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  1. UFOs over the Channel Islands. Maybe one of you guys could fly out and investigate. John http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23401615-details/'Mile-wide+UFO'+spotted+by+British+airline+pilot/article.do
  2. Simi, Very nice....but I understand the CIA has them much smaller. :mrhappy: Theirs probably cost a lot more though, like about $10,000,000 or so. Looks like you're having fun with it. John
  3. Ummm, I think I'm going to be in the minority here, but if he can afford it and it isn't against the law, I don't consider this a problem. It may not be in good taste, but this isn't the first rich person to spend his cash unwisely and in a fashion others find distasteful - and he won't be the last. I don't think a person who has the bank account to do this is going to travel in a first class seat drinking the house Chablis with the rest of the cattle. I think David is going to be proved right. I just know this is going to turn into a global warming discussion.... I repeat, though, it's not illegal, is it? When it is, I'm sure he will stop - or be stopped. In the meantime, some Airbus workers get some more work and some Airbus stockholders get some more dividends and some FBOs will sell a lot of fuel and some pilots will get plum jobs and on and on and on.... John
  4. When I followed the link the page came up with a Delta banner ad across the top - now that's funny! John
  5. Wow! Very nice. One of my favorite aircraft, too. Even not seen through a cyclone fence it looks good. :mrhappy: What are the roundels? :?: There's no red center. The asymetric retraction of the main gear, the great looking Rolls-Royce decal on the cowl, the detail inside the wheel well, and especially the exhaust stack flames all caught my eye. All very cool. All that and the 3,000th MH post. What more could you ask? I like it - a lot. Also, it's nice to see you back. Speaking for myself, I enjoy your screenshots posts more than the hardware ones. No one enjoys seeing a friend suffer. John
  6. David, No, I'm the only one here who's a good driver, but that's how everyone here feels. There are only two other kinds of drivers, a) maniacs, those who wish to go faster than me, and, idiots, those who wish to drive slower. Our local expressway is I-75. They treat the road number as the minimum speed limit. If you aren't going 78, you just aren't trying. It's well-known tribal culture that you will not get a ticket unless you are going more than 9 mph over the limit, though there are exceptions. (typically small communities whose primary source of revenue is from speeding ticket fines.) Because of that, normal speeds are actually about 5-8 mph above what's posted. Florida is a state of elderly people, everyone seems to want to retire here. There was a famous country music song, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain". Someone paraphrased a Florida version, "Blue Hair Driving in my Lane." I come from Michigan originally, where winter driving is a necessary and hard-won skill. Unfortunately most people (not me though :???: ) manage to unlearn it over the summer, making the first snowstorm of winter the most hazardous. Road rage is the catch name for an emerging phenomenon here; we're seeing it more and more in the news and once in a while in person, though not the extreme versions. Sometimes it ends in gunfire and death, though that's not frequent. Still, I wouldn't be a cop for all the tea in China. I don't know what they pay them but it isn't enough. Aren't you sorry you asked? John
  7. I hope North Korea and Iran are paying attention... Of course these would be needed in large numbers and kept on constant patrol. It's not like you could scramble one when someone touches off a ballistic missile. More likely this is a step on the road of progress toward similar beam weapons that could intercept ballistic missiles later in their trajectory. That would require fewer lasers and allow them to be deployed closer to what's being protected. This could also throw the advantage back to the cruise missiles, which probably couldn't be engaged by something like this. Amazing stuff though... John
  8. I think a sign saying "Keep Back 100 Ft." would be a well advised add-on for the second one, which seems to be trying to be "street-legal". Noise ordinances might be problematic as well. Loud stereos would pale in comparison.... The second one couldn't have much of a fuel tank, unless it's strapped to the driver's back. John
  9. These two caught my eye. Two more cases of passengers imprisioned in delayed tubeliners and treated like mushrooms by the airline employees. At KSFO - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/06/20/MNGSLQIDEN1.DTL At Laguardia http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_171055003.html When will the airlines learn this is not good business? EDIT ...yet another, at Chicago http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_171104548.html
  10. Someone's ordered an A380 to use as their private jet. Apparently they are not worried about the price of jet fuel... :shock: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=070619173934.2ux5s3d8&show_article=1
  11. Dave, Very nice. I'm jealous of those who can do e-mail while flying. I can't afford to give up a single CPU cycle to extraneous tasks, though do keep a browser open for real world weather. I liked the aircraft. The panel is interesting. You should fly in there in February. Heat haze won't be an issue. By the way, Cheyenne Mountain, home of the NORAD bunker is nearby, as is the Air Force Academy. We visited there once. When you drive in the gate, the first sign you see says, "Visitor Center - 8 Miles". Anyway, I enjoyed your flight. With only ten passengers, the cabin service must have been excellent. John
  12. Martin, When there's only one person left in the world without a tattoo, that will be me. Chapter 5 will reveal all. You are following, "Hello, Columbus" aren't you Uncle Martin? John
  13. allardjd

    Canoe swim?

    Ditto with me. I don't always understand her, but never met one I'd trade her for. Maybe the uncertainty is part of the charm. :???: John
  14. allardjd

    Lyre Bird

    The chain saw blew me away...
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    Canoe swim?

    Well, that's pretty neat. There are aircraft that cover that route, more or less, you know. And if you arrived at the door, you'd be recognized - and welcome... Two things occur to me here... 1) Le Havre? Why would it route you through Le Havre? I suspect there's a French programmer working for Google. (Is there any such thing as a French programmer - has anyone ever heard of a French programmer?) 2) This reminds me of a joke (most everything does...) A man is walking on a beach. He finds a brass lamp and rubs the lamp. Out pops a genie. The genie says, "You get one wish." After a brief arguement about only one versus the more customary three, the man settles down to think what his wish should be. After a time he tells the genie, "I've always wanted to take my family to Hawaii for a vacation, but I'm deathly afraid of flying. If there were a bridge to Hawaii, I could drive them there. I wish for a bridge to Hawaii." The genie, looking very irritated answers, "Oh, no! That's a long way, over some of the deepest water in the ocean. The materials alone would cost billions. Can't you think of something easier?" The man, disappointed, responds, "OK, well I've always wanted to understand women. I wish you would make me understand women." The genie asks, "Two lanes, or four?"
  16. Very nice aircraft. Loved the video in the last link. What a convoluted development though. It's amazing this thing got to the point of going into production. John
  17. Not yet, except in one place that you know of. John
  18. Happy Fathers Day, Mutley. I wasn't sure that was celebrated at the same time as here. Obviously so. I wanted to share a photo of my gift...my wife made up a T-Shirt with the logo of my favorite fictional air cargo company. :wink:
  19. Ouch! That's not good. Given earlier problems with FS9 and XP, far less common than the Vista difficulties, could there be a mother board or CPU hardware issue? I'm way out of my depth here, just trying to think outside the box. I'm also having very serious second thoughts about upgrading just yet. My video card is ancient and memory is at the hardware limit with 500 Mb, but it doesn't crash or lock up or give error messages. John
  20. Ad image in a field, supposedly "unauthorized". For being unauthorized it is fairly well executed. The straight lines are very straight, for instance. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,282592,00.html I though about putting this in Real World Aviation, but decided here was better. :wink:
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    My past shots

    Spectacular. Very nice. John
  22. Patrick AFB, KCOF, near Melbourne FL? Terrain looks about right. The only thing higher than the top of the fence is the tower. John
  23. For this leg, I've decided to try a new twist. I thought it might be interesting to see if I couldn't combine this ATWC leg with a Cargo Pilot flight. After some fooling around, it turned out to be not all that difficult. I did have to throw the cargo-generation dice three times before I got a cargo from KFFA to KSTL, but eventually one turned up and I've accepted it. After all, if I'm going to fly for over five hours, I may as well try to get some credit for it. So, with no further ado, join me now at KFFA, Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina, site of the Wright Brothers' first flight(s) in 1903 and current home of a museum and a monument commemorating that historic occasion. We've been informed that it will be some time before we can depart anyway, as there's a 747 on the strip. It's being dismantled and trucked away as we speak, so we'll have to kill a little time before the runway is clear for our departure. We'll be setting off on a leisurely walking tour of the site, taking in some of the highlights of this historic place before departing on our flight to St. Louis. Now, if you'll follow me, please... Martyn has already shown you the monument from the helicopter - great photos - so we'll skip that part. To pick up the tour where he left off, here's the house. It seems someone has misunderstood. This is the WRIGHT house, not the WHITE house. That big presidential-looking Boeing was supposed to have landed at Andrews, you see. Here we have the original sheds - arguably the first hangars ever. Very historic indeed, but not up to the studly standards we've all seen in some recent shed posts on a famous flight-sim website. Hmmm, I wonder how these would look in bright blue? Next are a series of stone markers, set out to illustrate the actual distances flown by the Wrights on that historic December day almost 104 years ago! You can see that the engravers used the popular Almost Legible Bold typeface for the stones. The longest of the 1903 flights was less than the wingspan of the behemoth that's being slowly dismantled on the nearby airstrip. Finally, we come to the museum. Please feel free to spend some time browsing and shopping - as much as you like. Taking a 747 down to truck- size pieces does require some considerable span of time. While we're waiting for our departure clearance, let's review some of the inevitable paperwork associated with a cargo flight, even such a minor one as this. First we'll look at the company generated flight plan. You'll notice on the manifest list near the bottom that we have only two items of cargo for this flight, one of which is rather unusual. It seems that the shipper has requested special handling for this one, at great added cost. This must be a valuable item indeed! As such, it will travel on the right front seat. Weight and balance being so important, the remainder of the cargo is distributed with both longitudinal and lateral CG in mind. Next are our route notes - in my own hieroglyphics. These were scanned after the flight so most of the waypoints are already scored out. The scoring stops where ATC vectors for the approach began. Here's our aircraft, a rather nifty little beast, if a bit dated. She's all ready for loading and pre-flight inspection. Contrary to what you may have heard, it cannot change directions in mid-flight. The Skymaster does have the reputation of being a very safe piston twin; an engine failure doesn't cause any asymmetric thrust. In a crash however, occupants of the cabin have a tendency to become the meat in an engine sandwich. We'll try to avoid that. The obligatory line-up shot. As you can see nothing remains of the Boeing - a massive truck convoy is on the road to Washington DC carrying it to Andrews AFB where all the king's horses and all the kings men will attempt to re-assemble it. A short run along the beach before climbing... I just missed a shot of a lady waving a bikini top - you should have seen it. This is some of the most picturesque geography in this part of the US, the North Carolina barrier islands. Once we turn west into Virginia, the scenery gets to be miles and miles of miles and miles. I won't bore you with many enroute shots of this part of the flight. They'd all look a lot like this one. This is a favorite though... We were initially filed for 16,000 ft, however that proved a stretch for this non-turbocharged aircraft. Upon reaching that altitude and taking a couple of ground-speed and fuel-burn checks it was apparent that we'd encountered severe headwinds and couldn't make St. Louis unless something was changed. The TAS advantage of being this high was doubly cancelled by the degraded engine performance and the effect of the headwinds. Since Cargo Pilot looks unfavorably on enroute fuel stops or just hitting the fuel and payload menu for a few extra gallons (resulting in the dreaded Simulation Penalty), something else is called for. After a quick call to Washington Center requesting a lower altitude we were promptly cleared to descend to 12,000 feet and found both better performance and vastly more favorable winds for the remainder of our flight. Our fuel state the rest of the way was "nervous", but proved to be sufficient. Our route of flight takes us across the southern part of the state of Virginia, passing some distance south of Washington DC. Eventually we cross into West Virginia, then northern Kentucky. We travel just south of the big hub at Cincinnati, WKRP, bringing us almost directly over the airport at Lexington Kentucky, site of a fairly recent fatal air-carrier crash. You may recall that a commuter flight was making a pre-dawn departure. After transiting an area where the taxiways had recently been re-configured, he mistakenly took off on an incorrect, too-short runway and crashed in less than a mile. You can read the details here: played by Loni Anderson. I couldn't resist slipping in a reference to it. John
  24. allardjd

    JF blogging!

    Been there already, read it, posted a comment. I like it. Especially good that you don't need a log-in or ID to comment. Comments are moderated, I assume, but that's a necessary precaution. Anyway, very interesting.
  25. All the tankers and support equipment are gone now. The summer rain patterns have set in and though many fires are still burning, most if not all are contained and will eventually be put out by the near-daily rain. I didn't generate much interest about piston + jet aircraft, but here's what I found in a reference - there were four types, all from about the same time period.... B-36 Peacemaker C-123 Provider P2 Neptune Avro Shackleton The latter was a ringer - only the later versions had the jets and they were fitted into the aft part of the inboard engine nacelles - thus were not very obvious. John
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