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Old 8th May 2006, 04:14   #201
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Old 10th May 2006, 03:35   #202
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Wow, just wow.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A tail section from a U.S. Navy fighter jet that crashed 3 1/2 years ago off Key West, Fla., has turned up 4,900 miles away on a beach in Ireland.

A retired commercial airline captain, identified by the Irish Examiner newspaper as Charlie Coughlan, discovered the tail piece Friday. The Navy confirmed Tuesday that markings on the section, including squadron insignia and a serial number, pointed to the downed F-14 Tomcat.

Currents from the Gulf of Mexico near the tip of Florida might have floated the nearly 10-foot-long triangular piece of vertical stabilizer, one of two on the plane, to the beach in West Cork on Ireland's southern shore.

The F-14, based in Virginia, crashed near Key West in the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 3, 2002, during a training mission. Both crew members ejected safely.
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Old 10th May 2006, 03:40   #203
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Wow. Amazing stuff.

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Old 10th May 2006, 03:49   #204
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Incredible that it actually floated to an extent. You'd think it would have sunk and maybe moved a couple miles before being buried in sediment.
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Old 10th May 2006, 04:38   #205
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That's amazing - I don't know what else to say - hard for me to believe, but then again I have trouble believing I can wake up early after a night of posting...

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Old 4th August 2006, 17:12   #206
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One of the coolest things about where I moved to is that I'm right under the approach to the airport
For the next couple of weeks, they're doing testing (must be high altitude tests) on a V22 Osprey. They've been buzzing the house all morning which, with the problems they've been having, has prompted me to wear my hardhat



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Old 5th August 2006, 06:19   #207
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That is BADASS.
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Old 5th August 2006, 13:58   #208
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For six weeks, they'll be testing it here while training a cycle of new pilots
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Old 5th August 2006, 21:33   #209
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We've got F-16s, F-18s, and F-22s here at Dobbins AFB. Well, so far, those are the only ones I've seen. I don't get much time to go around the base, so I usually only see a couple flying around doing maneuvers while I'm sitting in traffic on I-285 or I-75. I also see C-130s a little bit since Lockheed-Martin is here as well.
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Old 6th August 2006, 03:44   #210
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The 737-700 shown in page 5 is a C-40.

http://www.blackanthem.com/Weapons/c40.html

Probably used for a VIP...
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Old 6th August 2006, 05:03   #211
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Inventory: Active force, 2 (4 planned); ANG, 2 (3 planned)
So, there's only four of these planes flying in the world right now. Pretty rare, and I got a picture of one.

Thanks for the link!
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Old 9th August 2006, 04:01   #212
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We had 11 huge military helicopters (the kind with two overhead opposite-direction propellers) fly over us when I was at work (house painting summer job). I thought it was one just circling around us, but the other guys noticed that there were several that were just far spread apart all going the same direction (north-northwest over our just southwest of Canton, OH job site).

When I lived near Dayton, I saw this kind of stuff all the time because of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base nearby, but here in the Akron/Canton area, I almost never see military aircraft.

We do have the Lockheed Martin base (ENORMOUS old blimp/zeppelin garage - fits several inflated blimps inside), but that's mainly used for research and not for actual flight testing.

I'm just curious to know what those 11 oversized choppers were doing flying over our area.

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Old 9th August 2006, 16:49   #213
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I'm not sure exactly what they were doing, but I'm pretty sure what you was were CH-47 Chinooks.
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Old 9th August 2006, 21:24   #214
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Big!

It amazes me what those things can lift. I want one.

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Old 10th August 2006, 02:14   #215
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You think those are big? The CH-53 is bigger!

http://sarge.wheresthebeef.co.uk/Mis...a/DSCF4783.jpg
http://sarge.wheresthebeef.co.uk/Mis...a/DSCF5289.jpg
http://sarge.wheresthebeef.co.uk/Mis...a/DSCF4426.jpg


(I took those pictures at different times just after Hurricane Katrina.)
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Old 10th August 2006, 06:09   #216
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That's a lotta chopper, although at a distance, the shape and design makes it look smaller because of the traditional design (one huge propeller on top and a smaller one in back for steering). What kind of weight can those carry or pick up?

I noticed 7 blades on the main propeller - is that exclusive to that model, or is it common for big helicopters?

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Old 10th August 2006, 23:57   #217
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HH-53

It's not uncommon for CH-53s to transport HMMWVs (Hummers) underneath the fuselage with a steel cable. I've seen them carry much heavier things, too (small tracked APCs, for example). I'm sure there are at least one or two other types of helicopters with seven blades on the main rotor, but it's not very common, I think.


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Here's a couple more links I found. I'm not sure how accurate the information on them is, though.

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/h-53.htm
http://www.globalaircraft.org/planes...ea_stallion.pl
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Old 29th August 2006, 02:25   #218
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Had a blast on this sometimes windy day today
We were pouring concrete pads for ski lift towers at Crested Butte ski area and of course I was the first to volunteer.



The pilot had to refuel every 45-60 minutes so I got to see him a few times closer to the ground.



Apparently there's only 26 of this model of Kaman in the world but big deal, there's only one of the model Chev



Very unusual blade rotation angle. As the sign below the rotor states, "Approach from front only". At it's outer radius the blades are very low to the ground. It's hard to tell from the previous pictures but it does indeed have twin rotors.

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Old 29th August 2006, 03:00   #219
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That's a pretty unusual looking helicopter. Nice pictures.
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Old 29th August 2006, 06:27   #220
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unusual blades too - looks like extra tabs attached or something on your third picture

Very nice scenery as well. In OH our landscape is beat up houses and cornfields.

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Old 29th August 2006, 12:18   #221
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I think that's this one: http://www.kamanaero.com/helicopters/kmax.html
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Old 29th August 2006, 12:30   #222
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Yes, that's the model. One of those guys told me the rotor blades were made of wood but I can find nothing to substantiate that claim.
Kaman also made the Seasprite which was the helicopter we used on our ship for anti-submarine warfare.
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Old 31st August 2006, 02:35   #223
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The extra little 'tabs' on the main rotor blades are miniature ailerons that are used for adjusting the main rotor blade's angles.
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It would take something that strong just to get me out of bed now that I'm back to waking up early again...

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Old 22nd March 2007, 19:31   #225
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I just recently found out that the Super Guppy that I posted pictures of earlier in this thread is actually built on a modified Boeing 377 fuselage, and is the last one still in operation today. I'm very fortunate to have gotten pictures of it.
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Old 22nd March 2007, 23:24   #226
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I bet that nobody has ever seen this airplane? [Image] [Image]
Sure have.. my favorite jet ever made.

60 degree angle of attack I want one.

The EFA is pretty cool too
[IMG]http://www.military*****international/air/eurofighter/typhoon_2.jpg[/IMG]


Rafale
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Su-35 too
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Old 13th May 2007, 23:42   #227
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Check out what I saw the other day...

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Old 14th May 2007, 11:39   #228
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Hey sarge what kind of air plane is this?
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Check out what I saw the other day...

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They've been busy here doing altitude training this spring
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Old 14th May 2007, 16:31   #230
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@Canon:
That's an MD-80 series, I believe.
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Old 14th May 2007, 18:12   #231
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Everyone's probably seen this, but still kind of neat:

http://googlesightseeing.com/maps?p=...90.062781&z=19

If you zoom out and look towards the north east there is a base with more fun things to zoom in on.

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Everyone's probably seen this, but still kind of neat:

http://googlesightseeing.com/maps?p=...90.062781&z=19

If you zoom out and look towards the north east there is a base with more fun things to zoom in on.
Theres also this.
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Old 19th May 2007, 23:59   #233
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Old 22nd May 2007, 05:59   #234
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Oh, and check out the pictars that I got the other day:

IMG_2955.jpg
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IMG_3052.jpg
IMG_3056.jpg
IMG_3065.jpg
IMG_3085.jpg
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Some of them aren't all that great, but considering how dirty my sensor is, I don't think they turned out all that bad.
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Old 8th July 2007, 19:03   #235
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The new Boeing 787 is set to debut today (07-08-2007, heh) at 15:30 PDT. I won't be able to watch it because of my crappy connection, but if anyone else is interested, here is the page with the info and a link to the stream.


I wish things would've gone the way I was hoping... I'd have been up there to see it in person.
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Old 8th July 2007, 19:20   #236
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I just checked Directv #576 and indeed, it'll be on this afternoon
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Old 8th July 2007, 19:25   #237
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Can ya record it for me by any chance?
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Old 8th July 2007, 20:49   #238
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Old 8th July 2007, 23:05   #239
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Jeez, you guys are SUCH nerds!
Especially SARGE.
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(Heart you all!)

(I really can't say anything, I'm an airshow freak m'self. I just don't happen know every last damn minute detail of every plane that's up there hehe.)
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Wow, that was pretty......boring. I watched for an hour as Tom Brokaw told cool stories and i got to meet the Japanese CEO of ANA airlines who has ordered 50 of them.

Awesome piece of hardware, well designed but we'll see how she flies. Apparently people in the know are very impressed with it already:

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Boeing Co. unveiled its first fully assembled 787 on Sunday to an audience of thousands who packed into its wide-body assembly plant for the plane's extravagantly orchestrated premiere.


An audience of thousands watched as Boeing Co. unveiled the 787 in Everett, Washington, on Sunday.

With flight attendants on stage from each airline that has ordered the jet, the giant factory doors opened wide as the plane slowly moved into view to the strains of a theme song composed specially for the 787, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner.

Boeing has won more than 600 orders from customers eager to hold the jet maker to its promise that the midsize, long-haul jet will burn less fuel, be cheaper to maintain and offer more passenger comforts than comparable planes flying today.

The 787 Boeing's first all-new jet since airlines started flying the 777 in 1995, will be the world's first large commercial airplane made mostly of ********fiber composites, which are lighter, more durable and less prone to corrosion than aluminum.

To date, Boeing has won 677 orders for the 787, selling out delivery positions through 2015, two years after Airbus SAS expects to roll out its competing A350 XWB.
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