Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Falling Out of the Sky

This is a 1951 Approach Plate for Idlewild Airport (now JFK). Look at the glideslope and the speeds (you will need to click on the images to get a good look.


From the Outer Marker to the runway was 2.5nm and, at 160mph, took just over a minute.

This is for the Space Shuttle.



From the Final Approach Fix to the runway is 8nm and the Shuttle flies that in 40 seconds. The glideslope is 18 to 20deg (not 3 or 4deg) and, of course, there is no missed approach procedure. The damn thing just about falls out of the sky. About the only thing that would fly a steeper engine-out glidepath might be a Seabee. Or a brick.

Here is one more plate, just for fun:




(Anyway, I'm done for the night. )

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