Global Reach is a military buzzword that has the ability to send the shivers through the insurgents mind – soon to be followed by something much more substantial. This bird flew in, did the business then flew home. I have no idea where this came from… but it is an ugly little devil isn’t it?
Here are a couple of pictures taken during descent into Sydney the other day.
Adjusting cravat and tapping microphone… “Ahem, I would just like to pass some of the credit for this award to my learned friend, who, for reasons of security I cannot name. Without his photographic contributions there would be a good deal less color and interest here. Thank you Ian. Oh! Darn! Everything I know I learnt from Rob Mark at Jetwhine.com.”
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……………………………… Open Skies was entered into with a certain amount of good faith being committed on either side. As with any deal, it is only worth anything to both parties if the agreed terms are abided by. There is a clause within this contract that states that an exit point, 2010 I believe, may be utilized if either party considers that the terms have not been met. Open Skies collapses and the previous status-quo returns. At the time of signing, the cynics among us Europeans were convinced that the US would take whatever measures were necessary to get the ball rolling then renege when it came to opening the US internal market to European carriers. We all thought at the time the hands were shook that for perfectly understandable political reasons, the US would be highly unlikely to open their skies – a ‘no brainer’ really. They signed the instrument anyway to the consternation of carriers on both side of the pond (that one has always confused me). Well, the US administration bet heavily that the Europeans, being fractured across national grounds and consumed by hubris, would paper over that gaping chasm and cave in when ‘push came to shove’ in 2010. That crossroads, when it arrives could be illuminating and may well shape the climate across the Atlantic for a considerable time after its passing .
…………………………… In the world of international negotiation this is all to be expected really, particularly when dealing with an entity as disorganized and vacuous as the EU. So ‘well done the US of A’ I say; we deserve all we get and more for being so stupid… if we ‘stack’ in front of a good hand, well engineered.
From this image the proximity of the touchdown point of BA038 to both
The number two engine scooped a fair quantity of debris in its maw.
Ever read Chickenhawk? It is quite some biography that Robert Mason turned out and the reviewers at Amazon hand out five star ratings seldom seen in such quantity. It’s tempting to call it an aviation classic but it is much more than that. In his book Mason charts his progress through Marine helicopter school to Vietnam. I am not about to do a review here, more an invitation to flex your imagination at the maelstrom that the guys flying this poor little OH58 (Jetranger) flew through to trash their Helo in such a way.
Three of my colleagues were presented with an interesting situation yesterday after a long night out of bed on the way home from Beijing. It seems that they had a double engine failure on short finals, some reports say at around 6oo’ which would be two mile final. !0 seconds earlier with the engine failures and the story would have been very different by all accounts.
Congratulations to Captain Peter Birkilll and his crew for an exceptional job well done. That much we are aware of.
For many years now, people have been using the Land’s End to John O’Groats journey to raise money for charity. Wheelbarrows, horses, bedsteads and just about any mobile carriage has been used at one time or another.
As it is he will be waving the boys off on the 29th July this year when they strike East then North for John O’ Groats.
I will pass you more information as the Event unfolds, the website will be live soon but until then you can find out more here.
I guess they (the US) new they were there somewhere. Interesting that with satellite overflights and other means of reconnaissance they didn’t watch them being buried. Still, I guess we assign too much capability to these technologies and Governmental abilities sometimes. I wonder what weight is exerted on an aircraft buried ten feet beneath the sand…. I wonder if they have flown it yet, will it creak and groan a bit at Mach 3 after the experience? We will probably never know – but someone might. Good Luck someone.
At first sight it looks (one way or another) like a breakdown in communications caused a little bother here.
So here in 2008, let’s raise a glass to those unsung heroes who remembered to write up the ‘Work In Progress’ in 2007 thereby letting us all know what’s happenin’ down the line. Keep them coming guys, because surprises like these below we can all do without.
Afghanistan and Africa? – and that’s just the ‘A’s.