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2013-04-14 08:15:25 AM
Only if you're S. R. Hadden.
 
2013-04-14 08:18:58 AM
Yeah, I could borrow the crane truck from work.  I'm sure it could lift a small Cessna or Piper.
 
2013-04-14 08:30:41 AM
What about the poop?
 
2013-04-14 08:51:30 AM
No. My arms would get tired.
 
2013-04-14 08:53:25 AM
I remember reading about a solar one that could stay aloft indefinitely. Maybe it was still in design.
 
2013-04-14 09:08:51 AM

EvilEgg: I remember reading about a solar one that could stay aloft indefinitely. Maybe it was still in design.


Wouldn't it have to cruise non-stop at over 1,000mph? That doesn't sound like something that exists to me but I could be wrong.
 
2013-04-14 09:41:18 AM

ransack.: Wouldn't it have to cruise non-stop at over 1,000mph?


Only if it was at the equator.
 
2013-04-14 10:38:10 AM
Yuma still sucks balls. It's where old people go to die.
 
2013-04-14 10:40:56 AM

TheHighlandHowler: ransack.: Wouldn't it have to cruise non-stop at over 1,000mph?

Only if it was at the equator.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-14 10:43:29 AM

ransack.: What about the poop?


that was the exact question I was gonna ask.
 
2013-04-14 10:44:07 AM
I wouldn't want to. I'm surprised the super-regulated aviation environment (compared to the previous attempts) makes this possible.

Kudos to these guys. Don't get a DVT.
 
2013-04-14 10:44:54 AM
ransack.: What about the poop?

Bombs awaaay
 
2013-04-14 10:45:19 AM
Sure, but who's going to let me tether it to their blimp?
 
2013-04-14 10:50:55 AM

ransack.: What about the poop?


They probably crap in a bucket and pass it out the door like they do the gas.  Wild guess I guess.
 
2013-04-14 10:54:04 AM

ransack.: EvilEgg: I remember reading about a solar one that could stay aloft indefinitely. Maybe it was still in design.

Wouldn't it have to cruise non-stop at over 1,000mph? That doesn't sound like something that exists to me but I could be wrong.


They run on rechargeable batteries at night. This one (unmanned) flew for 2 weeks in 2010.
 
2013-04-14 10:55:19 AM
No, not straight.  Stoned, maybe.
 
2013-04-14 10:56:46 AM
I kept checking to see if the article as dated April 1st.

How could they tolerate that? After about a week I think I would stick the plane nose down in the desert for the sweet relief of death.
 
2013-04-14 10:58:10 AM

EvilEgg: I remember reading about a solar one that could stay aloft indefinitely. Maybe it was still in design.


This solar plane?
 
2013-04-14 11:07:29 AM
It's difficult enough to stay straight for 30 days and now I'm supposed to do it in an airplane?
 
2013-04-14 11:08:45 AM
Probably, I'll need a lot of rope and winch though.
 
2013-04-14 11:16:34 AM
I think gay pilots could have done it too, subby.
 
2013-04-14 11:18:57 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: I think gay pilots could have done it too, subby.


with 3D printers
 
2013-04-14 11:20:21 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: ransack.: What about the poop?

that was the exact question I was gonna ask.


They mentioned it in the article. It was bagged and passed to the car.
 
2013-04-14 11:22:37 AM
i.ytimg.com

Not right now.
 
2013-04-14 11:25:22 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: Quantum Apostrophe: I think gay pilots could have done it too, subby.

with 3D printers


Not THAT gay.
 
2013-04-14 11:29:13 AM
Am I allowed to put it in a LEO and still count as "in the air" as a technicality?  Also, do I lose points for killing the pilot?
 
2013-04-14 11:36:46 AM

ransack.: What about the poop?


How can you say you love flying if you...
 
2013-04-14 11:45:07 AM

jaytkay: I kept checking to see if the article as dated April 1st.

How could they tolerate that? After about a week I think I would stick the plane nose down in the desert for the sweet relief of death.


From reading the story of the Voyager, yes that sounds about right.
 
2013-04-14 11:57:34 AM
I bet they were really just flying a couple of counties over and kicking back at the whorehouse for 8 hours between refueling runs. They're pilots for fark's sake. They know how to party.
 
2013-04-14 11:57:41 AM
The Hacienda Hotel flight has always amazed me, not just the human endurance, and the skill and bravery, but the fact that the engine kept droning along, non stop, for over 60 days straight.
 
2013-04-14 11:59:31 AM

leevis: HindiDiscoMonster: ransack.: What about the poop?

that was the exact question I was gonna ask.

They mentioned it in the article. It was bagged and passed to the car.


No, they said (paraphrasing) "Why do you think the land around here is so green."

They were dumping it out of the plane while flying.
 
2013-04-14 12:04:41 PM

leevis: HindiDiscoMonster: ransack.: What about the poop?

that was the exact question I was gonna ask.

They mentioned it in the article. It was bagged and passed to the car.


Here it is. FTA: Then there is The Question, the one everyone asks. There is no bathroom in a Cessna 172 and no room to install one even temporarily. So the two men rigged a system with a folding camp toilet and plastic bags. Once used, the bags were disposed of over unpopulated areas.

"I once asked John's widow if they handed down the waste during refueling runs," Hall-Patton said. "She said, 'No. That's why it's so green around Blythe.' "
 
2013-04-14 12:27:01 PM

The Snow Dog: leevis: HindiDiscoMonster: ransack.: What about the poop?

that was the exact question I was gonna ask.

They mentioned it in the article. It was bagged and passed to the car.

Here it is. FTA: Then there is The Question, the one everyone asks. There is no bathroom in a Cessna 172 and no room to install one even temporarily. So the two men rigged a system with a folding camp toilet and plastic bags. Once used, the bags were disposed of over unpopulated areas.

"I once asked John's widow if they handed down the waste during refueling runs," Hall-Patton said. "She said, 'No. That's why it's so green around Blythe.' "


AND the toilet paper? The poop I can understand but plastering wilderness with used tp isn't cool. Both of them would be super stinky after that time anyway. It all sounds pointless although it does say a lot about the engineers and manufacturing personnel who built the planes.
 
2013-04-14 12:33:26 PM
How straight?    could it be a bit bent?    as it will be travelling in a compound curve,  around the earth, around the sun, around galactic central point, and expanding out from universal central point it will need a LOT of calculations to fly straight, and be able to be not affected by gravity.

and how much booze do I get during the 30 days?    will their be an internet connection so I have 24x7 access to porn Fark?
 
2013-04-14 12:53:29 PM

ransack.: What about the poop?


Know how I know you didn't RTFA?

Nice find, subs. I rarely say that, but nice find.
 
2013-04-14 01:36:10 PM
ransack.:
AND the toilet paper? The poop I can understand but plastering wilderness with used tp isn't cool.

This was 1956. We used to let used motor oil drain onto the driveway. Times have changed.
 
2013-04-14 01:39:10 PM

Gunny Walker: EvilEgg: I remember reading about a solar one that could stay aloft indefinitely. Maybe it was still in design.

This solar plane?


No, this one. A buddy of mine works on that project.
 
2013-04-14 01:47:18 PM
Couldn't you launch a Cessna into geo synchronous orbit and call it good for...like ever?
 
2013-04-14 01:48:41 PM
Trim tabs.

Zzzzz.
 
2013-04-14 02:05:59 PM
Fly circles around one of the poles and technically, you could do way more than 30. What is the acceptible latitude limits for attemping this?
 
2013-04-14 02:06:30 PM
spectrum.ieee.org

+

www.tuscolatoday.com

= hooray?
 
2013-04-14 02:07:14 PM
That's nothing. I saw a documentary once about some guys that kept a b-29 aloft for over tens years straight after the vietnam war. There are some recordings of their radio conversations, and they're pretty far out.
 
2013-04-14 02:27:02 PM
Could you keep a small plane in the air for 30 days straight?

Me, personally?  No.
 
2013-04-14 03:06:18 PM
gunther_bumpass
That's nothing. I saw a documentary once about some guys that kept a b-29 aloft for over tens years straight after the vietnam war. There are some recordings of their radio conversations, and they're pretty far out.

I saw that movie...Riders of the Storm, it was called.  I thought it was hilarious, but I've had no luck finding another copy of it when the VHS I had disappeared.
 
2013-04-14 03:15:40 PM

iron_city_ap: Fly circles around one of the poles and technically, you could do way more than 30. What is the acceptible latitude limits for attemping this?


For circumnavigation?  It's a length equal to the Tropics.  I think, but am unsure, that you also have to cross the Equator twice.
 
2013-04-14 03:55:40 PM
  The picture of the City of Yuma hanging from the rafters says it's a replica, and yet at the end of the article, it says it's the original plane restored.   Hmmmm.
 
2013-04-14 04:13:05 PM

lilbjorn: Could you keep a small plane in the air for 30 days straight?

Me, personally?  No.


Ah, come on, take the bet. Look, it says "in the air" for 30 days, doesn't say anything about flying. All we need is a really high cliff. And a plane to push off of it, of course.

How high? Glad you asked. Let's see, 33 feet/sec/sec times 30 days times 24 hours times 60 minutes times 60 seconds equals . . . hmm.

I'll get back to you.
 
2013-04-14 05:03:38 PM

leevis: HindiDiscoMonster: ransack.: What about the poop?

that was the exact question I was gonna ask.

They mentioned it in the article. It was bagged and passed to the car.


Not on the second run.

"I once asked John's widow if they handed down the waste during refueling runs," Hall-Patton said. "She said, 'No. That's why it's so green around Blythe.' "
 
2013-04-14 05:36:51 PM
Does keeping a small Thai bar girl in the air for 90 minutes count?

No, huh?
 
2013-04-14 05:46:52 PM
Refueling while in flight makes it not count.

Otherwise drones could go on until some mechanical malfunction.
 
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