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    Engine failure turn back.

    Two minutes? Looks like a typo to me!! (I've never had a typo... )
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    Engine failure turn back.

    Boy, is there a lot of pseudo science, generalizations and just plain errors in this discussion! * The appropriate math to discuss “optimal” flight path is the calculus of variations, first invented in the late 1700s. Once you understand calculus of variations and have solved a few problems...
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    Crashes in the News - Thread

    How do you know what he thought? How do you know what he saw?
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    E-AB to TC

    IIRC, there were significant differences between the Lancair ES and the certificated brethren. Also, the Glastar morphed into the Symphony, but there were numerous internal differences.
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    The quote I've heard is that everybody who survived their first flight in the BD-5 loved the handling... As for "mortality rate," I've heard from fairly reliable sources that the VariViggen may be in that group. Reason being very high induced drag if you got slow and not enough power to get out...
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    P-38 Lightning

    My other obscure fighter is the Miles M.20. Fixed gear monoplane but faster than a Hawker Hurricane. However, I found more information tonight and we'll take this one off the list...
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    P-38 Lightning

    My list is the Westland Whirlwind, DeHavilland Hornet, Volksjäger, and one other I can't remember. And of course, a Spruce Goose.
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    V-173 / XF5U - Flying Flapjack

    C'mon, now, model airplanes have so much thrust they don't need wings!! :-) Here's the video of the retractable gear UFO:
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    V-173 / XF5U - Flying Flapjack

    Why is it better to have the canopy on top though, when it restricts your view of the ground? Wouldn't it be better to have the canopy on the underside of your wing, to afford you a better view of the ground? Usually, visibility is optimized for avoiding mid-air collisions.
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    “It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes...
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    V-173 / XF5U - Flying Flapjack

    As for emergency egress -- yes, you would normally enter the aircraft from below. But, in case of a forced landing out in the boonies, why not just open the canopy and walk across the wing?
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    Wittman Tailwind modified to meet E-LSA?

    Lotsa misinformation here, so let me try to clarify (without adding more misinformation...): * A Sport Pilot can fly *any* airplane that meets LSA speed, weight and other criteria. That includes Standard Category and Experimental, Amateur Built. (Absolutely positive on this one); * A plane that...
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    151 HP Rotax 912 on Gyroplane

    Fastest gyroplane? That reminds me of a W.C.Fields movie where he was a carnival barker promoting the "world's largest midget."
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    Planning the adventure of a lifetime and hello from Germany!

    Your plan has many, many challenges in it -- even for a US licensed pilot. * ICAO license has many, many differences from the US practice * You may not need a license, but you need the knowledge and the skills * You should not count on being to repair airplane / engine at every stop, especially...
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    There have been plenty of "real" airplanes with "real" engineering that nevertheless had all kinds of problems in engine cooling, handling qualities, vibration, flutter, etc.
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