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Boeing F-15QA Qatar Advanced Jet first flight

Old 14th Apr 2020, 17:43
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Boeing F-15QA Qatar Advanced Jet first flight

https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2020-04...l-First-Flight

The F-15QA took off from Lambert Airport, St Louis where it performed 90-minute flight demonstrates new fighter’s unmatched maneuverability and speed Including a “Viking” take off.





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Old 15th Apr 2020, 06:41
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Having had to look it up, when they say a ‘Viking take-off’, they mean a (EE) Lightning take-off. I’m sure there’s a reason for calling it what they have but I don’t recall the history books telling tales of Harold the Horny Hunter Pilot.
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Nice to see it has the correct number of seats.
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Old 15th Apr 2020, 08:23
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Video of the 'Viking' take off below.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...s-first-flight
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At first I thought it a bit extreme to carry out such a take-off in a brand new aircraft - but maybe it is Boeing's new SOP to make sure all the loose tools and other bits & pieces fall out of the back-end...


I know, I know - hat, coat, door.
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I assume someone will paint it later?
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Nah, new camouflage scheme.
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They took a bunch of parts from the 737MAX parts bin.
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
They took a bunch of parts from the 737MAX parts bin.
Did they put them in upside down?
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Nah, new camouflage scheme.

The RAF tried it some years ago:



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Originally Posted by nipva View Post
Nah, new camouflage scheme.

The RAF tried it some years ago:


WOW. That's a blast from the past. Happy day's

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Nothing like adding the receiving countries letter head to the mark of a plane. A great selling point for the ego. I don’t know if Lockheed were the first to do it with the f104 G. As the infamous music track went “ we’ll call it the f104 G, highlight the G a little so it stands out, the Germans will love it”!
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Would someone explain the F4 picture, please. Is that an Exercise BDR airframe, or what?
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Originally Posted by MPN11 View Post
Would someone explain the F4 picture, please. Is that an Exercise BDR airframe, or what?

No Not BDR. Just not painted following Major Service at 4 Sqn RAF St Athan. The aircraft was paint stripped prior to the check starting. It wasn't normal flown in this condition, but there were occasion when the aircraft has completed it's check, but there was no space in the paint shop. All that was added was national marking, and Aircraft registration. Once a slot became available the aircraft was taken for it's paint job, but it allowed us to carry out the flight testing before it's release back to its respective squadron.
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No Not BDR. Just not painted following Major Service at 4 Sqn RAF St Athan. The aircraft was paint stripped prior to the check starting. It wasn't normal flown in this condition, but there were occasion when the aircraft has completed it's check, but there was no space in the paint shop. All that was added was national marking, and Aircraft registration. Once a slot became available the aircraft was taken for it's paint job, but it allowed us to carry out the flight testing before it's release back to its respective squadron.
The paint jobs were excellent.

They even discovered that there was no need for the bleed drillings on the verticle ramp so filled those in too!



Anyway if that was a "viking" take off I'd hate to see it struggle with a full load of conformal tanks and "full" stations.

How much has the weight gone up?
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