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US Herk

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  1. I think the T2s are removing externals when they\'re downrange with MCARS pods...
  2. I took all of the pics on the internet & I demand anyone claiming otherwise prove they took the pic. Only then will I give them credit. I want all pics to immediately be edited to add my screen name on them for proper credit. The two problems with digital photography are the whole sharing/fair use concept and the fact it is virtually impossible to prove when a digital image is taken - it\'s not like you have the original negatives of the film. For free/fair usage, if you didn\'t intend to share it, why is it on the internet in the first place - credited or not? Digital images & the internet have severely muddied copyright law - particularly with respect to \"fair use\" rules. The generally accepted \"fair use\" rules are that if it\'s in the public domain, you can use it if you\'re not making money from it. Now, there are many reams of legalese surrounding all of this, and many interpretations, but that\'s what\'s being enforced by the courts. Bob & Casey - you guys could successfully fight this guy if you wanted to, but it would be a huge legal hassle with lawyers and money. It simply isn\'t worth it. But to be honest, if you\'re not earning money on his image, most copyright lawyers won\'t even take it on - nothing in it for them. For the future, you can add a simple disclaimer to the gallery along the lines of: \"All images copyright of original photographer. No commercial use allowed without written permission of original copyright owner. Any copyright owners who wish explicit credit may contact webmaster.\"
  3. Memorial day is the 26th of May this year, so the Reunion isn\'t on Memorial Day weekend...
  4. I think in most cases, it comes down to volume of air traffic. Many of those airfields see as much activity as a civil intl airport - there does need to be some semblance of control. I tend to agree that they\'ve gone overboard though...
  5. There is a heavily redacted public report - literally reading between the lines, looks like unguided rocket and/or light cal AAA. Regardless, the report specifically mentioned an explosive overpressure in the outboard tank consistent with a round hitting it followed by an explosion. So regardless of what exactly hit it, the fact they didn\'t have ESF was a contributing factor to the loss of the outboard section of wing and subsequent crash...
  6. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/7324341.stm The Coroner\'s Inquest into the loss of XV179 has begun. The Board of Inquiry found that ESF may have prevented the loss. The Coroner\'s Inquest will examine that possibility thoroughly. Here in the US, there is no equivalent to a Coroner\'s Inquest - the closest thing is probably a grand jury. The coroner has incredible power during his investigation & his charge is to find the cause of the death. This isn\'t Quincy, ME like we think of when we think of coroner, it\'s something entirely different. I lost a few friends in that crash - I hope they receive fair representation.
  7. Per ardua ad astra You are not forgotten!
  8. Just put a big ol\' dent down the first third of our left external tank the other night...
  9. US Herk

    New Tanker

    I use imperial and standard (SAE) interchangeably to mean non-metric myself! While on exchange, the RAF had recently (the year prior) changed their fuel & weight to Kg/Tonnes. What a nightmare for me - the FE would tell me, \"We weight 54 Tonnes, lad\" - what does that mean?!?! I got real good at going from Tonnes to pounds (easy - x2+10%), but not the other way \'round! ;)
  10. US Herk

    New Tanker

    Whitworth...the size of the wrench was the size of the shank of the bolt. So a 5/16\" bolt here has a 1/2\" head & uses a 1/2\" wrench - WW would be a 5/16\" wrench! Got a set for my old Norton project - took me a while to figure it out & no guarantees I\'m right either!!! Just what it appears to be.
  11. US Herk

    8 bladed Prop

    Ah, yes, but to be able to nearly always achieve 19.6K regardless of DA is a great thing... ...assuming it is able to. ;)
  12. I agree. We waited until we were safely airborne, with plenty of speed, and continued our analysis. We concluded that ours was likely a false indication, but elected to shut it down to be conservative as we were in the local home-drome pattern. We waited until established on a slightly extended final, kept a bit of excess speed (long runway below), and then we shut it down.
  13. US Herk

    8 bladed Prop

    This is rumor, mind you, and old rumor at that, that the J-model stick-shaker system is really a stick pusher system mandated by FAA due to excessively high AOA (which in turn was caused by increased airflow as you mention) during certification testing. Any J-model bubbas out there that can clarify? As for the multi-bladed props, I heard Snow\'s stuff was originally stiff-armed by USAF due to very high Vmca...again, rumor, but it wouldn\'t surprise me...
  14. I had an intermittent flashing fire light (lower lights in the handle) right after takeoff about two weeks ago. Turned out to be inconel tubing chafing on something. Most of my false fire lights in E-models turned out to be fire control boxes though...
  15. US Herk

    New Tanker

    I believe it is a setting on the forum, not our browsers...
  16. SOF CWB is stronger. 85K EBH instead of 38/45K. It is also about 1000lbs heavier. As mentioned, starting this year the J-model will be getting the SOF CWB. Guaranteed that 0011 is NOT getting an H CWB... HeyChief is a lot smarter on this than I am...he\'s one of them there \"insiders\" ;)
  17. US Herk

    New Tanker

    I changed it to a link of the pics. I\'ve got the same problem, not only does it cut off the right side, I can\'t even navigate to the next page!
  18. US Herk

    New Tanker

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/kcx%20tanker2.jpg EDIT - Changed it to links instead of pics - couldn\'t see the right side of the screen either...
  19. T2 gets a SOF CWB - that was 0011 you saw (T2 getting CWB) - the first in the contract (1212 got Jockey 14 CWB). J-model from this year on will get SOF CWB, so while you can call what the T2 is getting a J CWB, in reality, the J is getting SOF CWB. ;)
  20. Rumor on the street is only Lockheed makes NEW CWB - SPAR, Marshalls, L3, etc REFURB existing CWB - big discrepancy in EBH afterwards - about 1/2 or so of a new CWB...
  21. I heard it\'s got a very high Vmca & a lot of (ignorant) higher ups thought that was a bad thing...gimme more power any day! What is the Vmca (even ballpark would be nice - had heard 150kts, but don\'t recall where or from whom)??
  22. US Herk

    New Tanker

    I think Boeing sat on its fat arse assuming the deal was theirs... The more I read about all of this, the more I agree that the NG/EADS offers more performance. Now, I don\'t know jack about the MX side of it, nor the life-cycle of these airplanes, so I think that should play in as well. Here\'s a different viewpoint than the \'woe is me\' Boeing version...granted, it\'s the WA Post, but... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/06/AR2008030603752.html
  23. I\'ve never had a major birdstrike myself - nothing with any significant damage. Have had several in the various units I\'ve been in like when I was in 52d, we had one through the center windscreen on a Red Route @ POB many years ago - SKE scope saved the FE on that one. I think one of only three documented center windscreen penetrations. P,CP,FE covered in blood & glass - think it was a turkey vulture too, so you know it stunk good! When I was at Hurbie, we had one go through the leading edge & into the spar in S. America - got one-time flight home & long repair. At Kirtland a few years back, we had a goose through the metal under the center windscreen - very messy as all the backs of the instruments got covered with that one. One at the 1st - 155K takeoff in the PI took well over 300 counted birdstrikes, lost #1 and #2 decayed to 70% and overtemped, but eventually recovered - needless to say, the crew didn\'t shut it down as they frantically dumped & came back around. I used to say there\'d never been a loss of a 130 due to birds, but I was recently informed of a Belgian 130 that crashed in the Netherlands. Had a flock of birds flush as they were coming in on approach, so they went around & lost power on three engines, rolled, & cartwheeled - almost all aboard died (Dutch band in the back!) - this was at Eindhoven in \'96...
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