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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 29, 2001 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest Take Off Roll
Replies: 20
Views: 3248

RE: Longest Take Off Roll

Pilots have some amount of leeway in how much of the runway they want to use; an F100 taking 1/2 the runway length may have just been because the pilot wanted to save the engines. As for the 2 minute takeoff roll, I read an incident report a while back where the pilot of I think a 757 (not 100% on t...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 29, 2001 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Disasters
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

RE: Air Disasters

Well, I watched the second 767 hit the WTC from my balcony (not on TV; live). It was easily the worst thing I have ever seen and I would not like to ever see something like that again. I'm glad I didn't stay in my apartment to see the towers fall; I'm sure that would have been worse (I suspected it ...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 29, 2001 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Boeing 720
Replies: 8
Views: 2072

RE: The Boeing 720

AFAIK the 720 was a smaller 707. As such, it wasn't competing directly - lots of airlines had both airplanes for different routes. Looking at a 720 now, it looks a lot like a four-engine 737 to me.

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 28, 2001 7:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Red, White, Blue=yellow
Replies: 16
Views: 1444

RE: Red, White, Blue=yellow

The simple fact is war criminals do not get tried in civilian courts. Would we have tried Hitler in some US district court if we'd caught him? Hell no. These people are foreigners who commited their crimes during a self-declared war on us from foreign soil - they are not entitled to the same rights ...

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 28, 2001 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Most Polite Cuuntry
Replies: 43
Views: 1710

RE: Most Polite Cuuntry

The Japanese are almost fanatical about politeness. They speak practically an entirely different language based on the level of politeness they wish to project and the status of whoever they're speaking to. They're also just ridiculously nice - I think this is actually something separate from polite...

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 28, 2001 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airplane!
Replies: 27
Views: 1383

RE: Airplane!

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffin' glue!"

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 27, 2001 7:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good Railroading Web Sites?
Replies: 8
Views: 1847

RE: Good Railroading Web Sites?

I'm actually partial to Japanese Shinkansen myself... I think most Europeans would be shocked at the quality (and quantity!) of the Japanese rail system if you ever visited there. I like European trains too (and of course the Acela Express, which runs just a couple blocks from my house), but there's...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 27, 2001 7:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rebuilding WTC: The Problem
Replies: 15
Views: 1433

RE: Rebuilding WTC: The Problem

I don't buy this whole idea of "rebuild the towers exactly as they were, otherwise the terrorists won". The terrorists win if we start to live our lives based on what they think. If we instead take that site and build something *better* than the twin towers on it, we'd be showing them that we really...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 27, 2001 7:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airplane!
Replies: 27
Views: 1383

RE: Airplane!

I still like the taxi/takeoff sequence with all the "gimme a vector, victor", "roger, roger", and "over, over" stuff - what makes the scene for me is Captain Over using that gear-shift like thing on the center console while all that's going on. It's just such a random thing to have inserted into tha...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 27, 2001 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone Still Using Older Computers?
Replies: 23
Views: 2118

RE: Anyone Still Using Older Computers?

We have 3 computers in my apartment; I keep one of them fairly up to date (needs an upgrade soon, actually - it's a Duron 800 w/ 384MB RAM, Voodoo 3 graphics), but the other two are the ones we use most often and they're pretty old. We use them because they're our personal laptops and are just more ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 27, 2001 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 At LGA
Replies: 32
Views: 3308

RE: 747 At LGA

I live right under the final landing pattern at LGA - if I saw or heard a 747 flying over my house, I think I'd have a heart attack! (Especially so soon after AA587.) I have never even seen a 767 land here, though I know from others in this group that they do (I must just never be watching when they...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 26, 2001 7:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good Railroading Web Sites?
Replies: 8
Views: 1847

Good Railroading Web Sites?

Anyone know of any good railroading web sites similar to this site but for trains? I'm looking for a site with a lot of pictures and a great forum, like this one. So far all I've really found are model railroader sites or sites like trains.com, which has a terrible forum. I figured there are probabl...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 26, 2001 5:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rebuilding WTC: The Problem
Replies: 15
Views: 1433

RE: Rebuilding WTC: The Problem

I really doubt they'll build anything resembling the way the towers used to look. At first I wished they would, and I still kind of think I'd like to see it, but why not take this as an opportunity to build something better? We can look back at the WTC fondly now (and I certainly do), but at the tim...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 26, 2001 5:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Usama Or Osama?
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

RE: Usama Or Osama?

I think they both sound pretty much the same in Arabic. One thing that may (or may not) have influenced the gov't to use Usama is that Osama in Japanese means a kind of King. I don't know how much importance we're giving to Japanese public opinion, but it might be worth a slight, irrelevant spelling...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 26, 2001 4:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Marines Land Near Khandahar
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

RE: US Marines Land Near Khandahar

How do you know the 101st isn't there too? I'm guessing there are a lot more units in the country than we know about - the pictures I've seen show Air Force and Army troops in addition to the Marines that landed today. And of course there are all those plainclothes guys who work for god-knows-what a...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 26, 2001 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ideas About Hijacking's: Pre And Post Sept. 11
Replies: 7
Views: 2433

RE: Ideas About Hijacking's: Pre And Post Sept. 11

Terrorists always change tactics to keep us off guard. They may not be able to hijack anymore, but they can sure as hell still put a bomb in the cargo hold - especially if they're flying out of a smaller airport with old equipment (or even a larger airport staffed with rent-a-cops manning the x-ray ...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 26, 2001 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flying, Terrorism, Danger, And Statistics
Replies: 3
Views: 3156

RE: Flying, Terrorism, Danger, And Statistics

These odds have always been weighted in favor of aviation. Note the odds presented for auto accidents are "in a given year" while the odds given here for being in an aviation-related hijacking are based on one trip per month. Well gee, I wonder what the odds of being in an auto accident would be if ...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 25, 2001 2:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Tallest Building In The World
Replies: 11
Views: 2766

RE: The Tallest Building In The World

The WTC didn't have a "spire"; it had an antenna. The ESB, Chrysler Building, etc. have spires.

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 25, 2001 2:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WTC Rebuilding Update
Replies: 33
Views: 1324

RE: WTC Rebuilding Update

I've seen a free-standing radio tower idea floating around lately, and I think I like this one the best. 4 50-60 story office towers does not sound appealing at all, and like it or not there *is* going to be a nod to public opinion in the rebuilding, whatever the need for office space in this city i...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 24, 2001 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dirtiest Color Scheme?
Replies: 23
Views: 1694

RE: Dirtiest Color Scheme?

Hughes Airwest. No contest for those bright yellow planes. I don't think I ever saw a clean one.

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 21, 2001 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2001 One Of The Best Years For Airline Safety Ever
Replies: 20
Views: 3952

RE: 2001 One Of The Best Years For Airline Safety Ever

9/11 was an act of war, but so what? Who cares of those deaths and hull losses are counted in the official statistics or not? Bottom line is four planes crashed that day; regularly scheduled passenger planes that people got on with every reason to think they'd get to their destination safely. You ca...

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 21, 2001 5:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most Impressive Takeoff/landings!
Replies: 18
Views: 2916

RE: Most Impressive Takeoff/landings!

Several takeoffs and landing come to mind for one reason or another, though I have a hard time remembering exact details about some of them. Few years ago, landing at LGA in an MD-80, pilot must have been a bit off course (or they changed the pattern in the middle of his approach)... I remember us m...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 20, 2001 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Pattern Changes After AA587 - Possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

JFK Pattern Changes After AA587 - Possible?

Hey all, Just saw on my local news that there was some kind of local meeting tonight where Queens and Long Island residents demanded a change in the takeoff and landing patterns around JFK so that they no longer have to deal with the noise and fear of a crash in their backyards. My initial reaction ...

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by spacecadet
Tue Nov 20, 2001 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 As Air Force One?
Replies: 56
Views: 8873

RE: 777 As Air Force One?

I still say you're not going to fly the president over the Pacific on two engines. VIP flights are not the same as presidential flights. The president's safety is always of paramount concern, and even if there's only an infinitessimally small added chance of a crash (the chances of one engine failin...

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 19, 2001 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Excellent Restaurant At LaGuardia
Replies: 5
Views: 1106

RE: Excellent Restaurant At LaGuardia

What's the name of it? Is it a Two Boots? I know they just opened a restaurant at Kennedy in Terminal 4 - that little chain is getting big here. Funny that they chose it as a representative of NYC for JFK, though - it's cajun pizza.

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by spacecadet
Mon Nov 19, 2001 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Knew Of Problem With Tail Of Airbus A-300
Replies: 12
Views: 3623

RE: FAA Knew Of Problem With Tail Of Airbus A-300

I believe I stumbled on an incident report a few days ago that likely spurred this AD - an AA A-300 (not the accident aircraft) went through a series of uncommanded rudder inputs a while back, similar to the 737 problems a few years ago. I too can't see how this is related to the AA 587 crash, and t...

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by spacecadet
Sun Nov 18, 2001 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Upgrades Fair?
Replies: 20
Views: 1376

RE: Are Upgrades Fair?

Very occasionally passengers are upgraded for weight distribution reasons, which is a safety necessity. I was upgraded to business class coming from Tokyo to NYC once for that reason - they had had about 2 booked passengers in both business class and first class and about 150 coach passengers. In su...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2001 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Same Airplane In Engine Fire Incident? (AA587)
Replies: 5
Views: 2508

RE: Same Airplane In Engine Fire Incident? (AA587)

No prob, but you can find these reports too... I usually start at the NTSB's web site (www.ntsb.gov) and then switch to the FAA database (linked from the NTSB's site) if I don't find what I'm looking for. I occasionally will just sit and read accident reports in my spare time; they're very interesti...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2001 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Accident And Change Of CG
Replies: 5
Views: 1968

RE: AA Accident And Change Of CG

Hmmm... I think there are a whole host of issues that come up when you realize that the pilots had no idea they'd lost a tail (as was most likely the case). I don't think the center of gravity would have changed enough to bring down the airplane, *except* for the fact that the pilots wouldn't know t...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2001 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA587 - Fly By Wire?
Replies: 8
Views: 2095

RE: AA587 - Fly By Wire?

767, 777, 747, 757, A300, A330... they're all just a bunch of numbers to the media. They don't mean anything of any importance.

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2001 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Same Airplane In Engine Fire Incident? (AA587)
Replies: 5
Views: 2508

RE: Same Airplane In Engine Fire Incident? (AA587)

Nope, different plane. AA 587 was N14053, the engine fire plane was N80057. The only event N14053 ever went through was the earlier turbulence incident. Here's the main body of the incident report from that engine fire: (-5)AFTER TAKEOFF FROM SJU ON RUNWAY 08, PIC PERCEIVED A LOUD THUMP/BANG AT AN A...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2001 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crash Bridge Cam Video...
Replies: 13
Views: 2728

RE: AA Crash Bridge Cam Video...

I'm skeptical that this video exists. As one former NTSB investigator said on one of the news channels the other day, if there was video of this crash, it'd have been on TV by now. Those "bridge cams" or whatever are not owned by the government; they're usually owned by news agencies. The NTSB actua...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2001 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Worst Airline Name Is......
Replies: 75
Views: 4040

RE: The Worst Airline Name Is......

People Express - understand the concept, but it just sounds klutzy to me Hughest Airwest, Braniff (love the livery, though), any other airline named after a person Piedmont - what does this mean, anyway? Some kind of mountain, I guess (who wants an airline named after a mountain?) I hate the way the...

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by spacecadet
Sat Nov 17, 2001 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Black Box Transcription: AA Crash
Replies: 7
Views: 3986

RE: Black Box Transcription: AA Crash

They'll release the transcript eventually, even if it has to wait until the full accident report. Anything that's relevant to the report gets put in there, and in this case the CVR is relevant. I would guess they wait to release the transcript because a) as someone else said, it's not relevant out o...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 16, 2001 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When A Plane Is About To Land...
Replies: 2
Views: 2331

RE: When A Plane Is About To Land...

They find the glideslope with the glideslope indicator on their navigational radios. (Autopilot can do this automatically.) Same with the runway - there's a directional beacon that's sent out from a radio tower at the airport that helps them line up properly.

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 16, 2001 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA A300 Crashed Due To 747 Airstream - Possible?
Replies: 23
Views: 3343

RE: AA A300 Crashed Due To 747 Airstream - Possible?

VirginFlyer: Exactly. The NTSB always takes the lead until it's established that there's been a criminal act. Otherwise you're just wasting resources. That article is a long-winded political piece - I see absolutely no discussion of any evidence whatsoever that AA587 was brought down by anything oth...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 16, 2001 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why (IMHO) The Wake Turb. Theory Is B.S.
Replies: 49
Views: 2544

RE: Why (IMHO) The Wake Turb. Theory Is B.S.

I still can't believe all the conspiracy theories going on here. Some of you seem to misunderstand the way the NTSB works, and the way most plane crashes happen. Airplanes are built with all sorts of redundant systems to prevent catastrophic failures, and ATC regulations are designed with the same s...

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 16, 2001 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crash Bridge Cam Video...
Replies: 13
Views: 2728

RE: AA Crash Bridge Cam Video...

What bridge was this? There's no major bridge in that area that I know of.

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by spacecadet
Fri Nov 16, 2001 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Didn't The Concorde Lose Its Vertical Stabilizer?
Replies: 20
Views: 3844

RE: Didn't The Concorde Lose Its Vertical Stabilizer?

The JAL 747 still had about half of its vertical stabilizer; it was enough to keep it from going completely out of control, although they could never quite get the plane flying straight. I think their whole descent was contained to something like a 10 square mile area in the mountains - they were on...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 15, 2001 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flt 587 Could Weight/balance Be A Factor?
Replies: 10
Views: 1856

RE: AA Flt 587 Could Weight/balance Be A Factor?

And they usually cut the power further after takeoff due to noise abatement. Depends on the noise charactertistics and power of the engines on a particular aircraft type, though; I don't know the typical settings on an A300 on that takeoff pattern. I thought the last transponder return showed this p...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 15, 2001 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wake Turbulence Cause Of AA587
Replies: 28
Views: 2794

RE: Wake Turbulence Cause Of AA587

Red Panda: Have you actually read the TWA 800 accident report?

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 15, 2001 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Dumb- Really Dumb" Post Is Just That...
Replies: 14
Views: 2355

RE: "Dumb- Really Dumb" Post Is Just That...

People are afraid of flying because they have no control. And that's perfectly natural. Even if someone sticks a gun in my face and carjacks me, I'm still in control - I can step on the gas, I can get out of the car and run, I have options. In a plane all you can do is sit there and hope for the bes...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 15, 2001 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C0 A300 Had An Engine Fall Off Also
Replies: 64
Views: 3665

RE: C0 A300 Had An Engine Fall Off Also

Hey Azeem: I just noticed that 747 pic. I'm not totally sure, but I believe that plane was actually operating as a JAL cargo flight that day (unless I'm confusing two separate incidents, but I don't think I am). If so, that plane came *very* close to crashing that day. Here's the condensed story for...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 15, 2001 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting Tidbit On The A300 That Crashed
Replies: 10
Views: 3161

RE: Interesting Tidbit On The A300 That Crashed

Except the engines didn't fail until just prior to impact, after control had already been lost. The NTSB said that today, based on the CVR tape (though they'll no doubt know for sure tomorrow when the FDR is done being downloaded). The assymetric thrust theory doesn't hold. Speaking of the FDR, I ha...

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by spacecadet
Thu Nov 15, 2001 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Much Wake...
Replies: 5
Views: 1153

RE: How Much Wake...

Sounds like they're looking at wake combined with a structural flaw. They were examining those tail fittings pretty close today; I saw a lot of pictures of groups of investigators standing on top of the back of the fuselage going over the fittings with a fine tooth comb. Makes sense, and most crashe...

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA587 - Tail Separation Initiated Breakup?
Replies: 57
Views: 3262

RE: AA587 - Tail Separation Initiated Breakup?

Positive rate: That's not how the Lauda Air crash happened. What happened was the reverser deployed, causing increased drag on that wing, which stalled and initiated a high-speed, spinning dive. The breakup occured not 4-5 seconds after deployment, but in fact something like a minute afterwards when...

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cool Liveries That Won't Age Well
Replies: 10
Views: 1627

RE: Cool Liveries That Won't Age Well

Getting sick of white fuselages here too. I think pretty much any livery with a white fuselage will look dated in a few years - that's the 90's look in the same way those thick multi-colored window-stripes (PSA, Eastern, American, TWA, etc.) were the 80's look.

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If It Was A Bomb That Blew Up AAL587....
Replies: 66
Views: 3319

RE: If It Was A Bomb That Blew Up AAL587....

Deltaflyertoo: The point is everything in an NTSB report is backed up by evidence. They don't go around making things up, and many times in the past they have gone directly against what the FAA has hoped they would say. Once their report is made public, anyone can go and take it apart and re-examine...

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 14, 2001 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C0 A300 Had An Engine Fall Off Also
Replies: 64
Views: 3665

RE: C0 A300 Had An Engine Fall Off Also

Right after I read the first post here (before seeing the rest of the thread) I checked the NTSB database and, like others, found nothing matching the described incident at all. I did, however, find this: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001212X18736&key=1 Just interested me because of wha...

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by spacecadet
Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If It Was A Bomb That Blew Up AAL587....
Replies: 66
Views: 3319

RE: If It Was A Bomb That Blew Up AAL587....

Ideas of a coverup make me laugh. First of all, Airbus is involved in this investigation also - you think they're going to go along with a report that accuses their plane of falling apart when they know it was a bomb? (Assuming it was, that is, which I don't think is the case.) You think the mainten...

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