Flightradar 24 and Marine spotting odds and sods.

Likewise when I was 'educated' a few years ago when I discovered one of those drones in a museum in California. A very interesting couple of hours in the company of one of the docents who had been an SR-71 pilot and later worked at the Skunk Works proved to be illuminating in the development of the SR-71.
You lucky, lucky barsteward!
 
Can’t remember if I’ve already posted this? A few weeks ago, inbound Melbourne, Florida:

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Also a couple of weeks ago, mid Atlantic, time lapse (the bright bit is the moon).

(Not my photo)

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TractorStats

Old-Salt
The Saturn V had 5x F-1, so would generate over 200MW of power just for the fuel pumps in the first stage.

For context, the hydro-electric dam that dams the lake our house is on generated about half of that when installed. The lake is 44 sq miles and contains about 1.3 cubic kilometers of water.
On take off, I read that the somewhere that the Saturn V engines were generating more power than the entire US electric grid.

A bit of Googling suggests that the five Stage I Rocketdyne engines generated 160,000,000 horsepower in total which is about 120,000,000 kW and probably isn't too far off the sort of average instantaneous US electricity demand in the mid 1960s.
 
On take off, I read that the somewhere that the Saturn V engines were generating more power than the entire US electric grid.

A bit of Googling suggests that the five Stage I Rocketdyne engines generated 160,000,000 horsepower in total which is about 120,000,000 kW and probably isn't too far off the sort of average instantaneous US electricity demand in the mid 1960s.

360ft tall, 97% by weight fuel, and then they light a fire under it :)

Those three blokes must have had balls of titanium. Trained for years to sit on 120GW of power and be thrust off the planet, with a less than guaranteed chance of returning.
 
360ft tall, 97% by weight fuel, and then they light a fire under it :)

Those three blokes must have had balls of titanium. Trained for years to sit on 120GW of power and be thrust off the planet, with a less than guaranteed chance of returning.
The guys in the Gemini and Mercury programmes had Chromium platedTitanium balls. Going to work sat on top of a second hand missile.

If you have an interest in those days right through to the end of Apollo, read this, I’d suggest it’s the seminal book on the subject and extremely readable:


If you don’t have an interest, read it anyway. You soon will have.
 

PFGEN

GCM
The guys in the Gemini and Mercury programmes had Chromium platedTitanium balls. Going to work sat on top of a second hand missile.

If you have an interest in those days right through to the end of Apollo, read this, I’d suggest it’s the seminal book on the subject and extremely readable:


If you don’t have an interest, read it anyway. You soon will have.

It really is an excellent book. The margin between "It might work" and "Oops" was wafer thin.
 

BlipDriver

War Hero
My ride home for 19:15 PST is a 787-9 again. Yippee.
BAW48? Allegedly filed:

MONTN1 SEA NORMY J90 HLN J90 MLS DIK GFK YQT YXZ YVO J542 VBS BAREE N687A JANJO 5600N/05000W 5600N/04000W 5600N/03000W 5500N/02000W DOGAL BEXET BAKUR N546 STU P2 BEDEK BEDEK1H

So that's roughly along the border until Quebec, then Atlantic, exiting at Dogal then across South Wales. Not really following a North Atlantic Track, but then exiting on track X.
Enjoy your flight.

ETA
Up to about 120kt tailwind.
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BAW48? Allegedly filed:

MONTN1 SEA NORMY J90 HLN J90 MLS DIK GFK YQT YXZ YVO J542 VBS BAREE N687A JANJO 5600N/05000W 5600N/04000W 5600N/03000W 5500N/02000W DOGAL BEXET BAKUR N546 STU P2 BEDEK BEDEK1H

So that's roughly along the border until Quebec, then Atlantic, exiting at Dogal then across South Wales. Not really following a North Atlantic Track, but then exiting on track X.
Enjoy your flight.

ETA
Up to about 120kt tailwind.
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Gonna be a quick flight then :)
 

Ritch

LE
Moderator
BAW48? Allegedly filed:

MONTN1 SEA NORMY J90 HLN J90 MLS DIK GFK YQT YXZ YVO J542 VBS BAREE N687A JANJO 5600N/05000W 5600N/04000W 5600N/03000W 5500N/02000W DOGAL BEXET BAKUR N546 STU P2 BEDEK BEDEK1H

So that's roughly along the border until Quebec, then Atlantic, exiting at Dogal then across South Wales. Not really following a North Atlantic Track, but then exiting on track X.
Enjoy your flight.

ETA
Up to about 120kt tailwind.
View attachment 665320

Yep! Saw the tailwind mentioned from yesterday's flight, took the same sort of routing over Montana etc and then turned left over Canada etc.

Thanks for the routing. Flight is delayed coming in and delayed leaving but I bet I'll be back in Heathrow before the scheduled time.
 

BlipDriver

War Hero
Yep! Saw the tailwind mentioned from yesterday's flight, took the same sort of routing over Montana etc and then turned left over Canada etc.

Thanks for the routing. Flight is delayed coming in and delayed leaving but I bet I'll be back in Heathrow before the scheduled time.
Thought it'd give you something to do :) in case you have to takeover :D
 

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