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Old 12th Sep 2015, 19:55
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Ka-2b Pilot
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Valencia, Spain
Age: 79
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DevX, midday in the Nevada desert you suggest the surface temperature would not be 110F in the sun, which it would have been seconds before the aircraft cast its shadow. I think it is very possible. Surface temperature of runways in those conditions are often a lot higher than air temperature, often 50-60C, roughly 120-140F. At the time of the accident the air temperature was 39C, that is already 102F in the shade. The actual flash point of Jet-A fuel is 100F/38C.

Last edited by Ka-2b Pilot; 12th Sep 2015 at 21:04. Reason: To add temperature recorded around the time of the accident. Again to add the correct flash point for Jet-A type fuel.
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