Posts Tagged ‘douglas’

For Some Reason, About 10% of the USAF’s Remaining KC-10 EXTENDER Aerial Refueling Tankers Flew Over the Golden Gate Bridge Yesterday

Monday, August 28th, 2017

One after the other.

Here’s one coming:

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And another one over the Golden Gate, this one, #60031:

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And another one leaving, passing over the Presidio, last seen heading east:

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I saw five myself.

The KC-10 has worked out all right considering the record of its civilian counterparts in the DC-10 / MD-11 family.

The Air Force considered retiring its fleet of KC-10 tankers in response to sequestration budget cuts as part of the service’s FY 2015 budget. A “vertical chop” to divest all KC-10s was suggested because there are fewer KC-10s than KC-135s, having three different tanker models in service (after the introduction of the KC-46) would be costly, and a “horizontal cut” across the refueling fleets would achieve small efficiencies.[20] Some believed retiring the KC-10 would not benefit the Air Force, given that it is equipped with both boom and hose-and-drogue refueling systems and the fleet’s relatively young age.[21] At first, officials claimed that the initial focus on retiring the KC-10 in September 2013 was a “trial balloon” to call attention to Air Force operating cost issues; as of early 2013, the KC-10 had a per hour flying cost of $21,170 and a mission capable rate of 87 percent.[22] A FY 2015 budget plan did not include cuts to the KC-10.[23]

Anyway, I’ve never seen anything like this.

Word On The Street: “EVICT TRUMP, EVICT THE TRUMPS” – The Latest Example of “SF VS. TRUMP”

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

As seen on Divis.

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This is yet another entry in SF VS. TRUMP

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As Always, “SF VS. TRUMP” – General Douglas MacArthur Tunnel, The Presidio – Or Rather, “SF Hearts Trump?”

Monday, November 28th, 2016

As seen last week heading toward the Golden Gate Bridge:

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But apparently this was changed to “SF Hearts Trump” the past couple of days?

On It Goes

Ancient Airliners Over Frisco – Engines Sound Like a Military Jet for Good Reason – A Gas Guzzler in the Sky

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

If I had to guess, I’d say this is an aging McDonnell Douglas MD-83 with ancient Pratt and Whitney JT8D low-bypass engines. But at first when I looked up to see what was making all the racket, I thought I’d see a military fighter:

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Man this thing was loud.

Hey, you can start your own airline too, why not? By buying obsolete jetliners for like $4 million or so. Sure, your fuel bill will be high, but so what, you can still make a bit of dough. You can call it something like [YOUR NAME] Air – yeah, that’s the ticket.

Your ego trip awaits, Gentle Reader…

All Those Airplanes Making Noise Over San Francisco are Landing at OAKland – A Rare and Dangerous Fed-Ex MD-11 Jumbo

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Here’s a recent view from the Western Addition towards the west, so the giant American flag you can see is indicating an atypical stiff breeze from the south, more or less.

Airline passengers don’t fly in three-engined tri-jets anymore because the concept isn’t fit for the 21st century. But the stuff you order on the Amazon rides old-school Fed-Ex Cargo McDonnell Douglas DC-10‘s and MD-11‘s all the time.

Now, the DC-10 got a bad rep about three decades back – some of that wasn’t its fault (like when a pilot heard 1500 feet instead of 1500 meters) but some of it was. So Mickey D came out with a replacement, the MD-11. It was better in a lot of ways but it turned out to be more crashy than its predecessor and that’s a whole story in itself.*

Anyway, these MD trijets generally do fine when they land facing straight into the wind, as here:

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Stay safe in your pterodactyls, in your flying dinosaurs, Fed-Ex pilots!

*Like how they made the landing gear stronger to handle the stretched body, so they’re stronger than the wing they’re hanging from – that situation has killed passengers and pilots. McDonnell Douglas simply tried way too hard to make up for the fact that its only jumbo design just happened to have an unnecessary third engine sucking up a lot of fuel.