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Old 09-20-2010, 09:31 AM   #3481
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Hey wtf. My avatar is gone, I get shitty ads back and I have 220 of 25 allowable PMs stored. Paypal cleared yesterday. I'm still a subscriber though?
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:48 AM   #3482
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I love to see a C-5 lumbering overhead, looks like it's not going anywhere near fast enough to stay in the air.
What is its' stall speed? I was near an Air Force base with a decent breeze and thought I saw one parked at 1000 feet.
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I work with those bitches. They always seem that they defy the laws of gravity.. its called a C-5.

I'm actually pretty good with identifing aircraft. Dobbins AFRB is a few miles over from me and I see them quite a bit.

I need a night vision/IR camera because they've got something that flies in at night (probably for good reason) as I've heard/seen the lights quite a few times. It's large, sounds like a turbo prop- probably a C130J Super.

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Old 09-20-2010, 12:33 PM   #3484
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The C-5 doesn't actually move. The inertia is so high that its engines simply force the earth to rotate slowly beneath it. "Jedi training" is a pre-requisite to become the chief flight engineer. The force is the only think I can think of that would keep those things aloft at near zero airspeed. I think they have to fly backwards to actually reach stall speed.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:36 PM   #3485
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Dammit, I really want to go to an airshow now... I <3 planes.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:50 PM   #3486
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The one at Dobbins is coming up soon enough.
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:44 PM   #3487
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Yup...the 15th and 16th of next month. Jenn will be out of town though...but I'll swing it alone if I have to
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:45 PM   #3488
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We just had our yearly Reno Air Races... thats better than an air show, but scary as **** when a plane actually goes down (its happened a few times).

I know at travis AFB there is a very high security section on the navy side (a small piece of land), and they have these white planes that fly at night, I think they are some sort of recon aircraft, but I havnt seen them up close... since they are ******** over there and dont let anyone in. Which is a good thing.
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:02 PM   #3489
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The local sports car club president back home brought an Insight to an autox and promptly owned 3/4 of the field of 50.
I was really amazed this past weekend driving a Nissan Altima Hybrid to Phoenix and back, across the Palms to Pines highway, which is one of the twistiest roads ever paved. Apparently, people driving BMWs and Porsche Caymans get really annoyed when someone overtakes them in a hybrid car and then leaves them behind in the hairpins.

Actually, I was surprised at how awful the hybrid Altima wasn't. Don't get me wrong, it's 300 lbs heavier and has 20 HP less than the regular model, which isn't a great car to begin with, but I'd expected it to feel like I had a dead elephant strapped to the roof, and in reality, it only felt like I had a dead cow up there.

I'd still hate to have to live with one on a day to day basis.



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I'm actually pretty good with identifing aircraft.
Maybe you can help me solve a mystery, then.

That airplane which is parked in the background of the Top Gear test track. I've always just glanced at it, saw the basic outline, and assumed it was a 747. But recently, I noticed that the engine configuration doesn't seem right- rather than having two big, separate engines on each wing, each wing has got a single nacelle with two turbines in it, sort of like the engine configuration on a B52.





What the heck kind of engine configuration is that?
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:18 PM   #3490
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Joe -- it's a James Bond prop.

http://www.aviationkb.com/Uwe/Forum....podded-engines
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:04 PM   #3492
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I think the planes change and I'd almost say that these might be planes they use to transport cars to various locations? Currently plugging "Dunsfold Aerodrome, Dunsfold, Surrey, England" into Google maps will show they have a Boeing 747 sitting out there (at least at the time the image was taken). But further review of an older episode from 2006 show the aircraft you are talking about- It's a Boeing 747-200 (you can tell it's a 747 by the 5 emergency exits on the main row and that it's up to a 747-200 because of 10-winder upper deck without an emergency exit seperating the windows.


Edit- He found it^^^

Here is a better picture-

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Joe -- it's a James Bond prop.
Well, that's an interesting yet anticlimactic answer.

On the plus, it explains why they've had a 747 sitting uselessly on the property for as long as I can remember, and why there didn't seem to be a problem with Clarkson hitching it up to a farm tractor and dragging it around the track as part of a challenge.
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Sorry, if you'd prefer I could build up the tension a bit first:

THE ANSWER TO YOUR MOST PRESSING AIRLINER QUESTION
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On a side note- My facking work filters prevented me from even seeing that Joe posted images of the plane. I had no idea and had to skim a couple of episodes of Top Gear (which I have DVR'd at work) to find a picture. FML.
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I'm actually pretty good with identifing aircraft. Dobbins AFRB is a few miles over from me and I see them quite a bit.

I need a night vision/IR camera because they've got something that flies in at night (probably for good reason) as I've heard/seen the lights quite a few times. It's large, sounds like a turbo prop- probably a C130J Super.
I wish Birmingham was a larger city. Only "big" stuff we get on a regular basis is the KC-135, which am Air National Guard wing is based here. We have the runway length, just no need to fly anything larger than typical 737's or MD-80's. UPS has a terminal here and they use A300's (I think). I think we had a 747 land here once, not sure what variant. Pretty boring little airport. We used to have some pretty nice air shows back in the day, but they haven't had one there in over ten years.
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I regularly see 747s, 777s, A320s flying over my house with Hartsfield. Military-wise, mostly C130s and C-5s...sometimes I catch fighters and even seen an E-3 AWACS flying in a time or two. The airshow (Wings over Marietta) is pretty big. I recommend coming over and watching Oct 15/16.
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When you drive a Prius, you are saying to the world, in the most magniloquently smug way possible "I am better than all of you people, and you all ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Never mind that I suck at math, I don't care that I paid 10x what this car is worth and that it handles worse than the barge that brought it over from Japan, it makes me feel more important than everyone else, and that's all that matters to me."

No, actually you're saying that you don't understand what the word "fungible" means...
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