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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Chrissy, did you by chance have the TV or a radio on while you were sleeping? If so maybe a news report about the crash could have fueled your dream. I sleep during the day and sleep with the TV on The Discovery Channel so my dreams often involve fighting with the guys from American Chopper or trying to survive in the jungles of Borneo.
    I might not have had my TV or radio on at the time (or maybe I did?), but I WAS thinking about what it would be like to get my Private Pilots' License. I had a dream later that night where I, along with ten other kids my age, were at the airport in Pacoima, CA (I don't remember if it was at sunrise or sunset). We were in a single-file line listening to the instructor (like we were in the military or something, minus the yelling) talking about how to fly, the dangers, and motivations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Chrissy, did you by chance have the TV or a radio on while you were sleeping? If so maybe a news report about the crash could have fueled your dream. I sleep during the day and sleep with the TV on The Discovery Channel so my dreams often involve fighting with the guys from American Chopper or trying to survive in the jungles of Borneo.
    Nope, John. It was completely quiet! It's weird because when I woke up, the first email I checked was of the CNN breaking news email and it was about the helicopter crash. I was so shocked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyouya Ohtori Ouran Host View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if people who don't fly are more likely to have dreams like these than actual pilots.

    And welcome to the thread, Chrissy (unless you've already posted here before)!
    Thanks! I HAD to post because my dream stirred me so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorbidChrissy View Post
    Nope, John. It was completely quiet! It's weird because when I woke up, the first email I checked was of the CNN breaking news email and it was about the helicopter crash. I was so shocked!
    I would surely be spooked by something like that.
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    After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,'
    which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft.

    The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and
    then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

    Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

    Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked
    with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance
    engineers.

    By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never had an accident.




    GRIPE SHEET
    P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
    S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
    *
    P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
    S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
    *
    P: Something loose in cockpit.
    S: Something tightened in cockpit.
    *
    P: Dead bugs on windshield.
    S: Live bugs on back-order.
    *
    P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-feet-per-minute descent.
    S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground..
    *
    P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
    S: Evidence removed.
    *
    P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
    S: DME volume set to more believable level.
    *
    P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
    S: That's what friction locks are for
    *
    P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
    S: IFF is always inoperative in OFF mode.
    *
    P: Suspected crack in windshield.
    S: Suspect you're right.
    *
    P: Number 3 engine missing.
    S: Engine found on right wing after brief
    search.
    *
    P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
    S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.
    *
    P:Target radar hums.
    S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
    *
    P: Mouse in cockpit.
    S: Cat installed
    *
    And the best one for last
    *
    P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding
    on something with a hammer.
    S: Took hammer away from the midget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,'
    which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft.

    The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and
    then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

    Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

    Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked
    with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance
    engineers.

    By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never had an accident.




    GRIPE SHEET
    P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
    S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
    *
    P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
    S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
    *
    P: Something loose in cockpit.
    S: Something tightened in cockpit.
    *
    P: Dead bugs on windshield.
    S: Live bugs on back-order.
    *
    P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-feet-per-minute descent.
    S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground..
    *
    P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
    S: Evidence removed.
    *
    P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
    S: DME volume set to more believable level.
    *
    P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
    S: That's what friction locks are for
    *
    P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
    S: IFF is always inoperative in OFF mode.
    *
    P: Suspected crack in windshield.
    S: Suspect you're right.
    *
    P: Number 3 engine missing.
    S: Engine found on right wing after brief
    search.
    *
    P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
    S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.
    *
    P:Target radar hums.
    S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
    *
    P: Mouse in cockpit.
    S: Cat installed
    *
    And the best one for last
    *
    P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding
    on something with a hammer.
    S: Took hammer away from the midget.
    Love it! Thanks for sharing, John!
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    Funny, loved it John!
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    Flew over to Australia on the 25th of September and was on a Singapore Airlines 777 wide body. Nice jet but the in-flight entertainment system is ropey as hell. All the movies start at the same time, so as you flip through you see the time elapsed, meaning you catch the various movies at different stages, never from the beginning. Flew back tonight on a Singapore Airlines A380 and the entertainment system is brilliant. All the movies, TV shows etc start when YOU want them to. Btw, if you do fly the A380, make sure you are on the upper deck, waaaaaay less seats than below, you are off the plane in five minutes tops. Other than that, it is no different than flying in a jumbo.
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    Love it John
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    Skywayman: The Story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr.

    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/c...bagnale/3.html

    Last edited by Cynful; 10-07-2011 at 03:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynful View Post
    Skywayman: The Story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr.

    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/c...bagnale/3.html
    Catch me if you can!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lardass View Post
    Montserrat
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    Approach into TAPA (without a tropical storm this time.
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    Virgin Atlantic 747 behind some LIAT Dash-8s and an Air Canada Airbus (iirc) at TAPA
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    VA 747 on TO at TAPA
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    T-Storms and sunset at TSJS (San Juan PR)
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    VA 747 taxiing for TO. The huge size is obvious with it dwarfing the LIAT Dash-8
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    Fantastic photos (all of them)...thanks for posting!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,'
    which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft.

    The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and
    then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

    Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

    Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked
    with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance
    engineers.

    By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never had an accident.




    GRIPE SHEET
    P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
    S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
    *
    P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
    S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
    *
    P: Something loose in cockpit.
    S: Something tightened in cockpit.
    *
    P: Dead bugs on windshield.
    S: Live bugs on back-order.
    *
    P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-feet-per-minute descent.
    S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground..
    *
    P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
    S: Evidence removed.
    *
    P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
    S: DME volume set to more believable level.
    *
    P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
    S: That's what friction locks are for
    *
    P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
    S: IFF is always inoperative in OFF mode.
    *
    P: Suspected crack in windshield.
    S: Suspect you're right.
    *
    P: Number 3 engine missing.
    S: Engine found on right wing after brief
    search.
    *
    P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
    S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.
    *
    P:Target radar hums.
    S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
    *
    P: Mouse in cockpit.
    S: Cat installed
    *
    And the best one for last
    *
    P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding
    on something with a hammer.
    S: Took hammer away from the midget.

    Love, love, love this John!!! Thank you!!!

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    haha That was hilarious, John!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,'
    which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft.

    The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and
    then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

    Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

    Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked
    with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance
    engineers.

    By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never had an accident.




    GRIPE SHEET
    P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
    S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
    *
    P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
    S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
    *
    P: Something loose in cockpit.
    S: Something tightened in cockpit.
    *
    P: Dead bugs on windshield.
    S: Live bugs on back-order.
    *
    P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-feet-per-minute descent.
    S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground..
    *
    P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
    S: Evidence removed.
    *
    P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
    S: DME volume set to more believable level.
    *
    P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
    S: That's what friction locks are for
    *
    P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
    S: IFF is always inoperative in OFF mode.
    *
    P: Suspected crack in windshield.
    S: Suspect you're right.
    *
    P: Number 3 engine missing.
    S: Engine found on right wing after brief
    search.
    *
    P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
    S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.
    *
    P:Target radar hums.
    S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
    *
    P: Mouse in cockpit.
    S: Cat installed
    *
    And the best one for last
    *
    P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding
    on something with a hammer.
    S: Took hammer away from the midget.
    Awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynful View Post
    Skywayman: The Story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr.

    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/c...bagnale/3.html
    Catch me if you can is like the only movie with DiCaprio in it that didn't make me physically ill. One of the best books I ever read too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysucks View Post
    Catch me if you can is like the only movie with DiCaprio in it that didn't make me physically ill. One of the best books I ever read too.
    I actually know Frank Abagnale, although I have not seen the jerk in many years. Thank God. If you think Leo DiCaprio would make you throw up just seeing him on film, try meeting FA in person. He's an asshole from head to toe. A big thick turd would much more closely resemble Frank Abagnale...why did they choose a looker like Leo DiCaprio?
    Last edited by Cynful; 10-07-2011 at 05:54 PM.

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    You're kidding, Cyn!!! That's incredible. Reading the book he came off as arrogant but I never would've thought he was that big of a jerk.
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    Something that hasn't come up on here yet, I think, is Howard Hughes. I know he was known for other things, such as being weird, but he was a flier. He once got a job with TWA under an assumed name and then bought the Airline.
    Back in the 70;s, I think, a book came out called, "I Caught Flies For Howard Hughes". It was written by Ron Kistler. He was one of Hughes' aids during the 60's and 70's and talked about Hughes and his weirdness. The book was excerted in Playboy Magazine, yes I read the articles, so from that I bought the book, then began to read everything I could find on the guy. He was a fascinating man.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hughes
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    Of course talking about Howard Hughes brings to mind one of most famous airplanes in history. The Hughes H-4 Hercules.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules

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    I have a bit of really obscure trivia about the taxi test that Hughes did were he actully lifted the plane off the water and flew it. I will post this shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Of course talking about Howard Hughes brings to mind one of most famous airplanes in history. The Hughes H-4 Hercules.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules

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    I have a bit of really obscure trivia about the taxi test that Hughes did were he actully lifted the plane off the water and flew it. I will post this shortly.
    After looking at the Wikipedia article and seeing the model comparison of the H-4 Hercules to the DC-3, I had no idea that the H-4 was so huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Something that hasn't come up on here yet, I think, is Howard Hughes. I know he was known for other things, such as being weird, but he was a flier. He once got a job with TWA under an assumed name and then bought the Airline.
    Back in the 70;s, I think, a book came out called, "I Caught Flies For Howard Hughes". It was written by Ron Kistler. He was one of Hughes' aids during the 60's and 70's and talked about Hughes and his weirdness. The book was excerted in Playboy Magazine, yes I read the articles, so from that I bought the book, then began to read everything I could find on the guy. He was a fascinating man.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hughes
    John I've read everything I could on Howard Hughes. He was one fascinating billionaire. I'm shocked I never broought him up but just to state a few facts about HH he was a renound aviator who during his time broke all kind of air speed records.
    When HH bought TWA he almost put it out of business. I believe it was the time just after the British Comet jet airliner started up and all the airlines EXCEPT TWA still had the old prop planes (Constellations I think) and HH kept on making up the losses out of his own pocket thru the money he was making from his fathers oil drilling drill bit. He ultimately gave in and bought jets.
    When he was flying for records to make the planes go faster he would sink the rivet heads to cut down on the drag.
    Thank you John for bringing up one of my favorite characters. I always said that when they made The Aviator with DiCaprio they should have used someone who looked more like Hughes more than Leo did maybe Morgan Freeman.
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    Ok, can anyone tell me what connection Howard Hughes and the H-4 Hercules had to an American TV sitcom in the 1960's?
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    Obviously there is a thread on Howard Hughes here. Collectively we have posted a lot of information about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmpenny View Post
    Obviously there is a thread on Howard Hughes here. Collectively we have posted a lot of information about him.
    Yeah there is a lot of info on the forum abut HH, but I thought we should touch on him here a little too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Yeah there is a lot of info on the forum abut HH, but I thought we should touch on him here a little too.
    No dramas mate. He has every right to be on the aviation thread. Just pointing the newer members to a rich source of information. All good.
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    Check, check, Neil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post

    Cool John! Thank you!

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    Your welcome Cynful.
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    John Great Youtube landings. Whoever did it I wonder jf it was before the DC-10 crash ay Sioux City IA or that jet that crash landed in the ocean (another famous video).
    John you're killing me with the Spruce Goose and the 60=s sitcom. What's the answer? I'm going nuts (which isn't a long way to go).
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    Great video John! That 757 flyby was cool. Some of those planes didn't have the greatest pilots at the yoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Thanks for the video, John!

    Some of those landings looked like crosswind landings (or attempted).
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W45wMs6jSUg

    Kind of a sucky amazing landing (a classic piece of video)


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZyDr...eature=related

    Another sucky amazing landing
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Always entertaining John.

    My all time fav is Tex Watson barrel-rolling a 707 prototype.

    http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=30830
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmpenny View Post
    Always entertaining John.

    My all time fav is Tex Watson barrel-rolling a 707 prototype.

    http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=30830
    Classic video and maneuver of all time!!!

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    Hey Neil, you wanna be on board for the first A380 barrel roll?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysucks View Post
    John Great Youtube landings. Whoever did it I wonder jf it was before the DC-10 crash ay Sioux City IA or that jet that crash landed in the ocean (another famous video).
    John you're killing me with the Spruce Goose and the 60=s sitcom. What's the answer? I'm going nuts (which isn't a long way to go).
    We'll get to the answer soon. I want to give it some time for a few more to weigh in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    Great video John! That 757 flyby was cool. Some of those planes didn't have the greatest pilots at the yoke.
    Yea, I bet none of those plane were piloted by Capt. Sully.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyouya Ohtori Ouran Host View Post
    Thanks for the video, John!

    Some of those landings looked like crosswind landings (or attempted).
    I noticed that too. Some were severe crosswinds.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysucks View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W45wMs6jSUg

    Kind of a sucky amazing landing (a classic piece of video)


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZyDr...eature=related

    Another sucky amazing landing
    Both of these are classic videos. Glad you posted them.

    Quote Originally Posted by neilmpenny View Post
    Always entertaining John.

    My all time fav is Tex Watson barrel-rolling a 707 prototype.

    http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=30830
    That is an amazing piece of flying. I remember seeing Bob Hoover (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Hoover) at several airshows with a Shrike Commander (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrike_Commander) doing all kinds of stunts with a plane that wasn't your standard stunt plane. Bob was a former Air Force test pilot and a contemporary of Chuck Yeager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynful View Post

    Hey Neil, you wanna be on board for the first A380 barrel roll?!?!?
    Not until they sort out the bugs in the Rolls Royce engines

    QANTAS A380 flight QF 32

    November last year a QANTAS A380 had a major engine malfunction on takeoff from Singapore's Changi airport.

    There is an Aussie investigative TV show called Four Corners which did a story on it back in March. I was watching Four Corners this afternoon and they repeated the story. Very interesting. I have attached the story shown on You Tube. Scroll forward to two minutes where the story begins.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHb9gjOFEbA
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmpenny View Post
    Not until they sort out the bugs in the Rolls Royce engines

    QANTAS A380 flight QF 32

    November last year a QANTAS A380 had a major engine malfunction on takeoff from Singapore's Changi airport.

    There is an Aussie investigative TV show called Four Corners which did a story on it back in March. I was watching Four Corners this afternoon and they repeated the story. Very interesting. I have attached the story shown on You Tube. Scroll forward to two minutes where the story begins.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHb9gjOFEbA
    Thank you very much Neil. I remember hearing about this when it happened, however did not know the details.
    I have a severe case of insomnia and am going to watch this video right now. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynful View Post
    Thank you very much Neil. I remember hearing about this when it happened, however did not know the details.
    I have a severe case of insomnia and am going to watch this video right now. Thanks again!
    One hell of a fantastic video!!! Wow!!! Great visual of Captain de Crespigny saying he slammed open the left window and expressed an expletive when he saw engine number one still running.

    I bet Qantas wrote the following:

    Dear Rolls Royce,

    FY...rude letter follows.
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    Both the A380 and 787 are new designs and will take several years to get the bugs out. I'd prefer not to fly in them until they're properly field tested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Of course talking about Howard Hughes brings to mind one of most famous airplanes in history. The Hughes H-4 Hercules.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules

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    I have a bit of really obscure trivia about the taxi test that Hughes did were he actully lifted the plane off the water and flew it. I will post this shortly.

    Great pics John Here's the actual footage of the Spruce Goose takeoff and landing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5XSESxKfKE
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmpenny View Post
    I would have thought air traffic controllers would have made the list.
    I hope the ATC folks have excellent mental health benefits. Just thinking about what they do every day makes my head spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynful View Post
    I hope the ATC folks have excellent mental health benefits. Just thinking about what they do every day makes my head spin.
    It seems like the jobs of ATC are even more stressful and challenging than the pilots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    Ok, can anyone tell me what connection Howard Hughes and the H-4 Hercules had to an American TV sitcom in the 1960's?
    John I know the connection Howard Hughes had with a 1960's TV sitcom, he dated Yvonne DeCarlo Lilly Munster but I can't figure out what the Spruce Goose connection is.
    Maybe he did her in the Spruce Goose.
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    I've seen the Spruce Goose many years ago when it was next door to the Queen Mary at Long Beach. Unbelievable.
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    From Janes Defence Weekly:

    Update: F-22 flight ban lifted

    The US Air Force (USAF) has cleared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft to resume flight operations, following a suspension that began on 3 May after pilots reportedly suffered hypoxia-like symptoms. "We now have enough insight from recent studies and investigations that a return to flight is prudent and appropriate," General Norton Schwartz, the USAF's top officer, said on 20 September
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    Taiwan welcomes F-16A/B upgrade but will still press for F-16C/D purchase

    Taiwanese Minister of National Defence Kao Hua-chu said the island welcomes the Obama administration's release of a USD5.8 billion arms package, but Taipei will continue to push for the sale of F-16C/Ds and diesel-electric submarines. The package was released on 21 September by the US Defence Security Co-operation Agency

    Green light awaited for UK's future ASaC assessment phase

    With its Sea King ASaC.7 (SKASaC) helicopters contributing to operations in Libya and Afghanistan, an announcement is expected by the end of the year on the UK's next steps to recapitalise the Royal Navy's (RN's) airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability under the Crowsnest programme. Lockheed Martin UK, which is delivering the RN's Merlin HM.2 helicopters under the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP), has been appointed as prime contractor for Crowsnest

    Bell completes Kiowa Warrior enhancement programme

    The US Army has received back into service the final Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopter to go through the Safety Enhancement Program (SEP), the company announced on 27 September. The programme, which is essentially a mid-life upgrade for the 20-year-old OH-58D, involved 292 of the 330-strong helicopter fleet (283 front-line Kiowa Warriors plus nine training platforms)

    USMC UH-1Y conducts first APKWS II live firing

    A US Marine Corps (USMC) UH-1Y helicopter has performed the type's first live firings with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II during testing at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California. Developed and manufactured by BAE Systems, APKWS II is a semi-active laser guidance section that integrates with current 2.75-inch rocket motors and warheads to deliver precision, low collateral effect against soft and lightly armoured targets


    UK Country Briefing: Winds of Change

    In August the House of Commons Defence Committee (HCDC) delivered a withering critique of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and suggested that the UK's global influence would be undermined by the nearly GBP20 billion (USD31.5 billion) worth of cutbacks being made to procurement programmes and military manpower. About 17,000 troops and 25,000 civilian Ministry of Defence (MoD) staff will be made redundant, military bases closed and armoured vehicles, aircraft and warships withdrawn from frontline service
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