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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #120 on: October 12, 2021, 05:48:48 PM »

Dude went in like a Kamikaze.  Wonder if the pilot vapor locked and was dead before he hit the ground?



Very grim.  I was less than 10 miles away when the GA aircraft and the Mexican DC-9 collided over Cerritos in 1986, we could see the smoke of the burning houses hit by the aircraft 


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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #121 on: October 28, 2021, 05:42:17 PM »
Amazing fellah here:


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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #122 on: October 29, 2021, 02:27:49 AM »
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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #124 on: November 23, 2021, 09:18:06 AM »


https://www.avweb.com/aviation-news/usaf-video-seems-to-show-sr-72/

Seeing the airborne retrieval of satellite film canisters brought back memories. Some day I might take the time to brag about how I discovered a systemic flaw in the way that 3 letter agencies had set up their priorities for photo reconnaissance that was shortening the life span of certain consumables on those satellites that would jettison their film canisters for airborne retrieval. A GAO audit couldn’t solve it or even begin to understand it. The flaw wouldn’t haven’t been a big deal with newer birds that had encrypted digital downlink, but the early ones only had so many film canisters.
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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #125 on: November 23, 2021, 10:52:28 AM »
Seeing the airborne retrieval of satellite film canisters brought back memories. Some day I might take the time to brag about how I discovered a systemic flaw in the way that 3 letter agencies had set up their priorities for photo reconnaissance that was shortening the life span of certain consumables on those satellites that would jettison their film canisters for airborne retrieval. A GAO audit couldn’t solve it or even begin to understand it. The flaw wouldn’t haven’t been a big deal with newer birds that had encrypted digital downlink, but the early ones only had so many film canisters.

Early in my career I worked with a retired C-119 loadmaster who, although he never flew any of the canister retrieval missions, told us youngsters about them.  I remember him telling us, "You only see the film of missions where they caught them, not the failures."

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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #126 on: November 24, 2021, 08:58:52 AM »
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42395/it-looks-like-a-c-130-seaplane-is-finally-happening

I'll believe it when I see it.  Hard to believe something like this could be approved in government controlled entirely by the Democrats.

https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/usaf-meets-with-japanese-navy-to-learn-about-amphibious-aircraft-operations/146517.article?utm_campaign=FG-DEFENCE-WL%20GORE_Flightsafety_24112021-JM&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=FG-DEFENCE-WL%20GORE_Flightsafety_24112021-JM

Looks like the AFSOC folks at least are seriously looking at seaplane operations.  Wonder if any one in a position of authority has considered just buying this Japanese amphibian, or maybe having a US company build it under licences.  We've done the latter before with a/c like the Harrier and B-57 Canberra.

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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #127 on: November 24, 2021, 02:04:08 PM »
F-35 down due to stupid mistake.  Flop Gun

British F-35B Crash In The Med Possibly Caused By ‘Rain Cover’ Left On During Launch
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16829088/royal-navy-fighter-jet-crash/

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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #128 on: November 24, 2021, 02:31:29 PM »
F-35 down due to stupid mistake.  Flop Gun

British F-35B Crash In The Med Possibly Caused By ‘Rain Cover’ Left On During Launch
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16829088/royal-navy-fighter-jet-crash/

Yep, but I can assure you that's the best news LM and the F-35 community could have gotten. That's a maintainer  training issue that is teachable, orders of magnitude better than having had a mechanical or system failure on the aircraft. That would have resulted in a world wide JSF grounding of at least the STOVL variant while requiried redesign and retrofit/modification was completed.   I've been through that.

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Re: Aviation Thread
« Reply #129 on: November 29, 2021, 04:04:33 PM »
Yep, but I can assure you that's the best news LM and the F-35 community could have gotten. That's a maintainer  training issue that is teachable, orders of magnitude better than having had a mechanical or system failure on the aircraft. That would have resulted in a world wide JSF grounding of at least the STOVL variant while requiried redesign and retrofit/modification was completed.   I've been through that.

Video of the incident has leaked.  Looks like something out of a Benny Hill episode.
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