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by DocLightning
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favourite aircraft and why ?
Replies: 46
Views: 2291

Re: What is your favourite aircraft and why ?

Long Live the Queen

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by DocLightning
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When specifying aircraft range?
Replies: 15
Views: 2117

Re: When specifying aircraft range?

It's a bit hard to tell, tbh, because the airport planning document always seems to be based on a "standard three-class layout" or the like, and this layout is anything but "standard". Most operator layouts will be heavier, at least for widebodies. Things like business class sea...

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by DocLightning
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Single dose nasal vaccine in testing is apparently effective against COVID-19, with trials still underway https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/covid-19-nasal-vaccine I could hold out for something like that for a booster. A vaccine that produces an immune response in the lungs and nasal cavity cou...

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by DocLightning
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety
Replies: 125
Views: 9554

Re: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety

I want to just remind everybody that as gratifying as it is to see a child molester/trafficker get his due (they so often get away with it), keep in mind that a number of girls and young women were trafficked and sexually abused in order for Mr. Gaetz to get his due. Watching justice served is good ...

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by DocLightning
Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: why no metric system in aviation?
Replies: 58
Views: 4509

Re: why no metric system in aviation?

vedatil4 wrote:

It's interesting how kilograms or metric tons (tonnes) are being used in a way to mimic pound-force. Both are mass while pounds is already a force. Thanks for sharing.


Which is odd, because kN is a completely legitimate measurement, I agree. Often engine specs list both lbf and kN.

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by DocLightning
Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Capitol incident
Replies: 19
Views: 1496

Re: US Capitol incident

NIKV69 wrote:
And just like that Jake Tapper didn't call him an "insurrectionist"


Much to my surprise, it doesn't appear he was. It appears he was very mentally ill and the outcome was tragic.

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by DocLightning
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

marcelh wrote:
lightsaber wrote:
If you get the virus and are unvaccinated, the risk of clots is very high.

Please define “very high”.


Probably not the 10+% noted in this study, but probably well over 1% of total cases.

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by DocLightning
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I would argue re-vaccinate as soon as possible with a more effective vaccine. But what to do this week? Stopping a vaccination campaign has long term hesitancy consequences, in my opinion. Lightsaber I think we are in violent agreement. I would take SinoVac over no vaccine at all, but I wouldn't re...

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by DocLightning
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A/C type behaviour in turbulence
Replies: 26
Views: 3970

Re: A/C type behaviour in turbulence

Interesting, I have just over 15,000 hours on the 747 and found it to be just the opposite, especially when compared to other aircraft with much lower wing loading. The 400 wasn't as good as a 200 in turbulence, but it sure beat just about everything else. I think the point is that you can't genera...

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by DocLightning
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane used for gender reveal party crashes in Cancun
Replies: 40
Views: 9210

Re: Plane used for gender reveal party crashes in Cancun

I find gender reveal parties to be just as tacky as anyone else, but this was caused by poor airmanship, not a gender reveal party.

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by DocLightning
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Capitol incident
Replies: 19
Views: 1496

Re: US Capitol incident

bennett123 wrote:
Not believed be terrorism related.


Then what the heck was it?

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by DocLightning
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

lightsaber wrote:
In my opinion, the vaccine doesn't seem to be working as well as it should in Chile.


They have a lot of SinoVac, some Pfizer, and I guess some AZ on the way. This is my concern with the low-efficacy vaccines. I'm worried that they'll wind up driving escape mutants.

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by DocLightning
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Delta's 777LRs going to FedEx?
Replies: 69
Views: 14600

Re: DELTA 777LR’s to FED EX????

There’s no way (I’ll regret saying this later lol) that FX would pay all that $$$ for such a low feedstock of 77Ls as other posters have stated. The MD-10 program would like to discuss this with you. :stirthepot: (I know there was already a DC-10 freighter conversion program and the MD-10 program w...

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by DocLightning
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will WN join an Alliance?
Replies: 37
Views: 3221

Re: Will WN join an Alliance?

In my over 20 years on this site, I have been told that WN will never: 1) Fly anything other than one size of 737 2) Fly internationally 3) Fly to Hawaii 4) Vary from first-come-first-serve boarding order There are things that are central to WN's culture and identity, but one thing about running a b...

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by DocLightning
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A/C type behaviour in turbulence
Replies: 26
Views: 3970

Re: A/C type behaviour in turbulence

Generally, aircraft with higher wing loading will experience less jostling in the cabin (a rock thrown through the air is much less susceptible to turbulence than a leaf falling from a tree), and the seats further from the wing will move more with yaw/pitch. The worst throwing around I ever experien...

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by DocLightning
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Highly infectious new Coronavirus variant primarily affecting Airliners
Replies: 37
Views: 4904

Re: Highly infectious new Coronavirus variant primarily affecting Airliners

atcsundevil wrote:
For mitigation, we recommend that you please cover your screen with a thick layer hand sanitizing gel prior to posting.


So we're just not doing phrasing anymore?

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by DocLightning
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 124
Views: 8477

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Pfizer/BNT seem to be killing it. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pfizer-says-trials-suggest-covid-vaccine-works-against-south-african-n1262710 *Vaccine efficacy does not wane after six months (I predict it will last years). *Vaccine is extremely effective in 12-15 age group with this age group...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Preparing for an interview
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Re: Preparing for an interview

1) Research the company. If you get the names of your interviewers in advance, Google them and look up their publications, professional accomplishments, other professional information. That can give you some questions to ask them about their professional portfolio and makes it look like you've done ...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

According yesterday German TV, there seems now to be more and more cases of very young patients with "Long Covid" symptoms. It seems that 15% of patients/children, who have had COVID-19 (also without symptoms) later on have some "Long Covid" symptoms now. It is not fully clarifi...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If UA had merged with PA...
Replies: 21
Views: 2003

Re: If UA had merged with PA...

In an alternate universe, PA, CO, and EA all survived absorbed the others and UA, DL, AA, NW, US all got eaten. We'd have a US3 with different corporate branding, plus WN. The hubs might be sorted slightly differently. And not much else would be different.

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

In the last few months, a message that we have heard from public health authorities is that the vaccines may not prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2. This has unfortunately been interpreted by many members of the public as meaning that the vaccines *DO* not prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Today, ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR begins building worlds largest jet engine
Replies: 96
Views: 17311

Re: RR begins building worlds largest jet engine

Im curious as to what capabilities this will give the A350 going forward. Yeah, does sorta make you wonder "what's next" for aircraft that can already op 18hr+ flights (even without the -ULR modifications) already. 1) Doing so with lower fuel consumption and 2) Ability to perform ULH rout...

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Broken down ship in Suez Canal on the move again
Replies: 91
Views: 10096

Re: Updated: Broken down in ship in Suez Canal on the move again

In the pictures, she appears to be listing to port. I wonder if that was intentional to get her off the bank or if there is another issue.

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by DocLightning
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dr. Oz As ‘Jeopardy’ Guest Host - People Are Pissed Off
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

Re: Dr. Oz As ‘Jeopardy’ Guest Host - People Are Pissed Off

Aaron747 wrote:
I get part of the outcry since a trivia show celebrates factual knowledge, but honestly, as a trivia player and Jeopardy! fan since childhood, I just don’t understand the level of rancor.


In a time of a pandemic, a pusher of medical misinformation is a murderer

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by DocLightning
Sun Mar 28, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Broken down ship in Suez Canal on the move again
Replies: 91
Views: 10096

Re: Ship happens - Suez Canal shut down by broken ship

cjg225 wrote:
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Thank you very much for that excellent information.

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by DocLightning
Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Broken down ship in Suez Canal on the move again
Replies: 91
Views: 10096

Re: Ship happens - Suez Canal shut down by broken ship

Question: there is discussion of ships instead routing around the Cape of Good Hope. Does the average cargo/tanker have enough range to do this without refueling? What are the logistics of ensuring that there are adequate fuel depots along this route if not?

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by DocLightning
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 35204

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

UPlog wrote:
24 out of 50 U.S. states seeing 7-day case rates rise.


How high can it go this time? There is too much seroprevalence and the vaccines are coming.

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The FDA EUA doesn't forfeit IP rights. We are talking about giving another country a mix of US and EU based J&J IP. J&J never agreed to that. What they did agree to is licensing the vaccine to many other providers. No, I am talking about spreading out the IP to other US-based manufacturers ...

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Why do you insist on J&J giving up their IP when it is a competition between AZ, J&J, and SinoVac on why you single out J&J. Because neither SinoVac nor AZ have FDA EUA yet. If AZ does get an EUA (and I'm pivoting to be grudgingly in favor of an EUA, although I'm still not thrilled at t...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Giving away IP destroys the business case for developing vaccines. 1) They already got paid and right now, nobody should be trying to get rich off of this. 2) Even if the production method is completely spilled out into open-source, it still takes a lot of expertise and resources to develop a new v...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

[quote="astuteman"] I never thought I'd see the day that a member of the medical profession would come on here and publicly argue the prolongation of suffering and death amongst the population. There's a first for everything I guess/quote] That's uncalled-for. So we vaccinate people with t...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 35204

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

While I'm not criticizing the federal government's action here, Merkel's choice of words ("new pandemic" and "significantly deadlier") come across as a bit sensationalist and unscientific (assuming they're translated to English correctly). Have studies actually confirmed these U...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://amp.ft.com/content/24090cf8-9b6 ... ca2450194d


Why 48 hours? I'd want it on my desk by end of day. Is this a priority for them or no?
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lightsaber wrote:
AstraZenica to publish more data within 48 hours to clear the application:
https://amp.ft.com/content/24090cf8-9b6 ... ca2450194d


Why 48 hours? I'd want it on my desk by end of day. Is this a priority for them or no?

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I disagree on vaccine production meeting promises. I would rather let the young have a chance at vaccination before the next wave than deny them our stockpile of AZ. Put it in Pharmacies for all who qualify. I personally went to five last weekend and every pharmacist was frustrated at only getting ...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

US trials show AstraZenica effective. I hope this means the FDA takes the huge body of evidence and approves that vaccine: https://www.bing.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com%2fworld%2feurope%2fastrazeneca-vaccine-trial-efficacy%2f2021%2f03%2f22%2ffc950a22-8aa6-11eb-a33e-da28941cb9ac_story.html%3fout...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Apparently lots of people who recovered from COVID-19 infections have a similar reaction to the first vaccination. In fact the French are saying people who have recovered from COVID-19 infections only need one vaccination. What do you think of this? Absolutely to be expected. The initial viral infe...

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I still don’t understand why anyone who had a moderate to severe infection on Covid is getting the vaccine. Covid doesn’t mutate as significantly as the flu does, it probably takes 5-10 years for it to mutate to a strain different enough from the first few where your immune system wouldn’t recogniz...

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by DocLightning
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next airline to get a new livery?
Replies: 34
Views: 3774

Re: Next airline to get a new livery?

I'm also not the biggest fan of AA's current livery, but I don't completely hate it, either. The tail does say 'American' quite loudly, so in that regard it gets the job done, but it's still odd to me because they don't use that design element in any of their other branding materials. It's ONLY on ...

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by DocLightning
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I do have a question for you Doc. Some Public health officials in Canada have extended 2nd doses on the Pfizer vaccine to 16 weeks which is something they have not supported and nor has Fauci. I don't agree with this for an mRNA vaccines. The rationale is to be able to spread doses out more. Certai...

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by DocLightning
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United order the 777-9 and A350ULR?
Replies: 12
Views: 1903

Re: Should United order the 777-9 and A350ULR?

US airlines have very little use for ULR aircraft. The sheer size of the US means that there are very few places on the planet that are more than a 14-15 hour flight from our borders. If you look at a map of the regions >8,000 nmi from JFK, SFO, or MIA, you see that it basically describes a roughly ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 35204

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

Plague was the generic term for widespread deadly dangerous infectious disease, long before Bubonic Plague was identified. We need to restore that ancient fearsome term. Worldwide we are being assaulted by a plague. 'Just another flue' and even the term 'pandemic' fail to describe the power of the ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next airline to get a new livery?
Replies: 34
Views: 3774

Re: Next airline to get a new livery?

That said: I've always thought that Delta's titles are poorly scaled on some aircraft types. Seems like they tend to be either just too big or just too small. Billboard titles might work. I'd have to see it to judge. I'm told that Delta's livery policy is that the titles must fit between the #1 and...

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Lots of concern for B.1.351... That variant is probably going to bring back lockdowns. :hissyfit: Lightsaber Every vaccine tested against it so far against AZ stops it from landing people in the hospital or dying. They reduce the COVID-19 to a mild respiratory infection, just like the other four en...

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by DocLightning
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Unfortunately, I predict in 8 to 12 weeks the global 4th wave hits the US hard. We need more vaccine ASAP. We are in the eye if the storm, in my opinion. I respectfully disagree with your prediction. 1) We have now seen that there is a strong seasonal variation with this virus. 2) Vaccinations cont...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"
Replies: 52
Views: 7738

Re: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"

~*SPOILER ALERT*~ This is slightly off-topic but I don't know if it's really needed to put up a spoiler warning for a movie that premiered over 25 years ago and where multiple sources have discussed said scene without warnings (I remember watching a documentary as a kid that mentioned said scene an...

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by DocLightning
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1820
Views: 115210

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Big picture is excess deaths are falling fast!!! https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm Vaccines are working. :hyper: Wow, they are well below seasonal norms. I guess it makes sense because there's almost no flu this year and also, I guess that a lot of the people who would ha...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"
Replies: 52
Views: 7738

Re: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"

When pressed, she stated that "most movies with an elevator scene are inaccurate. That's hilarious. Of course, it never occurred to me, but there are people who are experts on elevators and the movies, being the movies, probably get that stuff wrong all the time and the rest of us who have nev...

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 55
Views: 2928

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

AeroVega wrote:
I already voted today. My vote went to the party animals.


Is that De Feestpartij that petertenthije referenced?

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by DocLightning
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 55
Views: 2928

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

Question: How many questions are on a Dutch ballot? Is it just a single vote for your local representative?

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by DocLightning
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 in 1994 movie "Speed"
Replies: 52
Views: 7738

707 in 1994 movie "Speed"

~*SPOILER ALERT*~ For those who have not seen this 1994 movie. In the 1994 movie Speed , the final "chase scene" of the movie culminates with the bomb-laden bus crashing into a 707 under tow. The resulting explosion was a cinematic masterpiece, especially in an era before extensive CGI. P...

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