have always done the larger number number of charters, they started them in 1978. But BA's fleet...Jump to post
Boeing always considered India and China as potential 747SR/D customers, but India's airline industry has never grown sufficently, while China's has fragmented. Before US Deregulation in 1978, Boeing even thought that some of the big US domestic carriers potential operators.
I agree with Shankly, the TU-114. I'd loved to have seen one of those, the nearest was seeing a TU-95 Bear at IAT a few years back.
The IL-96 isn't bad.
I should like the TU-144 and IL-62, but cannot help seeing them as poor copies of aircraft, that are better looking anyway, (Concorde and VC-10).
BA at least is going to concentrate on getting the full LHR-JFK service back to normal for the forseeable future, then probably the LHR-BGI service. That's where the money is made, charters, even at their peak, only made about 9% of the profits. Even before the accident, BA were steadily going to re...Jump to post
I think Jwenting hit the nail on the head. Aliens, UFO's and the like belong with Astrology, faires, Santa Claus and belief in a flat Earth. In 1938, Orson Wells broadcast a radio play version of HG Wells 'War Of The Worlds'. Across the US, thousands of people listening to the story, told in the man...Jump to post
The Cops, (Uncompromising UK drama series)
Brass Eye, Jam, (Ultra dark humour UK satire/sketch shows)
The Fast Show
First two series of Absolutely Fabulous
That about covers stuff I really love that's recent or repeated often.
I've not seen impressions of HS VTOL airliners in Eastern schemes, but it wouldn't have surprised me. They were an innovative-thinking airline when it came to future requiements. What eventually came out of all these HS studies was the rather smaller HS/BAe-146. And that aircraft was really given a ...Jump to post
No comparison, the A380 is actually a rather conservative design-that's what airlines want. Concorde was a truly ground-breaking aircraft. Concorde was designed in a different age, Airbus spent years seeking input from airlines into the A380 design, that sort of thing just didn't happen in the early...Jump to post
The mighty Nimrod!Jump to post
Yes, the whole child-star thing stinks, and it's not so new. Look how miserable Judy Garland was for most of the her life. More recently, the child cast of 'Different Strokes'. At 8-9 years, this new lot probably won't be around for long, (where's Hanson now?). The real creepiest thing I've seen inv...Jump to post
I think this is a good place to quote the sadly-missed American Comedian, Bill Hicks. 'I think I learned about women, and the fall of man, from the Garden Of Eden, one day Adam says to Eve;' "Wow Eve, here we are, at one with god, at one with nature, we'll never age, we'll never die, and all our dre...Jump to post