Vettedrmr
Vettedrmr
Vettedrmr
Apr 22 2016
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To loosen a bolt, try using a hammer to hit the end of the wrench. Works great on drain plugs when changing the oil on jack stands; saves a lot of muscles too!

Apr 21 2016
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The photography is up to R&Ts excellent standards. And Sam Smith is an outstanding writer (first found him writing for Roundel). He has a great knack for getting me into his vision.

Apr 18 2016
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But, if it happened more often it wouldn’t be as special to watch. We were pulling for him (and Edwards) the last 100 laps. How about Trevor Bayne and Clint Bowyer??? Great finishes for them and their teams as well.

Apr 14 2016
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No, I expect it will have a LOT more action than Formula E. And MUCH better than the dog shows!

Mar 29 2016
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It’s not just peak G load that you have to review, but the duration of that peak as well.

Mar 25 2016
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Zeek, if you watch these posts, note that every one of them ends in a successful landing. Also, those massive altitude changes you see at 300 ft., in reality, is probably less than 10 ft. If it happens at 15 ft. (which it usually doesn’t, wind excursions flatten out close to the ground), you just get a ‘thud’ from the Read more

Mar 19 2016
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“Pathetic” is a word thrown around too much. THIS was pathetic.

Mar 11 2016
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It’s not uneven application. The coatings are applied by robotics at LM, and I expect any large re-coating would be done via similar methods at the depot. I also know that the coatings *and* the way they are applied was classified to the moon. Classification may have been downgraded since then (mid-2000s), but I doubt Read more

Mar 7 2016
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Um, I've experienced both, and I'd say the Vulcan and the D model BUFFs would just about be a tie. Win then goes to the B52 based on the ability to blot out the sky. ;)

Mar 7 2016
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Ar, Ar. No, B-52Ds. And, I didn’t work on them, I was in a "temporary" work trailer right off the runway. When the Ds did a water-injected takeoff (or the KC-135As at the time), all conversation ceased. And, because they took quite a bit of time to get up to speed, it took some time. Then twice a year they'd do a Read more

Mar 7 2016
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Actually, that's the XF84H "Thunderscreech". I wasn't thinking of non-production aircraft. I worked at General Dynamics/Lockheed-Martin throughout the 80s, and we were *SO* glad when they replaced the D models with Hs.

Mar 6 2016
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Ha, HA! I see your gentle Phantoms and raise it with B52Ds doing a water-injection takeoff:

Mar 6 2016
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Could actually be a noise abatement procedure. I've seen some base's procedures that call for a max-performance climb within the base boundaries, then transition to a low-power cruise climb profile.

Feb 20 2016
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Um, I’ll take devil’s advocate for that. When the F-16 and F-18 introduced pitch instability to modern fighter aircraft, they also introduced the advantage of generating lift off the horizontal tails, allowing the wings to be sized smaller for a given wing loading. That eliminated one of the big advantages of a canard Read more

Feb 19 2016
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I can only guess from what shows in the video, plus having visited the Arizona memorial within the last month. You can hear a mechanical tone increase in pitch, which I'm thinking is the tail rotor. Also, there is nothing close to a landing area there, so, IMHO, I think the pilot had some kind of failure indication Read more

Feb 16 2016
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For your worst case scenario, I’m under the impression they are out of fuel around the finish line Read more