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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Aug 25, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42445

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

This is a difficult moral area. What responsibility does the West have to fix the cultural issues present in Afghanistan? One could argue we should ensure that what occurred leading up to 9/11 never happens again. That would also require a substantial reevaluation of lingering partnerships and econ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Aug 25, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42445

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Things seem to be taking a dangerous turn with the Taliban banning Afghans from leaving and the firm date of Allies gone by 8/31. Understand US is already pulling some troops out. On August 29th, I'd start flying B-52's and B-1's in patterns over the airport so this doesn't turn in to Dunkirk. Lack...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Aug 25, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42445

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

The US still has troops in Europe, 76 years after V-E day, Korean War is still without resolution and troops in Korea and Japan 68 years later; troops in Kosovo 22 years later than hostilities ended there. Another 15-20 years with 2500-5000 troops in Afghanistan might have produced two generations o...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Aug 25, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?
Replies: 15
Views: 2637

Re: Why didn't Boeing power the 727 with JT3D engines?

Probably wouldn’t have worked in #2 position, but the real reason was the JT-8 was better, more modern engine. It was based off the J52 used in the A-4 and A-6. True, by today’s standards somewhat underpowered, but it met all the performance requirements despite gaining about 33% in TOGW, a stretch ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Wed Aug 25, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FBO/General aviation terminal
Replies: 23
Views: 2369

Re: FBO/General aviation terminal

It’s be a rare FBO that would have one. The only use would be for the few airliner bizjets and an occasional airliner flying a team charter from the FBO. No purpose-built bizjet can use a jet bridge. KOPF has a huge awning you taxi under to deplane, then they tow your plane back under it for boardin...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact
Replies: 37
Views: 1980

Re: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact

People prefer the suburbs or exurbs, embrace it. Living in the city is an exception in the US.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact
Replies: 37
Views: 1980

Re: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact

The train will help in terms of $$$ for passengers in the South. BNA-ATL and at some point SAV will be a big money saver for people who need to get around on their own dime. It's expensive to fly BNA-ATL or ATL-SAV, and if a train at half the cost is there, people will take it as long as rental car...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2022

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

Our bizjets also have dual file servers, so charts are displayed on one of the screens including “own ship” position. Dual so there’s a backup. I doubt any of us have used the iPads in the cockpit in years.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3538

Re: Why Can't I pump my own gas?

I too wish I have had the experience of taking fuel aboard a C5 from a KC-10... Commercial flying is downright boring by comparison. Nothing like hearing, “you’re taking gas, sir” after a difficult join up and you need the gas. Then it’s down to staying on the boom for 20 minutes. Then going to the...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact
Replies: 37
Views: 1980

Re: Amtrack Plans - Aviation Impact

Complete waste of money, but what’d you expect from Washington?

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13154

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

We’ll see that stuff again at a terrorist event near you or me.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan
Replies: 176
Views: 35073

Re: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan

Possibly ramp space at ETAR—it’s not that big. Perhaps ETAR is mog’d out, no room. I’ve seen this act before—an huge start turns into a massive traffic jam at some intermediate location. It took weeks to un-mess the initial mess that was Desert Shield. Then we did it again for other contingencies.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What does it take for Saudi Arabia to get 55 million international tourists by 2030?
Replies: 26
Views: 1865

Re: What does it take for Saudi Arabia to get 55 million international tourists by 2030?

I can’t imagine any reason to visit KSA, even without the whole Muslim thing. Been there, got the magnet. Beirut I liked but it’s gone to hell in a handcart. Dubai was interesting, I’d go back but not on my dime. Israel was great, but you’d expect that. Cairo interesting, but El Alamein for a long w...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3538

Re: Why Can't I pump my own gas?

One thing that irks me is people who leave the car running or put the gas cap in the handle and sit back in the car. I’ve called a few on it and they just shrug like I’m the one who’s wrong. One lady said she had a little one inside and didn’t want it get cold. We’re talking 2 minutes sitting in a w...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Question about the KC-135
Replies: 5
Views: 1533

Re: Question about the KC-135

Each event I saw was because of high side loads and one engine taking out its adjoining one. Then, some careful handling is required. The mid-airs between tankers were in cell formation, I’d guess, and lost sight.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Tue Aug 24, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187224

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Taliban already said no to any extension or “consequences”.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3538

Re: Why Can't I pump my own gas?

I didn’t buy on the NJ Turnpike, I’ve learned not to. Yes, it was a bit cheaper in Jersey for some odd reason, but I don’t care, they don’t touch my car. I will buy in service areas elsewhere when I can pump, saves time. A couple of weeks, I’ll be Swedesboro, check the prices out then.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think VOR ground stations will eventually go the way of the dinosaur?
Replies: 6
Views: 1125

Re: Do you think VOR ground stations will eventually go the way of the dinosaur?

Open VFR 1:500,000 chart, plot a line, go fly. That’s how it’s been done for eons until this generation couldn’t find the end of their driveway without GPS.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier CL 600 down near Truckee, California
Replies: 136
Views: 27447

Re: Bombardier CL 600 down near Truckee, California

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/med ... pdf#page89
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FAA TERPS Manual, Chap 2, pg 2-57 onward for restricted circling. I agree easily confused and poorly worded, but it’s the FAA. They crossed the extended centerline 45 degrees off final course.

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/med ... pdf#page89

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187224

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

No, you will not be allowed entry from Israel by the non-recognizing country. Just as you cannot file a flight plan from KSA to Israel, has to go thru a third country and you have to land at that third country. Overflying Israel, like overflying any country is subject to their rules and permits. Isr...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3538

Re: Why Can't I pump my own gas?

I hate it, too. I just avoid buying in that ridiculous state. I frequently, 3 times a year, go to south Jersey for competitions, buy in NY, buy again across the bridge in DE. Waste of time, usually incomplete feelers that can’t understand English and, if they screw up can give you a “check engine” p...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13154

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

Well, we had in past removed any valuable equipment—KSA bases, for example. Apparently, when you forget about your people, equipment is way down the list.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are the most dangerous airports actually safest because pilots are hyperaware of their problems?
Replies: 3
Views: 952

Re: Are the most dangerous airports actually safest because pilots are hyperaware of their problems?

Navy North Island is more “dangerous” that KSAN, whatever dangerous is. MCAS Kaneohe, too. Lots of the mountainous airports require more “thought” than KSAN, LSGK or LSGS for example. WSSL requires a pretty tight circling approach or departure, depending on direction. KASE, KRIL, KEGE, also.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan
Replies: 176
Views: 35073

Re: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan

Well, that mentions 7,500 but not where. I’ve been countless times when it was much more active base (Cold War and afterwards til 2005), there’s not enough hangars, billeting, open fields. The largest hangar fits two C-130s.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan
Replies: 176
Views: 35073

Re: US Considering Activating the CRAF program for Afghanistan

I see DL 8822 in route DTW FRA This is Tail # N504Dn an A359 https://www.flightradar24.com/54.52,-62.56/8# Looks to be a troop charter as it's heading to Ramstein. I also doubt they'd want to send a basically new aircraft on a mission as "risky" as this. Evacuees will be sent to Ramstein ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187224

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Reach is for AMC-directed missions, Moose, I believe, is CENTCOM-directed missions. Interesting. And what are the difference of the two missions? One handling one group of people and other handling another? Also what does AMC stand for? Big difference, the planes in the AOR, are directed and comman...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan
Replies: 176
Views: 35073

Re: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan

It’s interesting the airline employees are posting such specific details regarding DoD flights… I’m pretty sure that’s a no, no within most airline employees handbooks/social media policies. I don’t see anything posted here that is not publicly available. Flight plans are filed with the FAA. The FA...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weight conversions to imperial/metric for 'used' aircraft- how does it work?
Replies: 14
Views: 1203

Re: Weight conversions to imperial/metric for 'used' aircraft- how does it work?

Pretty much a software change followed by lots of paperwork. At least on the two modern bizjets I’ve seen it done.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10675

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

Why would the C5 not be as reliable or capable as the C-17? Age? Parts no longer manufactured? Flying characteristics? As I stated on the civilian side, I grew watching C-5s touch and gos all day long with some amazing approaches. Just wanted to know in more detail please. The C-5 is a bigger targe...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187224

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Reach is for AMC-directed missions, Moose, I believe, is CENTCOM-directed missions.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10675

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

If history is any guide, safe passage under Afghan rule is a precarious thing. Read up on the evacuation of the British leaving Kabul after the First Afghan War. Spoiler alert, they were annihilated after being given safe passage.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10675

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

As I said, there, it’s not less capable than the C-17–one C-5 equals two C-17s, but a lot more goes into it. Turn times are longer, MOG limits depending on ground crew at Kabul. No seating in the C-5 as can be installed on the sidewalls of the Herk or Buddha. C-5s move outsized cargo and we’re not m...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2022

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

iPad only at my carrier. At my first regional, I had to carry three Jepp binders and a flight ops manual. I'd always do the jepp revisions in flight so at least I got paid to do it instead of in a hotel room or crew room after my commute. No more having to run through the terminal to my commute fli...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do Airbus pilots have nicknames for their aircraft?
Replies: 17
Views: 2989

Re: Do Airbus pilots have nicknames for their aircraft?

Design is in Toulouse, everyone thinks of the Airbus as French, HQ is in France.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would an AN-124 go from Kansai to Kobe airport?
Replies: 6
Views: 1092

Re: Why would an AN-124 go from Kansai to Kobe airport?

Can’t say for the 124, but there weren’t but very few loads in the C-5 that couldn’t be done in 4 hours, if the shipper was ready. Even breaking down helicopters or the Mark V boat.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about whether Sands 747SP was damaged at Lake Charles
Replies: 56
Views: 21622

Re: Question about whether Sands 747SP was damaged at Lake Charles

The whole Adelson flight operation is being shutdown; this is from a friend who flies there. He hasn’t flown in months.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do Airbus pilots have nicknames for their aircraft?
Replies: 17
Views: 2989

Re: Do Airbus pilots have nicknames for their aircraft?

Snuffaluffagus wrote:
A common nick name for the A320, and maybe other A3xx, is Fifi. Why? I have no clue, but that's what a few of us called it. The 737 is known as the guppy at UAL.


It’s French, hence FiFi.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan
Replies: 176
Views: 35073

Re: US Considering Activating the CRAF program for Afghanistan

They’ll get the crews, CRAF flying pays well for the crews.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sun Aug 22, 2021 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187224

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Growing up in as an Army brat, and seeing C-5s doing touch and gos all during my youth, how is it the C-17 is more capable than a C-5? It’s not 1 C-5 equals 2 C-17s, but then you have to look at turn times, reliability, availability and MOG at the one airport. C-5 are terrible pax haulers unless yo...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Aug 21, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite self-hubbing connection?
Replies: 32
Views: 1967

Re: Your favorite self-hubbing connection?

As the sign in my gun dealer says, “Life is Short, Write the Check”. Or, my motto, “It’s Only Money”; which used to really pizz off our finance manager in the flight department. I’d say it, they’d say, “yeah, but, but, but”; then the order would to fly the trip. See, “it’s only money” We do have a s...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: For pilots: Have you ever needed to use standby instruments on a flight?
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: For pilots: Have you ever needed to use standby instruments on a flight?

I never have, but the C-5 originally had three INS for attitude, so cheap USAF didn’t think they needed a standby AI until a NY ANG crew had to “needle, ball and airspeed” to on top and find a VFR diversion. Soon had a TCTO installing a third AI. The crew should gotten a DFC for that one, as no one ...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187224

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

The HIGHEST time Globals around, one has over 36,000 hours.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are the engines used in repurposed jetliners damaged by the smoke particulates they ingest?
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Re: Are the engines used in repurposed jetliners damaged by the smoke particulates they ingest?

They ingest that much, what maybe a few seconds every flight, and the planes utilization rate is pretty low. Volcanic ash is a whole different animal.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 gear retraction side doors
Replies: 17
Views: 3095

Re: C-17 gear retraction side doors

I pretty much guarantee it went up, 3000 psi hydraulics is difficult to stop with flesh.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite self-hubbing connection?
Replies: 32
Views: 1967

Re: Your favorite self-hubbing connection?

I don’t get it, why complicate air travel more than it is.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187224

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

C-5 A/B reliability was horrible, but the Ms were a good improvement in reliability, at first. I don’t know any Buddha bubbas but it’s no great shakes, either. I went a year or two without a trip maintenance delayed, stay away from AD bases, have sharp engineers and go. At McChord, the port and duty...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 187224

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

No, the M-models can depart at max structural weights. Possibly constraints on the ground, if using the troop compartment, only 73 seats, but floor load people and it could set a record. That was done in New Orleans. None are deployed to Al Udeid AB, however like the squadron of Buddhas chopped to C...

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by GalaxyFlyer
Fri Aug 20, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 2 C-130s flying very low over the treetops in rural NH
Replies: 9
Views: 1559

Re: 2 C-130s flying very low over the treetops in rural NH

I’m sure they’re CT or RI ANG planes, pretty normal area for low level NAV.

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by GalaxyFlyer
Thu Aug 19, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Returning to ORH (Worcester), Will Fly to LGA
Replies: 53
Views: 6273

Re: Delta Returning to ORH, Will Fly to LGA

I agree to an extent, and I also fly constantly, actually just flew this past weekend thru Logan Terminal C, which the outside is a mess, as constructions are all over the place. If given the option and good schedule/frequency, I'll take ORH any day. It all depends of preference I guess. One flight...

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