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(Wired)   Listen to the radio chatter and watch as Astro 9 5 heavy delicately flies a beautiful approach into LAX starting off over Pt. Mugu over Santa Monica beach past the Coliseum and Dodger Stadium, past the Hollywood sign and into 25 R LAX   (wired.com) divider line 19
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2012-10-29 08:36:13 AM
Awesome, thx Subby
 
2012-10-29 08:49:10 AM
Thanks subby. A very nice way to pass the time waiting for Sandy to hit.
 
2012-10-29 09:01:26 AM
Shuttle porn on a Monday morning, good stuff.
 
2012-10-29 09:04:40 AM
That one comma is wondering where all his friends are.
 
2012-10-29 09:05:10 AM
No shot of Disneyland? Too bad they didn't show the flyover at Boeing in Seal Beach, I might have been able to see myself on the ground.
 
2012-10-29 09:18:14 AM
A thing of great beauty.

Thanks subby.
 
2012-10-29 10:24:26 AM
I can fap to this.
 
2012-10-29 10:33:37 AM

Commander Cyclops: No shot of Disneyland? Too bad they didn't show the flyover at Boeing in Seal Beach, I might have been able to see myself on the ground.


They also skipped past the JPL flyby!
 
2012-10-29 10:47:55 AM
When did NASA switch over from F-5s to F/A-18s?
 
2012-10-29 11:25:08 AM
They still fly a variant of the F-5's called the T-38, an F-5 two-seater converted to a trainer. They still use them becuase they are cheap the fuel and maintenance costs. Those F/A-18s are primarily mission support craft that fly out the Dryden Research Facility.
 
2012-10-29 11:46:33 AM
Might have to jump in FSX and fly around in one of those nasa-painted f-18s
 
2012-10-29 01:24:10 PM
Was that Smilin' Jay?
 
2012-10-29 01:31:32 PM
that's awesome.
 
2012-10-29 01:44:37 PM
11:42 is when they're lining up to fly right over my house. I was out of town but my wife called me, she was crying from how cool it was. She got some great shots.

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2012-10-29 01:45:25 PM
Hey there is a comment at Wired that the F-18 has a sidewinder on it that can be seen in the final seconds.

i.imgur.com

To my very untrained eyes that doesn't look like a missile but it doesn't look like a rail either, so my guess is it's some decorative or instrument probe.

My guess is the F-18s are present to provide help to the 747 if it gets into trouble (observe parts of aircraft falling off, readout airspeeds, be a witness) and it sounds silly to think they are there to blast Ruskies and Crazed Cessnas out of the sky.

But what do I know?

Why are the F-18s present? And is that a missile?
 
2012-10-29 02:10:07 PM

RoyBatty: Hey there is a comment at Wired that the F-18 has a sidewinder on it that can be seen in the final seconds.

[i.imgur.com image 433x357]

To my very untrained eyes that doesn't look like a missile but it doesn't look like a rail either, so my guess is it's some decorative or instrument probe.

My guess is the F-18s are present to provide help to the 747 if it gets into trouble (observe parts of aircraft falling off, readout airspeeds, be a witness) and it sounds silly to think they are there to blast Ruskies and Crazed Cessnas out of the sky.

But what do I know?

Why are the F-18s present? And is that a missile?


It's not a Sidewinder, the fins aren't right. As for the F/A-18s, they were probably there as chase planes.
 
2012-10-29 02:13:14 PM
Negative, Astro 95, the pattern is full.
 
2012-10-29 03:33:33 PM
The weather was good that day, but what the video from the F-18s doesn't show is that there was just a slight amount of fog off the coast. For those of us who were in Santa Monica, the planes appeared to be flying in out of the mist. That was pretty cool.
 
2012-10-30 02:14:47 AM

RoyBatty: Hey there is a comment at Wired that the F-18 has a sidewinder on it that can be seen in the final seconds.

[i.imgur.com image 433x357]

To my very untrained eyes that doesn't look like a missile but it doesn't look like a rail either, so my guess is it's some decorative or instrument probe.

My guess is the F-18s are present to provide help to the 747 if it gets into trouble (observe parts of aircraft falling off, readout airspeeds, be a witness) and it sounds silly to think they are there to blast Ruskies and Crazed Cessnas out of the sky.

But what do I know?

Why are the F-18s present? And is that a missile?


It's not a Sidewinder. Live armaments on an aircraft not only look different (they have fins attached to them), but the markings are very different. Most aircraft with wingtip armament capability usually have something mounted at the wingtips racks; it's either instrumentation (for simulated combat or scientific) or dummies, usually painted blue.

chrisrace.ownspace.de

What a live Sidewinder looks like.
 
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