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Started by Taaroa, June 04, 2017, 09:15:23 AM

Uncle Duke

Quote from: Walks_At_Night on June 07, 2017, 07:24:25 PM
The Sopwith Rix pictured really doesn't look that terribly far behind the Swordfish

The Swordfish was positively elegant compared to some of the unwieldy naval a/c the Brits fielded in the 1920s.  Two of the ugliest of the period were the Avro Bison and the Blackburn Blackburn.


Quote from: Rix Gins on June 07, 2017, 05:20:52 PM
That landing is fantastic.  The spitting image of those Moon and Mars landings from Sci Fi movies of the 1950's.
Exactly!   8)  This is an old Russian Sci Fi flick.  Talk about prophetic.   ;)


I could watch the Falcon landing a thousand times.  It never gets old.  Truly amazing!  A bulls-eye shot from the upper atmosphere.


Quote from: Yorkshire Pud on June 11, 2017, 12:10:38 PM
Which turbine was being used? A China special?
A quick search and it seems like China Eastern A330s use Rolls Royce engines.


Quote from: Taaroa on June 11, 2017, 12:14:37 PM
China Eastern A330s use Rolls Royce engines.

They probably just spastically hit the "Maintain" button and then shit out of bunch of bolts, like a degenerate loser from Yorkshire would.

Yorkshire pud

Quote from: Jackstar on June 11, 2017, 12:20:19 PM
They probably just spastically hit the "Maintain" button and then shit out of bunch of bolts, like a degenerate loser from Yorkshire would.

Propppppably. RR turbines are built in Derby. Dumb fuckin ass.

Hi guys.  :)
Hey, I came across this by chance. Pretty cool site though. Lots of details.



"     Produced by Bell Aerospace around 1960 as a promotional item was this “ticket” for a flight from New York City to Melbourne, Australia. The aircraft shown was a two-stage hypersonic passenger transport; the first stage was essentially a supersonic transport equipped with turboramjet engines; it carried on its back a rocket powered passenger spaceplane. At the time it was pushed by the likes of Walter Dornberger, who had previously publicized a two-stage all-rocket powered hypersonic transport. There was some link between this design and the Dyna Soar program, but it is unclear just how involved the engineering was on the HST. Artwork was produced and a good display model, but it’s hard to tell if it went any further than that.  "


"   ...the XB-1 looks like the Rose Mach Buster and a T-38 got a little drunk and made the plane with two backs, then slathered the baby with Bondo and sanded real, real smooth.  "

In this episode of Flight an F-100 is lost due to friendly fire. Is a squabble over a Vegas Show Girl to blame?



Since it's in the news today with the hot weather in Phoenix cancelling flights, here's a brief explanation of how air density affects aircraft performance:

Take a look at the above - this an example of a takeoff distance chart. If you keep all the factors the same except temperature, then increasing temparature will increase the takeoff distance required.
Taking a look at Phoenix's most recent observations the QNH is 1004.4hpa (29.66inhg) and the airport elevation is 1132ft above sea level, meaning that the pressure altitude isn't ideal either and will reduce performance.
1132+258= 1390ft Pressure Altitude


Picture of the damaged engine from an Air Asia X A330 which had to return to where it departed in Perth. Some people are questioning why the plane didn't divert to Learmonth (which was 200nm away), but the fact is Learmonth is an empty airbase 20mi from the nearest town with no maintenance available, hotels for passengers, or even border agents. In Australia the airports capable of taking a widebody airliner are few and far between - eg the nearest divert options for a flight from South Africa to Perth are Adelaide (1328mi away) or Learmonth (755mi away).

Video below is of the same incident.


Quote from: GravitySucks on June 27, 2017, 07:09:31 PM

WTH?  That isn't even the half of it Grav.     Did you see the other links in that article?
QuoteChinese passenger opens emergency exit ‘to get some fresh air’ as plane prepares for take-off
QuoteChinese tourist destroys with three swift kicks what nature took 3,000 years to build
QuoteChinese couple arrested over airport runway brawl that saw husband’s shirt torn off and wife pinned to ground
QuoteChinese PhD student banned from Air France flights after slapping airport check-in staff
Quotemisbehaving air passenger detained for slapping ground staff in central China


Quote from: Taaroa on June 28, 2017, 09:26:09 AM

It would appear Russian pilots just go for it; regardless of conditions. No wonder they, and the passengers, drink so much vodka.
ps: the Aussie commentary on the second video is hilarious.


Quote from: albrecht on June 28, 2017, 11:11:53 AM
It would appear Russian pilots just go for it; regardless of conditions. No wonder they, and the passengers, drink so much vodka.
There are a few stories of pilots in Russia using cheap vodka as a makeshift deicing fluid too.



Quote from: Taaroa on June 28, 2017, 11:47:08 AM
There are a few stories of pilots in Russia using cheap vodka as a makeshift deicing fluid too.

Since a lot of their homebrews and illegal vodka contains things like anti-freeze and even if legit it is basically ethanol I would say using cheap vodka is a good "homemade" method to deice, and likely better for the environment and, in a pinch, the captain could ask the passengers for a resupply. I thinking of a Homer Simpson type of guy deicing the planes: "One for you, one for me."


Apache test fires a laser beam


A high energy laser system mounted under the stub wing of a US Army AH-64E Apache has successfully acquired and hit a target during tests of the directed-energy weapon at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The laser firing, conducted by Raytheon with the US Army Apache Program Management Office and the US Special Operations Command in mid-June, was the first time a fully integrated laser system successfully shot a target from helicopter, which Raytheon says proves the feasibility of a laser attack from the Apache.

The laser system tracked and directed energy on a stationary target at a line-of-sight range of 1,400m while the Apache was flying at a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and airspeeds.

Data collected from the tests, including the impact of vibration, dust and rotor downwash from the Apache’s main and tail rotor blades, will help Raytheon develop future high-energy laser systems.
While in an early experimental phase, should a laser attack system be integrated into an Apache’s weapons suite, a laser strike could prove to be more accurate and effective, while being much cheaper, than firing a Hellfire missile at a target.

It wasn't too long ago when you needed a 747 to fire lasers from the air (the plane below first flew in 2002 and last flew in 2012).


Rix Gins

Introducing the Fairey N.9.  'The' is right, there was only one made, though it lasted for a good eleven years.

Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_N.9

British experimental aircraft catapult launching ship HMS Slinger launching Fairey III seaplane N9 during trials in June 1918.  By BRITISH AIR MINISTRY - Australian War Museum.  Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3683650


In 1997 British Airways introduced tail art on their planes representing the different cities on their route network. While the airline claimed they were popular with international travellers, they were unpopular with people in the UK, crews, regular and premium travellers, and even Margaret Thatcher:


In 2001 the new CEO announced that they'd use a new Union flag livery, but argued that while an attempt to increase the airline's appeal was not a bad thing, the exercise hurt the image of the carrier among its core customers.

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