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    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2019 edited
     
    Yes, I think it was more comfortable, but took a lot longer. I also remember my grandparents taking 5 days to fly to the Old Dart in a Super Constellation. You can do it from Perth in about 17 hours now.
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    that's hardly enough time to enjoy the airline dinner
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2019
     
    They're more like the old days on the transoceanic routes. Not cordon bleu, but palatable. And free hooch.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2019
     
    You really are older than me.

    I once visited Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. It has a huge lagoon and it was a stopover on an Imperial Airways route before WWII. I got to visit the little beach hotel where they put up the passengers. A kind of tropical village of little huts.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2019
     
    Safe, Blade-free Drone Propelled with Ultrasonic Vibrations.

    https://revolution-green.com/safe-blade-free-drone-propelled-ultrasonic-vibrations/
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2019
     
    I once used ultrasound to deliver a force. It is extremely weak. You will have to keep the blimp in the hangar or it will blow away.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2019
     
    Brazing project promises better aircraft engines.

    https://www.theengineer.co.uk/brazing-aircraft-fusion-epsrc/
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    wow
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2019
     
    What was the wind?
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    Stiff.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2019
     
    I bet. Say around 50 kt?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2019
     
    Pilot's emergency landing as giant hailstones smash plane windscreen to pieces.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pilots-emergency-landing-giant-hailstones-16209559
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    modern sailplane instrumentation:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBjyEmdb0MA
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2019 edited
     
    Nice! But they still have the string stuck to the canopy, right?
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2019 edited
     
    I'm not sure Bruno actually does have a yaw string! I'll have to look at some of his videos to see.

    A long time ago, I flew a SGS 1-26C (kit built by a Scout troupe) from Lake Travis TX to Purcell OK. My only instruments were an airspeed indicator, an altimeter, a whisky compass and one of these variometers:

    (When looking for a photo I found this which might even be the exact panel! I'll have to dig up the old logbook to check the registration number.)

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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2019
     
    It reminds me of the old days of scuba, when your depth gauge was a strip of red cloth. When it turned black, you were approximately pretty deep.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2019
     
    You sure that was SCUBA and not a diving bell?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2019
     
    If you don't believe me, ask Captain Don