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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2017
     
    The video makes a cute remark about the trip : "After a short stop-over (in Portugal) for repairs the flight continues...". The Wiki article says
    The journey was interrupted at Lisbon on 29 November, when a tarpaulin made contact with a hot exhaust pipe and started a fire that consumed most of the portside wing.[6] After sitting in Lisbon harbor for six weeks while new parts were fabricated and the damage repaired, the flying boat continued (with several further mishaps and delays) ...
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2017 edited
     
    LOL

    It really and almost literally was a flying boat rather than an airliner. Great photos in goatcheez's link.

    The article is full of bobbles tho...
    A view of the controls in the Dornier Do-X cockpit shows the complicated nature of making this plane fly

    No. Those are radios! They never did show the flight deck instruments which might have been interesting. I assume there were some! At least a turn and bank so the passengers who changed position to assist with the turns knew which way to lean.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2017
     
    OK, here are more details including the cockpit. You could access the engines and work on them in flight. Can you imagine the noise in that compartment?

    https://dodlithr.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-dornier-do-x-first-authentic-data.html
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    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2017 edited
     
    Fantastic pics!
    Love the tea-set all laid out.

    "However, passengers were integral in helping the captain bank into turns by moving from one side of the cabin to another whenever necessary."
    This is your captain speaking, would all passengers please move to the right side of the plane. :)

    Video
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    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2017
     
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2017 edited
     
    https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2013/september/11/crop-dusters-go-to-war

    Want to fly an armed mission in a crop duster? Seriously? And they're $10M a copy. For about twice that, you could have had an A-10 Thunderbolt ("Wart Hog"). But the various forces are trying to phase those out. The military does weird things.

    When the going gets tough, do you really want a single engine aircraft with minimal armor designed to spray liquids? Or an A-10, with heavy armor, a 20mm Gattling gun tank killer, all sorts of countermeasures and twin, protected engines?
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2017
     
    I like the genital protecting bath tub.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2017 edited
     
    It's not a warplane. It's for strafing refugees.

    ...border patrol and surveillance in mind, able to loiter for hours at altitudes up to 22,000 feet, and hit targets on the ground with precision munitions. 


    (from the article)
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2017
     
    SAM fodder.
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2017 edited
     
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2017
     
    Posted By: maryyugoWhen the going gets tough, do you really want a single engine aircraft with minimal armor designed to spray liquids?

    One word: chemtrails.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2017
     
    22000 feet barely cuts it.
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2017
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roS6oFjCDhc

    Pity their pants.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2017 edited
     
    Pity they eschewed a go around or even an alternate runway or airport. Their instruments and the tower clearly tell them about wind speed, gusts and direction, and the tower warns of wind shear on approach. Emirates Airlines has had other interesting encounters with runways and various obstacles. I don't have time to look it up right now but it's in Youtube too. I think I'd rather fly with some other airlines.

    ETA: Actually https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emirates_Flight_521

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emirates_Flight_407

    ... but the incident I can't find is when a brand new jumbo jet was delivered and promptly allowed to drift into an embankment. Maybe 10 years or so ago. I am pretty sure that was an Emirates plane too. Damn buckaroos!
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2017
     
    Airbus’ Electric Flying Taxis Are Set to Take to the Skies Next Year.

    https://futurism.com/airbus-electric-flying-taxis-are-set-to-take-to-the-skies-next-year/
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2017
     
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2017
     
    New study is a step toward creating planes that travel at hypersonic speed.

    https://phys.org/news/2017-10-planes-hypersonic.html