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27th Mar 2014, 10:51
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Posted By rubberband2

Data transmission – or not – from MH370?

1 This very interesting pprune blog has informed us many times that all forms of communications from the missing B777 were shut down at about the time that the aircraft left the airways leading...
23rd Sep 2012, 11:41
Replies: 125
Views: 27,245
Posted By rubberband2

Lt Col Otis Raible/Sgt Brad Atwell USMC (Harriers in Afghanistan) - (part 2)

This was sent to me by a retired USMC General who spent two years with the RAF on an exchange tour.

They say that he would walk the flight line every night to check on the crews and birds. When...
22nd Sep 2012, 16:04
Replies: 125
Views: 27,245
Posted By rubberband2

Lt Col Otis Raible/Sgt Brad Atwell USMC (Harriers in Afghanistan)

A poignant comment received today.

Otis died while leading a counter attack to retake his flight line.

The Skipper’s jet was destroyed in the fighting, but the VMA had a couple of jets out of...
27th Aug 2012, 21:24
Replies: 174
Views: 31,434
Posted By rubberband2

A great article here about Neil Armstrong & the...

A great article here about Neil Armstrong & the X-15 at Edwards AFB before the lunar adventure ......

Flight 51: To the edge of space and to the edge of Los Angeles...
10th Aug 2012, 12:36
Replies: 45
Views: 4,417
Posted By rubberband2

Cyprus - August 1974 Turkish invasion

RAF Akrotiri and Sovereign Base Areas defence – August 1974 Turkish invasion of the island of Cyprus
15th Feb 2012, 15:30
Replies: 53
Views: 10,177
Posted By rubberband2

Unmanned drones versus manned U-2

The life of Kelly Johnson's Lockheed U-2 has been further extended.

This is due to the unreliability, high cost & dubious efficacy of current high altitude drones.

Warplanes: U-2 Defeats The...
5th Feb 2012, 15:33
Replies: 9
Views: 5,304
Posted By rubberband2

Unmanned vs Manned - Global Hawk costs more than U2 to operate

The statement above appears to be a casual observation rather than fact.

I flew the J-75 U-2 for 5 years and it was rare that a planned mission failed to produce results. Sometimes cloud cover...
4th Feb 2012, 15:49
Replies: 2
Views: 1,144
Posted By rubberband2

Probability of a strike against nuclear facilities in Iran

DEBKAfile's military sources report a steady flow of many thousands of US troops for some weeks to two strategic islands within reach of Iran, Oman's Masirah just south of the Strait of Hormuz and...
2nd Feb 2012, 18:47
Replies: 9
Views: 5,304
Posted By rubberband2

Global Hawk, the U-2 & your 2012 banana

A reply to Fox3WheresMyBanana .....

I agree with you.

The balance has shifted. In the old days when I was a recce pilot, getting the info was priority.

Now the task is to get the info...
28th Jan 2012, 15:03
Replies: 44
Views: 10,505
Posted By rubberband2

Trees on the landing approach to Spitalgate ....

The most frequent final approach to Spitalgate was made over the dead straight N - S Roman road with the nose of the Percival Piston Provost pointing towards Grantham. This brought you in over some...
28th Jan 2012, 10:08
Replies: 44
Views: 10,505
Posted By rubberband2

Early training on a radial piston before flying 'wee -phut' Avpin start (round) Avons

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c372/fmhshoes/PistonProvost.jpg
27th Jan 2012, 21:31
Replies: 44
Views: 10,505
Posted By rubberband2

Piston Provost - Alvis Leonides 550HP radial

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c372/fmhshoes/160449100_LwDQk-O.jpg


...... possibly landing at RAF Spitalgate grass airfield on the edge of Grantham, Lincolnshire circa 1956
27th Jan 2012, 07:08
Replies: 44
Views: 10,505
Posted By rubberband2

Some observed differences in round engines and jets

Some observed differences in round engines and jets

1. To be a real pilot you have to fly a tail dragger for an absolute minimum of 500 hours.
2. Large round engines smell of gasoline...
20th Jan 2012, 19:30
Replies: 533
Views: 88,463
Posted By rubberband2

Another carrier hook placement dilemma

Have a look at another carrier hook placement dilemma, this time with the hook placed between the fore & aft wheels. Quite a pitching moment if the speeds are not spot on. Typical landing speeds...
18th Jan 2012, 17:34
Replies: 533
Views: 88,463
Posted By rubberband2

Hunter hydraulics and breaks and tight circuits ......

Why would anyone do a run & break in a Hunter and select gear and flaps together during the first portion of the turn?

A real fighter pilot would not do that. He would pull hard in the break to...
16th Jan 2012, 18:44
Replies: 533
Views: 88,463
Posted By rubberband2

for Not a boffin, your post #133 ref post #123

NAB, you may well be correct about kg/lbs.

I took the F-35 weights from the graphic at post #123 by Mechta which lists the F35-C (the heaviest variant) as 30,618 POUNDS.

The MTOW for the Mk1...
16th Jan 2012, 15:38
Replies: 533
Views: 88,463
Posted By rubberband2

Smile F-35 AUW and firepower

The F-35 discussed here weighs less than a super performing, short legged & lightly armed BAC Lightning did when it came into RAF squadron service.
(1960 Mk1 with 74(F) Sqn at RAF Coltishall)
...
11th Jan 2012, 11:20
Replies: 17
Views: 5,137
Posted By rubberband2

Ref post #6 – Akrotiri Lightning ejection

The IWIs were always reminding adventurous (and some daft) fighter pilots to fly a descending "S" curve into the firing position on the banner.

Clearly a low angle off was hairy for the towing...
10th Jan 2012, 16:49
Replies: 17
Views: 5,137
Posted By rubberband2

Lightning Aden cannons firing at a banner ...

Does anyone have a video clip from an EE/BAC Lightning of Aden cannons firing at a banner?

A clip posted on YouTube would be ideal. Particularly so, if the pipper drifts towards the spreader bar...
7th Jan 2012, 10:58
Replies: 2
Views: 2,410
Posted By rubberband2

Report on the funeral of Wg Cdr David Drake DFC & Bar AFC

A brief report sent from Durban, South Africa by a close friend of David –

Well, it went very well ...... there were some 40 of us altogether, including friends of Christopher (his son) and his...
5th Jan 2012, 09:19
Replies: 2
Views: 2,410
Posted By rubberband2

Wg Cdr David Drake DFC & Bar AFC – RIP

Wg Cdr David Drake DFC & Bar, AFC RAF (Retd) passed away on Boxing Day 2011 at home in Durban, South Africa.

His funeral is tomorrow.

When I chatted with David Drake I had the impression that...
2nd Jan 2012, 16:32
Replies: 121
Views: 80,357
Posted By rubberband2

Basil Dodd AFC etps RIP

Norma Stitz (......) a lovely handle methinks .....

Ref your post #71 on the Coldwar RAF U-2 Pilots forum:


I spoke to the tp custodian of ETPS records at Boscombe Down last night.

He...
Forum: Tech Log
3rd Jun 2011, 06:55
Replies: 2,070
Views: 491,549
Posted By rubberband2

Here is the magic of lots of power and a good...

Here is the magic of lots of power and a good prop slipstream to help the flying controls to work aerodynamic wonders and lighten our day!

YouTube - ‪Flying Lawnmower‬‏
Forum: Tech Log
30th May 2011, 12:37
Replies: 2,070
Views: 491,549
Posted By rubberband2

RON51 & TurbineD & HarryMan More about that...

RON51 & TurbineD & HarryMan

More about that trim wheel visible to all 3 pilots in the cockpit ...

Post #502 (14 Mar 11) by PJ2 on the Tech Log thread gives very good background information for...
Forum: Tech Log
29th May 2011, 12:53
Replies: 2,070
Views: 491,549
Posted By rubberband2

From post #290 on 28 May 11 .... There were...

From post #290 on 28 May 11 ....
There were no replies to the above post so let the question be posed in a different form:

The iconic book 'Handling The Big Jets' by D P Davies was published in...
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