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  1. CF-DQQ....an old Fleet 80 Canuck registration. I wonder what it will end up on next. Hope it is not a MAX.
  2. The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon, MB has a number of Anson trainers and Cranes. One Crane is called 'Stubby', and is for people to climb in and get an onboard experience. The other is partially restored and awaiting funds to complete the job. We have six flying trainers which are available for rides; Harvard MkII, Fairchild (Fleet) Cornell, DH82A and DH82C Tiger Moths and a Stinson HW75. Our extremely rare Fleet Finch I (16R) is near completion of its total rebuild and will be available this summer. We also have the only memorial in Canada to those who went thr
  3. I remember talking to mtc in WG where they did the heavy checks. The initial thoughts were the A320 was 'disposable' as it was built too lightly. When they started doing the H checks, they found less cracking, less corrosion and a much better designed and built airplane. While they have had their issues, they are nothing compared to the lipstick on the pig we are seeing with the '37.
  4. Just in case you would like to see the text exchange... https://www.npr.org/2019/10/18/771451904/boeing-pilots-detected-737-max-flight-control-glitch-two-years-before-deadly-cra
  5. When the DC-10 was being pressure tested a lower cargo door blew open. The floor then collapsed on the flight control cables. This failure chain had been predicted by the subcontractor who was involved in the fuselage build. It was also predicted this would result in the loss of the aircraft. We all know how this ended.
  6. The de-icing inspector should read the "No Step" where he has his right foot!
  7. Regarding the DC-10. There was an excellent book in the '80s called Destination Disaster. Despite the overly dramatic title, I think it was a well researched examination of the development of the DC-10. For example, before the fuselage was built, the subcontractor challenged Douglas on the design of the control runs, predicting that a lower lobe depressurization would jam the flight controls. They were told to build it as drawn. The first test article was pressure tested outside the factory. A lower cargo door blew open and the floor collapsed on the flight controls. It got certified ...
  8. Thanks for posting this Greg, and Kip, thanks for taking your new FOs to the graves. This is how we show respect. My aunt's brother was on that flight and I remember hearing the story when I was growing up. I will pass this on to my cousin. In my memory the crash happened at Christmas, but obviously not. I used to work in the islands and can appreciate the conditions up there. Fortunately we had good equipment and a company which did not push wx.
  9. Regarding the cockpit section. If you go back and have a look at the Comet, they are very similar. Interesting how things can come around again.
  10. I find this an interesting site as well. They are getting about 90 g in these gliders. http://rcspeeds.com/pilotslist?t=bd
  11. I hope if any of our regulars are at the commemoration they will post about the ceremony. Some of our retirees are in the replicas flying over the site and I am sure it is going to be very impressive. It has taken a great deal of effort to get them there and I wish we were seeing more about it.
  12. At main engine cut-off the shuttle is on a suborbital trajectory, along with the tank. About 30 minutes later the tank is released and the shuttle orbital maneuvering engines are fired to raise the trajectory of the shuttle. The tank remains on the suborbital trajectory which puts it back into the atmosphere. As the tank heats up the contents cause it to burst which leads to an explosion which reduces the size of the bits. Good question, and thanks to Wiki for the answer!
  13. Last year, my daughter's boy friend, an engineer, saw my whiz wheel. He was really interested in it, found the manual online and quickly learned to use it. So, I pulled out my old slide rules from school days and he was quick to pick up on how they worked as well. Glad to see that not all 'young people' are unable to adapt their knowledge to make use of the tools which we thought were state of the art half a century ago. I still wish I had learned how to use an abacus!
  14. Back in the '90s I visited the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall. A pair of exhibits which impressed me the most were also the most basic. They had the slide rules which Wernher von Braun and his Soviet counterpart had used. The basic calculations for putting the men on the moon and bringing them back was done on the slide rules, the details were then worked out on computers.
  15. I was told the Canadian crew who armed it won the competition on 'time' or whatever the points criteria were. The local minders did not think the Canucks were capable of doing the job properly and did not bother to put in the slewing factor to create the miss. When the thing was fired the Canadians proved they were sharper than had been thought. Touche.