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19th May 2021, 22:46
Replies: 31
Views: 5,889
Posted By msbbarratt

Reverse thrust in flight on a VC-10 has happened,...

Reverse thrust in flight on a VC-10 has happened, but not in normal circumstances: G-AXLR Test Flying (https://www.vc10.net/Memories/Testflight.html)
16th May 2021, 22:12
Replies: 85
Views: 11,337
Posted By msbbarratt

We may well be far away from peak oil, but that...

We may well be far away from peak oil, but that may become an irrelevance so far as powering a military machine is concerned. All extractive industries rely on there being a critical mass of...
16th May 2021, 08:03
Replies: 85
Views: 11,337
Posted By msbbarratt

Regardless of one's views on climate change,...

Regardless of one's views on climate change, running an air force by relying on refined fuel derived from black sticky gloop pumped out of the ground is not sustainable. There will, one day, be no...
3rd Nov 2020, 03:07
Replies: 250
Views: 57,318
Posted By msbbarratt

I recall ages ago reading some work someone had...

I recall ages ago reading some work someone had done to calculate the top speed, came out at M3.4 so far as I can recall. The limiting factor is the compressor inlet air temperature, which increases...
26th Oct 2020, 06:52
Replies: 250
Views: 57,318
Posted By msbbarratt

Deferring to an Expert

Iíve done only a little piloting myself, so Iím going to defer to Eric Winkle Brown. His favourites were the Sabre and DH Sea Hornet. The Sabre is still extant here and there, in private hands. So...
13th Oct 2020, 21:12
Replies: 92
Views: 25,371
Posted By msbbarratt

I don't know how it was situated on the canal...

I don't know how it was situated on the canal bed, but I can't help but feel the bang would have been bigger if all 2.5+tons of explosive had gone off with the full, original as-new blast energy....
Forum: Tech Log
9th Oct 2020, 06:33
Replies: 34
Views: 8,290
Posted By msbbarratt

Oh I donít know. Itís an Islander. Just how hard...

Oh I donít know. Itís an Islander. Just how hard is it to blow out the candles?
27th Sep 2020, 07:49
Replies: 28
Views: 10,335
Posted By msbbarratt

It's going to be quite interesting to see how...

It's going to be quite interesting to see how well the B52s last. I know they're all pretty old already, and look to be carrying on indefinitely, but as they age then all sorts of things could crop...
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Sep 2020, 05:56
Replies: 41
Views: 8,080
Posted By msbbarratt

If the basis of the detect and avoid tech is...

If the basis of the detect and avoid tech is going to include ADS-B, isnít that just going to give the more dedicated criminals an advantage? For a start itís surpassingly easy to hop onto Flight...
31st Aug 2020, 12:29
Replies: 130
Views: 39,219
Posted By msbbarratt

Didnít the MRTT programme come about because...

Didnít the MRTT programme come about because (earlier?) A330 wings were also A340 wings and already had suitably strong lumps of metal already in the wing for bolting engine pylons to, these being...
1st Aug 2020, 20:33
Replies: 136
Views: 37,212
Posted By msbbarratt

Pulling off an emergency landing which also...

Pulling off an emergency landing which also involves a brush with wires? Sounds like a "well done" + a big scotch for the jangled nerves is in order.
20th Jul 2020, 08:56
Replies: 58
Views: 26,081
Posted By msbbarratt

Just counting: ah, maybe. I was wondering if the...

Just counting: ah, maybe. I was wondering if the "top 20" might reach back as far as the Spitfire...

Whilst not being aware of the specifics of contracts between DE&S and parts suppliers, I...
20th Jul 2020, 08:15
Replies: 224
Views: 72,503
Posted By msbbarratt

Well, I don't know what grade of cable is...

Well, I don't know what grade of cable is commonly fitted to US warships, but the coating of paint renders any good fire properties of the insulation redundant. The paint will burn quite happily...
18th Jul 2020, 19:38
Replies: 224
Views: 72,503
Posted By msbbarratt

In my experience the wiring in US naval vessels...

In my experience the wiring in US naval vessels is far from ideal for the prevention of spreading fire. Up in the ceiling of the major corridors there has been, on all the US naval vessels I've been...
16th Jun 2020, 21:30
Replies: 70
Views: 20,880
Posted By msbbarratt

Para 37 is moderately intriguing (Russian bombers...

Para 37 is moderately intriguing (Russian bombers carrying lots of 1600 mile supersonic cruise missiles). They have omitted to mention that a long term 24/7 naval solution to that task would probably...
16th Jun 2020, 21:00
Replies: 70
Views: 20,880
Posted By msbbarratt

I'm an Oxfordshire lad, though possibly one of...

I'm an Oxfordshire lad, though possibly one of poor education and a terrible TV habit. Grew up in Abingdon, sniffing Jag engine fumes every time they ran one on the test stand.

"What FAA aircraft...
16th Jun 2020, 20:38
Replies: 70
Views: 20,880
Posted By msbbarratt

I'm not convinced that concrete runways can be...

I'm not convinced that concrete runways can be moved out of harms way. Though these days I'm not sure what's more dangerous, a 1000lb bomb or a property developer. I know it's a lot harder to build a...
16th Jun 2020, 20:11
Replies: 70
Views: 20,880
Posted By msbbarratt

Still, it's pretty hard to dismiss the large...

Still, it's pretty hard to dismiss the large imbalance between investment in carrier capable and non-capable aviation.

Anyway, I think it's high time the RAF were closed down, and the assets (such...
Forum: Tech Log
9th Jun 2020, 12:43
Replies: 29
Views: 3,597
Posted By msbbarratt

It's worth noting that the receiver's calculation...

It's worth noting that the receiver's calculation of position is accurate only if the clocks on the satellites are also accurately set. A lot of time and thought goes into the design of such clocks....
17th May 2020, 20:19
Replies: 29
Views: 4,648
Posted By msbbarratt

It's rumoured that Apple are going to abandon...

It's rumoured that Apple are going to abandon Intel, and switch to something else (quite likely their own CPU design, quite possibly heavily based on ARM). They done this before of course,...
23rd Apr 2020, 21:28
Replies: 80
Views: 42,955
Posted By msbbarratt

This nicely illustrates what has annoyed me...

This nicely illustrates what has annoyed me intensely throughout my engineering career. Beancounters generally have absolutely no idea how to count the beans, or know how to go looking for where the...
21st Apr 2020, 15:15
Replies: 3
Views: 2,032
Posted By msbbarratt

Yet Another Version of the U2?

This time it's dubbed the U2S which, to add to that airframe's many existing talents, looks like it's taking on a comms-hub role too. There's an article over at Aviation Week here....
4th Apr 2020, 09:52
Replies: 1,134
Views: 466,120
Posted By msbbarratt

There's been extensive analysis of Boeing and its...

There's been extensive analysis of Boeing and its financials over on leehamnews.com. Suggestions are that the company is in deep financial doo-doo, especially now with corona virus screwing...
4th Apr 2020, 09:17
Replies: 69
Views: 30,559
Posted By msbbarratt

One ship T boning another even at slow speed does...

One ship T boning another even at slow speed does an awful lot of damage. Ask a former Captain of HMS Southampton who attempted a hot pull-away from a RAS, got T-boned. Caused a lot of damage,...
27th Mar 2020, 23:46
Replies: 60
Views: 29,393
Posted By msbbarratt

USN not been paying attention to the news...

USN not been paying attention to the news headlines? To be fair though, Iím not sure where else they might have been better off making a port call. CVD-19 seems to be pretty much everywhere
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