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by 411A
Mon Nov 04, 2002 11:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Is Vr (rotation Speed) Determined?
Replies: 14
Views: 19058

RE: How Is Vr (rotation Speed) Determined?

Skipper has given good info here, and in addition, takeoffs are done during flight testing where the tail is dragged on the ground so the aircraft lifts off at an absolute minimum speed. This value determined is Vmu, used for data only, clearly not for any kind of normal operations. A skid is fitted...

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by 411A
Thu Oct 31, 2002 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Best Looking Airliner Ever Built Is....
Replies: 87
Views: 6054

RE: The Best Looking Airliner Ever Built Is....

Mbmbos If you like the 1049G, you would like the 1649A even better...much longer tapered wing, longer fuselage...and 9900 gallon fuel capacity gave it a 21 hour endurance. Sleek machine. As for jets...has to be the 707-320B (advanced). Flew these for many years...great aeroplane. Beauty is in the ey...

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by 411A
Wed Oct 30, 2002 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Picture Of Seven-across (4+3) Trident!
Replies: 6
Views: 2562

RE: Picture Of Seven-across (4+3) Trident!

Having positioned (as crew) many times on the Trident, have to say it was a very quiet machine.

4+3...well could have been I suppose....remember the Brits crammed 44 on a DC3 at one time.

Shoehorn express.... Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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by 411A
Wed Oct 30, 2002 12:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747 Tail Strike
Replies: 12
Views: 8028

RE: 747 Tail Strike

Broke... One L10 that I noticed even had a tailstrike on takeoff, a -500 model, would you believe. And yes, the pilot had lots of L10 experience...but was an idiot nonetheless. Not a very proficient operator. New younger guys just don't seem to look at the ASI when they are the PF, in the sim have h...

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by 411A
Tue Oct 29, 2002 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hows LH Doing On Fra To Phx?
Replies: 6
Views: 3211

RE: Hows LH Doing On Fra To Phx?

Yes, six times a week now for the winter schedule, according to an interview with their station manager in PHX on the radio last Saturday. And, LH is buying more aeroplanes and is hiring 4000 additional employees (including 200 pilots) next year, business is VERY good. US airlines should take note.....

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by 411A
Tue Oct 29, 2002 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should UAL Hire Frank Lorenzo?
Replies: 29
Views: 3125

RE: Should UAL Hire Frank Lorenzo?

...and for those here too young to remember, Continental was the weakest of the US trunk carriers for many years. When Robert Six passed away, UAL was cleaning Continental's clock on their only real money-making routes, Denver & Chicago. Can still remember Continental pilots marching up and down in ...

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by 411A
Mon Oct 28, 2002 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!
Replies: 5
Views: 2814

RE: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!

Perhaps not in the UK, GDB, but there's aplenty in eastern Europe, and most have JAR licenses nowadays...and with the proper paperwork, right of abode can be easily arranged.

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by 411A
Mon Oct 28, 2002 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ascent And Descent Speed Planning
Replies: 10
Views: 13282

RE: Ascent And Descent Speed Planning

Regarding descent... If ATC is unable to approve descent from cruise altitude when desired (for example at 100-110 nm approximately) it is often useful to reduce cruise mach number, so that when descent is approved, the nose can be lowered to accelerate while at the same time closing throttles. This...

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by 411A
Mon Oct 28, 2002 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!
Replies: 5
Views: 2814

RE: BA Staff Have Threatened To Walk Over A Sausage!

...and if all the pilots walked out enmass, they could, in todays market, be easily replaced, with minimal disruption to schecules. Management pilots...man the planes. HR department, go into high gear a sift thru those CV's, times a 'wastin ! ...and not to forget the training department, all leaves ...

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by 411A
Mon Oct 28, 2002 12:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VHF Nav/Com Signals
Replies: 4
Views: 2487

RE: VHF Nav/Com Signals

And before anyone asks, amplitude modulation is used for VHF communtcations because, if two stations transmit at the same time, distortion is clearly generated, whereas if frequency modulation was used, only the higher powered station would be received.

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by 411A
Thu Oct 24, 2002 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Planning Chief Says "Close Heathrow"
Replies: 62
Views: 4749

RE: UK Planning Chief Says "Close Heathrow"

The idea of building a "new" London airport in the Thames estuary was considered and abandoned over twelve years ago, too late now I think....

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by 411A
Wed Oct 23, 2002 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Hangars
Replies: 3
Views: 1495

RE: LAX Hangars

Now AA I believe.

On the extreme righthand side of the photo, toward the approach end of 25L, is Hangar one, the oldest hangar there, dates from when the airport was known as Mines Field...'tis now an historic landmark.

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by 411A
Mon Oct 21, 2002 2:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Going Around Due To 'unsecure Cabin'
Replies: 23
Views: 7520

RE: Going Around Due To 'unsecure Cabin'

Airplay, Speaking of standing up, my wife was returning to the USA from BKK via NRT on NW about twelve years ago, when just after the B747 started the takeoff roll, a Japanese man stood up, rushed for the L4 door, opened same and tried to jump out. Grabbed by two men and hauled back in...takeoff abo...

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by 411A
Sun Oct 20, 2002 2:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Going Around Due To 'unsecure Cabin'
Replies: 23
Views: 7520

RE: Going Around Due To 'unsecure Cabin'

In more than thirty five years in airline flying, have never aborted a landing because the cabin was not ready. The cabin crew will be informed before takeoff of the estimated time enroute and the landing time is normally communicated to them long before descent is commenced. If these same cabin cre...

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by 411A
Fri Oct 18, 2002 12:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots Precision
Replies: 21
Views: 2508

RE: Pilots Precision

It may be of interest to some here to realise that just a few years ago, nearly all maneuvers for large aircraft type ratings were done in the actual aircraft. This was due primarily because there was no sim available for the type or the sim that was available was not certified. Two of the heavies o...

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by 411A
Tue Oct 15, 2002 4:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Larnaca Rwy 04 Approach, Anyone Tried It?
Replies: 11
Views: 3141

RE: Larnaca Rwy 04 Approach, Anyone Tried It?

Not "late" Covert, it was planned that way.
If you have ever done close-in circling in a jet, you would understand.
'Tis called...maintaining proficiency.

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by 411A
Tue Oct 15, 2002 1:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Larnaca Rwy 04 Approach, Anyone Tried It?
Replies: 11
Views: 3141

RE: Larnaca Rwy 04 Approach, Anyone Tried It?

Have personally operated to Larnaca (ry04), visual approach in a Lockheed TriStar, rolled out on final at one mile at 300 feel agl. Not all that difficult if done properly.

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by 411A
Mon Oct 14, 2002 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lionair Acquires Last Shorts Belfast
Replies: 26
Views: 5753

RE: Lionair Acquires Last Shorts Belfast

How about Tyne spares, SAS23...don't believe RR support this engine anymore.
In addition, sure hope you are not in collaboration with A.S. in SHJ...the Federal barracudas' are watching him like a hawk for any nefarious activities, especially the DEA in MIA.

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by 411A
Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Engined 707
Replies: 15
Views: 2073

RE: Two Engined 707

Looks like many young'ens here believe everything was always done in the sim, but as Broke points out, 'twas not always so.

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by 411A
Tue Oct 01, 2002 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Engined 707
Replies: 15
Views: 2073

RE: Two Engined 707

There WAS a two engine (remaining) 707 that I recall, over the mid-west somewhere...two engines separated from the airframe in very heavy turbulence. Aeroplane landed safely due to the skill of the crew.
Thats why pilots make the big bucks.

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by 411A
Wed Sep 25, 2002 1:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could Someone Help Me Clarify This Question?
Replies: 22
Views: 5073

RE: Could Someone Help Me Clarify This Question?

According to a senior AME... IF that speeding was considered excessive, in some jurisdictions can be considered a felony conviction, which must be reported. Failure to do do can result in medical/pilot certificate suspension. BEWARE. B747Skipper... In some places, having a "few beers" and then drivi...

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by 411A
Wed Sep 18, 2002 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Important Aircraft Before 1930?
Replies: 13
Views: 1786

RE: Most Important Aircraft Before 1930?

Without a doubt...Boeing 247.

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by 411A
Sun Sep 15, 2002 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Airline Pilots Ever Charged After Fatal Crash?
Replies: 13
Views: 2867

RE: Are Airline Pilots Ever Charged After Fatal Crash?

So far as I know, the first crew to be arrested and charged in an aircraft accident was in October 1979 when a Swissair DC8-62 landed long on runway 15L in ATH and broke up off the end of the runway. The crew was charged with negligent homicide and jailed. Believe they were released a short while la...

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by 411A
Sun Sep 15, 2002 10:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Turbofan Over Turbojet?
Replies: 8
Views: 24542

RE: Turbofan Over Turbojet?

Covert, Early jet airliners had turbojet engines that were direct developments from military engines. These engines had rather good thermodynamic efficiency at high altitudes and speeds, but had two main disadvantages; high fuel burn at lower altitudes and the aeroplanes to which they were fitted ha...

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by 411A
Sun Sep 15, 2002 10:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Descent Planning
Replies: 9
Views: 21133

RE: Descent Planning

DECU, As all of my experience in jet aircraft has been in large heavy jet transports (23,000 hours+) I can offer the following-- With nearly all heavy jet transports, assuming reasonable head/tail winds and normal landing weights, three times your altitude (in thousands of feet) plus 10 miles works ...

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by 411A
Sun Sep 15, 2002 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Widebodies In The Early 1970s?
Replies: 21
Views: 3513

RE: Widebodies In The Early 1970s?

UAL on the Pacific in the late eighties had NY style Deli's in economy (buffet style)....make mine pastrami and corned beef, double mustard please.
NOT to be seen again i'm afraid...

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by 411A
Sun Sep 15, 2002 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Widebodies In The Early 1970s?
Replies: 21
Views: 3513

RE: Widebodies In The Early 1970s?

Before lounges (F/C or economy), there were staterooms. Yes, UAL and PanAmerican had staterooms at the rear of some of their Stratocruisers, slept 4 I believe...as well as the lower deck lounge. Everyone wore coats and ties (men) and the gals were smartly dressed as well, NOT the T Shirt and sandals...

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by 411A
Sun Sep 15, 2002 12:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-8-40
Replies: 5
Views: 2802

RE: DC-8-40

Having operated Conway powered B707's a time or three, some might be interested in the fact that there are no EPR gauges, only N1, N2, EGT....at least on the model I flew anyway. Don't know about the Conway powered DC8, but suspect the same. Fuel burn was about the same as the JT4, 'round about 16,0...

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by 411A
Tue Sep 10, 2002 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked, But Operating 737s In Las?
Replies: 20
Views: 3554

RE: Unmarked, But Operating 737s In Las?

Before the 737's were acquired, DC-6B's were used for a very long time, DC-4's before...operated on behalf of the old AEC.

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by 411A
Mon Sep 09, 2002 2:26 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Please Come Back, B747Skipper!
Replies: 76
Views: 6283

RE: Please Come Back, B747Skipper!

Prattish comments by sixteen year olds with their computer flight sim who think they "know it all" simply do not mix well with true professionals from which they might actually learn something. Suspect that if the gentleman in question does come back, there will be in the wings a small minority who ...

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by 411A
Sun Sep 08, 2002 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More AA Routes Go Eagle:
Replies: 15
Views: 2867

RE: More AA Routes Go Eagle:

Of course they do.
Management will do anything to outfox the money-grabing policies of the APA pilots.
Do not expect this to stop anytime soon.

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by 411A
Sun Sep 08, 2002 11:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Is There ANY Margin For Error At Sna?
Replies: 9
Views: 5053

RE: How Is There ANY Margin For Error At Sna?

Have flown out of SNA from 1967-1971...the runways have not been altered much since then...yes, short but all a matter of aircraft performance/weight and pilot technique.
Not all that difficult for a professional.

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by 411A
Sat Sep 07, 2002 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stealing On Airplanes
Replies: 50
Views: 15145

RE: Stealing On Airplanes

Stealing by ANY other name is still theivery. Have watched in airlines... A senior chief steward caught in customs with a bagfull of give-away pax pens...to the total of over two hundred (lost his job), A steward upon landing in Cairo with a breakfast omelette neatly tucked in his jacket pocket (he ...

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by 411A
Wed Sep 04, 2002 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 747 Stored? VCV, MZJ
Replies: 2
Views: 1878

RE: United 747 Stored? VCV, MZJ

At least six in storage at VCV (lease returns), engines removed and leased out.

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by 411A
Wed Sep 04, 2002 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Middle Eastern Carriers During Ramadan
Replies: 11
Views: 3436

RE: Middle Eastern Carriers During Ramadan

Operated a Lockheed L10 for SV for ten years. As sunset approached, was often asked to descend lower so that the sun would "disappear" earlier. Whistling along at barberpole -5 at FL230 was great fun. And, at 18 cents per gallon, not expensive either.

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by 411A
Fri Aug 23, 2002 2:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are These Wingtip Spill Plates / Splates?
Replies: 7
Views: 5632

RE: Are These Wingtip Spill Plates / Splates?

During the development of the DC-6 in 1946, various types of wing tips were tried. As the wing on the DC-4 was the same as the proposed DC-6 wing (except for slightly different washout near the tip), rather odd shaped tips were fitted to the DC-4 wing to see if any improvement could be obtained. Aft...

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by 411A
Sat Aug 17, 2002 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: C-46 Versions
Replies: 7
Views: 1961

RE: C-46 Versions

Weights mostly. However some were classified "transport catagory" (stainless steel firewalls, plumbing, engine fire suppression, etc) and could be used to carry passengers. One was used by the 'ole Dunes Hotel between BUR-LAS to carry high rollers. Even had a piano, believe it or not. The Hacienda H...

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by 411A
Sat Aug 17, 2002 12:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-7 "Turbo-Compound" Engine Question?
Replies: 15
Views: 18471

RE: DC-7 "Turbo-Compound" Engine Question?

The C-97's using 100 octane fuel use a lower power setting for takeoff, and "lose" approximately 800 HP (total) in the process. The DC-7 slightly less so.

Broke,
Make that 130/145.

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by 411A
Fri Aug 16, 2002 8:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-7 "Turbo-Compound" Engine Question?
Replies: 15
Views: 18471

RE: DC-7 "Turbo-Compound" Engine Question?

Having flown both DC-6's and DC-7's, the Wright R3350-EA4 (final varient) was one powerful engine, but the PRT's tended to overheat in high blower and so were not all that reliable. Low blower worked better but reduced the available cruise altitude. The fuel economy of the turbo-compound engine was ...

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by 411A
Sat Aug 10, 2002 11:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question For Airline Pilots
Replies: 17
Views: 4421

RE: Question For Airline Pilots

B747skipper

Yes indeed, have known Rod for over thirty years, since the old Standard Airways days, where he was Chief Pilot. He could bellow with the best of 'em, and at the younger Saudi's, in Arabic....which they did NOT like at all.

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by 411A
Sat Aug 10, 2002 11:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question For Airline Pilots
Replies: 17
Views: 4421

RE: Question For Airline Pilots

No problemo HAL, different strokes for different folks. Can recall years ago, in my first 707 (-331, JT4 powered), good grief...what a piece of [email protected], sloooow engine acceleration, HEAVY on the controls, switches the "wrong" way (TWA aeroplane), parallel yaw damper.... but once you master the machine,...

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by 411A
Sat Aug 10, 2002 6:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question For Airline Pilots
Replies: 17
Views: 4421

RE: Question For Airline Pilots

B747skipper Have to agree, the 707 was/is one fine aeroplane. Did seven years in the 707 (all command, my first jet) before moving into the L1011...another aircraft where, if you fell asleep in ground school, it would eat you alive. Steam gauges forever...at least for me. Some of the younger guys wi...

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by 411A
Thu Aug 08, 2002 6:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Database Validity
Replies: 10
Views: 4539

RE: Database Validity

The answer is YES, GPS can be used as a primary navigation aid for long overwater flights. However, if it is to be used in the airway route structure over land, or in the terminal area/approaches, a currect data base MUST be installed for IFR flight, part(s) 91, 121, 125, 135, and in accordance with...

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by 411A
Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions About RR Engines
Replies: 24
Views: 3744

RE: Questions About RR Engines

SAS23 Optical illusion you say? You might indeed be interested in the before start check (expanded) in TriStar aircraft. "Before placing the fuel and ignition switch to on, be sure that N1 rotation is confirmed. Note, under certain wind conditions, the engine can be rotating in the opposite directio...

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by 411A
Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Consumption Per Engine
Replies: 11
Views: 9242

RE: Fuel Consumption Per Engine

Erj-145mech

Your are generally correct about piston engines, round or otherwise, EXCEPT for the Wright 3350 turbo-compound series (DC-7, super Connie), in this case it was .36 pounds fuel/hp/hr. 'Twas a good idea, but not too reliable in service, especially the PRT's.

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by 411A
Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Did TWA Reach Its Peak Of Power?
Replies: 13
Views: 6863

RE: When Did TWA Reach Its Peak Of Power?

Seems there are a lot of Johnnie-come-latelys here. TWA stock price was at its highest when Howard Hughes sold it for $565 million in the mid-sixtys. The airline, for all practical purposes went downhill since then. At that time TWA routes extended all the way to CMB. Why did they fail....plain and ...

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by 411A
Tue Aug 06, 2002 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707-777 Comparasion
Replies: 12
Views: 1908

RE: 707-777 Comparasion

Areopagus Your information is quite correct, clearly you have done your homework...top of the class to you Sir! In addition, leading edge devices were different, some full span, some not. In addition, one particular 707 model was shorter than even a 720, do you know which one? Hint, Qantas operated ...

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by 411A
Tue Aug 06, 2002 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707-777 Comparasion
Replies: 12
Views: 1908

RE: 707-777 Comparasion

CV990 Do a search about fillet flaps for the 707, you may even be able to see them on a photo on this web site. A little project for you. Have a look at the fuel capacity of the 707-320B and compare this to the fuel capacity of the 720B. Figure 12,000 pounds/hr for the 707 and 10,000 pounds/hr fuel ...

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by 411A
Mon Aug 05, 2002 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707-777 Comparasion
Replies: 12
Views: 1908

RE: 707-777 Comparasion

CV990 Having flown both the 707 and 720B, I can assure you that your figures are quite wrong. The 720B had no (as in none) center tank fuel, so could not fly as far as the 707, with the same payload. The 720B wing is NOT the same as the 707 (no fillet flaps on the 720). If the 720B was flown on the ...

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by 411A
Sun Aug 04, 2002 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Climb Performance Ever.
Replies: 48
Views: 7404

RE: Worst Climb Performance Ever.

Operated a B707 from DHA in 1979, max weight (333,100 pounds) at 42C, rolled 11500 feet on a 12,000 foot runway and climbed at V2 at 400 ft/min, with all 4 engines at max thrust. Managed to reach FL270 in 290 nautical miles.

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