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Old 01-20-2012, 04:12 PM   #2491
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Alaska Wing Men @8E on Nat Geo and Flying Wild Alaska @10E on Disc channel.
There's still two bush pilots left in the Adirondacks, too bad nobody wants to do a show about them.

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Old 01-22-2012, 12:40 AM   #2492
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I think that's the magic convergence right there, 200mph from 100hp.


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Old 01-22-2012, 12:48 AM   #2493
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There's an odd discolouration of the concrete around the nosegear, too.

Ruptured hydraulic line?

Yea I'd say it's some sort of fluid-under-pressure. It's in flight for a moment before it hits and darkens the concrete in a spray pattern. Hydraulic line, maybe suspension strut?


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Old 01-22-2012, 06:12 PM   #2494
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Update: Iran Didn't Down RQ-170 UAV Drone

Remember the spy drone IRAN says they took over control of and landed it? They didnt.

"....For one thing, the RQ-170 shown was the right size and shape but the wrong color. Not just a different color from that seen on many photos of the RQ-170s in Afghanistan but also a color unknown in American military service. A closer examination of the Iranian RQ-170 photos indicated that the Iranians had reassembled an RQ-170 that had crashed and broken into three or more pieces."

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htatrit/20120122.aspx




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Old 01-23-2012, 07:00 PM   #2495
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I thought this was pretty cool

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Old 01-27-2012, 09:54 PM   #2496
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3 things to watch. Watch lightning hit vertical stabilizer. Then watch charge leave the plane to the left of the nose gear entering a metal manhole cover in the pavement. The last time to view it look towards the tug that is rolling in on the left where the manhole cover that was blown out of the plate in the ground.




Neat clip. My bets on the puff and spray are steam and dirty water. The access cover that got blown into the air was covering a hole that was probably a collecting point for rain water. The arc heated the water and the steam blew the cover off. The liquid's point of origin appears to be the same as the round object. You can also see it streaming off the object as it blasts upwards. Try to pause the vid just after the strike on full screen and you'll get a good snap shot with the cover on the way up streaming brown liquid behind it.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:35 AM   #2497
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...streaming brown liquid behind it.
Yea, that's what I thought it was, too.

(See Post #2492.)

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:35 AM   #2498
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Yea, that's what I thought it was, too.

(See Post #2492.)

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:56 AM   #2499
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Yea, that's what I thought it was, too.

(See Post #2492.)

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Old 01-29-2012, 07:56 AM   #2500
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Another funny pucker factor moment many years ago. I wish droid phones had been around then.

We get a call at the station that Delta is having some issues with a 757 sitting at the gate being worked on. Issues with the fuel system. They think they have the issue fixed but want us to do a standby in case anything goes wrong.

We head over there. It's still early morning, barely light. Our chief goes and talks to the maintenance crew while we sit back on the edge of the ramp watching....I guess about 100 yards.

"ok guys, stand by, their going to give it a try." The engine starts spooling up while all the mechanics are standing by watching. Whoosh! As they put fuel to it a big white ball of vaporized fuel blows out of the exhaust but doesn't light. It slowly drifts across the ramp.

"Stand by, they are going to check a couple of things out." I tell the guy riding with me, "hey, this might get entertaining!"

"Ok they are going to try it again." All this time there is one mechanic that seems to think he will see something wrong by shining his flashlight in the exhaust end of the engine. We watch him back away from the engine.

It spools up and again their comes the big ball of unburned fuel but this time it lights off. Holy shit it was an awesome but uneventful fireball that lasted only a few seconds but I looked at the area of the engine and that one mechanic was no where to be found.

"ok guys, we're good, they are going to tow it to the hangar."
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:42 AM   #2501
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Sounds like they had an ignition or fuel control issue on light off. Standard procedure before doing a start in this situation - where I work - is to do a 'dry motor'. You go through the start process except you turn off the ignition and leave the fuel in the shut-off position. The engine will turn and blast out the excess fuel laying inside and send it out the back. The next real start will therefore have hopefully not all this fuel laying there with the possible fireball. I just usually watch for excessive engine temps on light-off and have the guy outside watch things real close to make sure the start isn't abnormal.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:26 AM   #2502
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Sounds like they had an ignition or fuel control issue on light off. Standard procedure before doing a start in this situation - where I work - is to do a 'dry motor'. You go through the start process except you turn off the ignition and leave the fuel in the shut-off position. The engine will turn and blast out the excess fuel laying inside and send it out the back. The next real start will therefore have hopefully not all this fuel laying there with the possible fireball. I just usually watch for excessive engine temps on light-off and have the guy outside watch things real close to make sure the start isn't abnormal.

We do that in the USAF as well, but still, lighting off a green engine can be entertaining!
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:29 PM   #2503
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We do that in the USAF as well, but still, lighting off a green engine can be entertaining!
Most of the fun and games seems to happen with 'green' or new engine installations. If we don't purge the fuel systems of all the inhibiters they put in them at assembly, the first light off becomes a real pain in the ass. I've seen it all - tail of aircraft obscured by fire ball, sparks and soot, blow torches or good ol' smoke shows. The high temp ratings of newer engines (sometimes 1000 degrees for 5 second as an example) give you lots of leeway before things get hurt.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:01 PM   #2504
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Pissed Hollywood screws up history... again!

I saw Redtails last weekend.. Hollywood RUINED the story of these pilots!!
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:59 AM   #2505
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