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by acecrackshot
Sun May 09, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15465

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

What’s the point of vertical lifting an MRAP?

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by acecrackshot
Sun May 09, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale
Replies: 23
Views: 4545

Re: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale

I agree with everything you wrote. But consider this: if 70% of the Air Force disappeared tomorrow, they would be completely capable of handling anything that happened in Libya and Sudan. The only reason to have a powerful Air Force is Israel. And Turkey and Ethiopia. Honestly, if there are three M...

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 08, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?
Replies: 14
Views: 2717

Re: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?

One thing which can easily be done, though, is to target based on citizenship and immigration status. Afaik, there were pretty inhumane regulations for "non-US persons" flying “In humane” in what sense? Especially when compared to 3000+ dead, 4 wide body aircraft crashed, and two major ce...

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 08, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale
Replies: 23
Views: 4545

Re: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale

I agree with everything you wrote. But consider this: if 70% of the Air Force disappeared tomorrow, they would be completely capable of handling anything that happened in Libya and Sudan. The only reason to have a powerful Air Force is Israel. And Turkey and Ethiopia. Honestly, if there are three M...

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 08, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14695

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

So why is it that white people are not murdered at the same rate as minorities? Let's compare that to the gun toting white people who are taken alive and even still roaming free in society. A 17 year old white man gunned down two people after crossing state lines with guns and was taken to the bar ...

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by acecrackshot
Sat May 08, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?
Replies: 14
Views: 2717

Re: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?

. One thing under US law that’s nearly impossible to do is write laws that would target populations based upon race, national origin, religion or sex which is what the exceptions the Euros wanted would have functionally done. One thing which can easily be done, though, is to target based on citizen...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Fight Club Brawl at Miami Airport Yesterday
Replies: 71
Views: 13034

Re: Another Fight Club Brawl at Miami Airport Yesterday

Curiousflyer wrote:
Wow loved it. Can we go any lower? Are those people identified, fined $100,000 each and sent to jail for a year at least? Because this crap has to stop.


100k fine?

That’s “disorderly conduct” and ROR in any major city in the US in my experience.

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture
Replies: 107
Views: 5746

Re: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture

You’re conflating government unrest/invasion violence due to instability with urban violence due to poverty, drugs, and poor mental health mitigation. Not even in the same league. Why not? Poor people aren’t naturally violent, and it’s rather insulting to suggest it. Yet, here you are lecturing me ...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14695

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

At least spell the victim’s name right if you claim to care. I guess the point being made sailed over your head? Nah, the point is if you’re going to bring up a victim, spell their name right. It shows a modicum of respect. Ah, the retreat to feelings when one’s argument is less than complete. I no...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture
Replies: 107
Views: 5746

Re: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture

Of course the US society needs to be fixed but that is impossible without outside intervention, so all WE can do is eat popcorn and wait till the next "toughts and prayers" invocing "accidant/mental illness" case happens. It’s funny you say that, since when mass violence happens...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture
Replies: 107
Views: 5746

Re: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture

petertenthije wrote:
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So we are in agreement that the root cause is not tv, movies or gaming since those are global... but something intrinsic to the US cultures and values?


If only we had data to determine this.

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The lingering aftermath of PSA 182
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

Re: The lingering aftermath of PSA 182

Fair enough, they along with plenty of others sadly paid with their lives to teach us some very valuable lessons we would do well not to forget them. To quote Ernie Gann “their luck was not as good as mine.” Every day, when I finish Before Starting Engines I think for a second for the forgotten guy...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The lingering aftermath of PSA 182
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

Re: The lingering aftermath of PSA 182

Maybe its just due to the kind of training and thought we have today, but when someone chimes in with "I Hope" for a safety critical item like that regardless of their rank or role, it sets off alarm bells for me. That said, reading the transcripts I found I cannot really assemble the kin...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The lingering aftermath of PSA 182
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

Re: The lingering aftermath of PSA 182

ILNFlyer wrote:
The government will blame everyone but themselves, every time.


Yahtzee

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14695

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

We know the facts of those cases. Philando Castillo was legally carrying a firearm and told police. Atatiana Jefferson and Brionna Taylor were sitting in their homes being when cops opened fire. Daunte Wright had his hands up and was unarmed but oops, oh, well. George Floyd was subdued. We all know...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The lingering aftermath of PSA 182
Replies: 7
Views: 2355

The lingering aftermath of PSA 182

https://enewspaper.sandiegouniontribune.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=043d7cce-bad2-4c71-ba5e-393698caf834

Interesting, one of the founders of PSA, a 99 year old WWII vet, still advocating for his crews.

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?
Replies: 14
Views: 2717

Re: EASA Enigma - Any specific reason?

I knew a pilot who was involved with setting up EASA in the 1990s and early 2000s. From what I have been told, the part about not accepting FAA/EASA licenses started in the post-9/11 environment. Most European pilots at the time trained in the US. The then US government implemented some knee-jerk p...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Brakes and brake fans
Replies: 16
Views: 4365

Re: Brakes and brake fans

The 320 has a 300c Limitation for takeoff, at least at the operator with whom I’m familiar. A solid braking on landing, quick turn, two mile taxi and 3000’ field elevation can routinely result in 300+C temps even at 20-25C field temp during the taxi back for takeoff. Put the same scenario at 1000’ F...

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by acecrackshot
Fri May 07, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists
Replies: 26
Views: 6314

Re: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists

That’s the real problem with 91/135 flight departments...some are frankly better than any state level VIP unit in the world, and others I wouldn’t use to transport a POW. In 91 ops, that’s a function of the owner/corporate structure, which is uneven. In 135, it’s also a function of ownership/corpora...

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by acecrackshot
Wed May 05, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 248
Views: 31104

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

European solution would be in the interest of the taxpayer and would fill the needs much better. The European solution, A320 MPA, is still on the table. The Atlantique has too much risk. The P-8A will also pressure the the French to commit to on time delivery of the MPA. bt While I'd love to see a ...

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by acecrackshot
Wed May 05, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Brakes and brake fans
Replies: 16
Views: 4365

Re: Brakes and brake fans

Bus brakes seem oddly susceptible to high brake temps at relatively low pressure altitudes. You can heat them up at 3000' pressure altitude fairly easily at a relatively low ambient temp while 20F higher ambient temp at 1000' they'll stay cool on a "harder" brake cycle. That said, ground b...

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by acecrackshot
Wed May 05, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Fate of N984TW (Last MD80 Produced)
Replies: 18
Views: 8734

Re: The Fate of N984TW (Last MD80 Produced)

While the Airline History Museum in Kansas City has their hands full with other acquisitions the addition of this MD 83 would be appropriate. I think a case could be made that initial deal on the MD 80 as well as subsequent frames helped with TWA making its way thru the mid/ late 80s and thru the 9...

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by acecrackshot
Wed May 05, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 248
Views: 31104

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

The thing about MPA is that the mission is rarely "go do this one thing," unless its a cued ASW or overland ISR mission. Most of the time, there are lots of different missions decked onto a MPA so its a little unrealistic to say that any given mission the level of extreme endurance is unre...

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 04, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 248
Views: 31104

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

The best justification for a P-8 for the Marine will be the piggybacking off US/UK/other user doctrine/training/material/facilities even if it’s not a complete fit for their current ops. In reality, one thing about MPA has been its flexibility since 1960.

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by acecrackshot
Tue May 04, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak turns 50
Replies: 26
Views: 2467

Re: Amtrak turns 50

ArchGuy1 wrote:
Hope they can make America's passenger train system like what it was 100 years ago.


A model of an oligarchy?

A completely inflexible infrastructure that stifled growth?

This is like decrying the fall of the British Imperial air ship program.

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 03, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

The AF won’t buy a C-46 even if it makes its own gas and distills Jeremiah Weed. They don’t care about CASM or FedEx style cargo ton/mile range: leave that to contract air to figure out. When the AF’s biggest dilemma in a near-peer fight is not having enough booms they’re not going to buy a freight...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 03, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

EC-46s to replace the USN E-6s. E-46s to replace the E-3AWACSs The E-3 replacement inside track is the E-7. The Navy would prefer the 737 platform to replace the E-6 because of commonality with the P-8A and all the interior system would have already been designed. The Navy is already performing man...

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by acecrackshot
Mon May 03, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

If there is going to be a sister aircraft to the KC-46A, they will most likely be new build: RC-46s to replace the RC-135s. EC-46s to replace the USN E-6s. E-46s to replace the E-3AWACSs. There may even be 18-26 TC-46 dedicated trainers for all variants of the KC-46. A TC-46 can have the duel role ...

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by acecrackshot
Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

That’d work best, but why a C-46? More pallet positions or seats in -300F with a floor mod for 463L pallets. Yes, in the old days of the Cold War, us and a charter 747 could leave the same to KDOV or KWRI. No more, not enough demand Interestingly, every time AMC activated our base in the NE; the ar...

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by acecrackshot
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

How much cheaper would the C-46 be compared to the KC-46? Part of the current KC-46 price is going towards covering development costs. If we assume additional KC-46 aircraft where the development cost has been paid for, how much extra are the tanker parts? An extra 20% compared to a vanilla C-46? I...

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

FGITD wrote:


Nearly posted that same quote. Hard to resist, but it’s simply one of the best television episodes ever made.


Conan O'Brien wrote it. That's why there always Easter Eggs of late night talk show hosts getting made fun of in the Simpsons.

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

LyleLanley wrote:
Part and parcel with the "part-timers already rated in the 75/76 with the airlines would keep training costs low" argument that people always fall for.


I'd love to get your hot and spicy take on the UPT2.0 plan I've heard coming up for the MAF.

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by acecrackshot
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

Not all ANG members are part timers.. Valid. But "the valued TRs, ARTs, AGRs, troughers, folks on RPA/MPA, mobilized (both title 10 as well as title 32), IMAs, IRR, and points-only professionals of the ARC/ANG" just doesn't have the same ring as "part timers", so let's overlook ...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists
Replies: 26
Views: 6314

Re: Airline mergers; merging the seniority lists

Because ALPA style pilot groups are unionized, or quasi-unionized (Jetblue). Pilots do not want random people applying for the job they hold. So they make it very clear to their employer that they will not tolerate open market talent competition. Even non-union workers get "dinged" when t...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 26, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

No, that's not what I said. I said you can "utilize the KC-46s you already have" and/or utilize the contract airlift the USAF is already utilizing, not "purchasing more KC-46s and expanding the Civil Reserve Air Fleet". I assumed 'mystery airlifter that is neither designed, prot...

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by acecrackshot
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South Korea’s KAI looks to enter military transport market
Replies: 9
Views: 2943

Re: South Korea’s KAI looks to enter military transport market

Re: “ I can’t think of a single example of a military transport converted to a commercial passenger aircraft that was successful.” C-97 and Stratocruiser? Kind of chicken and egg, but the KC-135 comes to mind, as well. The 747 shares a portion of its success to the USAF heavy lift program as well.

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by acecrackshot
Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 262
Views: 104612

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

VSMUT wrote:
acecrackshot wrote:
What is the oldest average 320 fleet in US service?

My back of envelope would be UA at this point...


As per airfleets.net, Delta at 25,3 years. United is 22,4 and American is 19,7.


Shukran!

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by acecrackshot
Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 262
Views: 104612

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

What is the oldest average 320 fleet in US service?

My back of envelope would be UA at this point...

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by acecrackshot
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Need that MICAP, I’m sitting in the Reef for 5 days , ETIC of parts + 2 hours.


This has become the more realistic a-net thread ever.

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by acecrackshot
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Air Force Buys 8 H225M's and Leases 15 H225's
Replies: 13
Views: 3016

Re: French Air Force Buys 8 H225M's and Leases 15 H225's

I wouldn’t consider the Super Puma a Chinook replacement. Certainly a Chinook would be overkill for the support mission in DJ.

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

Touche, but to paraphrase my earlier post 2021 ≠ the 1950s and 60s. And your NAVAIR analog argument doesn't work with tankers, transports, and bombers. And your every state getting an ATR or biz jet squadron metaphor is valid, but one state getting 12 biz jets (or 50 C-46s spread to one or two stat...

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 6780

Re: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?

"can the c27j even fit on a carrier?" Anything can fit anywhere as long as you throw enough money at and cut enough capabilities from it. That being said, it's not the absolute worst idea ever, but it wasn't cost effective. The CMV-22 appears to be the most expensive, but most flexible op...

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 248
Views: 72368

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

I would say that Sweden could be a very possible customer for the KC-390, I say it´s 50/50 between the C-130j and KC-390 and the A400 as a long shot. All of them being very nice aircraft. :thumbsup: That's an interesting selection, honestly. Were I Swedes, and just guessing back-of-napkin at the re...

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?
Replies: 140
Views: 15465

Re: Should the USAF order the 747-8F?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
UA857 wrote:
bikerthai wrote:

You might see it, but AMC won’t.


Ding!

But yeah, the non-mobility USAF is going to miss the KC-10 when its gone.

The savings of it are somewhat illusionary, and some of the capability boutique.

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

Is it possible for the USAF to order up to 50 C-46 transport aircraft without tanking equipment to use as an increase in airlift capabilities given that the C-17 is out of production? The C-46 went out of production in 1945. Not happening. ;) Someone had to. There is a flyable one in Bolivia I'd lo...

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

While we're along this line of thought, why not bring back the C-27Js to the Reserves and ANG just to make sure they have even more variability and options to supplant the heavily used C-130s. If the train of thought is the C-17s are old and overused, then certainly the C-130s are too. The -17s and...

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

How about putting those half-breed C-46s in Reserve and ANG? I'm not sure why you're hung-up on tossing these pieces of garbage onto the part-timers, but they're not interested, either. A bespoke mission, constantly supplanted by contractors, is not in AFRC/ANG long-term interests. And the USAF gen...

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-46 Pegasus?
Replies: 104
Views: 9861

Re: C-46 Pegasus?

My main question was can the USAF order a C-46 transport aircraft without tanking equipment? Absolutely. It would likely have to go through the existing JCIDS process, unless they could piggy back off the existing KC-46 as some kind of spiral or block development. The question is one of why, when t...

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?
Replies: 42
Views: 6910

Re: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?

Sorry I wasn't precise. I meant exactly flying military personnel in and out, not wounded. The CRAF aircraft I assume were not made to have some markings distinguishing say this particular TW741 carrying personnel from another TW741 carrying fare paying pax? Something similar to the Lusitania techn...

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by acecrackshot
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?
Replies: 42
Views: 6910

Re: Gulf War and Iraqi War CRAF flights?

889091 wrote:
Do they civilian pilots get paid danger money/hazard pay?


At TWA they were all volunteers and had many captain/captain pairing, IIRC.

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