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Since their invention, airplanes have transformed world travel and military warfare. Ask questions here about the history and technology of airplanes.
Airmail to the troops was considered essential, just as it was to British troops in mini-wars and hot spots around the world. It came by whatever means were expedient. Once in Oman, I remember the mailbag arriving in a converted drop tank on a Royal Navy Gannet sub-hunter.
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Answer The North American X-15 was the fastest airplane and had a single rocket engine. The fastest air-breathing jet in the world was the SR-71. See also: http://www.edwards.af.mil/history/docs_html/aircraft/x-15.html http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/sr-71~1.htm Answer Correction: the…
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Airplanes changed the face of war during the Great War. At the beginning of that war, in 1914, aircraft were in their infancy, and were quite fragile, in their construction, and unpredictable in their performance. By the end of that war, in 1918, they had been transformed into much more reliable a…
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On the top of the exhaust manifold is where the O2 sensors are located. There is an upstream and downstream sensor on each side of the engine. If the sensor is sensor 1 position 1, the sensor 1 means it is on the side of the first cylinder and position one means it is before the catalytic converter.…
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At the beginning of WW1, planes were first starting to be used by the military of all sides. Popular imagination saw the aeroplane being used as a bomber (HG Wells 'The Shape of Things to Come' was written before the Wright brothers first flight but predicted cities flattened by aerial bombardment).…
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It was a German bomber use basically for naval targets and later for recon flights to help submarines pinpoint their targets. It was an excellent plane.
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Answer NASA uses the term spacecraft to mean devices, either manned or unmanned, which are designed for spaceflight. That is, for flight in the vacuum of space. NASA literature is replete with phrases like ". . the Pioneer spacecraft returned the first detailed information on the planets Venus, …
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They were used primarily in fighter planes. The speed gained from jet engines made them more effective against slower bombers, since they were harder for gunners to track. By the very end of the war, the Luftwaffe was fielding a jet in its Me262 and the RAF followed with the Gloster Meteor. Both of…
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Answer Try a good eraser. I know the pink ones work.
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The chemical energy in the fuel is a function of the mass of the fuel. Since a gallon of fuel expands or contracts with temperature, a gallon of cold fuel contains more energy than a gallon of warm fuel. The temperature gets colder the higher you go (up to the tropopause, that is) and consequently, …
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The simple answer is: "Suck, Squeeze, Burn and Blow." Or, more accurately, air is taken into the inlet of a jet engine (suck) and then compressed (squeeze) by a series of rotors and stators. A fuel mixture is then injected into a chamber with the compressed air and ignited (burn). The subsequent com…
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Answer The SR-71 "Blackbird" holds the record for flying from New York to London in 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds, set on 1 September 1974. This equates to an average velocity of about Mach 2.68, including slowing down for in-flight refueling. Peak speeds during this flight were probably c…
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It was Mr Fred Custance, he flew on Thursday the 17th of march while Harry Houdini, whom it is widely believed to be the first person to fly in Australia, waited for better weather. Harry flew on the 18th not knowing about Mr Fred Custance.
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Answer Not sure if it is the same as mine but could it be the CD changer? Mine is black and is mounted on the right side of the trunk. Answer Found the answer at an Olds dealer and it is a factory installed Sub-Whoofer Stereo System, which cannot be removed. Answer Bose subwoofer. Remove re…
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Port Louis is the capital city of Maurtius and it's the major harbor of the island. The Airport is located in the south east at Plaisance and the name of the Airport is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Airport identifier is FIMP with runway 14 and 32 both over 3000 meters in lengt…
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In the 1920's, fighter planes cost about 50,000 per plane to produce. However, some were as expensive as 1.5 million dollars to produce.
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Early in the war, the airplanes were small and very delicate. Each side built 2-seat observation planes and they usually did not have any guns or bombs. Then the pilots and observer began to use small weapons, which included small bombs that they tossed over-board. Some books say the Americans first…
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Answer Not unless the meteorite hit the airplane. But, magnetism can disrupt aircraft navigation and communication systems during periods of high solar (sunspot) activity. Answer Meteorite event may result in noticeable electromagnetic pulse that can impact airplane electronics.
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Answer High altitude aircraft need to pressurize their cabins (pack more air in) in order to offset the decreased air density (and consequently the decreased amount of oxygen in the air) at the higher altitudes so passengers and crew can continue to breathe without the need for supplimental oxyge…
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Two primary principles contribute to the creation of lift, which is what makes flight possible. Those two principles are Bernoulli's Principle and Newton's Third Law. Let's break it down and look at each principle individually. Bernoulli's Principle By definition, Bernoulli's Principle states: or…
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Answer Anything's possible, but it really depends on what kind of plane it is. The larger the plane, the more heavy duty the windows are. Commercial airliners are rated to withstand a pretty large amount of force at a higher altitude. Smaller planes aren't rated at all and break about as easily a…
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Answer 1 P-38 Lightning, F4F Wildcat, P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-29 Superfortress. Answer 2, Additional Input The B-25 "Mitchell" that flew the first bombing mission over Tokyo on the Japanese mainland, the P-39 Bell Aerocobra, the P-40 Warhawk [made famous by General Clai…
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"Dr. Hans von Ohain and Sir Frank Whittle are both recognized as being the co-inventors of the jet engine. Each worked separately and knew nothing of the other's work. Hans von Ohain is considered the designer of the first operational turbojet engine. Frank Whittle was the first to register a patent…
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The 1903 Wright Brothers flight is officially recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the standard setting and record-keeping international body for aeronautics and astronautics, as "the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight". There is also evidenc…
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That would depend upon your definition of an average plane. Civilian passenger jets cruise at between 30,000 and 39,000 feet. Military aircraft can attain greater altitudes. Prop planes are limited to about 20,000 feet. A GA plane (small plane) can legally fly 2000 feet AGL. For most GA planes it de…
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Total Number of Aircraft Produced WorldwideThere is no legal way of knowing this, unfortunately. However, there are likely millions.wikipedia has a list of the most produced aircraft by type. that list would give you a good starting place.
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because helicopters are more manuverable and can hover where an airplane would have to do fly overs and the suspect could escape You can't land an airplane in the police station parking lot, and you can't use one to recover an injured officer. The first answer is correct with the addition of, n…
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Typically, no. Wheeled vehicles can transport themselves, and air support vehicles can fly. If it's a tracked vehicle, it'll need to be transported, and what's used to transport it depends on the weight of the vehicle itself.
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Missiles do not home on lights; they generally target the hot exhaust from the engine. The navigation and beacon lights on a jet are turned off to prevent them being seen by the enemy; they are never turned off on a commercial aircraft (except obviously when the aircraft is not in use).
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Every airplane type has a different weight. Early heavier-than-air machines weighed just a few hundred pounds. In the early days of ultralights, the general agreement among enthusiasts was that the maximum empty weight of an ultralight was to be 150 pounds. A Cessna Turbo Skylane's "typically equipp…
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The Absolute World Record for the fastest nonstop, non refuelled circumnavigation of the earth, belongs to Burt Rutan's  Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. The GlobalFlyer was piloted by the late Steve Fosset for  67 hours . The aircraft took off from Salina, Kansas on February 28, 2005, follow…
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They changed science since the Wright brothers made a breakthrough that men can travel faster over water and land in less amount of time. No people can travel greater distances then they could before in a less amount of time. Now men can fly like the birds. Also, in wars, the airplanes can fly over …
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Most WW1 aircraft were very small. I have seen replica Sopwith Camel and Spad and were surprised how small and flimsy they appeared to be. Not much different from a Piper Cub, +except for being biplanes.
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It is definitely a plus the aeroplane was invented for travel and for goods to get from one place to another. They say its safer to travel in a plane than drive but I personally do not want to trust my life to someone 30,000 feet in the air who may or may not be sober and in a good mood. Then too yo…
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Frederick William lanchester invented the earliest MPFI engine
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No airplane goes faster than the speed of sound wich is 1000km per hour due to safety reasons.
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It was made with a light spruce frame and covered with muslin cloth.
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Letter N Before Aircraft Registration The aircraft registration is made up of a prefix assigned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) followed by 1-5 characters. The United States has been assigned the letter N. Due to the large number of aircraft registered in the United States, …
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Hint Remove fuel and or the passengers.   Yes, you can remove fuel by selecting engines that are more fuel efficient OR design rotor blades that produce more lift, thus allowing smaller engines requiring less fuel.  Some helicopters are 2-engine.  This has benefits of redundacy b…
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Some of the UH-1s (Hueys) were later fitted with rockets and guns to fly escort for UH-1 troop carriers. In the 'gunship' role, the UH1 couldn't carry troops because of the weight. It was the first to be called a 'gunship' specifically, but that was simply to differentiate it from the standard utili…
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Airplane Windows It depends on what airplane and which window to which you refer. Many general aviation airplanes use plexiglas or similar materials. Jet airliner cabin windows are usually acrylic, and consist of three layers of material for redundancy and safety. Cockpit windows (which run the …
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The Fastest The Fastest object ever created in the world is a US satelight created by NASA, capable of going 14 Mps (Miles Per second), 50,400 Mph (Miles per hour). If this were a Jet air plane of some kind, it would go Mach 66.2 (66 times faster then the speed of sound)  Additional Dirt Actua…
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Answer It depends on the airport. You can go to http://www.airnav.com, find your local airport, and all the fuel dealers on the property will have their prices listed. I work next to Lumberton Regional Airport in North Carolina, where Jet A is $5.80 per gallon as of August 2, 2008.
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The final quarter 2014, the average cost of jet fuel was about $2.85 per gallon. A Boeing 777 holds about 51,585 gallons of jet fuel.
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Answer Airplanes vary greatly in the size, structure, engines, and purpose. That is hard to describe without further clarification of the question. But I think this is the answer you are looking for. Airship/Balloon - aircraft that is lighter than air. Glider/Sailplane - aircraft that has no en…
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The pilot's operating handbook for my Cessna 182 (a 2008 T182T) recommends a 60-70 knot approach speed. I usually aim for 65 knots. I then touch down at about 55-60 knots indicated airspeed. Any slower and I lose lift and the wheels smack the runway. Any faster and it's tough to have a soft landing…
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It varies with the type and design. The answer is complicated because of the large variety of helicopters in the world. The BELL 206 light helicopter was limited in a hover to around 8000 ft. If it tried to hover above this altitude, the tail rotor would basically stall out. Also, a helicopter …
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A typical commercial aircraft will travel at around 35,000 feet and will be moving at an airspeed of roughly 500-550 miles per hour, depending on the plane.
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Both the airbus a300 and the 757 have two engines. The main way you can distinguish the two is that the A300 is much wider than the 757 because it is a wide bodied aircraft. Also the Airbus A300 has a very small wiglets on the outward side of the wings. A 757 will either have no wiglets or very tall…
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In general, the wood and fabric airplanes were very delicate. The biplanes were strengthened by use of wire braces and if the airplane had a lot of wire braces, then this could cause drag. Many of the aircraft were very delicate resulting in failures during high g-load combat maneuvers. Generally, t…
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JP-4, the most commonly used Jet Fuel, weights 6.84 pounds per (US) gallon ... IncorrectJet A and Jet A1 are the most commonly used Jet fuels; their weight is 6.8 pounds per (US) gallon.JP-4 is a mixture of wide cut gasoline, kerosene, and oil, it has no anti-ice additives; its weight is 6.4 pounds …
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Around 5% of man's contribution to CO2.
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YES, AIRPLANE, BIGEST THEY MAKE. last I heard it was a plane? http://events.airbus.com/A380/default1.aspx = Q: What kind of business is the Airbus A380 built for? 1- Scheduled commerical passenger carrier2- Cargo carrier - However, FedEx has canceled their order and only UPS has an order for the Ca…
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Airplanes have two control surfaces involved when turning, the ailerons are on the trailing edge of the wings. By moving them in opposite directions, one up one down,the plane tilts, the lift the wings are generating now causes the plane to turn instead of going up. The rudder which is vertical at t…
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The Robinson R22 was kicked around as a helicopter that anyone could afford, like a second vehicle. First, cars and aircraft do 2 totally different jobs. Secondly, the general public looks at price as their primary selection criteria. The whole purpose of advertising is to try and defeat that, but…
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During normal flying their is no difference in safety, but during landing and takeoff in a cross wind there is inherently more danger. During takeoff and landing the aircraft speed is slower, often at or nearly at the stall speed. At these speeds the control surfaces are much less effective (aileron…
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There are three main types of resin, known as Advanced Composite Materials (ACM), used in aircraft production. The three resins used in aircraft are Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs), Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs), and Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs).
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monoplanesANSWER 2any plane that is certified for aerobatics can do skywriting - a plane not certified for aerobatics cannot legally perform the maneuvers necessary to skywrite although that doesnt stop some pilots - although some experimental classification aircraft can do aerobatics they are limit…
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I THINK ITS CALLED A ZERO  It's called an A6M Zero.  AnswerZekeThe names given to the Japanese a/c were code names assigned by the Allies that were easy to remember. The Allies codenamed the A6M2 as "Ben", then "Ray", and finally "Zeke". There were several variations of the Zero or Zeke …
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Jet Aircraft Weight That's a tough question to answer as there are so many different types of jet aircraft (experimental, military, business, commercial passenger, commercial freighter, etc.), and also many different ways to categorize weight. The lightest empty weight (no fuel or payload) for…
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Pilot is the most common term. However, most airlines prefer the terms Captain -- instead of pilot First Officer -- instead of co-pilot Additionally, the term Flight Attendant replaces the old term Stewardess(female) or Steward(male). The correct term is Aviator (Aviation operator). In many count…
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The An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift transport aircraft which was built by Antonov, and is currently the world's largest flying airplane. The design, built to transport the Buran orbiter, was an enlargement of the successful An-124 Ruslan. Mriya (Мрія) means "dream" (inspiration) in Ukrainian…
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A turn and bank indicator is electric and does not require vacuum. as far as an ASI? Is the acronym correct?  The ASI (airspeed indicator) has a pitot tube input and static air input. It measures the difference in pressure between the two and air does not flow through the instrument, so no ai…
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Answer They are used to propel the airplane forward to get air moving across the wings. When air moves across the wings lift is created and you take off. Another interesting note: A propeller is an airfoil just like a wing is. Answer They make the airplane more versatile, less expensive, or …
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The Wright brothers, of course! On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft.
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If you look at the typical airplane wing, you will notice that the bottom is relatively flat as opposed to the top of the wing that is curved. As the wing goes through the air, the air on top of the wing must travel faster relative to the air on the bottom of the wing. This create a low pressure vac…
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I run my car on jet fuel so its the same price as diesel - - - - -Go to airnav.com to find fuel prices in your area.
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This question makes no sense, Charles Lindbergh was a person
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Kerosene with other additives.
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The primary reason why the aeroplane was invented is that man had seen the birds fly and he wondered if he could build a machine that might take him up into the air.
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No. This question probably stems from a misunderstanding of a term. Likely came from the fact that the undercarriage of an aircraft is often referred to, at least in the U.S. as Landing Gear. Answer 2 Aircraft landing gears can have gears similar to a car's rack and pinion steering mechanism that …
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They Changed the war because they could drop bombs from the sky and kill alot of people
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Answer The Category B2 licence permits the holder to certify maintenance work carried out on avionic and electrical systems. He can also perform minor trained tasks outside his trade! (Like a CAT A) Check the link http://www.ziddu.com/download/2600200/CatB2.pdf.html See www.EASA-66.eu for Ca…
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To get enough thrust to have lot of wind move under the wings to have the wind lift it up...if you went backwards then the balance of the plane would make it impossible to pilot.
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Answer Airliner window placement is a design compromise; there's no reason they couldn't be placed higher. It's just that when the airplane was designed, the engineers placed them where they are. I suppose that the reason they're slightly lower than the average passenger's seated height is that…
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Thursday, May 6, 1937 is the date of the disaster.
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fellowship as worshipJust like in any American family, family members are encouraged to get along, hold good relationships and fellowship with each other. This makes their parents happy. In the same way, when we fellowship with others is not necessarily sacrificial worship (something it's hard to do…
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A jet engine works by sucking air in the fan at the front of the engine. From the fan section the air enters the compression section which further squeezes the air down. After this the air is moved to the combustion section which just as the name suggests ignites a fuel air mixture. The air then tra…
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None. Jets weren't invented until 1940's. Although there was one single French example built in the late 1900s (citation will follow when found AGAIN.)
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you can not make your own prop for one it is very unsafe those engines spin well over 10000 rpm go to a hobby shop spend three bucks and get a composite prop. there are also rules and regulations that have banned home made props. go to the academy of model aeronautics web site for more info you ll b…
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check the answer Steve gave... http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20060717142403AAmCyNW
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According to the latest price listing (Released Jan 2014) $93.9 Million US for the base price. http://aviatorflight.com/airbus
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Start by buying a small simple kit of a rubber powered plane. Almost all hobby stores will have some for less than $10. These kits will all have instructions.
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If you have a true static model (ie, a "building" that looks like an aircraft), you can add it using rwy12 or any other scenery editor. If you want to use an AI aircraft model, you can make it almost static by giving it a weekly flightplan. Use AI Flight Creator and Traffic Tools, and add an aircra…
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A380 costs 156million pounds Answer If by "reach" you're referring to wingspan, the A380 wingspan is 261.5 feet. If by "reach" you're referring to range, the A380 can fly 8200 nautical miles with a full load of passengers.
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Children under the age of 18 do not require an ID. TSA has a public web site that has additional information about traveling with children. Also confirm with your airline . There restrictions and guidelines for children traveling alone, traveling international, traveling with a guardian, etc. To vi…
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ID'ing Cylinder #'s on 4 cyl LycomingLycoming 4 cylinder engines have numbers cast into the top of the crankcase near the base of the cylinders. I looked at my IO-360 tonight and found the 2-3-4 but it didnt show #1, but by process of elimination .... In the case of the IO-360 180 HP the engine cy…
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Sir Franklin WhittleSir Frank Whittle was born June 1,1907 in Earlsdon, Coventry, England. His wife's name was Dorothy Lee. They had 2 sons. His nationality was britsh. He had a military career that was from 1923-1948. He was an air commadore for World War 2. Sir Frannk Whittle Died August 9, 1996, …
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A320 - Accurate answer A documented 600 mile, short-haul roundtrip from London to Dusseldorf in a BA A320-100 used 4,800 kg of fuel for a total of 114 minutes aloft. 4,800kg of JetA is roughly equal to 1,590 US Gallons which gives a fuel economy of 0.377 mpg or 2.65 gal/mile or 1.65 gal/km. -------…
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The Concorde was first flown supersonic in March 1969, but was not used commercially until 1976. It was retired on 26 November 2003. A prototype of the Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 first flew on 31 December 1968, two months before the Concorde but did not break the sound barrier until 5 June 1969. It'…
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Answer MyBoeingFleet.com If you have an account, you can access drawings, specs, and manuals that Boeing allows according to the fleet type you operate. I searched and finally found it. If you have acces, go to Link Product Standards. Then select Material, which brings up a list of all BMS's. H…
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The first successful airship was built in France by Henri Giffard in 1852. Blimp is another name for non-rigid airship or dirigible.
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There are two "black boxes" on modern day aircraft. One is the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) used to record cockpit, intercom, and pilot to controller communications. The other is the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) used to record aircraft flight control inputs, flight parameters (speed, altitude…
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I was wondering the same thing. I found a used, damaged non-airworthy cfm-56-3 for $99,000usd. I also found a used, airworthy, no hr. limit CFM-56-5 for $650,000usd. The CFM-56 engine family is very popular there were somthing on the order of 20,000 produced.
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Boeing Airlines, Inc is the name of the company that manufactures many of the planes that fly today.
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Answer   Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Transportation, has several advisory circulars available free of charge for heliport design. Check the FAA.gov site. Suggestions for the markers and markings can be found in the FAA publication titled "Heliport Design, Adv…
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Depends on the time of the year and where you are traveling from. I have personally have found great deals on my overseas trips on few smaller sites. I have used globester the last two time I traveled to Europe. They have wholesale fares which other sites do not. It depends on A LOT OF THINGS!!! Gl…
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because Alan likes men
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