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  1. North American F-82G Twin Mustang

    I think it would have looked better if they'd left a stub of horizontal stabilizer outboard of the fuselages, but I guess not everything can be a P-38. John
  2. Runway & cliff 'excursion' in Turkey

    From the "It Could Have Been Worse" department... Take a look at the terrain on the other side of the runway, a kind of embankment. If they'd have veered that way I expect it would have ground-looped, at least and possibly cartwheeled or gone inverted. The biggest ICHBW factor, of course, was no fire. It's been stated the runway was wet and might even have been raining, which certainly must have helped avoid a nightmare. Can you imagine trying to evacuate that thing in the attitude it was sitting in with a fire going? John
  3. Runway & cliff 'excursion' in Turkey

    I'm going to say human error is more likely than mechanical issues, though it could be either or both at once. I'd have to go with someone not correctly setting up the automation (throttles, brakes, reversers, spoilers, etc.) and possibly also what Coff suggested with accidentally advancing the right throttle or going to reverse thrust on the left engine only. I think it might be possible/plausible that one of them advanced the right throttle when reaching for the upper part of the lever to unlatch the reverse thrust. This is utter speculation, of course. John
  4. FSX Stuff in P3D V4.1

    Ignoring the inevitable, "Why would you?" comments that are likely to follow this, has anyone tried or does anyone know if it's possible to successfully load and use FSX add-on stuff in P3D V4.1? I have a few favorites that are not available for P3D... Dree's KOCF scenery Ship Traffic Carenado C-182RG Carenado C-210 Captain Sim C-130 Default FSX C-172 Default FSX Caravan There are probably some others I haven't thought of yet. I know that there are payware equivalents for at least the C-172 (and probably some of the others) that have been created for P3D, but not sure I want it THAT bad. Another question - some software that has been ported or created for P3D was probably done under P3D V3 or earlier. Will that work under P3D V4.1? John
  5. Runway & cliff 'excursion' in Turkey

    More info... https://www.aeroinside.com/item/10869/pegasus-b738-at-trabzon-on-jan-13th-2018-overran-runway "On Jan 15th 2018 Trabzon's Prosecution Office reported they have opened an investigation into the accident. The flight crew was tested for intoxication, no findings were made, and was interviewed. The flight crew reported the flight was normal until after touch down with the first officer being pilot flying, deceleration was slow due to the wet runway, the controls were handed to the captain, the captain applied brakes, the aircraft turned left, the aircraft went off the runway, the right hand engine suddenly accelerated in forward thrust unintentionally. The aircraft went over the cliff and dropped, the right hand engine separated and fell into the sea. The aircraft came to a stop, the crew alerted tower and emergency services responded arriving in a short time." "On Jan 16th 2018 Trabzon's Prosecution Office added the captain stated, that the first officer landed the aircraft, the aircraft however did not slow down during roll out. The captain took control of the aircraft and applied brakes, at this time the aircraft veered left, the right hand engine accelerated when the aircraft was already off the left edge of the runway. The aircraft ran over soft ground for some brief moments, then went over the cliff. The first officer reported that the weather was rainy, the runway was wet, the aircraft did not slow down after the wheels touched down. The aircraft veered to the left, the captain took control, the right hand engine accelerated. (Editorial note: there is no official confirmation of a thrust reverser being locked out as rumors on the Internet claim.)" John
  6. Piece Taker...Long hauling in a Convair.

    That's what they had in mind when they built it. Nukes were pretty heavy in those days. John
  7. Runway & cliff 'excursion' in Turkey

    Blown tires on one of the main gear? John
  8. Runway & cliff 'excursion' in Turkey

    I thought all the Turks had emigrated to Germany for the jobs? John EDIT: All above in jest, of course. Happy no one was hurt in what could have been a terrible disaster. A little fire into the mix and there'd have been few survivors, if any. I suspect the inflatable slides would not have been of much use in that situation. JDA
  9. Happy Birthday Phil White

    Happy Birthday, Phil. Party like it's a party. John
  10. Runway & cliff 'excursion' in Turkey

    Don't they have lawyers in Turkey? In the US, everyone would have had an injury and 50 bystanders would have jumped aboard after it came to a stop and claimed to be stowaways with injuries too. John
  11. Piece Taker...Long hauling in a Convair.

    A rare bird indeed, and as Alan says, the chance of most of us seeing one up close and personal is slim. According to Wiki, five remain, all in the US - the nearest to me in Dayton, Ohio at the USAF museum. I've been there about three times, all long ago, but have no memory of having seen it. There MAY be one other in existence, the one that was heavily modified to carry a 1 MW nuclear reactor, which was part of a program to investigate the feasibility of a nuclear powered aircraft. The reactor was flown and taken critical in flight many times but did no more than heat the air passing through it. It did not power the AC and was not intended to do so. The program was cancelled under the JFK administration, partly because there was no practical way to ensure core integrity in a crash and partly because progress toward a practical nuclear powered aircraft up to that point did not look promising. Rumors I have heard a number of times within the nuclear industry has it that the aircraft still exists somewhere within the US government's vast nuclear reservation in Idaho, which may or may not be true. It may have been destroyed and disposed of as waste, or may still be gathering dust in a sealed building out there. The story is that the reactor itself was removed long ago but the AC was heavily contaminated, or may contain some components that have been "activated" by neutron bombardment from the operating reactor. Some elements (cobalt is one of the worst) when bombarded with neutrons, assume the form of a very energetic, long half-life isotope of the same element. That was the basis of the neutron bomb. I suspect that all that would be a walk in the park for the folks at the reservation in Idaho and that the thing has long since been disposed of, but the rumors never died. John EDIT: I'm slow, but trainable. I like the "Piece Taker" pun/name. JDA
  12. Happy Birthday Bumblebee

    How did I miss this? Belated birthday greetings and best wishes for a great year. John
  13. I first heard that clock joke when Bill Clinton was president, and have heard/read it for every president since. It's a good thing they didn't have one for Lyndon Johnson, there'd have been a cyclone up there. John
  14. Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER Missing In Flight

    The design service life of the pinger batteries once activated by immersion is on the order of 30 days. There are no pings being transmitted at this point in time. I don't think there's much reason for countries operating submarines to be operating there normally. It's an area where nothing much happens and is too far from any potential targets, except possibly Australia, for ballistic missile subs to be hiding. Neither Russia nor China are so rich in ballistic missile boats to be able to spare any for that ocean, and the US, UK and France have no reason to. The latter two don't have enough assets even if they wanted to, and they presumably wouldn't want to anyway. The missions the operational military subs are engaged upon in other areas are probably considered more important to the individual countries national security interests than searching for a downed airliner when there's no possibility of rescuing anyone. Given the water depths in that area, operational type subs, as opposed to deep-diving research craft, would not be much more useful than surface craft. The deepest diving operational subs that I'm aware of (a couple of older Russian types) can/could go to about 1,000 meters, but few of those were built and I'm not sure they are still even in service. Most military subs are only good for something more like 500 meters. The water in the likely search area will be more like 15-20 thousand feet deep and operational subs will not have the kind of equipment required to find objects on the deep-ocean floor. It's not what they do. They will have fathomers for gauging the depth of water below them for navigational purposes, for instance, but would be unlikely to have anything like side-scan sonar for mapping the sea-bottom in any kind of wide swath far beneath them. They have no need for that in normal military operations and where needed, deep-diving ROVs (autonomous and remote controlled) and manned research submersibles would be able to do the job much better and more efficiently. John
  15. Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER Missing In Flight

    According to the article it's "Undersea mapping firm Ocean Infinity...". I think this effort is simply to locate the wreckage, not to recover anything. If found, probably some other company will be contracted to perform any actual recovery operations, most likely focusing on the recorders if that portion of the wreckage can be pinpointed. I don't see much point in spending much money or effort raising anything else. It's going to be very deep water in a very remote part of the ocean and will be wickedly expensive to do anything. John
  16. Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER Missing In Flight

    Good stuff, Brett. Had only seen a couple of those. There's not much doubt it's in the water, somewhere. The recorders, if ever found, should tell us much, though the CVR probably over-wrote the early portion, where presumably the culprit overcame the other crew member. It might, however, contain some kind of last statement at the end if he chose to leave one. The DFDR should give pretty complete details of the altitude excursions, cabin altitude changes, course and speed, etc. and a record of the things he disconnected or powered down. I don't think it was possible for him to disable that recorder, but not 100% sure of that. Pretty macabre to spend the last hours of your life piloting a jet with around 300 dead people who you killed still aboard. I guess it's possible that he may have ended his own life before the end of flight by some other method of suicide, perhaps even finding a way of getting a door open and jumping out. John
  17. Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER Missing In Flight

    Just when you thought we'd heard the last about MH 370... Autonomous subs to make 90-day search for MH370 https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/autonomous-subs-to-make-90-day-search-for-mh370-444792/ "The company, commissioned by the Malaysian government, will receive no fee unless it finds the missing Boeing 777-200ER. Media reports indicate that it will receive up to $70 million in the event the search finds the aircraft." This excerpt kind of leads me to be optimistic about this. I can't imagine this outfit ponying up the kind of money it takes to do it without some fairly high confidence based on their own sources and research that they will find something. I certainly hope they do. John
  18. First-Ever Drone Swarm Attack at Russian Military Bases http://www.sciencealert.com/swarm-home-made-drones-strike-military-base-first-attack-kind-russia-uavs I can't say anything about the veracity of this but there are photos. Thirteen UAVs launched against two Russian bases in Syria, none of which did any damage - allegedly. It sounds as if several presumably expensive Pantsir-S (SA-22 Greyhound) SAMs were expended in defending against the attack. This is a great example of asymmetrical warfare - using something cheap to force the expenditure of something expensive to defend against it, or even to defeat something expensive/valuable. It's not unlike how naval aviation rendered capital warships pretty much obsolete in WWII. The UAV shown in the photo looks pretty rough - just typical radio-controlled model airplane airframe/engine technology, but the article claims they were GPS-guided with a potential range of something like 100 KM, which suggests that they were more sophisticated than the one shown looks. The ordnance shown looks to my eye like small mortar rounds - maybe something like the L9A1 51 mm. It's hard to judge but the bombs/missiles shown don't appear to be improvised. My guess is that they are some kind of manufactured standard munition that was adapted to the UAVs. On second thought, I guess that does make them improvised weapons, but my point is that it's manufactured ordnance, so not all THAT improvised. John
  19. Could be. I haven't seen it reported anywhere else. I wouldn't necessarily accept any of this at face value just because there's "science" in the web address. We've learned to become somewhat skeptical these days when "science" is claimed. John
  20. Possible, but might also be molded plastic components of a manufactured ordnance round. Making man-portable ordnance lighter so the doggies can carry more of them is one of the current priorities of most militaries these days. The noses of the drone weapons, presumably the fuses, certainly look manufactured. Your point is valid, however. The most sophisticated and potentially expensive thing there would be the GPS guidance. Airframe, engine, fuel system, batteries and ordnance wouldn't amount to much money, and someone sharp with electronics and computers could probably adapt a hand-held GPS, a smart-phone or similar device to feed into the control servos. I don't expect these drones were intended to have pin-point accuracy. It is said that a Tomahawk missile can be programmed to fly into a specific window of a specific building if that's what you want it to do. These things were probably not of that caliber, but still potentially destructive. You probably don't need pinpoint accuracy in a swarm attack against, say, a non-bunkered ammunition dump, a fuel dump or a refinery or a chemical plant, or even the outdoor parts (switchyard and transformers, mainly) of a power plant. A bunch of randomly-placed light mortar round or grenade-sized devices scattered around the premises would probably be enough to cause a catastrophe of some magnitude. John
  21. FSX Stuff in P3D V4.1

    I haven't heard from him in years. Last I knew he was out of flight simming and caging his patio to raise wild birds. John
  22. FSX Stuff in P3D V4.1

    Got it! Did you ever see this on the back side of one of the taxiway signs? You thought all those Little Johnny mischief jokes were just fiction, didn't you? John
  23. FSX Stuff in P3D V4.1

    I've done that and it appears to be OK but all versions have a plain white livery. Interior, panels, etc. all look normal. John
  24. Happy Birthday Quickmarch

    Happy Birthday, March. Club breakfast this morning. Wish you could have been there. Hoping you have a great day - and year. John
  25. 737 Short Landing at Katowice https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/short-landing-737-crew-failed-to-notify-airport-over-444723/ I think this was at EPKT. Not trivial, though they miraculously got it on the ground in a taxiable condition with no injuries and managed to get it to the gate. It sounds like they really tore up the approach lighting and the aircraft. Read the article. These guys need to go work for Asiana - they'd fit right in. John