@skyfire77 poor F9F, couldn't get any respect in 1961, can't get any love in 2021. Somehow it's the least favorite of the Grumman fleet, along with the underpowered Panther it replaced. Still, a bad Grumman plane day is still a Grumman plane day! Thanks
@skyfire77 Thuds were used in Vietnam in a way that was not what they were designed for, that's what caused their massive loss rate, not the plane itself. It's likely that the F107 would have had the same fate.
Over the weekend I learned more about wingtip tanks. In the Bonanza, the tip tanks have to be manually pumped into the main tanks. I guess that makes sense for auxiliary tanks, but it was unexpected. I also learned that the return lines on a Bonanza always feed to the left wing tank and that the pumps return about 3 gph. So, when you're flying on the right wing tank or the aux tank, the excess is going to the left wing tank. When selecting which tank to run from, the left tank is always the last except on takeoff and landing.
My old college roommate has some photos of a recon Cougar that was on display in a park near his house in rural VA for many years. It was finally taken apart and shipped away to be restored. I've been meaning to do a write up about it.
@ttyymmnn Is Aeroflot an SOE? I also just learned that they register their planes overseas, very interesting.
I originally thought that maybe Aeroflot leased that plane from a French airline for a short period of time. Garuda Indonesia usually leases planes during the Hajj season. I saw a 767 owned by (I think) TUI at Surabaya airport years ago. From close inspection I saw that the Garuda Indonesia logo was haphazardly painted on top of TUI.
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The whole zigzag path to avoid Thai, Indonesian, Indian. If the plan was to crash in the Indian ocean, why go through all that trouble, there isn't an aircraft in either nations capability that has the endurance to chase and keep up with you.
really hope one of the current airship projects comes to fruition for passenger use and I have a chance to see it in the sky, or even better, take a ride.
I would love to take a ride, but only if it is opulent. I mean, how cool would this have been? They really were ocean liners of the sky. But more to your point, there has been talk about getting airships back in the sky for years. I would love to see it happen.