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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    Delayed until 5:44 pm PST tomorrow (Wed. 12/19).
    I was glad to see last night that there was an 80% chance of a 'no-go' due to ground winds Fx. I had our monthly trail group meeting at 5:30 and it's in a crappy viewing area compared to my porch so I'm stoked tomorrow is 80% for go because I'll be home.

    This should be good due to sunlight at high altutude but dark on the ground.

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    Live feed of the rocket launch for those not living in socal, launch happens in 13 minutes.

    https://santamariatimes.com/news/loc...2f8607c56.html

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    Scrubbed again, hydrogen leak detected.
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    Damn, delayed till tomorrow due to hydrogen gas leak.

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    OK scrubbed again but something staged over N California about 5:30; I'd say due west of San Francisco:

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    I'm in Hollister and my view was WNW.

    Space place boosting to rendezvous with the Vandenberg launch?

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    I knew it was a bad sign when I checked the live feed and this came up.

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    Scrubbed. Again! And I saw the contrail pictured above, too. It was at very high altitude and way way northwest from me here south of SLO on the coastline. Clearly well out in the Pacific Testing Area. I'm gonna bet a submarine launch Trident. We had one happen down here a couple years ago rhat absolutely caused hysteria in So Cal. It was really a bitchin launch from my perspective and I watched the last stage for a solid, no kidding, 15+ minutes throufh my uber quality binos. Doing the rough math, it had to have been a couple-a-few thousand miles before it was decipherable from the background stars. Never have seen anything like it before or since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Scrubbed. Again! And I saw the contrail pictured above, too. It was at very high altitude and way way northwest from me here south of SLO on the coastline. Clearly well out in the Pacific Testing Area. I'm gonna bet a submarine launch Trident. We had one happen down here a couple years ago rhat absolutely caused hysteria in So Cal. It was really a bitchin launch from my perspective and I watched the last stage for a solid, no kidding, 15+ minutes throufh my uber quality binos. Doing the rough math, it had to have been a couple-a-few thousand miles before it was decipherable from the background stars. Never have seen anything like it before or since.
    My thoughts too; and I bet they're related. The scrubbed launch could be some sort of super-secret space weapon and was intended to intercept the Trident/whatever. Could the hydrogen leak story be a lie?
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    Dammit! I had the whole family standing in front of the window watching, waiting, ....and nothing. I checked the live feed and it is reported that it was scrubbed 4 minutes prior to launch.
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    They're saying meteor; I'm disappointed. (Saw a video, it does look like a meteor going from east to west)
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    Saw that NOAA vid and it looks like something skipped in and out of the atmosphere. I heard speculation of space junk. Seems legit.

    The NROL Launch here at KVBG is legit, too. Par for the course. Just another spy satellite probably going into polar orbit. We get numerous every year in addition to the ICBM's and SpaceX stuff. The shit that blows up always goes west- southwest from here and out to the "blow shit up area" thats a 20 minute rocket flight downrange. Everything else heads due south for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Saw that NOAA vid and it looks like something skipped in and out of the atmosphere. I heard speculation of space junk. Seems legit.

    The NROL Launch here at KVBG is legit, too. Par for the course. Just another spy satellite probably going into polar orbit. We get numerous every year in addition to the ICBM's and SpaceX stuff. The shit that blows up always goes west- southwest from here and out to the "blow shit up area" thats a 20 minute rocket flight downrange. Everything else heads due south for the most part.
    Question for attending space nerds: How much stuff gets launched in a due westerly orbit? I thought nothing; launches to the east get the velocity boost from the earth's rotation. I've never looked up in the night sky and seen something orbiting to the west. To the east and if polar to the south.

    That meteor/space junk appeared to be going due west, both from the trail that I photographed and that dashcam video on the news (from Sacramento?).
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    Vandenberg AFB rocket launch rescheduled for today at 5:31pm PST.
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    I like how it's getting earlier each time. Better effects closer to sunset.

    That said, I'll bet we get "marine layered out" tonight
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    Overcast with very high and broken ceilings right now over the base and our entire area. If this keeps up, that'll make for some crappy viewing from here, anyway. Bummer because we have missed some epic Wx viewing opportunities.

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    Scrubbed yet again, next opportunity no earlier than 12/30.

    We're socked in with fog here, so I wouldn't have been able to see it. Now I just hope my daughter's flight in from NYC doesn't get diverted somewhere far away.
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    Postponed till dec 30th at the earliest...

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    I'll actually be getting to LA on the 29th so I may be able to see this thing launch in person!

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    I say shoot it off!! Hydrogen-Shmydrogen. I've grown tired of waiting! What's the worst that could happen? The catastrophic explosion I caught right off the pad back in the 90's was pretty damned cool! It just ignited a little ol' brush fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    I'll actually be getting to LA on the 29th so I may be able to see this thing launch in person!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I say shoot it off!! Hydrogen-Shmydrogen. I've grown tired of waiting! What's the worst that could happen?
    That would make a nice fire ball.
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    Whoa...
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    I just love traveling by plane. It's very awesome. The coolest plane I used to fly on is Airbus A380. It was just so huge! The business class is the most awesome place ever (I've found those tickets here). And the view of the atlantic ocean was really beautiful. Good memories, you know

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    ^^^^ Hmmm?

    Opinions anyone?
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    Just a bigger bus.

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    I’m biased towards Lockheed, (then again the HC-130P and HC-130J have saved my ass on multiple occasions) wish they would have come up with a follow up to the L-1011

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    The L-1011...

    Interesting your mentioning of the L-1011 and a follow up. The L-1011 (Tristar)...the only commercial jetliner built by Lockheed. Competition was fierce back then with Boeing and Douglas. The DC-10 was dominating Lockheed's anticipated civilian market share. I always liked the 'three-holer' from a visual perspective. They probably made a wise discussion in stepping away from that air carrier market and remain focused on the military side.

    I do like the flattering appeal of the corporate 'three-holer' version though.

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    Ha! I was gonna make a snarky comment but I see that you posted a pic.

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    Looks like the next west coast launch is this Tuesday, 0748 PST. SpaceX Falcon 9 will carry the last 10 Iridium Next satellites into orbit. Probably too late in the morning and too much cloud cover to produce much of a spectacle.
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    Missed it by THAT much ...

    video of test of fairing parachute deployment and flight and almost landing catch.


    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1082469132291923968

    Strange that with all the high tech stuff they have been pulling off they resort to chasing a tandem rig around the ocean with a big net top of a boat.... Figure out a way to steer that canopy.. not that hard if I can do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    Figure out a way to steer that canopy..
    Right?

    Or steer the boat accurately?

    Pick one!

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    The military has had JPADS (Joint Precision Airdrop System) for a long time now which has a GPS guides square canopy, surely this type of teck would be useable here...

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    Any tech would be better than a converted fishing boat with a net on top....It's strange that they even tried....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    Any tech would be better than a converted fishing boat with a net on top....It's strange that they even tried....
    But it would be pretty fun to drive that fishing boat around like you stole it!

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    ^^^ Too bad I can't rep you for that one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    ^^^ Too bad I can't rep you for that one!
    Can't you just see the guys dreaming this up?

    We'll have a huge net on a boat, but the object will be travelling pretty quickly, so we'll need a fast boat.

    Yea, we'll need a fast boat for sure!

    This is going to be sick!




    It kind of reminds me of the "Dynamite whale".

    What should we do with it?

    We could blow it up?

    *snickering*

    I mean, we do need to get rid of the whale, right? And this will be an inexpensive way to do it.

    Absolutely, this is the most logical option

    Cool, you get the dynamite.



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    That exploding whale story is still one of the funniest things on the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bronxbomber252 View Post
    The military has had JPADS (Joint Precision Airdrop System) for a long time now which has a GPS guides square canopy, surely this type of teck would be useable here...
    Well...
    Our military capabilities are second to none. But let's take a lookie see at the differences... the JPADS are dropped from around 25,000 ft. from a known coordinate with an achievable and known landing zone. A JPADS landing zone is commonly, but not always provided with a wide area buffer of touch-down space.

    Space X fairings separate at altitudes above 100 KM (60 miles) and manage to find there way back to a moving net the size of a small house. So far, no success, but they are getting close now. To aid in finding this moving net, it does make use of advance JPADS-like technology. The fairings are equipped its latest nose cone with a guidance system and thrusters, that help guide the pieces through the atmosphere when they break away from the rocket.
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    The last Boeing passenger 727 has flown its final route:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    We "other" Californians tend to scoff at Bakersfield but this guy and Merle Haggard REPRESENT!
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    Boeing 737-8EH - Great Balls of Fire!

    GOL flight G3 1025, a Boeing 737-800, suffered engine surges on climbout after takeoff from Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The flight crew elected to divert to Guarulhos Airport. The flight took off at 14:53 UTC. During the initial climb over the sea, the no.2 engine surged with flames visible from the exhaust. The flight crew stopped the climb at 6000 feet and diverted to nearby Guarulhos Airport where it landed safely at 15:25 UTC.

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    Short S.25 Sunderland...

    Some of you are prolly aware of Kermit Weeks...

    A Sunderland is a pretty cool piece of British aviation history.

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    Interesting vid, thanks.

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    Too weird! I was perusing UTube last night while eating a late dinner and saw the vid and watched it all and went looking for Part Deaux to no avail but I stumbled on Kermie flying right seat in the Martin Mars and watched that for over 30 minutes! What a PITA to fly that monstrosity! After that, I looked at my email and saw the mtbr prompt for this thread and the UTube link. You been tracking me, bro?!

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    That Delta-IV heavy is supposed to go off from VAFB at 1105 this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    That Delta-IV heavy is supposed to go off from VAFB at 1105 this morning.
    Thanks for the heads up! I just texte some friends so they can watch it :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Too weird! I was perusing UTube last night while eating a late dinner and saw the vid and watched it all and went looking for Part Deaux to no avail but I stumbled on Kermie flying right seat in the Martin Mars and watched that for over 30 minutes!
    Yep!

    Flying boat, I imagine it uses as much fuel as it sounds like it uses!

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    Interesting Fuel Related Trivia on these Flying Boats...

    The Martin Mars was built in several different power configurations that afforded varying fuel consumptions, but averaging some fuel burns I came up with an Operational Fuel Burn of 780 U.S. Gallons per Hour. Avgas prices vary depending on location, but in the NW at this time, avgas was averaging $5.90 per U.S. Gallon. We know Coulson isn't paying these avgas prices, but let’s assume a cost per gallon of $5. That’s $3,900 per hour in just fuel expense.

    The Sunderland was a fuel sipper by comparison at 375 U.S. GPH. Ceteris paribus, that works out to $1,875 per hour, around half of the Martin Mars.
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    OMG!

    Thanks for posting the numbers C2L!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Too weird! I was perusing UTube last night while eating a late dinner and saw the vid and watched it all and went looking for Part Deaux to no avail but I stumbled on Kermie flying right seat in the Martin Mars and watched that for over 30 minutes! What a PITA to fly that monstrosity! After that, I looked at my email and saw the mtbr prompt for this thread and the UTube link. You been tracking me, bro?!
    My path was nearly identical to yours, I was up into the wee hours watching the Martin Mars.

    I suppose you were also asking yourself the same question; WTF did Kermit get all his money? (He seems like just a regular guy)

    The best way; he inherited it!
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    So....insert an image of a rocket just above the horizon line as that's where that damned Rocket should have been if it were ON TIME! I busted my ass and blew up my cardio climbing Barranca Trail at Montana de Oro State Park and realized at the top that I was within 15 minutes of launch time so like the guy down below me in the photo, camped till the 11:05 launch time. I was under the impression that this launch was one of those with no delay window so by 11:07 or so, I rolled on with my ride and a few minutes later was heading southward again and saw the remnants of the contrail. It was expected to be uneventful due to the fuel, timing, yada-yada, but I hate missing them when I've been waiting! Boo hoo!

    Funny thing, 30 minutes later I ran into the other guy that had been waiting below me. I said "hey, good job for hanging out, how'd it look?" He said "I was looking down and missed it since I figured it was scrubbed!" Fail Rocket

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    It was actually launched 5 minutes late (1110). I didn't see squat from San Diego, even though it was nice and clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    I suppose you were also asking yourself the same question; WTF did Kermit get all his money? (He seems like just a regular guy)

    The best way; he inherited it!
    Kermit's money originates from his Grandfather, a geologist that was instrumental in Australian oil and gas discoveries. The royalties and rights to some of those findings pasted down through several generations to Kermit. He seems to have prospered well with his inheritance.
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    A Local One To Me

    Student pilot belly lands a Cessna. From the pics, she did an outstanding job, but what a major OOPS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Student pilot belly lands a Cessna. From the pics, she did an outstanding job, but what a major OOPS!

    https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9...AAS&artslide=0




    "There is no permanent damage to the plane"



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    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    "There is no permanent damage to the plane"
    That had me chuckling for sure!

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    It looks like a Cessna 182 RG

    She had 100 hours of instruction...I'm hoping that she was working on her commercial or instrument ticket (and not her Private) with that many hours of dual time.
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    I would think she'd have her PPL-SEL with those hours and just be working on the high performance endorsement. Then again, if not, she's not been very serious about getting things completed since it was her plane. I know a couple people that have been there. The old " there are those the HAVE made a gear up landing and those that WILL make a gear up landing" but I've never subscribed to that old addage. I learned in the 172RG or Gutless Cutless as we referred to it. I always liked that plane!

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    ^^^ That adage was quoted by someone that quickly discovered how much power it took to taxi following the roll out. There are haves, and have nots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    ^^^ That adage was quoted by someone that quickly discovered how much power it took to taxi following the roll out.
    You can solve a lot of problems with horsepower.


    But that statement generally refers to problems on dirt bikes or snowmobiles.

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    RIP Captain Rosemary Mariner. The first woman to fly a tactical jet in the US Military.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ca...VjE?li=BBnb7Kz
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    50 years ago today, the iconic Boeing 747 made its first flight

    50 years ago today, the iconic Boeing 747 made its first flight.

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    The Beluga XL Makes 1st Cargo Flight...

    Airbus' exceptional cargo aircraft, the Beluga XL, made its first cargo flight from Bremen to Toulouse. The aircraft carried the full wing structure of an A350 XWB. The previous version is able to transport only one wing at a time.

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    That whale of an aircraft its self is super cool but I still marvel at the infrastructure engineered and built to contain and transport the very components it is intended to carry.

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    Sad


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    First Boeing 777X of Lufthansa takes shape

    Lufthansa has 20 Boeing 777-9 in its order book with Boeing. The Star Alliance member company expects to take delivery of its next generation widebodies from 2020 to 2025. The first of these aircraft was photographed on the final assembly line in Everett.

    The configuration of the Lufthansa's 777-9s remains unknown.

    Recall that Lufthansa was replaced by Emirates Airlines as the launch customer of the 777X program, and the company mentioned about a possible slowdown last summer in deliveries of the new Boeing model.

    The rollout of the first Boeing 777-9 is expected in mid-March.

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    801 MPH in a 787

    Gotta love the Jet Stream (from West to East)

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    Freak accident.
    My guess is that they misread the tyre pressure and put too much air in.

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    Some of those tires look like retreads from 1945. Often low pressure - like half flat. Not at SNA specifically but jetway tires in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Gotta love the Jet Stream (from West to East)

    https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-...eaking-speeds/
    I feel sorry for the chap that got dissed by the media on the same day when he took off in his Ercoupe from the East Coast, headed for the West Coast, and ended up in Spain in record time flying backwards!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I feel sorry for the chap that got dissed by the media on the same day when he took off in his Ercoupe from the East Coast, headed for the West Coast, and ended up in Spain in record time flying backwards!

    No shit! A 235 mph Jet Stream is ridiculous.
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    Kalashnikov rifle changed the world. Now there’s a Kalashnikov kamikaze drone...

    The Russian company that gave the world the iconic AK-47 assault rifle has unveiled a suicide drone that may similarly revolutionize war by making sophisticated drone warfare technology widely and cheaply available.

    The Kalashnikov Group put a model of its miniature exploding drone on display this week at a major defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where the world’s arms companies gather every two years to show off and market their latest wares.

    The tiny item was dwarfed by the tanks, armored vehicles and fighter jets that were also on display. But it has as much potential to change the face of war as its older cousin, the AK-47, widely referred to simply as the Kalashnikov.

    With its low price, high efficiency and ease of use, the Kalashnikov rifle became the weapon of choice for revolutionaries and insurgents around the world, empowering disgruntled citizens against their governments in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It remains a potent tool to this day: The Pentagon purchases secondhand Kalashnikov rifles for its allies in Syria and Afghanistan, rather than give them more expensive American-made guns.

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    Jesus Christ! Just what the world needs.
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    Impact at 15,000 MPH

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
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    just ran across this. pretty cool.
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    So, this just happened. This is a never seen before ICBM test? No notifications, no nothing. I didn't catch the launch till I heard the intensity. And it was definitely intense with 2 going up. This is all I got and a video of a USAF Viper strafing my small airport, L52 that is 1.6nm from my house not more than a couple minutes after launch. Their f'ing with us here on the Central Coast today!

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    It's looking like it was part of the intercept testing program. Not sure if these were the dummies or the interceptors. Their pretty mum for the time being.

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    Okay, word is these were the GBI's or Ground Based Interceptors frombour base and the Minute Man ICBM that normally gets launched from here was launched from Kwajalein. The 2 interceptors were not launched in unison after all, but one after the other. The lead determined what was the "kill" vehicle which would be the re-entry vehicle with warhead(s), and targeted that and killed it while the trail missile scanned the debris for any good shit left over in the debris and killed that. It was 100% success!

    That pretty bad-ass! 'Murica!! What a phe-fookin'- nominal Monday it was, today!

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    Dont make me go all Jonathan Winters on this gas station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    Y'up.

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    SpaceX Heavy ArabSat launch window opens at 6:35 pm EDT.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXMGu2d8c8g

    Boosters and main core recovery landings also on the menu.
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    3 for 3 on booster landings. First time ever landing one on the drone ship. ****ing awesome.
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    I would like to see SpaceX invest some money and tech into a camera that doesn't lose signal during the landing phase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I would like to see SpaceX invest some money and tech into a camera that doesn't lose signal during the landing phase.
    I know, right? Dammit.

    It's too bad they don't (can't?) launch airborne drones from the ship drone to fly out and take video from a distance.
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    Perhaps we are seeing only what they want us to see. Think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Perhaps we are seeing only what they want us to see. Think about it.
    Yup.
    I was sure the cut the signal rather than risk broadcasting another crash.
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    Right, and slipped a fake core out to the drone landing pad during the cutout. Brilliant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Perhaps we are seeing only what they want us to see. Think about it.
    Like the Lunar Landing in '69?


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    Another thing private industry does better than government

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    The boosters, I mean. SpaceX

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    stratolaunch first flight. amazing

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    Looks like a whiff of turbulence would snap it in half.

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    It's a sad end for a plane that young

    Boeing's No. 5 Dreamliner, one of the six 787 test aircraft is being dismantled, reports The Seattle Times.

    Although most of these test 787s nicknamed "Terrible Teens" have finally found buyers at the reduced prices, The 787 No. couldn't find an acquirer because of its overweight.

    Completed in 2009 at a tremendous cost of $600 million, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner No.5 has arrived at its final destination, Paine Field at Everett, where an aircraft recycling contractor is cutting the carbon fiber jet into pieces.

    Despite very difficult beginnings, including the overweight of the first models, Boeing has sold 1318 copies of its Dreamliner of which 700 are currently in service with airline operators across the globe.

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    At my sisters house for a BBQ today. I don’t recall seeing so many jets going over. The clear blue sky and contrails made for some nice scenery.


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    Posted these pics on the passion forum but thought to post them here too. Pics of Jerry and my bike.

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    The Erickson Skycrane (Sikorsky S-64) has been on my mind recently after spotting one at Alliance Airport (AFW) a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    Wow! That takes plane spotting to a whole new level.

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    Video: $30 Million Of Gold Stolen From Sao Paulo Airport

    This is something that looks like it’s straight out of a movie. Yesterday afternoon about 30 million USD worth of gold and other precious metal was stolen from the cargo terminal at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport. The robbers sure had a well thought out plan, when you consider how hard this should be to pull off.

    Over 1,500 pounds of metal was stolen, including over 700 pounds of gold. This was meant to be sent to Zurich and New York.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 410sprint View Post
    Wow! That takes plane spotting to a whole new level.
    This doesn't sound good:

    "U.S.Navy Super Hornet jet crashes near Death Valley, search and rescue underway for pilot.

    Navy Super Hornet jet crashes near Death Valley, search and rescue underway for pilot originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

    A U.S. Navy single seater F/A-18E fighter jet has crashed in Death Valley, California, according to the Navy. Seven individuals on ground suffered minor injuries, a spokesperson for Death Valley National Park said.

    “At approximately 10 a.m. PST, a F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the ‘Vigilantes’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, crashed east of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California," said Joint Strike Fighter Wing public affairs officer. Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Bock.

    "Search and rescue personnel are on scene and the status of the pilot is currently unknown. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.”

    Two pilots were flying a pair of planes on a training mission, but only one returned, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific commander Captain James Bates said at a press conference on Wednesday. He said it remained unclear whether the pilot was a man or woman and what the pilot's rank is, but said that the crash occurred six miles north of China Lake.

    Patrick Taylor, a spokesperson for Death Valley National Park, said the park received a report around 10 a.m. PT from the Panamint Springs Resort that a military plane had crashed on the west side of Death Valley near Father Crowley Overlook in an area known as Star Wars Canyon.


    The area has been used for military training flights since the 1930s, Taylor said, and regularly attracts tourists who want to get a glimpse of military pilots in action weaving through the narrow canyon in maneuvers reminiscent of the Star Wars movie.

    Seven individuals on ground suffered minor injuries.

    They sustained burns, cuts and scrapes from shrapnel flying through the air when the jet crashed, according to KABC. The injuries were mostly to their backs, arms and legs as they ran away from the crash site, about 50 meters from where they were standing.

    The Father Crowley Overlook has been temporarily closed. Emergency responders from the park, military, and Inyo County have been dispatched to the scene."
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    Hotel in Tokyo installs flight simulator in room...

    Aviation enthusiasts visiting Tokyo can now book a stay in a hotel room with a Boeing 737-800 flight simulator installed close to the bed.

    The Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, a hotel near Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport, has opened a room with a flight simulator inspired by the Boeing 737 cockpit.

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    Aviation enthusiasts visiting Tokyo can now book a stay in a hotel room with a Boeing 737-800 flight simulator installed close to the bed.

    The Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, a hotel near Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport, has opened a room with a flight simulator inspired by the Boeing 737 cockpit.

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    Bummer they don’t have a Max sim.

    Always nice to go to bed after an AOA/MCAS inspired nose dive into terra firma.

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    found some old pictures from the San Diego Air Parade.

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    I love the C130. The 302 airlift is based here, and those guys buzz the east side of town regularly practicing for airdrop.
    They hold a special place for many of us here as they refit for firedrops as well when needed in the western US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davez26 View Post
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    I love the C130. The 302 airlift is based here, and those guys buzz the east side of town regularly practicing for airdrop.
    They hold a special place for many of us here as they refit for firedrops as well when needed in the western US.

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    A buddy from the north end of the lake sent me this today. Special Ops Chinooks (night stalkers).. I see fighters down on the deck a lot since they use the lake / canyons for terrain training but have never seen the Chinooks...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVbW7cee9yc

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    That's awesome. We got a lot of f35 and f16s running the mesas and canyons out by us. Not too often do we get helis and ospreys. I think it's cool.

    My crazy neighbors think they are under attack. They were on Nextdoor asking why there is a white plane that flies over all the time. Maybe it's because deer valley airport has a huge flight school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OzarkFathom View Post
    So cool.
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    [QUOTE=DIRTJUNKIE;14344587]So sad.

    “They’re really traumatized by what they saw right now, and my dad said he never wants to see anything like that again,”
    Think he's probably going to be ok on that one.

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    Watched the Blue Angles at the park across the street from my house today. They always put on a good show.

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    ^ I miss that about living near Miramar.



    And in other news:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/air-sho...ay-2019-10-13/

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    My son recently got hired flying Pilatus PC12s and the company (Tradewind Aviation) was involved in the 75 year anniversary of D-Day a couple months ago

    https://ddaysquadron.org/

    We took a 1hr spin on motorcycles to his home airport in Oxford, CT where the 'fleet' had stopped for a few days to get ready for tip to Normandy. They were heading to Greenland, England, then on to Normandy. They did a parade pass over NYC and the Statue of Liberty that day then returned.
    Cool stuff!

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    Here's one of the PC12's my kid files...sweet plane! He is heading to San Juan in Dec to fly these all over carribbean for 4 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post

    We will never know why she extended her down wind leg so far. She should have just landed out and not attempt to get over the roads.

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    About landing airplanes:
    A good landing is one you can walk away from.
    A great landing is one where you can reuse the aircraft.

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    Cool under pressure. The kids in back didn't know there was a problem.

    Good job mom and dad!

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    ^^^^ Let's buy that guy a beer!
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    Makes one wonder if he could have used the mixture control as a throttle. It would be either on or off but doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taildragger View Post
    Makes one wonder if he could have used the mixture control as a throttle. It would be either on or off buy doable.
    Would probably allow for a more controlled/slower approach and a later ignition shut off, I guess.

    No sign of panic while talking to ATC at all. I did like his (and her) reaction once they were down, though.
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    towing a russian fighter jet


    I was driving home last summer and they were towing a F35 on the back of a semi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    towing a russian fighter jet


    I was driving home last summer and they were towing a F35 on the back of a semi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Cool under pressure. The kids in back didn't know there was a problem.

    Good job mom and dad!

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    Are dead stick landings part of getting your pilot's license? It sounds like they aren't, which is a little surprising, I know I did a ton of them when I used to fly gas powered RC planes :-P

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    That might be Katz driving that flatbed! He's got a blue one and he hauls military cargo in that area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    Are dead stick landings part of getting your pilot's license?
    No, dead sticks are not a prerequisite requirement for obtaining your license but training to always be aware of of your landing options should the spinny thing stop is good advice.

    My only dead stick landing happened twice in one weekend. Flying skydivers in a POS, beater 210.
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    See .. they are NOT perfectly good air planes

    We were climbing to altitude once in a Sky Van when the rear door just fell off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    Are dead stick landings part of getting your pilot's license?
    Glider rating = yes.
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    Super Guppy flies NASA's Orion ship from Florida to Cleveland

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    The cargo of the Super Guppy this time was NASA’s precious Orion, a new spacecraft designed to send astronauts into the deep space.

    Orion is gearing up for its first flight without a crew, that’s supposed to take place in the early 2020s. The launch, which was named as Artemis 1, will send the spaceship around the Moon on a three-week trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    That might be Katz driving that flatbed! He's got a blue one and he hauls military cargo in that area.
    Quite could be. I’ve seen his rig, hard to tell from that angle but it certainly resembles his. Wish he’d come back on here and amuse us, miss his contributions.
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    And they say our skies is the safest place to be.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    All with order and process, unlike I-85 right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    And they say our skies is the safest place to be.

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    I trust that more than the roads by a long shot.

    The reason safety regs allow unrestrained babies on planes is because an unrestrained baby is statistically safer on a plane than properly restrained in a car. To put that into perspective, an unrestrained baby is the least safe person on a plane and a properly restrained baby is the safest person in a car. Commercial air travel is orders of magnitude safer than other forms of transport.

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    Weather in Boston has my flight from LAX delayed at least six hours. That means I miss my connection to Iceland and delays me 24 hours in Boston which means I also miss my connection from Iceland to Prague. Let's hope the original flight to Iceland is also delayed. Fingers crossed.
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    Good luck with that....

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    Coming out of a hub like LAX, I'm surprised you've got so many connections. Over the years I have become intolerant of any connections to distant locations. Direct, non-stops are now as necessary (for me) as wearing a helmet.
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