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Old 10-05-2021, 11:18 AM   #861
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Well dang. Flightradar on twitter lied to me.
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Old 10-05-2021, 12:04 PM   #862
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The internet was wrong?
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Old 10-05-2021, 12:12 PM   #863
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Old 10-05-2021, 12:47 PM   #864
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Qantas flight QF7879 on the Dreamliner from JFK to Sydney was 19 hours and 16 minutes so quite substantially longer then this fight.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/QFA7879
Was that a commercial flight or just a record attempt?

Looks like it wasn't. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/q...top/index.html

So this flight is their longest commercial flight as per the tweet.

Even in a 787 16 hrs would be hell. Maybe they get lucky and can see the Antarctic as they pass over. (would it be dark then?)

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Old 10-05-2021, 12:51 PM   #865
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Was that a commercial flight or just a record attempt?
It was a test flight for Qantas as they were evaluating the 787 versus the A350 for these "Kangaroo routes".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangar...n-stop_flights
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Old 10-15-2021, 12:48 PM   #866
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Had 5 military choppers fly in from the north around 11am this morning - they looked like Griffons from directly underneath them.
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It was a test flight for Qantas as they were evaluating the 787 versus the A350 for these "Kangaroo routes".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangar...n-stop_flights
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Old 10-15-2021, 01:21 PM   #868
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It was a test flight for Qantas as they were evaluating the 787 versus the A350 for these "Kangaroo routes".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangar...n-stop_flights
Kangaroutes?

I'll see myself out now
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Old 10-26-2021, 12:33 PM   #869
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This is a fun story of an endurance record flight in a Cessna as a publicity stunt for a Vegas casino.

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Next on the modification list was a “through-firewall” plumbing system, which would allow the oil and filters to be changed with the engine still running.
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Timm called off the third attempt, then fired his co-pilot, whose name has been lost to time because Timm never spoke of him again.
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Just twelve hours later, with the moon shining high overhead, it was time for the first refueling attempt. Timm and Cook maneuvered the plane over a predetermined stretch of abandoned roadway, where a truck with a modified fuel pump awaited them. As the plane came into sight, the driver of the truck floored his accelerator, while the two men in the air reduced their airspeed to a mere 65 miles per hour⁠⁠—any slower, and the Cessna would risk a stall, but a truck in 1958 couldn’t go much faster, certainly not while hauling around 600 pounds of liquid fuel.
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For three long minutes⁠⁠—and a distance of more than three miles⁠⁠—truck and plane were attached by a fragile, flammable umbilical cord, until the belly tank was satiated.


https://www.damninteresting.com/the-...ssna-hacienda/

The plane eventually ended up in Saskatchewan, for a while. You can now see at at the Las Vegas airport.
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Old 11-09-2021, 02:55 PM   #870
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The Youtube algorithm took me here:



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Great videos. I had to find out what they were doing and this video does a good job of that.

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Old 11-24-2021, 10:36 AM   #872
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It used to be that Antarctica was serviced by military or little civilian aircraft like Calgary's own Kenn Borek and their Twin Otters and DC-3's. However in the last few years we've seen airliners getting in on this action, Icelandair with a 767 and now HiFly with an Airbus 340-300. Pretty cool to see!

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This is all sorts of nuts. An Emirates 777-300ER departing Dubai for Washington-Dulles stayed as low as 175 feet above ground while doing 262 knots airspeed. Pilot following the flight director bars on the screen and based on a known glitch in the system:

https://theaircurrent.com/aviation-s...31-close-call/
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Some stunning body cam footage out of LA recently - it's like Hollywood wrote this.

Cessna crashes on takeoff onto some Commuter Rail track in LA, with the pilot trapped. LAPD pulls the pilot out with seconds to spare before the train plows into the wreckage:

https://twitter.com/user/status/1480363436311670784

ATC on the incident:


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Anyone know if Hawcs is allowed to run totally dark? There’s been a helicopter circling for 15mins and I can’t see it even though it’s passing right over my backyard. It’s clear out, I can see the moon and pick out Orion but haven’t caught a glimpse of it in 4 passes.
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Anyone know if Hawcs is allowed to run totally dark? Thereís been a helicopter circling for 15mins and I canít see it even though itís passing right over my backyard. Itís clear out, I can see the moon and pick out Orion but havenít caught a glimpse of it in 4 passes.
I think they are allowed to, they just might have to let ATC know before they do it.
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Sounds illegal, better call the cops on them.
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Anyone know if Hawcs is allowed to run totally dark? Thereís been a helicopter circling for 15mins and I canít see it even though itís passing right over my backyard. Itís clear out, I can see the moon and pick out Orion but havenít caught a glimpse of it in 4 passes.
Yes, they go dark/silent mode quite often.
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Yes, they go dark/silent mode quite often.
But only dark/silent to the individual they're surveilling, right?
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I couldn't spot it at all even with a nearly full moon. War must be terrifying.
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