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  1. There's a semi-famous bit of aircraft wisdom that says something like, "If you have an engine failure in a light twin, you'll always have enough power remaining to reach the scene of the crash." That comes to mind when looking at this. John
  2. Mut, Very well done. We do appear to have forgotten something at some point and gone back for it...but speed and efficiency isn't the object, right? John
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    MH homepage down?

    Have you guys noticed that the ads at the bottom of this page are in the Cyrillic alpabet? John EDIT: Well, they were, but now they're not.
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    MH homepage down?

    Same for me, Dave. Forum seems fine, though I tried the homepage from a new window; didn't close this one and attempt to re-open it. John
  5. Congratulations on all my UK flight-sim friends on the news of the British armed forces hostages being released from Iran. These folks were victims, not criminals, and were not in need of a so-called pardon. I'm very pleased to see them returned to their homeland and families. Best wishes to them. John
  6. Wow! Nice jet; nice paint; nice flight; nice story. Loved the dog. So that's the Lukla you've been talking about, eh? I'll bet they don't have too many go arounds there. Talk about being committed to the landing! I think you'd need a power to weight ratio > 1 to make a missed approach there. On the other hand, the up-slope makes the runway longer than it really is, for all practical purposes, once you've got the wheels planted on terra firma. Will bid for another leg as soon as I acquire a more interesting ride. You guys set a high standard. John
  7. Very nice. Good way to start my morning. John
  8. A friend sent me this link from, of all things, a motorcycle forum. It's about a young boy encountering an itinerant Mustang at a small airport in Canada in the 60s. It's a good read, and not too long. http://www.chromeheads.org/discus/messa ... 1175352501 John
  9. Our godson is a house guest this week. To help make it a memorable visit, we decided to visit the Kennedy Space Center, a little over 100 miles from here. We've lived in Florida for over three years, and just hadn't found time to take in the Space Center; this seemed to be a good opportunity. I'd been there once in the mid-80s and thought I had a pretty good recollection of it. Apparently not. I didn't take a camera and should have. Sorry, I have no photos for you. Not a single one. Much has changed since my first visit to KSC, of course. It's no longer cheap, but it was a well spent day. NASA has added all sorts of theaters, vistas and things to see, touch and do. The whole place has almost a theme park feel to it, and very well done at that. So much so that my wife and I upgraded our one-day tickets to an annual pass at the end of the day. We had a great day and did much and saw much. One thing stands out. If you ever get the opportunity to see it, go and do so. No, it's nothing to do with the Shuttle. It's the Saturn V and the Moon rocket. From my earlier visit, I recall one displayed outside in the early stages of corrosion and decay. I remember being impressed then by the size, but that impression had faded. Today, in an enormous new building sits the Saturn-V in all its splendor --- and it's positively mammoth. Words just can't describe it. I don't trust myself to accurately convey size data, though I heard and read a lot of it today. I won't attempt to load you up with numbers. The rocket is on steel supports, oriented horizontally and set high enough that you can't touch it, but still very near. Each stage is separated from the next so that the engines and plumbing are visible. It positively shines. There's not a speck of rust or corrosion visible anywhere; the paint is flawless. Have I said it's huge? You enter and find yourself looking up at the base of the 1st stage and the five engines. The bottom of the casing, now vertical, is essentially a flat plate, though with numerous fittings, joints, ribs and attachments. There's no appreciable taper or chamfer from the cylindrical cross-section. It just ends flat. Stuck to that surface sans housings or shrouds of any kind are those five yawning engines, protruding in their entirety. Because of where you enter the display hall, you haven't seen much of the rest yet, though you've begun to get a sense of it. You just find yourself staring up slack-jawed at that monstrous business-end and thinking, perhaps out loud, How can anything that big fly?? Never mind that it flew filled to the gills with fuel and oxidizer. It just doesn't seem possible. I wandered along, head up, bumping into people, I'm sure. Each section and each break between sections revealed more to marvel at. The second-stage engines, again five in number, are much smaller than their brothers aft, though still very, very large. I'd estimate them to be comparable to the Shuttle's three main engines, one of which we'd seen earlier. As you walk along, craning your neck to see each section and piece, there are many models, displays, cut-aways and such positioned along both sides to show more of the inner workings and the innards. Near the payload end sits a retired NASA veteran of the Apollo program, holding court with the kids and answering any questions anyone cares to ask. Today's elderly gent was a retired senior engineer who had had responsibility for insulation. He appeared to be in his seventies at least, but still had a spark in his eyes when he spoke of his, program, his rocket, his astronauts setting off for the Moon on top of one of these. I didn't ask him, but if I had, I've no doubt that he would have agreed that the Apollo program was the most fulfilling thing he'd ever done. His manner said so clearly. In the sixties, there were thousands more like him, who collectively made history, made it happen. The building is huge, as it must be to house this monster. The Saturn is as long as two Shuttles, with their external fuel tanks mated, end to end. The separation of each stage and section in the display adds to that overall length. From nozzles to nose, it's a fair piece. Everything's clean and well run. We'd been bussed to this facility, the only way for the public to reach it. The bus service, the crowd control, the organization, the physical infrastructure and the interaction with the staff throughout was top notch, right up to and including the re-boarding process for a return to the visitor center. There are a few other attractions in the same building, the obligatory gift shop and a snack bar. There's a theatre that focuses on the Moon landing. In a nearby room there's a narrated program overlooking a re-creation of the Apollo launch control center using the actual panels and consoles from the original, not mockups. Amongst that, I noted several dial telephones…in black. I don't know why that surprised me and I'm of that era, but somehow it did. Elsewhere at the Space Center, there's much ado about the Shuttle of course. Some of the exhibits associated with that are things we'll be going back to see. It's their current darling and fair haired son, clearly, and there's some of the Prodigal returned there. Challenger and Columbia gave NASA much to think about, and the Shuttle program has been reborn, better, safer, but with a planned end in sight. So, the Shuttle fleet is intended to be the star of their show these days, not undeservedly. Having said that, however, I can't stop marveling at that Saturn-V. It proceeded from a new, young president's challenge to Neil Armstrong's first step on the Moon in less than ten years. Computers were equivalent to today's pocket calculators, or even less capable than that, and didn't exist in large numbers. CAD probably didn't exist at all. Design was still mainly done on drafting boards and calculations on slide rules, for the most part. Many of the materials and much of the technology to build this thing simply didn't exist. In many cases, the facilities and sometimes even the businesses needed to supply critical items hadn't been established yet. It's just incredible that it could be done at all, much less in the historical heartbeat of a single decade. It boggles the mind. Have I said it's huge? No, I don't mean the rocket itself this time, though it is. I refer to the accomplishment of its conception and creation. That elderly gent I saw today and his peers did us proud.
  10. Excellent work, guys. I guess that one was even easier than the Panama Canal. Mut, you obviously know where it is but KTTS isn't the correct designator. Joe Ellwood has it exactly right - X68. Good work, Joe. We have house guests this week and are going to visit the Space Center today, so it was on my mind last night. As you say, too many clues. John
  11. Here’s the next mystery airport for you viewing pleasure. This is stock FS9 scenery. (I’ll bet you could have figured that out without me telling you.) Hints: 1) It’s in the Western Hemisphere 2) An extremely steep descent profile is sometimes required 3) Landings exceed takeoffs 4) A 747 has landed on this runway I’ll post more clues in a day or two if no one is getting warm. I expect that this won’t last the first day without being ID’d though.
  12. I'll have one posted by morning, I think. John
  13. Mut, that's disappointing! I was hoping for a story about how you shot a back course approach through 10/10ths overcast to minimums, using only an out of calibration VSI and an ADF tuned to a station 50 miles away and your elevator trim stuck full nose-down, with a thunderstorm raging, and freezing rain and a 70 knot crosswind component and gusts to 95. And how you flawlessly performed the famous Cobra manuever to bleed off the last of the airspeed (with a little vodka and yak milk beforehand to keep the courage up and the good judgement down), at 5 meters AGL, right over the threshold, at 2 knots above the stall, with everything down and dirty and one hand on the drogue chute release and the other on the ejection handle - - - - oops, you're out of hands... and airspeed... and altitude... and ideas... and luck. Well, maybe building it there wasn't such a bad option after all. The touchdown would have made a great screen shot though. Pity.
  14. At last - a real clue! It's Guipavas (LFRB) at Brest. John
  15. Nice photo, Mut, but one wonders how they ever managed to taxi that thing. They must have needed GPS, but it hadn't been invented yet. John
  16. Nice show, Dave. I felt like I was there. About that cabin service, however... John
  17. Joe, A can or three of those monster-size Fosters oughta' do it. John
  18. Dave, You do have an eye for photos, and apparently, the hardware to support some excellent quality graphics. Very nice. John
  19. There's some pretty interesting ground action going on, too. It appears there's an airshow in progress. The Herc is dwarfed by a 4-jet military trash-hauler parked nearby. C-5 or C-17 maybe. Mut, were you on the program for the air show, or was this just an unauthorized buzz-job? :dance: John
  20. There appears to be a small (GA?) runway paralleling the main runway. That ought to be unmistakable once someone finds the right place, but I'm guessing it's not shown in FS9. John
  21. Joe, I'll bet you're looking forward to it, and I'm sure you'll do well. Keep us posted how it's going once you get started. I did mine in 1980, and still remember some of it. John
  22. Who designed the nose gear strut on that thing, the Little Giant Ladder Co? :nervious: John
  23. Mulletman, I expect there's a Herc in my future, but want to get proficient in the Provider for a while first. ...and I do love radial engines. Joe Ellwood, Thanks. How's ground school going? Like drinking from a fire hose? John
  24. Have been practicing flying the C-123 heavy, at or near max. gross weight of 51,900 lbs, as this is now my JF Cargo Pilot ride of choice. This was a landing on a 4,004 ft runway. The approach was a bit high and fast and I didn't touch down until mid-field or later. Should have gone around, but that's how we learn, and if it wasn't hard, it wouldn't be fun. Anyway, this is where I got it stopped. Plenty of room, I didn't even need the over-run pad. Did need to push back from there to taxi away, however. Pucker Factor meter was deep in the yellow crossing the threshold, with an upward trend. John
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