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by LightningZ71
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 100019

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

The TriStar won't be flying for a whole lot longer. That airframe has a lot of age and parts for that frame are getting hard to come by. I suspect that this can find some business covering for that platform. I still think that they need to make a large cargo pod for it so that it can be used for mov...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An unfair comparison II - DC-7 vs. CV-880 vs. A220-100
Replies: 24
Views: 4386

Re: An unfair comparison II - DC-7 vs. CV-880 vs. A220-100

The choice of the DC-7C here is interesting as it was essentially the tail end of the development of piston engined long haulers. It employed the Wright R-3350-988TC18EA1-2 engines, which were the absolute bleeding edge for power and fuel economy for piston aviation engines. The TC stood for Turbo-C...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1631
Views: 239019

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

They're pretty hell bent on opening in May. From what I saw... that date is perhaps a bit optimistic for 100% completion, but, it should be "functional" by then at least.

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA screeners calling in sick
Replies: 55
Views: 9195

Re: TSA screeners calling in sick

Not only are they not currently getting paid for their services (though, will be made whole once there is a budget), they also can not secure new outside work during the furlough. Unless they have already processed the paperwork for secondary, outside employment, they are specifically barred from se...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135601

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

One of the main selling points of the F-15 SA/QA was the switch to digital FBW controls from the older hydraulic ones. They were able to add redundancy while also REDUCING total empty airframe weight by a non-trivial amount. With the new, non-derated engines, the X will have the highest thrust to we...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1631
Views: 239019

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Over the holidays, I made an equipment delivery to the new terminal. I was able to go into the main terminal and I have to say, it's massive on the inside. Like, bigger than I was expecting big. It looks like there are still many months of interior work remaining. Very impressive to say the least. I...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1631
Views: 239019

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

With the renaming of this thread, does this mean that we'll also be discussing one of the coolest art deco terminals in the country at KNEW as well?

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by LightningZ71
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135601

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I still view this as a way to plug a capability gap that is predicted to come up without causing a significant expenditure for logistical support. The existing F-15s that these will be replacing were themselves due for an expensive modernization and life extension project, without gaining some of th...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK announces MSY-DEN/PHL
Replies: 19
Views: 2832

Re: NK announces MSY-DEN/PHL

MSY may have drastically under estimated the traffic growth when designing their new terminal. I mean, they've already admitted that growth over the last 8 years had significantly exceeded every three year projection window that they've used. But, with NK essentially setting up their traffic flow to...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 98497

Re: The MSY Thread - 2018

The upgrade project for I-10 from Loyola to the Veterans Blvd. overpass has been on the schedule for over a decade now. They ran out of money for it years and years ago and barely got the most recent phase (Clearview to Veterans Blvd) completed with what little was left. At the very least, they need...

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by LightningZ71
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 87
Views: 9519

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

Why not consider the 777-F or look at the -F version of the 777-8? It's got nearly the payload capacity of the 747-200bcf, while having substantially better economics for it. It does lack a nose loading option, but then, so does the C-46/767-2C. I think that, if the USAF needs more strategic airlift...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3187
Views: 614686

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

So, perhaps, there was a combination of two factors: Incorrect airspeed and altitude readings and a loss of situational awareness. If they were getting an indication that their airspeed was deteriorating, is it possible that they introduced a nose down attitude to recover airspeed and, due to the lo...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Philippine Air Force might go for JAS gripen
Replies: 16
Views: 5868

Re: Philippine Air Force might go for JAS gripen

Could this be part of a financing deal that allows Sweden to sell off some of it's C/D Gripens to enable them to afford newer E models?

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by LightningZ71
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 98497

Re: The MSY Thread - 2018

The NO AV board is well aware of several things: Passenger and flight operation growth has significantly outpaced their most optimistic projections for most of the last decade. The NT is not large enough to comfortably handle even modest growth projections going forward. They already wish that they ...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 206063

Re: F-35 news thread

A lot of people have been remarking over the years how the F-35 will have a big impact on USN/USMC operations as it allows much better force projection from the gator navy flat tops. Yes, it's not a Nimitz class carrier with its crazy high sortie rate, but for so much of what what the USN does, an a...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: LM "super" Raptor proposal details incl. 50% Japan dev/production
Replies: 24
Views: 2808

Re: LM "super" Raptor proposal details incl. 50% Japan dev/production

Would it not make sense, for a beast like is being proposed here, that the engine be designed with the constraints that it could be used in the F-35 and in pairs in this japan spec F-22 derived design? We know that there exists a program for a next generation engine for the F-35s that is a "hy...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: LM "super" Raptor proposal details incl. 50% Japan dev/production
Replies: 24
Views: 2808

Re: LM "super" Raptor proposal details incl. 50% Japan dev/production

Would it not make sense, for a beast like is being proposed here, that the engine be designed with the constraints that it could be used in the F-35 and in pairs in this japan spec F-22 derived design? We know that there exists a program for a next generation engine for the F-35s that is a "hyb...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Israel Air Force One
Replies: 66
Views: 27079

Re: Israel Air Force One

Israel does a lot of their contingency planning assuming that they will be denied access to the airspace of all of their neighboring countries. As a result, they plan to have a lot of extra provisions on their executive transports and and in air travel range to help deal with long, circuitous flight...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The MSY Thread - 2018
Replies: 1028
Views: 98497

Re: The MSY Thread - 2018

Past the exit from the Customs area, there is a re-check room where you can take your bags to be rechecked for your connecting flight.

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by LightningZ71
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Zephyr breaks longest flight record by 11 days
Replies: 14
Views: 2779

Re: Airbus Zephyr breaks longest flight record by 11 days

Believe it or not, solar panels can actually convert moonlight to a "non-trivial" amount of power. By "Non-trivial" I mean it's about 1/350th of what the panels would normally produce. While it certainly won't keep this thing aloft on its own, it will reduce the load on the batte...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type
Replies: 48
Views: 4125

Re: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type

The 767-2C seems like it would manage to fill all of the roles, as well as give lots of commonality to the KC-46. The additional power requirements, should they be needed in a more modern aircraft with more efficient electronics, can be derived from larger spec generators on the engines, and/or an a...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 100019

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

I'm beginning to think that the business case for this aircraft is fast evaporating as other small and mid-sized launch solutions are being marketed for competing costs. The one thing that this vehicle offers is launch flexibility, but with so many other solutions out there, that may not be as big o...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing
Replies: 14
Views: 2564

Re: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing

You'd think that, by this time, with the long history of nose gear problems that the C-5 has, that they would have developed a sturdy, conformal skid that could be modestly extended to help reduce the damage to the airframe that a nose wheel up landing causes. Yes, it's a W&B issue, yes it would...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo
Replies: 119
Views: 21668

Re: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo

So, have we reached a point where we think that an A330Neo-1000 stretch would be a cost effective regional/medium range hauler for Asian markets? Since it seems that all the interest is going towards the -900, perhaps it means that customers are craving larger frames with regional and extra-regional...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135601

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

People forget that part of the production costs of making an aircraft includes amortization of fixed assets, such as the production plant itself and the baseline resources it consumes to operate each day. If the airforce was to make such an order, and the timeframe allowed Boeing to increase unit pr...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135601

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Checksixx, flying combat missions over hostile airspace with a real SAM threat is FAR AND AWAY different from the air sovereignty missions being flown from Alaska and Hawaii that continue to consume flight hours on a limited number of available frames. I'm glad that the F-22 was available for Syria,...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F117A, the plane that refuses to die
Replies: 12
Views: 3148

Re: F117A, the plane that refuses to die

The serbs used a combination of intelligence (watching the US planes come and go from their base), planning to US operational planning deficiencies (the US pilots flew in and out through VERY predictable routes), and luck that that particular mission had the plane in a less than fully stealthy confi...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 100019

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

I wonder if they have to account for rocket ignition while still on the launch pylon? That exhaust plume would be rather violent I would guess.

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 22707

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

Hmm, cf-34-10 or Passport. The CF-34-10 is a few inches larger in outside diameter, so it'll need more extensive mods to the nacell, though will have a significant down-rate to extend life. The Passport may be slightly smaller, so it may fit better, and will also have significantly better SFC than t...

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by LightningZ71
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135601

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

This is a supplement to the F-22's mission set and nothing more. The F-22 is being wasted on missions where it's stealth isn't needed. That's putting hours on the frame that don't need to be there, and wasting it's expensive logistics costs. It is also a replacement for the C/D models that are going...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The grandeur of the Space Shuttle launch
Replies: 9
Views: 2262

Re: The grandeur of the Space Shuttle launch

Up until the video of the Falcon heavy launching that concludes with the return of the two boosters, these were some of my favorite space program videos. I'm STILL blown away by that Falcon heavy launch.

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by LightningZ71
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 30657

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

I think that improving the environmental impact of aviation emissions for airlines is as simple as implementing a simple carbon tax per seat mile flown, modified based on the model of plane based on its individual efficiency, would achieve the desired results. Maintenance swaps, deliveries, etc are ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Tempest Fighter Jet Programme News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 152
Views: 42774

Re: UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model as replacement of the Typhoon

These stealth programs are so prohibitively expensive these days that I'd argue that they'll never see the light of day. Look at what's actually making headway: The US has the F-22 that's out of production and was essentially the product of unlimited cold war budgets. The US and their partners have ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best Replacement Engines for the B52
Replies: 127
Views: 22707

Re: Best Replacement Engines for the B52

I'm beginning to think that this will be perpetually kicked down the road until there is so little life left in the B-52 that any reengining project will not fly long enough to recoup it's costs. At this point, RR has introduced the Pearl (a BR700 development) that seems an even better fit than the ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 30657

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

As has been exhaustively discussed, the growing capabilities of the Heavy twins and the long range narrow bodies has enabled more point to point flying to economically be done. Those point to point routes are able to reduce the load on hub cities with respect to connecting flights. Something else th...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: DoD awards Lockheed Martin Slovak F-16V fighter contract
Replies: 21
Views: 5129

Re: Slovakia to purchase Block 70 F-16s

When will the myth of the F16 die? With any sort of usable mission payload, the F-35 out handles the F-16 in almost every area of the flight envelope. To have comparable range, the F-16 needs CFTs and external tanks. To have a reasonable bomb load, the F-16 will have multiple external stores station...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan
Replies: 103
Views: 18001

Re: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan

No matter which way they go, there's a price to pay. If they choose an upgraded 4th gen design, they will suffer the reduction in capabilities that presents with respect to sensor fusion and RCS. If they go with an all new design, there will be considerable development costs and time involved. If th...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic Airways orders 100 E175 plus 100 options
Replies: 73
Views: 14306

Re: Republic Airways orders 100 E175 plus 100 options

While I don't see the Pilot unions ever giving back on scope, I think that it might be doable for Embraer/Boeing to do another version of the E-175-E2 that shortens the craft to just below the E175-E1 current length (removing one row of space from the existing E1 SC model). Switch the engines on it ...

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by LightningZ71
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough Air Show 2018 - Official Picture and General Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 31540

Re: Farnborough Air Show 2018 - Official Picture and General Discussion Thread

How long will Moxy last? That's going to depend on how much startup cash they have to burn through. I suspect that it'll make it a few years, go for another year in bankruptcy proceedings, and then have its assets purchased by one of the large carriers that's looking to add to their fleet of A220s. ...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan
Replies: 103
Views: 18001

Re: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan

I'm guessing that Boeing is again pitching a development of their "Silent Eagle" project? While it would be a marked improvement over the F-2 in most every way, it won't be inexpensive to procure (just look at the latest SA and QR variants and how much they cost without expensive work bein...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 135
Views: 28111

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

Assuming that everything under the skin has been competently executed, it should be more than a match for most any Gen 4 or 4+ platform out there in a 1v1 scenario. The problems arise when you start dealing with larger formations and supporting systems. How integrated is the rest of the Russian Air ...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?
Replies: 84
Views: 20944

Re: A220 Impact on the A319 and A320?

In my humble opinion, I see things playing out as follows: 1) In a few years, Airbus will see the utility in developing the A220-500. It'll add 4 or 5 rows and be targeted as a regional hauler and as a capacity increase for airlines that are already operating fleets of A220s. For domestic, regional ...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier Announces Lafayette, LA (LFT) to DEN & MCO
Replies: 26
Views: 2881

Re: Frontier Announces Lafayette, LA (LFT) to DEN & MCO

LFT is at least centrally located in Louisiana. At the meeting of I-49 and I-10, it's an hour away from BTR, Lake Charles and Alexandria. Now, none of those are economic powerhouses, but, it's a decent size area to keep a small jet at least somewhat full with cheap enough fares. You aren't going to ...

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by LightningZ71
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan
Replies: 103
Views: 18001

Re: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan

LOL, you have that right. That the SuperHornet was sold as a simple upgrade to the legacy hornet was political maneuvering at it's finest. Granted, the SuperHornet is a fine aircraft for it's purpose, it may not have been ideal to meet the Navy's needs at the time as compared to what could have been...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan
Replies: 103
Views: 18001

Re: Lockheed to pitch hybrid "F-22/F-35" design for export to Japan

I seem to recall that the Japaneese "fix" for the F-16 didn't really fix much. It resulted in a heavier plane that doesn't have much of an improved range and, while better than the Block 30 F-16s, doesn't compare as well to the 52s and 60s. As for the Japaneese building a new wing, that's ...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Attendant question Union/Nonunion
Replies: 12
Views: 1505

Re: Flight Attendant question Union/Nonunion

As someone that grew up in a DL household, the non-unionized employees of DL certainly do get the benefits of most of their competitors operating union shops. DL can't go too far afield on a regular basis with respect to work rules as they would quickly find themselves at a hiring disadvantage as op...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China's Rise: Quantity vs. Quality
Replies: 14
Views: 2232

Re: China's Rise: Quantity vs. Quality

Its not just food production, its logistics. What makes a country able to project power is much more than the ability to produce food and munitions, it also about the ability to get that food and munitions far away and into the hands of the troops that need it. While China absolutely has a massive f...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR to dump entire A330F fleet, favors 777F
Replies: 53
Views: 13200

Re: QR to dump entire A330F fleet, favors 777F

So, I guess the question that follows some of the upthread comments is: What are the prospects for the 338F? It will have nicely increased range, decreased fuel costs at existing ranges, and have some other modernizations to keep them useful for years to come. Assuming that the IGW versions that hav...

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by LightningZ71
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 470
Views: 77650

Re: Airbus A321XLR?

With each iteration of this "upgrade" to the A321LR, Airbus seems to go for a simpler and simpler modification. I suspect that this XLR will have three notable modifications: 1) An updated wingtip sharklet that uses new developments in aerodynamic research to decrease cruise phase drag. 2)...

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by LightningZ71
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295218

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Space Planes do have wasted mass. It takes energy to lift the wings and large thermal management system to orbit, which tends to negate a portion of the fuel weight that is used in a design like the Falcon 9. Space planes give you an advantage on return in that you have more flexibility on when and ...

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