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by rfields5421
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

When every rocket expert, every trained scientist, said it was impossible, he said what have we got to lose by trying except for a small bit of money. (Small in his case being a couple tens of millions of dollars.)

Amazing what can be accomplished when people try.

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Invest in Airbus or Boeing
Replies: 27
Views: 2896

Re: Invest in Airbus or Boeing

My opinion: NO While both are too 'big' or 'vital' for the governments to allow them to fail, either or both, are prime candidates for a restructuring bankruptcy/ administration. In such case, the major suppliers, the major creditors who are large banks and investment firms will come out owning most...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 4093

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

The Chinese and the Russians learned nothing from the PLAAF J-8-IIM collision with a USN EP-3E back in 2001. Nah, that P-3 was on the ground for a while in China. I'm sure they learned plenty. The aircraft and most of the equipment it carries are nothing special. While they might not have some deta...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

rfields5421 wrote:
A manned space station with a moderate - say 50 person capacity


READ what I wrote. I'm not talking about a beer can sized small facility. A real long term industrial production capability.

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3050

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

a majority are healthy and don't incur huge medical bills, so it can therefore be difficult for them to see the benefit in paying more for a service they don't really use. The people in the United States, and I suspect a large part of the world, have a mis-understanding of what insurance is. In the...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3050

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

$10,000 would probably be the most I would pay before hitting my max out-of-pocket cost if ever I have a major medical event. I thought I had that type coverage through my company. What I found out with a major medical issue was that a LOT of expenses are not covered by insurance, or if you are pla...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3050

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

Frankly during my lifetime, insurance has always been a LIMITING factor in obtaining health care. As a child, my father and mother were very thankful for the union backed company healthcare plan. But I also know with six children, one with major facial deformities - only Shriner's Hospitals made it ...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The major problem with space is the amount of cubic dollars required. Even all the money SpaceX and Boeing have spent in the past 10+ years on manned flight is just pennies in a huge bucket compared to the total amounts needed. A manned space station with a moderate - say 50 person capacity - is goi...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 31, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 4093

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

My first duty station in the US Navy was VQ-1 out of NAS Guam in 1972-74. That was just a few years after squadron aircraft PR-21, an EC-121, had been shot down in international airspace near North Korea. Several people in the squadron at the time I was there had also been in the squadron when PR-21...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 31, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3050

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

One of the 3rd wire zappers in medical health in the US is the inability to rationally discuss end of life issues. Most people my age want to live healthy to as close to the end as possible, and when that becomes not possible well managed comfort care, preferably at home. So called hospice care is ...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 31, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3050

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

This question is trickier than it looks. If Medicare for all were mandated, a sharp increase in its payments would be required. Who would administer those payments? Would hospital administrators, doctors, drug companies get as much as they want? All of the proposals do not change the current Medica...

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by rfields5421
Sat May 30, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

At one point, say 10 minutes until launch, my wife commented that the astronaut closest to the camera was twiddling his thumbs, his hands firmly in his lap to make sure he did not touch anything. I'm sure he was watching displays and making sure everything he saw was the way it was supposed to be. R...

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by rfields5421
Sat May 30, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

SpaceX may have beat Boeing, but I want BOTH companies to be successful at many, many future launches.

I'm still PO'd that I could not take PanAm to the moon in 2001 !!!!

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by rfields5421
Sat May 30, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

59 years and 25 days ago I watched a tiny B&W TV screen in my school auditorium with about 230 other kids and the staff as Alan Shepard took the first ride into space from the US. Wonderful to see the US back into the launch business, and Delos David "D. D." Harriman would be so proud ...

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by rfields5421
Sat May 30, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm finding the view of the stage one booster returning more interesting than the Dragon taking off.

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by rfields5421
Sat May 30, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Regular satellite missions can be held at T -35 prior to fuel loading as long as the required orbital insertion can be made within the launch window. The ISS missions are much more timing critical. While the Falcon 9 ISS is a requirement due to fuel loading criteria, the Space Shuttle did have much ...

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by rfields5421
Sat May 30, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I have a possibly dumba** question - how come there is no leeway in the launch countdown, like there was in the majority of the STS launches? A good example was the final STS launch (135), where the countdown paused for just over 2 minutes at T-31 seconds while they worked an issue. Is it because t...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 29, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -

Is loitering allowed before a strike is ordered? You are thinking UAVs, not missiles. While in some respects they might seem similar, they are completely different in design and concept. UAVs are planned, hopefully, to return to base and be used again. They carry a weapon/ munition that is to be dr...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 29, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing wind direction
Replies: 28
Views: 2971

Re: Landing wind direction

One point to remember about large airports/ busy airspace. Traffic patterns do not make 'turning' the airport for relatively light wind changes easy. Tailwind landings and takeoffs happen often due to the overall needs of maintain traffic flow. In many airspaces such as Dallas/ Fort Worth, turning D...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 29, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

One fellow posted a picture at 0847 EDT Wednesday of his motorhome in the parking lot at SpaceView Park in Titusville. He waited all day, before heading back to North Fort Meyers. He will be leaving about 4 am again Saturday to try to get to the same spot for the next try.

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by rfields5421
Thu May 28, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3050

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

Another thing I've been covered by two 'government' single source/ payer health care systems during my lifetime, after I retired from the US military. The first was/ is Champus / Tri-Care - as a retiree not located near a US military medical facility. The second was/ is Medicare. Neither system is &...

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by rfields5421
Thu May 28, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3050

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

Several years ago I made one of the DUMB A$$ comments I'm know for about the Health Insurance coverage to the CIO of the company where I worked. An international publicly traded company. With over 20,000 US employees on the company health plan. As my punishment for my sin, I was assigned to a six mo...

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by rfields5421
Wed May 27, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Tens of thousands of us live full-time in RVs in the US and Canada. I even have seven internet friends who live full-time in RVs and travel in Australia - we met on MS FS forums over 15 years ago. RV folks are just as excited about the Space X launch as aviation folks. Or any launch returning astron...

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by rfields5421
Tue May 26, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm seeing complaints on RV forums that Playalinda Beach is closed. Folks are showing up with their motorhomes planning to see the launch tomorrow.

Some are blaming COVID-19 restrictions, but that beach is always closed for takeoffs from that launch complex.

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by rfields5421
Tue May 26, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Shuttle plane
Replies: 11
Views: 3470

Re: Shuttle plane

The only place in the US where an auto train has worked is from the Northeast/ DC area to Florida and back. And that is almost exclusively for long term stays in Florida. Heck, we drove from San Diego to Dallas (1,375 miles / 2,212 km) and back a couple years ago because the wife needed to see her p...

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by rfields5421
Mon May 25, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Military Base in Corpus Christi
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: Shooting at Military Base in Corpus Christi

Excellent professionalism and performance by the young sailor confronted by the worst possible situation.

(And I say young, because even the admirals are younger than I am.)

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by rfields5421
Sat May 23, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the World, perhaps.
Replies: 24
Views: 2062

Re: The end of the World, perhaps.

Depends upon a subjective definition of 'fine'

It might not be something we humans in 2020 consider as fine, but could still be something that Mother Nature considers as fine.

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by rfields5421
Fri May 22, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 213806

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

If he had lost both engines, (which the ATC tape appears to indicate) would the pilot normally call a mayday?. Mayday call would only add to problems and not be any help. The aircraft was already in an emergency situation will the full attention of ATC. Mayday is only to notify ATC and other pilots...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 22, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Military Base in Corpus Christi
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: Shooting at Military Base in Corpus Christi

Saw this story developing this morning. Trying to rush the NAS Corpus North Gate is a bad idea. Even that early traffic is building and the barriers have a depth there to make it easy to completely block access. A couple other times idiots have tried that. Though the main gate is easier on access, t...

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by rfields5421
Thu May 21, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 757 in Tibet
Replies: 13
Views: 2434

Re: Boeing 757 in Tibet

I would suspect a certification test for the high altitude and a 'new' aircraft type.

Or possibly an attempt to ferry out an aircraft with one engine inop, that could not meet requirements to depart the area and returned to the airport.

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by rfields5421
Wed May 20, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 4446

Re: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020

The Electoral College will not change in the US until one party can control 39 different state legislatures, and 67 seats in the US Senate. Even then, the problems if instituting a nationwide voting system will be much greater than the issues caused by the EC. Not necessarily. There's already a tre...

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by rfields5421
Wed May 20, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 4446

Re: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020

If we are going to keep the EC, the electors should be allocated by percentage rather than winner take all. There is currently a case before the US Supreme Court over the ability of a state to REQUIRE that once a person is selected as an Elector - that the person actually vote according to the popu...

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by rfields5421
Wed May 20, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 4446

Re: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020

The Electoral College will not change in the US until one party can control 39 different state legislatures, and 67 seats in the US Senate. Even then, the problems if instituting a nationwide voting system will be much greater than the issues caused by the EC. The United States is very much 50 indiv...

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by rfields5421
Tue May 19, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the World, perhaps.
Replies: 24
Views: 2062

Re: The end of the World, perhaps.

Pigs would be a problem. They will eat virtually anything, reproduce somewhat prolifically, and are a fairly aggressive species. I am sure Coyotes and Wolves would be able to handle some of those, but there are just so damned many. Certainly enough to radically alter ecosystems should the hundreds ...

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by rfields5421
Mon May 18, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the World, perhaps.
Replies: 24
Views: 2062

Re: The end of the World, perhaps.

The planet will go happily on its way without us pesky humans along for the ride Fully agree. Of interest will be what happens to all the cattle who only exists to provide milk and beef for humans. The coyotes and wild dogs will have a great time as they kill them off. FYI - the world effectively e...

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by rfields5421
Mon May 18, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to start an airline?
Replies: 25
Views: 1778

Re: How to start an airline?

As a university student, focus on finance and economics. Running an airline is not about flying airplanes. Like any business, your key to creating your dream will be to find a market which is not served. Search and find why no one else is serving that market. What will be the 'unique' aspects of the...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 17, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 4446

Re: Predictions on Electoral College Results 2020

Too early to even guess. Ask again in October when the unemployment numbers are out. If people are happy about the economy and getting back to work - Trump wins the states he won four years ago easily and picks up a couple states. People are unhappy and worries - several close states go to the Democ...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 17, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Business Class Divide in America
Replies: 23
Views: 1625

Re: The Business Class Divide in America

we’re not actually a country if we can’t care enough about the majority economic class to keep mom n’ pop open. The United States of America is not such a country. It goes deeper than the real value of income. As a nation, the US has never put the needs of the nation overall ahead of the economic n...

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by rfields5421
Sat May 16, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 4694

Re: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement

I don't think inter-service rivalry will play a part here either, a decent number of USAF pilots do portions of their flight training with the Navy and a portion of Navy aircrew do their training with the USAF. It is not so much a rivalry as different goals. In the past USAF has seen the weight and...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 15, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas Permnantely Closed
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas Permnantely Closed

Highland Park Cafeteria is a tradition for older members of the East Dallas community. We always visit when we are in the Dallas area. But it has failed to attract new, younger customers. Its customer base has been literally dying off for years. Closure for good. Not unexpected. COVID-19 is the fina...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 15, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netflix Hollywood
Replies: 14
Views: 1579

Re: Netflix Hollywood

Since we do not have access to a landline signal, and satellite based internet does not sell setups to mobile users - we pay by the GB for all internet we access via cell-phone plans. This site is about the highest bandwidth I can reasonably access. Because we have access to both Verizon and AT&...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 15, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: War, Defense, Offence in the 21st Century
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Re: War, Defense, Offence in the 21st Century

Our goal seems to be dominance in the Western Pacific, their goal is to deny the US that dominance. The assertion is backwards. The Chinese goal is to implement a Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere similar to what the Japanese military envisioned in the 1930s. To control sea lanes, commerce and...

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by rfields5421
Thu May 14, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if more than one vaccine is proven to work?
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Re: What if more than one vaccine is proven to work?

I believe to counter this any vaccine has a way to be mass produced when it goes to human trials. Therefore if the vaccine is successful there is a supply to be manufactured or already mass produced. The flu vaccine is probably (I could be wrong) the single most widely given vaccine every year - as...

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by rfields5421
Thu May 14, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if more than one vaccine is proven to work?
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Re: What if more than one vaccine is proven to work?

Within a couple years the ONE best vaccine will be identified, but it will be beyond the capacity of any company to produce all the vaccine doses needed. The number of doses needed is huge. The next BIG NEWS STORY will be the people wanting/ needing the vaccine and unable to get the shot/ pills/ ?? ...

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by rfields5421
Thu May 14, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time for the Airlines to start lobbying for a CARES act extension
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: Time for the Airlines to start lobbying for a CARES act extension

Unfortunately I do not think a return to pre-COVID-19 business conditions will be possible. Many industries are going to have to learn to shrink, and many people are going to be out of jobs for a long time. Trying to prop up any industry with tax money is futile. The nation is going to have to let f...

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by rfields5421
Wed May 13, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HAL 3 - interesting routing today
Replies: 4
Views: 1339

Re: HAL 3 - interesting routing today

One thing that many people do not realize is that SFO is over 100 nm closer to HNL than LAX.

Not saying that was part of the routing decision, just the way distances work out over long distances.

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by rfields5421
Mon May 11, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netflix Hollywood
Replies: 14
Views: 1579

Re: Netflix Hollywood

We don't have access to high speed internet capable of streaming video. So, Yawn.

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by rfields5421
Mon May 11, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should there be a resurrection of the Austro-Hungarian Empire?
Replies: 49
Views: 2312

Re: Should there be a resurrection of the Austro-Hungarian Empire?

The general world trend is to break away into smaller and smaller countries based upon ethnic, religious or tribal relationships. Unfortunately this has produced several 'countries' that are IMHO economically unable to survive. The industrial and food production capabilities of some of the new natio...

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by rfields5421
Mon May 11, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Planes in boneyards that are never scrapped
Replies: 35
Views: 10092

Re: Planes in boneyards that are never scrapped

A lot of bone yard queens belong to the scrap yard, and there is no urgency to tear them apart. Some times the amount of recoverable metal, the value of the metal and labor costs don't make economic sense to tear the plane apart. The aircraft will sit there until the values of the metal come high en...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 10, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 67873

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Their “dream” is Starship. We’re talking about a quite different spacecraft. Again, where’s the rush? Is there a contract milestone, and associated payment, that they need to avoid bankruptcy/program failure? What justifies the risk? …. The 'risk' is SpaceX bottom line. Frankly they are making mone...

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