@facw yeah, but they've supposedly got 80 of them listed as "active", its plausible that less than half of those are actually flight-capable, and of the ones that are, you could still have a lot that are just patched together well enough for a ferry flight.
I mean, we know Kim doesn't trust his own VIP configured Il-62M to be reliable for long-distance trips, and if they were able to keep any plane working properly, you'd think that would be one of them.
@gmporschenut-also-a-fan-of-hondas Great list. The range is impressive and important. However, we have bases, carriers, and subs all over the world so the actual range needed is actually less. One of the reasons there are only 19 planes is that they cost over $2 billion each and that's in 90's dollars. Plus it's highly sensitive to its environmental conditions.
I thought it was an amazing aircraft when it came out, but now I see how wasteful these programs are and the fact that the companies building these aircraft blatantly lie about the capabilities. I believe we need to be more resourceful in tackling these mission requirements. I'm not a defund the military guy, but more let's use our money wisely and invest in our people, optimizing our existing infrastructure, and the communities that support our bases.
Great post! I love how wide ranging you are in these.
Thank you! I do try to cover as many bases as possible, so my definition of "aviation" may be a bit broad at times. I also try hard to represent more women who were aviation pioneers, since they still get short shrift these days.
As for the Lego Winnie Mae, I recently built the Amelia Earhart tribute set. As soon as I finished it, I wondered if I could order all the pieces in white and make a Winnie Mae with the same instructions. Then it would just be a matter of sourcing the stickers somewhere. Oh, and trying to find a one-eyed Wily Post minifigure....
I feel like a lot of this stuff gets offshored and the rigorous testing isn't being done, especially as the complexity increase
I think, though I'm not certain, that this is the situation plaguing Boeing right now.
As for S92 crashes, I doubt your pilots do very many RTTs. And there might even be an argument that the S92 isn't designed, or at least intended, to perform one. The software certainly wasn't. Tex Johnston barrel rolled the Dash 80, but I suspect the computer wouldn't let him do it these days.
June 21, 1961 – The first flight of the Aviation Traders Carvair, an aircraft developed from the Douglas DC-4 by entrepreneur Freddie Laker to allow travelers to take their cars with them on holiday. The DC-4 was modified by placing the flight deck in a raised section above the main fuselage to provide room for five cars and 22 passengers, or three cars and 50 passengers. The flexible design of the Carvair meant that the configuration could be changed on the ground between flights in as little as 40 minutes. A total of 21 DC-4s were converted and flown by various airlines in Europe, and one remains in service, based in Denton, Texas, which set a world record in 2005 when it carried 80 skydivers aloft.
@thatguywiththe_i30n max makes money for an airline by itself, not for Boeing. I was clear on that. Where the airbus gets it’s subsidy comes from Emirates and other ‘state invested run’ airlines and the a380, which has never made near the money. So inaccurate, somewhat, not clear, sure, but how professional of journalists are we all here?
I want to believe your response was commentary and not a dig at someone. It’s early here and I can’t tell before my coffee.
June 6, 1915 – Zeppelin LZ 37 becomes the first Zeppelin destroyed in air-to-air combat. During WWI, the Germans used Zeppelins to carry out strategic bombing missions against France and England. On the night of June 6-7, LZ 37 of the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) took part in a three-airship raid on Calais and was attacked by Royal Naval Air Service pilot Reginald Warneford flying a Morane-Saulnier L fighter. Warneford climbed above the Zeppelin and dropped bombs on the airship which set it on fire and caused it to crash. The explosion caused Warneford’s fighter to roll and lose power. He was forced to land behind enemy lines, but was able to restart his fighter and return to base. Eight members of the nine-man Zeppelin crew were killed, along with two people on the ground. For his actions, Warneford was awarded the British Victoria Cross and French Légion d’honneur.
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Having no alternative, Warneford had to land behind enemy lines, but after 35 minutes spent on repairs, he managed to restart the engine just as the Germans realized what was going on, and after yelling "Give my regards to the Kaiser!", he was able to achieve liftoff and returned to base.
Unfortunate fate for him though, dying ferrying an aircraft returning from receiving the French Légion d’honneur