The Aviation Thread [Contains Lots of Awesome Pictures]

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No, 747's and a few other planes were built with the ability to carry a spare engine, however on most planes that capability has been removed. External engine carriage was never very common and is almost unheard of today. The idea was that not every airport would have a spare engine you might need so if you had a plane stuck somewhere another regularly scheduled plane could just drop off the replacement engine. However today with parts sharing it has generally gone away. It did increase drag and so was an expensive way to ship an engine.
The biggest reason for external engine ferry capability was that the cargo aircraft of the time either weren't large enough internally for the engine to fit, or the cargo doors were too small for the engine to fit through. These days, most engines are designed to have the fan split from the core for shipping, which makes the job a lot easier. Also, the proliferation of 747Fs and An-124s makes shipping full engines, even big ones like the GE90, rather simple.

Of note, there was never a twin-engine airliner with external ferry capability; it is too dangerous in an engine-out scenario.
 

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After seeing the picture of "Fifi" I started thinking of all the airplanes in which I have ridden. So I made a list and I thought it would be neat to see other people's lists...

T-6 Texan
B-29 "Fifi"
B-25 "Martha Jean"
Boeing 727
Boeing 737
Boeing 747
Boeing 757
Boeing 777
MD-11
MD-80
MD Super 80
Airbus A320
Airbus A330
Ford Tri-Motor
DC-3
Piper Cub
Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Cessna 182 Skylane
Cessna Citation Excel
Some Biplane, but I can't remember the model
I think that's about it.
 

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BBC News - Man jailed after Northumbria Police pilot dazzled

BBC said:
A South Tyneside man who shone a laser pen at a Northumbria Police helicopter has been jailed.

Richard Oliver, of St Vincent's Street in South Shields, repeatedly targeted the craft from his garden, forcing the pilot to divert from the planned route.

Oliver was jailed for six months for the offence, and a further six for breaching a suspended sentence.

He had earlier admitted shining a light at an aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot.

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Some people are so stupid, it amazes me. :rolleyes:
 

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I don't know how to embed, but if this video doesn't move you, you got problems...
 
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After seeing the picture of "Fifi" I started thinking of all the airplanes in which I have ridden. So I made a list and I thought it would be neat to see other people's lists...

T-6 Texan
B-29 "Fifi"
B-25 "Martha Jean"
Boeing 727
Boeing 737
Boeing 747
Boeing 757
Boeing 777
MD-11
MD-80
MD Super 80
Airbus A320
Airbus A330
Ford Tri-Motor
DC-3
Piper Cub
Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Cessna 182 Skylane
Cessna Citation Excel
Some Biplane, but I can't remember the model
I think that's about it.

Piloted:
Cessna 152
Cessna 172
Piper Archer
Boeing 737-700 Southwest Airlines Simulator (As real as it gets. Pilots use the simulators to stay certified)


Passenger:
Boeing 737-300/500/700 (I used to fly from DEN to SJC and back almost every weekend)
Boeing 757-200
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Saab 340B

^^^^Is that a 10 or a 30? I cant tell. Its the actual plane I took from SFO to HNL in 2001

Ive been onboard a whole lot more, concorde and b-17 for example, just never flown on them.
 
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To ^^ that end I'm probably gonna miss a few:

Piloted (Powered):
J3 Cub
Ercoupe
AA1B T-Cat
AA5 Tiger
8KCAB Decathlon
A36 Bonanza
TB09 Tampico
C172N Skyhawk Classic
C172R Skyhawk NG
C172SP Skyhawk SP
C172S G1000
C152
C152A Aerobat
C182M Skylane Classic
C182S G1000
C525 Citation CJ1
PA23
PA28-161 Cadet/Warrior/Cherokee
PA28-181 Archer
PA28R-180/1 Arrow
PA30 Twin Commanche
PA44-180 Seminole

Piloted (Glider):
Grob G103
SGS-233A
SGS-232
SGS-126
Ka-7
Blanik L-23

Sim:
USAF T-1A Jayhawk
USAF T-37
USAF T-6 Texan II

Ridden in:
B737-200/300/500/700/800
B747-200
B757-200/300
B767-200
B777-200
DC8-73
DC10-30
CRJ-200
A321
PA32R
PT-17
Bk117
R22




I've spent quite some time in the air... lol
 
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Aircraft I have loggable flight time in (either PIC, SIC or dual):

Aeronca 7AC Champ
Beechcraft King Air 90
Beechcraft King Air 200
Bellanca 7KCAB Citabria
Bellanca 8GCBC Scout
Boeing 737-700
Canadair CL-41 Tutor
Cessna 152
Cessna 172
Cessna 172RG
Cessna 182
Cessna 185
Cessna 206
Cessna P210
Cessna 340
Cessna L-19
Cirrus SR-20
Commander 690A
DeHavilland Canada Dash 8 Q300
DeHavilland Canada Dash 8 Q400
Diamond DA20
Eclipse 500
Grumman American GA-7 Cougar
Lancair IV-P
LET L-13 Blanik
Mitsubishi MU-2
Piper Cherokee 160
Piper Dakota
Piper Twin Commanche
Piper Navajo
Schempp-Hirth Janus
Schweizer SGS 2-33A
Sukhoi Su-29
Zlin 242

Aircraft I've flown, but can't/didn't log:
Bell 206
Eurocopter AS-350
Robinson R-44

Sims I've flown for work or pleasure:
Airbus A320
Airbus A330
Boeing 727-200
Boeing 737-200
Boeing 737-800
Dash 8 Q300
Dash 8 Q400
CRJ-700

I've ridden in so many aircraft, I can't even begin to remember them all, so this is by no means a complete list:

Airbus A310
Airbus A319/320/321
Airbus A330
Airbus A340-300
Avro Lancaster
BAE-146
BAE Jetstream 31
Beech 18
Bell 412CF
Boeing 727-200
Boeing 737-200
Boeing 737-600/700/800
Boeing 747-200/400
Boeing 757-200
Boeing 767-200/300
Boeing 777-300ER
Cameron N-90
Canadair CRJ-100/200/700
Canadair CL-600/604 Challenger
Cessna Citation 500
Cessna Citation 525 CJ2+
Cessna Citation 560 XLS
Cessna Citation X
Concorde
Douglas DC-3
Embraer 190
Embraer Phenom 100
Eurocopter BK-117
Fairchild Metro
Fokker F-28
Grumman Gulfstream I
Gulfstream G550
Hawker 800XP
Learjet 35A
Learjet 45
Lockheed C-130H
Lockheed L1011
McDonnell-Douglas DC-9
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10
North American Harvard
Piaggio Avanti
Saab 340
 
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Aircraft I have loggable flight time in ...
I knew I should have answered earlier, anything past this point will seem trivial...


Flown:
Beechcraft B19 Musketeer Sport
Beechcraft C23 Sundowner
Beechcraft B55 Baron
Beechcraft E55 Baron
Piper PA-28-151 Cherokee Warrior
Cessna 172

Simulators I've flown at work:
Dornier 328
Canadair Regional Jet
Embraer Regional Jet 145
Embraer Regional Jet 170/190
Airbus A320
Airbus A330/340
Airbus A380 (ground only)
Dassault Falcon 7X (my favorite)
Boeing 737-700
Boeing 777
Boeing 787 (FTD, not a FFS, and ground circulation only)
Lockheed CP140 Aurora (with motion on)

Flown in, but not at the controls:
Bell 206b Jetranger (in the left seat)
DeHavilland Canada Dash-8 (on the jump seat)

Flown in, simply as a cattle class passenger:
Airbus A300
Airbus A320 family
Airbus A330
Avro Avroliner RJ-85
Boeing 777
 

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Over the weekend I went to the St. Louis Science Center and they had a very nice collection of aviation and space-related exhibits. It's an awesome place and if you ever have the opportunity to go definitely do it. Oh, and it's free. Yay!

The Ansari X-Prize Trophy. Ooh shiny!


In Soviet Russia, teeth brush you!






'Gus' Grissom's training suit.
 

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I've ridden in so many aircraft, I can't even begin to remember them all, so this is by no means a complete list:

Avro Lancaster
Concorde
Douglas DC-3
Piaggio Avanti
I am now more envious of you than I was before.
 

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I am now more envious of you than I was before.
Well thanks, I guess, but believe me, you envy is somewhat misplaced...at least, it feels that way right now. It's a bit before four in the morning and I'm just about to head out the door for work. Today, I get the pleasure of flying my usual hour long trip north, where I get to sit around the airport for almost eight hours, before I get to fly home. I've done this sort of thing thirteen of the last fourteen days, and everything is starting to feel like "Groundhog Day"; in fact, that damned Sonny and Cher song was cheerfully played by my alarm clock this morning. All in a day's work... :/
 

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Well thanks, I guess, but believe me, you envy is somewhat misplaced...at least, it feels that way right now. It's a bit before four in the morning and I'm just about to head out the door for work. Today, I get the pleasure of flying my usual hour long trip north, where I get to sit around the airport for almost eight hours, before I get to fly home. I've done this sort of thing thirteen of the last fourteen days, and everything is starting to feel like "Groundhog Day"; in fact, that damned Sonny and Cher song was cheerfully played by my alarm clock this morning. All in a day's work... :/
I'm not too far behind you. Take my multi-engine commercial checkride next week, then its job hunting while I do my CFI training. My buddy who's flying CRJs for US Airways Express has been telling me the joys of "Hot Reserve" and the accompanying sweetness of being a regional pilot...
 

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I envy both of you having the money to complete pilot training....

PPL will be a must-get once I have some income. TBH I'm still a little scared taking-off and landing, but then I'm no professional pilot.
 
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