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In case you're looking for some lightweight Sunday fun, I added four horrific disaster vids to my Special Vids page yesterday:
Crossroads — Two airliners defy all odds and collide in mid-air. What makes it interesting is that it wasn't the usual faulty part or pilot error this time around. It was cultural.
Flying On Empty — As much as I like powered flight, I like the concept of gliding even more. The fact that this particular glider weighs 264,000 pounds just makes it all the more fun.
The Gimli Glider — Speaking of 264,000-pound gliders, do you know what 'slipping' an airplane is? It's a little hard to describe. Try "flying sideways — on purpose." See picture below. According to the vid, this was the first time an airliner without power had ever gone into such a heavy slip during a landing. And survived.
Mistaken Identity — Okay, so how does one of the most modern warships in the U.S. Navy mistake a gigantic civilian airliner for a twenty-times-tinier, ten-times-quicker enemy jet fighter and shoot it down?
Damn good question.
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This airliner is coming directly at you — sideways
By "hanging up", do you mean they're not downloading fast enough? You can see the little download bar moving across the player. With a standard broadband line, it should be well ahead of where the player currently is. Can I have a little more feedback? If my web host is squelching me, I need to know.
They just don't load smoothly - fits and starts, never more than 30 to 40 seconds at a time (less most of the time). I found the Russian air disaster video on Youtube and it was smooth as silk.
I've even got a new provider because Time Warner wasn't giving me the speeds I was paying for - business class high speed. I'm with Uverse now and getting the download speeds I am paying for so it's not that.
Your last item refers, I suppose, to the USS Vincennes shooting down an Iranian airliner in 1988. You can point to military beancounters by way of assigning blame. After fighting the system for ten years, I wrote a memoir for therapy:
Every commercial aircraft has a transponder that identifies it. The Iranian aircraft transponder was not on. This was not an accident it was intentional. Every commercial aircraft has the same frequencies open on their radio they would have heard the Vincennes warning. Either their radio had been tampered with or the pilot choose to ignore the warnings. AND every commercial flight has an English speaking person in the cockpit, English is the universal language of air traffic control. There are only two possibilities: 1. The pilot and copilot choose to sacrifice their plane and passengers to create an incident. 2. Someone in Iran choose to disable the transponder and radio knowing the flight would be shot down if it could not be identified. The real question, and the one you should want to know the answer to is; why this incident was blamed on the Vincennes crew?
A slip is used to lose altitude without gaining speed, by generating some of the lift from the side of the fuselage rather than the wing. Its inefficiency generates the additional drag needed to keep you from speeding up.
On airplanes without flaps, using the old convention that you cut power when you're high enough to make the runway and don't drag it in under power (thus get practice with dead-stick landings every landing), a slip at the end is the usual way to discard the little extra height you left yourself as slack.
A light plane can do very spectacularly steep slips, showing the capability of the technique.
Airplanes with flaps use full flaps for the extra drag.